Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Review #314 - Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out

Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.

 Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.
My Rating: 4/5
Ever since I read The DUFF almost a year ago Shut Out has been at the very top of my wishlist. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it though.
Whilst I did enjoy this book, I didn't think it was as good as The DUFF. The protagonist was the main reason for this. Lissa was very uptight and controlling. For the first part of the novel, this annoyed me but towards the end she reminded me of Monica from Friends.
My favourite character was probably Cash as he was just an all round good guy. I had a hard time distinguishing between all the other secondardy characters as I felt like they didn't have strong enough personalities to separate themselves.
I really like the author's writing style. It is honest and you can tell she relates to what she is writing about. I will definitely be reading any other books she writes.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review #313 - Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks, #1)

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?
My Rating: 4/5
Even though this is the first book in this series, I have read and reviewed the sequel Stealing Parker.
The only aspect of this book I didn't like as much as Stealing Parker was the sport. My knowledge of American Football comes solely from video games my brother forced me to play as a kid so that could be the reason.
Jordan was a better protagonist than Parker and being a tomboy myself, I connected strongly with her.
I really liked Jordan's family and how supportive they were, even though the dad's reaction was pretty predictable.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Review #312 - Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won't give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri's face join Lissa's. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?
My Rating: 5/5
This is probably the best Vampire Academy book since Shadow Kiss. It was definitely the perfect ending to this series.
Like in Blood Promise, Lissa and Rose were separated and so had different storylines. I thought it worked well this time around.
There was a significantly higher focus on the vampire politics in this book. I thought that this slowed the pacing of the book at times.
As for the love triangle, I like both Adrian and Dimitri as characters. I definitely prefer Dimitri for Rose though I do wish that Adrian didn't have to find out the way he did.
There were a lot of things left unresolved and so I am looking forward to re-reading Bloodlines so I can finish that series also.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review #311 - Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)
Salvation has its price...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Siberia, Dimitri's birthplace, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's - and to her best friend, Lissa Dragomir. It's graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives outside the Academy's cold iron gates to finally begin. But even with the intrigue and excitement of court life looming, Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri. He's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance, and now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he has silenced her... forever.

But Rose can't forget what she learned on her journey - whispers of a magic too impossible and terrifying to comprehend. A magic inextricably tied to Lissa that could hold the answer to all of Rose's prayers, but not without devastating consequences. Now Rose will have to decide what - and who - matters most to her. And in the end, is true love really worth the price?
My Rating: 4/5
This book definitely had a lot more depth than any of the previous books. Given that it close to 500 pages, I can't believe I read it in  one sitting.
The characters all seemed different in this book which was something that I didn't really like. I found Rose really annoying at times, especially when she kept pining for Dimitri.
The more this series goes on, the more I am seeming to like Lissa. She will probably never be my favourite character but I now like her more than I hate her.
The whole romance aspect with Rose and Adrian was better than I had remembered it being from when I previously read this book 3 years ago.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review #310 - Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)



The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck; a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count.

But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

My Rating: 4/5

What I liked most about this book and what made it completely different to all the other books in the series was the setting. This book was primarily set in Russia, which was unique.
Even though I was reading this for the second time, it felt exactly the same as the first especially with it ending the way it does.
I thought this book was a little too focused on Rose and Lissa. Secondary characters like Christian, Eddie, Mia and Adrian were rarely present.
I also like how with each book more and more is learnt about being a spirit user and also about being shadow kissed.
The fact that Rose and Lissa were separated also meant that they had separate storylines. I didn't really care for the Lissa one, and I felt like I could have liked the Rose one more if the Lissa one didn't interupt it all the time.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review #309 - Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)
It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.
My Rating: 5/5
Even though I am re-reading this series, I am going through them at record pace. I am finding them as unputdownable as I did whilst reading them for the first time.
This is my favourite book in the series so far. There was more action, romance and depth than the first two books combined.
I liked the political storyline which is something that I usually cannot stand at all in any form. The whole debate of whether Moroi should be allowed to fight was interesting because both sides of the argument were relatable.
Christian was a character that I really felt like developed significantly throughout the book. I never really liked him in the first two books, but I definitely connected with him when he teamed up with Rose to fight at the end.
I felt like there was less of Lissa in this book, which is something that I really liked as I am not a big fan of her. I really don't like her at all after her conversation with Rose at the very end of the book. She was too arrogant and couldn't see Rose's side of the story.
I liked the ending a little more than I did when I first read it, as last time I read it the next book Blood Promise hadn't been published yet. It is probably one of the saddest cliff hangers I have read.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review #308 - Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose... 

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. 

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...

My Rating: 5/5

This is the second time I have read this book, and according to Goodreads I first read it nearly 5 years ago. I was surprised by how much of it I still remembered. 

This book is definitely better than the first. The characters have all developed considerably including the secondary ones. Rose definitely matured a lot throughout this book. 

I forgot how much I liked Mason, although I didn't like how vulnerable he was made out to be. 

I liked how Rose's mother makes an appearance as it gave insight into Rose's back story, and also added a family dynamic to the story. 

Christian was not as annoying in this book as I remember him being, and I am liking his relationship with Lissa. 

I also thought that Rose and Dimitri's relationship strengthened even though they didn't really have that much interaction until the end.

Top Ten Tuesday #20

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Each week features a different topic, and you make a top ten list about it.
This weeks topic is a rewind where you can choose one that you missed. I chose the top ten wow endings.
1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling - Snape kills Dumbledore
2. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead - Dimitri becomes a Strigoi
3. Most of the Pretty Little Liars books by Sara Shepard - they all end with cliff hangers.
4. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
5. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
7. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
8. Divergent by Veronica Roth
9. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
10. Any of the Conspiracy 365 books by Gabrielle Lord - these all end with huge cliff hangers.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Book Review #307 - Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

My Rating: 4/5
This is the third time I have read this book. The first two times were before I started blogging. The reason I am reading it again is because I am planning on re-reading the entire series as this is the only book that I have read more than once.

Aside from Hermione from Harry Potter, Rose is probably my favourite female character. She is not the type of character that I normally like either but I find her really honest and she has a huge personality.

Lissa is a character that I never really connect to. I like her relationship with Rose and how they are basically sisters, but I don't like how weak she is always portrayed. I know that this is because of the spirit, but it annoys me.

The romance is not as strong in this book as the rest of the series, but the bond between Rose and Dimitri is evident from the moment that they meet.

Also, given that I have already read this entire series, I was surprised to see so much foreshadowing especially in the first book. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Book Review #306 - Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together Ethan and Lena can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.
My Rating: 4/5
I definitely liked this book a lot more than Beautiful Creatures. I thought that this book contained a lot more depth and included more of the back story which is why I prefered it.
Ethan annoyed me even less in this book which made up for the fact that I couldn't stand Lena at all. She was too sulky throught the entire novel.
There were enough twists along the way that prevented it from being too predictable, but for the most part I knew where the story was heading.
Considering how much this series seems to love cliff hangers, I am glad I have the next two books currently on loan from the library.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review #305 - Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6) by Jeff Kinney

Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #6)
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.

The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?
My Rating: 3/5
This was probably my least favourite in the series so far. I just felt like had less depth to it than previous books.
For the first part of the book, there was no real storyline. I know that these books don't really have much structure, but I found myself waiting for something to happen.
This book didn't lack the humour from previous books, but I didn't think it was as funny as it could have been.
I liked how Manny became a more dominant character, and turned out to be as destructive as Rodrick.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Review #304 - Phoenix (Beautiful Dead #4) by Eden Maguire

Phoenix (Beautiful Dead, #4)

Darina is in denial. Even after all she’s been through, the Beautiful Dead can’t be real. They must be a figment of her grief-stricken imagination. But visions of Phoenix and Hunter prove otherwise and soon she’s drawn back to Foxton, to the barn, to Phoenix - where they have, what may just be, their final reunion.

It’s the moment they’ve been dreading - time to solve Phoenix’s mystery. Everything has been building to this but Darina knows that revealing the true circumstances of Phoenix’s death will lead to their final parting. With this impossible mixture of emotions, Darina begins to unscramble the facts, but she’s up against mounting obstacles: the distraction of Hunter’s personal mystery, Phoenix’s returning father, threats of gang violence and conspiracies to blur and block the truth.

With time pressure mounting and the risk of Phoenix being sent back into unending limbo, Darina puts herself in danger, and so the mystery of the Beautiful Dead builds into a heart-breaking climax ...
My Rating: 4/5
This whole series has been building up to this book. Phoenix's death has been mentioned numerous times over the previous three books and so I was really interested in seeing how it ends.
As I have previously stated in my reviews of the previous three books, the characters are not my favourite. I just never seemed to connect with them at all.
I found this book to be pretty predictable. I predicted the two big plot twists before they happened.
This is still probably my favourite book of the series by far, I thought that there was a lot more depth with the mystery and with the character development.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review #303 - The Wild Boys by Travis Heermann

The Wild Boys
One sixteen-year-old girl versus a plague of beasts. Can a sixteen-year-old girl stem the tide of a lycanthropocalypse? When three younger boys show up on Mia's doorstep, naked and on the run, she is drawn into a shadow world where a series of strange disappearances heralds a slowly spreading plague of lycanthropy. Mia must save the three orphaned boys from their brutal Alpha, a man-beast who believes humans are food. A war is brewing for the top of the food chain. Mia doesn't know it yet, but she holds the key to the future of the human race.
My Rating: 4/5
I received this book for review from the author. The author's Goodreads page is here.
This book was completely different to all the previous werewolf books that I have read.
Mia was a very intriging character although it did take a while for me to connect with her.
What I thought was really unique about this book was how involved Mia's parents were.
The plot was very fast paced and action packed. I finished this book in one sitting and really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Review #302 - Twisted (Pretty Little Liars #9) by Sara Shepard

Twisted (Pretty Little Liars, #9)

Four pretty girls have more ugly secrets than ever.

It's been a year since the mystery of their former friend's disappearance was finally laid to rest, and Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily have worked hard to put their lives back together. Now seniors in high school, the pretty little liars are older, but they're not any wiser.

Last spring break in Jamaica, they did something unforgivable. The girls are desperate to forget that fateful night, but I saw everything. And they should know by now that all secrets wash ashore . . . eventually.
My Rating: 4/5
It has been a while since I read the first eight books in this series but it didn't take me long to ease back into their world.
I still think the first four books in this series are by far the best but I did enjoy the others in the series.
I didn't feel as connected with the characters in this book, and I am not sure whether this was because I hadn't read the series for a while or because of the way it was written.
The plot was a lot different from the previous ones. There were a few twists along the way, but I thought that it was pretty straight forward compared to previous books.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review #301 - The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?
My Rating: 3.5/5
I have had this book on loan from the library for close to a year and finally decided to read it.
Brie was a character that I didn't like to begin with, but gradually came to connect with her in the second half of the book where I felt like she really matured.
Now that I have finished reading the book I can say that I thought the plot was really unique and interesting. Although, whilst I was reading it I had no idea where it was going.
I liked the inclusion of the dog Hamloaf, and how he was the only remaining connection with her old life.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Book Review #300 - Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally

Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks, #2)
Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?
My Rating: 4/5
I have not read the first book in this series Catching Jordan, although being only a companion novel, I could tell there were references to that book but I never felt confused. I will however, be reading Catching Jordan really soon.  
After reading the first 75% or so of this book I was ready to give it five stars. It was around the time that the plot twist with Drew was introduced that I became less interested, simply because I predicted it from the beginning.
I really liked the variety of male characters that existed in this novel, and the way that Parker interacts with each of them.
Being someone that has a general interest in all sports, it was good to read a book that incorporates sport heavily into the story.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Book Review #299 - The Wizard of Oz (Oz #1) by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz

Follow the yellow brick road!

Dorothy thinks she's lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival - will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?
My Rating: 4/5
This was my first time reading this howver having seen the film I was familiar with the story. The only problem I had with the film was that it was a musical, so I was probably always going to prefer the book.
The story had a lot more depth that I had expected, especially with the characters and the adventure. The style of the adventure reminded me at times of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Given how old the book actually is, I was surprised that it rarely felt that old. Apart from mentions of fashion and things like that it felt like it could have been written in any decade.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review #298 - The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) by Lemony Snicket

The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)

Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.


There are man pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.

I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket.
My Rating: 3/5

I'm not sure if this series keeps getting better book by book or if the writing style just seems to bother me less and less, but this book was a huge improvement from the first few.

I liked how in this book the three main protagonists get split up, although this meant that Violet was absent for the main portion of the book.

I also liked how the story was primarily set in a hospital as it proved to be an interesting setting.

The mystery aspects with this series keep getting stronger and stronger with a key plot twist that is making me want to read the rest of the series quicker than what I planned. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Book Review #297 - Joyous & Moonbeam by Richard Yaxley

Two of the most unlikely people meet in the most unlikely place. Joyous calls her Moonbeam. When you're fifteen life can make you angry; and families can get seriously messed up. But Joyous has the knack of working things around a little. He is about to teach Moonbeam what family is really all about and it will transform her in every possible way.
My Rating: 2.5/5
I received this book for review from Omnibus Books for Scholastic Australia.
I knew from the outset that this book was about a protagonist that was intellectually disabled because it was likened to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
I found this book really confusing, simply because there was not enough information to understand what was happening.
The whole story is eventually revealed at the end, which gives sense to the whole story but I was not invested in the story at all up until that stage. 
Anyone who is interested in this type of book I highly recommend reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time over this one.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Book Review #296 - Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski

Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.
If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.
In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.

My Rating: 3.5/5

The premise for this book was really unrealistic but it wouldn't have worked any other way.

I didn't like April as a protagonist. I thought she was weak and easily manipulated by Vi. I didn't like Noah either and I am not sure why, but I found I disliked him more and more as the story progressed.

Even though I am more of a dog person, I really liked Donut the cat although at times I had no idea what she added to the story.

I did find this book really funny and easy to read even though it didn't have proper chapters which I prefer. It was a very quirky and interesting read.