None Of The Above| Book Review

Hey everyone! I apologize for being so inactive lately. I’ll try to get into a solid schedule but there’s no guarantees. Yesterday I finished an incredible book called None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio.


“Love isn’t a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.”

None of the Above

Genre: Young Adult

# of pages: 352

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Author: I.W. Gregorio

Release Date: April 7th, 2015


Summary:

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?


None of The Above is an incredible book! It’s the first book I’ve read that has an intersex main character. The author did a brilliant job with detail. Each character seemed so real. Kristen has had a crappy life but her friends are really what keeps her grounded. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a huge secret like that leaked. Not only is there a unique view on sexuality, there’s love, betrayal, forgiveness and so much more. I loved this book so much. It’s definitely worth the read. I wish there was a sequel. There’s some things that definitely feel unfinished. I.W. Gregorio definitely needs to write more books!

“The biggest difference between boy and girls is how people treat them” 


That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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Fans Of The Impossible Life Review/Rant

Hey everyone! I finished Fans Of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa a couple of days ago. Now it’s time for me to review/rant about it for you! Let me know your thoughts about this book!


“They rolled up the maps of their bodies until they were two continents of interlocking roads and rivers and dreams, and she thought, ‘This is how I will learn to live again’.”  

Fans of the Impossible Life

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary(?)

My Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Published: September 8th, 2015


Summary:

Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby.

Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it’s as if he’s been expecting this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.

Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and impromptu road trips, designed to fix the broken parts of their lives.

As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.


“I know what you mean”, she said. “Families can seem so normal and boring from the inside that you don’t know you’re different until someone else makes you feel different.”

Fans Of The Impossible Life is a pretty good book! It has three friends who are pretty close. This book has great adventures and characters.  This review focuses a lot on the flaws.That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it. You definitely should at least try it out. I just decided to focus on the negative for this review.  I’m surprised that it has a 3.73/5 stars on Goodreads. People have some serious issues with it. I guess I do too.


The Issues With The Book:

  1. Three Different POVs

One of the reviewers on Goodreads brought up a good point about the POV. The book is told from three points of views. Sebby, Mira and Jeremy. Mira and Jeremy’s POVs made me feel pretty connected to the character. I agreed with the reviewer that Sebby’s point of view was “Jarring”. It was kind of confusing and strange to read.

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2. Misleading Synopsis

People are having issues with the synopsis. It claims that the book is about “a bisexual love triangle.” Sadly, that’s not at all what you find within the pages. It does address relatable and real life issues but no bisexual love triangle. I personally didn’t have an issue with it. The synopsis shouldn’t have misleading lines to get the reader to read it.

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3. Not Much Romance

If you’re looking for an adorable/steamy romance, you’re not getting that here. Like many reviewers on Goodreads said, there’s not much romance. What is there is “unhealthy” and “skewed” Nothing like the usual Young Adult Contemporary novels.

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4. Serious Issues That Were Shown As “Okay”

Hopefully this isn’t too much of a spoiler section. There’s a strange and inappropriate student-teacher relationship. A character who frequently steals and turns to drugs. Underaged drinking.  Forced sexual moments while either drunk or on drugs. It’s not okay. These are all serious issues that shouldn’t be messed with. An inappropriate relationship is wrong. Stealing and drug use is/can be illegal. Forcing someone to do sexual things is terrible and totally inappropriate. This was a major issue in the book.

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All of these complaints and issues make it seem like I hated this book. I actually enjoyed it a lot. Reading the reviews and thinking about the plot made me realize the flaws in this book. I still recommend reading it. It’s a great story about three friends and their adventures both in and out of school. There’s just some parts that are uncalled for, misleading and/or incorrect.

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That’s a wrap! Thanks for letting me rant a bit about this book. Reading through the reviews on Goodreads made me realize some huge issues with this book. What did you think about this book? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews/rants

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review|Are We There Yet-David Levithan

Hey everyone! It’s the beginning of the work week! I’m still in school and am on winter break. No stress for a bit. Today I am going to finally be doing a review of Are We There Yet By David Levithan. It’s not a well-known book but is still in the teen genre. Let me know if you’ve read the book or plan to after reading this review!


“Although it is such a singular word, there are many variations of alone. There is the alone of an empty beach at twilight. There is the alone of an empty hotel room. There is the alone of being caught in a throng of people. There is the alone of missing a particular person. And there is the alone of being with a particular person and realizing you are still alone.”  

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# of Pages: 215

Genre: Young Adult/Family

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Publication: March 13th, 2007


A Bit of A Summary:

Are We There Yet is a story about two brothers named Danny and Elijah. Danny is 23 years old and has a job. He’s hardworking and successful. Elijah is 16 and still in High School. He’s penniless and has drug issues. They have a strained relationship. When their parents send them off on a trip to Italy, they’re forced to spend countless hours together. When Elijah meets Julia, Danny is cast off, and the brothers are separated once again. Julia’s unsure about her feelings and Danny is forced to make a decision. He can either honor his relationship with his brother or follow his heart. Read the book to find out what he chooses!


Cons:

There are some using and mentions of drugs in this book. If that bugs you, steer clear. It’s overall plot is a bit dry. The story is told from a third person point of view. It’s interesting but doesn’t always do the story its justice. There isn’t much of a back story on any of the characters but you get to learn a bit about them.


Overall:

Are We There Yet is a quick read. I enjoyed the setting and the descriptions of Italy and it’s attractions.  It’s not my favorite book but is definitely worth a try.


That’s a wrap! What did you think about this style of book reviewing? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

Book Review|To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Hey everyone! Thanksgiving break was all of last week for me. Now it’s over and back to school. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend if you celebrate. Even if you don’t, I hope you had a great weekend! Today I am going to be doing a book review. I am reviewing  To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.


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Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

Author: Jenny Han

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# of Pages: 369

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Published: April 15th, 2014

My Rating: 4/5 stars ****


Summary Provided By Goodreads:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


My Thoughts:

I have heard only good about this book. I enjoyed it greatly. The imagery was fantastic. It really helped me picture who the characters really are. Jenny Han is an amazing writer. She knows how to draw you in. There are some parts that make me question the main character. That’s why it’s not a five star rating. If you enjoy a good contemporary novel full of love, drama and secrets, this is for you!


That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? Please keep them spoiler free as always. Stay tuned for a review of the sequel once I can get my hands on it!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review| The Great American Whatever

Hey everyone! It’s time for another book review! This one is called The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle. It’s a newer young adult book. Let’s get started!


 

Title: The Great American Whatever

Author: Tim Federle

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# of pages: 288

Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Family Issues

Published Date: March 29th, 2016

Rating: 4/5 stars


Summary (From Amazon):

Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before the car accident that changed everything.

Enter: Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—okay, a hot guy—and falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.


My Thoughts:

This was an overall good book. The characters were very detailed. The plot had some small issues but it was pretty enjoyable. I hope Tim Federle writes more YA books. You should definitely give this book a try.


That’s a wrap! I apologize for such  brief and vague thoughts.  Have you read this book? Are you going to? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Book Review| More Happy Than Not

Hey everyone! It’s Monday and it’s time for another book review. This is one I should’ve done week’s ago. It’s More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. It’s a young adult book. Let’s get started!


Title: More Happy Than Not

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Author: Adam Silvera

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Genre: Young Adult

# of pages: 304 pages

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.1/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.4/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard?


My Thoughts:

More Happy Than Not is a great book! The characters are detailed so you feel like you know them. There’s lots of action and twists and turns to the story. Aaron, the main character has had some pretty tough moments in his life. He has a girlfriend name Genevive. When Genevive leaves for camp, Aaron meets a boy named Thomas who he spends time with a lot. What happens next? I’m not going to spoil anything! This is definitely worth the read.


That’s a wrap! Have you read More Happy Than Not? Let me know what your thoughts are on the book.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review| Finding Audrey

Hey everyone! It’s Sunday and I am finally reviewing Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I finished this a while ago but am just now doing a review. Anyway, let’s get started!


Title: Finding Audrey

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Author: Sophie Kinsella

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Genre: Contemporary; Young Adult

# of pages: 304

My Rating: 4.5/5  stars

Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


My Thoughts:

I generally loved Finding Audrey. Audrey is such a great character. She has realistic real life problems.  She struggles so much and it can be relatable for those with  an anxiety disorder and/or depression.All the characters are so detailed that I feel like I know them. Linus, her brother’s friend is a brilliant character. He really believes in Audrey. Even when she has a total panic attack, he isn’t scared away. This book is full of life changing moments for both Audrey and her family. The only part that was the least bit unlikeable was the ending. It seemed too “happily ever after” for me. Overall, It’s such a touching book and definitely worth the read. There’s even a bit of suspense 🙂


That’s a wrap! What are your thoughts on Finding Audrey? Let me know! *NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

Book Review| I Am The Messenger

Hey everyone! It’s Sunday and I’m actually doing a post. Today I am finally reviewing I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak; author of The Book Thief. This is a teen book and a brilliant one at that. Let’s get started!


Title: I Am The Messenger

Author: Markus Zusak

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Young Adult

# of pages: 360

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.09/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?


My Thoughts:

From page one, I Am The Messenger had me glued to the pages. There was so much suspense and action. As it progressed, new characters were introduced in such detail that I felt like I knew them. Ed Kennedy, the main character is such a great guy! At first I was confused about The Doorman. I thought it was an actual doorman… really it’s Ed’s old dog. Once the first card arrives, Ed’s life is turned upside down. For the better and the worse. I loved this book to bits. There was so much imagery and detail to it. You felt what Ed felt in each and every situation. I without a doubt recommend this book!!


That’s a wrap! What are your thoughts on I Am The Messenger? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review: The Book Thief

Hey everyone! It’s Friday and time for another book review.  Today I am finally doing a review of The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. Let’s get started!


Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

 

Genre: Historical Fiction

# of pages: 592

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars


Amazon Summary:


It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


Editorial Reviews (Credit Given):

“An extraordinary narrative.”
School Library Journal, Starred


“Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak’s poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited.”
The Horn Book Magazine, Starred


“This hefty volume is an achievement…a challenging book in both length
and subject…”
Publisher’s Weekly, Starred


My Thoughts:

The perspective of this book is so unique! A book told my Death. The writing had me from  the beginning. Liesel Meminger is such a great character. I loved seeing how she grew and what she encountered. Though I didn’t shed many tears, make sure to have tissues ready at the end. It’s absolutely heart breaking. This is one of the books that I wouldn’t hesitate to give a five star. I recommend it to anyone who loves a unique, historical fiction, action filled book.


That’s a wrap! I extremely recommend The Book Thief if you haven’t read it already. If you have read it, what are your thoughts on it? *NO SPOILERS* Let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Book Review|The Porcupine of Truth

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Now you can hopefully relax! Today I am going to be doing a book review. As you can tell by the title, I am going to be reviewing The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg. This is the second book by the author. You can find the first book’s review here. Without further ado, here we go!


Title: The Porcupine of Truth

Author: Bill Konigsberg

# of pages: 336
Genre: LGBTQ, Adventure
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn’t really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who’s long held a secret regarding Carson’s grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson’s dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the “Porcupine of Truth” in all of their lives.”


Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

* “A friendship between a straight boy and a lesbian is relatively rare in YA fiction and is, accordingly, exceedingly welcome. And that’s the truth.” — Booklist, starred review


* “Konigsberg weaves together a masterful tale of uncovering the past, finding wisdom, and accepting others as well as oneself.” — School Library Journal, starred review


“Bill Konigsberg’s The Porcupine of Truth is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking, a funny and thought-provoking road trip with remarkable friends Carson and Aisha, who share tough lessons about mending fractures, forging bonds, and discovering grace. Undeniably human and unforgettably wise, this book is a gift for us all.” — Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and Winger


My Thoughts:

This was an amazing book! It’s the first time I’ve seen a straight boy and a lesbian be friends anywhere. This book is about Carson finding out about his grandpa’s past. At the beginning of the story, Carson meets Aisha. He falls in love with her at first but then learns that she’s a lesbian. Carson and Aisha become extremely close. His dad is an extreme alcoholic who is dying. Carson decides that he needs to find his grandfather and reunite him with his dad before he dies. Aisha and Carson travel across the country to find his grandfather following clues from people they don’t even know. To find out if they find his grandfather and more, read the book 🙂 I rated this 4.5/5 stars because there is some breaking and entering. I don’t think it was the best choice that could’ve been made. I hope more authors can put  diverse friendships like this in YA.


That’s a wrap! This is a great book. I definitely recommend it. Do you want to read this book after this review? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀