YA romance

Book Review: Windfall

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What would you do if you won the lottery? When Alice buys her best friend Teddy a lottery ticket for his eighteenth birthday as a gag gift, they find out that against all odds, it was a winner. A millions and millions of dollars winner. But of course everything comes with a price, and luck isn’t always good luck. Will the money be too much for their friendship to weather?

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On Political Correctness, Plausibility, and Really Bad YA

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I started reading How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, but I’m not going to finish it. It was bad on so many levels. It was poorly written and not very interesting, and the characters were mediocre and unlikable at best. But, the worst of it all is that the premise of this book isn’t even remotely plausible. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads: (more…)

Double Book Review: The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction

Both of these YA novels by Robin Constantine feature some of the same characters, and I read them one right after the other, so I’m just going to review them together, The Promise of Amazing first.

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Wren Caswell is an academically and socially average girl getting over a breakup and working at her parents’ medieval-times-type restaurant. Grayson Barrett was a star athlete and top of his class—until he got kicked out of his prep school for pimping term papers. Their paths cross one night when Wren saves Grayson from choking at a wedding, and they can’t seem to stay away from each other since. But will both their pasts (and the threat of their futures) let them be who they want to be? (more…)

Book Review: Tell Me Three Things

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After moving from Chicago to L.A. when her dad gets remarried, Jessie gets an anonymous email on the first day of school from someone claiming to be her Wood Valley High spirit guide. After deciding (mostly) that it’s not just an elaborate hoax, Jessie and her anonymous emailer (calling himself Somebody Nobody, or SN for short) develop a bond, and Jessie becomes obsessed with discovering his identity. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

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Book Review: Alex, Approximately

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Expert evader Bailey Rydell just moved across the country to live with her father in California. Her only consolation is her online best friend and fellow film buff, Alex, who not only serves as emotional support, but happens to live in the same coastal town she just moved to. Scared that he’s not all he seems online, she sets out to find him before telling him she’s there, instead meeting Porter Roth, a.k.a. her archnemesis. Porter works at the museum where she got a summer job, and makes her life miserable. He mocks her, argues with her… and makes her completely unable to concentrate on anything else. But as the summer unfolds, Bailey has to decide whether to keep chasing a potential online romance or to go with the one that’s right in front of her, in all his sarcastic, scarred glory. But Porter has a secret of his own: He’s Alex… approximately. (more…)

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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Hadley missed her flight. The flight to London to attend her father’s wedding with a woman she’s never met. It should be one of the worst days of her life. But then she meets Oliver: tall, hot, British, and willing to help her through the claustrophobic hell that is flying. But upon reaching London, they lose track of each other. Will fate bring them together again or will life get the best of them? Can chance encounters really shape the rest of your life? (more…)

Book Review: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

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Graham is in love with his best friend, writing partner, and next-door-neighbor, Roxy. And a trip to New York Comic-Con is the perfect place to tell her. Or, at least, it would be if things didn’t keep going wrong for him. As reality continues to get in the way of his perfectly-planned-out fiction, Graham has to face the fact that life is never quite as perfect as we want it to be. (more…)

Book Review: How to Make Out

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How to Make Out is the story of Renley, a sixteen-year-old math geek with an incredibly hot, womanizing best friend, some serious daddy issues, a crush on some hot senior, and a need for thousands of dollars to go with the math club to New York City. So, she starts a blog to make the money, and typical YA emotions ensue.

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