Wash Me Away by Wendy Owens | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: April 27th 2015

Synopsis:

Monsters have a way of following you.

Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.

When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: Four Bean Soup LLC

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Page Count: 239

Format: e-book


Note: I receives a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I had so many feels reading this book, and this book was so beautiful, telling the story of a girl dealing with suicide and finding love.

Quick Summary

Addison (Addy)’s life hasn’t been easy. Navigating life while discovering shocking family secrets isn’t too simple, especially paired with Napoleon Blake, who Addy finds herself falling for more every day. When it all becomes too much, will Addy be able to make the right choice?

Plot

I actually realized after reading this book that I haven’t read many books dealing with suicide. The most notable one I can remember is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (which I loved, by the way) and now, this one. I really liked the plot for this book. You know those kind of books that are completely unique to you but still like other books you read? That’s how it is, I kind of had a few John Green flashbacks, but overall Wash Me Away was its own touching story. I loved the storyline, learning about Addison’s backstory, as she falls in love, fights her demons, and my emotions were all over the place when reading this, because the plot really got to me. The climax especially had me on the tip of my toes, I’d become so attached to the story that I was deeply affected with what happens. (I know, I’m very cryptic, aren’t I?).
What I think could’ve been handled a bit better would be the suicide aspect of this book, because even though I knew Addy was dealing with thoughts of suicide, it was a bit less focused on for the first part of the book, and a bit more focused on the romance instead. But overall, the plot was really enjoyable.

Characters

I’m not really sure how to explain how I felt about the characters. I’ll tell you right away that I loved Napoleon Blake, the love interest in the story. His and Addy’s interactions together were just so cute, (especially this one) and their romance wasn’t a fast, hot romance, it was more of a sweet-instead-of-sexy kind of thing. And I loved it! Leo was just so lovable, and full of life, yet he has his own secrets that I really enjoyed finding out.

As for Addy herself, I just loved her as well. I wasn’t expecting to grow so attached to her when I first started the book, but by the end I was rooting for her quite hard. She went through so much and despite her traumatic childhood, remained innocent and so kind. It was truly heartbreaking to read about her pain, her belief that she’s a monster. I was taken on a huge emotional roller coaster as she started to fall in love despite the demons chasing her, watching her heart slowly mend, watching the pain become lighter. Addy wasn’t perfect, but she felt real, and she really touched my heart.

Writing Style

My tears mix with the rain, and I imagine them sinking into the earth, carrying my secrets and shame with them.

Wash Me Away had such beautiful writing, I couldn’t help but love it. Wendy Owens really showed the pain, the feelings of Addison, and did so with prose and a quotable style. Addy’s thoughts were simply so raw, the thoughts of a person who has seen and been through too much. She’s a good and smart person, but broken, and the writing really shows the effects of that. The writing was quite easy to read, and I simply flew through the pages.

Overall…

A remarkable story that not only tells a story of a girl with a traumatic past and dealing with suicide, but also a story of recovery and romance, and how there is hope under all the darkness. An emotional story, this book tugged at the heartstrings, and made me fall in love with the characters, especially Addy and Leo. The characters were so easy to root for, and I just loved the writing style. All in all, a great contemporary romance featuring a touching story with a broken protagonist struggling to fight her demons.

This book is one you don’t want to wash away. Eat it up!

-A

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: June 2nd 2015

Synopsis:

Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.

After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.

Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.

Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.

Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever.


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My Rating: 4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre(s): Young-adult fiction, contemporary

Page Count: 352

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 0062330373


Hi! Today I have a book review on Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer for you! I know this book has been on the TBR of many people (including mine) and although the decision to purchase and read this was quite sudden and spontaneous, I’m glad I did, because this was a super fun read!

Quick Summary

Proof of Forever follows four girls: Joy, Tali, Luce and Zoe, as they are taken to the past to relive their summer from two years back at camp. In the present, they are seventeen, and they have become estranged from eachother. They barely talk, contrary to their close friendship at fifteen, and now, after being transported to the past, the girls have to recreate their summer in order to get back to the present. Along the way, the girls find new love, and make great memories, but most of all, learn to be the friends they once were.Read More »

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West| Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: May 5th 2015

Synopsis:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre(s): Young-adult fiction, romance, contemporary

Page Count: 352

Format: E-book

ISBN: 0062336398


Used for the Popsugar challenge: A book finished in a day

Hey there! I should’ve posted this review (along with, like, 8 more) way before, but for some reason I haven’t been able to write good reviews the past weeks. Hopefully this is passable. 🙂

The Fill-In Boyfriend was an amazing contemporary read. It was, without a doubt, fun, enjoyable and hooking, while being based on a plot of being superficial and a girl fight, basically.

Quick Summary

Gia, the main character, just had her boyfriend break-up with her. On prom night, no less. The biggest problem with the break-up is that Gia’s friends will see her dateless. Jules, a girl in Gia’s friends group, is constantly trying to out Gia, beat her somehow, and thinks Gia was lying about her boyfriend. Not wanting to lose her friends’ friendship, Gia brings in a fill-in boyfriend, who acts as if Bradley. As Gia starts to care about fill-in Bradley, Gia’s lies and friendships all threaten to come apart.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: September 10th 2013

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

“Touching and utterly real.” —  Publisher’s Weekly


My Rating: 5 stars 5/5 (Outstanding)

Book InformationFangirl bookcover

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre(s): YA Contemporary, Coming-of-age

Page Count: 433

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 1250030951


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Hey there! I was planning on posting this book review yesterday but since I was so tired I didn’t get the chance.

I absolutely LOVED this book. I just flew through the pages, and I even teared up a few times, which is pretty rare for me (although that could be attributed to my sore throat… 😉 )! This book just gave me the feels! I loved the plot, the characters, and the writing style. It’s outstanding, and completely deserving of my 5 star rating!Read More »