Isla has had a crush on Josh ever since her freshman year in their school in Paris. They’ve barely spoken and Josh has always had a girlfriend. Until now. When Isla runs into Josh during summer in New York, the two of them share a moment. Isla is excited t0 finally have some sort of connection with her longtime crush. But as they start a real relationship, Isla and Josh have to deal with opposition from the staff at the school, their family, friends and a whole lot of drama. This was a well-written, quick read that I enjoyed immensely. Josh and Isla have very clear chemistry and it’s almost not to root for them. This book had me laughing and crying throughout. Definitely give this a try if you are interested in a light, fun book.
Amber Holland has the perfect life. Lavish, luxurious and all funded by her father. When a night out goes too far, her father decides to cut her off and ship her off to Beijing. Amber has to stick it out for a year and make it on her own with the assistance of her former best friend and her father’s current employee and watchdog, Kent James. As Amber adjusts to her new life abroad she makes friends and a life on her own. But Amber soon discovers an easier although riskier way to make a living. If she’s successful she can get through the year without a hitch. If not, Kent might drag her back home to face her father. I bought this immediately after finishing “Awkward in Print” and I loved it immensely. This book is well-written, hilarious and entertaining. It is a quick read that can be read in one sitting and I strongly recommend this book if you want something light and fun.
Hollywood starlet, Jojo Hudson releases a tell-all book about her life. Except that the one thing her “tell-all” focuses on is a complete lie. Jojo has built her life around this lie so if it gets out, her career and her engagement both go down the drain. But the only person who knows that Jojo is lying hasn’t been seen for years. Until the day of her book launch when he appears out of thin air. Ace threatens to reveal everything about him and Jojo unless she breaks up with her billionaire boyfriend and pretends to date him. Ace wants a way in to Hollywood and he is determined that Jojo be his ticket to stardom. But as Jojo and Ace spend more time together, Ace seems more interested in her and less interested in networking with the who’s who of the industry. This was an incredibly well-written book with lots of twists that I did not see coming. I went into this book expecting a cute, chick-lit romance but it delivered SO MUCH MORE. I can’t say more without giving the entire book away but trust me you do NOT want to miss this.
Amanda Kittredge has always been seen as the little Kittredge girl. But when her brothers best friend and her longtime crush, Brady Everett doesn’t even seem to realize she’s graduated from high school, Amanda makes the decision to show him and all of Cold River that she’s an adult capable of making her own decisions. Preferably reckless ones so that she can look back on a life well-lived and full of lessons learned. No one is more surprised than Amanda when one of those lessons include sleeping with Brady Everett – all in the name of learning about men. The last thing Brady expected when his best friend asked him to keep an eye on Amanda was that he would find himself involved with her. But she is a temptation he cannot deny. As Amanda and Brady spend more time together, they forge a connection that becomes difficult to break. I loved this book and read it in one setting. Amanda and Brady have amazing chemistry and it was great to see Brady go from oblivious to in love. If you’re looking for a romance I strongly recommend this book.
This is the book that I wish I had when I started my first job. Lauren Berger shares real life examples of how to deal with “The Real World”, possible pitfalls at work and just how to overall kick ass at work without suffering burnout. Even after a few years into my first job, I still found so many things helpful in this book. Lauren stresses the importance of work-life balance and taking care of yourself. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the workplace whether it is dealing with rejection, how to become better organized, possible problems you may encounter at work and how to work with different types of people. All of this super-handy info is told in a conversational manner so it is almost like having a mentor guide you through the workplace (and speaking of mentors, she discusses that too). If you are a college graduate or you know a college graduate, I highly recommend this book.
“The Hunger Games” is a dystopian novel set in the the Panem, a Capitol surrounded by twelve (very poor districts). Due to a past war, the Capitol hosts the Hunger Games each year to show the districts exactly how mighty they are. The Hunger Game is a battle to the death for one boy and one girl from each district. When Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, she is paired with Peeta, the baker’s son. Peeta once provided Katniss with bread when she was starving. It’s an act of kindness she has never forgotten and not one that she is comfortable with. Because if she is to win the Hunger Games, she has to kill Peeta. It isn’t long before Katniss and Peeta become fan favourites and are forced to choose between their humanity or winning the games. I watched “The Hunger Games” when it first came out and I was not really impressed. So I don’t know what made me pick up this book but I was glued from the very first second. If you haven’t read “The Hunger Games” as yet, definitely pick it up. You will not regret it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the timeless tale of Alice and follows her in the crazy world of Wonderland and the Looking-Glass. “Alice in Wonderland” is one of my all-time favourite books and the older I get, the more often I start to quote this book. (My current favorite is “I am not crazy, my reality is just different from yours”). Also, I feel like the White Rabbit is my spirit animal since he and I are always running late. This edition is full of great illustrations and interactive elements such as a map of the Looking Glass World and the rabbit’s house with Alice trapped in it. While I have always enjoyed reading “Alice in Wonderland”, my own copy is a tattered black and white from childhood so it was a great delight to reread this edition. My only regret is not having a little one to share this book with (but at the same time I’m too terrified to share this with my little cousins in case they damage it). This is a great collector’s edition that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys “Alice in Wonderland”.
Skye uses her psychic powers to “read” people’s futures. It’s her side hustle. Her trick is simply telling people what they want to know. By simply reading their reactions, facial expressions and their appearance, Skye can judge pretty accurately what people want her to tell them. But when Paige, the most popular girl at school goes missing, Skye offers to work with the police to find her. It isn’t difficult. Skye knows exactly what happened to Paige and where she is. But it isn’t long before things take a twisted turn. Skye can either tell the truth, save Paige and ruin her own name. Or hope that whoever has Paige comes clean and lets her go…soon. This book was well-written and thrilling. I couldn’t put it down. I loved how easily Skye could read people and I loved the ending. I didn’t know who to trust or what was going on. This was an amazing rollercoaster ride of plot twists and turns. If you’re looking for a mystery, definitely give this a try.
In “Picture Perfect”, the Manners take New York. Harriet and her family have to move when her dad gets a new job. The family is uprooted to a tiny suburb in the middle of nowhere (but still close to New York so yay? I don’t know. I was as disappointed as Harriet that they were not in actual NYC). Harriet is about to try again at being a model and honestly I don’t really care. I’m just here for Nick. Who is busy on the other side of the world being a model. I loved Harriet, her wonky family and Wilbur and they made this book for me. Personally I just wanted to see Nick and Harriet together because I feel like we haven’t seen enough of their relationship in the present but that didn’t happen. All the same, I loved seeing New York through Harriet’s eyes. This was a great read that had me laughing throughout
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I started “Model Misfit” immediately after finishing “All Wrapped Up.” I was that interested in Nick and Harriet’s story. So you can imagine my shock and horror when a few pages into this book, I find out that THEY BROKE UP. Be still my aching heart. When her summer plans fall apart and her parents go baby crazy, Harriet jumps up at the chance to model in Japan. Harriet is excited to be away from home but that changes when she runs into Nick who is also shooting in Japan. All of Harriet’s plans start to fall apart (again) as she starts accidentally messing up her shoots in a big way. Obviously this upsets her boss, Yuka. As hurt as I was about Nick and Harriet’s break-up, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by Harriet’s antics in this book. “Model Misfit” is (impossibly) funnier than “Geek Girl” and I couldn’t stop laughing (when I wasn’t crying over Nick. Because yes, it makes sense for me to be sad about the break-up of characters over a decade younger than me). Like “All Wrapped Up”, I had to get myself a print copy of “Model Misfit”. I didn’t even wait to finish the book. I just knew that I needed a print copy of my own. If you’re looking for a funny and light read, I definitely recommend you try this book.