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.
Following shortly after “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire” follow Peeta and Katniss as they embark on a Victory Tour though the districts. Katniss soon learns that her actions during the Hunger Games have sparked rebellions and as a result, are costing people their lives. In a desperate attempt to save the citizens as well as her friends and family, Katniss continues to pretend that she and Peeta are a couple. But nothing they do can stop the flames of rebellion and President Snow retaliates by hosting another Hunger Games with all of the Victors from the previous games. Katniss is thrown back into the area and forced to fight for her and Peeta’s life…while still being careful not to do or say anything that could spark another rebellion. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book especially the relationship between Katniss and Peeta. I could never see Katniss falling for Peeta because he just seemed like a wet sponge but this book really made me ship them. In fact I was so taken with this book that as soon as I finished, I rushed out to buy the first two movies. I feel like 2019 is way too late to be a Hunger Games fangirl but here I am and I LOVE THIS SERIES!
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.