Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Summary from Goodreads: 

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.


I got this book from my local library! 

My Thoughts: 

“Just like there's always time for pain, there's always time for healing.” 

This is such an easy 5 star rating for me. I loved this book and I thought it was amazing. I feel guilty whenever saying it was amazing because the subject of the book is so terrible and heartbreaking but Jennifer took this heartbreaking topic and turned it into such a great story that I will never forget. 

School shootings are such terrible things and they get me so upset. I wish we had world peace and there was no children or parents that had to worry about the safety of themselves or their children when they are walking into school or dropping them off to school. 

I loved how we got some chapters that were set at the day of the shooting and some chapters that were showing us Valerie after the shooting. I felt like this was a great way to organize this book because I wouldn't have liked to have a huge information dump about all the school shooting details at one time. 

This book made me feel so many emotions. Happy and sad at the same time. I was so mad at some characters and I was rooting others on and was right by their side through the entire story. Other characters grew on me while the story went on and I learned more about who they really are. 

This has got to be one of my top five favorite books of all time! I just loved it and can't wait to read some more of Jennifer's books!

My Rating:

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Summary From Goodreads: 

Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.
Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act -- suicide.
Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.
Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.
And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.
In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun -- and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life -- but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.
I got this book from my local library! 
My Thoughts:
Ellen Hopkins write such disturbing books but they are so wonderfully written. 

This story follows three teens: Conner, Tony, and Vanessa, who are all suicidal. There are three point of views in the book: one for each character and every character had such tough lives. I felt bad for every one of them. 

I love books written in verse. (If you like any verse books let me know your favorites so I can check them out!) Every book I have read it verse just creates such a beautiful story with amazing writing and that is exactly what this book was. Ellen creates such beautifully written stories that make you feel all the feels. 

One complaint I did have about this book is very often I forgot which character's point of view I was reading and I had to go back and check multiple times which disturbed the flow of the writing at times. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I was not at all expecting that ending, totally caught me off guard!
My Rating: 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Stacking The Shelves [2]


Hey guys! These are all of the books I have acquired this past week! 

Books from the Library: 

e-ARCS from Edelweiss 

Hope you enjoyed this post and let me know down below what books you got this week that you are looking forward to reading!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Reads 1/10 [1]

This weekend I will be focusing on three books. Two are pretty short so I think I should make some pretty good progress on each of these books!

I hope to finish Two Boys Kissing and Ketchup Clouds this weekend and hope to get one third done of Teardrop! Let me know what you are reading this weekend! I would love to know!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Stacking The Shelves [1]


This is my first Stacking The Shelves meme! I will be posting these weekly every Thursday and these are where you can see all of the books I have got in the past week! This meme was created by Tynga's Reviews: 

These are all of the books I have acquired in the past week and there is a lot of them! 

        Bought: (my dad purchased this for me!)

 Books From The Library: 

e-ARCS from Netgalley & Edelweiss 

Whew! Lots of books! And no, I am not lying when I said I got all of these in the past week! I will be back with another Stacking The Shelves next Thursday!