Tag: Young Adult

Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.

Posted July 15, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
Published by Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 26th 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 293
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four-stars

High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike—know his secret...and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos.

FINALLY!

I haven’t been able to sit through an entire book to read and enjoy a book the way that I zipped right through this book this weekend. My weekends have seriously slowed down for the next little while with family reunions and social obligations out of the way, so I was able to enjoy the heck out of this book. I’m just not in the mood to read, gasp and fear for characters lives in romantic suspense as I thought I was so I picked this book up which is a book that me, Daphne and Holly picked up the last time we all went book shopping together a few weeks ago.

It was perfect!

Jenny Greenley is a junior at Clayton High School in Clayton, Indiana. Everyone loves Jen, she’s everyone’s best friend and she’s the “mayonaise” ….without her, everything falls apart. When we first meet Jen it’s really hard to not like her, I mean, just like everyone in her town and school, you can’t help but love her and befriend her. She’s one of those do gooder types and it’s just cute. She’s the girl next door that all of the parents love and want to babysit their kids. She’s the perfect person to keep your secrets and help console you when the other kids are being big time dookie sticks to you.

She’s an undercover columnist for the school’s newspaper. She writes the Ask Annie column and it’s the most secret job in all the school because she’s annonymous. Nobody can know who she is because they won’t think she’s nuetral so keeping secrets is like second nature to Jenny. So, the higher ups at her school didn’t think it was too big a job to entrust Jenny with the one secret that seriously needs to be kept.

The secret being the identity of the biggest heart throb in Hollywood according to Seventeen and Teen Vogue magazines.

Luke frickin’ Striker.

Luke will be “transferring” to Clayton High to research a new role he’s taken on as a high school student from the mid west. Having grown up in Southern California with a Starbucks on every corner and the Beverly Center just up the road, Luke knows next to nothing about living in a small town, so he heads to Indiana to find out how to act like a normal teenage kid, since normal for him was tutors on set of the tv series that started his career off on the path it is now.

So Jenny is entrusted with Luke’s secret…she must be his student guide at his new school and show him the ropes, all the while maintaining his “Lucas Smith” (I think that was his alias, I forget and my book is at home) persona. It was really hard considering everyone was falling in love with “Lucas”, everyone including her best friend. Jenny’s best friend, Trina is like Beyonce’ says in her song, Crazy in Love with him. Him, meaning Luke Striker. She knows everything about him, she knows all about his love affair with Angelique Tremaine and how she dumped him for some older than her director and left him alone and heartbroken.

And now it seems that she’s falling head over heels with Lucas Smith much to Jenny’s chagrin. The whole book centers around Jenny and everything that she does for everyone and everything everyone does for her which is a big fat NOTHING! You see the transformation from everyone’s best friend to changer of all bad things at the high school.

It was so cute to see Jenny go from being taken for granted to teen saver from the bullies of the school. And as much as I loved me some Luke Striker, for me, like Jen, it was ALL ABOUT SCOTT!

I loved how smart Scott was and how he was the only person who really knew Jen. He knew what she liked, what she didn’t like and he was just great to her, even though he was with Geri Lynn. It was cute to see how these two connected, I loved the whole car wash scene when Luke’s identity came to the front and I loved seeing Scott and Geri break up because of Scott’s little water fight with Jenny….ooh so cute!

I just love little teeny bopper books that have me reminiscing back to when I was in high school and having water fights with cute boys. Oh those were the days.

This book was really good, I totally recommend it to those of you who enjoy a good Young Adult book every now and again. This book made me laugh a lot and it was just great fun to read. I’m so glad that we picked this book and it has made me want to devour ALL OF MEG CABOTS BOOKS!

I need to go to the bookstore and stock up on the rest of the MC books, they’re just great and I promise that you won’t regret picking this one up, you can even read it with your daughters and nieces, it’s a great family friendly book to read…get it shorty!

four-stars


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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Posted July 5, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 8 Comments

All summer, Jess pushed himself to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade, and when the year’s first school-yard race was run, he was going to win.But his victory was stolen by a newcomer, by a girl, one who didn’t even know enough to stay on the girls’ side of the playground. Then, unexpectedly, Jess finds himself sticking up for Leslie, for the girl who breaks rules and wins races. The friendship between the two grows as Jess guides the city girl through the pitfalls of life in their small, rural town, and Leslie draws him into the world of imaginations world of magic and ceremony called Terabithia. Here, Leslie and Jess rule supreme among the oaks and evergreens, safe from the bullies and ridicule of the mundane world. Safe until an unforeseen tragedy forces Jess to reign in Terabithia alone, and both worlds are forever changed.

In this poignant, beautifully rendered novel, Katherine Paterson weaves a powerful story of friendship and courage.

What I Liked: Everything. This book was read to my fifth grade class. Everyday, the teacher would read a chapter out loud to us. Only if we behaved. I remember a few times we didn’t behave and the teacher didn’t read. I was so bummed. I wanted to know what happened! Some of my favorite parts was when Leslie and Jess got revenge on Janice when she stole Maybelle’s Twinkies. Or when Jess sprayed milk at Leslie. This is the first book I remember I had to have. My sister gave it to me for my birthday. My copy is now all torn, battered and dog eared.

What I Disliked: The end. I think all the girls in my class were sniffling. But I can’t imagine the book having a different ending. Also, Brenda and Ellie bugged me. They were the two annoying older sisters. They enjoyed torturing Jess and his “girl friend” Leslie. They were just superficial brats.

Did the movie measure up: When I saw commercials for the movie, I was all, “They better not RUIN this!!!” Hollywood has a habit of doing that and the commercials were misleading. I thought they were making another Narnia. However, the movie was good. It stuck to the book. A few changes were made here and there. Nothing major though. I still got all teary eyed at the end of the movie.

Would I recommend the book: Yes I would. I love this book. It’s one of my favorite childhood books. It’s also a very fast read. I finished it in under an hour. The story just gets a hold of you.

Grade: 5/5


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Review: Twilight by Meg Cabot.

Posted April 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Twilight by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
The Mediator #6: Twilight by Meg Cabot
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st 2005
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 256
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four-half-stars

Suze has gotten used to ghosts. They wake her up in the middle of the night. They haunt her locker at school. She's even spotted a few down at Carmel Beach. Suze is a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day's work for her. The last thing she ever expected was to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth-century hottie.

But when she and Paul Slater, himself a mediator of undeniable power (and dubious intent), discover that the powers they share aren't limited to helping ghosts resolve their earthly woes, but can also be used to determine whether or not they become ghosts in the first place, Suze can't help but freak. Not because she suddenly knows how to alter the course of history, but because Paul can, too. And Paul would like nothing better than to prevent Jesse's murder, keeping him from becoming a ghost and allowing him to live a natural life at last ... but in the nineteenth century. Meaning Jesse and Suze would never meet.
Suddenly, Suze is faced with the most important decision of her life: allow the only guy she's ever loved to have the life he's always longed for ... or keep him anchored forever in half-life at her side. Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

I finished this book earlier this week and I’ve got to say that I loved the way this series ended, because this series DID end with this book, right? Goodness, I hope so because the series needed to end just the way it did in Twilight.

Meg Cabot did an excellent job with this series and I’m being totally serious here. This is a series that I’m enjoying right along with my two nieces, Chloe and Chelsea. Brenna (my daughter) is excited to read it when she turns 14 and my nieces Meghan, Makenna, Chaylene and Cheridan are waiting in line to read this series as well. I’ve read aloud to them nightly and so they are all really looking forward to reading about Suze’s adventures being a mediator and pleasing the many ghosts who came knockin’ or really, yelling in her room.

Meg Cabot sure doesn’t disappoint with Twilight. It was an upbeat, funny story just like her other stories were but I’ve got to say that I wanted to strangle Suze more than once in this book. She was so hot damn whiny about stopping Paul from doing what she didn’t want him to do and if you ask me, her reasons for stopping Paul from doing what he wants to do…for Jesse are so effing selfish they made me want to bitch slap her upside her damn head and then karate chop her knee caps off.

Seriously, the dumb broad shows her age (all of 16) when she bitches and moans about why Paul can’t go through with his plan to “save” Jesse’s life.

I mean, she loved Jesse so much that she wanted him to stay dead and with her in her room for all of her years and however many years it took for him to move on, I guess.

It was so stupid!

But she makes up for her stupidness in the end and I was happy with the way the story ended. It’s all make believe and if I can read and love stories where Dark Hunters get their souls back and give up their immortality to be with the ones they love, I can totally dig ghosts and their lives and whatever that they have in this story.

I would totally recommend this series to anyone that wants to read great, teenage fun chasing ghosts and righting wrongs for the dead. It’s a laugh a minute and the characters are sweet, warm and very lovable.

Get these books now and read them, a treat for all ages!! =)

I read and reviewed the rest of this series over at my old book blog, Sanctuary’s Finest so you can find the other reviews here:

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Book 5: Haunted
Twilight

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

four-half-stars


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Review: Haunted by Meg Cabot.

Posted April 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Haunted by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
Haunted by Meg Cabot

Publication Date: October 6th 2009
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 288
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five-stars

Suze is used to trouble, but this time she's in deep: Ghostly Jesse has her heart, but Paul Slater, a real flesh—and—blood guy, is warm for her form. And mediator Paul knows how to send Jesse to the Great Beyond. For good.

Paul claims he won't do anything to Jesse as long as Suze will go out with him. Fearing she'll lose Jesse forever, Suze agrees. But even if Suze can get Jesse to admit his true feelings for her, what kind of future can she have with a guy who's already dead?

This book was a trip.

Paul Slater is so slimy and bad for Suze but I can’t help but like him, only because he’s a bad ass and all women like the bad asses! The other reason I thought that Paul was better suited for Suze (totally against my better judgement of course) is because he’s, well alive. The only other person that could capture Suze’s heart, is a dead guy who lives in her room named Jesse and as much as I loved Jesse, I didn’t see how they could have a future together with her growing older and Jesse staying 20 forever as a ghost.

If you think about it, Suze would never get to introduce her boyfriend to her parents, friends and loved ones. She would never go out on an official date because well, Jesse doesn’t eat and no one can see him, so while she’d be out on their “date” she’d be talking to herself and her family would probably check her into the nearest mental institution.

See her dillemma there?

With Paul, underneath all of the Billy Bad Ass techniques, he’s got a heart beating somewhere in there and he really likes Suze, so it would just go to show that he’d change for her, right? He was totally redeemable in this story, I mean, he got on my hot damn nerves with how persistent and how truly unlikeable and shady he could be but what great hero doesn’t need a total makeover in the character department before turning into the man we all know and love in the end? I had every faith that Meg Cabot could turn his character around…

…well atleast I hoped he would….

…in the beginning and middle of the book.

And then I came to my senses. Jesse is where my heart belonged and he was the man that I wanted Suze to somehow end up with. I didn’t care how Meg brought them together, I only knew that it was those two that I wanted standing in the end, riding off into the sunset together.

With all the crap that Jesse has pulled Suze out of and all of the feelings bottled up inside of Suze for Jesse, they totally deserve some kind of happy ending and I was so anxious to read it.

This book was fanfrickin’tastic!

There was more Brotherly love from the Akerman brothers toward Suze and I seriously loved reading the scene where Brad and Jake’s party totally crashed and burned. I loved seeing the fight between Suze’s “men” and the coming out of Jesse to her friends. I loved how CeeCee, who didn’t believe in ghosts and all of that crap that her Aunt is famous for, believed in Suze and was curious to find out all about “Jesse”.

I enjoyed the scenes with Father Dominic, Adam, Brad, Andy, Jake and even nerdy David. This series is filled to the brim with fabulous characters that reach right into your insides and squeeze your heart with loads of laughter and just all around good characteristics. This is an all star cast and I am totally in love with this little Mediator World that Meg Cabot has created.

Haunted is a great story and I had high hopes for Twilight.

Great, great book!

The Reading Order: I read and reviewed the other books in this series over at my old book blog, Sanctuary’s Finest, but here are the links to the other reviews I did for this series.

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Haunted.
Twilight.

five-stars


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