Jun 19, 2015

The DUFF

I knew about The DUFF for quiet a while before I got around to reading it. Actually what sparked my desire to finally read The DUFF was because of watching the movie. That rarely happens but in this case I'm glad it did because I enjoyed reading this book.


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. 

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.


Bianca is informed by her high school's man-slut that she is The DUFF--Designated Ugly Fat Friend. She doesn't take it very well. On top of being informed she's the ugly friend in her group her parents are having issues and all Bianca wants to do is escape.

This was a really quick read for me. Despite not agreeing with the way Bianca deals with the shit going on in her life I couldn't help but get wrapped up in the story. I really enjoyed Bianca's narration. She's got that won't put up with bullshit attitude with a big dollop of cynicism on top of that. I could relate with her thinking when it came to high school relationships. I was totally like that in high school only Bianca was straight forward and so not shy about it. I loved it, but I always wanted to shake some sense into the girl. I kept thinking to myself she could have found another way to distract herself from the issues presented in her life but at the same time I could sort of understand why she does what she does even if I didn't agree with it.

Wesley Rush is a really unlikeable character and yet I totally liked him, in fact by the end of this book I kind of sort of loved his character. I still don't quiet know how that happened when half the things he said made me want to shove a bar of soap in his mouth. But even though he said a lot of things that would have made me walk away in disgust in real life there was something about his being upfront that I liked. He didn't hide the fact he was a man-whore and he certainly did not sensor his thoughts when he definitely should have.

This book has a pretty good message despite containing a lot of not so good examples of dealing with stress. I think half of the population has felt like The DUFF. I know I have. I really liked that this book tackled the struggle of dealing with the thought of being the least attractive friend. Something like that can really get into your head and I thought that Kody Keplinger did a good job of writing it in a way that felt realistic to me. 

Now if you have seen the movie and expect to find the same thing in this book you won't. They are completely different. They hold the same message only presented in completely different ways. I enjoyed both the movie and the book and would totally tell people to see the movie and read the book. Just don't expect to find the same story. 

The DUFF was another hit and is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a quick contemporary read. The subject might not be everyone's cup of tea but Bianca is a really great character and it's a really good read. I will definitely be reading more from this author.









Jun 16, 2015

Fangirl

I've read a lot of books. Some hits others not such a hit. I've read books that I thought I never wanted to end, books that I could have read for what felt like ages. I have never read a book quiet like Fangirl. I feel like I literally could read chapters and chapters about Levi and Cath and never once feel the need for their story to come to a conclusion.


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?


Cath and her twin sister Wren are starting their freshman year of college. Cath would much rather be sitting in her room writing fanfiction instead of hanging out with a bunch of people she doesn't want to get to know. Wren is all about the people and the experience. 

I wasn't to sure if I would like Cath or Wren at first. We get more Cath then we do Wren in the first half of the book. It took me a chapter or two to fall into the style that Rainbow Rowell wrote, but once I did, once I fell completely into the writing and Cath's story I was completely gripped. I could relate so much with Cath. The anxiety, the struggle with meeting new people, the desire to write until your wrists hurt. Everything about Cath made me go "I so get that."

Wren despite me wanting to shake some sense into her the first half of the book I couldn't not like her. Even when I wanted to dislike her I couldn't. Not really. Because even though she screws up, gets wrapped up in the fun that is college Wren is still a great character. She's a bit screwed up, but you can't hold it against her because she's dealt with a lot. She just handles it different than Cath. Has her own issues.

Fangirl has been one of the realest books I've read in a long time. I've read a few books recently that felt pretty darn real, but nothing quiet like this. Something about the way it was written, how fleshed out and denominational these characters were made everything about it practically seem tangible, like at any moment Levi would walk down the street with that big ass smile.

Cath's got a pretty dysfunctional family. I loved it once again because of the realness. Most families are dysfunctional. In a lot of books that I read the families are either not very present or when they are present it doesn't flow naturally. This book not only flowed naturally but it was all so denominational--the characters, their problems, their struggles, the whole story itself.

I can only put off talking about Levi for so long. I knew that if I didn't hold off that I would not get the rest of this review written because LEVI. Yes, he's so good his name had to be capitalized. This character was REAL. I know I keep saying that but I can't find another word to describe this story other than real. Levi was an amazing character. I want a Levi. Levi has kicked all my book boyfriends to the curb, with a toothy smile of course, and taken the crown of ultimate book boyfriend. I don't know if there will be character that can top Levi. I seriously don't. This whole paragraph has told you nothing about Levi, all I've said is how much I love him but I feel like you have to read this book and meet Levi yourself. Just wait, Levi shows up and you're a goner even before you realize your a goner.

My only issue with this book was the story about Simon and Baz. I was so consumed by Cath and Levi that I didn't want to read about Simon and Baz. I did at first, I read the fanfiction that was in the story and I liked it don't get me wrong, but to me it was like reading a whole other book. I didn't want to do that. I wanted Cath and Levi. Simon and Baz needed to wait until after I had finished Cath and Levi's story, so I skipped over a lot of the stuff that Cath wrote simply because it clouded my brain when all I wanted was Cath's story. Now I get that it was apart of her story, but the way it was written felt like two different things despite it all technically being one. 

Fangirl is getting 4.5 out of 5 birds from me! I loved this book. I did not want to stop reading about Levi and Cath. I was actually really sad when I came to the last page. I wanted more. Rainbow Rowell has hooked me. I will most definitely be reading more from her and I would recommend you read Fangirl. It's such a great book.



Jun 9, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. Which is what I plan to do today! I will be sharing two teasers from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!



"Cath! Not a ladder--a fireman's pole! You'd still have to use the stairs to get up to your room--but, Cath, a fireman's pole. I think I can do this myself. I mean, I'll have to find a pole..." (pg 64)


"Look at you. All sweatered up. What are those, leg sweaters?" (pg 91)









At first it took me a couple chapters to get into the story but once I got used to the style of writing there was no going back. I'm really enjoying it and I love the characters and the humor. Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked out! Happy Reading!

May 30, 2015

P.S I Still Love You

Some books you wish you hadn't read until closer to the release date of the next book. That happened with All The Boys I've Loved Before. In no way did I regret reading that book but boy was I in for a long wait for the next book. And finally getting to read P.S I Still Love You and devouring it like my favorite desert makes me realize there are just some authors who you want an endless supply of their books right after the other.


Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.


Lara Jean had never intended to actually have feelings for Peter. Those were of the past. Until they weren't. But now things are complicated. Another boy who got one of her letters shows up and it makes everything confusing for Lara Jean.

If there is one thing Jenny Han can do is she can write a book that makes you feel everything the main character is feeling if not more. I was apprehensive at first when I started this series when it came to Lara Jean because she was new to me and I had been so attached to the main character in Jenny Han's first series that it made me really miss those characters who's story I felt so entwined in. I quickly grew to love Lara Jean and my affection for her grew deeper in this book. She is easy to connect with and though she is young there are moments when she is so wise and beyond her years.

I was so nervous going into this book. One because I had no clue what to except. A new boy? That smelt like trouble. And secondly knowing this was the last we would get to read about Lara Jean made me so sad it turned into nervous butterflies hoping that it all worked out for her and Peter. What I most definitely wasn't expecting was to fall so hard for the new boy John who we briefly knew about in the first book but never got to know on a deep level.

John won me over as he would any girl. He is the guy every girl wants to fall in love with. He is the guy that reminds you that though you think they can't have all the qualities of kindness, chivalry, humor, just the right amount of confidence and shyness they so can. I'll even go as far as saying I almost wanted Lara Jean to fall as head over heels for John as I did. Not that I didn't love Peter because there will never be a character quiet like Peter Kavinsky, but John was special in a very different way.

Peter Kavinsky oh how you frustrate me so! I love this character for a lot of reasons but I had my moments of wanting to shake him bonkers. But, gosh I adore him. He's so full of himself yet so not at the same time. I feel like if I say to much about Peter I will ruin something so I will keep it short and sweet. Sweet, like Peter Kavinsky.

The bond between Lara Jean and her sisters is one of my favorite things about these books. I couldn't get enough of Kitty and her sass. I so hope that by some small chance we get a book about Kitty. There is nothing I would want more than to see how Kitty is as a sixteen year old. She would be fierce and a force to be reckoned with. It would be amazing. I know I can't be alone in wanting a book from Kitty's teenage point of view.

P.S I Still Love You was a hit and is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! Jenny Han writes such beautiful stories and I personally can't wait for more from her. I could never get enough books from Jenny Han. Her stories are timeless. Read them, read them all!



May 13, 2015

Geeking Out

Everyone has that author who inspires them with the stories they create. Some of us have more than one author who inspires us. For me there has always been one who always, always was my idol. That one author who I always scurry to the bookstore to get their latest release. That author would be Sarah Dessen. I devour her books like candy and then very quickly realize I probably should not have read it so fast. She writes the kind of books you wish lasted longer. The kind of books that you read way to fast but always, always go back to after a year or two.

I had planned on being quick about this post and recapping the event of getting to meet Sarah Dessen...but as you can see that isn't happening. The thing about Sarah Dessen is I've been reading her books since I was twelve which might not seem like that big of a deal. But it's a big deal because her books are a huge reason I'm the reader I am today. Also, the fact I've finally gotten the chance to meet her after years of hoping I would I'm a little overwhelmed by how awesome it was and the fact that I actually met her. Hence, the title Geeking Out.



The last few years I've been to quiet a few author signings but this one has been my favorite. Sarah is so so nice. She's funny. She was honest with everything she told about her writing, the process that she goes through when it comes to writing her books. I loved that because as an aspiring writer it's interesting to hear how every authors process is different. I really took a lot out of what she had to say.


Because I had been so excited and been eager for this moment for so long once I finally got to talk to Sarah it was like words failed. Did I ask her something interesting? I wish I had a really great question. But all I asked was about chickens because the farm I work at is looking into getting chickens and it's kind of been my task to figure out the wheres and the whats of how to get the process started. It seemed perfect! Sarah has chickens it was a solid question. I got the question about chickens out and got some helpful hints and then my mind just completely blanked on what to say or ask other then "I've been such a fan for so long!" Sarah was really gracious and kind despite my being speechless and geeky and totally in awe that all the books that I own of hers would now be signed.


In conclusion Sarah Dessen is now more than ever a favorite of mine. I also learned that perhaps carrying a notebook with prepared questions for these kinds of things is a good idea. Thinking on it after typing up this post I was very much Eddie Redmayne at the oscars--overhwlemed, amazed, in awe and totally geeking out.



Now I will proceed to admire my shelf of Sarah Dessen books I've always admired.