The Busy Bibliophile

where I review books, mostly ya and chick-lit

mostly good girls by leila sales September 1, 2011

Filed under: 3 stars,bad boy,besties,easy read,leila sales,quick read,ya — Andrea @ 8:42 am

The higher you aim, the farther you fall….
 
It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and figuring out how to talk to boys without choking on her own saliva. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of cutthroat academics, her crush’s new girlfriend, and the sense that things are going irreversibly wrong with her best friend, Katie.
 
When Katie starts making choices that Violet can’t even begin to fathom, Violet has no idea how to set things right between them. Westfield girls are trained for success—but how can Violet keep her junior year from being one huge, epic failure?

 

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I wanted to really like this one, you know?  It’s gotten pretty good reviews, so I figured it would be a sure thing.  But I just couldn’t love it.  I liked it okay, but I definitely wouldn’t call it a must-read.

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twenty boy summer by sarah ockler August 5, 2011

Filed under: 4 stars,beach,besties,sad,sarah ockler,summer,v-card,ya — Andrea @ 4:15 pm

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.Twenty Boy Summer explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

 

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Matt and his sister Francesca (Frankie) have been best friends with neighbor Anna forever.  Anna’s been in love with Matt for about that long.  But she hasn’t told Frankie.  One day Matt kisses Anna.  They start a secret relationship and Matt promises to tell his sister Frankie soon.  But instead he goes and dies.  Bummer, right?

There’s sadness and crying and loss.  Anna still can’t tell Frankie the truth because she promised (the now dead) Matt she wouldn’t.  Even though he’s dead.  Because she promised.  Okay, moving on.

What better way to forget about your problems then go on a family tradition month-long trip to the beach?  To fill the empty space the now dead Matt left, the family invites Anna to join them.  The girls (mostly Frankie) decide they will meet/hit on/be hit on by/make out with/have sex with at least 20 boys.  Because Frankie lost her v-card already and now it’s time for Anna to lose hers.  But Anna’s still hung up on Matt.  But she can’t tell Frankie that because she promised Matt.  Who’s now dead.

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firefly lane by kristin hannah August 4, 2011

Filed under: 3 stars,besties,chick-lit,kristin hannah,romantic,sad — Andrea @ 4:15 pm

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all—beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives. 

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness. 

 Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . . 

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship—jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you—and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend.

 

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Firefly Lane is a story about two young girls who become best friends. We follow them through school, college, falling in and out of love, forming careers and families, and as they deal with the every day.

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