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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the truth about forever by sarah dessen August 22, 2011

Filed under: 4 stars,easy read,loss,sad,sarah dessen,summer,ya — Andrea @ 12:52 pm

Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she’ll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father’s recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother’s open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.

 

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I really enjoyed this one. There was no big mystery or great romance, it was just a fun read.

Macy’s father passed away a year and a half ago and ever since then she’s been “fine, just fine,” which is code for just barely making it.  Her sister has married and moved out and her mom is avoiding her own grief by working way too much at her job.  Her boyfriend Jason is an unemotional genius and Macy has nobody to talk to.  Her mom needs her to be perfect and so she is.  She does everything expected of her and little else.  In short, she’s barely living.

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