Pushing the Limits

16145531Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits is about two high school seniors who’ve basically been through hell. Echo was Miss Popular (well, one of) until one fateful night Sophomore year leaving her with a mosaic of scars crisscrossing her arms and little memory of the experience. Her controlling, overbearing, image-obsessed dad is expecting a child with her former babysitter and her mother–who may or may not have been involved in Echo’s ‘accident’–suffers from a mental illness. Bad boy Noah’s parents died two years ago and after an unfortunate encounter with a former foster parent he’s spent his time trying to reunite with the family he has left. BTW, you learn all this in the first two chapters so I’m not spoiling anything. Anyway, Echo is for various reasons forced to tutor Noah and it is through this that the two become properly acquainted. The novel is spent fixing/discovering their issues, documenting the goings-on of therapist appointments, and sorting through the intense feelings the two have for one another. Continue reading

He’s So Not Worth It

9703097He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott

WHAAAAAAAT!?!?!

WHY OH WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DO THAT TO ME, KIERAN? WHY?!

Okay, breathe, breathe. In, out. Whew.

Ahem, all right then. He’s So Not Worth It is the sequel to She’s So Dead To Us and the second in the He’s So/She’s So trilogy. If you’re here, I’m assuming you’ve already read the first one (if not, you may not want to see this) and know about the nasty little video and Shannen’s all-around evilness. The sequel follows Ally and Jake as they attempt (not so successfully) to deal with the fallout. Continue reading

She’s So Dead to Us

8341148She’s So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott

I really need to stop underestimating contemporary novels.

She’s So Dead to Us follow formerly rich and popular, now broke and hated Ally Ryan and her humiliation, victimization, loss, and love upon her return to Orchard Hill. Here she meets the super-sexy, super-flirty, super-off limits Jake Graydon (our other POV) who took her place among the ‘Cresties’, the rich kids of Orchard Hill and also Ally’s former best friends.

This is not the quick, light read the title would have you believe. The story actually deals with a lot more than simple romance and betrayal. Ally’s father talked a bunch of Crestie families into some bad investments resulting in the loss of millions, trust funds, houses, spouses, and more. Her dad immediately disappears and she and her mom move away for two years, severing all contact with their former close friends. Continue reading

Girl Online

22510983Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Bleh.

It’s bleh.

Let me just say that had it not been for my best friend’s incessant pleading that I read this, I wouldn’t have. It’s not that I regret reading it–it wasn’t positively horrible–but I’m just saying that there are much better uses of my time. Like studying.

Girl Online is the first novel written by Zoe Sugg. For those of you who don’t know her (like me, before the aforementioned incessant pleading), Sugg runs an ubër famous YouTube channel under the alias ‘Zoella’. Her book was published by Penguin Random House after consulting the CEO’s 13-year-old daughter (theverge.com). Continue reading

Smart Girls Get What They Want

12924304Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Can someone please explain to me why I didn’t read this sooner? I just— I don’t understand.

Let me just get it out there in the open: I am a total, complete, diehard hopeless romantic. And sometimes (I’m sorry) I might take a while to buy/read a certain book if it doesn’t seem to have much romance in it—I know, I’m ashamed. Anyway, it sat untouched on my shelf for a while until finally—and I say this with a smile—I read it. This book was downright adorable! I laughed. I sighed. I swooned. I rolled my eyes. I wanted to pull my hair out in frustration. I wanted to hurl the book against the wall and then check it for bruises before jumping back in.

Surprised? So was I. Continue reading