Sunday, March 29, 2009

Two Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt

Summary: There are two sides to every breakup. This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.
Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.
- from Amazon

Review: So let's go through everything that I love about this book. It's told in alternating points of view, which I know not everyone likes, but I love it. Otherwise I'm always wondering what the other person was thinking. This story is kind of different than most because in most the characters work their way towards an amazing relationship through flirting and the occasionally snide coment and dating. Instead in this book they start with the after-breakup phase. I think that that is a kind of cool twist as opposed to the usual love story, and I love the usual love story too. Plus I really wanted to know why they broke up in the first place. This may sound odd, but my favorite character is actually Jordan's quirky best friend. He's so funny that he isn't what necessarily makes me love the book (and I love a lot of books), but he makes it stand out when I think about it. Trust me you only have to get a few chapters in in order to get what I mean. All in all, great story Lauren Barnholdt did amazing with this one.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Perfect You - Elizabeth Scott

Summary: Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible.
And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest.
Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them....
-from amazon

Review: This book was pretty good. I definitely liked Will's character a lot, but I really disliked the father's character. He was so selfish and it was always as if he was trying to pretend that he wasn't. The dad just seemed very fake to me, because he always pretended to be the good guy that cared, but he only cared about himself.
Will and Kate's relationship really drew me in, because there is a lot of passion going on between the two of them. Kate is so guarded whereas Will is so relaxed. I thought that the means to the end was better than the end itself.

Friday, March 27, 2009

She's So Money - Cherry Cheva

Summary: When Maya's parents leave their Thai restaurant in the kids' hands for a weekend, they think they can trust their overachieving, responsible daughter. But she and her brother decide not to clean up after a long night -- the night before a surprise health inspector visit. Now, Maya's got to figure out a way to pay back $10,000 without her parents finding out. So she pairs up with a rich bad boy to start doing homework for money. Soon, the demand gets so great that Maya has to recruit her other smart friends into the ring, which increases the danger of being found out.
-from common sense media

Review: I'm pretty much guaranteed to like a book if it has some romance going on and is halfway decent, but this book actually had that and was very humorous. Camden is this bad boy slacker and everything comes easy to him and Maya is this good girl that does her homework and has to work. When Maya ends up stuck with Camden it turns into a love-hate relationship, which is in my opinion the best kind. That's where things get really interesting and really fun. I love the stress that Cheva puts on Maya and then in turn on her relationship with Camden, which leads her to become more like Camden. If this doesn't really explain how much I liked this book, well then let's put it this way. Some parts were so funny that I was reading them aloud across the kitchen to my mom during dinner. After the third time I read said certain parts out loud she finally decided to stop telling me to shut up and listened. She ended up liking them too!

Thursday, March 26, 2009


What's up? I'm Lauren Fitz. I go to Richmond High School and I do cheerleading and pole vault. I am sooooo excited to be starting a book blog here. A few of my friends, Hope, Kd, and Kate have had these blogs and I love reading their reviews and looking at the comments. These three, especially Hope, have got me back into reading after I hadn't really read a book since the seventh grade(and I'm a sophomore now, so not good on my part). They've been pointing me toward the good books though and I decided I wanted to review them too, so bring on the books.