Genre: Realistic

Scarred [Review]

Posted July 6, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Scarred [Review]Scarred by Joanne Macgregor
on September 29th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic, Romance
Pages: 251
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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Seventeen year-old Sloane Munster is funny, feisty, and scarred.
Trying to reboot her life after a serious auto accident, she starts her senior year at a new school and immediately has a scar-to-face encounter with the caramel-haired, hazel-eyed Luke Naughton, whom she once (almost) met on the competitive swimming circuit. Sloane is attracted. Luke, unfortunately, seems disgusted and revolted. But the chemistry between them sparks a growing connection set against a background of guilt, secrets, and mounting tensions at a school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred person.
Life leaves you scarred, love can make you beautiful.

My Thoughts

Beautiful story! So moving. I really loved what Joanne Macgregor created within this story. It’s about overcoming trauma. And it’s not just the trauma from Sloane’s accident, but there is also bullying within this novel and Joanna Macgregor shows just how cruel the world really can be, and it’s heartbreaking that it’s like that, but it’s also the truth. So, this is not just about bullying or healing from a car accident, it’s so much more!

I really loved the main character, Sloane. I loved her dark humor and she is so sarcastic, which I guess can play into the dark humor. I really loved the scenes with Sloane and Luke together. I feel like two of them needed those times together to learn forgiveness.

I really enjoyed this story and I think that it is a really moving story. So, if you’re interested in a YA Contemporary that is beautiful and moving, then pick this one up!


Spend May With Finding Audrey! [Review & Giveaway]

Posted May 19, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review, Spotlight / 12 Comments

Spend May With Finding Audrey! [Review & Giveaway]Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on June 9th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic
Pages: 286
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased, Uppercase Box
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Now available in paperback is the New York Times bestselling debut YA novel Finding Audrey (Ember /on sale May 3, 2016 /$9.99) from internationally bestselling author Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella, the author of such favorites as the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret?, Wedding Night, and Remember Me?, introduced readers to 14-year- old Audrey Turner, a teen in the throes of a severe social anxiety disorder after a bullying incident at school, and following her journey to rediscovering herself and her happiness. Receiving much critical acclaim from reviewers and fans, the book was hailed as “heartfelt,” “engaging,” and “relatable.”

Audrey spends most of her days hiding behind her dark sunglasses and in the safety of her own home, surrounded by her lovable but chaotic family. Interaction with non–family members has been almost impossible to master since the incident at school. But then one day Linus arrives at her house. A friend of her brother’s, Linus makes an instant connection with Audrey and starts to chip away at her exterior, exposing the girl underneath—the girl Audrey herself has been searching for. What results is a tender love story that begins as a friendship and continues in the local Starbucks, where Audrey begins to heal the wounds that have threatened to hold her captive.

Filled with poignancy and laugh-out- loud moments, Finding Audrey gives readers a character they can relate to and a family to embrace. Kinsella’s story tackles serious topics with humor and heart and creates the next YA couple to root for in Audrey and Linus.

*via the press release courtesy of Penguin Random House*

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book! I felt like I was really able to connect with Audrey considering I have my own anxiety and depression issues. Sure, they never got as bad as Audrey’s but I felt like I was still able to connect with Audrey and I really loved her! She not only has these mental health issues, but she’s also funny. Her family is funny. A little dysfunctional, but hey, whose family isn’t dysfunctional nowadays? 🙂

This book is refreshing because Audrey doesn’t go through the normal day. She doesn’t go to school so she doesn’t have to face the normal trials and tribulations that a normal high school student would face, i.e.: bullying or petty high school drama. Instead she has to face her inner demons and she has to learn to find herself again. She has to learn to heal. And that’s what this book is about and that’s why I loved it so much. Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading about drama, but it is also refreshing to be reading Audrey’s story.

I really liked that Audrey is put on this task to make eye-contact with people through a camera lens. I really enjoyed how she documents her life that way. Kudos to Dr. Sarah (Audrey’s therapist). I also really loved the other characters within this novel as well. Specifically, Linus and Felix. Linus and Audrey’s relationship was pitch perfect. I loved that they got to know each other and that their relationship grew slowly. Because that makes it a lot more realistic. And I loved Felix because he is Audrey’s 4 year old little brother and he just made me laugh all the time!

I think that Sophie Kinsella nailed it straight on the head for her debut YA novel! I’m excited to see more YA from her in the future. But I will also be taking a look into her Adult fiction as well! I think that if you’re in the mood for a refreshing read and don’t mind reading about Mental Health issues, then you should give this book a try!

About the Author

sophie kinsellaSophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series and the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. Confessions of a Shopaholic was turned into a Hollywood movie. She lives in England.

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Blog Tour: Thicker Than Water [Review & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Thicker Than Water [Review & Giveaway]

Posted December 31, 2015 by Stephanie in Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

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Posted October 5, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

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Nowhere But Here [Review]

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Posted September 3, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

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Sophomores and Other Oxymorons [Review]

Posted August 27, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

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What You Left Behind [Review & Giveaway]

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Posted August 3, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

  This book is an emotional and heart-wrenching story that I loved. Jessica Verdi brings us this story about a seventeen year old, Ryden Brooks and how he is now the father of a newborn baby. Oh and this baby, no longer has a mother. She died from cancer. So Jessica Verdi tells us this story […]