Book Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

a22ee4224c6fc7a20ab86699469cf0cfAs expected, this book entitled Easy by Tammara Webber is such a beautiful story that it got me hooked on reading it in just a short period of time. And I’m so grateful to Goodreads for letting me discover this wonderful novel.

I think it was at that time when I was surfing the site for an interesting but unfamiliar book to read that I found this. But it took me awhile before I’ve decided to read it. I guess its because I was never keen on reading college romances.

Anyway, the beginning of the story was certainly an unusual one. For it was really interesting, suspenseful, exciting and catchy. The story of Lucas and Jacqueline is definitely one of my favorites, and reading their emails and text messages were so much fun. Plus what I like about the story, aside from the fact that it’s actually my first time to read a college romance, is that, on how both of them have found each other.

So even if both of them were kinda lost, but fate had stepped in so that they can learn from each other, and support one another with all the love growing between the two of them. I’ve also learned from reading this story is that when it comes to loving someone, it’s not about giving up what you really want in life just for the sake of your loved ones, for it’s all about balancing everything to support one another (but of course, not that one-sided support).

Because doing so would be like you’re evolving your life for that someone alone, which shouldn’t be the case since you have to retain your individuality as a person.

All in all, it was definitely a page-turner and I had so much fun reading it.

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it, until my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

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Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (Book Review) 

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Oh what a beautiful story about a young adult who went halfway across the world to fulfill a promise, and along the way it had made her discover a lot of things about her mother, and especially about herself.

Plus, I was officially hooked, and after reading it, I knew that there was just something fishy and mysterious about Lina’s identity especially about her parents.

Anyway, as a reader of the story, you could totally feel like you were actually there in Florence, Italy. Taking it all in the beauty of the place, imagining yourself walking along the Piazza Signoria while eating your gelato.

Then another thing is that it is such a surprise to know that only a few weeks ago, I’ve just finished reading a book written by Richard Paul Evans. Who is actually the father of Jenna Evans Welch, the author of this very heartwarming novel. I mean, what a coincidence!

And if you’re such a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” then this book is definitely a must read for you especially if you’re totally into traveling. Cause reading this tends to feel like you’re actually exploring Italy even if you’re only within the walls of your bedroom, or laying in your couch. It’s like traveling using your book.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (Book Review) 


IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER is an unforgettable story that was obviously written in dedication to all the women who are fighting the same battle like its main character named Lily. Which is a reality ever since the old times. 


 

Honestly, it was kinda hard for me to express my emotions after reading this. For I have read almost all of Colleen Hoover’s novels. But this is so far the most mature and entirely different story from all of her other works. Why? For it is very realistic. Sure, at the beginning of the story it was so exciting and makes you feel so giddy reading its first few chapters but it’s much more than that. For its the kind of novel that would really make you think that if you were Lily. How would act if you were in her situation? Well, of course it’s so easy to say NO. However, it isn’t that simple especially when there are a lot of things that you would really have to consider. Well it’s a good thing that Colleen Hoover was able to pull it off in the end! By writing such very strong and empowering words that would inspire a lot of women to fight not just for justice but also for what is best for you and your love ones when you are in that kind of situation. Oh definitely worth reading all the way. 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Book Review)

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

MY BOOK REVIEW:

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is your typical story of a good girl falls for the bad guy. But that’s how the author would want its readers to think of as they would start reading into the story.

Well I have to admit, when I’ve started reading its first few chapters of the book, I actually did find the story a bit disturbing. I guess it’s because that even though the whole concept of it was sort of typical, it’s just way too intense for me. I also find their arrangement of their friendship turned to lovers to be so weird, (you’ll know it when you read it).

As for its two main characters, Travis Maddox is a very complex character. For he’s so intense and full of surprises! Mysterious? Maybe. He may look disastrous on the outside, but the real Travis is a guy who is extremely smart and so passionate especially when it comes to those people that he truly loves. As for Abby Abernathy, now that’s a character that I was totally deceived of. At first, I actually thought that she’s the kind of girl who is totally innocent and doesn’t have any idea of the ways of the world. But I was totally wrong about her. And after getting an idea of these two characters, it really made me think that looks can truly be deceiving.

So even though that I really had a roller coaster ride and had such mixed emotions while reading this book, it was still such a good story to read; but definitely not the kind of story that I would want to go back into. And it is so weird that most of my friends who’ve already read this book really had a great time reading this. I guess I’m just the exception to the rule. I don’t know. But one thing is for sure. The concept of the story is definitely not my typical cup of tea. Although it’s true that there were some similarities from E.L. James’ Fifty Shades Trilogy (which is one of my favorites), but this novel entitled Beautiful Disaster wasn’t able to capture me as one of its avid readers of the story of Travis and Abby.

But just because I wasn’t captivated into the story doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good one. As I’ve already written, it is a good story. And since I’ve already planned to write a review about the book, so might as well write an honest review. It’s just my opinion and I hope you understand. I may not have enjoyed it as much as I wanted to. But for sure, there are quite a number of readers out there who’ve been totally hooked into reading it.

Thank you so much! 🙂

 

 

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (Book Review)

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Goodreads Summary:

After her mom vanished in a stench of drugs and alcohol, Ruby continued to live in the family house alone. Finally found out, the introspective teenager is sent to the luxurious home of her older sister, Cora, whom she hadn’t seen in ten years. Everything there seems unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and supremely weird: her fancy new room; her lavish new wardrobe; the exclusive private school where she never quite fits in. Most mysterious of all is Nate, the friendly boy next door who seems to have a deep secret of his own. Another subtle character-driven teen novel by Sarah Dessen, the author of Just Listen and That Summer.

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My Book Review:

It is such a beautiful story. Truly amazing even though the first few chapters of it was kinda boring. But as I go along into the story that’s when I’ve started to realized that it wasn’t so bad, up to the point that I got so hooked up into reading it that I really wanted to finish it till the very end of the book.

The character of Ruby is your typical Sarah Dessen heroine. A person with a lot of typical teenage issues going into her life. But what makes her a bit unique is the way she has evolve in order to unlock herself, so that she can embrace the many changes that keeps on happening into her life. A change that she herself wasn’t really expecting at all.

At first glance, the title of the book was really intriguing, and it made me wanna read the book in order for me to find the significance of the title into the story. And I think it symbolizes the importance of knowing oneself. For almost all of us has something hidden within us which we don’t want to share with the others, even to our own families and close friends. And we try to LOCK it as much as we can so that they wouldn’t be able to get in. But it is up to us, for we are the KEY in opening a part of ourselves so that they can truly understand who we really are both inside and outside. Again, it’s truly a beautiful story. And it’s already included in one of the list of books that I wanna read all over again.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Book Review)

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Goodreads Summary:

The author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while’s he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He’s a wallflower–shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen’s story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school–how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs–but he must also deal with his best friend’s recent suicide. Charlie’s letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This book is definitely not your typical kind of young adult novel. I think its because there is this sense of maturity in the story even though its more on about a high school kid. It’s the kind of story in which so many readers can truly relate themselves into. And Mr. Stephen Chbosky has written it in such a way that it’s readers can also understand the whole story by using such simple but very profound words. Moreover, it’s an epistolary novel in which it points out the many thoughts of it’s main character named Charlie through his letters/diary.

It is a very thought provoking novel, but it’s not something that I find so captivating that I really wanted to finish it as fast as I could. However, what I like about this book is that it made me recall of my high school days; and it made feel nostalgic of those unforgettable moments. For its a novel that tackles the life of being a high school kid like Charlie; but what makes this story kind of unique is that it shows that no matter what generation we will be in high school, there are somethings that will never ever change. Like we may have a difference in terms of whats in, our sense of fashion, or even the type of music that we listen to. But what will never change is that our sense of searching of who we really wanted to be when we grow up, our group of friends – in a way that we are searching for that sense of belonging  that will help us grow as an adolescent. And lastly the cycle of things, we enjoy our high school days for we know that time will come that we would really have to go, and realize along the way that things will never be the same. Friends will come and go, and that we have to leave our families behind in order to go independent to the next journey of our lives (which is college and after that the real world). These experiences would also be our guide on facing whatever it is that would come our way.

As for the film adaptation, that was definitely a good one! I mean the actors and actresses really did such great justice in portraying each of their characters that they were totally born for it. Plus, the soundtracks! It’s in the 80’s and early 90’s! So those were totally awesome to listen to.

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)

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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

-A Summary From Goodreads.com

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This famous young adult novel is one of the most heartwarming stories that I’ve ever read. A story that actually left a mark on me that also kept me wanting for more of Eleanor and Park. And ever since I’ve noticed this book by the time it was published, and made it into one of the most popular stand-alone books; I’ve always been intrigued into reading this one since I’ve already read Ms. Rainbow Rowell’s first book entitled ‘Attachments’. Although I did enjoy reading the first one, but her second book is something that has turned into a favorite of mine.

I must say, the whole story is really intriguing. Moreover, I was kinda surprised when I’ve read the summary of the story for it was mentioned that Park is a Half-Korean and Half-American teenager. I guess it was really something that I’ve never encountered before, and it’s one of the reasons that I’ve decided to read this book.

About the setting of the story, it was during the 80’s. A generation that I’m not familiar with. So while the author was describing the young adult life of Eleanor and Park. Reading it was also getting an idea of what it’s like to live during those times; which made me realized on how those days were much more simpler than I thought, and quite different from our generation. However, even though that I was too late to experience it. I’m still proud to be born in the late 80’s.

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The story of Eleanor and Park is a story about first love. Something that many of its readers can truly relate themselves into. These two main characters are not only opposite on the outside, but also as to who they really are. Including the kind of family that they both have. Eleanor leads a life that is so full of sadness. For the kind of family that she has is truly a wreck, and she just tends to feel that there is no end to all of the agonies that she is going through. Whereas to Park, he leads a simple and beautiful life; it’s not perfect but it’s something that one could truly be grateful for. And he always has the love and support of his very own family. Two opposite young adults who’ve found each other so that they could also learn from one another.

Reading this book is like a wake-up call to me especially on the part about Eleanor. It made me realize on how bless I ‘am in so many different ways. For I have a good family, that I’ve been able to go to a good school, and then to have a good job after that. It is really something that I’m so grateful beyond words; which also makes me a bit emotional whenever I look back to all of the struggles, and sacrifices that both of my parents have made for their kids, in order for them to have a good life.

While reading all those things that were described about Eleanor and her life, I’ve felt so sad for her that it made me pray and wish that something like that shouldn’t actually happen to any person. But if it is, then I hope that person could go through life as bravely as she did. And also, I think Eleanor wouldn’t have been so strong if it weren’t for Park. For he is the one great miracle in her life. His love for her has made her strong and brave to face everything that she is going through. And in a way, you could say that Park had truly saved Eleanor.

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This novel also tells us that everything that we do, and happens in our life has a perfect reason; especially to all those people that we’ve already met, and will also meet along the way. The purpose might be unclear. But in such perfect time. Everything else will truly make sense to us. And that is something that we really have to believe in.

It is a very unforgettable story and something that I would really like to share to anyone I know who still haven’t read this wonderful novel. Thank you.