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The following is a list of all entries from the YA Reviews category.

Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

PrettyFace The blurb:

That’s what I am. A funny girl. A friend. Nobody’s girlfriend. The girl with the pretty face.
Hayley wishes she could love living in Santa Monica, blocks from the beach, where every day—and everybody—is beautiful and sunny. But she just doesn’t fit in with all the blond, superskinny Southern California girls who have their plastic surgeons on speed dial. Hayley is smart and witty and has such a pretty . . . face. Translation: Don’t even think about putting on a bikini, much less dating superhot Drew Wyler. A bikini will never be flattering, and Drew will never think of her as more than a friend.

Just when Hayley feels doomed to live her life in the fat lane, her parents decide to send her to Italy for the summer—not for school, not for fat camp, just for fun. It’s there, under the Italian sun, that Hayley’s vision of herself starts to change. She’s curvy, not fat. Pizza isn’t evil. And life is so much more than one-size-fits-all. Who knows? Once Hayley sees herself in a new light, maybe the girl with the pretty face will finally find true amore.

I’ve had this book forever but it took me so long to read. I have to admit, I was drawn to the cover – all the fun and pretty colors and whatnot. So I picked it up and having finally finished it, I have to say that it wasn’t bad. Hayley was a zany little character (not unlike myself) and I loved her comebacks. I almost want to say that it was a quick fun read but… thanks to my procrastination and other such nonsense, not very quick.

Thus, it was a fun light read. Realistic ending. I know this sounds crazy but I almost would have liked to have heard the story from her best, Jackie’s, point of view. It just seemed like it would have been so much more interesting that way. Hayley was the typical insecure-about-her-body type and you could predict that she would go off to Italy and “find herself”. Heck, it was even written on the cover. Still fun to read (even if I knew how it would end).

Grade: 3/5


Review: The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas

the-possibilities-of-sainthoodYet another book-by-cover pick from me. I looked the name, loved the cover! Here is a blurb on the book:

Antonia Lucia Labella has two secrets: at fifteen, she’s still waiting for her first kiss, and she wants to be a saint. An official one. Seem strange? Well, to Antonia, saints are royalty, and she wants her chance at being a princess. All her life she’s kept company with these kings and queens of small favors, knowing exactly whom to pray to on every occasion. Unfortunately, the two events Antonia’s prayed for seem equally unlikely to happen. It’s not for lack of trying. For how long has she been hoping to gain the attention of the love of her life – the tall, dark, and so good-looking Andy Rotellini? Too long to mention. And every month for the last eight years, Antonia has sent a petition to the Vatican proposing a new patron saint and bravely offering herself for the post. So what if she’s not dead?

But as Antonia learns, in matters of the heart and sainthood, things are about as straightforward as wound-up linguini, and sometimes you need to recognize the signs.

Firstly, this book reminded me of Looking for Alibrandi. Anybody else read that sometime in high school? No? Yes? Just us, Aussies? Well, anyway… I really liked it. Antonia’s voice was interesting, held my attention all the way to the end. And her letters to the Vatican? Um, yeah, I totally agree! The minute I come up with something to be a saint of , I am writing my own letters too.

Fun (and funny) read. Recommended.

Rating: 4/5 (Amazon; Barnes & Nobles; Chapters)

Nick, Norah and The Open

nicknorahSo I finally bit the bullet and watched Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. It was a classic case of good book, horrible movie for me. I love Michael Cera but um… where do I start?

1) No chemistry. Seriously, it was as if they’d just thrown two random people in a room together and said “Make a movie”. I know plenty of people who disagree with this analogy (ironically the people who ordered me to watch it), but that’s how I feel.

2) Slightly pointless happenings. Like for example with the gum that went everywhere from the toilet in a public restroom to the mouths of the lead characters (in that exact order). In a book, this might work. In the movie… what was the point? Was it really necessary? Was it even realistic? (I’m pretty sure if I pulled a piece of gum out of a toilet and put it back in my mouth, I’d die moments later). Then again, maybe it’s just my inner germophobe speaking.

3) Disappointing soundtrack. I am obsessed with movie soundtracks. I was disappointed. Nuff said.

Rating: 2/5

On another  note, the women’s Aussie Open final was last night and Serena Williams won. In a match that lasted about what… half an hour? Here’s to hoping that the guys – Nadal and Federer – actually have me on the edge of my seat for the men’s tonight.

Currently reading:  The Sweet, Terrible , Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan, Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter, Kitty Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Review: Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers


When “Perfect” Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter’s High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher’s pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?
Parker doesn’t want to talk about it. She’d just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there’s a nice guy falling in love with her and he’s making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all.
Nobody would have guessed she’s turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.
Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

Okay. How much did I LOVE this book? Opened it up and didn’t close it again until I reached the end. That’s how much! Parker Fadley was hilarious, loved her sarcastic take on certain things, loved the way she related to the people around her. Loved (not sure this is the right word – loved/hated/stood in awe of) the “worst thing” she did. Courtney tells the story in the present tense with flashbacks to the night when The Thing happened. I spent a good while guessing and when it was finally revealed and I didn’t see it coming, I went oh wow.

Did not want the book to end. Cannot wait to read Courtney’s next book!

Rating: 4/5 (Amazon; Barnes & Nobles; Chapters)

CURRENTLY READING: Need by Carrie Jones | I Know It’s Over by C.K.Kelly Martin | Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Review: The Other Boy by Hailey Abbott

416y9t1088l_sl500_The blurb: Maddy’s Boy Pros & Cons . . .

Brian—Super cute / hangs with my friends / goes to my high school / my boyfriend!

I’m a spoiled princess / hates my friends / has amazing blue eyes /
cooked me an unbelievable dinner / annoyingly irresistible!

for Maddy Sinclaire starts as a blur of house parties and dips in the
pool—until she’s caught throwing an unauthorized beachside bash. As
punishment, her parents send her off to Napa Valley, where she’ll spend
her free time working on the family vineyard. Even with her boyfriend,
Brian, miles away, Maddy’s about to discover that the vineyard is a
very romantic place. It’s vast, sunny, magical . . . and there’s another boy just waiting to steal her heart.

Yeah. Okay. Slightly predictable plot but I had my hopes. The most exciting part of this book for me was when I finally finished it. For some reason, I want to make a Saddle Club reference here but I think I’ll refrain. I just felt like I was supposed to be ten years old reading about a seventeen year old… hmm. Enough said, I think. Rating: 1.5/5 (Amazon)