Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

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371 pages

Published: 2008

Publiser: Speak

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Music

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

My Thought:

This is… I have no word to desctibe my feeling baout this book. I feel lucky to have it. When the first time i knew it from Goodread, i was sure that this is a really great book. Just Listen. The title told me there is it, meaning in it.

Friendship, family are the main problem of this book. Oh, those are covering the most important, the main problem of the story, it’s listen. Then speak.

Just Listen tells about Annabel with her broken friendship with Clarke, and then Sophie. With Clarke she had misunderstood her that she hated Annabel during these years. And with Sophie, they have the same problem too. Misunderstanding. Unlike the first case which Annabel had given up to greet, to approach Clarke. Her latest case she have no ability, or I say courage to tell the truth to Sophie and to people.

Annabel’s family too has some kind of problems. A bad relationship between her older sisters, her mother who.. i don’t know, I just don’t like her character. Especially while I read about Whitney’s, Annabel’s sister, eating disorder thing. When the story came to the part of her mother seems doesn’t care or doesn’t believe, or maybe avoiding the truth that Whitney is sick, and she keeps tell her family that she’s just tired my head said “Oh Grace, are you crazy or stupid or what?”

Well, this book has given me so much emotions in me. But i really touched by the part of Whitney’s assignment story telling about her sisters and herself in front of her, i think therapy group. How she describing her sisters, herself, their each character she knew. her feelings…

And Owen Armstrong. I really love when it turns to the part of them. What i’ve learned from this book is speak up. Tell others about what you think, your feelings. Don’t pretending like there’s nothing. I’ve learned that communication is an important thing in reationship. Besides “Don’t think or judge. Just listen. And then you can make up your mind”

“At least you should tell yourself the truth. If you can’t trust youself, who can you trust?”

Beautiful Diaster (Beautiful 1) – Jamie McGuire

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416 pages

Published: August 2011

Publisher: Atria Paperback

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Young Adult

4 stars

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

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 wants—and needs—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. (From Goodreads)

My Thought:

Abby met Travis for the first time at his fight. After that Travis always be beside her and it make her irritated. Abby looks different from the other gilrs he knew. Then they have a bet. If Abby win, Travis will stay away from her. But if Travis win, she should be by his side. And dang! Travis win.

Just like the romance story goes, Abby fall for Travis, too and they build a relationship then. But there are jealousy in Abby when Travis close to other girls, then they have fighting, then break up, then make it up again, and so on.

There are no other kinds of conflict in the story and It made a little bit me bored. This is the several times i read about the guy who used to be a bad boy but then stop being that. But, I admit it is a good story. And i still keep going to read Walking Disaster. Boy’s point of view of the book is usually more interesting, isn’t it Ms. McGuire? Keep writing another genre, too maybe 🙂

Finale (Hush Hush 4) – Becca Fitzpatrick

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454 pages

Published: October 2012

Publisher: Simon $ Shcuster

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Fiction, Young Adult

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

(From Goodreads)

My Thought:

So after The Black Hand dead, Nora has a responsibility to lead Nephilims army to fight the fallen angels. She must do it or she and her mom will die. But it’s not easy to be a new leader. Besides, she has relationship with Patch, the fallen angel.

To convince the entire Nephilim, Nora and Patch should put their fake relatipnship breaking up on a show. Nora also pretend to dating Dante, and have a training with him.

But those are not her only problems. She, precisely Patch is hunted by an Archangel, Pepper Friberg. He wants Patch to have a deal with his blackmailing guy. Who knows that the person who you think your alliance can be the betrayer?

Sometimes i hate Nora because she’s very easy to get jealous. And at the end I felt a little bit disappointed because one my favourite character is dead. I give this 4 of 5 stars

Fighting Fate – Linda Kage

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286 pages

Published: July 2013

Publisher: Omnific Publisher

Genre: Romance Fiction, College, New Adult

*New Adult Romance*
**Minor explicit scenes and language**

Forgiving your brother’s murderer may be noble, but falling in love with him borders on betrayal.

When Paige Zukowski enrolls at Granton University in honor of her dead brother, she has no idea fate will land her on the same campus with the very guy who killed him. But Logan Xander isn’t quite the murderer she’s always believed him to be.

A day hasn’t passed since the tragedy that Logan doesn’t wish he could go back and undo everything. It doesn’t take Paige long to realize he’s suffered as much as she has. Forgiving him for ruining her life might not be so impossible after all. But when she actually starts to like him and realizes he likes her in return, their true anguish begins.

My Thought:

Paige Zukowski. She lost her brother, he was accidentaly killed. Not just that. Then her mother killed herself because of the depression of losing her son. Her father who used to be a good one became a drunker. Just one incident, but it has completely changed her life.

Logan Xander. The muderer they said so. In plain view we can see nothing is wrong with his life after the incident, freed from jail. But who knows how guilty he felt. Who knows his family kicked him out and pretending he didn’t exist. Who knows he ever cut himself.

Those are how Paige judged Logan, and how Logan knew Paige at their first meeting. But after a thousand times they met and each truths were shifted, they finally knew the misery…

I just spent less than 24 hours to finish this. I couldn’t stop read it, every ending of the chapters made me curious about the next story’s part. i like the story about them, too. i gave this 4 stars

The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult

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385 pages

Published: October 2006

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Genre: Adult Fiction, Comic Books and i would add Science – Crime Fiction

(From Goodreads)

 

Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She’s also the light of her father, Daniel’s life — a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who’s always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family — and herself — seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.

With The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult offers her most powerful chronicle yet as she explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child, and questions whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime — or if your mistakes are carried forever.

 

My Thought:

At the beginning while i read it, i thought that the story of this book is about family’s problem. Daniel, a husband and a father who has a bad story of his past. Laura, Daniel’s wife who has an affair with her student, Seth. And Trixie, their only daughter who, i think has some kind of mental – personality problems.

Those were just at the beginning. As the story goes by, i realized that it’s about biological – crime investigation, the introduction of Yup’ik, from internet i got that it’s Siberian, culture, habits, and romance a little.

In this book, Trixie was raped by her boyfriend, Jason. From this case the investigation starts. Interviews, common lab, until DNA (molecular) lab examination of Trixie’s. Honestly, i wonder if molecular biology text books were written by the illustration of these cases, i would love to read them. I won’t get bored xD

But, before the trial Jason died. The laboratorium examiner told the cops that he was murdered. They suspected Trixie did that because there’s a woman’s blood found in Jason’s, and then hair. And Trixie was missing the night Jason died. Besides, Trixie escaped. When we sure that the murder is Trixie, there are some clues which claim the murder is Daniel and some clues that tell us Laura dit it. Trixie ran away and I think because she saw the ghost of Jason and the cops were looking for her. But did she really do it? If you are thorough (?) enough you can guess who the real murder is. 5 stars i gave it 🙂

 

I also noted some quotes of The Tenth Circle:

“… the person you were yesterday might not be the person you are tomorrow”

“The process of growing up was nothing than more than figuring out what doors hadn’t yet been slamed in your face”

“Add love, and a person might do something crazy. Add love, and all the lines between right and wrong were bound to disappear”

“How are you going to know who i am, if you don’t look like me?”