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Beautiful Disaster By Jamie McGuire| Review

15749887Synopsis: 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. (Goodreads)

Review Reflection: 

This was a reread for me. I remember reading this book a few years ago and being completely goo-goo-gaga over Travis Maddox. This book is a love story, following a dysfunctional relationship between Travis and Abbey. Travis is known for sleeping with all the girls on campus and when he meets Abbey, for some reason he wants to change his ways and just be with her. Although, the two struggle with their past selfs and entangle in a dysfunctional abnormal relationship.

If you are looking for healthy romantic representation this is not it. This book shows everything that a relationship should not be, however, the writing and storyline are addicting to read. On a 5 star scale, as an older adult, I would rate this book starsstars/5 stars.  If you are reading this for the entertainment purposes I think you won’t be disappointed, if you are dissecting the book like a science experience, better hold your breath and were your safety goggles.

Initial Thoughts (2013) +Commentary

I loved this book from beginning to end. Although many people compare Jamie McGuire to E.L. James, I think that these two authors are nothing alike.

I really liked watching our female character Abby, grow from being just Travis’s best friend to girlfriend to a girl who stands up for her believes to Travis’s savior. (I still enjoyed this aspect of the book. I really liked how for the first half of the book, the main characters were just friends. It didn’t seem as insta-love, as a lot of young adult books are. )

Man, was Travis something else too. I loved his character. I enjoyed seeing his dark side and how Abby brought out the good in him. ( I still enjoyed seeing the chemistry between Abby and Travis. ) He is impulse and possessive. (Marina, what in the world?? Impulsivity and possessive is now a major turn off for me. In the book, Travis pretty much threatened anyone male who came within 50 feet of Abby. Those situations could have been dealt with in a much classier way.) But, something about his nature makes him sexy. He is afraid of losing the one thing in the world that means the most to him, Abby. He makes stupid decisions and sometimes says the wrong thing but, is willing to give up anything not to lose her. (The thing that makes their relationship irresistible is they go through so much shit together and yet at the end of the day after they decide to be together. I think that was a part that was important to see. Half the book the two main characters are not even together, then they get together and mess up only to break up again, but in the end that work out their differences. I think that in one way it is important to show that it is easy to walk away from something, but with your head on straight it is important to note how important a person is in your life and not be judged for giving second chances or wanting to try again. ) 

The minor characters were really great as well, Shep and America, try their hardest to protect both water and fire elements of Abbey’s and Travis’s personalities. (Still relevant) 

The ending of this book was shocking and unexpected. Overall, I was sad when it all came to an end. I can’t wait to read the story from Travis’s point of view in “Walking Disaster”. (Still, have not read this story from Travis’s point of view)

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Booktube-a-thon Wrap -up 2017

Hello Bibiliomanics,

Here is my wrap up for 2017 Booktube-a-thon!!!

Alice in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll & Illustrated by Camille Rae GarciaAlice in Wonderland

This book was such as weird read. I’ll be honest half the time I had no idea what was going on. The ending was a bit disappointing. However, the art style of this book was very beautiful and I am so glad I read this novelization rather then the with the traditional art work. I really want to get to “Through the Looking Glass”. I would like to see if there will be more answers about the whimsical world of wonderland. I do have to say in regards to book to movie adaptation, the new Tim Burton adaptation was awesome and I enjoyed it a lot more than the book.

Suicide Letters from beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls By Lynn Weingarten

This book was suspense full. Everything that I predicted to happen did not happen. It had me at the edge of my seat for the majority of the time. I thought that the climax of the story was very well done however the resolution was very rushed. I also thought that the conclusion could have tied more ends together instead of leaving it to reader interpretation.

NewmooncoverNew Moon ( Currently Still Reading)  by Stephanie Meyer

As I am still reading this, I just have to sayI am enjoying it a lot. I loved the Twilight  Saga when it first came out and I still enjoy it years later as I am rereading it. I remember I didn’t enjoy “New Moon”, very much the first time I read it because there is less vampire action in it. This time around I am very much enjoying getting to know Jacob’s character which I feel I didn’t give a chance the first time I read this series.

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Booktube-a-thon Day 3: Reflection

7/26/17 11:21 Am

So, I don’t start work until this afternoon. I was hoping that I would spending the morning reading. I got up around 7 am, ate 2 slices of pizza and read a total of 37 pages, and then I took a nap. Good riddance.

So, now that I am more wake I think it is time to finish “Alice in Wonderland”.

Alice in Wonderland

1:07 Pm: I finished reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!!! Honestly I have no idea what I just read. I honestly felt like Lewis Carroll was on some kind of drug while he wrote this book. The story just didn’t make sense in places. There was a lot that just didn’t flow. The climax and resolution of this story was just too fast and I didn’t feel like wonderland was really described well in this book. I loved the artwork by Camille Rose Garcia. But, as far as the story goes I think that Tim Burton did a lot better job of putting this story into a movie than Lewis Carroll did of explaining it in words. It was still fast paced, but not as enjoyable as I imagined it to be.

I feel like I want to read a fluffy contemporary. But, I have a few books from the library that I need to finish so I don’t know what I want to pick up.

I have to get ready to go to work. The next book I will be picking up is going to be “New Moon” by Stephanie Meyer. I know this book is quite big, but I reread twilight last week and I really enjoyed it so I think I will continue on with  “The Twilight Saga” reread.

10:20 pm: I planned on reading “New Moon”, when I got off work today, but I ended up just watching Scott Pilgrim : The World. It was funny, but not at all what I expected. It stayed rather true to the graphic novels.

STATS:

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 3:  90

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: 90

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 405

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

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Suicide notes from Beautiful Girls|Book Review/ Reflection

Suicide Letters from beautiful GirlsTitle: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Author: Lynn Weingarten

Pages: 320

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: Pitched as Gone Girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy. (Goodreads)

Review: I gave this book starsstarsstars/ 5.  I want to acknowledge that this book did keep my attention and it was very captivating. It is written in a mystery format. Our main character June is trying to solve the mystery behind her best friends death. This book has a lot of character interactions, there are quite a few characters that you meet through out the book that make lasting impressions.  I gave this book 3/5 stars because I felt like the resolution of the story could have used a little bit more of explaining. The story took a while to build up to the climax and really kept you on the edge of your seat however the execution of the climax seemed way to easy. I would have liked a little more of an explanation of what really happened. The ending also seemed to leave a lot of loose ends untied.

My Bookish Thoughts: This book was a complete mind fuck. It was twisted but left me wanting more. The mystery aspect of this book was really good. I was not expecting the story that I received from this book. I was really thinking that this novel would be just a collection of letters from girls who have attempted or committed suicide. I also felt after finishing the book that it can be mistaken to be mocking suicide. The events of the book, made actual suicide seem like it is not a serious matter. However, I feel like this book could have been taken in a more serious way and rose awareness about suicide.  The ending was left to be a bit unclear and left me with a lot of questions that could have been easily cleaned up.

CONTAINS SPOILERS BELOW 

I felt that June’s emotions were so unrealistic. She never once cried that her best friend died, however she did throw her self into an investagation trying to figure out what really happened with Delia. I felt there was a lot of loose ends, from pregnancy, to drug use, to rape, to murder, etc.

The plot of this story was very inconsistent. Although, it was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t even begin to explain to some what the hell happened in this book. Right, as I thought I figured a part out the author through something else in. The characters themselves were not very memorable. June seemed very lost and only really confident when she was with Delia. Delia, just seemed to have multiple screws lose, she was a sinister, blood thirsty character. She didn’t really care about anyone but herself. She acted as if June was a possession and have some obsession with her.