Obsidian Blue

Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Who Do You Love - Jennifer Weiner

Finished the book at 80 something percent. Remaining was excerpt from another book and background on Weiner.  Book was really good. Thought the ending was a little too pat though. 

Reading progress update: I've read 9%.

Who Do You Love - Jennifer Weiner

Like this so far. POV changes are working okay and so far I'm more interested in Andy.

Need Help Selecting Some Books!

I leave on the 22nd for Ecuador and am in desperate need for some book suggestions. I have spent hours looking at Goodreads and my library's currently available ebooks and so far I went meh and double meh.

 

I am just looking for at least 10 books. Yep I said 10. I am going to be without wi-fi so definitely want some books to get me through the plane travel.

 

Did I mention my friend who I love but also want to shake has us leaving Quito at 11:30 at night (Friday) we land in Atlanta around 5 am and then we go from there to Raleigh around 10 am. and then we land at BWI at around 1:30 in the afternoon (Saturday). I am going to need some books people.

 

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Booklikes-opoly: Roll! BL

Who Do You Love - Jennifer Weiner The Witches: Salem, 1692 - Stacy Schiff Poirot Investigates - Agatha Christie The Skin I'm In by Flake, Sharon G. [Perfection Learning, 2007] Hardcover [Hardcover] - Flake

 

I rolled a 7!

And landed on:

 

And now I am going to spin one 12 side die.

 

 

I got a 1 which means I post 4 books and the first one to comment gets to select my read.


Here are the books:

 

Title details for Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner - AvailableTitle details for The Witches by Stacy Schiff

Title details for The Skin I'm in by Sharon Flake - AvailableCover image for Poirot Investigates

Just Okay

Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) - Agatha Christie

Honestly, I didn't hate this one or really like it. It was a bit too farfetched for me when we get to the ending/solution. 

 

We have a terrible man, Simeon Lee, who demands his family come home for the holidays. He seems to be playing a game of cat and mouse with them and using his money as an incentive to put up with his despicable self. When he is found murdered, all clues point to someone in the family who has done it. Poirot who happens to be staying with a friend, comes along and then is asked by the family to figure out who killed Lee.

The potential culprits are Lee's granddaughter who has just arrived in England, his sons Alfred, George, David, and Harry, and his daughter-in laws, Lydia, Magdalene, and Hilda. There are also servants and one of Simeon's partner's son about the estate too.

 

I think maybe because I had watched the BBC television episode of this one it just colored things for me. I just found the book boring and most of the characters pretty thinly written. I think that David was beyond annoying and that Alfred was delusional. The only time it got a bit interesting was when the family finds out the contents of Simeon's will and you get to see some of the members of the family clearly for the first time. I really did like the character of Lydia (Alfred's wife) but other than that bah.

 

There were a lot of red herrings about in the book, and I have to say that the resolution was a bit much for me (how Poirot realized who was the killer). 

Just Needed Edited a Bit

No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy

This book takes place in Texas in the 1980s. I don't know how many people saw the movie, but the book adds a lot more depth to the characters that I really enjoyed. That said, I thought that it got a bit too long though. Once we get past a certain point in the book it just felt like things were being too dragged out. The book is divided between following Llewellyn Moss (Moss) who comes across a dying man and some dead men. When he inspects the truck he finds heroin and two million dollars in cash. This leads to many different players trying to track Moss down. Some are good (Sheriff Bell) and some are bad (Anton Chigurh and Carson Wells). 

 

Even though I already knew how the book was going to end, I kept hoping for a different ending. Moss came to life for me, but I really wanted to tell him that he was being an idiot throughout the book. The entire book really is a case study in McCarthy showing how Texas in the 1980s had changed so drastically from what it used to be before. 

 

The character of Sheriff Bell was the one I had the most pity for though while reading. He really is trying to stop what is coming for Moss and his wife. At one point in the book, we had I think 12 people dead and even more bodies coming. 

 

The main reason why I didn't give it five stars though was that it just felt overly long. After a certain point the book started to drag and I honestly didn't think there was much more story to tell. The book also jumped back and forth a few times with Bell narrating something that had happened, but we as readers then had to go and read about it after he had already foreshadowed or just flat out told us. So that to me left things a bit off. 

 

The writing also at times just got a bit confusing. McCarthy seems to loathe writing who was saying what. So a few times I had to go back from the beginning of paragraph to even figure out who was speaking at certain times. Also, and this once again was just a few times, the dialogue just didn't feel realistic. At other times it did, you can feel people's terror talking to Anton, but sometimes I thought that McCarthy was just trying too hard. 

 

The ending leaves us with Bell contemplating another future for himself once he starts to realize that things have changed so much that he may not have the stomach to be a lawman anymore. 

 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4:   $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8:   $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8:   $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.

May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. 

May 14: $53. Read "No Country for Old Men" 320 pages Kindle edition; $3.00

 

Read This Book if You Hate Yourself

Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Once again, if not for Booklikes-opoly I would have DNFed this thing. I wanted the page count though so I put up with it. FYI, this book is awful. 

 

I gave this book half a star since it doesn't even deserve a full star. The entire book from start to finish was nonsensical and just insulting to anyone that has been reading this series. I honestly am  baffled at how Deaver writes Kathryn Dance since he manages to write Amelia Sachs (The Lincoln Rhyme series) as a well developed character. Dance is written so terribly in this book, one wonders how the heck she even has a job. I also don't get why she has one man, let alone two wanting to be with her. You never get to see what is so great about her.

 

Dance is busted down in this one due to the fact that due to her reading a suspect wrong, he manages to get away. That segues over into Dance being asked to go over the insurance/documentation at at place called Solitude Creek. There was a recent incident at Solitude Creek that left several people injured and dead. That doesn't really matter though, the big issue is that Dance is not supposed to be investigating due to her new status, but does so anyway and you keep reading Dance having asides to herself about the fact she's not supposed to be investigating. When Dance's colleague Michael O'Neill is called in to help, she feels annoyed because she doesn't get why he's mad at her (probably because she's not supposed to be investigating a thing and is also not carrying a gun and that could lead to other people being hurt).

 

Between Dance trying to force herself back into the investigation that has a suspect on the run and trying to figure out what is going on at Solitude Creek the book already felt full. But nope, Deaver throws in some issues with Dance's two kids who still read like robots come to life. Then there's the question of Dance and her relationship with her boyfriend that she has been seeing for maybe a year book timeline wise. 

 

The POVs were Dance, the bad guy in this one and then for some odd reason we go into a POV of a friend of Dance's as well as Dance's boyfriend. At that point I wanted to scream that just because the guy works with computers does not mean that he speaks to himself in freaking programming language.

 

And what's sad is that the most important part about Dance's character, ie her skills with kinesiology are not displayed at all. For some weird reason Deaver does some freaking cut aways and then you have other character remark at how awesome Dance was and how she was able to get information from a witness/suspect. Um are you serious? Why in the world wouldn't you show that?

 

The writing was really poor as was the flow. Deaver tries to throw some red herrings in here and there and I was actively rooting for her or her kids to end up dead in this one since that meant the series may be coming to a close. That's not a good thing to admit, but I was just sick of reading about Dance and her whole family by the time the final page was turned. 

 

The ending was a joke and a half. We had someone propose to Dance (whatever man) and someone else saying goodbye to her romantically. 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4:   $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8:   $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8:   $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.

May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

I need a new word for terrible.

 

There are so many plot points none of them hung together while we still had the ridiculous triangle between Katherine Dance, Michael O'Neill, and Dance's longtime boyfriend Jon and the resolution to that was freaking stupid I just I don't know. I don't have any more words the whole book was just a waste of time and it took me two days to finish because that's how much I did not want to finish this book. Bah. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

I am at 1 percent and already bored. Good times.

 

SPOILER ALERT!

This Book Was Terrible

Come Home - Lisa Scottoline

Why did I give this book five stars even though it was laughably bad? Cause I could not put it down. Seriously. Besides the terrible plotting, the paper thin daughter and stepdaughters, the ridiculous fiancee, etc. and the dumb main character, I could not put this down. I have been sick all week so maybe that's a factor too. But buckle up, cause I am about to spoil some stuff that I found freaking hilarious. 

 

The main character in this book is Jill. Jill is a pediatrician and also widowed and divorced. Her first husband died of a brain aneurysm (as they do) and she divorced her second husband over something so horrible and awful that she dare not speak it's name. Believe me when you find out what it was that led to the divorce it had all of the impact of a baseball bat made of cotton balls. 

 

Jill is enjoying herself in the kitchen one rainy night (of course it is) with her fiancee Sam. Yes that makes three dudes now that Jill is planning on tying herself to. One wonders if Jill should just get a hobby or something, but thank goodness Sam isn't evil. In fact, Sam is the only damn character in this book that has any common sense. I wanted Sam to repeatedly go bye girl to Jill due to her ridiculous crap.

 

Anyway, back to Jill. Jill hears a voice crying out her name and she already knows it's Abby. Well as a reader I didn't have a damn clue who Abby was cause she wasn't introduced. Jill runs out into the rain and there finds her stepdaughter Abby that she hasn't seen in years since the divorce. Abby is shaken, drunk, etc. and cries to Jill that she has to help her cause her father was murdered.

 

Cue dramatic music.

 

Seriously, this whole book read like the short stories my nephew writes right now. They tend to be about a boy falling down a hole and chasing his dog, but hey, they still make more sense than this book.

 

So Jill who has not seen Abby in three years at this point takes her in and starts acting motherly. Sam who is not a moron has issues with Abby showing up drunk and also that Abby was driving drunk as well. Jill just ignores that and agrees to let Abby stay the night and puts her in her teen daughter's room without discussing it with said daughter first. 

 

When Jill's daughter Megan comes home and is all why is Abby in my room, in my bed, wearing my nightgown, Jill just ignores any issues her daughter may have with that and is instead worried about hearing about how her evil stepdad who didn't even stay in touch and wouldn't speak to her after the divorce will affect Megan. 

 

Honestly most of this book is just Jill ignoring everyone that tells her to stop doing what she's doing (her fiancee, the police, the freaking FBI, her other step daughter Victoria who hates her) and trying to find out what happened with her ex husband who someone is turned into a good guy (he's not) in the end cause if you love someone you forgive them their transgressions or some such nonsense.

 

I think the book hit peak stupidity when instead of caring for a patient who may possibly die because Jill was so wrapped up in playing Sherlock (or Dr. Watson who gets mentioned a lot in this book) that Jill starts to realize that maybe, just maybe she's gone too far. 

 

And honestly Jill's best friend is probably the only other person in this book who had any sense besides Sam. 

 

Jill investigates cause she's Abby's mom/stepmom and doesn't know how to stop loving her. Mind you, she has not spoken or talked to Abby or her sister in three years due to her ex taking out a restraining order against her from contacting his kids. Jill ignores things going on with her own kid and Sam and is angry that Sam is making her choose between him/Megan or Abby and her dead father. There is no real sense of danger in this book at all. Jill figuring out things that somehow the police and the FBI did not was a joke. You find out how much of a joke when surprise the FBI shows up and reveals they pretty much knew all so Jill putting herself in harm's way was 100 percent for nothing.


Oh I am going to tell you the stepdad and Jill divorced because he kept stealing money from her, demanding that she use her dead husband's insurance money and give it to her, when she refused, he started stealing prescription pads from her office and selling them to people to buy drugs. So she could have lost her license and her practice could have been in big trouble. Frankly the whole book makes no sense since when he is confronted he apparently screamed, yelled, took his two daughters and never spoke to Jill again. Why she didn't have him arrested astonishes me and I am shocked her practice would not have taken this to the police. 

 

The writing was bad. Every chapter ended with Jill stressing out about either Abby or her patient who is sick and she can't figure out why. It didn't even make sense with the preceding sentences that came before it most of the time. 

 

The main plot about what happened to Abby's father was something out a James Patterson book. That was not a compliment. 

 

And the dialogue between characters was terrible too. Plus the timelines in this book didn't add up. At one point we find out that Jill hasn't seen these kids in 3 years and when I started doing the math because of other people's ages and all I just gave up. 

Nothing made sense, I rolled my eyes the whole way through. And I have a lot to say about the terrible ending which resulted in some random dude proposing to Victoria. And then Sam randomly coming around cause love is the answer and even if you are a stepparent after you get divorced, you don't stop loving the stepkids. I understand the sentiment, but it just felt like Jill went right into overly involved in these two kids lives and this is even after the one stepdaughter asked her to rightfully back off. 

Booklikes-opoly: Roll! Cars Land 16 and Adventureland 26!

 

Rolled an eight and got doubles!

 

 

Hmm so the book I am going to choose is:

Title details for No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

 

And I get to roll again.

 

 

I got an 11 and that means my next space is:

 

 

That book is going to be:

 

Title details for Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver

 

That way I can finish up the Kathryn Dance series already. 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8: $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.

First Book in Mercy Thompson Series Shows Growth When You Read Latest

Moon Called  - Patricia Briggs

I own all of the Mercy Thompson books and decided that I would try to re-read some of them since I just finished the latest book and really wanted some Mercy to read.

 

I guess I am shocked how I even continued with the series when I see a lot of problems here and there with the story-line. I did give it four stars, but that's because I know what's coming and how good the series gets. But I can see why some people read book #1 and said I am out. 

 

Set in the Tri-Cities in Washington state, we have a world where the fae, werewolves, and vampires walk alongside humans. And we even have a young woman (Mercy Thompson) who has the ability to shape-shift into a coyote.

 

I liked Mercy from the first. A half Indian and white woman, she is a mechanic working alongside a fae called Zee. We find out right away that Mercy has issues. And who wouldn't. When her mother realized that Mercy wasn't a typical baby, she went and sought help from someone (Bran "The Marrok" Cornick). Mercy ends up being raised by werewolves, but is quickly sent away again when she falls in love with The Marrok's son, Samuel. Eventually Mercy makes her way to the Tri-Cities and even though she know she's displeased The Marrok and her mother, she does what she wants and even lives next door to an alpha werewolf (Adam).

 

When Adam's teenage daughter Jesse is kidnapped, and then Adam is injured, Mercy goes investigating and even goes back to The Marrok in order to get answers about who is behind what is going on in the Tri-Cities and what they have planned for Adam and his Pack.

 

The writing in this first book is a little rough. And there is some info-dumping here and there. I think that in this first book, Briggs was trying to do too much. We get so many introductions to people, places, and things it was hard to keep things straight at first. Even I who have read this entire series went wait a minute what a couple of times. This is also kind of short (it's only 298 pages, electronic) and leaves a lot of questions that do get answered later on in the series. But I have to say that besides Mercy, I didn't get a good sense of anyone.

 

Also there were so many plot holes that bugged me. I also didn't get why Mercy didn't confront her mother, The Marrok, heck even Samuel more about how they played a game of hot potato regarding her. And even though Mercy doesn't act like it, I definitely in the first couple of books got a sense of her hurt that her foster father committed suicide after his wife died leaving her all alone again.

 

And people, there is a love triangle in this one. Thank goodness Briggs doesn't drag that out beyond book # 2 though the decision is finally made in book #3.

 

The ending I thought was clever when you find out the who and why. And I thought that the book that should be read after this is "Cry Wolf" which shows you the immediate aftermath of what goes does in this book. It gives a much nicer resolution to some things. And let's you see a different side to the werewolves that Mercy can only guess at. 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00

May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00. 

May 8: $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.

 

 

Second Book in Series Rocks

Black Rose - Nora Roberts

I have no plans to read book #3 since I am sure it will just irk the living daylights out of me again. Book #2 was so good and I still have the same feeling I did back when I read this the first time, I didn't want it to end. When Roberts is good, she's really good. I just enjoyed the heck out of these books and was so satisfied by the ending.

 

In book #2, "Black Rose" we follow Rosalind Harper (Roz) as she does what she can to find out more about the Harper Bride (a ghost living in her family home for hundreds of years at this point). Taking place in Memphis Tennessee (not a typical romance location) we follow Roz as she she works with Dr. Mitchell Carnegie to try to find out the mystery behind the Harper Bridge. Roz is also still running her In the Garden business and doing what she can to be rid of the memories of her second husband who was a piece of dirt. 

What I really loved about this book is that you see a flawed but strong woman in Roz. She feels so much more human to me than Hayley (Red Lily, Book #3) or Stella (Blue Dahlia, Book #1) ever did. Roz is 47 years old and she's raised three sons by herself. She still throughout this book mourns her first husband John. And she regrets letting loneliness sneak in and get to her which caused her to marry her second husband. 

 

This was a slow burn romance novel and honestly I would say the romance wasn't even secondary this time. It was maybe third on the list. Most of this book really is about Roz, her sons, and her not letting her ex husband get to her when he comes back to town and does what he can to ruin her reputation. I loved seeing her friends and family rally around her. And I loved that Roz decided what she wanted when things turned to the romantic with Mitch. I wasn't really feeling Mitch even though I loved this book. Probably because most of this book was unraveling the mystery of the Bride who appears and gets really confrontational with Roz. 

Mortals, Gods, and Half-Gods

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

So I read "American Gods" back in 2004. I went on a trip with this woman from my former to Playa del Carmen. She told me that I should read "American Gods" because she thought she needed to help me broaden my horizons. Don't get me started on this woman, she was very rude about me hanging out with other people who were white and was constantly trying to teach me about how to be black. Her words. The only thing I fondly remember about that trip is this book because she made me want to slap her with it a dozen times a day. Did I mention she was cheap? She was. 

Bygones, I went off on a tangent there.


Back to "American Gods" I remember being so drawn to it from the very first couple of pages. I had never heard of Neil Gaiman (yeah I know) and had no idea who he was and what he wrote about. So I started this book and just fell in love with Shadow, Laura, Anansi, Easter, and freaking Czernobog.

 

This book ended up causing me to go home and read a ton of Norse mythology. I was never really into it since I was in love with all things Greek/Roman growing up and in college while getting my history degree. But I was so fascinated about myths and how so many things got entwined depending on regions and religions that I felt like I was back in school again. I spent a lot of free time reading up on characters introduced in this book.

 

Though it is a long book, you have to know that you have the character of Shadow as your main character for the whole book. His journey is a strange one after he comes into contact with a man calling himself Mr. Wednesday. Shadow who has just gotten out of jail and is eager to get back to his wife Laura, is thrown when he is released from jail earlier than anticipated and is told his wife is dead. 

 

When Shadow is seated on a plane next to a man (Mr. Wednesday) who keeps offering him work, Shadow says no. Before he knows it, Mr. Wednesday keeps popping up, and due to certain events, Shadow finds himself jobless and aimless. Working for Wednesday sounds interesting. 


In between following Shadow. Readers also get what I would call vignettes. We follow some characters around who we find out more about here and there. I have to say that you don't think the whole book will work, but it does. At least it does for me. 

 

If you read any Norse mythology you start to realize who certain characters are and you get a pretty big clue regarding Shadow towards the end of the book.


I was so happy to read about his further adventures in "Monarch of the Glen". And am slowly waiting to get my hands on "Trigger Warning" so I can read another short story starring him, "Black Dog."

 

The writing I thought was though provoking. I never really thought much until this book how much we changed/shaped myths and religion from where their origin point to make them more American. I know that Moonlight Reader brought up a good point that she thought it was a bit odd we didn't see a version of Jesus Christ in this book and I think that would have been really cool to see. Maybe Gaiman was worried about offending people. I would think that the American version definitely differs through the ages and more when you get into contemporary times so that would have been a cool thing to see.


What I thought was great is you get to see the old and new gods in this one. And you get to see the new gods that we have turned to, social media, technology, etc. Do we all not worship them in our own ways these days. I remember when the internet was done at my house the house guest that was staying with me almost lost her mind. You would have thought I thrown her out in the street and stolen her belongings. 

 

I really thought the ending of the story was going in a different way and was very happy I was wrong. The writing in this one was really good and I can say that reading "Anansi Boys" a weekend ago you definitely get a different sort of feel in this first book then you do in that one. 

 

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Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00

May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00. 

 

Besides Awful Title, Full of Awful Characters

This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen

This is only the second time I was not feeling a Dessen book, and man this book had me rage screaming while hiking with my friend this weekend. At least I made her laugh when I was recounting some of the crap this book is full of. We have slut shaming, a boy that ignores what the heroine asks, ie (tries to force feed her cake at one point), underage drinking to the point I checked to make sure none of these fools was over the age of 21), no understanding of relationships, emotions, and oh can I say again, the slut-shaming?


What really shocks me is that this book came out after "Dreamland" which was so good and really got into teen physical abuse. I don't know what this book was trying to showcase. That assholes are people too? I don't know. 

 

"This Lullaby" follows Remy. Remy is in the midst of dumping her boyfriend and trying to organize her mother's fifth wedding. The way that Dessen rights Remy you think she was a hard talking 20 something year old. But nope, she's 18 in this book. She and her friends have just graduated high school and Remy starts at Stanford in August. So she wants to get her mother married and be off with no worries about leaving anyone behind. Of course that all changes when she meets no boundaries at all Dexter. Dexter decides after seeing Remy at a car dealership that she's a challenge and he is going to wear her down so she will date him.

 

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There is nothing at all charming about Dexter. For most of this book I found him insufferable. And Remy is just a straight up asshole towards him, her mother, her brother, her friends, and even the guys she dates. But I am supposed to someone get that Dexter found Remy and let her see that it's okay to be in love. Man I wish this book had been different. 

 

Dexter is a musician in his 20s and he and his friends travel around doing odd jobs while trying to make it. I didn't see the charm in them and their whole deal. Heck, I was waiting for the moment I was supposed to care about any of them. All of the secondary characters in this one were sketched so thin it was unreal. As much as Remy talks about her friends, they felt like they were barely in this book.

 

Remy has rules about getting involved with a guy. Keep things distant, don't fall in love cause love isn't real, and just dump with no regrets. I definitely see why she was that way, but I think that Dessen tried to handwave away too many things that are revealed about Remy. And I hate that Remy and her friends considered her a slut for sleeping with so many guys. And oh cause she was hot, it's kind of understood that is just the way things happen? I don't know. The whole book was so odd and off-putting. I really just had it when Remy and her friends try to convince her she's in love with Dexter and that's just cause she never sleeps with him. 

 

Banging head.

 

I was really happy to see the end of this book. 

The Ending Didn't Work, but Everything Else Was Pretty Good

Someone Like You - Sarah Dessen

I have been reading a lot of Sarah Dessen books the past couple of months. "Someone Like You" is Dessen's second book and maybe I should have been more careful to read these in order. I really did love this book. It is about two best friends (Halley and Scarlett) and them trying to get through their junior year of high school after Scarlett deals with losing the boy she loved in a motorcycle accident. If things were not complicated enough, Scarlett finds out she is pregnant, and Halley decides she is going to do whatever she can to be there for Scarlett. The book really is about Halley coming into her own and deciding what she feels comfortable with when it comes to her first serious relationship.

 

I liked Halley. The book starts off with her away at some "feel your feelings" summer camp that her therapist mother forced her off to. Unlike with most of Dessen's books, Halley's parents are happily married, though right now Halley and her mother are going through some growing pains. While Halley often thought of herself and her mother as best friends, she has started to grow apart from her. Whether it was Halley outgrowing the boy her mother thought was appropriate for her, or just not wanting to keep sharing everything with her mother, you can see that for both of these characters they want things to go back to the way that they were before. 

When Halley gets a call from Scarlett telling her that Scarlett's secret boyfriend (red flags people) has been killed and she needs Halley there, Halley calls her family and demands to come home. Here I found Halley's mom a bit heartless about her coming home soon and asking about why does she need to be there. Um gee souless one, maybe to be there for her friend.

 

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After that, things are fractured between Halley and her mother for most of the book and get worse when Halley finds herself drawn to Scarlett's dead boyfriend's friend Macon. Yeah try repeating that five times fast. 

 

 

The book really is a push pull for Halley to understand her worth after she starts seeing Macon. She really does think she is lucky to have Macon in her life. It's a long slow realization for her though when you as a reader realize she has no clue that she's doing all the giving and he's doing all the taking. When things come to a head, I was proud of the way the book continued from there. 

 

There were times in this book I just felt such pity for both Halley and Scarlett. Halley because she didn't realize what Scarlett ends up realizing with regards to the boy she fell in love with. That sex is important, and you should be absolutely sure before you have sex with someone that you could end up being connected to for the rest of your life. 

 

The ending though felt unfinished. I wanted to read more about Scarlett and Halley. Without realizing it, the next book I finished this weekend had an appearance and update regarding Scarlett so that made me happy. Nothing else in that hot mess of a book did though. 

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