Review: You

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Author: Caroline Kepnes

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Pages: 422

Format and source: Paperback, purchased from Fully Booked

Buy it here: Amazon


Goodreads Summary

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

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Review: Summer Days & Summer Nights

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Title: Summer Days & Summer Nights
Editor: Stephanie Perkins
Contributing authors: Leigh Bardugo, Nina LaCour, Libba Bray, Francesca Lia Block, Stephanie Perkins, Tim Federle, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer E Smith, Lev Grossman.
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Pages: 384 pages
Format and Source: Hardcover (UK Edition), Purchased from Book Depository
Buy it here: Book Depository

Most people don’t see the appeal of short stories because there’s no room for characters to grow. I think the best part about living through a novel is getting to see the development the characters undergo from start to finish and we just don’t get that from a 20 page story. But at the same time, I love short stories because we can really experience an author’s maximum talent in being able to weave intricate lives in such a constrained amount of pages and words. Because I don’t want to spoil any of the stories (which is quite easy to do considering the brevity of each), I’ll instead be including some tags or key words from each story so you can more or less get an idea of what individual story is about.

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Review: Better Off Friends

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Title: Better Off Friends

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

Publisher: Point

Pages: 288

Format and source: HardcoverPurchased from Maxon & Pepper

Buy it here: Amazon


 

GOODREADS SUMMARY

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

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Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend

18660447Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 352

Format and source: Paperback, Purchased from Fully Booked

Buy it here: Amazon


GOODREADS SUMMARY

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

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Review: Tiny Pretty Things

18710209Title: Tiny Pretty Things

Authors: Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 448

Format and source: Hardback, Purchased from Fully Booked

Buy it here: Amazon 


GOODREADS SUMMARY

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

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Review: The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting

22533460Title: The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting

Author: Holly Bourne

Pages: 448

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Format and Source: Paperback copy purchased from National Bookstore


GOODREADS SUMMARY

Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.

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