Monday, September 26, 2011

(Vlog) Book Review: Sloppy Firsts Series

By: Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Release Date: August 28, 2001
Pages: 298
Source: My Bookshelf and Kindle :)

“My parents suck ass. Banning me from the phone and restricting my computer privileges are the most tyrannical parental gestures I can think of. Don’t they realize that Hope’s the only one who keeps me sane? . . . I don’t see how things could get any worse.”

When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?

A fresh, funny, utterly compelling fiction debut by first-time novelist Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts is an insightful, true-to-life look at Jessica’s predicament as she embarks on another year of teenage torment--from the dark days of Hope’s departure through her months as a type-A personality turned insomniac to her completely mixed-up feelings about Marcus Flutie, the intelligent and mysterious “Dreg” who works his way into her heart. Like a John Hughes for the twenty-first century, Megan McCafferty taps into the inherent humor and drama of the teen experience. This poignant, hilarious novel is sure to appeal to readers who are still going through it, as well as those who are grateful that they don’t have to go back and grow up all over again.

Summary Taken from Goodreads

Yani's Review:

Also, would like to add that Perfect Fifths format is my FAVORITE of all the books and I would love to take the haikus in there and post them all over my walls!!

My Review in a Tweet: BUY THESE BOOKS!
Seriously, at least buy the first book Sloppy Firsts!

Plot Development: 9/10
Writing Style: 10/10
Characters: 11/10
Pace: 8/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
Ease of Reading: 8/10

Memorable Quotes:
Anything said by Marcus Flutie :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In My Mailbox 9/25/11 and Bookshelf Tour

In My Mailbox {aka IMMB} is hosted by The Story Siren.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
Halfway to the Grave


FYI: I started reviewing again this weekend and I am not going to lie it was hard to remember details, so my review for the next month are shorter, more to the point, but still my complete and honest opinion.

ALSO:  Whether you have seen it or not, I have a feature here that I do every once in a while where I review adult romantic titles under my feature Smutty Saturdays. Jacinda from the Reading Housewives of Indiana and I were talking about hosting the feature for others to post their adult title reviews as well. This is really helpful I think for blogs like mine that mostly review YA, but every once in a while need a break from that and want to review older titles. Please leave a comment if you are interested in participating to see if there is enough interest. Thanks!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mara Mondays: The Location

As part of Mara Mondays I decided to explore my city and present to you all the REAL Miami.

Most people believe that Miami is this LARGE city, but in fact they are just grouping a bunch of south Florida cities together. Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Ft. Lauderdale, Hialeah, Miami Lakes... theses are all cities that surround the same area. For the most part, Noah Shaw's house and the nicer, richer area described in the book would be in either Miami Beach or Coral Gables. However, some parts of the story seem like they take place in Calle Ocho (Eight Street in English) which is a famous street in Miami.

Usually, visitors say traveling to Miami is like traveling out of the country. Store signs are in Spanish, people don't speak English, and the culture is very different than other US cities. I think that is why I love Miami so much though. After high school I left for college and though I would never come back. SURPRISINGLY, I missed it. ALOT.

SO here is Miami (the actual city, I wish I could have gone to all the other places mentioned above but it was a long day)

PS: I even followed a tour bus and took a couple pictures of the stops they visited. I think it so funny their most famous stop is a McDonalds, because its right next to the Cuban Memorial and a popular place for Cuban viejitos (older folks) to go play dominoes and chat.

Also, I promised last week I would cast my Noah and Mara, so click here to see that post!

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