FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 08/26/16

FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 08/26/16

Why am I shocked it’s another Friday?!  Well, it probably has something to do with the fact that another week has come and gone and we all haven’t had a lot of time to read.  But it feels like that will be changing very soon!  Fingers crossed!

I swear I’m not always traveling, but this last week I flew to San Diego.  I stayed with a good friend from High School and we both went to the Guns N Roses concert this last Tuesday *jumps up and down while screaming!*.  They are my favorite band of all time!  I’ve been to a lot of concerts, but this one blew all of the others out of the water.  It was so fabulous that we even created some ridiculous hashtags like #SlashIsStillSexy #HowDidHisArmsNotRipThatShirt #AxlsVoiceStillSeducesMe and many more lol!  But in all seriousness, if you have a love for rock and roll or seeing 80’s bands then I highly recommend their concert.  It was 3 hours of absolute perfection in my eyes and now I’m left wanting to travel all over the US and to watch them again and again.  See.  Totally obsessed lol!  I hope you all had a great week too! ♥

So, in case you aren’t familiar with our Friday Star Posts, we like to take a look at what’s happened around here in the last week, what’s coming up that we are excited about and anything else that we may have to share!
♥ Enjoy!

Giveaways:
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the kindestEnter to win a book with one of our Kindest Book Boyfriends – Xander from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (ebook). Enter → HERE.
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female leadsEnter 3 different giveaways! Two are featuring our favorite heroines – Meghan from The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (ebook) and Penryn from Angelfall by Susan Ee (ebook). Also enter to win hardback books of The Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand & The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Enter → HERE.
 
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Just Finished and Loved:

rites of passage coverRites of Passage by Joy N. HensleyAnna’s Review

4.5 Stars!  Rites of Passage left me on such a high, I’m jumping around at 5AM like a crazy person when I should have been tucked up in bed like the reasonable adult I’m supposed to be.

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.  So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty… no matter how much she wants him.  As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.  At any cost.  Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust… and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

 
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phoenix island john dixon Phoenix Island (Phoenix Island #1) by John Dixon
The judge told Carl that one day he’d have to decide exactly what kind of person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be made for him.  A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island.  Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the end of the line for delinquents who have no home, no family, and no future. Located somewhere far off the coast of the United States—and immune to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by sadistic drill sergeants who show no mercy to their young, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stay until his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by the rules, so he makes friends with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed girl named Octavia. But he makes enemies, too, and after a few rough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” as well as a string of punishments, including a brutal night in the “sweatbox.” But that’s nothing compared to what awaits him in the “Chop Shop”—a secret government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of.  A new life…A new body. A new brain. Gifts from the fatherly Old Man, who wants to transform Carl into something he’s not sure he wants to become. For this is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence.  And for Carl, it’s just the beginning…

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how to save a life emma scott How to Save a Life by Emma Scott
Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.  Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.  Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.

 

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Upcoming Releases:
 

For Better or Worse Lauren Layne For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne (Releases 8/30)
Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?  When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.  Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

 
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a torch against the night sabaa tahir A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir (Releases 8/30)
The story continues!  In the first book, An Ember in the Ashes, Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.   Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.   It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.   But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.   There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

 
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Check out the rest of our list of upcoming releases that we can’t wait for → HERE

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Darkest BBFs

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In continuing with our month long Blogiversary theme, today we’re talking about our Darkest BBFs.  These men take our breath away, even with all of the darkness within them!  If you haven’t met all of them yet, we hope you will!  And we’re wishing you lots of luck in winning today’s giveaway.  It’s the full trilogy and features one of our Darkest BBFs.  That side of him was shocking, but he completely captured our hearts!  Enjoy!
PS If you missed out on our previous blogiversary posts and giveaways, they were Fiercest BBFs, Kindest BBFs, and Favorite Heroines.

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DISCLAIMER : These characters aren’t what I would call BBF, per se (because PSYCHOPATHS, you all) (alright, some of them more than the others) (some of them are only assholes) (or devious) (but still). Yet they’re complex and fascinating and worth knowing. So, so worth it.

The Darkling from  Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

“You’re shaking.”
“I’m not used to people trying to kill me.”
“Really? I hardly notice anymore.”


Jorg of Ancrath from Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #) by Mark Lawrence – (Review)

“You know how to break the cycle of hatred?” I asked.
“Love”, said Gomst, all quiet-like.
“The way to break the cycle is to kill every single one of the bastards that fucked you over”, I said.”


Jasper Dent from I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga – (Review)

“The killer was a badass. Talk about supreme confidence. Jazz couldn’t help it; he sort of admired the guy.
People matter. People are real. People matter…


Gabriel from Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong – (Review)

“I warned you not to touch her,” Gabriel said, his tone conversational.
“She is my fiancée,” James spat.
“EX-fiancée, a concept you appear to have difficulty comprehending, which is at the root of this problem. However, if you are suggesting that even as her fiancé you would have the right to touch her, you are mistaken on a very important point of law. You do not. You will not. Is that clear?”


Laurent from Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1) by C.S. Pacat – (Review)

“There was a man I was supposed to meet. He’s got all these ideas about honour and fair play, and he tries to keep me from doing the wrong thing. But he’s not here right now. Unfortunately for you.”


Cassel from White Cat (The Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black – (Review)

“Marks think they can get something for nothing.

Marks think they can get what they don’t deserve and could never deserve.

Marks are stupid and pathetic and sad.

…..

Marks forget that whenever something’s too good to be true, that’s because it’s a con.”


Werner from All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – (Review)

“It is as if he has been drowning for as long as he can remember and somebody has fetched him up for air.”

 

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falling kingdoms morgan rhodesMagnus from  Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Michelle Rowan, Morgan Rhodes – (Review)

Up ahead, Magnus pulled something from a basket.  It was small, furry, and had long, floppy ears.
It’s nose twitched.
“It’s a rabbit,” Lucia said with surprise. “A baby.”
“A pet. For you.” He handed the animal to her. It nestled into the crook of her neck. She felt it’s rapid heartbeat beneath her fingertips and her own heart swelled. She’d always wanted a pet, especially when she was just a child, but apart from horses and a few wolfhounds owned by the king, her mother had never allowed it. 
“You didn’t kill it.” 
Magnus looked at her curiously. “Of course not. A dead rabbit wouldn’t make a very good pet, would it?” 
Its fur was so soft. She stroked it, trying to ease the animal’s fear. She looked up at Magnus. her throat tightening. “So  you think this excuses you for scaring off Michol-and who knows who else?” 
He gave her a wary look. “Does it help a little?” 
She hissed out a breath but couldn’t keep the smile from appearing on her lips. “Maybe a little.” 
Magnus was challenging, annoying. opinionated, and relied on his masks to hide his true feelings form the world far too much. But she still loved him and knew without a doubt that she would do anything for him, even when he tested her patience.
And she would tell him her secret the next time she had the opportunity. Maybe then he’d tell her what had been troubling him lately. Even now as he gazed down at her holding his gift, there was a deep and bottomless sadness in his eyes.


karen marin moning darkfeverBarrons from Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning – (Review)

The million-dollar question: What are you, Barrons? His answer, on those rare occasions he gave one, was always the same. 
The one that will never let you die.


sins & needles karina halleCam from Sins and Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle – (Review)

“That is what I thought of you, Ellie.  Heartless, reckless, selfish, and cruel.”
He was back to shooting me when my armor was down. I turned my face away from him, not wanting to let him see the hurt in my eyes. He reached up and put his fingers under my chin, bringing my face forward again, forcing me to look at him.
“Beautiful, sad, wounded, and lost,” he continued. “A freak, a work of art, a liar, and a lover.”
His gaze was starting to eat away at my insides. Razor-blade butterflies whirled in my heart.
“I hate you, Ellie Watt,” he whispered, lips coming closer to mine, “because I still love you after all these years.” 


the winner's curse marie rutkoskiArin from The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Curse #1) by Marie Rutkoski – (Review)

“Do you know how to play Bite and Sting?” she asked.
“Maybe.”
“Either you do or you don’t.”
“Whether I know or don’t doesn’t matter.”
She made an impatient noise. “Because?”
His teeth flashed in the late, shifting light. “Because you would not want to play against me.


Cassel from White Cat (The Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black – (Review)

I-I don’t want to be a monster, but maybe it’s too late to be anything else.



i hunt killers barry lygaJazz
from I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga – (Review)

Jazz stared at her father. Connie had never seen such a stare. He didn’t move; his expression didn’t change. It was something ethereal, something in his eyes, or in his soul. Something had shifted, and Connie suddenly realized that she’d been wrong before-her father wasn’t the hawk on the high branch. 
Jazz was.

 

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sins & needles karina halleCam from Sins and Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle – (Review)

He kissed me so hard I thought I might break. Somewhere in there a sob escaped his lips, or maybe it escaped mine. It didn’ t matter— we were only one, we’ d always been, always been the same. Our lips were wet, the salt of tears hitting our tongue. It wasn’ t a good-bye kiss, it was the opposite . It was the start of something that would last forever.


 

 

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BOOK REVIEW – Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

BOOK REVIEW – Rites of Passage by Joy N. HensleyRites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Purchase on: Amazon
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Synopsis:

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty... no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust... and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

“They can get into my room. Whenever they want. Oh God. They’re not going to stop. Not ever. Not until I’m gone.”

Rites of Passage left me on such a high, I’m jumping around at 5AM like a crazy person when I should have been tucked up in bed like the reasonable adult I’m supposed to be. Yet as I’ve been flirting on a slump all summer, I wasn’t going to stop reading such a captivating story : the unfairness of everything Mac had to go through because of misogynic assholes ensured to drive me furious, and I couldn’t look away.

The thing is, it would have been so easy to write Mac in an unrealistic way, to make her so successful that her kickass personality would have reeked of unbelievability, and I’m so glad it wasn’t the case. She fails, she doubts, she needs HELP, and that’s okay – no, that’s GREAT. I admire her all the same. I’ve never understood why kickass female leads had to fight alone to be strong – “valuable”. What the fuck is that?! It’s the working woman fighting to the top all over again, and that’s so sad. Why are we accepting that? Why are we condoning the wicked message that we need to be alone to deserve our success? FUCK THAT.

In my opinion Rites of Passage‘s message is way more important : don’t let anyone destroy your dreams, and don’t let your pride refuse help – your achievements won’t be diminished because you trusted others. I loved the complicity and friendship between Mac and some of her classmates. I loved that she found people to stand up for her and yet kept making her own decisions. Girl power, but not only – let’s not put all men in the same basket, alright? I also completely crushed on the love interest, which is a shock, because men in uniforms give me the CREEPS (I know how irrational that is, trust me – one of my close friends was in the military and teased me endlessly about it, but what can I say, I am weird). But YUM. I loved this adorable guy.

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About the romance : I need to stress it because I’ve read it a lot and HUH, WHAT : this is in no way a love triangle. Granted, there are two boys, but never at the same time, and the first one is already history when the second one (YUM) steals the show. If that’s a love triangle, then we’ve all been in one once in our life (what a frightening thought, I know).

I’ll end this night rambling by saying that I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending because of two opposite reasons :
– The general plot is wrapped up in a neat bow and everything felt too rushed to be entirely believable.
– The romance aspect is, WELL, we’ll say open to stay optimistic (I AM) and sadly realistic (WHY THOUGH??) but in that case I didn’t want it to be realistic (I’m so unfair, right?) (also, I feel betrayed). Aw hell, I don’t care. In my head everything goes well in the end OKAY?! Okay.

Nearly perfect as far as I’m concerned : some issues weren’t completely dealt with View Spoiler », some parts seemed a bit over the top to me (but what do I know?), and I had to suspend my disbelief pretty hard sometimes (the hacking), but if Joy N. Hensley can interest me in anything military related, I’d say that she’s a pretty damn good author (a sequel, THOUGH?).

FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 08/19/16

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I can’t believe we’re already at Friday again!  This week has gone by in a blur, and it may have something to do with surviving my sister-in-laws bachlorette party last weekend.  Ummmm, well maybe kinda surviving?  Last Saturday it was a high of 113 degrees *thank goodness I thought it was only 108, ha-ha*.  We were in Palm Springs (California) and after hanging out in the pool all day, we went to a yummy dinner and then went out dancing till 2am for the second night in a row.  It was so much fun, and I’m so grateful I was able to go!  The day after I flew home, then my oldest son started Kindergarten *sobs*.  I’m always amazed at how fast time flies and I continually wish there was a way to slow it down.  I’m not ready for this huge step, but he loves his teacher and his best friend is in his class, so I am beyond ecstatic for him!  I have another crazy busy weekend planned but I’m keeping my fingers crossed I can sneak in some reading.  Here’s hoping you had a great week too! ♥

So, in case you aren’t familiar with our Friday Star Posts, we like to take a look at what’s happened around here in the last week, what’s coming up that we are excited about and anything else that we may have to share!
♥ Enjoy!

Giveaways:
the fiercestEnter to win a book with one of our Fiercest Book Boyfriends – Zeke from The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (ebook).  Enter → HERE.
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the kindestEnter to win a book with one of our Kindest Book Boyfriends – Xander from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (ebook).  Enter → HERE.
 
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female leadsEnter 3 different giveaways!  Two are featuring our favorite heroines – Meghan from The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (ebook) and Penryn from Angelfall by Susan Ee (ebook).  Also enter to win hardback books of The Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand & The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.  Enter → HERE.
 
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Just Finished and Loved:

This last week we barely had any time to read.  And the books we did pick up, well, we weren’t the hugest fans of.  At all.  But we are keeping our fingers crossed that next weeks books are much, much better!

 

2 Stars:
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover → Chelsea’s Review

1 Star:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky → Anna’s Review

 

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Reading Next:

reboot amy tintera Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera
In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Legend, and Divergent, a seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey. Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum’s big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all. Wren’s captivating voice and unlikely romance with Callum will keep readers glued to the page in Amy Tintera’s high-stakes alternate reality.

 
 

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Upcoming Releases:

There aren’t any books releasing in the next week that we are dying to read.  But we do have a huge list of books that we are counting down until they are released.  You can check them out here → HERE

 

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BOOK REVIEW – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

BOOK REVIEW – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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Synopsis:

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

The book be like – CRY, BITCH.

After 50 pages I would have written that The Perks of Being a Wallflower was poorly written, boring and tasteless.

After 100 pages I would have clapped because really, wow, Stephen Chbosky really did want to tick all the strong issues boxes, haha. /sarcasm.

After 150 pages I would have needed a drink to handle all that fucking CRYING and talking and the total LACK of any attempt to actually DEAL with the issues piling up. No, three pages of so-called teenage philosophy isn’t enough.

In the end I’m just pissed off by the plain MANIPULATION that is this book and by the way the last issue is taken care of – FUCK YOU, BOOK. No, really. Fuck you. I am very sorry for all the people on Earth who loved this book, and know that this review isn’t about you. I started The Perks of Being a Wallflower expecting to love it.

As it is, I cannot.

Probably because it contains what I hate the most in Literature, this being :

– The blatant use of manufactured drama trying to force me to feel things. It doesn’t work like that. You do NOT involve a reader by creating an unrealistic overkill of serious issues, as if they were trying to outbid each other. There’s a moment when I just don’t care anymore. This is manipulative and disrespectful.

It reads like a catalogue of the worst situations possible.

– The fact that the sub-mentioned issues aren’t given the time of a day and are just there. Nope. And because I know that people will tell me that it’s realistic because Charlie is only 15, and that he can’t analyze these issues in depth : yes, he cannot. THAT IS THE POINT. Why include so many issues – teen pregnancy, drinking, drugs, sexual identity, abuse, and so on – if they’re only there to fill the book? WHY? I am the first to admit that we mustn’t take teenagers for fools and that YA novels should picture these issues. But COME. ON. What is even the point if they’re only brushed off? Is telling them that it happens to other people is going to make them feel better? Is telling them that we can ignore problems because everything is going to get better anyway (because fairies, I guess) A GOOD THING? I don’t think so. And yes, when something like abuse is dealt in TWO pages, I do get the feeling that the book is telling me to move the fuck on.

Also, that “beautiful” sentence, “we accept the love we think we deserve”? When applied to the situation? (view spoiler) Please don’t.*

* I am not thick, of course I understand what this sentence is trying to say… But again, empty words. I would have probably loved it as a 14 years old. Now I’m just like, AND THEN WHAT?

Repetitive and choppy sentences all the way through, with a main character who can’t decide if he’s 10 or 40 or, I don’t know, 5. I HATED the writing, I really did.

– Characters who don’t feel like teenagers at all – mainly Sam and Patrick, the super hipsters philosophers *snorts*

The book be like – NOW SMILE, BITCH.

► I wish I would have read another Gary D. Schmidt novel instead. Overrated.

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