Possession Interview

I recently got the chance to interview Annie Oldham the author of ‘Possession’.

1) Why did you start writing?

I write because I love to express myself in words. I’ve always loved to read, and from reading came the desire to create my own stories. And the fun part of this whole author business is that if I want to jump genres, that’s totally fine. I’ve written high fantasy, fantasy, dystopian, and now with Possession, contemporary paranormal.

2) What do you think is most important when writing a book?

Being true to the story. I don’t sacrifice the plot and characters for the sake of sensationalism or easy endings. If you’ve read to the end of The Burn trilogy, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you should! I’ve had a lot readers tell me either that they 1) hate the ending (it’s so unfair!), 2) love the ending (the only way to end it!), or 3) hate the ending but understand it. To be true to Terra’s journey underwater and on the Burn and what she learned about herself along the way, it was the only ending that appropriately completely her story arc. That doesn’t mean it was easy. But that was the way it had to be.
3) What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Read! And spend time with my family. And read when I have a few more minutes. My dream vacation would be finding a quiet spot where I could read without interruptions until I got sick of it.
4) On a less serious note, would you rather speak in riddles or not speak at all?
Ha! Not at all, definitely. I worked as a technical writer for several years, and I’m a big fan of saying what you mean and saying it clearly. There’s definitely a lack of that in the world today.
5) Another would you rather. Would you rather write one story about your life or write a million stories that have nothing to do with you?
I’m a very private person. If you’ve read my blog, you’ll notice it’s mostly book-related, and when I do venture into real life, I’ve never given names to my three children or my husband or many details about my personal life. That’s very intentional. When I write there are tidbits of my real life that sneak in: characters that have attributes from people I’ve known, events that have happened to me but are disguised as plot, and things like that. But it’s always just tidbits. I want to keep my personal life as it belongs–personal.
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Arcana Book Tour

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A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

Arcana

Arcana

by Jessica Leake

Adult Historical Fantasy

Hardcover, 288 pages

November 18th 2014 by Talos

Goodreads

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London Season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome – or dangerous. Through her late mother’s enchanted journal, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform Arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. The machinations of the fashionably elite are a constant threat, but worse still are those who covet Katherine’s Arcana, seeking the power of her birthright. They could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor, even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

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Welcome to Book City
Date: November 11, 2014

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Headline
Arcana
Jessica Leake

A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

City Calendar:
This is what happened during the week.
The story is mostly a period romance. It seems to be a stiff upper class society. But we have the little tidbit of Katherine our main girl being a bit magical.
We have action. But mostly romances. Suitors and lovers and happenings.
Not much.
And that’s what happened this week.

Personal Ads:
Katherine.
Oh dearest readers. I am well. And you? I’m married to the lovely Lord-Colin. He is simply divine. We are looking for a sitter for our soon-to-be-born child. (Because we ‘do it’ often enough.)
A bit stiff. A bit flirty. Odd and quirky. Magical. Looking for love in all the wrong, and right, places. Sister to Lucy and Robert. A bit tomboyish. Horseback rider. (Not side saddle.)

Opinions:
I really don’t know what to make of this book.
The speech is quite fantastic. It seems right for the time period. It’s proper and a bit verbose. Exactly how I imagine London all those years ago.
I also like the magic. It was nice. A bit confusing on what arcana was exactly. But still pretty fascinating.
Sadly, the plot is a bit dull. Too much romance. I like the ending. It’s fast-paced and pushing dearest ‘Wren’ to her limits. There seems to be only shameless flirting and rivalries. Of the Society sort.
I dislike Katherine. God. She’s insufferable! She’s a tomboy one moment and a drooling flirt in another. What’s up with you? Goodness. And she’s whiny. Very whiny.
The sexy, heated scenes? Please. Stop. No. I don’t need that. Oh god. Just stop. Right now. Right there. We don’t need to know he’s groping her!
I could go on. And on.

Weather:
Sunny with a chance of 50% rain
3/5

Prism Interview for Wren @ Into the Written Word/Welcome to Book City

What inspired you to start writing?

I have a cousin who’s only a few years younger than I am. I come from this big, Irish family, and most of my aunts & uncles are in the military, so I didn’t get to see my cousin very often. But for a short period of time—maybe 3 years?—we lived within driving distance of one another (and by driving distance I mean 8 hours, but that was better than when her dad was stationed in San Diego or Japan). We got to spend every major holiday together, and we’d stay up late into the night telling each other stories—ridiculous romantic dramas of our favorite actors at the time. Eventually, her dad was stationed in San Diego again, and she moved across the country, but one summer in college, we got to spend a whole week together again at our grandmother’s house in Texas. My cousin arrived with a spiral notebook with a half-finished story—she’d written the whole way from California to Texas—and it occurred to me that I could do that, too! I tried (and failed) to write a story in college, but it reminded me of just how much I loved it. Once I got started writing, though, it became a need, and when I haven’t written something in a long time, I literally crave it.
What is your favorite book/series?

Oh this is a hard one since there are so many! Maybe a favorite series from each age range? For MG, it’s definitely Harry Potter. YA would probably be The Hunger Games. And favorite adult series would be the Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn. I’m really restraining myself here…the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to list them.
Who is your favorite author?

Can I name more than one?? You’re a book lover, I’m sure you can understand ;). JK Rowling, Robin McKinley, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Brandon Mull, Phillipa Gregory, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, Maggie Stiefvater, Julia Quinn…I’ll stop there (but I could go on).
List your favorite book characters and why you like them.

Katniss from The Hunger Games because she’s so strong, Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice because she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, Mr. Darcy, of course, from P&P because he is so deliciously arrogant…until he meets his match.
Which character, in your book or not, do you like the most? The least?

In Arcana, I love Katherine and Lord Thornewood, but I probably love Lord Thornewood just a tiny bit more because…well, because he’s so charming ;). The least? Katherine’s grandmother. Hateful family members are about 100x worse than hateful strangers. In others’ books, though, I will always, always hate Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. HATE.
Would you rather write about not having to write for the rest of your life or have amazing ideas you can’t write down on paper?

I’d rather have amazing ideas I can’t write down on paper because I’d dictate them to someone else—loophole!! Muhahahahaha.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Wren!

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About Jessica Leake

AUTHOR

I’m a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (two toddlers and a newborn, in fact, so I think you can begin to see why my blog may be a bit neglected) and author of Arcana: A Novel (Skyhorse/Talos, November 4, 2014), my debut historical fantasy with a heavy dose of romance. I have a particular obsession with blending different genres, but almost everything I write has an element of fantasy and romance. I’ve been in love with historical England ever since my first literary crush: Mr. Darcy (I can’t even count the number of times I watched Pride & Prejudice–the A&E version, of course!!) I’m represented by the fabulous Brianne Johnson of Writers House, and I live in Greenville, SC.

Before I was a writer, I worked as a psychotherapist. I spent several years working at a psychiatric hospital in Birmingham, AL, but after my husband graduated as a pharmacist, we moved back to Greenville. I claim Greenville as my hometown now since I spent most of my childhood here, and I’m a proud alumna of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Winthrop University.

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11/5

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11/6

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A Thousand Words A Million Books

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11/7

Simplistic Reviews

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11/9

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11/10

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11/11

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11/12

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11/13

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11/14

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11/16 – Grand Finale

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Unstrung Interview

Kendra Highley is the author of ‘Unstrung’. Here is my interview with her.

 

Unstrung:

Book One: Unstrung Series


Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing–plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.

 

What character, encompassing all fiction, is your favorite?

Wow, just one? That’s a tough one. I’ve always been drawn to Austenian characters, so

maybe Emma? More recently, I’ve loved Eliza from the Girl of Fire and Thorns series.

She’s so strong, despite being told she’s not.

What character do you relate to the most, in your book?

I probably relate most with Lexa. She tough, but vulnerable, and she’d do anything for

her family.

What is your inspiration for your main character?

I’ve always loved the idea of Cat Woman (and I really enjoy heist capers, like Sneakers

and Ocean’s Eleven), plus I really enjoy SciFi that makes you question what is human

(Battlestar Galatica, for example). I pulled together those two ideas and came up with

a character in a new future world where “artificial” humans were made to work for “real”

humans. She was a thief, working against the prevailing government.

What is your favorite book/series?

I have so many: The Curse Workers, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Girl of Fire and

Thorns, LOTR, and The Raven Cycle to name a few.

Who is your favorite author?

There are many who’ve influenced me, but my first real favorite author as a teen was

Cynthia Voigt.

Why did you start writing?

I’ve written little scraps of stories most of my life, but I didn’t get series about publication

until 2008.

If given the choice to be in any fictional world, which would you choose?

Wow, not a dystopian for sure! Maybe Hogwarts. I think that would be amazing.

 

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Making the Move

Hey, everyone. It’s Wren here. I’m telling you that I’m making the move over to Blogspot! Yay!

My new blog will be called (not Into the Written Word) but Welcome to Book City. The link is http://wecometobookcity.blogspot.com/

The new blog will have a new format for reviews. I’ll do rants and reviews and read-a-thons on there. I hope you all will join me on my new blog. I will not post reviews on here. I will also move all of my current review onto there. But it will be in the old format.

I will also link my Goodreads, Twitter, and Bloglovin’ onto that account as well as the Feedburner I have.

Thank you.

(I hope that you move with me. I apologize for the inconvenience. Trust me, though. The new format is pretty cool.)

Wren Reviews: ‘Undivided’

Title: Undivided
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Action, YA fiction
Note: This series is complex. I will not go into details for the plot. I think you should read it yourself. This review won’t have all the characters, though. I will put only the three main characters.
Premise:
(Goodreads)
Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.

Plot: The plot is action. This one is focused on the characters not trying to survive but trying to fight back. They are taking matters into their own hands. They are determined to save the world.
Lev wants the Chancefolk to step in. Cam wants to release his rewind brothers and sisters. Risa and Connor want to use the organ printer to do something.
And it works. Their efforts aren’t in vain. They work.
Character Development:
Connor Lassiter. Connor is interesting. He’s brave and daring. But he isn’t smart. He acts without his mind and thoughts. He jumps into actions. I think that recklessness is terrible. But Connor is always the soldier. He fights. And I like that fighter spirit.
Risa Ward. I don’t particularly like Risa. She’s interesting. But she is a bit lame. I do like how she acts on her emotions at times. Especially when she tries to protect the people she loves. I hope she gets married to Connor. That would be a sweet ending. Risa would be great with Connor.
Levi Jedediah Calder. I don’t particularly like Lev. He becomes reckless as Connor. He becomes some guy obsessed with the mission he had. He focuses on crazy missions. Finding Wil’s parts pirates. Etching names on his small body. Making people see the truth. These are major undertakings for Lev. I think he bites off too much sometimes. But that makes him interesting. I hope Lev ends up well. Maybe being adopted. Maybe something else. I don’t know. I just wish him well.
Problems: I think that this book has fewer problems than others.
This book has complicated story lines and characters. It’s hard to keep things in line. Sometimes, it’s easier. Sometimes, it’s not. I didn’t like the confusion. It’s hard to keep up at times.
Another problem is the focus on other characters. This story started with Lev, Risa, and Connor. I wanted it to be that way. Sure. It’s important to have Grace’s view. Or Argent’s. But there wasn’t enough of the main three characters. I felt like that was lacking.
Good points: There are a lot more good things.
I like the plot’s action. It’s interesting. I like it. While it switches point of views, you want to read more to know about that character. It keeps you going.
The characters are quite amazing. I like their growth. Lev was a tithe. Now, he’s a representative of anti-Unwinding. It’s quite an amazing change. Everyone in this story changes.
I like the way the story ends. It ends with family and friends and love. For some reason, the love isn’t bad. I like Risa and Connor together. They’re good together. They compliment each other. I like how their relationship is. It’s not all kissing. It’s light brushes and small smiled. Reassuring looks. Winks. The small things you might overlook. But they don’t.
I like how friendship is added. It’s strong connections. Lev and CyFi. Lev and Connor. Hayden and his group. The Graveyard kids. They are all amazing friendships. I also love how family is added. Your parents sign the unwind order. What does that mean? How does it feel? Do you forgive them? Amazing questions.
This story ends well. There aren’t questions. I feel like it ends well. The antagonists are gone. Nelson gone. Juvies gone. Everything ends peacefully. These characters deserve it.
Score: 8/10
Recommended: If you like the series. If you like dystopian. If you like Neal Shusterman.

Interview with Myunique C. Green

I had an interview with the author Myunique C. Green.

 

Bio:

I am a current student pursuing a BFA in Literature and Independent author with 7 published titles. My first novel, Bloodlines: Everything That Glitters has peaked within the Top 10 of Amazon-Kindle’s Bestseller/Top 100 list; my other titles, Last SeenMinutes 2 Madness and Deceptive have also shared similar designations. 713, a mystery crime tale, dominated the United States Bestselling Kindle Short-stories and remained a #1 seller for a two consecutive weeks. Recently, I accepted a 2nd place award from the Midtown Journal, by way of Houston Community College, for a fiction short-story entry into their semi-annual writing contest and was highlighted on their website (www.midtownjournal.com). Since, I have also been a part of several Midtown poetry readings with poems featured in the Houston Chronicle.

In my downtime, I consider myself something of an oddball and undoubtedly the black sheep of my family. In fact, my quest began by simply wanting to create something different.

 

Q: Why did you start writing?

A: I started writing in school. Won awards, traveled to other schools to tell my stories… Then, I became disconnected, lost my focus and it all went away. Writing novels was never a goal of mine, for the most part, I just like making up stories. That was until the media became flooded with fantasy, and vampires in particular (during the reign of Twilight), it was that, combined with finishing a novel by Rachel Vincent that I realized: I could write books too! All in all, my quest actually began by wanting to create something different.

 

Q: What is your favorite book/series? Who is your favorite author?

A: Favorite book would have to be Rogue from the Shifters series written by Rachel Vincent. She is also my favorite author.

 

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I watch movies! Lots of them… I’ve been growing my collection over the past few months. However, I don’t keep up much with new movies, I prefer 90’s or earlier. Twister is hands down my favorite movie of ALL-TIME… Also, I donate a lot of my spare time to a bookstore and the awesome people who help run it.

 

Q: What types of books do you like?

A: Urban Fantasy. I’ll sit down with a Mystery/Detective novel every now and then too. At one point I was really into YA, but I think I outgrew it.

 

Something random:

Something random about me, I don’t follow writing trends. I write what I feel and that way everything I put out will always be 100% Myunique and not something I’m writing just to make a few extra bucks.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7114829.Myunique_C_Green?from_search=true

http://myuniquegreen.wordpress.com/

Wren Reviews: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Realistic, Romance, YA fiction
Premise:
(Goodreads)

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…
Plot: Emily gets a letter with a list of things to do from her best friend Sloane. E tries to see Mona and drops her brother off. She sees the class president Frank Porter. Her brother Beckett goes to the top of the rock wall. Asked to get down, he does so, but Frank climbs up to meet him. And gets stuck. Beckett helps Frank down. Since she can’t see Mona, Emily goes to the Orchard. She sees Frank there with his friend Collins. She picks an apple as dictated by Sloane’s list. She can’t get home because she’s out of gas. Frank takes her to get gas, meeting a guy named James in the process.
Emily meets Mona and gets a job at Paradise Ice Cream. She meets Dawn a pizza delivery girl. Dawn takes her on her deliveries, but Emily misses the chance to hug a Jamie. She goes to get gas and hugs James, nicknamed Jamie by his grandmother.
She goes on a run and sees Frank. They get together and start running together.
She goes to steal a sign that Sloane loved, but Frank catches her in the act. Emily takes Frank home because he didn’t have a ride back. She sees the house Frank lived in. Together, they share secrets on the waterfront at night.
When Frank almost makes Emily ride a horse, Emily has a mental breakdown. She goes back to her house to Living Room Theater. Her parents do Bug Juice, based off of Emily, with Frank and Emily as the leads. The play is a success, but the two evade a stage kiss. Emily goes back to Frank’s house and kissed a stranger. Who happens to be Collin’s cousin.
She spends 4th of July with her friends. Emily sleeps under the stars with her brother Beckett after her father cancels the camping trip. She goes to a bar as her adult persona Penelope, using her faked ID. She almost gets into a fight.
She almost goes on a pony ride but is stopped because she needs to pick up Lissa Frank’s girlfriend for Frank’s birthday party. Lissa ends up not going to Frank’s party and staying at Princeton summer camp. At the party, she sees Benji the mysterious stranger she kissed as well as her ex-boyfriend Gideon. She sees that Gideon kept her Sharpie tattoo fresh on his arm.
Emily finally rides a horse. To dance all night, she crashes a wedding where Frank is. They share a slow dance before Collins, Frank, Dawn, and Emily go skinny dipping in the Long Island Sound.
Emily and her friends go camping indoors after rain makes it impossible for Frank and Collins to camp outside together. Emily doesn’t bring a pillow which results in her sleeping in Frank’s tent.
She goes to a party in her special backless dress. This party is at Sloane’s house, and Emily is a guest at the party that Frank’s parents had to attend. Emily finds a disposable camera with photos from Sloane on it. On the way back, she kisses Frank. After that, she loses all her friends. Dawn because Dawn was cheated on. Collins because he had to side with Frank. And Frank because he had a girlfriend. Frank appears one day, asking to talk. Emily runs away from him.
She finds out where Sloane went from the photos. And she discovers Sloane needed Emily as much as Emily needs Sloane. She contacts Frank, asking for his help to go to South Carolina where Sloane is. Frank agrees. She confronts Frank, asking him about why he didn’t reply. He explains that he broke up with Lissa. They finally get to South Carolina. Emily and Sloane reunite with them chattering about what happened and why Sloane left. You find out that Sloane’s parents are broke and living with relatives who support them. The two friends meet up.
Frank and Emily head back home. They stop first to Sloane’s special spot. And they kiss.
The story ends there.
Character Development:
Emily. I don’t like Emily. She’s a pretty girl who loses her best friend. Well. I lost my best friend for a while. And I didn’t react that way. (We ended up contacting each other and becoming best friends again.) And I just went on with my life. To me, there were other things. I don’t like her pretty girl, flirty-flirt side of her. I like the change in her, though. She goes from dependent to independent. She ends up not needing Sloane for every waking thing. Which is nice. I like when characters grow independent.
Problems: I think that I’m on the negative side here. I see that many like this book. I didn’t.
This book’s plot went from friendship to romance quickly. The author struggled to hold onto the friendship. But it ended up not working. I think that friendship is stronger than love. That’s why I don’t particularly like best friends turned couple. They might break up and ruin the friendship. I do think there could have been more family and friendship.
The characters aren’t too interesting. They have bad homes. That’s something in common. Frank especially. Almost divorced parents. I relate to that. But barely. I can’t connect to any of them. I don’t care if Dawn was cheated on. Or if Collins is flirty. I do like how Collins has emotional troubles. That’s something I care for. But Emily? And Frank? No love for them.
I didn’t like the way things happened towards the end. The end seemed rushed. A patchwork quilt tossed together hastily. It seemed like a major coincidence that Emily found Sloane’s camera, and found Sloane. I really didn’t like that. She could have traveled the whole state for Sloane. That would have been nice. A road trip. (After all, this author wrote about a road trip.) And anyways…did Dawn and Emily make up? The friendships she built are simply ignored at the end. It’s all Frank-and-Emily.
Good points: I feel like the story doesn’t have many good points. I know I’m on the opposite end of what others think. I just didn’t really like it.
The story had emphasis on friendship. At first. That started to fade when Frank had his birthday party. Things changed from friends to romance and let’s-make-out. I didn’t like that. Romance overtook the importance of friendship. Not a good theme.
The main character changes. For the better. Emily changes to a new person. She ends up a new, braver person. She changes like Cecily in her parents’ play Bug Juice. If you think about it, it’s true. She ends up better. And I like that.
I like Collins. He has emotional troubles. I like that. He has a bit of low self esteem. Something I relate to. Of course, I don’t do things without thinking. But we are similar. Enough. Similar enough.
I like that playlists were in the book. It had some fun formatting. Like with the playlists. And the letter. It was nice to have a reprieve from the typical, Arial font.
Score: 6/10
Recommended: If you like stories about completing a list. If you like realistic fiction with romance and friendship.