The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: YA Fiction

I really enjoy the movie with Anne Hathaway. So I decided to give this a go. Mia Thermopolis is your average weird teen. She’s an akward nerd whose terrible at algebra, her mom is dating her algebra teacher and then she gets the shock of a life time: she is heir to the throne of Genovia. Making her a princess. Madness ensues as she starts getting princess lessons and gets a makeover. Life shouldn’t be this hard right? 



I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest in the series. I did feel that I may have liked this better if I were younger. Still really enjoyable though. πŸ™‚

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Classic/YA Fiction

Dear old world…you are very lovely, and I’m glad to be alive in you.

I first met Anne Shirley when I was 12 years old. There was a program called accelerated reading and this book was worth the most points. Me, being an overacheiver, accepted the challenge.

I found myself in Anne. With her vivid imagination, bright red hair, and comapassion. I wanted to be Anne and she was one of my first heroines. 

I could go on all day about how Anne Shirley changed my life. ❀ This is one of those books that lasts a lifetime.

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Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven 
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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: YA Fiction 

 ‘You think no one understands and you’re alone, and that makes you angrier, and Why don’t they see it? Why doesn’t someone say ‘Hey. You seem burdened by the world. Let me take that burden for awhile so you don’t have to carry it around all the time.’ But it’s on you to speak up.’ 

I really really liked All the Bright Places. This one won’t break your heart like that one did. 

Libby Strout was dubbed ‘America’s Fattest Teen‘ after she was cut out of her house. Jack Misslini suffers from not being able to remember anyone’s faces. On the day they meet, Libby had decided to return to school and Jack decides to take a dare and attempt fat girl rodeo. Which resulted in him getting decked in the face. They end up in after school counseling together and form an odd friendship as the world burns down around them. 

I liked this book. Libby is a strong female lead who promotes body positivity. No matter what life throws at her, she gets back up. And she’s a dancer and dances like no one is watching. Jack struggles to connect throughout the book and it was nice to see him develop as a character get help. 
This was a brilliant book on bullying and body image and characters coming together. 

I recommend this book to people who like YA novels.

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Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland 
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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction 

‘I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between shadow and soul.’

I spend alot of time reading YA books. Because I like them and the issues they present and I like to be up to date, so to speak. This one blew me away. 

Henry is a senior at high school and has been selected to be the editor of his HS paper. Alongside the mysterious new girl who takes his breath away and drives him to madness. Grace Town is dark. Mysterious. Gothic. And has secrets. Henry attempts to woo her and discovers that love it not eternal, that love at first sight does not exsist and that life is filled with disappointment. 
I really enjoyed this one because for once, it’s not the male being a dick and emotionally draining. It is through Henry’s perspective and is alot about his idea of love with Grace Town who is mourning her dead boy friend by wearing his clothes and being a genral nut case. To quote Perks:

‘We accept the love we think we deserve.’

This book does not have a happy ending where everything falls into place and everyone lives happily ever after. This is a book that is emotionally raw and true to what love is really like and built on totally believable circumstances and how your first love might not be your last. 

I highly recommend this one. Especially for those who were disappointed by The Fault in Our Stars like I was.

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Flawed

Flawed by Cecila Ahern 
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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction/Dystopian 

No matter what you do in your life, your Flawed title can never be removed. You hold it until death. You suffer the consequences of your one mistake for the rest of your life. Your punishment serves a reminder to others to think before they act.

I spent a good deal crying through this one. 

This is a dystopian YA novel. That horse may have been beaten to death after The Hunger Games, but don’t let that stop you from reading this one. Celestine lives in a black and white mind frame. She is logical. Mathmatical. A problem solver. One day her neighbor is taken as flawed and branded with the mark that will forever identify her as such. This effects Celestine in a way that sets the ball rolling. While on the bus with her perfect boyfriend, she sees an old flawed man enter the bus. The Flawed seats are taken and he is forced to stand. He starts coughing and Celestine begins to freak out. This man is dying and the people aren’t moved. What she does next, sets the motions for a conspiracy and what it means to be flawed. 

This book RUINED me. Once you get past the first chapter of about a billion uses for the word perfect, it will rip your heart out. It will punch you right in the feels. You will sob. 

This book is raw. And believable. For anyone whose tried to be perfect and came up short for whatever reason, this book hits on it hard. You almost forget that it’s a dystopian novel. The conspiracy is intriguing and the plot moves along nicely. It illustrates what it means to a flawed individual. 

None of us are perfect. Let us not pretend that we are. Let us not be afraid that we’re not. Let us not label others and pretend we’re not the same. Let us all know that to be human IS to be flawed, and let us learn from every mistake we made so we don’t make them again.

~Cecila Ahern, afterword 

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This is Where the World EndsΒ 

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction

Miracles do not belong to fairy tales. Miracles belong to the desperate, because only the desperate believe in bullshit.

I’m still catching up. XD This was read on the way home. 

Janie and Micah are best friends. She was the girl who moved in next door and they hit it off right away. But nobody knew about it. In highschool, Micah wakes up in the hospital and Janie has gone missing and no one is willing to tell him anything past the fire at her house. And him being responsible for it. The story unfolds about a girl and a boy who are just trying to figure life out.

This book was short. And it was eh. But it did shed alot of light on rape and what is consensual sex. And of course it touches on teen suicide. For such a heavy handed novel, I found it lacking. It was written in preset tense Micah and past POV Janie. 

This is a sad one and not overly terrible. I do recommend it to fans of YA novels.

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Sorta Like a RockstarΒ 

​Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick
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THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction 

And I had been praying for a chance to make a difference in the lives of people who need it the most, because that’s all I really want to do with my life-to help people who need it.

This was read at the start of my trip to Missoula.  

Amber Appleton is the poorest kid in school. She’s homeless and lives with her alcoholic mom on a school bus in the bus yard. (Her mother works as a bus driver). She owns a dog and a garbage bag of belongings. But life doesn’t get her down. She has a group of fantastic special needs friends, teaches Koreans how to speak English through soul music and befriends a Vietnam vet through a letter program. She volunteers her time helping other people because Jesus is her Rockstar. 

Then, her life falls apart when her mother is raped and murdered. 

This book was AMAZING. You can’t help but feel for Amber as life keeps beating her down and how she always tries to come up on top. After her mother passes, she is faced with so many hard decisions and life in general.  It was an uplifting story. (Despite everything.) 

I highly recommend anything written by Matthew Quick.

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