Publisher: Simon Pulse


Aug 05

Review * Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer EcholsMost Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #3
Published by Simon Pulse on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also in this series: The Biggest Flirts, Perfect Couple
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four-stars
As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.

To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…

As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?

What I Thought…

• The Superlatives series by Jennifer Echols has been a lot of fun, but this one is by far the best in the series.

• Sawyer likes to party and is a bit of a slacker, but he’s not the bad boy everyone thinks he is. If you read the first two books then you know he has had a crush on Kaye for quite some time, and it’s absolutely adorable.

• Kaye has a boyfriend in the beginning of the book and he is a total ass and I wanted to throw a party when they broke up. The more you learn about Aidan the more you want to smack him upside the head, he does some pretty shitty things.

• Kaye has a lot of pressure on her from her family (mostly her mom) to be successful and to do all the right things, etc. She struggles with this a lot, especially when they come at her about Sawyer.

• Kaye and Sawyer had a rough path to coming together, but Echols did a good job of making their arguments/issues realistic and not over the top crazy.

• One of my favorite parts of these books is the friendship between Tia, Harper and Kaye. Even when things were a bit awkward (Tia and Sawyer were a thing in the past) the girls still kept their friendship strong.

• Most Likely to Succeed has kind of an abrupt ending. Everything just seemed to come together fairly fast. I also had a small issue with timing as all three books happen in such close succession, but as it’s been some time since reading the other two books that could just be my memory.

Overall I really enjoyed The Most Likely to Succeed and recommend it for anyone looking for a cute romance to read this summer!

Kimberly


Jan 12

Review * Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Perfect Couple by Jennifer EcholsPerfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #2
Published by Simon Pulse on January 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also in this series: The Biggest Flirts, Most Likely to Succeed
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four-stars
Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

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Kimberly


Dec 04

Review * Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review * Biggest Flirts by Jennifer EcholsThe Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #1
Published by Simon Pulse on May 20, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Perfect Couple, Most Likely to Succeed
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four-stars
Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…

What I Thought…

• Biggest Flirts is my first Jennifer Echols book, but it will most certainly not be my last!

• Biggest Flirts fills all my requirements of a good contemporary romance. It’s cute and fun with a bit of seriousness thrown in.

• Tia and Will coudln’t be more different. Tia is the partyer who wants zero responsibility for anything. She’s pretty smart but hides it. She throws her drum solo on the first day of band camp just so she isn’t section leader. Tia is a really good friend though and wants what’s good for other people, more than she wants for her self.

• Will is totally different. Having just moved from Minnesota he’s the new guy, but he wants to be successful and to do things. He’s having a hard time adjusting to having to spend his senior year at a new school. He has a few issues too, but mostly the issues in Biggest Flirts are Tia’s.

• I loved all the secondary characters in Biggest Flirts and I’m excited to see them get their own story in future books. Sawyer was probably the most interesting, you can tell that he is hiding a lot behind his I don’t care attitude. Kaye and Harper were fun and really good with Tia. I can’t see what is in store for the three of them!

Overall Biggest Flirts is a cute contemporary romance and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series!

Kimberly


Jan 16

Review * The Program by Suzanne Young

Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Review * The Program by Suzanne YoungThe Program by Suzanne Young
Narrated by Joy Osmanski
Series: The Program #1
Published by Simon Pulse on April 30, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Time: 10 Hours 56 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

What I Thought…

  • Initially I had no intention of reading The Program. The synopsis did not look like anything I would like so I didn’t give it another glance. My friend Kate read it and loved it and recommended it to fellow book club member Katie. Katie hardly reads any YA so when she read it and loved it I knew I had to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did!
  • Young took what could have just been a plain, dark and simple dystopian and turned it on it’s side. There were a lot of sad parts but also some happy ones. She also kept me on my toes. There was a lot of action with a few twists.
  • The Program is the first book in a long time that has given me so much to think about after I finished. It raises so many issues and questions.
  • The Program is for teenagers that are identified as being at risk for committing suicide. Once they are at risk they go into The Program and basically come out as a zombie, with no memories of their prior selves. Once they are 18 they are no longer at risk for suicide. Personally it seems a bit ludicrous that everyone believes that once you are 18 that thoughts of suicide just go away, but whatever.
  • Sloane, her boyfriend James and their friend Miller are desperate to avoid going into the program. They’ve seen what it does (their friend Lacey was in the program) and want not part of it. The have to lie and fake happiness all the time just to convince everyone that they are “fine.” They are not allowed to grieve for those they lost, including Sloane’s brother Brady.
  • The Program is the adults vs the kids. The parents want what’s “best” for their children and the kids just want to survive and be honest about their feelings, which they can’t do if they want to avoid The Program. There is a lot of tension between the adults and the kids, especially surrounding the kids who have been through the program.
  • It’s really hard to talk about the plot without giving things away, but I will say that Young kept me on my toes and also tore my heart to pieces. There were times I laughed and times I almost cried (there were two times in particular that were soooooo difficult).
  • One of the things I loved about The Program was the realisticness of teenagers. Despite the fact that teenage suicide is an epidemic teenagers are still going through their regular every day things. They make out. They have sex. These things happen in real life and I liked that Young included them in the book instead of dancing around it or pretending it doesn’t exist.
  • I absolutely LOVED how the romance played out. There was so much outside turmoil and things that happened outside of their control and I can’t really say anything else without spoilers but it worked perfectly for me. There were so many cute moments between Sloane and James.

I know a lot of people are burned out on dystopian, but trust me, The Program is different! I highly recommend it!

Notable Quotes

“…some things are better left in the past. And true things are destined to repeat themselves.”

“If it’s meant to be, you’ll find each other again.”

Kimberly