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Book Review: Keep Holding On

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Publication Date: May 31, 2012

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Source: Library

Synopsis: A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Noelle’s life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn’t know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle’s kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she’s terrified. Surely it’s safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it’s time to stand up for herself–and for the love that keeps her holding on.

Personal Thoughts: This was a heart wrenching book. On one hand you were waiting anxiously to see what would happen with Noelle and Julian, and on the other hand you were waiting to see when the bulling would get to be too much for Noelle and when she would reach her breaking point.

The contrast between the life that she was living and her environment was eye opening. The rich suburban neighborhood kids all trying to fit it by being the same and Noelle and her family are the outcasts because they are struggling to survive.

I loved how there were several stories going on at the same time. It wasn’t just about the bullying or just about relationships and life, it was everything and then some. Susane Colasanti did a great job tackling a tough subject. Although in some areas I felt that she could have expanded and gone deeper than she did. It felt like she was just on the surface and she needed to go a bit beyond it.

Overall it was a really emotional read and the shocking twist at the end was a surprise. However, it propelled Noelle to do what she had been afraid to do all along. It definitely moved the story in a new direction. I read this book in one sitting and couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It was a fast read but it leaves a lasting impression on you.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

All I Need Book Review

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All I Need by Susane Colasanti

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

Publisher:  Viking Juvenile

Source: Library

Synopsis: (Goodreads) The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

Personal Thoughts:   I thought that I was going to love this book and the romance within it. It looked like it was going to be a great nice and light summer read. I was really disappointed in this one. This was the first time that I was reading any of Susane Colasanti’s books so it was a bit of a let down.

Skye and Seth meet one night on the beach and they begin a journey of destined soul mates. Throughout a span of three years, we are taken through the trials and tribulations of high school drama, college life and unpleasant roommates, and love that is once in a lifetime.

Skye and Seth were a great couple and the way that they met was just dreamy. Their characterization was well portrayed and I could picture both of them throughout the book. The thing that really let me down in this book is that it was all over the top and too much. The romance was over the top, the soul mates and their belief in it was over the top- it was too much and in the end it made it really unrealistic and not that believable.

I loved how we got a chance to see both personalities and voices of Skye and Seth in their respective sections. I wish that it was a bit clearer as to when they went back to school or college because aside from a few mentions, you don’t know when it is that they are meeting up.

I loved that they didn’t give up on each other after knowing each other for less than 48 hours and then not seeing each other for the whole year. I don’t think it would really happen like that in real life, but you never know. I found that I could relate more to Seth and not Skye. He had to work for everything and was responsible and had to fight for everything. In some sections, Skye really seemed like a spoiled brat and that didn’t resonate well with me.

Overall, it was a fast read, too fluffy and filled with romance that was just too much and not believable. I love my fluff and romance, but even I was put off by this. I think if the author wrote it in a different style or just made it more realistic, it would have the potential to be something amazing.

I am not going to give up on this author yet. I will read a few others that she has before coming to a conclusion of whether she is worth reading or not.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: All I Need

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

Personal Thoughts: This looks like it is going to be another great read by Susane Colasanti. I haven’t read too many books by her but there is still time to test the waters out before this one comes out.  I love the cover with the heart drawn in the sand by the water. 🙂