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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | Book Review

Title:

The Fill-In Boyfriend


Author:

Kasie West


Publication Details:

May 5th, 2015 by Harper Collins


Genre:

Contemporary


Pages:

352 pages


Format:

Kobo


Summary:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


Review:

This was such a cute contemporary! I’m not usually a fan of romance and such, but I could not help but love this book.
Although the protagonists did stupid stuff all the teens do, I didn’t feel the urge to roll my eyes.
I connected to Gia the most, in all aspects, and was surprised by how much resemblance there is.
We often let others decide what we do and what we are, in the hopes of fitting in and being liked by the society, but we forget that we cannot truly pretend to be this perfect person and be happy at the same time.
What matters is your own self, and not what others think. And there might also be a chance that they’d like the real you.
Lying to people close to you will not only cause problems and hurt, but can also make someone stop trusting you forever. I guess its human instinct to defend ourselves but we should know when to stop the pretense.
I absolutely loved Hayden and Bec. They were all I ever wished for, a great sibling relation. But I guess not everyone is that lucky haha since I don’t even have a brother or sister.
Olivia was just as amazing. wild yet concerned, crazy but yet having the sense of right and wrong.
Although Gia’s parents were hell bent on pretending to be perfect, the ending made it all fine.
I love how she realized that it didn’t really matter that things weren’t turning the way she wanted to and that it was fine.
She realized that even though she probably lost her best friend, and it would never be the same again, it was okay because they had their share of togetherness and it was time to make new friends and venture into something new alone.
I liked the sarcasm, the cliches and the stereotypes that were used in this book. It was an incredible experience.


Rating:

4 HALF

Drool-worthy covers #7

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton


Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and back-stab to be the best of the best.

Bout Of Books | 13.0 | Readathon!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.


I’m definitely planning on getting a lot of reading done during the readathon. My tentative TBR for the same is as follows:

       


Are you participating too? What books are you going to read? Please comment about any of the books I mentioned above, and what you think I should read, if not all!

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I Was Here by Gayle Foreman | Book Review

Title:

I Was Here


Author:

Gayle Foreman


Publication Details:

1st Jan 2015


Genre:

Contemporary / YA


Format:

Kobo


Pages:

300 pages


Summary:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.


Review:

This book speaks on so many levels, its really hard to either hate it or love it. It seems really sad that Cody has to go through all of that because her best friend committed suicide and had depression, which the whole family somehow succeeded in keeping it a secret for so many years from the person who practically was a family member herself, Meg’s best friend/ almost sister! I mean, it seems really hard to believe.
I understand what Cody is feeling, I mean obviously she feels left behind, hurt and lonely. (view spoiler)
Cody keeps a cold relation with Alice, but is friendly at once with Harry, just because he can help her, and more than friendly with Ben, who she knows had a thing with her recently deceased best friend, just cause he’s attractive and keeps her entertained. I mean seriously. So annoying!
I liked the writing, even though I didn’t much like the way things proceeded in the plot, thus the reduced two stars. This was my first Gayle Foreman book and I was somewhat disappointed.


Quotes:

“You had a pile of rocks, and you cleaned them up pretty and made a necklace. Meg got jewels, and she hung herself with them”

“I can keep picking small fights, or brave the big one.Time to screw my courage. Or go down trying”

“Sometimes we meet people and are so symbiotic with them, it’s as if we are one person, with one mind, one destiny”

“It seems abstract when you’re dealing with people online, but they are still people, and some of them are not nice people, not the kind you ever want to be in a room with.”
Sometimes you don’t even need to be in the same room for the damage to be done.”

“It’s funny how once you start pretending, you realize how much everyone else is too.”


Rating:

3

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Book Review

Title:

Magonia


Author:

Maria Dahvana Headley


Publishing Details:

April 28th, 2015 by Harper Collins


Pages:

320 pages


Format:

Kobo


Genre:

Fantasy/ YA


Summary:

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds… two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?


Review:

First off, I am in love with this cover!

So I’m still confused about my feelings for this book.
Although the plot was great and everything, I didn’t connect much to the characters nor did I like the world-building. The whole new world she entered was so different and yet wasn’t described much like I had hoped for. I had a hard time imagining things in my head.
Talking about the time when Aza was still on Earth, I guess I liked her sarcastic and ready attitude better. Her relation with Jason was something I could feel like happening in real. So when things turned around, I was rooting more for Jason’s POV and to find out more about what he researched in order to get Aza. His dedication and love her her saw no boundaries and that’s when I decided I shipped them.
Zal, as a character didn’t speak to me much. It was like she didn’t exist other than to give idiotic orders and shit.
I could say, I almost detested her.
Aza may have become more powerful and confident, but she could see the right from the wrong and I guess that’s what matters when you’re in such a position.
Can’t say I hated the book, but I don’t love it either.
I’m also very intrigued about what the capital will be like even if I don’t care about what the characters are gonna be facing.
One of the very few books without a cliffhanger in the end, its sad. I wanted a cliffhanger. Would have made me alter my review.
I read the book in around 6 hours. So its not a huge book, and thus I yearned for more. There were parts which could have been so much more amazing and badass, and yet there they were, dull and lifeless.
All in all, an okay book.


Rating:

3 HALF