BOOK BLURB: What dictates the path in life we take and who we choose to walk with?
After escaping her abusive parents, nineteen-year-old Kenna Sloane is determined to create an independent life, free of emotional distraction. The last thing this focused college student wants is a relationship, especially with a hot rookie cop popular with the badge bunnies.
When Kenna reluctantly agrees to a double date with Santa Monica cop Donovan Alexander, she’s launched on an exciting and dangerous journey. With time, she discovers some souls are instinctively drawn together to quiet the pain of their traumatic pasts. But even after the revelation of Donovan’s own secret burden, Kenna continues to battle the fear she may be too broken for her modern day knight in blue.
Book Review: We first meet the main character Kenna Sloane running from her past into the future,literally. 18 months later we find Kenna distant from her friends and working on her school and career. One evening she is introduced to Donovan Alexander. Donovan is this gorgeous cop with the presence that can drive confident Kenna nervous. Kenna has always done everything for herself since she ran away and had no plans of stopping. Its is just something about Donovan that makes her want to open herself up to him. The two go on adventures together that push them to trust each other. After almost loosing Donovan by putting up a wall Kenna learns that if she does not completely open up to Donovan she might loose him. Somehow taking the chance of being hurt seems like a worse idea than letting him leave. After unloading their baggage and their life onto one another they become a stronger couple. Being together mind, body, and soul can anything tear them apart?
The romance between Kenna and Donovan was spectacular!! Kaitlyn stone has easily become one of my favorite romance writers. I can’t wait for her next installment. I had to give this book 5/5 stars. I honestly wish that they were a real life couple. I would marry Donovan if I could. I could read this book over and over again. There some parts of the book where I was like wtf is Kenna doing? I’m glad they never broke up because that would have tore my heart apart. That ending though…. really Kaitlyn did you have to do that to my emotions? I was close to tears on some fault in our stars type of way. I would suggest everyone read this book. There are some sex scenes so if you aren’t 18 please don’t read. A pleasure to read.
The summer I turned pretty: Isabella aka belly had always gone down to Cousins every summer with her mother and her brother. They lived in a house near the beach with her mothers best friend, Susannah. The winter months just didn’t feel home. Being in cousins with Becks kids, (Beck is Susannah’s nick name) Conrad and Jeremiah felt complete. Even when the three boys were leaving her out things were perfect. Conrad was the oldest 2 years older than her and then there was Jeremiah who was only one year older but they always made her feel like the baby. Even though she was only related to her brother Steven they all felt like family. Her parents split at 8 but he hardly came before then. Beck’s husband came holiday weekend. Other than that it was just the six of them. This year belly would be turning 16 over the summer and she was determined not to be looked at like the baby. When she first got there she could feel weird glances from the boys. They even told her she looked different. Secretly belly had always loved Conrad, and Jeremiah would always be her best friend. She could tell him anything. This was going to be a great summer, or so she thought. Conrad started lashing out at her like never before. Jeremiah had this sadness in his eye at times. Can the boys tell belly the truth before her jealousy rips the family apart.
Jenny Han just gets teenagers. She knows how they behave and their little tendencies. I enjoyed this book so much. I gave is 5/5 stars. I would suggest this book to anyone. Its a great summer book.
Its not Summer Without You: After the death of Beck belly never could recover. The people she would normally talk to she couldn’t bring herself to call. After she and Conrad broke up at prom belly could not get over him. Then seeing him with his ex girlfriend at Becks funeral belly said some unforgivable words to Conrad. She knew she was wrong. She couldn’t move on like her best friend Taylor wanted her to. Then what could she say to Jeremiah. After Conrad disappeared from college it was up to her and Jeremiah to bring him home. Only thing about that was he was already home, at Cousins. Trying to earn forgiveness from both boys belly finally let Conrad go but did she find someone else instead?
I really didn’t like this book as much as the first because Belly made a lot of stupid choices. I’m team Jeremiah though all the way. Belly could never make up her mind over Conrad. Yet Jenny Han was flawless in writing the dramatic thoughts of a teenager. I like that we got a look into Jeremiahs brain. That was fun.The story line was amazing. I gave this book 4/5 stars.
We’ll Always have Summer: After choosing Jeremiah, they dated for two years. She decided to attend the same school as him so that they could be together. Things couldn’t be better. Until one day at a frat party Belly overheard a girl bragging about having sex with her Jeremiah. After confessing the truth they took a break. How could she leave him they had history and they loved each other. In an effort to win her back Jeremiah proposed!! What the heck? Belly was only 19. No one was on board. They were too young. To get peace to plan the quick wedding Belly at the Cousins house with guess who, Conrad. All her old feeling were stirring up and so was his. Caught between two men she loved who was she going to choose.
The best book was the first one because belly kept making mistakes. I felt she choose wrong. I guess you cant help who you love. I like that this time we were inside of Conrad’s head. He made absolutely no sense. I gave this book 4/5 stars as well. Great writing. You just have to deal with teenage classic mistakes. Suggest everyone read.
The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors is about a girl named Emmeline. She was born with a birth curled foot because there was very little room in her mothers womb. In her town if you were born with a birth defect, your parents would give you up to die. Times were hard and if someone could not pull their weight, the family didn’t need an extra mouth to feed. So knowing Emmeline was disabled he sent the nurse to get rid of her in the forest, where they believed the animals would eat her the spirits would take her away. Only that didn’t happen. Four cows escaped from the dairy man came and stood over her all night and watched over her. Looking for the cows the dairy man brought her back to her family. People in the town believe she possessed black magic.
Now that she had grown up into a teenager Emmeline tried to hold her own and stay out of her fathers way. It didn’t help that the cows from the dairy mans farm came to visit her everyday. She could talk to them because she believed they were there to protect her. Never the less she had to return them before she could start her chores for the day. Chores that took her longer than others because of her foot. She noticed the way people looked at her in town. They talked about her and did mean things to her. Yet she had a great outlook on life. She didn’t let it get her down. She wasn’t angry at her father who looked at her as a waste, after her mother died.
The time was coming for the single women of the town to go bid for their husbands. It was a town tradition, and her favorite thing to watch. She like to see the girls fight over the single men. This year would be great because the catch of the town was up for bid. Everyone in town thought he was the best thing walking including himself and Emmeline. He was definitely a jerk, on her way to return the cows he was too busy looking in the mirror to notice her on the road. He fell off his horse and blamed her. But as cute as he was he wasn’t able to stop being captured by the king to fight in a “war”. Neither was Emmeline’s dad. He told her to find a job but who would hire her with her foot and black magic.
Days later it continued to rain and Emmeline was depressed. She tried to keep up his farm but with the rain everything was washing away. Finally when the river flowed over it dragged her and her town and everything she ever knew away.
Owen lived with his parent is a middle class town. His family owned cows for cream and milk for their store. One day one of the Cows went missing so he was sent to look for it. When he found it is was standing over a girl with red hair. She looked sick, and from the looks of it had been washed up the river. Knowing he shouldn’t help her because red hair was a clear sign of a dirt scratcher, he rode her home anyway. Surprisingly his family helped nurse he back to health. After his sister died his mother always wanted a girl to take after. Everyone was okay with except the cook nan. Over the time that she spent with them Owen started to grow feeling for Emmeline even though her presence there was forbidden. He even helped her learn a talent that she had. Before he was able to help her get her father back, she was stolen in the night. Both of them went on two great adventures. Will they ever find each other again?
I really enjoyed this book. I have never read fantasy before but I enjoyed it. There was a new level of mystery. I found myself in love with Owens character. He and Emmeline were both very strong characters. Emmeline refused to be a mistress in distress. I gave this book 5/5 stars just because I could not find nothing wrong with the book but it just wasn’t for me. I strongly suggest this book if you like love stories and adventure.
Flash backs on this show are amazing. Angelo seems to be recovering. They are throwing out an idea that he might have tried suicide. Worried about Angelo Daphne walks out the S.A.T test.
Omg Bay had a flash of herself having twins with Angelo there to support her. Right at the part where the father of her babies should be seen she wakes up. Who is there to wake her up Emmet!!!!
After reentering surgery we find out Angelo is brain dead. Basically Angelo is dead. OMG!!!!
Everyone is turning on one another. Regina and Bay are fighting for him to stay even though all hopes are lost. After finding his will they found out he wanted to be let go. After test the cause of the accident was stress that led to something worse. Now Daphne blames regina.
I cried so sad he died. I cant believe he died. Who was shocked???
Regina learns how to shoot a gun. Bay gets rejected from Pratt, the art school she wanted to attend. Daphnie is worried about getting into doctors college. Toby’s back!!! Regina is still wrapped up in a dangerous job.
Toby and katherine help bay boost her spirits by helping her with an art project. Bay snaps on her mom but feels guilty. True kinish behavior they band together to boost her spirits. They are such a great family. Even with lies and secrets they still hold on to each other.
Angelo and Daphnie bond together over cooking. Helps her unwind and stop thinking about the s.a.t. He admitted to the restaurant going under foreclosure.
Regina finds LIAR written in graffiti late at night. At the same time Angelo and Daphnie come into her store looking for a book. Regina panicked and pulled out a gun on her own daughter. That leads to an argument with Angelo about cheating with her boss. Angelo drives off leaving the argument unsettled.
The end of the episode ends how it begins with Katherine getting a call from the hospital. We are left with bloody Angelo and questions everywhere.
I enjoyed this episode but when I saw Regina carrying a gun around I knew it would be dangerous. She is the most unstable character on the show. You can see where bay gets it. Regina never thinks about her lies or secrets until she gets caught. Are they trying to cut Angelo off the show. The thing I like about Switched at Birth is that no matter what happens in the story line characters often come back. Low key im hoping Wilkie will come back A.K.A Austin Butler. What do you think will Angelo be ok?
First off let me say that I enjoy the movie way more than the book. The story is centered around a young man named Sutter Keely. I love the way his name rolls off the tounge. Sutter is an alcoholic in denial. Based on the split with his parents he has chosen a life where he only lives in the here and now. Unfortunately it affects the people around him. He never really cares how other people are feeling.Just deeling with a breakup he takes it harder than any other. After trying worthless attempts to win her back he decides to help others instead of focusing on his own problems. Sutter throws himself into helping a quiet shy girl named Aimee. Starting out as being confidence booster Sutter falls for her. Both girls push him to be a better person by dealing with his past and caring about his future. Sutter is just a boy with no dreams only worried about his spectacular now.
I liked the realism of the book and movie. Sutter’s narration of his own life made things cute and funny. The Aimee in the book was annoying. She pushed Sutter at the wrong times and she seemed like a wishy washy character. Although the books ending was believable I still didn’t want it. I like that Aimee in the movie was fun. Shailene Woodley played this role like a pro. She made me want to watch her show secret life of teenagers. I read the whole book with Miles Tellers voice in my head. I like that the movie gave Sutter an ending and healing for his past.
Movie 5/5 stars
Books 4/5 stars
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is anotherone of her classic beauties. This story focus’ on a girl named Cath. Cath is a girl about to enter her freshman year of college. To any normal girl this might be exciting or scary butnot Cath. She doesn’t really want go, especially since she wont be sharing a room with her twin sister Wren. (Who split the name Cathrine because their mom only expected one child.) Normally at home identical twins Cath and Wren do everything together.They look after their Dad, share the same friends, and write fan fiction. They obsessed over charters from their favorite book, Simon and Baz. Wren even blogged about the main characters (who have a Harry Potter meets Twilight vibe) being in a gay relationship with one another. She created a huge fan base for her stories. Before the school Wren picked started Wren cut her hair and announced she didnt want to stay in the same room during school.
Feeling abandoned Cath hid out in her room during her first few months of college. She poured herself into her school work and fan fiction. Cath suffers with social anxiety. She wouldn’t go to the cafateria to eat, or make friends. She didn’t like her roommate Reagan at first. Nor her always there, always happy boyfriend.
After settling in Wren became a party girl and Cath was finally learning to open up to people, including Reagan’s boyfriend and a new guy Nick. Cath had to learn how to let go of the past and open to people and her future. But Cath is stubborn.
I overall enjoyed this book. But I found the story within a story pointless. It drew me away from my obsession of Rowell’s detail of what a young adult is really like. At first I felt attached to Wren because I know how it feels to want a different life and to be normal and grown. I like how Rainbow let us see Wren spiral so fast. Even though you could relate to Cath and her shyness. She became more of a debby downer. It became annoying by the end. And Rowell ended her book like her last (eleanor and park) abruptly. It was a put off. If she didnt write so well it would have been a bad book. Her pop refrences were giving me life!!!!
So I need a chapter just on Levi. He is every girl’s Dean. That first love who you obsess over. The way he talked Cath sweetheart was so adorable. The realism of him kissing another girl was spot on. When you dont tell people how you feel their ego can get bruised and they will move on. My favirite quote from him was ” are you rooting for me?” Who says that. He kept asking her to tell him she liked him. It showed he was vulnerable even with her. He knew her so well and how to make her comfortable. Levi is perfection!!