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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Every Last Word

Every Last Word Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all, sorry for posting this review so late. I really meant to write it, and even tried one time, but it deleted before I could publish it. Then I ended up taking a break from the blog for a little bit. Now I am back and ready to write some reviews.

Every Last Word was an amazing book.

Summary from Goodreads:
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

I thought that Sam was a very relatable character. She had her group of friends, but still had a hard time fitting in. She also suffered from OCD, and it was interesting reading about it.

The plot was absolutely amazing. Sam met Caroline, a strange girl who she had never seen before. They secretly became friends, and Caroline took Sam to the Poet's Corner. Here, Sam is able to speak her mind and find something that makes her happy.

A.J. was such an awesome character, and I loved his relationship with Sam. He was sweet.

The ending of this book almost brought me to tears. It shocked me. I was like "Wow", and I couldn't stop reading. It made me question everything about the book.

I know many people criticize this book for being too fake. I agree that it wasn't totally realistic, but it was a very touching story if you weren't really looking into the OCD aspect too much.

Overall, this book was great and kept me thinking.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: Girl in Pieces

Girl in Pieces Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Girl in Pieces left me speechless!

Summary from Goodreads:
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

This book was kind of strange at first. It focuses on a girl living in the slums who is now in a rehab center. She was a cutter and almost got killed by some rapists. I thought that Charlotte was crazy at first, but then I realized that she just wasn't living the perfect life we read about in many books.

Charlie soon gets out of the mental hospital, and is forced to live on her own. She moves away, and gets a job working in a coffee shop. Things aren't easy, and she is tempted into her old way of life many times.

Some things are too tough for Charlotte to handle. She works with a man who is as damaged as she is, and not good for her. I really liked Charlie's character though. She was really realistic.

I have read some reviews that said that they didn't like the writing style in this book. I personally found it the best part of the book. It was vivid and very deep and touching. There were a lot of descriptions. It was the thing that kept me reading, even when the plot was slow.
The plot could be very slow. The book seemed to go on forever, but it eventually resolved.

The ending of this book was amazing, and kept me reading. It was happy and sad at the same time.

Overall, this is a great book that deals with some tough issues.

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