Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.
He is also unexpectedly dead.
Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation?
And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?
As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship.
But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know?
THE TRUTH ABOUT KEEPING SECRETS is a page-turning, voice led, high school thriller.
This is: Just another YA book. Complete with script and absent parent and angsty child voice. Maybe a little better than many. With this skirted off mystery on the top. A poor rendition into grief and death. With a smacking coping mechanism to go with. A strange half-present friendship. And an unfulfilled heart. Another friendship. The one from that John Green book. Overall nothing really special. Or new. Just your typical. YA book
All of this is to say that. I hate genre publishing. And that fiction should be a cause for digging into something. Not to tie the strings and resolve a long chapter. And I like deeper contemplation. And that this is this authors’ debut. And she’s hardly 20. Which means she’s allowed. All the tropes and tribulations. All the better if she gets to make the sweet dough for life through it. Even better if it appeals to other people. I just hope the industry makes spaces for spillings.
This is also to say. That I hate myself the most. But the review wouldn’t come out any other way. Take my lackluster apology.
(Does anybody reading this care about this blog? Should we just shut it?)
Boy! does she come with the hype.
Nothing more, nothing less, not astounding, not even great. Vicious is just fine (mediocre fine, not fine as in fine ass specimen fine). It’s a light, simple, easy fantasy that sacrifices a possible deeper level to be the commercial-friendly semi suspenseful thriller that it is. You can probably predict the end fairly easily. NOthing new.
It started out smashingly well, I have to say. I loved the dichotomy and dynamic of the slightly erratic and mysterious Eli and the jealous Victor. I love writing that explores jealousy instead of directly villainizing or dehumanizing it. (Give me more please). The chopped-up timeline worked to a tee and it gave off the whiff of the future antagonism in the past parts, while also keeping it fluid and grey. That was fun. Eli and Victor are also pre-med students and I like science so that was alSO fun.
And then the story progressed. Ie, became the fantasy that you’ve read/watched/know endless times before, has little to no depth and is over-the-top easy storytelling.
I read this book right after Age of Swords which left me an empty shell, so naturally, reading a light and fluffy book helped. However, in all honesty, it didn’t satisfy me as much as I’d have liked.
Do you ever feel that sometimes you just have a fall out with a book? This is what it was like for me when I read Everything, Everything. No, I won’t be hate reviewing but I’d definitely like to discuss what parts made me feel that way.
Hello people! I come to you today, trying to make some sense of my ridiculously numbered (over 1100) TBR on Goodreads. God help me.
*sounds of perpetual screaming*
I know a lot of us have the problem of excessively adding to our TBR but believe me mine is worse. 1100(+) + the books I keep buying for some reason. And I hardly ever read physical books! (I read on eBook, maybe will do a post on that?) Yet, books are the only thing my mind justifies buying (with my money, other peoples money is for other trash). I’m not sure if my brain knows logic.
It’s been a LONG while since I’ve reviewed some of the Graphic Novels I’ve read. And unfortunately I haven’t read that many this year but here’s a short list of the three I have read.
#1 Username Evie by Joe Sugg
I’m sure 95% of you are aware of who Joe Sugg is but for those who aren’t- he is a youtuber and like every other youtuber he too has written a book. I’m giggling because anyone who’s followed us long enough can probably hear the rant coming.
If you know us then you know that we have a history of disliking popular books a LOT. So when I buddy read this with @Bookedbybliss and Melody (our friend/author on Instagram @melodyjacksonauthor), I was pretty sure I was going to DNF it or read the first book, write a review about how much I hated it and then never read the series again.
But what did happen was that I fell into one of Kell’s jackets deep pockets, never to be found again. This book, you guys, WAS BEAUTIFUL! From the first line, “Kell wore a very peculiar coat.” to the last line, “That one’ll do.” I was trapped within each line and each word. It was every bookworm’s heaven. A novel that wouldn’t let go of you!
This book was something of a hit and miss for me. There are many who loved it but also a few like me who just didn’t feel much about it. Before I get into the details though,
The plot, from my point of view: The story revolves around a girl named Rainbow who discovers that she has magic hands that can communicate with trees, understand them and change the direction of their growth. But Rainbow is yet to decide whether her powers are a gift or a curse.
I’m so glad I got to read this amazing book after some of my recent disastrous reads. This book takes your over-rated dystopian genre and snows all over it. The plot is such a strong sci-fi, the kind of sci-fi we fail to see in YA genres for some reason because I think “adults” think that “kids” can’t process/handle all that info.
The plot: Take our Earth and dip it in a snow-cone and VOILA! You have Earthland. A world that’s trapped in a perpetual ice-age. There is an endless grey-sky that further promotes the continuous snow fall.
(So so so sorry for the big absence we do other stuff sometimes? You can leave a Howler below.)
What started out as an easy and interesting read turned into the last chapter of shock.
We were liars, is about what goes on behind the scenes in the house of the Sinclair family.
The story is about four cousins who get together every summer and hence call themselves the liars.
And then there’s an accident.