Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Summary: "Recklessly loyal. That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted. Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her. Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him. During one crazy night out in New York City filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either."
Review: Tonight the Streets Are Ours' summary really reeled me in and so when I received the book I was SUPER excited to read it. It was definitely a book that didn't disappoint because everything about it was just.... great! The best thing about this book is that I feel like every single person can in some way relate to Arden because we all feel that way about someone... like you are the one that's constantly giving but almost never receiving, maybe not as much as Arden but possibly a couple experiences in life.
Then there's Lindsey and Peter, both adding so much more to the story. Although Lindsey isn't the main character she also changes a lot throughout the story. Whereas Arden learns to treat herself, Lindsey learns to appreciate Arden more. Then there's Peter. In order to not give anything away I'll just start with what I first thought of him. I honestly saw Peter as a super cool, nice guy that would fit well with Arden. *scroll down for spoilers*
This Book Contains: love, heartbreak, truth, friendship, life
Cover: 100000000000/ 10 (I'm going to be honest and say that 50% of the reason I got this book, was for it's cover.....)
Favorite Quote: "I used to think that loving somebody meant sacrificing anything for them. I thought it meant writing a blank check. I thought it meant that you would die without each other. But it turns out that Peter was right about that, too: death and a broken heart are not the same.
These days I think that love is not so dramatic as all that. Maybe loving somebody means simply they bring out the best in you, and you bring out the best in them-so that together, you are always the best possible versions of yourselves."
Opinion Spoilers: I didn't like Peter AT ALL after Arden truly met him. Though I did like Bianca a lot more! Peter's version of reality on his blog was so opinionated and biased that I almost couldn't believe the truth. Although I really liked this book the ending didn't leave me the kind of satisfaction I was looking for, but maybe because it was more realistic than I thought. Overall, this was a GREAT read and the amazing plot definitely had me hooked throughout the story.
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Everything Everything by Nicole Yoon
Summary: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Review: Within the first 10 to 20 pages or so I was in love with book. Maddy is such an interesting character and Olly fits with her perfectly. When I first read about Maddy's situation I honestly thought "woah that sounds so relaxing! just getting to read books all day" but I did think more about after and saw her case of complete boredom and lack of human interaction. It was pretty depressing. Then Olly came into her light and everything really started to change. This had to be my favorite part of the whole part (Olly and Maddy's texts to one another).
The plot of Everything Everything was incredibly well planned and although I actually somehow guessed the ending (it was just one of those thought where you are like what if?! .... nah it couldn't be).I still cried on the ending anyways. I felt sucked into Maddy's world whenever I opened the book.
Not only was the story amazing, but the extra details Nicole Yoon added to make this book really pop was incredible. The multiple text pages and the inserted art all helped really enhance the story.*scroll down for spoilers*
Read if you like books with: plot twists, love, fighting sickness, everything(see what I did there)
Cover: 100/10 (seriously one of the prettiest books I have ever seen!)
Favorite Quote: "The greatest risk in not taking one. " (on the cover still counts though right?)
Opinion Spoilers: That blackout page actually really freaked me out. Now as an extra warning if you have NOT yet read this book SERIOUSLY DON'T read this spoiler because this book is so worth reading!! Anyways I can NOT believe the ending at all and I have to say that by the time I believed in what was happening I was in tears and fuming at Maddy's mother. Maddy didn't deserved to be trapped like that and she could have lived such a normal life without her mother's doing. THANK YOU NICOLE YOON FOR THE ENDING THOUGH! If Olly and Maddy never met I honestly would be even angrier at Maddy's mom. Anyways, the way it all tied together was so adorable and at that moment I couldn't feel happier for Maddy.
So sorry for missing this week's post! I've been really busy this past week! (don't worry I'll have a review for next week!)
Meanwhile I was thinking of adding a mini blog part to this site? Would you guys want to hear about fashion and random stuff too? Tell me below if you have any other ideas! Thank you!
Paperweight by Meg Haston
Summary: Stephanie, aka Stevie, wants to die. Her mother left her and she killed her brother. Now all she has to do is control her needs and her body and she can leave the world too. Stevie is a bulimic girl and because of a complicated accident with her brother Joshua, she blames herself for his death. She believes that the only way to free herself is to die and so she sets herself on a mission to die by the day Josh died. What she didn't count on is that her dad would notice and send her to a school where she was supposed to be nursed back to health by some shrink. However time passes and things happen and maybe Stevie doesn't want to die anymore, and maybe that's still ok.
Opinion: When I first read the summary on goodreads and on the back of the book I was pretty intrigued and then I read the book and my heart sort of fell. It's a bit weird to be reading about someone with your same name, gender, and somewhat same age except them wanting to die. So that was a bit... freaky at least for me, but putting that aside I thought that this book really taught me how people with eating disorders thought and the process for them to get back to being healthy. Stevie was incredibly brave to face her fears and I by the end I was truly touched by her strength.
Stevie is such an intricate character and Meg Haston created her well. From her crazy back story to her conflicted emotions, it seems hard to believe from just my word that someone live Stevie could exist but when portrayed in Paperweight it felt like this story could have easily been a real person going through this process of getting better from a very real disease.
Read if you like books with: health problems, life issues, learning to love yourself
Cover: 5/5 (really beautiful I have the paperback one where the hand is downward but the other versions are really pretty too!)
Favorite Quote: "We're meant to be part of a we. Something bigger, something outside of ourselves."
Opinion Spoilers: Not much to spoil... Stevie does live and I was SO glad she did. If she didn't I don't even want to know how I would feel. Stevie really became so brave at the end and that is what I really admire about her. This is a great book for anyone who feels lost sometimes because Stevie's strength shines through and I think she passes it on to anyone who reads this book.
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