When reading New Adult and Young Adult novels, I had to put myself in a frame of mind of how I had behaved when I was that age. That’s why I had to go back and change some ratings.
Is it any surprise that Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is on my list. At first, I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads before i bumped it up to 4.5 after I went back and read a couple of the scenes and pondered them through. I love that Travis Maddox is so intense about his Pidge. Travis is the ultimate bad boy—tattooed, a bare-knuckle fighter, and the resident man-whore. But he is also smart and when he falls for Abby, he falls hard. Sigh, I do have a weakness for this type of story. The reason they stay apart kind of dragged and the whole bet thing is ludicrous but other than that I enjoyed the book.
I enjoyed Slammed and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. A LOT. I nearly did not read Slammed. I had a string of bad young adult reads that I was leery to read another one … and about poetry … no thanks. But I gave in, and I fell hard. Sigh, Will. Such a great hero. He was mature and strong for Lake and both characters had to suffer being apart because of the ethical reasons their relationship would present. Anyway, what surprised me most was that I do like Slam Poetry. 🙂
Hopeless dealt with a more mature theme that some readers might find disturbing. Both hero and heroine have troubled pasts, but how they try to cope with it is what makes this book a great read. I really like how Colleen Hoover writes her male characters. Dean Holder, though classified in the beginning as a bad boy, is actually very mature and I loved the way he was there for Sky.
Wait for You by J. Lynn. Again, I nearly did not read this because I felt I had had enough of college romances that were full of angst and stupid decisions made by heroines too stupid to exist. Fortunately, this book was not like that.
What I liked about this book was the slow development of the relationship between Avery and Cam. Normally, I hate books like this, but the author kept it interesting with great banter between the two leads. The ending kind of felt rush and I was disappointed with the identity of the stalker but Cam, oh Cam … he made up for it with his swoonworthy blue eyes, dimples, his baking … yes … he bakes cookies, he nurtures. He was a very mature hero which was refreshing in this genre. Now who wouldn’t want a man like that?
Jasinda Wilder, I hate you. I have never bawled so much after reading the first 20% of Falling into you. I tried so hard to keep the sniffles down so the hubby wouldn’t hear but to no avail. Anyway, the book synopsis had revealed what happened.
Nell lost her first love Kyle in a tragic accident. The author had built up such a sweet relationship between the two so that when Kyle dies, the reader feels the loss along with Nell. The story is how Nell tries to move on with Kyle’s older brother Colton. How the two justify their relationship—would it be betraying Kyle’s memory—and how they move on from their demons are what will propel the book to its emotional ending. I think this book needs a giant epilogue. Paging Miss Jasinda Wilder.
Flat Out Love was one of the first young adult novels I have read and loved. It did touch on the interactions of a dysfunctional family and the reader is very aware that something had happened to have caused this. Very early on in the book I had an idea but then the author was very good in keeping the mystery interesting. Julie, Matt and Celeste were excellent characters and you get very invested in them very quickly. The Facebook status updates were hilarious.
This was a poignant book. So much emotion and feeling of loss. Where She Went by Gayle Foreman is the sequel to If I Stay. The first book was written in Mia’s point of book where she was in a coma and the lone survivor of an accident that wiped out her family (parents and younger brother). During her coma, Adam begged her to stay … and she did … but not with him.
Now, three years later, the story continues from Adam’s point of view. Adam’s career has been on a wonderful trajectory. His album, borne from the anguish and pain of their breakup, has made him a bona fide star. And Mia herself has become a top-rate cellist, playing in some of the finest venues in the world. When their respective paths put them both in New York City at the same time, the result is a single night in which the two reunite – with wholly satisfying results.
Adam’s Promise: If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band; go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that too. .. And that would suck, but I’ll do it. I can lose you like that, if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.
Easy by Tammara Weber deals with a delicate subject matter and tells the story of how one girl rises and stands up for herself and others. The hero is mature, smart and protective without being annoying but we find out later that he has a very dark past.