What We Left Behind
by Robin TalleyGenre: Contemporary Release Date:
22nd October 2015 Publisher: MIRA Ink Source: Publisher Add it: Goodreads Rating:
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they're sure they'll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.
The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.
While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won't understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni's life. As distance and Toni's shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?
What We Left Behind is Robin Talley’s second novel, a follow up to the excellent Lies We Tell Ourselves. I think it’s fair to say that I had very high expectations for this novel so it was doubly disappointing for me when it didn’t meet any of those expectations at all.
by Siobhan VivianGenre: Contemporary Release Date:
1st April 2012 Publisher: Push Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
An intense look at the rules of high school attraction - and the price that's paid for them.
It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.
This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.
The List has been on my TBR forever, and all of a sudden I was really in the mood to read it the other day. I wasn’t sure what it was about, other than there being a list at these girls’ school which lists the prettiest and ugliest girls from each year. And yeah, that’s pretty much the entire plot.
by Lauren OliverGenre: Thriller Release Date:
March 10, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins Source: Publisher Add it: Goodreads Rating:
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.
In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
I’ve always said that Lauren Oliver is one of my favourite authors. It started when I read Before I Fall when I first started blogging in 2010, and since then I’ve been fangirling over Oliver a lot. But after reading another meh book by her, I’m starting to rethink my life. Continue reading
Even When You Lie To Me
by Jessica AlcottGenre: Contemporary Release Date:
June 9, 2015 Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.
But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.
She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.
I don’t really have much to say about this book. Partly because I read it a couple of months ago, and partly because it was uneventful and the ending was anti-climactic. Even When You Lie to Me was a quick read. It was easy to fly through. But I didn’t feel any connection to the book or the characters at all. I honestly couldn’t tell you anything about Charlie, and the forbidden relationship between her and her teacher wasn’t told in an original way at all. I remember liking the ending because of what happened to Charlie and her development. But I didn’t love it.
by Kass MorganSeries: The Hundred #2 Release Date:
16th September 2014 Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers Source: Publisher Add it: Goodreads Rating:
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.
Okay, so the sequel to The Hundred was slightly better although it still suffers from the same shortcomings as the first book. Once again there’s so much potential that literally suffocates under the crushing weight of boring, boring romance. It’s twenty one days since the group landed on Earth, and that number of days is significant to Clarke for additional reasons – we know from the first book that Clarke stumbled upon her parent’s experiments. Twenty one days, to her, is the average time for the subjects to start showing symptoms. This is ~explored a bit more as events progress in the novel. New characters are introduced and it’s revealed that despite everything the space people have been taught, Earth has been inhabited since the Cataclysm by those descendants of the original survivors who weren’t important enough to be ‘saved’.