Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Here Lies Bridget - Paige Harbison

I was not sure what to expect with this one. What I got was more then I could have imagined.

Bridget is a horrible self-centered teenager. She's a complete bully and she doesn't even realize it. She ruins lives, treats people horribly, and never thinks twice about them. However, as always, life has a way of catching up with people and Bridget is no different. Her friends start snubbing her and she starts to feel like the outcast she spent her entire life trying to avoid she prepares to show everyone in her life how much worse off they'd be without her. When that ends up backfiring and doesn't quite work out that way she expected she learns the consequences of her actions.

One thing that stood out was that the end seemed a little rushed. I felt like it could have had a little more detail and been drawn out a little more. I think that would have made the ending that much better.

I also noticed that some of the story almost felt a little like A Christmas Carole. The difference is that it had it's own unique twist about it and there was sort of a twist at the end that not everyone might see coming.

I actually really liked this book. It's definitely geared more towards teens but I feel like adults could appreciate this read as well.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Declaring Spinsterhood - Jamie Lynn Braziel

I started this on Sunday afternoon and at 1am I was still reading it. I could not put it down. I was so intrigued by Emma and the men chasing her while she pushed them all away.

Emma's family was ruthless always setting her up on dates. When they didn't work out they always blamed her. Poor girl. When Emma finds out she's in love with her best friend but he happens to be dating someone else she tries to push her feelings away. I felt for Emma. Most of her responses seemed a little childish but I felt like I would have reacted similar in her situation so it felt right to me.

This one had me laughing, it had my crying. Mostly crying. It was emotional for me. I wanted things to work out for Emma so much.

I guess if I had any criticism it would be that I had a hard time believing all the people that went to Church and were so dedicated to it. I only thing that because I'm not religious and I don't see the point. So that's my problem. Not the books. Luckily, Church was just a place for things to unfold and there really wasn't any religion involved, thankfully.

This book was fun and emotional and intriguing. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was well worth being tired at work.
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