by Lauren Barnholdt
What would you do if suddenly your life had turned out for worst? Your dad just lost his job,your family can’t afford to send you to your chosen university, you don’t think you’ll get a scholarship, basically you’re screwed. Shannon has an idea, one that’ll involve fake IDs, high heels and an ill-fitting dress. Suddenly, she’s a waitress at the Collosio Casino, lying to everyone, juggling work and school at the same time. Add to the equation that she’s now supposed to tutor Matt, her ex-best friend whom she hasn’t talked to since that one summer night where they almost kissed. Could her life be more complicated than these? Apparently,yes, because she now finds herself being recruited into a secret poker society by this hot,mysterious guy named Cole. But, She doesn’t even know how to play poker! Read and find out what happened to Shannon as she learned and experienced things she never thought she would.
Aces up, focused on Shannon’s life choices. How she dealt with it, the fall outs and all. I gave this three stars because I liked how Lauren, the author, relayed the part of the story about poker in a way readers who doesn’t necessarily played the game, would understand. Plus, she didn’t go into much detail about the mechanics of the game, because frankly if she does, the book would be boring, really boring. I also like how the story between Matt and Shannon player out, the fight was just realistic and relatable. I think most teenagers nowadays have had the same problems. A lot can really be resolved through talking, communication is the key, that’s what I’m saying. I think what I didn’t like is that Shannon is very naive, for someone who is supposedly very smart, she shouldn’t really be so trusting. But, I guess that’s part of who she is a character. All in all the story is a fun read and though it somehow lacked some excitement which I think Lauren is trying to portray, plus it’s not just all about a teenage girl who lied her way into getting a job, there’s a depth to the story and it’s a lot more than that.
by Claire LaZebnik
I was tempted to rate this a three star, but the flaws just outmatched the good bits. Looking back to the novel I find myself with unanswered questions and plot points that just got all confused and stuff.
I can say a lot of untied knots that the book missed to address but I’ll only say this, because it’s such a big part of the story and I was so disappointed that in the end they just left it hanging, what ever happened with Webster? This is one of things that bothered me most with how the author decided to end the story. Did he even got arrested or or punished at least got expelled from the school? Because there were nothing.
What pissed me off was that he’s not even just a supporting character, he has somewhat of a big role in the development of the relationship of the two protagonist especially Derek, and then you reach the end of the novel and plop nothing. Author, if you are going to write someone into a major supporting character, then all of a sudden you’ll just drop the story about him just because all is well in between the two leads just exclude him from the goddamn story! Just create some ridiculous situation that create enough angst and drive a wedge between the main character. Sad to say that in this book the main characters are the only people whose story make sense because the for the supporting characters just bits are given only when they’ll be needed for the story of the main characters to unfold.
With that being said, there’s one thing right that the author did, that is the story between the two, Derek and Elise. It was filled with the right amount of angst and fluffiness that somehow makes up for the shortcomings of the story as a whole.
by Daniel Handler
I’ll start by saying that Ed is an asshole and Min is just plain stupid. But let’s admit it that we wouldn’t have a story if it wasn’t for Min’s stupidity of loving and trusting a jerk like Ed. Don’t get me wrong, throughout the book I had times when I was rooting for both of them simply because of how Min narrated him. We are given the Ed that Min perceives or how she wants to remember him. Well of course you love the person and would want to see the best in them even if the facts are slamming in your face. Min just didn’t see it through. Or pretended not to. Who knows?
This break up letter is such a beautiful thing to do. Well at least, that’s what I think. It was written with so much emotion that as I read this, I found myself wanting to do this too. But, I can’t and I won’t. I realized I’ve never been that invested in a relationship like Min did. I’ve never been really in love to be able to do this thing. This is why I can’t say that I can relate to Min.
Nevertheless, the story captivates you in a way that you’ll feel the frustrations Al (Min’s bestfriend) must have felt through all of this because sometimes the main character of the story is so blinded by everything that he or she can’t see the truth and Al, the one on the outside of that small universe that Min and Ed had was the one who can see. I love that she finally realized that, yes, Ed is an asshole and he’s very much the one to blame on this but there were signs too. She definitely saw them but she just blindly went on with it. In the end, she’s just a girl who fell in love with the wrong guy.
by Julie James
After eight long years of being co workers, who were in fact secretly in love with each other what can you say? These two have waited so long to be together, they had put in a helluva lot of effort to keep things between them purely platonic and that is, by continuously competing with each other, to be ahead of the other for eight years, eight long years!!! Okay, I’ve read Julie James’ other book Just the Sexiest Man and I liked it. hahaha. Then I decided to check this out and at first I hesitated because I was like, Ohh.. another book about lawyers… I was skeptical that It would be just like the first one, just different in character and had a different situation…blah blah blah. But my curiosity got the better of me so I tried reading it.
And there it was. I stuck on it all day on my birthday. Funny isn’t it. I just didn’t want to miss what will happen to them. How they fought, the sarcastic remarks and everything… I just can’t get off it. With the combination of humor and romance, and a little twist near the end you’ll definitely find yourself shocked and craving some more.
There this thing though: what the hell does J.D. means? and why is Payton’s name is with an “A” intead of an “E”? . That was a total cliffhanger!
PS. Reviewed this last June 2009 on Goodreads
Fifty Shades Series just a rip off? just a “mommy porn”? is it just about the sex? These are some of the topics that I’d like to breakdown in this very lengthy blog post of mine, I’m sorry about that guys, but I hope y’all give some time and read it. haha
I finished reading this last year, I think around november? Not sure though. I noticed that almost every one has give in to the hype and all that and started reading themselves. Their reactions are pretty much on the extreme, either they love it and was all praise like OH MY GOD CHRISTIAN GREY IS SO HOT! HE’S LIKE PERFECT! HE’S THE DREAM!!!!!! blah blah, OR they hate it so much that they want to BURN THE DAMN BOOK! BOO! IT’S JUST PORN! IT’S CRAP! IT’S JUST EDWARD CULLEN MORTAL FUCKED UP VERSION! blah blah. HAHA! So, I decided to share my thoughts! TA-DAH! :)) I will try to be as unbiased as I can so y’all avid fans and anti-grey’s (this is what I’ll call the haters of the book) stow your twitching palms, or stake? I’ll just do a breakdown, and will mention both sides point of argument. I’m going SWIZERLAND on this one.
Now, with that being cleared let’s start with this being a Twilight
rip-off fan fiction entitled Master of the Universe which the anti-grey’s are pointing out, which is TRUE by the way. E.L. James first posted this story as a Fan Fiction of Twilight on various fan fiction sites, then deleted them because people didn’t like the nature of it and posted it in her own website, to be deleted yet again because it was actually being published into the now fifty shades series. Ever wonder why the books was release so fast in succession? There you go, questions answered.
by John Green
As I read the end pages of this book. I found myself wondering about the thing they tell to authors. “To write what they know”, and I kept thinking that maybe it’s like an inception. That the story has a story within the story. That the character of Peter Van Houten was actually a representation of John Green. If you read this book, you’ll understand my point. I can actually research if what I’m speculating had any truth to it but, I won’t I’ve come to like the conclusion that I have.
I don’t know if rating it as such is because the book was beautifully written or if I just plainly becoming emotional about it. Nevertheless the book was enlightening in a certain way that my views about people struggling about a disease and about dying complete changed.
Let me end this by quoting my favorite line from the book: “Without pain, we couldn’t know joy.” This strikes to me the most out of all the lines that I loved in the book, because it’s just plain truth, that indeed, without pain, we couldn’t know joy.