Tag Archives: Romance

Book Reviews: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

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I have a number of mixed feelings about this book, which is interesting but has a great many flaws.
On one hand, the story’s premise is a good one, and Daisy makes for a good, strong narrator, but there are many things which make little sense in the circumstances of the story, or that are just downright gross. The first and most obvious thing within the story is the questionable romance between Daisy and Edmond – I like to think I have a very open mind when it comes to novels, but I do have to say that doing unspeakable things with your underage first cousin, who can, for some absurd reason, hear your thoughts, is digusting. End of story. Another issue I found was with the writing style, which had no indication of dialogue aside from capital letters in lieu of speech marks, and by the end of the novel became incredibly confusing. Not much is done to expand the plotline of the war either, aside from a few grotesque scenes, the novel focuses mostly on Daisy and Piper’s journey, which was fine but made the war an almost unnecessary afterthought in the story. By the end of the book all semblance of sense within the writing style and plot fragments, and the conclusion feels confusing and clumsy after what was, despite it’s faults, still a fairly satisfying book. The main high point of the story was Piper, who appeared to be the only character who maintained some degree of sense throughout the book.
Not terrible, but not the most enjoyable book either, this makes for some interesting casual reading but lacks substance and logic.
Recommended for ages 15-17. Contains sexual references, coarse language, violence and mature themes.
Star3

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Book Reviews: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Undoubtedly the sweetest book I have read this and possibly any year, this narrative is one of love and friendship and family, all neatly wrapped up with some sharp witticism thrown in.
At its heart this is a simple yet deliciously tingly romance, but readers will also find passion, humour, and perhaps even a few tears within its pages.
Anna’s story is a richly woven one, and is sure to please fans of romances of all kinds. The setting, the food, the characters – all is magical and adorable and perfect.
This is exactly the kind of romance teen literature needs more of. It’s dramatic but not overdone, and charming and funny and silly and healthy, which many teen novels seem to lack nowadays. There is no co-dependent, angsty girls here, clinging onto the guys they like with all their might. There is just simple, beautiful connection, which is how life and love should be, and is ultimately the greatest theme within this novel – the connections we form with other people, for better or worse.
Recommended for ages 14+. Contains sexual references, coarse language and moderate themes.
Star4.5

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Book Reviews: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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In this fierce, fabulous novel, Cohn and Levithan effortlessly capture the essence of relationships of all kinds in a simple, yet clear and honest way. In just a couple hundred pages, Cohn and Levithan’s story explores friendship, romance, acquaintances and relationships with parents in a way that all teens should be able to understand. Naomi, Ely and all the supporting characters are incredibly relatable and fun, and drive the story even through the deeper, more complex parts.
A clever, easy-to-digest novel of mixed feelings, misunderstandings and life at it’s craziest and most difficult. Pure teenage book-nerd heaven.  Recommended for ages 14-19. Contains sexual references, coarse language and mild themes.
Star4.5

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Book Reviews: Matched by Ally Condie

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A beautiful dystopian romance following the story of Cassia, a girl living in the Society where at the age of 17 citizens meet their Matches – the person the Officials dictate will be their lifelong companion. Join Cassia on the road to discovering what she wants out of her life and who she wants to love on her own terms, you won’t regret it. Recommended for ages 12-17. Contains mature themes and mild violence.

Star4.5

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Book Reviews: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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The ultimate example of just how little time it can take for your life to change, Cohn and Levithan’s first novel was a hit with audiences everywhere for good reason. A hot, energy-packed romance, clever characters, an inspiring and memorable plot. All these elements combine into an explosion of literary mastery that could only be the work of these two authors. Just please don’t ever see the movie! Recommended for ages 14-18. Contains sexual references and coarse language.

Star4.5
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Book Reviews: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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Greek gods, starcrossed romance, a centuries-old family curse… What’s not to love? While Starcrossed is a little like alot of teen novels already out there in the world, it still brings it’s own flavour and is highly enjoyable. Classic Greek myths meet high-energy romance and collide in the best possible way. Love it! Recommended for ages 14-17. Contains sexual references, coarse language, mature themes and violence.

Star3.5

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Book Reviews: The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

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A truly beautiful and inspiring read, Hale takes a little-known Brothers Grimm tale and makes it her own. Packed with mystery, friendship, knock-to-your-knees romance and a couple of kick-ass heroines. Destined to become a classic. Recommended for ages 12-16. Contains violence and mature themes.

Star4.5

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