I've been reading a lot of contemporaries lately, ones that have been on my TBR for awhile. So I've decided to do some mini-reviews, since I'm also reading a bunch of review books right now and need to get back to those. Watch out for more of these mini-reviews in the future. They're way fun beacuse they take minimal effort, but still give me the chance to gush about the books I'm reading!
Publisher: Dial BFYR
Publish Date: June 14th, 2012
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.”
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick was one of those addictive kinds of contemporaries. The kind that suck you in and then toss you around and leave you feeling raw and emotional, but strangely fulfilled.
For the most part, My Life Next Door is adorable boy-next-door romance, but factors outside of the characters control bring the heavy down real hard on Jase and Samantha. It was hard to read at times because the side characters were just so... Ugh! I swear, I would have been slapping people left and right if I was Samantha.
What starts out as a fun read, gets a little dark and frustrating in the middle, but that only adds to the drama and emotion of it all. And I'm very happy to say that I absolutely fell in love with Huntley Fitzpatrick and will be buying many books from her in the future.
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Publish Date: May 4th, 2013
“When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.
The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.
Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.”
I don't think there are enough ways to express how much I loved The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram. Everything about it was a win for me. The plot, Grayson, the romance, Grayson, the side characters, Grayson. Okay, so I really loved Grayson. Like, the kind of love where I'm drooling just thinking about him. Seriously. I think we all could do with a major dose of Grayson Kennedy in our lives.
My only issue was that I wished Grayson and his brother Aiden had had a little more bro time between just the two of them. Don't get me wrong, I loved that Avery and Grayson were together pretty much constantly, but I would've liked to see an actual conversation between Grayson and his brother happen more than just once. I feel like they needed it. And I especially wished their relationship wasn't so strained at the end. I get why it would be, but I was hoping for a little more brotherly love in the end.
If you're looking for a rom-com that will leave you feeling all warm and tingly inside, you need The Avery Shaw Experiment (and Grayson Kennedy) in your life. ASAP!
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