I’m back with another Teaser Tuesdays! If you are new to my Teaser Tuesdays, it is basically a short feature where I share with you a short teaser on the book I am currently reading and tell you what I think of it.
This week I’m reading:
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, is probably one of the most conflicting releases last year. I’ve heard from people that they loved it and I’ve heard from many that it’s written really badly. I started yesterday after reading this amazing novel, and I’m currently 100 pages into the book. I’m getting a lot of Jennifer E. Smith vibes, it’s basically a cute romance. However, it is not as well written as Stephanie Perkins novels. I like how she is a blogger as it is relatable in more ways than you think. Anyway, so far it has been an easy read after lots of intense, heart-wrenching and twisting novels and I’m glad that I’m reading this light and easy novel. Here is a short teaser:
“Until I take a final step towards the centre of the stage and the whole world seems to tilt on its axis. Only it isn’t the world that’s tilting- it’s me,”
– Zoe Sugg, Girl Online
Have you read Girl Online? What did you think of it- tell me below?
Yesterday I finished reading What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler and it is so good! It’s a different novel that provides readers with the starking consequences of the current teen society. There will be more to come in the review, which will probably come out tomorrow! I was thinking that I’ll probably kick start my Instagram back up again because it has been seriously neglected. Maybe I might even start a Youtube channel- Who Knows? Basically, I want to make my blog a lot more professional by the end of the month! (New Years Resolution 🙂 )
Are any of you guys doing anything exciting for your blog? I would love to check it out!
Well, this has been a long post for a simple Teaser Tuesdays, I’ll talk to you soon!
Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: May 2015
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Family and Drama
Do you ever have a dish at a restaurant and they followed the recipe perfectly- perfect amount of seasoning, sauce and herbs? Well, that is pretty much what Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything was like. It left me tingling and lighthearted. Often young-adult romances are lacking a pinch of salt but Saint Anything was pretty much perfect. However, with a few faults here and there Saint Anything is one of the closest novels that is a perfect contemporary. It delivered an amazing novel, which I devoured. I hadn’t read a Sarah Dessen novel before this one and after reading this novel- I know why she is now considered a legend of contemporaries.
Saint Anything follows the story of Sydney, who has always been kept behind stage. No matter where she goes she always gets judged on her brother- Peyton and her parents aren’t much help either. Her parents’ main focus is all Peyton that Sydney feels left out. After moving schools she meets the loving family of the Chathams, a family that is totally different but it’s here where she gets pulled into a second family. She meets Layla and Mac who both help her as crisis in her own household begins to grow.
*SPOILERS FOR SAINT ANYTHING AHEAD*
First of all let me just say this book was almost perfect, it ended happily but was still deep- unlike All The Bright Places and Eleanor and Park (which are my favorite contemporaries) Saint Anything actually ended on a happy mood but Sarah Dessen still dealt with dark, relatable teenage themes.
Sydney has to deal with the fact that her parents do not care much about her and assumes her behavior based on her brother’s. Most of us who have siblings have gone through that feeling of emptiness and disappointment when our parents have your sibling as their main focus. I also really enjoyed how Sydney dealt with the guilt of her brother. That was a really interesting theme to explore- bearing someone else’s guilt. I personally would have reacted the same way as Sydney as I would feel guilty for her brother’s act as her family treated Peyton like he didn’t do anything wrong. I like how it ended with Sydney, gaining the courage to go up to David to apologize and to make an effort to get to meet him.
Whilst exploring this theme many other typical teenage drama was also executed in the novel, such as, the romance of Mac and Sydney and also that typical “new girl at school” drama. I really enjoyed how she dealt with a really unique theme whilst having that typical cliche drama, as it adds a lot of depth to the normal cutesy romance.
We all love a cutesy romance contemporary but usually they are too superficial to be consider the best contemporary novel. However, if you, like me, love contemporaries which are genuine, dark but at the same time have that cute romance blossoming, Saint Anything sure didn’t disappoint. Sydney, the main character, seemed like such a genuine person. She had her flaws and perks- just like any normal person would. She was truly 3D and you can really see that through her thoughts which were written on the page. When she felt agitated and mad, I felt the same way. Sarah Dessen’s writing is not over-descriptive yet under-descriptive and little lights of humor and teenage personalities still shone through. The characters of the story had so many inside jokes that we discovered and it felt as if we were friends with the characters for a very long time.
The events which took place in the story seemed so real that reading the story was like watching it unfold in front of your eyes. The story was the perfect length- it was thick but not too long and wasn’t super short like many contemporaries. However, with its positive there must be some negatives. As I was reading the story, in one of the last few chapters I started to freak out because there were so many unsolved problems- Mrs Chatham was hospitalized, her parents were extremely mad with her and her relationship with Mac was going through a rocky time. There were too many problems which needed a resolution once we got to the 5th last chapter, which lead to the book ending abruptly and it felt forced. Saint Anything was meant to be a contemporary cutesy romance and at times I felt lost and nearly forgot about the romance of Mac and Sydney in the background. I think it could have been better if there were perhaps more moments to remind us about the romance.
Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything was a truly special read and I would love to read it again and again as it felt like a roller coaster. I can’t wait to read more of her other novels which I will definitely be picking up. I totally recommend this novel if you loved Stephanie Perkins. It was the perfect recipe for a book!
Title: Bright Before Sunrise
Author: Tiffany Schmidt Release
Date: May 2015
Retail Price: $15.99
Overall Rating: 7/10
Genre: Contemporary and Romance
Bright Before Sunrise is Tiffany Schmidt’s latest contemporary, romance novel. It is a light novel that will appeal to all young-adult readers. Filled with cute romantic scenes, Tiffany Schmidt brings a adorably cute young-adult romance that will cause all readers to suspend our belief in fate. If you are craving Stephanie Perkins or Jennifer E. Smith, this book is definitely right for you. Tiffany Schmidt’s Bright Before Sunrise follows the story of two completely different teenagers but, one night, changes it all for them.
Brighton, a charismatic and cheerful, is popular and is known for her kind, optimistic personality. However, behind all that she has a driving motivation to continue her father’s legacy. On the other hand, Jonah Prentiss is the new kid in town and is uncomfortable with the new setting and is not fitting in well. One night, Brighton and Jonah bump into each other and their romance story unfolds through both perspectives, in just a few hours.
Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt is a perfect novel for romance and contemporary enthusiasts. Follow Brighton and Jonah’s love story, that every girl dreams and longs for. Pre-order it in your local bookstore, before it comes out!
*Warning: Spoilers ahead for Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt*
I really enjoyed this book and it was a great novel to read right before you go to bed. I felt like I was reading a disney story but it wasn’t childish at all. It was a really light read, which is why I rated it a 7 as my reading preferences are heavy novels :). I just came out of many Jennifer L. Armentrout books, such as, the Covenant series and after reading this I was a lot more content. I loved the storyline because I think love stories about fate are the best kind.
I loved how both characters, were described in a lot of depth because that way we got to find out more about their background and true personality. Brighton was considered a “goody-two shoes” but we find out it is because she wants to make those around her proud of her. She is a very relatable character because a character like Brighton is not often used in contemporary novels. She is an all-rounder and everyone treats her like a fine-specimen when she really isn’t. It was really enjoyable to read from her point-of view and to see how she slowly stepped out of her comfort zone.
Jonah is a really low-key guy but we find out about his girlfriend, Carly and his past school life. I had mixed feeling about Jonah because, at first, he seemed so cruel to his family and to Brighton but I could slightly understand where he was coming from. We first meet him in class where he is cutting off everyone, which was something that really annoyed me about him. He wouldn’t bother to take the effort to meet new people. It is a theme that is explored often throughout the novel and we can see both character coming out of there shell.
After introducing the characters, Brighton is then asked by Jonah’s mother to take care of Jonah’s step sister. Brighton, of course, agrees and through that you can see how she makes decisions, which are to benefit others instead of herself. At the same time, Jonah breaks up with his girlfriend, Carly, who I really disliked as she didn’t even give Jonah time to explain himself. Then Jonah whips Brighton to a party where they bump into Carly, who is fuming. Brighton discovers that Jonah took her to the party only to make Carly jealous and she leaves bitterly but before she goes Jonah stops her and their journey begins.
I loved the part when Jonah dares Brighton to go in the sprinklers, after that they learn more about each other. I also loved it when Jonah kept nursing Brighton because from there you could tell how much he cared about her. It was a really fun read as I loved watching their love story unfold but it felt a bit like a fling instead of a real romance. I would of loved it if we found out that they continued to be together by the end of it.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and I recommend it if you loved Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer E. Smith! Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me this!