My summer break is over and school has started. I just finished my first week back with the kids, and I am tired! 🙂 I need to catch up on my reading and blog posts this weekend, so here are a couple flash reviews. Thank you for the idea, GreenBeanTeenQueen 🙂
Summary (From Goodreads): PURE. UNPLANNED. PERFECT. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant. Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over.
Flash Review: This novel came highly recommended from a friend of mine. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about it. I absolutely love Nick’s voice; it’s believable, accurate, and really well done. He’s a character that both male and female readers will easily connect with and relate to. The story starts quickly with Sasha meeting up with Nick on Christmas Eve to tell him that she’s pregnant. We don’t know anything about them, but it’s obvious that they haven’t been together for a while. After this though, the story started to drag for me. After about 50 pages I was interested again because we were back when Sasha and Nick started dating. Reading this book was almost like riding a roller coaster because my feelings kept reaching highs and lows. Most of the lows involved Sasha because I simply don’t like her. She’s hot and cold, indecisive, and leads Nick on like no one’s business. Most of this happens once the couple starts having sex, and let’s be honest, it’s hard to go back to how the relationship was when sex has becomes a variable. She kept breaking Nick’s heart and I couldn’t stand it. One of the big topics in this story isn’t just Nick and Sasha’s relationship, but how Nick is dealing with Sasha’s pregnancy and what him trying to weigh their options. I haven’t read a book before this one that shows this point of view. My other low was the overall feel of Nick and Sasha’s relationship–I didn’t really buy it. I know Nick is head over heels for Sasha, but I think he mentions love only once, and I don’t recall Sasha saying it at all. I don’t expect all teenage relationships to be about love when sex is involved, but for me to really believe Nick’s feelings over everything, especially Sasha, I’d expect there to be more “I love you/her/him/etc” exchanges. So, for my two highs and two lows I gave this 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Summary (From Goodreads): Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.
Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.
The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him. And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now—he’s living each moment like it’s his last.
Flash Review: I was in a horrible reading funk before I started reading The Day Before. Thankfully, as soon as I started reading this I couldn’t put it down and was back to being excited about reading. There is seriously something special about Lisa Schroeder. I have loved every book of hers I’ve read, and not only that, they’ve all been unputdownable (I’m aware that’s not really a word). There’s a big of mystery surrounding Amber because we don’t know right away why she’s leaving home. Schroeder includes some letters from Jeanie and Allen that leave us predicting that they’ve played some kind of role in Amber’s decision, but we don’t even know who they are or why she’s getting letters from them. I love it when authors add an element of mystery like this, especially when they do it so well. Besides loving the budding relationship between Amber and Cade, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out who Jeanie and Allen are. The Day Before is a fantastic mix of a story about love and making tough decisions. The verse is beautiful, like always, and the characters are endearing. If you haven’t read one of Lisa Schroeder’s books, this is a good one to start with. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.