Geekerella: Ashley Poston (some spoilers)

Adorable book.

Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.

Adorable book.

Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.

Geekerella was a beautifully charming story; it follows the two separate lives of Darien Freedman and Elle Wittimer. Darien Freedman is an actor who was best known for his soap-opera role and is about to embark upon the renewal of an old sci-fi TV show known as Starfield.  He is hired to play the main male role known as The Carmindor, and has been a fan of the series since he was a child. However, he finds himself stuck between who he thinks he is and how he is forced to act around others, almost as if he has to act all the time. Never free to be himself; Darien feels like he has no allies or friends to call his own except for his assistant who he considers one of his best friends. His father sees him as a way to gain money and he has previously lost a friend due to his fame. So, when he messages a phone number he believes to be the number for Excelsicon and ends up messaging another fan of Starfield instead, he sees his chance to make a friendship that is real and based on who he is as a person rather than how famous he is.

Elle, on the other side of the phone isn’t experiencing the dream life either. Elle is someone who has recently lost her father and when she was little has lost her mother. Now she lives with a shallow step-mother and two twin step-sisters, both of whom are given everything they could ever want in life, whilst Ella is let with nothing. Ella often finds herself at the butt of her step-mothers and stepsisters cruelty and criticism. there have been cases where the twins have gone out o their way to make her life miserable, even at one point fabricating a false relationship with a boy they’re friends with to hurt Ella’s feelings. She is forced every morning to wake each of them up and cook a ‘healthy’ breakfast for them, while the girls go off the the ‘club’ to have tennis lessons and Ella goes to work in a food truck known as the ‘Magic Pumpkin. The Cinderella pun is strong in this one. Her life seems to be a never ending ritual of sadness and oil stains. Until one day she receives a text on her hand-me-down phone that used to be her father’s. The man who made the convention ‘Excelsicon’. From this point onwards Elle and Darien are in each others lives, even if they don’t know each others names. This sense of anonymity when talking to each other envelops them in a feeling of safety which makes them feel like they can really express themselves for the first time in a long time. Especially about all things Starfield.

From this point onward almost all characters go through a lot of personal growth and change. One of the twins Calliope learns that she can have an identity separate from her much crueler sister and grows in confidence to finally become who she wants to be; hell she evens gets a girlfriend. Elle ends up learning to overcome the suffering she has endured at her step-family’s hands and open up to another human being (her co-worker Sage) and find connections with other that she wasn’t expecting, she also learn that who she is, and her family (her real mum and dad) are not isolated to a single place but are within her forever. Sage, the ever confident hopeful fashion designer, is someone who becomes Elle’s best friend who Elle converts to Starfield. Together they come together to take the old costumes that once belonged to her parents to make a wonderful cosplay, and Sage learns what it feels like to be unconditionally accepted by a friend.

The development of the relationship between Darien and Elle is a really well explored story line.  There relationship is one that is admittedly rushed a little, but under the circumstances it seems appropriate, as their relationship is one that mimics an online one, so essentially there are no hold barred in what they reveal to reach other. So being completely honest and open helps them to fall for each other as quick as they do. And having a relationship this way help them to explore who they are themselves as you can truly be whoever you want to be through anonymous text, even an unencumbered version of yourself. Still its a really cute and sweet romance that makes me squeal overtime something cute happens. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book yourself…

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to read a nice contemporary to get themselves out of a slump or even to just enjoy a sweet story that isn’t harboured with political mumbo-jumbo and something to just enjoy and love.

 

Til Next Time,

L.K.

p.s. i wrote this with the sun in my eyes, so please excuse any spelling errors.

A Monster Calls: Patrick Ness (Spoilers Ahead)

This book was a surprisingly beautiful tale with so much heart..

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I went into this book admittedly with a completely different idea of what it would be about, but going into it i found myself more and more intrigued with this new and creative story that had me enraptured from the very beginning curious to see how it would all tie up in the end.

The story follows the life of a young man named Connor, but his age remains unspoken. this is particularly clever because he never does anything that could hint to a particular age grouping, this disassociation means that connor’s story is one that someone of any age group can relate to and feel and empathy for. His story unlike many others doesn’t start at the beginning of all his troubles but when they seem to be coming to a climax which is rare in my experience for stories, it all begins for us when Connor sees the Yew tree in the graveyard beside his house turn into a gigantic monster who tells Connor that he is a strong force of nature and time, who only comes walking in very few points in history; and he plans to tell Connor the stories of the three times previous in which he went walking. He then demands that when he has told Connor these three tales, that Connor must reciprocate telling the monster his tale and his truth. This is where our story truly begins. It is a beautiful heartwarming and sad tale that I couldn’t put down and is a must read.

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Connor’s has an extraordinary talethat expresses itself in the most ordinary of ways. He is a child with a mother who raised him on her own all the while battling cancer, his father left when he was six and now lives in America with a wife and child, and his Grandmother is someone who seems a malignant presence in his life. In his own way he is entirely fearless and yet frail, constantly seeking punishment, the reason for we don’t learn until the end. Everything about him speak of a quiet courage and strength, his life is filled with sickness and his childhood is scarce but it isn’t something he is resentful towards his mother for.

If anything in everything he does, even down to the way he interacts with the monster speaks of his love for her. When he came to the monster begging for him to use his yew tree branches to save her life, it brought me to tears. Here is a child who through his mothers illness looks into the reality of death and faces it with a strength that most adults can’t do; through this strength he is able to admit to himself his own truth, saving himself from the nightmares that threaten to destroy him. that he just wants his mother to die so that she can no longer suffer, but that he also doesn’t want her to die with every fibre of his being.

Coming to his won truth required a lot of personal growth for this character, and Ness tells it brilliantly. He uses the Monster’s tales to reflect the obstacles that are currently distracting Connor from the situation allowing him to overcome them, through living and thinking about these stories and allowing them to reflect in and defines actions. Its like watching the Hobbit and feeling a sense of accomplishment in every movie when they face an obstacle only to overcome it and bring them closer to their goal. Only in this case a part of you never wants them to reach it because you know how it will end. This is something I love about this book, its obvious from the very beginning that Connor’s mother isn’t going to make it, its shown so clearly through the actions of Connor’s family members and yet the mystery of Connor’s nightmare and Connor’s truth keeps you enraptured.

We end feeling for Connor and growing as people along with him in so many subtle ways. The stories themselves are particularly clever as they challenge modern day ideals of how stories should be structured as well as enduring ideals of right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These tales always manage to ensnare as well as surprise, leaving me questioning my perspective on every previous argument or obstacle i’ve ever had in my life. So not only is it an emotional and beautifully written book but its the kind of book that can make someone really look at their life and find their own truth.

Passenger: Alexandra Bracken (Spoilers Ahead)

While i approached this book with caution, i was surprised at how much i liked it 🙂 Read more inside.

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i went into this book with admittedly a little trepidation, i’m not overly fond of books that are set in the past, being someone who strongly believes in equality in all forms; reading books set in eras where races are turned into slaves and women are treated like objects to be kept pretty makes me frustrated and angry, it sweeps me up into a mindset that is consumed by social grievances and distracted from the plot and characters. But with this novel – which i believed will be – turned series, i was surprised to say the least that i wasn’t turned into an irrationally angry human being but rather fascinated with the plot line and trying to guess the outcomes of the story that Alexandra has concocted. It was interesting, sweet and complicated in a way that is unique to my reading experiences, however it was a bit of a long read, that had a tendency to drag a little bit. Nonetheless it is a book i am satisfied to recommend.

 

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In general, this book was really quite good, the plot line was really well-developed and thought out. The characters were really beautifully written and they evolved in their own ways that was developed steadily along the plot line. In terms of adversaries, in this case Cyrus Ironwood; he wore his black cape with pride and played the part of the dictator splendidly (by played i hope you know i mean written). An unexpected quasi-villain was Rose – Etta’s mother – her utter disregard for her daughter’s life was beyond cold and callous, she was so intent on the “good of the future” that she became cold and manipulative of her daughter, and despite all this Etta still adored her mother like any daughter would, which speaks less of her mother and more of Etta. Also, Sophie as a character was really quite interesting to explore during the course of this book. She evolved from a slightly annoying and completely haughty child to someone who was a genuine threat with her greed, selfishness and desire for power leading her to stalk Etta and Nicholas throughout time and come close to ending their lives with her actions causing dangerous consequences.

Etta and Nicholas’ journey is a compelling one which makes you want to continue reading until the end and is what is going to motivate me to buy the next instalment to the series. it all begins when Etta’s violin recital goes awry and she is kidnapped by Sophie and taken to the 1700’s from there she and Nicholas meet and develop feelings for each other and their ways that have been developed by their vastly different upbringings. Etta is taken to NY on board a ship that has been commandeered(?) by Nicholas and his crew in order to take the girls to NY on orders of Cyrus Ironwood. On their journey Nicholas and Etta develop the beginnings of a friendship that leads to Nicholas swearing to protect her should Ironwood have bad intentions. When Ironwood reveals his plan to manipulate Etta with the life of her mother being threatened in order for Etta to retrieve an object that Rose has hidden somewhere in time and space. This object is called the Astrolabe and it has the capacity to create time portals that did not previously exist. They are left a letter concealing a riddle that leads them on the path to the astrolabe. In a very treasure hunt type plot they travel through all time periods imaginable, surviving wars and ancient civilisations all the while falling more and more for each other. It really is an entertaining read that i believe will make an enjoyable series, however many books it ends up spanning.

On negative aspect i’d like to mention though it may seem little is descriptive language. Whilst the characters and plot-line are quite artistically developed, she lacks i descriptive language. A lot of the time the places and people that are encountered, including the main characters and described in ver little detail and in some aspects i myself had to fill in the gaps as much as i could in order to picture what is happening. If asked i couldn’t even begin to describe the appearances of the main characters, only their personalities, that goes for the locations and times visited as well. If theres one thing i would change about this novel it would be that. Otherwise i am quite pleased by the overall book and writing style.

Til next time!

L.K.

The Reading Slump…

The Slump is real…
Read my advice on how to escape this bookworm hell.

The Urban Dictionary defined a reading slump as: A readers worst nightmare. Not being able to pick up a book and read because you just can’t, you just can’t read.

And i couldn’t agree more.

It’s a new kind of hell when you can’t bring yourself to do you’re favourite thing in the world. For readers, this is the reading slump; it’s when no matter how hard you try for some reason you can’t see to either stick with a book long enough to finish it, or you do stick with a book but actually reading it drags on until you can barely even remember the plot line or the original excitement that thrums in your veins at needing to know what happens next dulls into a distant hum.

Reading slumps can occur for many reasons, personally for me its because lately i have university work up to my ears. Bu there are also numerous other reasons such as…

  1. Busy with work.
  2. Haven’t read in a while.
  3. Children.
  4. Read too much of the same genre.
  5. Just finished a soul shattering (in a good way) book.
  6. Just read a really bad book.

No matter the reason behind why you fell into a slump, it’s still hard to shake. I don’t quite have it down to a science (yet) but here’s my personal method that i use to defeat my reading slumps, which are now seemingly becoming an almost monthly ritual.

firstly i take a look at the books i’ve been reading lately to really get a feel for the type of books I’ve been reading as of lately; i don’t specifically look at genre, i look at the emotion and the style of the books I’ve been reading for instance, if i’ve been reading something like The Hunger Games, I would come note that those books had themes of death, war, a love triangle, angst, and anger. So, if i’ve been reading books that, let’s be honest challenges my faith in humanity its better to read a book that has a more positive outlook on life and a way of living and i would definitely stay away from a dystopian novel for the time being.

I recommend to get out of any reading slump, a contemporary book. But the problem is which contemporary? There are so many sub-categories within the contemporary genre that picking the perfect book to help you through the slump can be challenging. Before i get to how to pick this book i’m going to defend my Contemporary rule for a little bit. Contemporaries are the best books in my opinion to help with a reading slump. When an athlete has an injury and tries to get back into their beloved sport, you don’t see them on their first day back trying to work at the same level as they were before their injury, if they pushed themselves they would do more harm then good. For avid readers who are experiencing a reading slump starting off with a content heavy series that is written to ruin your life e.g the Mortal Instruments, Divergent series… you (the athlete) are just going to pull a muscle that’s going to prolong the period of inactivity. So, starting off with a contemporary novel that’s preferably a stand-alone is easing yourself back into reading in the most gentle way possible. It’s usually an easy read, with an ending that can make you feel emotion without feeling like you’ve been overwhelmed as if you’ve just conquered a massive series that would mark the end of a period of your life, and they usually involve a cute sappy romance that makes you believe in love; and… if ended correctly that can re-ignite the need to pick up another book immediately.

The hard part is picking the perfect contemporary to start you off properly on your reading journey or renewal. To bring back the example of The Hunger Games, when picking a contemporary novel if those books are the last ones you’ve read before try to go with a novel that has themes opposite of those in your last novel. So, as i said earlier the Hunger Games has themes of death, war, a love triangle, angst and anger; in order to negate the reading slump that this book helped you fall into going with a short contemporary that would have the general idea of a boy-meets-girl classic genre with little emotional trauma in the way of plot. Something simple and sweet with character growth and a happily ever after ending would be the perfect book to get out of the slump as it would make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. It would encourage you to explore this genre further and eventually you can evolve your reading habits to include contemporaries with more intense sub-plotlines and then before you know it you’ll be picking up another dystopian series in no time. Books i would recommend to start off with in this case would be…

  1. Stephanie Perkins. (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and Happily Ever After).
  2. Rainbow Rowell (Attachments and Fangirl)
  3. John Green – Paper Towns.
  4. Lauren Myracle, John Green, Maureen Johnson – Let it Snow.
  5. Nicholas Sparks – Safe Haven.

To all those battling a reading slump i wish you luck! x

Til next time!

L.K.

 

Urban Dictionary Source:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=reading%20slump

 

Dare You To: Katie McGarry (Spoilers Ahead)

I’ll say it once, i’ll say it a thousand times, i’ll say it forever. I love Katy McGarry. If you love a good book, this one is definitely for you!

I’ll say it once, i’ll say it a thousand times, i’ll say it forever. I love Katie McGarry!!!!!

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This woman has cemented her spot as my favourite contemporary author with absolutely no effort on her part, well, she wrote the book but you get my point. Dare You To is a re-read and a spectacular book that i love reading over and over again. This woman is a brilliant author, and i should know, I’ve read everything she has ever written. She’s not like most contemporary authors in that their books are filled with such sweetness and adorableness that you squeal like a little girl; intact Katie’s books are so real and filled with emotion that you’d have to be heartless not to be taken on the ride that is her stories, and it is no different with Dare You To. Ugh, this book was amazing!

I just finished it and my heart feels like it’s been through the ringer right alongside the character’s and the ending is so much more satisfying because of it. It is the second book to a some-what series that binds together the lives and hearts of Beth Risk and Ryan Stone. Beth is someone whose had a hard life and Ryan has seemingly the perfect life with cracks and breaks that no-one bothers to see. Their relationship is rocky, beautiful and unique and i’d be lying if i didn’t say i loved every moment of it.

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Let’s start with Beth. How do i even being to describe Beth?

Beth has spent her life growing up on the other side of the tracks not ever entirely sure if the pace she decides to go home to is safe. She is surrounded by drugs, crime, gangs and a feeling of helplessness disguised by a stone heart. She relies on very few people in her life, Isaiah, Noah and herself; to escape a feeling of sinking and being chained to a life she can’t escape she let’s bad decisions take her over and she ends up on the road to becoming an addict without an escape into the potential that she has for herself. Stuck in a situation where her mum is a drug-addict and whose boyfriend is abusive to both her and Beth, even though Beth lives with her aunt and he choices seem limited Beth does everything she can to survive. All this comes to a halt when she is arrested for almost taking a baseball bat to Trent’s (her mother’s boyfriend) head. She is then taken in , albeit forcefully by her uncle who takes full custody of Beth as she is only 17 and gives her a second chance at life. Beth evolves so much as a character and a person, she learns how to open up and allow herself to care for others and start to trust other people with who she is and she starts to face her fears. This growth is explored and described beautifully by Katie through beautiful metaphors such as when she learns how to swim in the lake with Ryan, by letting Ryan teach her how to swim Katie is communicating to us that Beth is finally opening herself up to Ryan and the world and realising all the possibilities that escaped Beth before. Not to mention the bird trapped in the barn metaphor showing a struggle for life and being blind to those trying to help the situation and in panic not seeing the clear escape; which strikes the audience and Beth in its significance although unseen at the time. And when Beth finally let’s herself have hope! There aren’t even words that describe how i felt in that moment. Beth’s relationship with Ryan is like a healing balm to her soul and the door to her heart and who she is and can be; the same goes for Ryan.

Let’s talk Ryan Stone. Oh Ryan *sigh*. I relate to him on so many levels. Ryan is a star Baseball player who has only known Baseball, with dreams to make it into the Pros, but he is confronted with troubles at home as his parents can barely stand to be in the same room after his older brother came out as Gay and was subsequently kicked out of the house. Ryan feels like his entire world is crashing down around him and he can barely cope but he tries by holding onto the one thing that remains constant. Baseball. His future. Except when it’s no longer certain, as when find out when it is revealed that he has a secret talent. He is an extraordinary writer. Battling with expectations and being unable to admit to himself what he really wants to do Ryan does everything he can to preserve what he knows; one: that he loves Baseball and two: he never looses. Ryan goes through so much change and growth that i have mamma bear feelings of pride overtime i think about it!! he grows into his own person and starts making his own decisions despite what his controlling parents think. He does so many brave things is this books its heart-warming. he re-connects with his brother, he chases his dreams of becoming a writer, he falls in love, he denies his parents the ability to control him and he makes a path in life for himself that can only lead to the kind of satisfaction you feel when you’ve followed all of your dreams and came out on top (if a little bruised and battered) He goes through his own personal hell and come out stronger than ever before and i will never not love Ryan Stone as a character, especially the way Katie writes him and his emotional state.

Usually around here is where i mention any negatives about the book that i found… but i have none so…

 

Til next time!

L.K.

Attachments: Rainbow Rowell (Spoilers Ahead!)

Wow. This book was unexpectedly beautiful and a relatable must-read. Continue to find out what more I had to say 🙂

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Wow.

There’s books that make you smile, books that make you laugh and then there’s this.

Sorry I haven’t been around for awhile, I was experiencing one heck a reading slump; since my last post I’ve tried reading several books; all fruitlessly. Thinking about giving up I tried one last ditch effort to escape; I went to Dymocks and brought a book. This book obviously.

I finished it five seconds ago and just had to write about it, so here’s what i have to say…

How to begin? Well, I firstly have to say that I went into this book a little doubtful and hesitant. I’ve read two other Rainbow Rowell books before (Carry On and Fangirl) and really liked her style. She writes differently than any other contemporary author I’ve ever read, everything is a little more subtle than a grand gesture that makes the protagonist realise that he’s madly in love; it’s something I’m admittedly addicted to even though I know it’s a tad unrealistic. But R.R does something different, these characters that she portrays -and in this sense i’m speaking specifically about Attachments- are so much more than characters in a book, they’re so real! Everything about them makes me feel like i’m in a conversation with real people facing real day-to-day problem with their struggles seeping into my soul and making me feel like i’m one of them, leading an extraordinarily ordinary life that breathes relatable complications. It’s truly beautiful and enrapturing.

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In this book specifically we follow the perspective of Lincoln, who is so unsure of himself, his purpose and his life. He works in a Newspaper called “The Courier” as essentially a computing spy who makes sure everyone’s emails aren’t being used for unlawful content. Every night he sits at his desk alone in the office going through countless emails and feeling low and begone because he sees himself as something… less, almost unfulfilled.It’s something as a university student who spends her life wondering if she’ll ever make it can relate to a hell of a lot. Especially since he can’t help going back to university and adding yet another degree to his belt. That’s right, Lincoln is practica

lly a university (and student loan) addict who continues to keep going back trying to find his purpose in life. He starts to finally see a way that it can all look up for him when he begins reading the other main character’s emails. He reads exchanges between Jennifer and Beth two women who also work at the newspaper. Beth reviews movies and writes articles and Jennifer is an editor. The two are best friends who share their lives with each other, something i’ll get back to in a moment. Lincoln’s seemingly inescapable melancholy filled with routine is not some quick fix that disappears as soon as he reads the first email; no. It is far more slow and fulfilling than that, each time that i turned the page i wondered wether or not he would ever feel better again, not noticing that as i was pulled further into the story that he slowly was getting better and better, almost without me noticing until the big changes occurred. It was beautifully realistic and fascinating. He starts off become more sociable and open to new people, making friends and plans, next he starts going to the gym and looking after himself and the next thing I know he’s function as a happy human being. Like falling asleep to quote John Green: slowly than all at once. It was weirdly enough making me feel proud of Lincoln, like he was my best friend who finally pulled himself out of something that made me wish I could rescue him. I felt so happy when the end of the book came and i found out that Beth and Lincoln get together that i smiled enough to hurt my cheeks and a swell of happiness erupted in my chest.

As for the girls, or rather, women… We are taken on a journey through their lives as well and it is beautifully witty and funny and filled with emotion and love; there’s so much that is explored in their lives and what’s frustrating is that we don’t get to hear MORE, Lincoln only gets a portion of their emails that are ‘flagged’ (meaning marked as possibly having naughty content including swearing etc.) so we only get a peek into the lives that they’re leading but it’s enough to get captured in their stories. I’ll start with Jennifer.

Jennifer is a married woman whose partner’s name is Mitch. As I said earlier she works in the newspaper as an editor, which makes her a serious grammar nazi. There’s something about her that is really quite funny and uplifting in her sense of humour and the way that she talks to Beth (her best friend) she care deeply about Mitch and Beth but struggles with her identity and cynical nature, something which she swears she inherited from her mother. She lives her life in this mindset that something is going to go wrong, but she’s also weirdly wise and very kind when she wants to be. During the emails that we’re introduced to and given to read we discover that she’s been having slight marriage problems in that seemingly she and her husband want very different things. Mitch wants a baby and she doesn’t. This state of conflict causes a small and hardly noticeable rift between the two but Jennifer still feels it and can’t help but trying to find comfort with her friend. However, this all starts the change for Jennifer and as starts somewhat accidentally giving into strange impulses and buying baby clothes, which is altogether really kind of cute. She does finally give in to this idea of a baby and ends up trying to get pregnant, something which Beth feels happy for her about and so does Lincoln but the women don’t know about that one.  She, much like Lincoln goes through such a subtle yet expected evolution of character and it was really fun to go on that journey with her, through the eyes of Lincoln and her emails.

Beth on the other hand also goes through some serious change in character, although instead of happening slowly and subtly I have to admit i did see this evolution coming from a mile away; though i suppose that was the point. Beth is in a relationship with the lead guitarist of a band called ‘Sacajawea’ who she has been with since her freshman year in college (if that’s wrong I’m sorry, it’s a different system where I live). Although she feels like she’s desperately in love with him, she suffered through multiple things during the course of their relationship, the disapproval of her parents, her friends and family not quite liking them and above all that her boyfriend Chris acts a little distant and uncaring towards her; yet she still persists. the one problem that she continually can’t wrap her head around is that Chris just won’t propose and Beth feels like her life hasn’t truly worked out the way she planned and so she feels a little aimless and stuck in her situation (a bit like Lincoln don’t you think.) It becomes quite obvious during the length of this book that Beth isn’t all that dedicated to staying with Chris, which become apparent when she first lays eyes on Lincoln, not knowing who he actually is. She becomes instantly infatuated with the way he looks saying at one stage she wants to bite his neck and thinks he is tall and cute. Beth even goes as far as light stalking trying to get in full contact with Lincoln as so far she’s only caught a glimpse of him doing part of his job; which is to help fix computers when their programming misbehaves. Not only does Beth develop a crush on Lincoln whom she dubs “Her Cute Guy” she also expresses interest in other guys during the plot of the book. Now i’m not calling her out as a bad person, I don’t think she is at all, what i think is that she’s is a practically affection less relationship so she goes out looking for people to have imaginary affection with. She doesn’t approach Lincoln at all, and the other guy she thinks is cute she tells that she’s engaged. So she isn’t a cheater i think sub-consciously she’s just trying to reach out for someone who loves her like she feels she deserves; as Chris is not giving her that at all; he is out most night with his band and barely spends any time with her, and when they are in the same house he is distant and not quite there in his demeanour, so she is essentially starved of a healthy relationship. Something which Lincoln thinks he can give her. I think my favourite part of her journey as a person is when she finally breaks it off with Chris, and not just because i like the idea of her with Lincoln. it’s mainly because for her ( and in my opinion) it’s a huge step towards independence, and realising her potential as a person; he finally sends up for herself and says, “no, i deserve better.” and that to me is so amazing! she does something brave and good that makes her life better, and even though she’s sad she knows she did the right thing. (hooray for girl power!)

Overall, this book was brilliant and I felt all warm a mushy inside when i got to the ending, it was a good ending, done in the right way. If i had to say anything negative it would be that it was a kind of slow start and took me a little while to get into, but i think that’s just a comment on the style of writing R.R uses, it’s very much like life, in which your in a state  of endless cycles and then everything huge happens at once. And even though you feel like the roof has just fallen on your head you know you’re better off having now survived the disaster.

 

Til next time,

L.K.