Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

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Book: Weedflower

Author: Cynthia Kadohata

Blurb:

Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class. Even when the other kids tease her, she always has had her flowers and family to go home to.

That all changes after the horrific events of Pearl Harbor. Other Americans start to suspect that all Japanese people are spies for the emperor, even if, like Sumiko, they were born in the United States! As suspicions grow, Sumiko and her family find themselves being shipped to an internment camp in one of the hottest deserts in the United States. The vivid color of her previous life is gone forever, and now dust storms regularly choke the sky and seep into every crack of the military barrack that is her new “home.”

Sumiko soon discovers that the camp is on an Indian reservation and that the Japanese are as unwanted there as they’d been at home. But then she meets a young Mohave boy who might just become her first real friend…if he can ever stop being angry about the fact that the internment camp is on his tribe’s land.

With searing insight and clarity, Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Kadohata explores an important and painful topic through the eyes of a young girl who yearns to belong. Weedflower is the story of the rewards and challenges of a friendship across the racial divide, as well as the based-on-real-life story of how the meeting of Japanese Americans and Native Americans changed the future of both.

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This book was so moving and touching and so funny sometimes. It was about the war, the Japanese living in America, and the native Indians. And omg Frank and Sumiko are so cute together I can’t even ahhhh. OTP.

Rating: 10 stars

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

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Book: Fall for Anything

Author: Courtney Summers

Blurb:

Struggling to understand the reasons behind her successful photographer father’s suicide, Eddie Reeves purses a dangerous relationship with one of her father’s former students, who seems to know more about Eddie’s father than she does.

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This book is about a girl trying to find closure of her father’s death. Understanding why. It is heartbreaking, poignant, and the writing is just so beautiful. It’s with a heavy heart I end this book.

Rating: 10 stars

Golden by Jessi Kirby

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Book: Golden

Author: Jessi Kirby 

Blurb:

Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

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SPOILER ALERT!!!

Awww this book is so adorable. It’s about choices and how they define our lives. It’s also about change. It’s so sweet and cute and I love that last quote of Robert Frost’s. “In 3 words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”

This book stuck really close to home as I almost always thought of my life and my choices and change. A book to reread again when i’m like parker and in university. 

Anyway, another perk is TREVOR COLLINS. OMG <3

Rating: 10 stars

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

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Book: Once Was Lost

Author: Sara Zarr

Blurb:

As a pastor’s kid, it’s hard not to buy into the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reasons to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI, and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town goes missing, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam’s personal one, and the already worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.
           
In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed—about God, your family, and yourself—is transformed.

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This book. So poignant, heartwarming, beautiful. I can’t explain it, but it’s just really nice in its own way. About the love of a family. Fitting in. Faith.

Sweet and heartwarming

Rating: 10 stars

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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Book: Dangerous Girls

Author: Abigail Haas

Blurb:

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

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Oh my fuck. This book made me turn around at the last moment, my heart stopping, scared shitless. Fuck. Oh my fuck.

Fucking creepy book. And here I was thinking it was about the failings of the legal system. Oh fuck.

The ends of jealousy and friendship and love have no bounds in this book. And I can assure you, the thing is everyone has felt jealousy for a close friend sometime in life. A tinge, maybe. But it’s there.

And this book explores the possibilities of it.

Elise. Such a wonderful character. Outgoing, reckless, yet sometimes lonely and sad and angry. And Anna. Such a character.

Rating: 10 stars

Time and memories and just plain sadness

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Idk im just feeling a little nostalgic lately because i keep thinking of my primary school days, my june trip to sweden, even my new zealand trip two years ago, life skills camp this year, and my guitar lessons. My guitar teacher whom i had only for just less than a year (!!) has decided to quit and i will probably never ever be seeing him again which is just depressing. idk actually i dont even like him that much, but i think he has grown on me over time. lol not in that way. idk he was a really good teacher and a really nice and would talk about all these deep stuff (?). haizz let’s just say i enjoyed my guitar lessons for 6 months. and now i’m a guitar-lesson-less person.

it’s just really sad how everything just passes so fast and one moment you are here and the next you are here and the next and the next and it’s just so sad and depressing like i would never have thought time would have passed so fast when i was on my trip in new zealand i would never have thought i would end my guitar lessons so quickly when i just started. when i first started my piano lessons, i was 8. and now, 13. i would never have thought about now before.

i dont want time to pass so fast i dont.

what would i be like in a few years? what would i be like? will it be fun, exciting or sad and just plain lonely?

idk

no one knows

and in the next moment i’ll be lying on a bed somewhere at 89 and dying of something and there might or might not be people standing at my bedside.

memories.

memories define us.

what if i loose my memories? everything, gone?

how? what? who would i be?

I want to remember every single detail of my life.

the good bad angry sad lonely happy fun laughing friends family cousins strangers everything

i love life

i want to cherish it

Broken Strings by Maria Farrer

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Book: Broken Strings

Author: Maria Farrer

Blurb:

It is the story of a brilliant young violinist, her determination and struggle to achieve her dreams and the discovery that she is at the center of an extraordinary secret that has pulled apart her family for two generations. Jess, a talented 17-year-old violinist, suffers from stage-fright as she auditions for a place at a prestigious music school. Her family do not have enough money for her to continue to study so when she fails, she vows not to play again. Until her wealthy grandmother – estranged from her family since Jess’s mother fell pregnant – shows up at their doorstep and promises six months of tuition in exchange for Jess moving to live with her. Once ensconced in her grandmother’s rich, but empty, life she starts to uncover the mystery of why her grandmother never spoke to her mother again, and the secret which tore her family apart.

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This book is actually quite sad, especially the part about her grandmother. It’s…it’s just sad and heartbreaking. Her grandmother and Mr Ritchie are so cute lol. But other than that, this book sucks.

It freaking annoys me and I fucking hate the main character. Haha I think I’m just reading this so I can laugh and get annoyed at the same time lol. Like, there was this line “I howl in frustration.” Wtf?!? Omg I can’t stop laughing.

The writing is a little simplistic (kinda like what I would write, and I suck). Seriously the writing wasnt quite up to standards. I feel like im reading a 10 year olds essay.

I found the narrator naive and kinda annoying most of the time. She’s like this really annoying 7 year old who is super ungrateful to her parents and doesn’t think about the feelings of others. Ugh. Omg when her crush bocked her on his phone she “shriek and hurl my phone across the room” wtf? “It hits the table on the far side and falls apart. Swearing, I kneel on the floor, gather up the pieces and try to put them back together. When I try to switch it on again, it’s dead. I’m such an idiot.” GLAD YOU KNOW HUN. And on the train, a perfectly nice lady gives her a tissue when she was crying and later, asked her where she was going, trying to make conversation. And the narrator described her a “Nosy old bat. She reminds me of my teacher in primary school.” Omg shes just so freaking self centered eww. And omg she keeps shouting at everyone like wtf can you calm down? And she’s so freaking horrible to her parents I get even disgusting little girl. Urgh I don’t even know why I’m still reading it it makes me so frustrated. She’s so freaking stupid I realised what happened to the grandmother when she was young so much earlier than her omf she’s so fucking idiotic.

And her passion for voilin wasnt really felt. I mean, it says that she loves it, BUT WHERE’S THE FEELING?!

Everything happens too perfectly in this book. She gets a free education just when she needs it, Charlie falls in love with her, her life in London isn’t that bad, her grandmother comes down and find Charlie kissing the her the first time they properly kissed etc. like, even the problems are too perfect. And anyway who would fall in love with that bitch? Well I guess maybe Charlie since he seems so simple minded and such a typical guy without any originality at all omg. Ha this might be the first time I don’t like the protagonist’s male love interest. Lol in the end, it was Stefan or whatever his name was that got together with her in the end, obviously after her leading Charlie on. Urgh can’t stand her.

This book pretty much sucks and you shouldn’t read it at all.

Rating: 6.5 stars

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