IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library. Thanks to the absolutely wonderful and totally generous Cari’s Book Blog, I have a HUGE list of awesomeness to share with you guys. Seriously, I am absolutely floored by her kindness! (All summaries, courtesy of Goodreads.com)
How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she’s still the newcomer compared to everyone around her. It doesn’t help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor’s son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. But Jesse’s apparent defection triggers Giovanna’s rash emotional side, and before she knows it, she’s turned Jesse from the boy of her dreams to the exboyfriend she dreams of winning back.
In her trademark style, Janette Rallison delivers a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that only leaves readers wanting more.
My Thoughts: Holy cuteness! I am so excited to read this one! A little bit of romance & a lot of humor is sooo something I can see myself enjoying.
Kissing Booth by Lexie Hill
Summary: Lisi has never been kissed. Sure, she could practice on her guy friend, Johnny, but he’s like a brother to her! So when it comes time to pick a theme for the Spring Carnival booth, Lisi suggests a “Kissing Booth,” hoping it will give her the chance to get a cheek-kiss from her crush, the handsome, popular Brett. But on the day of the carnival, as rumors fly and kisses are stolen, Lisi discovers that the person she should really kiss may have been right in front of her all along.
My Thoughts: I think this one deserves another “Holy cuteness!” Seriously, it sounds adorable, I only wish I would have thought of the whole kissing booth thing when I was in high school!
Nerd Girls: The Rise of Dorkasaurus by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Summary: Maureen, a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed dork-a-saurus, is totally addicted to cupcakes and hot dogs and thinks that her body looks like a baked potato. Allergy-plagued Alice can’t touch a mango without breaking out in a rash, and if she eats wheat, her vision goes blurry. Klutzy to the extreme, Barbara is a beanpole who often embarrasses herself in front of the whole school. These outcasts don’t have much in common—other than the fact that they are often targets of the ThreePees: the Pretty, Popular, Perfect girls who rule the school.
But one day Maureen discovers that the ThreePees are planning to sit next to Allergy Alice in the cafeteria and eat peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches on whole wheat toast with mango marmalade for lunch. And Maureen decides that it’s time to topple the eight-grade social regime. She joins forces with Alice and Barbara and the Nerd Girls enter the school talent show, determined to take the crown from the ThreePees. Will their routine be enough to de-throne the popular crowd? Or will their plan backfire and shake their hold on the bottom rung of the social ladder?
My Thoughts: Alright people, here’s the story: I too was once a dork-a-saurus. In fact, if I am being honest with myself I still am a dork-a-saurus. I can’t wait to read this because I have a feeling it is going to be a story about me. Not me literally, but a story with characters similar to how I was at age 13. It is going to be cute and funny, I can already tell!
Slept Away by Julie Kraut
Summary: Laney Parker is a city girl through and through. For her, summertime means stepping out of her itchy gray school uniform and into a season of tanning at rooftop swimming pools, brunching at sidewalk cafes, and—as soon as the parents leave for the Hamptons—partying at her classmates’ apartments.
But this summer Laney’s mother has other plans for Laney. It’s called Camp Timber Trails and rustic doesn’t even begin to describe the un-air-conditioned log cabin nightmare. Laney is way out of her element—the in-crowd is anything but cool, popularity seems to be determined by swimming skills, and the activities seem more like boot camp than summer camp.
Splattered with tie dye fall out, stripped of her cell, and going through Diet Coke withdrawal, Laney is barely hanging on. Being declared the biggest loser of the bunk is one thing, but when she realizes her summer crush is untouchably uncrushable in the real world, she starts to wonder, can camp cool possibly translate to cool cool?
Summer camp might just turn this city girl’s world upside down!
My Thoughts: Hello perfect summer read! It seems like a quick, fun, lovable book perfect for those days at the beach! I never was able to attend camp as a kid so I am kind of psyched to read a book about a girl shipped off to camp!
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Summary: Raised by an unstable father who keeps the family constantly on the move, Sam Border hasn’t been in a classroom since the second grade. He’s always been the rock for his younger brother Riddle, who stopped speaking long ago and instead makes sense of the world through his strange and intricate drawings. It’s said that the two boys speak with one voice–and that voice is Sam’s.
Then, Sam meets Emily Bell, and everything changes. The two share an immediate and intense attraction, and soon Sam and Riddle find themselves welcomed into the Bell’s home. Faced with normalcy for the first time, they know it’s too good to last.
Told from multiple perspectives, Holly Goldberg Sloan’s debut novel offers readers fresh voices and a gripping story, with vivid glimpses into the lives of many unique characters. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I’ll Be There is a story about connections both big and small, and deftly explores the many ways that our lives are woven together.
My Thoughts: Wow! That is all I can really say. This book was added to my 2011 DAC list long ago so I was so thrilled to see it in the whopping stack of books that I received. It sounds like a gripping, honest, touching story. The fact that it follows a male character is awesome plus we get to see the story from multiple view points. I couldn’t be more excited to start reading!
What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Summary: In the past two years, Mclean Sweet has moved four times. At each stop, she assumes a new persona, but it never quite works. Whether she’s an effervescent cheerleader or an intense drama queen, nothing can permanently dispel the turmoil and rage at her mother since her parents’ divorce. Sarah Dessen’s novel about a teenager and her restaurant manager father captures the vulnerability that young people often experience after the dissolution of their family. A compelling story; strong characterization; and with a touch of romance.
My Thoughts: The fact that this is Sarah Dessen’s newest novel and the only one by her that I haven’t read yet, makes me absolutely thrilled to start reading. I mean holy crap! Sarah Dessen is the Godfather of contemporary Y.A. (so I have stated several times). There is no doubt in my mind that I will just devour this book!
Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
Summary: Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she’s got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad’s girlfriends and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar…and that’s just how she likes it.
Of course, that doesn’t help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah’s sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can’t stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she’s going crazy. Yet she’s determined to make things work out the way she wants—only what she wants may not be what she needs…
Once again, Elizabeth Scott has created a world so painfully funny and a cast of characters so heartbreakingly real that you’ll love being a part of it from unexpected start to triumphant finish.
My Thoughts: This is going to be my first ever Elizabeth Scott book! Jeeze, I thought my life was pretty complicated but clearly Hannah has me beat. Her family sounds dysfunctional, life seems hard
Summary: Bookmarks & Swag Galore!!!
My Thoughts: A final thank you to Cari’s Book Blog for such a fabulous mailbox this week! This was such a sweet gesture. I can’t wait to start reading all my fabulous new books :)