Since You’ve Been Gone (and no… it’s not the Kelly Clarkson song)

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Title: Since You’ve Been Gone 

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: YA, Teen Romance 

Rating: 🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜/5 (Ramen) 


Blurb:         It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?”


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Review: This book really hit the feeling of friendships, and good ol’ fashioned adventure. It is one of those books that when you read it, you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And that’s why I really loved this book.

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The Heartbreaker(s)… (hint, hint -there’s only one!)

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Title: The Heartbreakers

Author: Ali Novak

Genre: YA Romance, Family Relationships, Fiction 

Rating: 🍜🍜🍜🍜/5 (Ramen)


Blurb: “Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?”


Review: Heartbreakers eerily reminded me of that Disney movie called Starstruck where the girl accidentally runs into the insanely famous teen popstar, whom she hates, only to go on a romantic tour of LA with him and fall in love. Well, this book is similar, if not a little more cheesy and romantic. And I really liked it. 

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The Summer I Turned Pretty aka MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME

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Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty 

Author: Jenny Han 

Genre: YA, Teen Romance 

Rating: 🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜/5 (RAMEN) 


Blurb:                                    “Belly measures her life in summers.

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad.

They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.”


Review: “The Summer I Turned Pretty” is a beyond classic lovey dovey, teen romance novel. And I love it.

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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls (two, to be exact)

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Title: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls 

Author: Lynn Weingarten 

Genre: YA, mystery/ thriller 

Rating: 🍜🍜.5/5 (Udon) 


Blurb: “They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide.

But June doesn’t believe it.

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else—before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords.

But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this—things would never be the same again.

And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.”

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Dangerous Girls… or girl?

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Title: Dangerous Girls 

Author: Abigal Haas (Abby McDonald)

Genre: YA, mystery/ thriller

Rating: 🍜🍜🍜🍜.5 /5 (Chow mein)


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 harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine…”

Review:
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To be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this book.

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Dangerous Girls… or girl? (SPOILER LINK)

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