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BOOK REVIEW: We All Fall Down

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Happy 2018! I know its kind of late but I don’t think I’ve really posted anything on here yet since the New Year. Just like in years past I have set a reading goal for myself with how many books I want to read and this year I have set my goal to 18. As well as setting a goal that I have the goal of writing 18 book reviews, one for each book here on my bloggy.

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I’m pretty proud of myself too because only one week into January (It took me a while to edit this but I did finish it in the first week) and I’ve already finished my first book! Before I start talking about this book I want to do a little self promo that I posted a video on my YouTube channel discussing all the books I want to read this year, you can check that video out here.

So, without further ado let’s talk about the first book I read this year, We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards, I have added the Good Reads link so that you can find places to buy or borrow the book if it interests you.

We All Fall Down follows two best friends Paige and Theo who had been friends since elementary school, I want to say the exact grade is fourth, but don’t quote me on that. Both Paige and Theo are harboring secret feelings for the other one. But on the night that Theo decided to confess his feelings an accident happens involving him accidentally punching Paige in the face leaving Paige with a broken jaw. After months of not talking Paige and Theo both mysteriously get drawn back to the bridge where it all happened. At the bridge, Theo starts hearing the events of the night repeating in almost surround sound and Paige keeps finding items she had on her that night like the sandals she wore and the purse she was carrying. With the help of another, younger, local who also feels haunted by the bridge they strive to figure out why the bridge is haunted and how they can stop it.

I think I’m going to start with the negatives I found with this book to get the bad out of the way faster. Which for me is a I think the way the novel ended. Through the whole book I felt like I was picking up on clues that would lead to an ending that followed a certain theme, I wasn’t sure exactly how it would end but I felt like it would be something within a board topic. (Sorry I know that was vague but I’m trying to avoid spoilers) But when I finally got to the end the ending was completely different then I ever would have thought. Which that wasn’t my real problem, I don’t care that I predicted it wrong. My main problem was that the ending felt like it came out of left field with nothing else in the novel pointing towards that ending. On top of that I found the ending kind of confusing and very unsatisfying.

Going off of the topic of confusing I found a lot of the places and events describe to be hard to picture. With the biggest place being bridge, the way that Richards describe the bridge was hard for me to picture. It might just be that I had never seen a bridge like that but I just couldn’t picture the way the bridge looked. The big climatic scene in the novel also came across as confusing, there was a lot going on at one time and a lot of players involved so it was hard to keep track of where each of the players were at any given moment.

When I first started the novel it was very captivating and I was excited to read it at night when I would have time. But the further I got into the more it felt like I was just reading it because I wanted to know who or what was haunting the bridge. I will say that I was excited to finish the book so the last 20 to 30 pages I read quickly because it did capture my attention a little bit more.

There were some things that I did like about the book, starting with the romance. At first I was like ugh, another cliche romance of the “bad boy” falling in love with the “good girl”. But in the moments when the romance would become more excited I enjoyed it. I also loved the little details that Richards put into their relationships. From Theo describe the moment when Paige went from being just his friend to the girl he liked to the little things that even before Theo fell for Paige that he would do for her. Like bring pretzals to parties so Paige would have something to eat because she refused to eat out of communal bowls.

The aspect of the novel that intrigue me the most wasn’t the paranormal moments which is what I was looking forward to but instead it was the mental health aspect of the novel. Paige suffered from pretty extreme anxiety as well as what I believe may have been some PTSD from the incident with Theo but I don’t believe it was ever “officially” confirmed or diagnosed within the novel. While Theo I believe also was suffering form some anxiety as well as ODD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder. This novel was the first time I had ever heard of this disorder and from what I understand it basically means that he struggles with impulse control as well as being pretty defiant towards authority.  Which describe Theo to a T. Richards showed both character’s disorders thoroughly and descriptively.

I felt that mental disorders really made me question one of the main topics of the book; was Theo accidentally punching Paige something that could be forgiven? Throughout the whole novel I would think about whether I felt that Theo punching Paige while under the influence was forgivable. There were times where I would think that it was an accident, that couldn’t be that bad. But upon further thought I wondered how I would feel if I had been abused or  hurt by someone that I loved to the extend that Paige was even if it was a mistake. Having that thought and a theme within the novel to think that intently about was in all honesty my favorite thing about this novel.

And those are my thought on We All Fall Down. On a scale to 1 to 5 with one being the worst book and five being a fantastic book, I gave We All Fall Down a 3.25. I would recommend this book to someone who has likes mystery but not necessarily to huge paranormal fans because it doesn’t follow that feeling at all.

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Have you read We All Fall Down. What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments down below.

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My Favorite & Least Favorite Books of 2017

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This year I challenged myself to read 15 books throughout the  year. And unfortunately I fell short and only read 10 and about half books. Which is okay, I went through a reading slump when I first started working full time and had to adjust to a new schedule. But I picked back up towards the end of the year. And I’m preparing myself for my next challenge (more on that to come).

In this post I wanted to share my top 5 favorite books of 2017 as well as my bottom 3 books of 2017. At the bottom of this post you can find a link to the corresponding video I’m doing on YouTube for this post where you can get more details about how books got where they got on the list.

Think we should start with the negative with my least favorite book of the year which was…

10. We Were Liars

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No review (I really hated this book I couldn’t even write a review)

Rating: 2.2/5

9. When It Happens

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No review (There was a lot going when I finished this novel)

Rating: 2.8/5

8. Just One Day

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Review Here

Rating: 3.25/5

And my top five favorite books of the year. These books are some my favorite books I’ve read in awhile and I loved getting the chance to read these books this year. Most of these books are ones that I would recommend to people!

5. Anna and the French Kiss

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Review here

 Rating: 3.85/5

Side note: This booked tied (ranking wise) with Until Friday Night but I preferred Anna and the French Kiss hence it getting the 5th place ranking.

4. Everything Everything

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Review here

Rating: 4.20/5

3. Since You’ve Been Gone

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Review here

Rating: 4.35/5

2. The Hating Game

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Review Here

Rating: 4.75/5

I’ll be honest when I finished reading Since You’ve Been Gone in early March I was convinced that it would be my favorite book of the year. But then I read The Hating Game in May I thought there is no way I’ll like a book more then I liked this one (seriously go out and read the The Hating Game you WILL NOT regret it). But then I read a book by arguably one of my favorite authors and even The Hating Game got knocked out of the number one spot. Leaving us with…

1. Forever and Always, Lara Jean

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Review here

Rating: 4.85/5

And those were my favorite (and least favorite) books of the year. Overall even thought I only read ten books (and half since I’m half way through the book I’m currently reading but that will end up on the 2018 list) I feel like I had a really good reading year. I enjoyed most of the books I read and got something out of all them.

I have done two videos on YouTube talking about these books the first one is My Most Disappointing Books and My Favorite Books of the year. Each of the videos give a more in depth look at why I liked and or didn’t like a book.

What were your favorite books of the year? Let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to watch the corresponding YouTube video (click here) to get all the details about why the books go the rating they did.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Until Friday Night

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I hope your holiday season is going well. This time of year always seems to be the craziest. But leave it to me to get the motivation to attempt to complete my reading challenge for 2017. My goal this year was to read 15 books this year and I just finished my 10th book of the year, which included As Old As Time, When It Happens (No review), Since You’ve Been Gone, Just One Day, Anna and the French Kiss, The Hating Game, Everything Everything, Alway and Forever Lara Jean, We Were Liars (No Review) and as of about two weeks ago (I forgot to edited it) I can add, Until Friday Night (Link to Good Reads pages) by Abbi Glines.

Until Friday Night is told in a dual prespective where both main characters, Maggie and West show what is happening through their eyes. Maggie is a young girl who saw some horrific things happen that ultimately left her an orphan after the death of her mother. Two years later she is moving in with her Uncle Boone and his family which includes her Aunt Coralee and cousin Brady. The biggest thing about Maggie is that she hasn’t spoken since her mother’s death when she became selectively mute.

At the same time West has been keeping a big secret from all his friends and his football team which is that his father, former football star of the same high school, is on his death bed dying from stage 4 stomach cancer. West attempts to numb the pain by sleeping around and distracting himself. But when he meets Maggie she becomes all he can think about. And Maggie surprises even herself by speaking to him in an attempt to help him get through.

I had originally picked up this book thinking it would have a similar feel to it that Friday Night Lights (the show not the book, I haven’t read it) had. And I will be honest it did not have the same feel, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The biggest difference I noticed was that instead of being about the people on the team it was really only about Maggie and West.

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When it came to the characters I didn’t hate either of them but I didn’t love them either.  Maggie, understandably, seemed to over think every little aspect of every interaction she experienced or watched, including every interaction she saw West have. While West felt kind of immature and possessive. Almost every time he referred to Maggie he said things like “My Maggie.” And would even get jealous if her cousin, like her biological cousin, would talk to her. Like nothing romantic was going to happen between her and her cousin but West would get extremely jealous about the whole situation.

When it came to Maggie and West relationship like I said above I didn’t really like West’s possessiveness and that nobody seemed to think it was too extreme. But it was hard to read it in a dual persecutive style because they would both talk about how much they cared about each other but neither of them were really doing anything about those feelings. I feel like this aspect of their relationship would have been a little bit more tolerable in my mind if it had only been told from one of them instead of both.

I felt that the ending of the book went on about ten pages too long, especially because added “twist” you might say that Glines added in seemed unnecessary consider the next novel in the series isn’t about Maggie or West but still left Maggie’s story in a cliffhanger.

Overall I did enjoy the book, my biggest complaints were probably how much they discussed their feeling but didn’t act on them and West crazy possessiveness. On my rating scale of 1 being horrible and 5 being fantastic I rated Until Friday Night a 3.85.

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Have you read Until Friday Night? What did you think? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Welcome to the new blog

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As I begin the next chapter of my life I found that my old blog didn’t feel like it was growing with me. So I decided to come over here to start something new.

Somethings won’t change. You’ll still get a butt ton of travel posts because you know your girl loves to travel. I also will be bring my book reviews and try to keep up with my book reviews and movie reviews.

I also hope to bring other types post to my blog. I’m not sure what they are going to be. We’ll figure it out as we go along.

For those of you who are OG followers 1. let me know, I’m not sure there are any of you. But also I’m hoping that this blog will be the last the test of time instead of jumping to another blog in a few years. But hey not promises.

I also plan to continue my YouTube channel to go hand and hand with this blog.

I’ll see you guys in the near future with another post. Bye!