Neglected Books (1.1)

So as part of this month challenge with Juhina, we have chosen four books that we have been neglecting. Each week we decide on one of these books, read it, and then review it together.

The four books chosen are:Back When We Were Easier To Love by Emily Wing Smith

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10 Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

if you haven’t noticed we are doing one week contemporary, and the next paranormal.

We were excited about all these four books but for some reason never got the chance to read them (we’ve got tons of others on our TBR list so this challenge will be a monthly challenge).

First book is

Title: Back When You Were Easier To Love

Author: Emily Wing Smith

Genre: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis (via Goodread)

What’s worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you’ve been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan – the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah – unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan’s former-best-friend Noah.

Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy’s story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.

Thats how our conversation went:

Juhina: What do you think of the book?

Farah: It wasn’t as good as i expected, i felt like it was lacking the excitment factor…

juhina: in many roadtrip books right? such as Amy and Roger’s Epic detour? which was SUPER CUTE!

Farah: what about you?

Juhina: Honestly I was a bit annoyed at the protagonist at the beginning, because she was overly obsessed with Zan, and i didn’t understand her need to go see him after he ditched her, but what do i know? i’ve never been in love.

Farah: For me what i didn’t like in the beginning was how they converted from past to present but then i got used to and i got the hang of it and started knowing what was in the present and what was in the past

Juhina: right! that also confused me, sometimes i didn’t know whether she was recalling a memory or whether we were in the present tense, i got overly confused too.

Farah: When i first saw zan and how she described him.. it was the first time I didn’t like the female protagonist’s crush

Juhina: You know, he was actually cute when she remembered him, aside from thinking he’s better than everyone else, but i liked his gestures, but when she actually met him, he was a totally different person from what she rememebered and what i know of him so that kinda pissed me off

Farah: True, true

Juhina: but anyways i was rooting for her and Noah so i was happy that there was a chance that she could get over him

Farah: I really liked the ending, it was very realistic

Juhina: yes! after she got over zan, this is when i truely enjoyed the story, and it was cute seeing her with noah, and im happy that the ending was open ended

Farah: yea! because if she got together with Noah this fast, then i can’t help but mark her love for Zan as an immature teen obsession, so i was happy with that.

Juhina: how would rate this book then?

Farah: a three and a half

Juhina: what does that mean?

Farah: umm… it means i enjoyed it as a fast read, but i don’t think i’ll read it again

Juhina: well yea, it was cute and all, but this was an easy read, i would give it a three. But i think this wasn’t for my age target, maybe it would suit tweens better? so kinda unfair for me to judge it like that. But overall it was cute, i liked it!

Farah: i don’t want to make it sound as bad as you guys think. hahaha.. but if you’re bored and dunno what to read, try it out!

Juhina: ok great! so this wraps up the first Neglected Books post =)

Farah: Happy reading!


New Books: Exciting Books Out This Week!

1) Dark Passage by Mary Jo Putney

2) As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

3) After Obsession by Carrie Jones

4) Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

1) Glow (Sky Chasers) by Amy Kathleen Ryan

2) Frost by Marianna Baer

3) You Against Me by Jenny Downham

4) Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

Review: “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

My rating: ★★★★★*

Synopsis:  17-year-old Mia has a wonderful family consisting of her quirky ex-punk rocker-now teacher dad, her feisty travel-agent mother and endearing younger brother Teddy. When school is cancelled due to snow, Mia’s mother takes the day off work and they decide to have a family outing.

On the way to visit Mia’s grandparents, their car skids on the road and crashes into another vehicle. Mia is stunned to discover that her parents have died on impact, changing her world forever. If I Stay is an account of the 24 hours from Mia’s breakfast with her family through to the aftermath of the accident.


My Review:

Im just…. speechless. This book, gave me goosebumps all the way. The feelings i had while reading this book, were sadness, happiness, joy, love, it was just EVERYTHING. This book touched me to the bottom of my heart. I honestly never expected it to be this good. It was beautiful. I loved the way it was written, how one chapter were flashbacks, and how the other chapter was in the present. That way, the author allowed us to know the past and present of the characters, which made me connect with them even more.

This book taught me a lot, especially to appreciate every second i live. The reason i loved this book, was because it made me feel, that maybe this is what you might approach some day in your life. To choose a decision, that might be as important as life and death. When that time comes, we have to be strong right? Thats exactly what this book showed me.

While reading this book, i cried alot. It hurt me, like a whole in my heart. But that doesn’t mean i wouldn’t read it again. Like, i dont really care i cried, because i enjoyed it you know?

If you didnt read this book, and if you like books that make you cry and arent all happy happy, you should totally give it a shot and read it. There is also a sequel to it called “Where She Went”. Below is the cover of the sequel!

Happy Reading! ❤

Review: “Never Have I Ever” by Sara Shepard

Title: Never Have I Ever

Author: Sara Shepard

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: My perfect life was a lie.

Now I’d do anything to uncover the truth.

Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I’m gone—that I’m dead. To solve my murder, my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place. She sleeps in my room, wears my clothes, and calls my parents Mom and Dad.

And my killer is watching her every move.

I remember little from my life, just flashes and flickers, so all I can do is follow along as Emma tries to solve the mystery of my disappearance. But the deeper she digs, the more suspects she uncovers. It turns out my friends and I played a lot of games—games that ruined people’s lives. Anyone could want revenge . . . anyone could want me—and now Emma—dead.


My Review:

Sara Shepard is known for her Pretty Little Liars books, and which are also a very popular TV show now. So there are probably alot out there who are familiar with her. Now this book, is the 2nd book of “The Lying Game” series. You can see a picture of both of them below.

This story is a mystery, and i LOVE reading stories with a mystery plot. They excite me VERY VERY much, and when there is a mystery unsolved, i have to keep reading on until i figure out the answer. This book was beautifully written, because everything was smooth and clear for me. The characters all had a chance to be concentrated on, and it was very interesting how every character had that “dirty little secret” that has not been exposed yet.

Now my favorite character in this book is the main character “Emma”. How she impostors her sister “Sutton” is very fascinating to me because in my opinion, i think it needs so much COURAGE and WILLPOWER to do what Emma is doing, and thats the kind of character she is. Emma is very strong, and i would never be able to do the thing she has done if i was in her place. Therefore i really like Emma. I actually like all the characters here, especially Mads and Char, because i feel they have a very strong relationship with Emma, or should i say Sutton?

PLUS there is a new abc family TV show called “They Lying Game” based on these books. BUT the story is totally different. I realllyy liked Ethan in the books, but i was disappointed when i saw his face in the TV show, because what i imagined him to be was ENTIRELY different than how he looks in the TV show.

ANYWAYS, if you didnt read this book, put whatever you have with you aside and start reading! You will NOT regret it, and youll be caught up with it from the first chapter!

Happy Reading!

Review: “One Night That Changes Everything” by Lauren Barnholdt

  Title: One Night That Changes Everything

  Author: Lauren Barnholdt

  My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis:  Eliza is in a full-blown panic. Her notebook has been stolen—the one that lists everything      she wants but is afraid to go after. And the absolute worst person in the world has it: her ex-boyfriend,  Cooper.

Like it’s not enough Cooper was lying to Eliza for their entire relationship, now he and his friends are  blackmailing her. They’re giving her just one night to complete the most humiliating tasks on her list or  they’ll post her secrets online—including the ones that aren’t just about her.
Eliza’s sure of only one thing: she isn’t going down without a fight. Cooper may have what’s left of her  dignity, but she’s not the only one with something to hide …


My Review:

This is a really… amazing book. It was one of those books that when i started, i just couldn’t put it down. After reading the synopsis, i wasnt that eager about starting it. My sister read it, and yea she told me to read it because it was nice. One day i was bored, i decided to start it. What i like about the author of this book, Lauren Barnholdt, is that she catches the reader’s attention from the start. The reason why i just couldnt put this book down was because at the beginning of the book, she added some suspense to it, so that really made me eager to continue reading. I also wanted to figure out what that “big” thing Eliza did that has been going around the school, and what that purple notebook was, and what had the secret society planned on doing with it. The idea of the book, and that purple notebook that Eliza carry’s, is unbelievably amazing. I really loved the idea, and i really thought it was beyond funny and creative. There was also some romance in it, which i like. It was regarding her ex-boyfriend Cooper who ployed her into becoming his girl-friend to get into a secret society in the school. I dont want to say more since i dont want this to be some kind of spoiler. Anyways, to sum this all up, i enjoyed it to the max. It was funny, cute, and fun to read. I really recommend this book because you will surely enjoy it.