17 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (5): The Lies About Truth, The Distance From Me To You (IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme created and hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This features upcoming titles that I really really really look forward to.

HI!!! It's my thirteenth birthday, so I'm gonna wait for two books for a special WoW post! :) It's actually my fifth week doing this so it's like a mini milestone. I really took a long time trying to decide on what I'll wait for this week, and finally...

16 June 2015

Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Author: Teresa Toten
Publisher: Doubleday Canada, Walker Books
First published: August 27, 2013

Goodreads Summary:
When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to protect and defend her--to play Batman to her Robyn--whatever the cost. But when you're fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a "normal" relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that's not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam's mother has started to receive . . .

Special thanks to Bibliophile Soprano for lending me her copy!


Adam's life is full of drama. His mother has this hoarding problem. He has OCD. He attends a support group with other teenagers coping with . When he saw Robyn Plummer, the newest member of the group, he "fell in love" with her. He believes that he has to fix himself for her, protect her; be her Batman.

I started this book without much expectations, since the first time I heard about this was when my sister received it. The reading experience was wonderful. And oh, how much this book taught me about OCD. However, a tiny portion of this book bored me, particularly the Brenda-only parts, but no, not the with-Sweetie parts. Sweetie's so adorable. But when it's not boring, it's goooood. The title made me wonder why at first, but it was justified.

10 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (4): This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme features upcoming titles that I really look forward to.

This Raging Light
Author: Estelle Laure
Publisher: Houghton Miffin Harcourt
To be published on December 22, 2015

Edelweiss Summary:

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?
Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

6 June 2015

Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

99 Days
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins)
Publication Date: April 21, 2015

Goodreads Summary:

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done. 
Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”
Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
Eighty-seven days of summer to go, and history is repeating itself. The last thing I want is to come between the Donnelly brothers again…but the truth is, the Donnellys stole my heart a long time ago. 

3 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (3): A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

A Step Toward Falling
Author: Cammie McGovern
To be published on October 6, 2015

Cammie McGovern follows up her breakout young adult debut, Say What You Will, with this powerful and unforgettable novel about learning from your mistakes, and learning to forgive. 
Told in alternating points of view, A Step Toward Falling is a poignant, hopeful, and altogether stunning work that will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, Robyn Schneider, and Jandy Nelson. 
Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing—until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all. 
Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a center for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they're starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?

I was looking for some titles to request on Edelweiss when I saw a gorg cover. When I looked more closely, I saw something- Cammie McGovern. I've read her YA debut Say What You Will and I liked it.
(A giant thank you to Stay Bookish for the SWYW giveaway. First win ever!)

This looks interesting and the plot can make me want to read this without the author being Cammie McGovern. This one's a romance novel too! (I've been waiting on three Wednesdays for romance-ish books so...)

Its tagline thingy- Sometimes the worst thing to do is nothing at all - I LOVE IT. I also loooove the fonts used in the cover! (They're actually what made the cover attractive to me!) Now, I look forward to all of Cammie's YA works partly because of the covers (and the tagline thingies!).