chick-lit · romance · Young adult

The Duff – Kody Keplinger ★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

My Review; Book one in the Hamilton High series. Main character… Bianca. The Duff (designated, ugly, fat friend). Or so she thinks… At the beginning of this book we see a quiet, shy and keeps to herself Bianca, but that is soon about to change as the unexpected happens. She falls for the last guy she ever expected to fall for. The guy who thinks he’s hot. The womanizer. The jerk.

Before she knows it she’s in. She claims he’s her distraction from life and ends up spending more time with him than her friends. Cue more drama… She finds herself in a love triangle with her actual crush thats she has dreamed of for years. Who will she chose? Can the womanizer Wesley ever change? Does she get a happily ever after with her crush?

The story also highlights the effects of divorce on these kids… Also looks into the issue of alcoholics. A brilliant read. An easy read. But good. Highly recommend. The perfect young adult, romance and chick-lit story. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · romance · Young adult

Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger ★★★★

Blurb; Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she has nowhere else to go.
Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with — secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.
Ryder’s the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand — a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.
But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there’s one small catch: he thinks he’s been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she’s the girl he’s really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

My Review; I didn’t realise this was book four in the Hamilton High series but it was fine as a standalone. It’s the perfect young adult and chick-lit story. It was an easy read for me. But I really enjoyed it. Something different. Well written and short chapters.

The story focuses on two bestfriends Sonny and Amy. Amy is quiet and shy the gorgeous one according to Sonny. Sonny is a perfect liar and manipulater. It’s a tough one to review as theyre best friends and Amy would do anything for Sonny but what if Sonny goes too far?

Sonny lies about everything she’s so good at it she doesn’t know how to tell the truth. But she soon develops a crush on someone who prefers Amy. Personally I think Amy deserved a better friend than Sonny but they stuck together. Personally Sonny annoyed me in some parts, surprised me in others and at times she was very selfish.

With a happish ending and lies told by Sonny being uncovered. I enjoyed it. Getting lost into that teenage drama, high school world for a change.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I have just started the first book in this series The Duff.

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mystery · suspense · Young adult

That’s Not What Happened – Kody Keplinger ★★★★

Blurb; It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story–that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it’s not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did–and didn’t–happen that day.

Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

My Review; I don’t even know where to begin. Its a tough story. Hard hitting. Bare. It’s all about a school shooting which unfortunately still happens today and the aftermath. The survivors. The dead. The lie. The truth.

I loved the way this story is told and set out. The survivors all stick together to get the truth out there with their own stories and letters about the shooting. All different stories but the same incident. Its about how the survivors are coping years after the shooting. We also get to learn about those lost to the event. Very eye opening. The truth comes out in the end.

A well deserved four stars from me. Not an easy read. But well worth the read. Perfect for young adult readers.

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