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I Love You, Beth Cooper

>> Friday, August 6, 2010

Name: I Love You, Beth Cooper
Author: Larry Doyle
Pages: 253
Start Date: May 14
Finish Date: May 17
Type: LMAO High School Graduation Night Story

Summary:Denis Cooverman didn't want to give a typical graduation speech, cherishing memories and embracing challenges and crap. So, instead, he stood up in front of his 512 class-mates and their 3,000 relatives and said some-thing really important: "I love you, Beth Cooper." It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that: Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is. And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is so far out of her league he is barely even the same species. And then there's Kevin, Beth's remarkably large boyfriend, in town on furlough from the United States Army. Complications ensue. Denis comes of age overnight in this exhilar-ating, endearing novel that reminds us why we can't wait to escape high school but can never leave it behind.

My Review: Ok I could go on for DAYS about this book and why I loved it, but ya'll would never read it, so I'll keep it short and sweet. This book had every comical thing that could happen in it. I had to read it alone because I started snorting and laughing out loud in public. In one way I wish at least half of this stuff could happen to me and in another I just wish I could be Beth! I <3 u BC was definitely a LMAO/ROTFL book that had a romantic and crazy side. And the end...... well it leaves 'things' up in the air.... PS - The Pics are AWESOME! ::takes hat off for the artist::

Excerpt: UG! Mom took back a ton of books and I didn't get anything =( Including this one.
But go to the movie page and look a quotes, they all are from the book C=

Cover/Title: I love all the covers for this book!

Extras: LOTS of songs and funny sayings, but you know since I don't have the book.....
Movie Page
The Music



Hot Stuff

Name: Hot Stuff
Author: Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks
Pages: 281
Start Date: May 14
Finish Date: May 14
Type: Lovey Dovey Romantic Comedy
Status: Library

Summary:HOT STUFF introduces Cate Madigan, a Boston native from a large and crazy Irish family. Cate has far too much going on to get involved in extracurricular activities, like men and marriage. She spends all day in school, earning her teaching degree, and all night working as a bartender in Boston’s South End. Ex-cop Kellen McBride has decided to make Cate’s bar his nightly haunt. He likes Cate’s sassy Irish spirit and wild red hair. He also has an ulterior motive for getting close to her. Cate has sworn off all things romantic, but when she comes home to a ransacked apartment, a roommate who has flown the coop, and a sleeping bull-mastiff named Beast, Cate has no choice but to ask Kellen for help. Can Kate resist the charming Kellen McBride while keeping herself out of danger? Or will Kellen turn up the heat on Cate and everything in her life?

My Review:
Ok this book was horrible writing! I mean it was literally all talk and no action. Like someone would be talking and somehow end up on the other side of the room or in a different room and it's like how the hell did they get over there??? Also the chemistry seemed SooooSOOSOSo FAKE! But the redeeming quality was that is was literally laughing of loud funny. The characters and situitaions they get into.... omg LMAO! So, I mean, you might want to read it in a day like me, but if you think it would take you a week or tow, forget it!

Excerpt: X

Cover/Title: Ok best thing about the book is the cover. Title = ok.

Extras: X



Scrambled Eggs At Midnight

>> Sunday, August 1, 2010

Name: Scrambled Eggs At Midnight
Author:Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler
Pages: 262
Start Date: May 9
Finish Date:May 14
Type: Teen Life & Love

Summary:Calliope (or Cal as she calls herself) wants nothing more than to stay put; to stop traveling cross-country with her mother, sleeping in a tent, and abandoning all belongings whenever they pull up stakes. Meanwhile, Eliot misses the happy times he left behind when his father decided to open a camp for kids looking to lose weight and find Jesus. when Cal and Eliot meet by chance, they feel an immediate connection. together they must face their isolation, the threat of yet another move, and the deepening of Eliot father’s obsession. in their case, love just might be everything it’s cracked up to be.

My Review: This book ain't all it's cracked up to be. It's better.
Within the first chapter I so felt for Cal, and in the second I had a crush on Eliot. I like how all the characters have there own stories and how the authors brought religion sneakily into the book. But in a good way, people. I swear.Also it's the little things in this book that seriously made my heart ache for someone like Eliot and to be brave like Cal. And the end.... omg FINALLY an ending that ended how I would have. In writing and in real life. Trust me. Read and see what Cal does..... I know you would do it too.

Excerpt: UG! Mom took back the book before I could get anything =( SRY!

CUTE! I mean the picture and name just so fits the book! LOVE it!

Extras: Look at Excerpt. Oh but did ya'll notice the authors? B B and H H. Lmao



Sleeping Over

>> Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Name: Sleeping Over
Author: Stacey Ballis
Pages: 345
Start Date: May 7
Finish Date: May 10
Type: Chick-Lit ALL the Way; Paperback
Status: Library

Summary:Meet Jess, Robin, Anne, Lilith and Beth…five thirty-somethings living in Chicago and trying to navigate work, men, life and love with humor, intelligence, and – most of all – friendship. Though each woman is very different, and clearly on her own path of discovery, the strength they find in each other makes their individual journeys a little easier.
We meet the ladies in flashback at a Valentine’s Day slumber party, establishing the connections between them, and giving us a snapshot of where the women are in their lives. We then move to present day, two years later, and each of the five tells her own story as it happens. Part Sex and the City, part Little Women, with a dash of Slaves of New York (well, Slaves of Chicago, at the very least), Sleeping Over examines relationships both romantic and platonic, (and platonic wanting to be romantic), and looks at all the various configurations of what it means to "spend the night" with someone.
Jess has just returned from a two-year Peace Corps tour in Kenya, and is crashing at the condo of her cousin Mark’s best friend, pediatrician Harrison. Dealing with a return to Western Civilization, her long-divorced parents dating each other again, and the feelings she is trying not to develop for the dashing doctor she is living with, may in fact make her crazy at any moment. Then again, if the doctor reciprocates, she just might be on the road to real joy.
Robin relishes her job as executive sous-chef in a trendy little restaurant almost as much as she relishes her friendship with its owner, Michael. But while Michael may think that their cuddly sleepovers are just friends being affectionate, Robin knows that she wants much more. But how do you make someone who knows you so well look at you with fresh eyes? And if he does, will it spell disaster at work?
Beth and her sister, Anne, have recently opened up a boutique together which is managing to keep afloat in spite of the economy. Beth isn’t really concentrating on much besides the store, fixing up her loft, and playing with her dog Petey when unexpected reconnections with three men from her past throw everything into turmoil. Ex-boyfriend Sasha has decided they should be friends again, as has grad-school lover Eric…all while Beth is in the infancy of a romance with Jeff, a guy she detested in college who has suddenly become the opposite of detestable. It is either an embarrassment of riches, or a nightmare from the tenth circle of hell, and she will need loads of support from the girls to puzzle out her next move.
Anne loves Beth, and Beth loves their working partnership, but the store isn’t Anne’s dream, and while the sisters share almost everything, Anne’s secret desire to go back to school to pursue a career in occupational therapy is keeping her up nights. Lucky for her, these nights are no longer spent alone, after a bizarre series of events brings Chris into her life – and for the first time, Anne knows what it means to be completely swept off her feet.
Lilith has finally returned to her work in theater after nursing her father during his ultimately unsuccessful battle with cancer. But getting back in the game has her stuck in the worst kind of triangle. While she and boring boyfriend Martin are temporarily "seeing other people," she meets Noah, a deliciously enigmatic actor, for whom she falls head over heels. Problem one, Noah is married. Problem two, Noah isn’t the least bit interested in Lilith, except as a friend. But Jay, on the other hand, is very interested. He is younger, brasher, nothing Lil ever expected to want or need…but nevertheless intriguing. Lil struggles with letting go of the idea of Noah to see if she should be more open-minded about Jay.
There are surprising twists for each of the women, separately and together, including one major disaster which threatens to change their friendship forever. But at the end of the day, five is always a happier number; and sometimes, whoever else you may be sleeping with, sleeping over with your girlfriends can be the best thing to do.

My Review: Well the summary pretty much sums it up. Really all I should add is that the end is Whoa. And Harrison is the EXACT man I want to marry. But Jess needs to be slapped around a bit I think... And personally I think Stacey could have written about each women in their own book, but it would have drug out, so this was so smart on her part to intertwine their stories together. Definitely a book to add to your chick-lit reading group.

Excerpt: We wake up, still twisted together. Harrison brushes the hair off my forehead and smiles at me.
"Good morning, beautiful."
"Good morning."
"I think I have to make love to you now."
And he did. And we were, you know, inevitable. ~ page 152

Cover/Title: Love the title, because you can take it two ways.*wink wink, nudge nudge* And the cover is soooo cute but see the guy that has his legs kinda on two girls? Well, that doesn't make sense because no guy cheats on the girls! Any way I want the slippers, pants and boxers please.

Extras: [ # is page # ]
The Unbearable Lightness of being - 17
Jimmy Durante - Mrs. Calabash - 39
Six Feet Under - 97
Regarding Henry - movie - 121
Annie Lennox - music - 156
Waiting for Godot - 170
Sarah Mclachlan - 215
Springtini - 287 **** and other recipes from the book!!! *****
"In my Life" - Beatles - 304
The soundtrack to "The Commitments" - 334
The Importance of Being Earnest - movie/play - 340
Fun Stuff About and From the Book



Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale

>> Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Name: Ironside:A Modern Faery's Tale
Author: Holly Black
Pages: 323
Start Date:May 9
Finish Date: May 9
Type: Romantic, Gothic Modern Faery Tale
Status: Library; 3rd in the Modern Faery Tales

Summary:the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing—her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find a faerie who can tell a lie.Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth—that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But when Kaye returns to the faerie courts, a battle of wits and weapons is being waged over Roiben's throne, and she soon finds herself at the center of it all.

My Review: Knowing this would be the last book *sniff* I tried to savor it. Yeah, for a whole day. Once you start it, you can't put it down. A couple times I had to smack my head and say "You dumb-ass!" to Kaye or some other character but most of the time I was just enthralled. And Corny and Luis? Aw! My fave gay couple so far! I'm trying really hard to think of negative things here, but I'm in such a good mood today! So this book has no faults, except for the usual:
It ended.

Excerpt: " 'Life is like licking Honey from a Thorn' " ~ page 15

Cover/Title: Title is a 5 on a 1 to 10 scale. Cover is awesome! But remember the crown at the end of Valiant? That they had to make to save the stupid boy? Is this it? Or is it Roiben's crown???? But I like this cover more: --- Cover ---

Extras: X




>> Saturday, June 19, 2010

Name: Valiant
Author: Holly Black
Pages: 313
Start Date: May 6
Finish Date: May 7
Type: Gothic Faery/Beauty and the Beast Story; Hardback
Status: Library; #2 in A Modern Tale of Faery

Summary:When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

My Review: I'll admit I was pissed that it wasn't about the Faeries from the 1st one. But this book had it's own twist. It was more focused on the pure mortal part, where as "Tithe" was about a mortal turning faery. Valiant also hit the topics on addicts and homeless and even a little about gay people and wanting what you can't have. I liked that it had those elements but it dragged. I got bored when all that was going on was Val taking the Never and basically going a little insane. I personally wanted to know more about Ravus and the sword and more about Trolls. And the heat and chemistry between Ravus and Val I think needed to be turned up, because they way it is, it's like she's falling (slowly) for a teacher or boss. But... in the end, literally, it was awesome. Also I do like that Roiben and Kaye make a camo :)
And yes you kinda need to read this before Ironside. Well at least I recommend you do.

Excerpt: Gone in one faerie sigh....

Cover/Title: That sword is so bad-ass! And I like how she pulled "Valiant" into it. Much more creative than the 1st.

Extras: X



Waiting For You

Name: Waiting for You
Author:Susane Colasanti
Pages: 320
Start Date: May 3
Finish Date: May 5
Type: Teen Romance/Drama; Hardback

Summary:It’s sophomore year, and Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, hopefully, her first real boyfriend. But after popular Derek asks her out, things get complicated. Not only do her parents unexpectedly separate, but Marisa has a fight with her best friend, and Derek—the love of her life—delivers a shocking disappointment. The only things keeping Marisa together are the podcasts from the anonymous DJ, who seems to totally understand Marisa. But she doesn’t know who he is . . . or maybe she does.

My Review: This is the third book by Miss Colasnati that I have read and I gotta say, she KNOWS how to write. In "Waiting for You" you can really, juts... feel the feelings like it's something that's actually happened or happening to you. And this might be a spoiler but I have to say this: The mom is a bitch. I mean what she does and lets her daughters think is just completely mind blowing. But I think it was very realistic. And Nash... ug I wish I had a friend like him. He's so cute! And the DJ is freakin' awesome; he knows his music. This book is a very much a growing up and deal with story as well as a hidden love story. Plus it has great music. Good book + Great music = My seal of approval.

Excerpt: "Let me break this down for you. It's really simple, once you understand the basics. Fact: Guys are not that complicated. We're pretty simple animals. We like to sleep and eat and game. We like attention from the ladies, or from the dudes if you swing that way- it's all god. But too much attention is a turnoff. No one wants to feel crowded. Think about it like this: Does a wild animal like to be trapped in a cage? Yeah, we're tame. But we still have the same needs."
~ page 178

Cover/Title: Pretty cute cover, and as always, I love the title and how the author fits it into the story. :) Go Susane!

Mat Kearney CD (Grey's Anatomy Song #10) - page 32
Speak, book - 33
Girl, book - 33
Arcade Fire, music - 26
My So-Called Life, show - 62
Cookie Monster Song - 75
John Mayer: Daughters - ????? sry
The Pact, book - 141
Pump Up the Volume - 152
When Harry Met Sally - 152
19 Minutes, book - 171
The Pixies, music - 182
Colin Hay, music - 183
Twisted, book - 190
The Cure ~ "Treasure" - 190
John Mayer: Slow Dancing - 257
John Mayer: Clarity - 274
Heathers (Christian Slater), movie - 286
John Mayer: 3X5 - 291



Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

>> Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Name: Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
Author: Holly Black
Pages: 310
Start Date: May 2
Finish Date: May 3
Type: Romantic Urban Fantasy; Hardback
Status: 1st in Modern Faerie Tales; Library

Summary:Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.

My Review:Ok by reading the summary above, you might see why I procrastinated reading this. But now I'm pissed I didn't read it earlier! Seriously, this is a zillions time better than Wicked Lovely! ( I still love you Melissa Marr! ) Not only did this book have ideas and twists that were mind blowing (like the kelpies!) it introduced a whole new spin on the faerie world, while making it creepy and beautiful all at the same time. It's dark, it's stunning, it.................... I don't think it has any flaws. If you think I'm wrong, please tell why. Love Roiben...

Excerpt: Roiben looked at the Seelie Queen, and his eyes closed with an exhalation of breath that was so evocative of relief, Kaye felt herself fill with dread. There was something wrong with all this. ~ page 299

Cover/Title: Of course my library has the scary version but I think this is more what she looks like than the photo they took on the other version. And the title could have been better, but because it all revolves around the "Tithe" it makes sense.

White Rabbit - Grace Slick ~ page 55
King Pain song? - page 140 (I actually have no idea if this is right... I just don't see anyone in this book a Police fan :S)



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