Review From User :
I don't know what it is about YA Contemporary that I refuse to like. I mean if we have a conversation about it, I'll initially say I hate it. It always feel juvenile and then-I'm going to showcase the perv I am here- the lack of sex is just such a turn off, teenagers are freaking drama queens and plots feel contrived. This will always be my automatic response. But then if we dig a little deeper and start talking about Kasie West and Kody Keplinger, I see how their stories always bring something out in me. Be it anger, giddiness, mayor swoon, sadness or any other overwhelming emotion; they are always able to move me. In the end, I think it kinda weirds me out to be able to fall in love with high school stories being this mature person that I am (don't you dare laugh :P).
"Fun Fun was not the word I would have chosen. Unbearable, awkward, torturous Anything but fun.
This was a nightmare."
You see, there's this thing about Kody. She doesn't really write likable characters. She writes teenagers in all their glory and gritty detail and honestly, when was the last time you met one that was overbearingly nice or mature She writes flawed characters, selfish brats, conceited minds, sarcastic tongues, and dramatic attitudes.
"Anger was less painful than abandonment. Anger, I could deal with."
I kid you not, Whitley will not make it easy for you. She will have you rolling your eyes and cussing her out. She doesn't care about anyone besides herself. She's constantly condescending and isn't able to look beyond her needs and anger. She wouldn't know a good thing if it hit her between the eyes.
"Since I could remember, I'd always been a night person. My burst of energy came right around the time the sun set. I lived in the darkness. Loved the darkness. My world came alive when the stars came out. But for the first time in my life, I wanted the night to end."
But that's the thing about loneliness. It creeps slowly and by the time you think to lift your eyes to see, you're surrounded by nothing. Your shields didn't protect you, they kept you isolated. Your attitude didn't make you strong, it made you crumble. And your careless didn't make you happy, it made you naive.
Kody writes one hell of a character growth and after reading this, I'm going to go on a limb here and say, I liked this just as much as The DUFF....If not more. It had me tearing up constantly because I felt her every emotion; from her pain that lead to desperate cries of attention, to the bitterness that refused to leave, to the joy brought by people who cared. I was moved by every single one. What more can you ask for in a book
"People cared about me here. Nathan, Bailey, Sylvia-I'd given them every reason in the world to hate me, but they didn't. They'd tried so hard to make me feel welcome in this house, even when Dad had ignored me. And slowly, I'd come to care about them, too. Maybe I didn't fit in, but they were willing to make room for me here. And I was ready to take them up on that."
This book is filled to the brim with amazing characters. From the male lead that's bound to make you swoon, to the friend that resisted being put aside, to the sister that demanded a true bond, to the stepmother that insisted on being there. It had them all.
"Screw nightmares. I was waking up."
Guess who stayed up until 4 AM to read this
Yup, that would be me.
Guess who has to wake up at 6 AM later
Yup, that would also be me.
Guess who regrets losing hours of sleep over this
Nope, that would NOT be me!
Review to come, sometime soon ^_^
PS: I had to rate it before writing a review cause I just know my over-analytical and cynical brain would start reducing stars if I let it fester.
Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.
Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.
Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.