Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July|2014: Wrap-up

Hello Everyone! :)

It is the time of the month again! No no, not THAT time... I mean time for all my Wrap-ups, TBR's, Hauls, and Favorites! Aren't you excited now? LOL!

So, I only read 4 books. So, this will be a short one. Let's get started!

I started the month out reading In Honor by Jessi Kirby. This was a great book! The content was sad and also heart-warming. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the contemporary genre or even people looking to try something different. It is a wonderful read.

Honor receives her brother's last letter from Iraq 3 days after learning that he died and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. It's contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and her brother, Finn's celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.
Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn's last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn's best friend since 3rd grade and his polar opposite. She hasn't seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn... and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage hat makes sense only because it doesn't. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and to honor Finn--but when shocking more than one shocking truth are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

After that I started on Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour. I am now a super fan of Nina Lacour! She really gave these characters their own distinct voices! Read her books, trust me. She writes about relevant social issues and her content is completely relatable. Here is my review of this book.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Then, I read Hold Still by Nina Lacour. This book was very sad but beautifully written. She really captured the heartache and loss of the pain character. It was so gut-wrenching picturing her going through the tragedy. I will have a review up soon.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

Lastly, I finished The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson at the end of the month. This is still incredibly relevant even 10 years later. She depicts how it can feel to be a teenager with a secret and how it feels when people find out and they start to shun you. I will have a review soon.

What happens when your two best friends fall in love...with each other?
"Their friendship went so far back, it bordered on the Biblical -- in the beginning, there was Nina and Avery and Mel." So says high school senior Nina Bermudez about herself and her two best friends, nicknamed "The Bermudez Triangle" by a jealous wannabe back on Nina's eleventh birthday. But the threesome faces their first separation when Nina goes away the summer before their senior year. And in ten short weeks, everything changes.
Nina returns home bursting with stories about Steve, the quirky yet adorable eco-warrior she fell for hard while away. But when she asks her best friends about their summer romances, an awkward silence follows.
Nina soon learns the shocking truth when she sees Mel and Avery...kissing. Their friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge. But it's only the beginning of a sometimes painful, sometimes funny, always gripping journey as three girls discover who they are and what they really want.

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Have a great rest of your week! :)

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