Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

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Author; Nicola Yoon

I almost could not put this thing down! I got distracted way too many times (sorry, Mom)… I love it a lot; definitely on my top 10 list.

Summary;

Madeline has a disease called SCID. She has lots of triggers that could cause her to die. Her house is completely sanitary and has an air filter system running through her house. If people want to visit her, they have to go through a cleaning process that is a pain. Madeline spends time with her mother all the time and has never understood why teenagers are always mad at their parents. Madeline’s dad died in a car accident a long time ago, and her mother is still upset about it. Madeline has no problem with the way she lives. Until he moves in.

Olly is a teenager who lives out in the world, and right next door to Madeline. He always dresses in all black and can do gymnast moves that dazzle Madeline as she watches him out her bedroom window. Olly’s dad is abusive and yells at his family, and his mother just complies. Olly sometimes has to fight his dad to save his mother, though she tells him not to. Madeline begins to IM Olly and feels like she really knows him. This is obviously not enough for Madeline because she eventually asks her caretaker, Nurse Janet, to allow him over to visit her. She convinces Nurse Janet and Olly is allowed over. They gradually come closer and closer together until they finally touch, even though Madeline is risking her life to do so. Maddy, as he calls her, is experiencing something incredible that she never thought could happen to her. But she know that it will eventually have to end. She can’t keep Olly a secret from her mother forever.

When Maddy’s mother finally finds out about Olly, the situation is messy. Her mother forbids her to ever see him again and takes away her Internet privileges. No more Olly.

But Maddy cannot stop loving Olly. She goes to Hawaii with him, since she wants to see the place that her mother went to with her when she wasn’t sick and her father. Maddy has a horrible sickness attack at the hotel where she and Olly stay. After Maddy gets home, she doesn’t talk to him until he leaves. But Maddy discovers something that turns her whole world upside down. What will she do with this earth-shaking truth? Since I am truly evil, you now have to read the book to find out. Hehehe. 😁

Personal review;

I really loved this book. Full of twists and turns with just the right amount of predictability. I love it!! But I would recommend it to ages 13 and up. The only thing I wish it could have had was an epilogue about what happened with Olly and Maddy. 

I rate this book 4 ½ out of 5.

Sexual Content; reference to sexual content to Olly and Maddy in hotel in Hawaii

Violence Content; reference to violence with Olly and his father

Drug/Alcohol Content; reference to alcohol with Olly’s father, reference to smoking with Olly’s sister

 

I hope you enjoyed this review! Thank you for reading. Sorry I haven’t been updating much. I have a lot on my plate with school.

 

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker

Bitter End

Bitter End by [Brown, Jennifer]

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Author; Jennifer Brown

This book was really good. I read it in one day; I couldn’t put it down!

Summary;

Alex is a senior and has been planning a trip to Colorado since she was eight with her best friends, Bethany and Zack. She wants to go because her mother died in a car crash on her way there. Alex and her friends are going to go at the end of graduation as a present to themselves.

Alex is tutoring Zack one day when the supervisor tells her she has a new student. His name is Cole, and he just transferred from a different school with many athletic badges on his jacket. He makes friends with Alex right away and eventually asks her out. Cole treats her like a queen and is gentle with her. He is so sweet and seems like he genuinely loves who she really is.

But Cole has a problem with Alex’s relationship with Zack, saying that he just wants to be with Alex and always has his hands all over her. She keeps saying that they’re just friends and that she wants Cole, not Zack. Cole eventually takes Alex to a merry go round and ignores her protests as he spins her faster and faster until she is scared. When she gets off, he calls her whiny. But all her anger drain away when he says three words; “I love you.”

Alex’s relationship with Cole starts going down hill as soon as he shoves her. He gets jealous and angry and hurts her wrist badly. Cole says he’s sorry over and over again and puts roses in her car to make it up to her. She forgives him and she thinks it is a one time thing. But it’s not. He hits her this time, and she stays home from school to hide until the bruises fade a little more. The process repeats and she forgives him again. But the next time is the shocker. Cole shoves Alex down into a ditch where she goes rolling into a tree. At the party they were planning on going to, Cole gets drunk and leaves the party without taking her home. She gets home and tries to sleep. But she is awakened by Cole’s drunk voice. He is shouting at Zack who won’t let Cole inside to see Alex. Zack is almost arrested for beating Cole up.

Will Alex choose herself over love?

Personal Review;

I liked this book. Abusive relationships are a big issue that are hardly talked about. I loved how this book appealed to the love side, and how Alex couldn’t let go of her abusive boyfriend because she loved him. I loved the ending, how she was still broken, but healing.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Sexual Content; reference to sexual content with Cole and Alex several times and jokes with Zack

Violence Content; reference to abuse

Drug/Alcohol Content; reference to alcohol with Cole at a party

 

I hope you enjoyed this book review! Keep reading and refer this site to people you think would enjoy it as well.

 

Yours,

Adrienne Parker

The Only Road

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Author; Alexandra Diaz

This book was actually really good. I picked it out at the school library because it looked interesting, and it was really action-packed. It has a little Spanish in it, but that’s okay. It was really good.

Summary;

A cry starts us off with this action-packed book. Jaime’s mother cries out, and his pencil skates across the paper. It couldn’t be… them? But it is. The Alphas, a local gang, have struck again. They have beat Jaime’s cousin and best friend, Miguel, to death. The funeral takes place soon after, and Jaime must not become upset, for that will confuse the spirit.

The Alphas then set their eyes on Angela, Miguel’s sister, and Jaime. They give them time to mourn their member, then they must help deliver a “package” that can only be illegal drugs. So Miguel’s father sends them to their older brother who lives in America. They sew American dollars into the lining of their jeans, and sends them off.

They cross the Guatemalan-Mexican border with Pacho, an elderly man who has always sold his wares in the small town where Jaime’s family lives. Once across the other side, they make their way into a town and stay at a church run by a unique pastor. He lets them stay for free, as long as they help with chores once in a while. While at the church, Angela and Jaime meet three other boys, who help them on the way to their goal. All of them eventually leave Jaime and Angela in different ways.

One of the boys leaves after a couple men confront the group. He goes with them to help steal, sell illegal drugs, and other awful things. Another of the boys, (the youngest and quietest) who was attached to Angela, leaves after deciding to take the train and tell the last remaining boy to stay with Angela. After he leaves, Jaime realizes that “he” was not a boy. The last of the boys, the oldest, is killed in a terrible and adrenaline-pumping truck chase in which Angela gets injured and cannot walk.

Angela and Jaime eventually make it to a farm where the lady inside lets them drink water, fix gates, and watch after the children. She also takes them to the United States-Mexican border.

Will Angela and Jaime make it to their brother, Tomas? Will they ever talk to their family back in Guatemala again? Read this exciting book to find out!

Personal Review;

I loved this book. It was really exciting, and I don’t think that I reviewed it quick enough after I read it to portray the excitement and loss that I felt from this book. I really hope you read this young adult fiction book!

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Sexual content; Sexual reference to when they are crossing the border, they must take of almost all clothes and some men look at Angela. No elaborate descriptions.

Violence content; Reference to gory content, separated limbs beside train tracks.

Drug/Alcohol content; none

 

Always,

Adrienne Parker

The Fault in Our Stars

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Author; John Green

I just reread this book, because when I read it the first time, I was younger and didn’t take as much meaning in as I did. So now I understand it and I like it better. Also, sorry this review is so short. But the biggest part isn’t at the end, but more towards the middle. I really don’t want to give it away…

Review;

It opens with depression. A 16 year old girl named Hazel Grace has a terminal form of thyroid cancer in her lungs. She has to lug around an oxygen concentrator (named Phillip) to help her breathe. Her mother doesn’t have a job. Outside the house. Her full-time job is hovering around Hazel and encouraging her to get out of the house. Her mother tells her go to a Support Group at the church, and Hazel goes, without knowing her life is about to change.

When she gets there, a handsome boy stares at her. Hazel talks to him after the Support Group is over and she finds out he was staring at her because (and I quote), “Because you’re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.” *reader swoons at this point*

They eventually become good friends, although Augustus keeps hinting that he’s in love with Hazel. Later, Hazel makes Gus (Augustus) read her all-time favorite book, An Imperial Affliction which she has read dozens of times. It is about a sick girl, who is narrating the story, and the story literally ends in the middle of a sentence. All Hazel wants to do is meet Peter Van Houten, who moved to Amsterdam after he finished the boo, and make him tell hen organization that gives one wish to every kid with cancer). He takes Hazel to Amsterdam and has her meet Peter Van Houten.

Unfortunately, he’s not at all what she thought he was. His assistant apologizes over and over again, but it’s not enough to mask the hate Peter feels for the world and Hazel and Augustus. Eventually, they leave and go back to the hotel room together.

During the Amsterdam trip, Augustus lets out some terrible news. What is it? Is something wrong with him? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Personal review;

I like this book okay. I mean, I like John Green and his originality, but I just didn’t love this book beyond all existence. I liked it because it really pulls at your emotions. Love, hate, and (most of all) sadness. Amazing roller coaster.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Sexual Content; sexual reference to Augustus and Hazel in the hotel room

Violence Content; none

Drug/Alcohol Content; alcohol reference to Peter Van Houten

 

Yours,

Adrienne Parker

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone <3

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Author; J.K. Rowling

Warning; This book is so awesome. I can go on and on about this book for HOURS. So, please be patient. 😉 Also, I’m just going to review the first book, because the rest of the books have the same amount of violence and drug/alcohol content. And once you read the first book, you don’t need a review of the second one. They are all amazing.

Here’s the overview;

We enter in the first book upon the words I have long since memorized, “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” But they had a secret. Their greatest fear was that someone would discover that they had anything to do with the Potters.

Meanwhile outside, unusual things are happening. Owls flying past in broad daylight, strange people in cloaks, shooting stars down in Kent, and a whisper about the Potters…

That night, Albus Dumbledore comes to the rescue for young Harry Potter and sets him on his Aunt and Uncle’s doorstep with a letter explaining everything. That the rumors are true, the ones about baby Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Explaining his lightning bolt scar.

Nearly ten years later, it’s Dudley’s (his cousin) birthday. They go to the zoo and Dudley soon finds the biggest snake in the house. It is sleeping, though. Harry is left alone beside the snake, and actually talks to it. Dudley pushes him out of the way to see better, and then the glass vanishes!

A while after that incident, Harry gets a letter. But his uncle takes it away from him almost immediately. Soon, letters come for Harry all over the place! In the eggs, in the milk, through the windows. But Uncle Vernon soon loses his temper when a thousand letters come pelting out the fireplace. He takes his family to stay at a hut on a rock in the middle of the sea. It’s terrible.

At midnight on Harry’s birthday, a giant named Rubeus Hagrid comes knocking (over) the door. He tells Harry (almost) everything about him and his parents, and takes him off to buy school supplies. When he goes to find his wand, he waves what seems to be every wand in the shop. But he finds a wand that Mr. Ollivander pronounces, “Curious.” It is curious, Harry finds out, because the phoenix who supplied the feather inside his wand gave another feather. To the person’s wand gave him his scar.

The year starts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with Harry trying to find his classes. He soon learns there is a lot more to magic that waving your wand and saying nonsense words. But he makes friends for the first time; Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. But trouble is brewing. A three-headed dog comes into Harry’s life and what is it guarding? Who is this Professor Snape who almost everyone hates? What will happen to Harry Potter?

Okay, personal review now;

I love these books with all my heart. They are so amazing. But I sort of hate and love J.K. Rowling at the same time, because she created a world that I can’t be a part of. 😦 But they are my staple books, I read them all the time. I’ve read them 12 times back to back, and I’m on the fourth book working on the 13th time.

Sexual Content; none

Violence; reference to violence when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in the secret chamber getting past jinxes and the person at the end

Drug/Alcohol; reference to alcohol with Hagrid (does not actually describe him being drunk)

 

I really hope you enjoyed this review!

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker

I Will Always Write Back

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Authors; Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, and Liz Welch

Okay, first off, this book is amazing. If you never read it, I don’t think I could be friends with you. 😉 Just kidding (or am I??)!

Anyways, here’s the book summary;

It all starts in a 6th grade classroom in Pennsylvania when the teacher starts handing out pen pal assignments. Caitlin Stoicsitz almost never volunteers information without being asked, and even surprises herself when she raises her hand to pick the country on the bottom of the list; Zimbabwe. She writes the first letter, mostly about herself and some questions for her pen pal.

The letter arrives in a classroom in Zimbabwe, where it meets the hands of Martin Ganda, top student in the school. Martin joyously reads the letter and writes back cheerfully.

The connection between these two young people continue, with Caitlin telling Martin everything. He writes back, always on her side. But he never tells Caitlin directly that Zimbabwe and his family is having trouble. Caitlin eventually finds out, and starts sending him money; just $20 from babysitting is all it takes for Martin’s family to keep him in school and keep their house! Caitlin continues to send money to Martin without her parents knowing. They soon find out, and begin to help Martin as well.

Caitlin and her parents send money and care packages to Martin and his family for a while. Martin then qualifies for a very good all-boy school in Africa. But he has bigger plans; America.

Caitlin and her parents work hard to get Martin a scholarship. Will they succeed? Find out yourself!

Now for my personal summary!;

I loved this book. It was so inspiring and emotional. A ROLLER COASTER! But it was amazing. So far, I have read only one book in the world better than this book (trust me, guys, I read A LOT); Harry Potter, but I am a Potterhead, so that’s expected. 🙂 I was only disappointed by the fact that they didn’t give a full epilogue about how their lives turned out! There was a small epilogue about Caitlin’s wedding, but that’s about it.

Over all, I would give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Sexual content; none

Violence content; reference to the Twin Towers incident, reference to bombing in Zimbabwe

Drug/Alcohol content; reference to alcohol through Martin’s father

Until next time,

Adrienne Parker