Crash Into You
By Katie McGarry
Publication date: Nov. 26, 2013
Harlequin Teen, 474 pages
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
— Goodreads.com description
WHAT IS THE DEAL, KATIE MCGARRY!
I read Pushing the Limits and I hate Beth.
Then in Dare You To I really thoroughly enjoy her.
But in Dare You To I hate — and I mean DESPISE — Isaiah.
Well, BOOM, here comes Crash Into You and I think he’s the bee’s knees.
What is this! Three cheers for an author who can totally suck me into her main character’s point of view and alter my opinions from book to book. Don’t you love it when an author totally turns around your opinion about a character you thought you knew?
Anyhoo. I think this series is really soap operay, but I love that from time to time. Definitely check it out if you like your YA angsty. Oh, and bonus factor: There’s Fast & Furious-style drag racing!
Sean Griswold’s Head
By Lindsey Leavitt
Publication date: March 1, 2011
Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 288 pages
According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.
The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking-er, focusing on-Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.
In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.
— Goodreads.com description
How enjoyable is this book?!
Sean Griswold’s Head is one of those contemporary books that have issues, sure, but they are so easy-breezy to read. They don’t weigh on you – you look forward to picking them up, laughing a little, watching the main character mess up and then grow as a person. It’s just plain good stuff.
Payton’s reaction to her dad’s MS diagnosis was frustrating – she basically freaks and freezes him out – but I connected to that element of the story for some very personal reasons. Sean Griswold’s Head is a good book for any YA reader, but because it’s so light and non-preachy it’s particularly a must for any teens going through similar situations.
After this book and Going Vintage, I’m definitely a Lindsey Leavitt fan. Can’t wait to see what she’s up to next. Have you read either of her books? Did you feel the same? Let me know!
This summer, my dear friend Jamie has been coming up with fun posts each Friday and I’ve totally been tagging along on the fun. First she did an A to Z Bookish Survey (Jamie’s | Mine), then it was My Life in Book Titles (Jamie’s | Mine).
Now, it’s yearbook-style bookish senior superlatives! Love this. Here we go…
Most Likely to Change the World
Katniss from The Hunger Games — the girl’s a revolutionary!
Lola & Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door
She probably doesn’t think she’s funny, but Ruby Oliver from E. Lockhart’s books cracks me up
Most Likely To Become Famous For Their Athletic/Musical/Artistic Abilities
Jasmine from Amplified by Tara Kelly
All-Around Good Person
Clara from Unearthly — I mean, she’s not good all the time but she is an angel…
Willem from Just One Day, bigtime! What a ladies’ man!
Most Likely to Be Fought Over
Rose from Vampire Academy
Mostly Likely to Be Friends Forever
Jessica & Hope from Sloppy Firsts
Most Likely to Have Their Own Reality Show
Mallory from Going Vintage — doesn’t the premise of this book sound like a reality show too?
Bennett from Time Between Us
Most Likely to Survive an Apocalypse
Alex from Ashes — those books are hardcore SCARY!
Most Likely to Be a Villain
Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. Gosh, he sucks.
Will from The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas — so shy! Loved him.
Most Likely to Break Your Heart
Will from Cassie Clare’s Clockwork books — he’s so lovable but he doesn’t believe he can be loved! Oh, the emo!
Bella from Twilight literally speaking — changed into a vamper
Most Likely to Get Arrested
Dani from Stealing Heaven — she’s a thief, but her heart’s not in it, so she’s begging to get caught!
Self Proclaimed God/Goddess
Percy Jackson, demigod
Best Person to Bring Home to Mom & Dad
Roger from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Most Likely to Make You Cry
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Dares to Be Different (in world, plot, storytelling, etc.)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Most Likely to Make You Swoon
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Most Likely to Be a Favorite of 2013
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (here’s hoping!)
Most Likely to Change the World (or change your life)
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Book You Are Most Likely to Keep Putting Off
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (sorry, Tara)
Most Likely to End Up As Christmas Gifts for Everyone You Know
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Most Likely to Be Thrown
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (UGH WARNER I CAN’T EVEN)
Most Likely to Be Reread More Than Once
Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty OMG
Most Likely to Make You Read Through an Earthquake Because It’s THAT Engrossing
I couldn’t put down The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Most Likely to Be Passed On to Your Children
Jessica Darling’s It List #1 by Megan McCafferty
Most Likely to Break Your Heart into a Million Pieces
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (BRIDGE SCENE)
Most Likely to Brighten Up Your Day
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols — ahh, summer books!
What do you guys think of my choices?
Two Lies and a Spy
By Kat Carlton
Publication date: Sept. 3, 2013
Simon & Schuster, 256 pages
When sixteen-year-old Kari’s dad sends her an unexpected text, she and her brother immediately go into hiding. Because when your parents are superspies and your dad declares a Code Black, it can only mean something bad. Very bad.
Kari soon discovers that her parents have been disavowed and declared traitors, and she’s determined to clear their names. Breaking into the Agency seems like a reasonable plan, especially with the help of a team that includes her longtime crush, Luke, as well as her two best friends—an expert hacker with attitude and a master martial artist—and Luke’s popular, vindictive twin sister. Oh, and a new guy, who’s as cute as he is complicated…
Yeahhhhh spies! I love spies in books! If you do too, this is your chance to win a copy of the book…plus a macro camera phone lens so you can channel your own inner Veronica Mars. Enter below to win.
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My friend Jamie, who runs the blog The Perpetual Page-Turner, has this really fun series called Friday Fun, that I’m totally picking up here, even though it’s not Friday. They’re fun any day of the week!
In all honesty, book blogging can get a little routine and it’s fun to mix it up with something silly and personal. So thanks for sharing the fun, Miss Jamie! Be sure to visit her blog for her answers to today’s bit of fun: Describing my high school life using only book titles!
How would you describe your 16-year-old self? Something Like Normal
When you looked into the mirror what did you see? Freak Magnet
Your 16-your-old self’s outlook on life/motto: Not That Kind of Girl
How do you think people would describe your personality? Queen of Babble
Describe an insecurity in high school: Skinny (Or lack of skinniness)
Describe your worst trait as a teen: Gossip Girl
Describe the contents of your diary/journal: Things I Can’t Forget
Your biggest fear: Epic Fail
You excelled at: Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
You were always concerned about: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have)
You Thought Your Life Was: Endless Summer
How would you sum up your high school love life? Mostly Good Girls
Describe your most serious boyfriend from high school? Pants on Fire (as in Liar, Liar…)
Describe your first kiss: Fly on the Wall (my best friend were spying!)
Your philosophy on dating/love: Such a Rush
Describe Your Worst Break Up: Easy (Ha! Is that awful? I did the dumping.)
Your relationship with your mom as a teen/your relationship with your dad as a teen: Golden
Your relationship with a sibling: Sweet Evil
What you thought about your parents’ rules/parenting style: How to Ruin My Teenage Life
Your perception of high school among entering: Delirium
Your relationship with academics: Allegiant
Your weekends were: All I Need
If your high school life as a movie, it would be called: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A class you wish high school would have offered: The Survival Kit
Your senior year was: Pandemonium
Describe prom: Just One Day
When high school ended it was: This Is What Happy Looks Like
Describe your love life now: Love Story
Describe the state of your friendship with your high school BFF: The Distance Between Us
Your relationship with your parents now: Every Day (seriously, I talk to them every day)
Your thoughts on your high school reunion: Toxic
Biggest lesson you learned in high school: Survive (HA! I’m so dramatic.)
One thing you WISHED you had learned: Just Listen
Advice you wish you could have given your teen self: Glow
Something you could learn from your 16-year-old self: Don’t Stop Now
Thanks for the fun, Jamie — can’t wait to see what you come up with next week!