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Perfect Chemistry

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Today I will be reviewing “Perfect Chemistry” by Simone Elkeles. This book is about a senior in high school, Brittany, who is assigned a new lab partner in Chemistry class. Brittany is known as a good girl and student and is assigned to Alex, who has the reputation of being a bad boy because he is in a gang. Alex makes a bet with his friends that he can get with Brittany, even though she has a boyfriend. At first Alex is just getting to know Brittany for the bet, but it quickly escalates into an actual interest in her. Alex and Brittany’s lives will never be the same and they can thank their chemistry teacher for that.

This book is written in the first person point of view and each chapter alternates between Brittany and Alex’s point of of views. It has 368 pages and was published in 2008. I read this whole book within a day, because it hooked me right from the beginning. Simone Elkeles does a fantastic job at hooking the reader right from the start. I personally love how the author alternates between the main characters because it allows the reader to feel more connected to both characters. You really get an insight of exactly what each character is thinking and how they react to everything throughout the book. This is one of my favorite books and I have read it multiple times. The plot is very interesting, especially if you are into the whole bad boy and forbidden love thing.

If you love this book, Simone Elkeles wrote two more books that are about Alex’s brothers and their love lives. I have read those books as well and I really enjoyed them. If you are interested in this book and/or more of Simone Elkele’s work, her website is http://simoneelkeles.com/ .

 

Published in:Book Review |on October 14th, 2016 |No Comments »

Beautiful Disaster

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For this review, I will be reviewing the novel “Beautiful Disaster” by Jaime McGuire. This book is written in the first person and is about a young woman, Abby, who is starting her freshman year of college at a university far away from home. She is in desperate need to start a new life and leave her past behind her. Abby and her best friend meet two guys whom they become pretty close with later in the book. Abby’s best friend dates one of the guys throughout the book and Abby has a love-hate relationship with the other guy. Travis. Travis is known as the campus player who is only into one night stands and scoffs at the thought of commitment. Throughout the book, Abby and Travis develop a friendship and then it eventually leads to more. The two of them have an interesting and complicated relationship. I won’t give away what happens with their relationship, so if you want to know more, you’ll have to read the book for yourself!

I really enjoyed reading “Beautiful Disaster” and have even read it a few times. McGuire does a fantastic job of hooking the reader right from the beginning. Her writing style is very easy to read and it did not take me very long to finish reading it. There are four hundred and thirty two pages in this book and I think that is the perfect amount. It’s enough pages to make sure that everything that should happen, happens. This book is addicting to read; you won’t want to put it down until you’re finished.

I love the characters in this book as well. Abby is an amazing main character and she is very smart and funny. Her relationship with her best friend is also really nice. They have such a great friendship and a lot of readers can relate to their friendship. Abby’s relationship with Travis is very interesting and I’m sure some readers can also relate to it especially if they have a complicated relationship with a guy or girl in their life. This book is also relatable for readers who are starting their college career.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a complicated love story that also incorporates the true meaning of friendship and the self. This book is also the first book in a series. The second book is the same story, but in Travis’ point of view with several extra scenes. I also recommend that book! If you would like more information on this book and/or series, here is Jamie McGuire’s website: http://www.jamiemcguire.com/ .

Published in:Book Review |on October 6th, 2016 |No Comments »

Anna and The French Kiss

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Hello and welcome to my blog, Books R Us! This is my first post on this blog and I want to talk about the book Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book is one of my all time favorite books! It was published in 2010 and has a page count of three hundred and seventy two pages.

Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl, Anna, who is from Atlanta, Georgia. She is your average senior in high school and works in a movie theater with her crush. Her parents end up sending her to Paris to attend a high school for American students. So Anna packs up her life to spend her senior year at a brand new school in a completely different country. While at the school, she meets a nice group of people and becomes close with one of the guys in the group fairly quickly. Anna becomes best friend with this boy, St. Claire, and she even develops romantic feelings for him. Unfortunately, St. Claire has a long-term girlfriend. So alas, Anna must put aside her feelings for him so they can continue to be close friends. Throughout the book, Anna and St. Claire become very close and a love triangle is prominent for most of the book. I won’t spoil the ending of the book for you, so I’ll just leave the summary at that.

I love this book for so many reasons! The writing style is amazing and it is so easy to follow along. I read this entire book within one day because I couldn’t stop reading it. I wanted and needed to know what would happen with Anna and St. Claire’s relationship and I also just wanted to see how Anna’s adventure in Paris would unfold. Stephanie Perkins did a fantastic job of hooking the reader right away and bringing you into Anna’s world. This book is written in first person, which is something I really enjoy. I find that books written in first person are more personal and that the reader is able to get to know and relate to the main character more. Another aspect about this book that I love is that all of the characters are realistic and that the reader is bound to relate to at least one character. I believe it is easier to enjoy a book when the reader can relate to one or more of the characters. Stephanie Perkins also incorporates humor and romance wonderfully in this book.

In conclusion, I one hundred percent recommend this book to anyone who loves books about romance, friendship, and finding yourself. Anna and the French Kiss is well written and very easy to read. If you read this book and loved it, Stephanie Perkins has two more books that are a part of a trilogy with Anna’s story. The other two books aren’t about Anna and St. Claire, but they are about other minor characters in the first book and then they all relate back to each other in some shape or form. I would also recommend those books!

If you would like more information on Stephanie Perkins and her books, her website is http://stephanieperkins.com/ .

Published in:Book Review |on September 29th, 2016 |No Comments »