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REVIEW: Flannery

 

Synopsis: 

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

When I first started reading this book, I was a bit hesitant about it. I couldn’t relate to the main character, or any part of the storyline. But I pushed through. And it was worth it.

Most of the story is about Flannery’s social life. Her best friend Amanda, her school projects, and the famous Tyrone. And because of this, the theme of friendship is very present in the book. There is anger, hurt, jealousy, competition. Something that lots of teens deal with on a pretty much daily basis. At a first glance, romance seems like a major part of the book when in fact it is just a coming of age device in Flannery’s life. That was refreshing, when most of the time romance is presented in books as the most important thing in a teenager’s life.

But there is also a lot of stuff going on at home. It mostly centers around her mother. They’re broke. They don’t have a lot of money, and Flannery is frustrated by this. Especially when her mother buys her little brother toys but won’t give her the money to get a textbook for school. Flannery sees her mother as a selfish mess, but soon enough she learns that her mother is just like her – scared, confused, and trying her hardest.

While the book’s synopsis mentions potions one of the main parts of the book, it isn’t. Flannery making potions is merely what she is doing in school while she falls out with her friend, is frustrated with her crush, and deals with things at home. But it is a cool idea, especially when people start to think they work.

In the end, this book is a enjoyable coming of age contemporary book that I believe a lot of people would like.

                                             My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This book was really enjoyable, and I’m glad I finally knocked this one off my TBR list.

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Book Tour: Speed of Life Review

 Today I’m participating in a blog tour for Speed of Life organized by Smith Publicity! My first post of the year….. this should be fun!

 

 

Synopsis:

Sofia wonders if 14 might be the worst possible age to lose your mom. Talking with her dad about puberty and s-e-x is super-awkward (even though he is a gynecologist). And when she wants to talk about her mom, her friends don’t know what to say and her dad gets sad.

When Sofia discovers Dear Kate, an advice columnist from Fifteen magazine, she’s grateful to have someone to confide in about everything from crushes to mourning—someone who is completely, wonderfully anonymous. It feels ideal—until Sofia’s dad introduces her to his new girlfriend, Katherine Baird, a.k.a., Dear Kate…

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

This book was so cute. If I had to sum my feelings up in a short paragraph I would say that it was one of the best emotional relatable roller coasters that I’ve ever read.

First things first – Diversity. Its rare that you’d see a book of this age range with an actual diverse range of people. Normally it follows a middle class white set of characters, which can always get boring. But with this book, I was able to notice that the author actually put effort into having a diverse and unique set of characters. Characters like Lan, Kiki, Dr Pavlica, Mr Kapur, and Aisha were prime examples of this. Even though they weren’t main characters, this is quite the deal. This book was not only diverse in race but in sexuality as well, including everyone from the spectrum of the world.

The beginning of the book was beautiful. It gave warning to the reader that it was going to be sorrowful. And it was, but it had a tint of humor that lightened up the grief everyone was going through. The style of the book (January to January – each chapter in a month) was a very unique like the rest of the book and helped the reader understand that the emotions the characters were going through lasted a while. Unlike other books, where the format of the book made the emotions feel like they happened in such a short time.

Sofia’s character structure is very well written. She’s 14 and at the age where she needs her mom the most. She goes through so much while dealing with the grief of her dead mother. Sofia’s mother’s death left such a dent in her family and they all struggled in moving on. Her honesty, innocence, and naivety are all examples of her youth. She’s flexible and understanding and slowly adapts better to changes over time, a sign of her slowly growing up and becoming who she is.

Overall though, the plot of Speed of Life was not predictable or wild. I could understand where the book was going pretty early on. But it was an emotional, diverse, funny, cute coming of age story. It didn’t have one theme, which could make it relatable girls growing up. A cute read, and I loved it!

                           My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I recommend this book to  middle school age girls who are interested in contemporary books!

 

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