Julie is a high school reading intervention teacher who prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers. She enjoys writing stories that even the most reluctant of readers will not want to put down.
on May 05, 2012 :
When I found out there was going to be a tour for this, I read the synopsis and was immediately hooked and signed up for it like that. This really starts with Meg and her friends at the first party as "almost-freshman." From really early on, you can tell that Meg's in that "exclusive" group of people that are invited to all the senior parties. That's where it started for me. Meg never gave any clue that she was in that popular group, so why was it just her and her friends being invited to all those parties? That's what really irked me from early on. I guess it was just how unrealistic that little subplot was.
Something that I really liked, however, about this book was Meg's confidence. Meg was this unshakable person who embraced her faults. If she was fat, she never gave any indication and didn't spend hours in front of the mirror sucking in their stomach and wishing for ten pounds to fall off their stomach. She accepted the fact and still managed to be herself when she was around a boy she liked. That's more than I can say for other people and book characters, who constantly shy away but slowly grow comfortable into their skin. Meg was always confident and I really liked that about her.
I think in the beginning, I found Meg a little hypocritical from time to time, but in the end it sort of evened out. This is a perfect portrayal of high school, only a little less realistic, but great nonetheless. Meg has a crush on a boy who's not interested in her, but her best friend, and Meg just wants to get through freshman year alive. That's all Meg's really looking for. I love the premise was all built on, and I really enjoyed getting that glimpse of "freshman life," and I can just say that I hope it's not that wild.
There was a ton of drama in here, which included cheating and being manipulated by the not-so-nice seniors. It's actually a very cruel reality in high school. I know that tons of boys like to take advantage of girls, and vice-versa. So I was happy to see a good storyline based off of a real high school atmosphere. This had tons of emotions in it, enough to make you go crazy when some things happened, but also enough to keep you engaged throughout this book.
When Alex was introduced, I felt that he did like Meg, but it was hard to tell, but then a bunch of things happened and I always love to read about drama and that stuff, no matter how weird I am, so I really liked this book for that drama aspect of it. The thing was, I didn't really like Alex that much near the end because when they finally did get together, it seemed like Alex just wanted to make out instead of doing anything real, which really irked me. And then it cut off randomly, and there's supposed to be a next book coming out soon, which isn't really what I was looking for. I wanted to read a standalone, but I guess I'll just wait and see for the next one and hopefully it can get a higher score.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)