A General Book Review of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series

  Title(s): The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants (The Third Summer of the Sisterhood) ,and Forever in Blue (The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood)
Author: Ann Brashares

General Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pages: A LOT (In General)

Date(s) Published: September 11th 2001, April 22nd 2003, January 25th 2005, and January 9th 2007

Publisher:  Delacorte Books


 Quick Thoughts: I have been very busy this summer. I have been able to read some books but not many. Here is a book review of one of my favorite series. I hope you enjoy 🙂 it.

-The Reading Girl


I decided to leave adult books alone for a while. I was getting tired of the same plot of “the guy meets girl. the guy treats her like shit. the girl suffers promising to never love him. Then for some reason they get together again.” ugh.
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I decided to get back to YA for a while. Well, I do not regret it.

I really enjoyed this series. It was great for me because I could relate to it. The writing was great, the stories were great, the plot was great, and the original idea of the pants was great.

This is a review of all four books in general.

So…(warning: this review is full of positive and negative thoughts mixed together).

Enter the world of four best friends….

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(in other of appearances from left to right)

Carmen smart and with an attitude that can annoy the hell out of you. In other words a little bitch that people seem to like. But cares a lot about her best friends.
Tibby rebellious, miserable, tough looking, and mean. Typical teenager. But behind that mask she has a heart.
Lena the BEAUTIFUL one. That’s really about it. Oh and she is an artists who seems to be everyone’s favorite. She is nice, shy, insecure, and kind of sad.
Bridget is the athletic one. Fun, wild, fast,crazy and etc. Considered beautiful by everyone because of her blonde gorgeous hair. Except, she doesn’t think she is beautiful or do her friends because Lena is the gorgeous one.
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Those were my thoughts on the characters. Well not really, that’s how they are described. My thoughts on them are mixed. Here we go…

Carmen is my least favorite character out of this whole series. She is bitchy, mean, rude, loud, and if she is not happy no one else is. I hated her parts in the book. Especially in the second book uggghhh. But, I liked her in the last book of the series. She was likable and for once calm.

Tibby was okay. Stupid sometimes but okay. I actually liked her character.

Lena was stupid too. Too fragile and I kept getting tired of her being the fucking beautiful one and the favorite one and blah blah. Yeah..we get it.

Bridget was my MOST favorite. She actually grew up throughout the four years that the this whole series talks about. She was smart, independent, strong, and beautiful to me. I looked forward to her parts in the book.

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The writing was awesome. It was easy to understand and I could understand why so many young girls could like this series. The events that happened in this book has happened to many girls, including me.
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There was just something about these books that kept me reading them all the time. I read the four books in 4 days. I really enjoyed all the books.

It did have its flaws…

-Carmen, Tibby, Lena (but then that’s how most teenage girls are).

I loved the stories the author created. These books in some way were beautiful and taught me many lessons. I do not regret reading them at all.
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OVERALL SERIES RATING: 4 stars
Why?

-I would sometimes get annoyed at the main girls (even at Bridget)
-Depending on pants was kind of stupid to me, but then again that’s the point of the book

-I also got annoyed at how the author wanted us to think Lena was this perfect gorgeous girl and wanted us to feel bad for her when she did the dumb shit that she did. Well sorry,I didn’t feel sorry for her.
That’s really about it.

I really liked these books. I didn’t want their world to end. It’s a journey of four best friends who grow and somehow become stronger.

Each book focused more on one of the girls but in general the series was about the four of them.

It really was an amazing world I entered 🙂

P.S. The movies are WAY different but I still like them

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Movie posters:

Carmen was portrayed by America Ferrera, Tibby by Amber Tamblyn, Bridget by Blake Lively, and Lena by Alexis Bledel.

First Movie Poster

Second Movie

 

 

 

 

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Transcendence by Shay Savage: ARC Book Review (Something Different)

 Title: Transcendence

  Author: Shay Savage

 Rating: 4 stars

 Pages: 312

 Date Published: February 14th, 2014

 Goodreads Summary:  It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle. 

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time

 Quick Note: Step by Step I am reviewing books again. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) on February 8th and I really enjoyed this. My reviews are long, they usually are, but like always I added pictures and quotes. I hope you enjoy the review and read the book. It’s really good.

 4 amazing stars
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One Night at the Jacaranda by Carol Cooper: Book Review!

19262387  Title: One Night at the Jacaranda

  Author: Carol Cooper

 Rating: 4 stars

 Pages: 272

 Date Published: February 20th 2012

 Goodreads Summary:  One man dying of cancer. One struggling journalist. A group of single Londoners. One night that changes everything. 

For one booze and hope-fuelled night, the lives of a motley group of 30-somethings criss-cross. As the discover, finding someone special is also about finding yourself, and that’s not always where you expect.

Quick Note: This is a review copy kindly given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I read this way back in February and today I finally got the chance to review this great book. Enjoy!

 One Night at the Jacaranda  is basically the story of  a group of 30 something year old that are each going through something.  They all have, basically, one thing in common. Finding just that bit of happiness.

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One Night they all decide to start speed dating at the Jacaranda Bar in London, for different reasons. Each one of them are looking for different things. Love, sex, fun, friendship, solace and more. The characters have 3 minutes to look at the opposite sex and ask questions to each other. One day after the speed dating they have tick their crosses online which persons they’d like to see again. As the story unfolds, you find out more and more about every character but some things are not what they seem like. It turns out not everyone was saying the truth.

 


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Because of You by Sam Mariano: New Author Review

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Forty Days by Stephanie Parent: Review

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Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz (book review)

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz (book review)

 Title: Teeth  Author: Hannah Moskowitz  Hardcover,288 pages  Published by: Simon Pulse  Date published: January 1st, 2013   Its been a WHILE since I have written a review, so here we go… Moskowitz has a way of writing books that leave you amazed, … Continue reading

Book Review: Women of Words: A Personal Introduction to Thirty-Five Important Writers

TitleWomen of Words: A Personal Introduction to Thirty -Five  Important Writers

Author(s): Janet Bukovinsky Teacher(Editor), Jenny Powell ( Illustrator)

My Rating:4 out of 5 stars

First Copyright Date: September 1st 1996

Publisher:Running Press Book Publishers ,Hardcover, 176 pages

Short Summary: “Women of Words” celebrates the best of women’s writing from the last two centuries. Featuring 35 extraordinary writers, including Mary Wollstonecraft, Toni Morrison, Willa Cather, and Edith Wharton, this elegant treasury presents carefully selected excerpts from each woman’s writings. A concise biography and original, full-color portrait accompany each profile.

My Thoughts:
I received Women of Words when I was young and it really didn’t interest me that much just because I don’t read these types of books that are like biographies. BUT I decided to give this book a chance and I actually liked it. Its a book about  35 amazing writers from the most known : Anais Nin, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Virginia Wolf to the less well  known: Elizabeth Gaskell, Edith Sitwell, Stevie Smith, M.F.K. Fisher, and Edna O’Brien. There isn’t much to say about the book really. You open the book to a writer and it gives you a brief story of their lives and how they came to be writers then a portrait of them, and a short expert from a book they wrote or a poem they wrote. Here is an example:
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You cant see it that well but that is a portrait of Anais Nin and to the left is the brief story of her life and the year she was born and the year she died.
However it was a very lovely book and I learned about authors I didn’t even know excited. I read this almost everyday and enjoy it very much. The portraits inside are very detailed and lovely and I was surprised at some of these women’s secret lives. If you ever get the chance to read it I assure you, you will enjoy it.
Here is( I think) a better picture of the book cover:
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Review of Where She Went

Where She Went

by Gayle Forman

My Rating: 3.5 to 4 stars

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult,Fiction

I am FINALLY writing this.

Short Summary:

Where She Went is the sequel to the book If I Stay. It is told from the point of view of Adam Wilde, Mia’s ex- boyfriend, in the earlier novel. It’s been three years since Adam and Mia have seen each other or talked to each other. Adam is now a famous rock star, living a life that anybody would die for. Except he isn’t happy. Adam’s life hasn’t been what it looks like it is ever since Mia left him for Julliard without an explanation. While he is in New York he has a chance to meet again with Mia that leads to a beautiful, self – changing experience.

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Review of Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Title: Stolen

Author: Lucy Christopher

Rating: 3 to 4.5 stars

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Review of If I Stay

So I am finally writing a review.

The first time I saw this book(my reviews always start with an anecdote for some reason) was when I had to do this secret Santa thing in my school and the person that I got really liked reading. So I decided to go to a book store and I saw this book. I was captivated by the cover and the inside of this edition which is really beautiful. I was a little jealous that I had to buy this person that book but my dad surprised me by actually buying it and giving it to me for Christmas.

The Story:

Mia has the perfect life so far. She is a cellist who could be on her way to Julliard. She has a wonderful, loving, and supportive family. And she has a gorgeous boyfriend who is perfect. But as wonderful as Mia’s life is, she has hard choices to make. She never thought about her future with Adam and never really thought about what people would think if she left to Julliard. Should she go to Julliard and leave everything behind?

On a normal day in February a terrible accident occurs, Mia suddenly finds herself confused with what has happened. But when she realizes the reality and the terrible news she finds herself with only one choice left – should she stay?

The Book:

I have to say that this book was a quick read but it was really good. I loved it. I started reading it on January because I always save the best for last but then I made the mistake to let my friend borrow it and well it took me forever. But as I started reading it I just fell in love with it and thought it was wonderful. Its a really beautiful tragic story that made me cry a lot.

This book is just WOW! It has its sad moments and happy moments. i sometimes found myself cracking up or tearing up.

I liked how Gayle Forman does an excellent job writing anecdotes from Mia’s past and making the reader understand her love for the cello, her family, and Adam, her boyfriend. As I was reading, I felt like I really got to know Mia and her family and found myself grieving along with Mia.

I also liked how this whole book had to do with music. Mia played the cello, Adam was on a band, her parents loved music and her dad was on a band. Close friends were on bands or loved music. And everywhere there was the mention of music. I really liked that because I also like music and I found myself connecting with those details.

IF I STAY is a must-read. It is a beautiful,touching story that can make you cry or laugh or sometimes do both at the same time. If you read this book you will always remember it and stay with it forever. I cant wait to read WHERE SHE WENT. I know that I will enjoy it as much as IF I STAY.

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