How To Be Bad

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How did I get it?:
I requested it from Hot Key Books in exchange for a honest review!

Previous books reviewed written by E.Lockhart
We Were Liars
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Synopsis:

Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn’t be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who’s as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild-child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she’s furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend. And Mel is the new girl in town. She’s already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends.

But for all their differences, the girls discover they’ve got one thing in common – they’re desperate to escape. Desperate to get the heck out of Niceville and discover their true ‘badass’ selves! Even if it’s just for the weekend… One ‘borrowed’ car later, it’s time to hit the road and head for Miami. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

Thoughts:

I have to admit that I haven’t always been the biggest fan of E.Lockhart’s books. I didn’t quite ‘get’ We Were Liars as much as the rest of the blogosphere did. I did enjoy The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks more than We Were Liars and I’m happy to say that there’s a trend going on, because I enjoyed How To Be Bad much more than any book I’ve read by E. Lockhart (so far). I don’t think this is because there was more than one writer, I have always enjoyed E.Lockhart’s writing, it tended to be the plot that I had a problem with!

How To Be Bad isn’t the deepest read out there, but it’s one of those books that I think is a great read for summer. It’s a road trip book, which always bodes well for a summer read in my eyes. The story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of three girls who are incredibly different from one another. The girls have different reasons for going on the road trip, but they get to know each other even better as they go through many different things together.

I think Jesse might be a character that ends up grating on a few people. She is judgmental from the start when she judges Mel for being rich. She then judges her friend Vicks for the choices she makes in her love life. She improves though, so stick with her! I think all of the girls aren’t perfect in this book and it is interesting to read about them and see them grow throughout the story. None of them claim to be perfect which is definitely a redeeming factor.

The road trip element was fun and a lot happened to the girls, some of which wasn’t totally believable, but it was still really fun to read. The reason why I haven’t given this book higher than three stars is because I don’t feel it had enough depth to it and the ending was rather abrupt. Still, I would recommend it for a summery read and especially to those that enjoy road trip stories.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! Certainly for fans of the genre!

Fun and easy to read. A good beach read!

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Stacking The Shelves #121

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

25580993I enjoyed Sinead’s first novel, so I quickly snapped up a copy of her next book!

Hot Key Books

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I requested these two books from Hot Key Books. I thought Almost Grace sounded really intriguing! I think How To Be Bad could be a good, quick read as well. It always interests me to see how the book is with more than one author!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 🙂

Don’t Even Think About It

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hachette Children’s Books

Synopsis:

This is the story of how we became freaks. It’s how a group of I’s became a we.

When Class 10B got their flu shots, they expected some side effects. Maybe a sore arm. Maybe a headache. They definitely didn’t expect to get telepathy. But suddenly they could hear what everyone was thinking. Their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Now they all know that Tess has a crush on her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Some of them will thrive. Some of them will break. None of them will ever be the same.

A smart and funny story about friendship, first love and surviving high school from the bestselling author of Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done.

Thoughts:

I thought Don’t Even Think About It was a quick and easy read. I have to admit that I don’t think that it’s anything remarkable, but it’s still a decent read and I’m very interested to see how the series progresses.

It explores what it would be like if we were able to know what everyone else is thinking. I used to think that would be quite cool, but I’m not so sure. Perhaps ignorance is bliss! In Don’t Even Think About It, Class 10B get to experience what that skill would be like, following a flu jab that’s had some very strange complications. The only trouble is… everyone else that has had that batch of the flu jab, can also hear what you’re thinking. Your best friend can hear your personal, intimate thoughts and so can the boy that you like.

Don’t Even Think About It uses a very different narration. It’s like all of the characters are telling their story at one point. It can be a bit hard to get used to, but once you have got your head around it, I found it quite enjoyable.

My problem with this book was that there were far too many characters for me to get involved and attached to.
I also felt like although it warns it’s not for younger readers, it felt quite immature. I think this is the way that the characters act though and not particularly the writing.

I think if you want to read some mindless fluff, then this is the book for you. I’m not criticising that it is fluffy. It’s fun, and intriguing in points. Sometimes that’s just what I need to read and I know that many people enjoy this sort of book too. I’m interested to see what happens next.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!