Jun 26, 2017

Alex, Approximately.

Posted by Jenia. at 6/26/2017 05:10:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
alex,approximately.
jenn bennett.

Publisher Simon Pulse.
Publication Date: April 4,2017.
Genre:  YA  Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|388.
          Source:  Goodreads|Library











The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.



Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.



Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.



And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately 




 




I wish that I read Alex, approximately sooner that I had. I have been hearing about it for few months since it came out and once I started reading it, I saw why. I fell in love after reading few pages and if I had more time to read, I would have finished this book sooner. I had a feeling that it was going to enjoy the book when I read a synopsis of the book, once I came across it on goodreads. Alex, Approxiimately turned out to be better that I expected it to. It had a mystery surrounding it in a way and I wondered when all the secrets would come out. I knew that there was a chance that it wouldn’t end well when it did come out. There was a small part of me that was sad that the story came to end and I had to say to everyone, and glad that both Bailey and Porter got their happily after, considering what the two of them went through.



Alex,Approxiatelyis a first novel that I read byJENN BENNETT and after such incredible, addictive story, it won’t be the last one. Now, Porter and Bailey, their relationship seemed to be a hate like sort of relationship at the beginning. Honestly, I didn’t think at first that it would lead to anything, not the way that he acted with Bailey at first when the two of them started working together. As time passed, I wondered if that tough guy was an act, as to way to scare the new employees. When he told her the shark story, which is a personal story to tell to someone that you barely know, I had feeling that he cared about Bailey more than he let on. As two of them spend more time together, got closer, I saw the bond between the two of them. I was happy to discover that Porter was Alex who Bailey was talking to online, it was as it was meant to be, even if it did not start out that way. I was rooting for the two of them, especially once the two of them started to fight. I was glad that in the end, the two of them saw that they belonged with each other.



I loved that each of the chapter, at the start there were a quote from movie, and some of the movies I even recognized. It fit the story, perfectly. I could not get enough of story, of the characters and I wanted to see how it would end for them. There was one character I disliled from the start, Davy. I had a bad feeling about him from start of book and I had a feeling that he was going end up doing something that would get him in trouble. I was glad that he didn’t kill anyone. I think jail time will do him some good, or at least I hope that he would realize that he needs help. I can’t even imagine what must been going through Bailey’s mind, especially after what she went through. It could have ended up worse than it had. As I said, I think that the two of them needed a happily after, with everything that they went throught. A breathtaking story. I finished it few hours earlier and I still find myself thinking about, and wondering what happened to the rest characters after. I can’t wait to see what other adventures, the author has in store for us next.


Jun 4, 2017

City Of Bones ( Mortal Instruments, #1)

Posted by Jenia. at 6/04/2017 07:12:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
city of bones.
Mortal Instruments,#1
cassandra clare.

Publisher  Margaret K. Mcelderry.
Publication Date: March 27, 2007.
Genre: YA  Fantasy| Romance
Format|Pages:  Hardcover|485.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.











When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?



This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...




I seem to be loss of words when it comes to this book. I had orginally read CITY OF BONES back in 2015 and since been a while I decided to re-read it before reading other books in series. Once I started to re-read it, I remembered how much I loved this book, the characters, the story and the writing. CITY OF BONES will have your attention until the end book and will have you wanting more. Right after I finished CITY OF BONES I wanted to pick up the next book in the series right away. How could I not? I could not get enough of the characters and I wanted to know what would happen with them next, especially with Clary and Jace. Even I wasn’t expecting that twist, like Jace and Clary I was in complete shock when I found out and denial. Jace and Clary, siblings? I am pretty sure that was not something that anybody was expecting.



Jace and Clary had this bond from the start, even if they wouldn’t show it at start. I don’t believe that Clary liked him that much at first. Of course, I couldn’t blame her considering how Jace acted half of time, I wasn’t sure if I liked him at first myself. It became clear how much Jace cared about Clary, way that he always protected her. When they found that Valentine was their father, that Jace was Jonnathan,Clary’s brother who supposed died all those years back. I actually re-read it few times as to make sure that I read it right. I was right along with Clary there, I did not want to believe it. Of course, they had to find out after they shared that kiss. I couldn’t help but wonder what was going to happen now, if the two of them would be able to stay away from each other, or they would be able to move on. The way that the two of them connected, I have a feeling that it would be hard to move past the bond that the two of them have established. I am eager to see what happens with them next.



CITY OF BONES did not have a single dull moment, there was always something happening in the story, and kept you on the edge of your seat. It’s one of those series that I wished I read sooner than I had. I can’t wait to see what adventures and of course challenges a waits everyone next. I have this feeling thatMortal Instruments will be a series that I am going to fall in love with.


May 21, 2017

The Problem With Forever.

Posted by Jenia. at 5/21/2017 06:19:00 PM 1 comments
☆☆☆
the problem with forever.
Jennifer l. armentrout.

Publisher Harlequin Teen.
Publication Date: May 17,2016.
Genre:  YA  Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|474..
          Source:  Goodreads|Library










For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.



Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.



It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard. 




 





That was…beautiful, heartbreaking story. There are so much emotion that went through me while reading THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER and even I am not sure if I can clearly describe my feeling at this moment. I had been a fan of JENNIFER L. ARMENTTOUT ever since I came across Lux Series which I fell in love with back in 2013. It has been a while since I last read any of her books. Once I found out that she had a new book coming out, I wanted to check it out. From moment that I picked up THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER I fell in love again and I remembered how much I loved this writer. I was hooked into Mallory and Rider’s world and was as if I became part of their story. Like Mallory was telling a story to me and I wanted to see how it would end. I wanted a happy ending, for both Rider and Mallory, the two of the deserved it, after everything that the two of them had gone through, they needed their happily after.



Anyone could tell that there was a connection between Rider and Mallory, from moment that Rider realized that it was her, his childhood best friend that he protected all those years. I believe that Paige knew it, and it was one of reasons that she disliked her, because she was aware of how important she was to him. I am pretty sure she even knew how he felt about her, before Mallory did. I am not sure why but I loved the nickname that Rider had for Mallory, ‘Mouse’, I thought that it was cute. It was clear to me from beginning how much he cared about her, Rider always made effort to be around her, texting her and making sure she was okay. I knew it before he did, that him and Paige wouldn’t work, not for long anyways. I was rooting for them to be together from beginning. Like Mallory I did not understand why Carl was treating Rider way he did, but once he explained about his brother, it made sense. I was also glad that she finally got into good family, the ones that cared about her. Family and Love is what Mallory needed.




THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is not only a love story. It’s a story about friendship, family, overcoming your fears, facing your past and letting go. It was an emotional book, and impossible to put down. Not a single page did not kept my attention, it had my full attention from beginning of book till the end. Be sure that you have tissues nearby because you will need it. THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER a story that will stay with you, a story that I couldn’t seem to get out of my mind long after I had finished it. I was amazed and proud of how Mallory changed from beginning of book and at the end. An astonishing, emotional ride.


May 14, 2017

The Adjustment (The Program,#3)

Posted by Jenia. at 5/14/2017 05:26:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
the adjustment.
The Program,#3
suzanne young.

Publisher  Simon Pulse.
Publication Date: April 18,2017
Genre: YA  Fantasy| Romance
Format|Pages:  Hardcover|416.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.









How do you go back to a life you can’t remember? Find out in this follow up to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment.



Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he’d remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough.



It wasn’t.



Like all returners, Weston came back a blank canvas. The years he and Tatum spent together were forgotten, as well as the week when he mysteriously disappeared before The Program came for him.



Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment—a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Tatum donates her memories from their time together.



But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don’t match the experiences. And this discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done.



And as the truth of their life together becomes clear, Tatum will have to decide if she loves Weston enough to let him go, or to continue to live the lie they’d build together.



Prepare for your Adjustment. 



 





I am speechless… Emotions that are going through me right now, I don’t think even I can explain how I am feeling right now. The ending, that cliffhanger. SUZANNE YOUNG did it again, send me through emotional rollercoaster, and have me craving for more. How can I not? After an ending like that? I was thinking about it long after I reached the end. I wanted to know what is going to happen know with Tatum and Weston. I didn’t think that I could love The Program Series more than I had aleready, I was wrong. I think out of all the couples, Tatum and Weston is my favorite as of right now. I got admit that out of all the books in series that I have read, THE ADJUSTMENT was the most emotional one. I can’t even count the times that I teared up while reading this book. Reading THE ADJUSTMENT you can’t help but feel Tatum’s emotions, her fear, her pain. Like Tatum I wanted to help Weston. I wanted for things to be like it used to be, before.






How could I not love the two of them together? Fact that they were willing to risk everything in order to get back to what it was. Even if Weston didn’t know what that was. At first it was working like they wanted to, and for first time I saw that the two of them were happy. Till Tatum’s memories started to get mixed up. At first I assumed that it was the pills that her grandmother was giving her, that they were somehow messing with her memories. It making her confusing from real memories to what actually happened. Even I did not see the end coming, it never occurred to me, that it was Tatum that she was the one who went through program, through adjustment. It was a shock. An unexpected twist in the story. Afterwards had me wishing for the next book, wanting to see what would happen with them next. I am not sure how long I can actually wait to see what happens. It’s almost a torture waiting to see what happens with Tatum and Weston next.





Another great addition to The Program , I can’t wait to see what happens next, what adventures the two of them will face them. I can’t get enough of their series. Every book seems to get more addictive. I cannot get enough of this series. It’s breathtaking, will have you leaving for more. A page turner.


May 13, 2017

Something In Between.

Posted by Jenia. at 5/13/2017 05:00:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
something in between.
melissa de la cruz.

Publisher Harlequin Teen.
Publication Date: October 4,2016.
Genre:  YA  Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|432.
          Source:  Goodreads|Library














It feels like there’s no ground beneath me, like everything I’ve ever done has been a lie. Like I’m breaking apart, shattering. Who am I? Where do I belong?



Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.



And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.



For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.


 






What drawn me into this story, was the cover and the summary. Even if I been American citizen for years now, I remember how it felt coming from a foreign country. However, I cannot imagine having your Visa being expired and being on verge of being deported, I can’t even to begin to imagine how Jasmine and her entire family felt like at that moment. There were so many emotions that I felt through the novel and I can’t begin to tell you, the amount of time that I felt scared for Jasmine and her family. Those were the moments that kept me on reading because I wanted to see what would happen, how it would end for them. Would they be able to stay or would they end up being deported? I hoped that Royce’s father would be able to do something for them, to keep them in America but I had my doubts about it, like Jasmine’s father did. SOMETHING IN BETWEEN was unlike other real life issue that I read about before. I have read about Immigrants before, through the years but nothing like this before. It had it’s moments where I smiled, laughed and at the same time, it was a tough subject to read about. There were time where I had feeling that there big chance that Jasmine’s family will get deported.



Royce, how can you not love him? At beginning I wasn’t sure about him, I was sure if he liked Jasmine or if he flirted with all girls like that. Considering he came all way DC with his father, so that he could see her again tells something. Not long passed where I could tell how much he cared about her. He even got his father involved, he even proposed to her just so that she could stay in America. He loved her. I feel like him being around her is one of things that made Jasmine happy, considering everything that she was going through. Despite their fights, in the end the two of them made it. If it wasn’t for Royce getting Jasmine to accept her father’s help, the two of them would got separated because their family would get deported. Even if I didn’t like his father at start, I couldn’t help but like him after how he helped Jasmine’s family. Of course I was also happy that Jasmine and Royce remain together.



SOMETHING IN BETWEEN was the first novel that I read by MELISSA DE LA CRUZ and it won’t be the last. I know that it’s only the first book that I read by her, but it was beautifully written and I found myself falling in love. I was drawn into Jasmine’s story, I could feel the emotions that she was feeling, the fear that she was feeling. It’s a story about family, love and hope. I couldn’t get enough of it. The story was…heartbreaking, a masterpiece. A story that everyone should read. I am eager to see what else she has in store for us.


Apr 30, 2017

The Forbidden Wish( Forbidden Wish,#1)

Posted by Jenia. at 4/30/2017 03:45:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
the forbidden wish.
Forbidden Wish,#1
jessica khoury.

Publisher  Razorbill.
Publication Date: February 23,201.6
Genre: YA  Fantasy| Romance
Format|Pages:  Hardcover|352.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.










She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...




When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.



But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? 



 





Retelling of Aladdin like you’ll never imagined before. Forbidden love, a villain, a princess. THE FORBIDDEN WISH is action packed, filled with danger and the twists that you won’t see coming.



At first I was hesitant about picking up THE FORBIDDEN WISH when I found out that it was retelling Of Aladdin, a story that I loved most of my childhood. The cover, the title was what had drawn me to the story. Now that I have read it, I am glad that I decided to give it a chance. I was absorbed from the first page till the last. I adored Zahra’s and Aladdin’s story and even found myself wondering what will come next for them. I loved the fact that Jinni was a girl in this retelling, a jinni that ends up falling in love with a human, Aladdin. Their love, it surprised me and that Zahra even gave up her freedom at one point, so that she could save him, even convincing the princess to help her. I loved the bond that two of them created. I could see how much Zahra cared about Aladdin before she did, before he did. Zahra was the one that he wanted, not the princess. I was actually happy when he put wedding to stop, that he could not go through with it. The two of them were constantly saving one another, even if she wouldn’t admit it at first. They belonged with one another.



I love the princess, Caspida and her friends. All of them always stood by each other, looked out for one another no matter what. It’s hard to not like her. Fact that she believed Zahra and helped her save Aladdin, fought a war. She is strong and I think that she will make a great Queen, even if she seemed to have trouble believing that at a moment. Besides Zahra and Aladdin she was one of my favorite characters in this book. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t enjoy in this book. Every chapter, every page there was always something going on, keeping you from putting the book down because you wonder how it all will end. Will they Win? Will Zahra finally be free and be with Aladdin where she belongs? How can you stop at that? I couldn’t, and I didn’t till I reached the end. Even once I reached the end, I found myself craving for more. I wanted to know what will happen after, and are they truly safe and free?



THE FORBIDDEN WISH is an action packed love story, will stay with you long after you turn the last page. It’s magical.

Love, Lucy.

Posted by Jenia. at 4/30/2017 01:35:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
love,Lucy.
april lindner.

Publisher Poppy.
Publication Date: January 27,2015.
Genre:  YA  Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|304.
          Source:  Goodreads|Library












While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician.



After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse have to be, does it?

In this stunning novel, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.






When I came across this novel on Goodreads, the description had sparked my interest enough that I was curious about it. I did not have high expectations about the book because I had never read book by this author. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop and I wished that I had picked it up sooner that I had. LOVE, LUCY was breathtaking, and half of it took place in Italy, one of places that I love to see in the future. Now that I have read LOVE, LUCY I am eager to see it even more. When Lucy was in Italy and when she was exploring it with Jesse, and way that she describes the sights that they seen, those sights I could picture them despite never being in Italy. Can it be more romantic then fall in love in Italy? I think it’s one of most romantic places for love. I couldn’t get enough of Jesse and Lucy, the two of them were almost always on the move, and it had me wondering what adventure they would come across them next. APRIL LINDNER has a way to have you feel that you took the adventure along with Lucy and Jesse, as if you were part of a story.



At first I assumed that Jesse and Lucy will be nothing but summer fling, considering that Lucy would be leaving her vacation. There was this feeling that maybe the two of them were falling for each other too fast, it didn’t feel realistic at first. I also didn’t think it was nice of Lucy to ditch her friend who she met recently. I know she tried to include her, but at the same time I didn’t feel like she meant it. However, I loved the scenes between Lucy and Jesse, the sights that they seen. It did not take long for me to see how Jesse cared about Lucy, especially when he asked her to stay. I wasn’t sure if he loved her or not, I did know that he cared about her, more than a summer romance. After Lucy left, I wondered if they would keep touch, if it would be the same. I was angry with Jesse for not keeping touch with her, at same time I wondered if there was reason behind it.



I loved that Jesse and Lucy ended up back with each other. I did not like how the two of them ended together. I did not like that Lucy cheated on Shane. I think that she should broken up with him, moment that Jesse showed up and kissed her. Shane did nothing but try to please her, he even offered to stay with him, help her found a job when he found out about her father. He might not been in love with her, but he cared about her. My heart broke for him. He did not deserve that. There was one character I could not like and that was Lucy’s father. Mostly I did not like how he treated her, and tried bully her in doing something that she did not even like. Way he threatened to stop paying for her college, just because she joined one play. Aren’t parents supposed support her children? I am glad that she at least had her mom to support her. I was glad that in end everything worked out for her. I was thinking about story long after I finished it.



A beautiful love story.

Apr 23, 2017

Run.

Posted by Jenia. at 4/23/2017 07:38:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
run.
kody kiplinger.

Publisher Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 28,2016.
Genre:  YA  Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|288.
          Source:  Goodreads|Library.













Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.



Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter—protect her from what, Agnes isn’t quite sure.



Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.



So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn’t hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo’s dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and—worst of all—confronting some ugly secrets. 








I have been wanting to read RUN since it came out. It wasn’t what I had expected it to be, it was even better. Don’t you love books like these? I am big fan of love stories, as you already aware. What I loved about this book is a fact that it dealt more with friendship then love. There were few scenes that mentioned a relationship but that wasn’t a focus of it. Majority of novel was based on Bo and Agnes friendship. Their friendship was unlike any other friendship, it was real. The friendship between Bo Dickinson and Agnes Atwood was unique because the two of them were different and Agnes was blind. That didn’t stop the two of them create a bond, despite what others tried to tell Agnes about Bo. Their friendship, it reminded me of my best friend.




I loved that story was written from Agnes and Bo’s point of view, and one went when they just met, while other to the current time when two of them went on a run. There wasn’t a single dull moment for me while I read this book, there was always something going on. It had me on the edge of my seat every page, every chapter. I couldn’t seem to get enough of their story and was eager to see how their story was going to end. I loved how the two of them trusted one another, depended one another and despite what happened, were always there for each other. There were multiple emotions that were going through me while I was reading this novel. Once again I fell in love with story, and the characters.



RUN was a third book that I read byKODY KIPLINGER and it won’t be the last one. I am eager to see what other adventures she will come up with next. A beautifully written story about family, love, new beginnings and the meaning of true friendship. If I could give it more than five stars, I would. Be sure to check this one out, you won’t regret it.

Apr 15, 2017

How It Feels To Fly.

Posted by Jenia. at 4/15/2017 08:11:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆
how it feels to fly.
kathryn holmes.

Publisher HarperTeen.
Publication Date: June 14,2016.
Genre:  YA  Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|368.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.












The movement is all that matters.



For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.



The change was gradual. Stealthy.



Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope.



What I really need is a whole new body.



Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player who’s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he does—beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that there’s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her? 








Beautiful, heartbreaking story.



HOW IT FEELS TO FLY one of those stories that a lot of teens can relate to, at least parts of the stories, especially teen girls. I feel like almost every teen girl goes through this at some point, where they don’t like how they look. HOW IT FEELS TO FLY is a novel about that, and about learning to accept yourself and to love yourself for who you are. I could be wrong about this, but to me it felt like Sam had the hardest time accepting about how she felt about herself. I could tell by how she acted, anytime she had eat or anywhere where she knew that others might be looking at her. I don’t think that having Zoe insult her in beginning helped her either. I believe that if any person that helped her was Andrew, the way he was around her and all of that attention that he gave her, he made her feel beautiful. I am not surprised that she ended up falling for him. Andrew made her feel special, I think any girl would fall for a guy who did that.



I didn’t think that Andrew was in love with Sam or anything, but I did believe that he felt something for her. I was heartbroken for her, I can’t imagine how it must felt to be rejected like that especially since she believed that he felt same way. I could see it, there was a connection between the two of them, especially when he invited her for dancing later in the night. I was as sure like Sam was that there was something there. Apparently I read the signs wrong just like Sam did. If there was something there, even just a little bit, he would kissed her back but instead he pushed her away. I was sure that the two of them might end up together, though the age gap was big. I found myself disappointed that the two of them didn’t end up together. I think this was one of first books I read this year where the girl did not end up with they guy that she fell for and that made this book realistic



I hated how Sam’s mom treated Sam, it was like she cared more about ballet then she cared about her own daughter. She put her down half of the time. I have this feeling that’s why Sam started feeling the way she did. It feels like her mother was part of her panic attacks too. I noticed that she would feel anxious half of the time when she talked to her, or when she knew that she had talk to her. I don’t blame her for wanting to avoid her, to avoid the phone calls with her. I was glad when Sam finally told her how she felt. That’s something that she should done a long time ago. I am glad that she agreed to go to that camp, it helped me more that she thought it would. By end she done the things that she would never imagined herself doing at the beginning of the camp. I was proud of her. I was proud of everyone, most of them accomplished and overcame so much.



Astonishing story about friendship, and acceptance.

 

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