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Review: On the Fence

Review: On the FenceTitle: On the Fence
Author(s): Kasie West
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 296 (Paperback)
Source: Borrowed
For: Personal Interest
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Synopsis from Goodreads

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows--including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

My Thoughts

I borrowed On the Fence from my friend Suey over a year ago. 😳 I know, right?! I decided it was high time I read it and, boy, am I glad I did! I finished it in two sittings!

I adored On the Fence! It is the first 5-star read of the year. Heck, it’s the first new 5-star read of the last two years! It’s a new favorite. I loved the relationship that Charlie had with Braden and watching it build from friendship into something more. Friendship to romantic relationships are the best!

I also loved watching Charlie discover herself. She’d only ever known herself in one way before. Once she was thrown in all these difference social situations, she wasn’t sure who she was. She discovered she could be herself and a little more girly at the same time.

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Anyway, I’m glad I read On the Fence and I wish I had read it sooner. I look forward to reading more books by Kasie West.

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Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

Review: Eliza and Her MonstersTitle: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author(s): Francesca Zappia
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 385 (Kindle)
Source: Library
For: Personal Interest
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Synopsis from Goodreads

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

My Thoughts

I had never heard of Eliza and Her Monsters until I saw Suey review it on her blog and then I saw it on a couple of other blogs right after that. After Suey’s review and her recommendation, I decided I needed to read it. Fortunately, it was available on Kindle at my library so I could.

I loved Eliza’s story. I loved her webcomic. In fact, I really want Zappia to publish a novelization of her webcomic as well as a graphic novel of Monstrous Sea now. The story was so interesting and sounds like something I would enjoy so much!

I wanted to strangle Eliza’s parents. I know they meant well like most parents do, but there were times when I felt like these parents just didn’t care because it’s not what they did. I felt like they didn’t try to understand her. It’s not completely their fault. Eliza could’ve talked to them more as well, but as her parents, it’s up to them not her.

I adored Eliza and Her Monsters. I adored the double entendre of the title. And, I sobbed as I read parts of Eliza’s story. Even though I’m not an introvert, per se (I’m an introverted extrovert or an extroverted introvert, lol), I related to Eliza and even Wallace in so many ways. I shared some of their monsters in high school and reading about them made me want to hug them both and tell them, “It’s okay. Life gets better.”

I’m glad I read Eliza and Her Monsters. I’ll definitely keep a look out for more of Zappia’s work.

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Review: Ready Player One

Review: Ready Player OneTitle: Ready Player One
Author(s): Ernest Cline
Series: Ready Player One #1
Genre(s): Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 374 (Kindle)
Source: Own
For: Book Club
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Synopsis from Goodreads

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win--and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

My Thoughts

My book club read Ready Player One for January. I was really excited to read it because I knew it was all things nerdy. And, boy was it nerdy!

The concept of Ready Player One was so fascinating. I loved the dystopian society that Cline built and the need for the OASIS. At times, I wished the OASIS were real, but to be honest, I’m glad it’s not. I kept thinking about my self-proclaimed from JK Rowling, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” In the society that Wade lived in, the OASIS was needed. In my society, it’s not and I hope we never need something so immersive.

The contest was fun. I adored reading about all the 80s nostalgia. I felt like I was reliving my childhood. I’d agree with the characters when they talked about “our” favorites and then I’d get mad at them when they dissed one of my favorites. I’m looking at you, Aech. Ladyhawke is awesome!

My biggest pet peeve with Ready Player One was the info dumps. Whenever Wade got hold of a new technology, I felt like Cline couldn’t help himself. He just went on and on about the technology he created and it was a little much. I understand that he needed to describe what was happening, but that whole chapter in Wade’s apartment was just painful to read.

Besides the info dumps, I really enjoyed the story. I was immersed and glued to my seat, so to speak. I’m excited to see how this book translates into a movie.