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“This book was like seeing an old friend again. It's full of great references from Sarah Dessen's other books. Benji's comment about how he is 'along for the ride', is definitely my favorite. One of the best things about this book, is that it's different from the her other stories, and from most...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Emaline, the main character, breaks up with high-school sweetheart Luke and in waltzes Theo, a NY film assistant who's in Colby for the summer to shoot a documentary about Clyde Conaway who was a promising painter a decade ago and then dropped everything to return to Colby and be anonymous again....”see full review » see other reviews »
“I am just over 100 pages into this book and I really like it. It is about a teenage girl who is coping with the struggles of trying to add her biological father back into her life. Also, she works full-time at a family-owned beach house rental business, with 2 older sisters, and balances all of this with spending time with her friends and boyfriend. I like the simplicity of the book in terms of how typical it is, I like that on a level, I can relate. It is a very basic book that is a fun, relaxing read instead of one that makes me think a lot, which is good, too. ”Amira A wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Emaline, the main character, breaks up with high-school sweetheart Luke and in waltzes Theo, a NY film assistant who's in Colby for the summer to shoot a documentary about Clyde Conaway who was a promising painter a decade ago and then dropped everything to return to Colby and be anonymous again. At the same time her biological father appears in her life again. The father who stopped all contact and broke his promise to pay for her education at the university of her choice just like that. She's still trying to overcome her disappointment in him when he resurfaces and tentatively tries to reconnecting with him but that's not going to be easy.
This must be my least favorite of Dessen's novels. I'm a they-lived-happily-ever-after kinda girl and I did not get this feel-good ending here. She definitely didn't follow the same sort of plot as in her other books and it may be more realistic this way, I was still not very happy with it.
Furthermore, you don't really get to know Luke, and I couldn't like Theo. Even from the very beginning, I didn't find him likeable. Her father isn't likeable either. So I kind of missed the natural feel good and the romance she normally displays in her books.”
“it was slow and i couldnt get into it”Melody Yang wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So much exposition. So much! Characters tell you everything they are doing, feeling, thinking, all the time. Every relationship is perfectly spelled out, so the reader doesn't have a chance for any critical thought. And at the end, no one really changes or learns any lessons. This was recommended to me as good YA fiction, but there are much better books out there. Go read Eleanor and Park and leave this one on the shelf.”EmilyBat wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I listened to the audio book read by Allie Gallerani. The reader sort of matched the story, kind of bland. This Sarah Dessen book is very similar to other Sarah Dessen books I've read, been there, read that. Maybe she needs to mix it up a bit.”Susie V wrote this review Friday, September 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book, but not my favorite Sarah Dessen”Jean K wrote this review Friday, September 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The book for me was a piece of art. Although I am not familiar with Dessen's novels I have to say that she did a great job when it comes to character development and realism. All the characters have human traits and no one is perfect there is so much diversity that I believe anyone can relate himself to one. Not lot of authors have the ability to do that.
There is the girl that cares about all, the b*** who is also sentimental deep down, the overly attached - overly worrying mother and of course the awesome but douche boyfriend and the cool friends and sister. I found all the characters funny and clever (except a certain person who in the end turned 160 around) thus the book has a good sense of humor and i like funny books.
What I didn't really like was the story. I saw the whole book but I continued reading because I went through a same phase when i was leaving for college a couple of years ago. I liked that Dessen showed how a departure of one person can change not only his life but others too. How everyone is start seeing this person and how they try to figure out how to treat him. As an adult or as a child? Through my experience this is the worst thing that can happen to a parent - the kid wants freedom the parent refuses to see that due to fear of what might change.
The writing was really really good and I felt like i was walking around Colby and i liked that a lot!!!
I am sure the book will appeal to anyone that is ready to leave for college and also likes summer readings.”
“SD”Rachel H wrote this review Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought the book was ok. It is a coming of age story and will touch the hearts of those who are just graduated and heading for college. I think most high school students would like it.”Bella wrote this review Friday, October 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Have mixed emotions about her books. I like them, I like the way she writes but I read to get away from reality. Her books are real. Real situations, real emotions, real lessons learned. So I liked this book but I wouldn't read it again.”Dani A wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No