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Flat-Out Love July 20, 2013

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Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1) Jessica Park

When Julie arrives in Boston for college she finds out the apartment she has rented doesn’t exist.  Her mother’s former college roommate invites Julie to stay with her family; Matt, the quirky, cute and nerdy MIT student, Celeste, the super smart younger sister who has some quirk of her own, and Erin and Roger, the hardworking academics who rarely spend time at home.  As Julie starts to settle in, she starts talking to the one member of the Watkins family she hasn’t met yet, Finn, who’s rooms she is currently occupying.  Through emails, chats, and Facebook statuses, Julie begins to fall in love with Finn.  As Julie gets closer to everyone in the Watkins family she stirs up the family’s secrets.

It’s hard for me to express how great this book is without sounding like a squealing teenage girl!  This book exceeded my expectations with its great characters and plot.  Being somewhat of a nerd myself, I loved the humor and conversations between all the characters.  Julie was equal parts smart, funny and nerdy while still being completely relatable and realistic.  Matt was the typical MIT student, super smart and geeky but he was caring and funny too.  I did figure out one part of the plot about halfway through but it didn’t take away from the rest of the book at all.  There was still plenty of twists that kept things interesting.  I was so invested in this book that I read the majority of it in one afternoon because I had to know what happened!

I don’t want to say too much about what happens so I don’t spoil it for everyone that is going to read it! If you like great romance stories with smart and funny characters you have to read this.  It is a more sophisticated romance story that many young adults, and even adults, will love!

Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love, #1.5)Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love #1.5) Jessica Park

In Flat-Out Matt, Jessica Park has taken some of the chapters from Flat-Out Love and written Matt’s point of view.  She picks key chapters that coincide with pivotal moments from Flat-Out Love.  It’s great to have some insight into Matt’s mind and I loved him even more after reading this than I did after Flat-Out Love.  There’s also an extra chapter at the end that takes place right where Flat-Out Love ends and its the perfect ending. 


The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur February 13, 2013

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Take one fresh-faced freshman.  Drop in an Ivy League bowl.  Add three roommates, different as night and day.  Confuse the mix with a love quadrangle of gorgeous guys.  Sprinkle in just a dash of competitive jealousy.  Blend together and enjoy.

Callie Andrews is a freshman at prestigious Harvard University.  Follow this California girl as she travels to the East and mingles with the elite.  Fame, fortune, beauty and brains are all prerequisites for admission. None of these matter to Callie. Roommates you’d love to hate – or hate to love are her new support system as Callie tries to navigate the dangerous waters of The Ivy.

Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur have brilliantly captured the essence of Ivy League life while creating a host of new characters sure to capture our attention. Look for book 2 of The Ivy series, Secrets.


Easy February 8, 2013

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Tammara Webber

After following her boyfriend to college Jacqueline finds herself single when her boyfriend of 3 years decides he wants to be able to be with other people. One night while leaving a frat party Jacqueline is attacked by a friend of her ex’s. luckily a mysterious stranger steps in and saves her from her attacker. As she tries to cope with being dumped and attacked Jacqueline starts to form a friendship with her economics tutor and the mysterious stranger from that night.

OMG this was a great book. It centers around the tough topic of rape but Tammara Webber does a great job tackling the topic. You can feel the horror and gravity of the situation but with characters like the hilarious Erin, it is easy to get through the hard parts. I think Webber did a good job portraying college life and the all too common rapes that occur.

Jacqueline was a really likable character, she was a smart, motivated and kind girl that got stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time and it is easy to sympathize with her. Although she had to deal with a scumbag like Buck she was able to keep moving forward and learn who she was and what she wanted.

Landon was the sweet and friendly academic type who was ambitious and a good student like Jacqueline. He was open and thoughtful and sounded like a great guy. I really liked him and for a while I wasn’t sure who I would root for, Landon or Lucas? Which brings me to Lucas, the tattooed savior that sits in Economics class and draws the whole time. Who wouldn’t want the strong, mysterious, tattooed, coffee-making, self-defense teaching, campus fixit, and brooding guy??

While the main events of this book center around the horrible subject of rape, this book is about empowerment.  Jacqueline is given tools, through a self defense class, and support, from her friends and the Greek Community at her school, to work through her attacks and to defend herself when she needs it.  This book also support the message that if someone is attacked it should be reported to the police and it is not the victim’s fault no matter what other people might try to say.  This was a great read and the Jacquelin/Landon/Lucas plot just made this book even better!