Thursday, May 15, 2014

Guest Reviews: Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose and A Kiss by the Book by Christy Hayes

Goodreads Summary:

Go Ask Alice was a hoax. But Dear Nobody is a true teen diary so raw and so edgy its authenticity rings off every page

"I am a freak."

The words and drawings of Mary Rose present a gritty, powerful, no-holds-barred true experience of a teen girl so desperate to be loved, so eager to fit in that she'll go to extremes that could cost her her life.

This is not a story about addiction. Or sexual promiscuity. Or cystic fibrosis. It's the story of a young woman with a powerful will to live, who more than anything wants to be heard...and loved.

This compelling, emotional account ensures her voice will not be forgotten.

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

Jessica's Review:

3.5 stars. I lived the idea of this story, especially the fact that they were using her actual journals, but there's only so much depressing writing a person can handle and I found myself getting bored. I understand she had a lot of crap on her plate and her life was less than ideal, but as I've said before, we all have that in some form and the truly brave overcome it instead of using it as an excuse for illegal and destructive behavior. 

Goodreads Summary:

College senior Zach Chamberlain’s charmed life has always gone according to script:
Date the prettiest girl in high school, check.
Football scholarship to a division-one school, check.
Heisman contender, check.
Buy engagement ring, check.
On track to graduate with honors, check.
There’s just one glitch. His girlfriend is in love with his younger brother and breaks up with him in the middle of his senior season. Shocked, betrayed, and embarrassed, Zach turns to the only woman he can trust: his nerdy tutor.

Tutoring college athletes at Southeastern State University is more than a job for Jenna Peterson; it’s a way for her to pay it forward after long-ago tragedy struck too close to home. SE State’s golden boy, Zach Chamberlain, isn’t the first jock Jenna’s tutored with cover-boy good looks, and he won’t be the last. When he asks for her help with statistics, Jenna assumes he’s as egocentric as the other athletes on her roster. A wildly inappropriate and lackluster kiss at the worst possible time doesn’t do much to disprove her theory.

Zach will do anything to save face in front of his family, and he uses Jenna’s bleeding heart and unfortunate circumstances to enlist her help over the holidays. Jenna begins to realize Zach is more than a pretty face as his storybook life begins to unravel. When a sprig of mistletoe provides the perfect opportunity for Zach to affirm his skill, the searing kiss pits the playmaker against the rule maker in a kiss to the end. When secrets are revealed and the game’s on the line, will they follow the script, improvise, or throw the book out the window?

Publication Date: April 2, 2014

Jessica's Review:

4 stars. I loved the snarkiness and banter between the lead characters and I totally got teary eyed towards the end during this particular scene, so it's worth reading. And I loved that Jenna was just your average girl and not some Barbie clone with a size zero figure. :) Not sure I'd race right out and get it for my shelves, but I'd definitely read more by this author.

Thanks to the publisher for copies of the novels for review!

1 comment:

  1. Great reviews, Jessica! Those sound interesting, even if not compelling enough to rush out and buy. :) WRITE ON!