Summer Fades

Summer Fades

Amanda Bews

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‘ Summer has a secret that is literally eating her up. Her friends and family try to make her face what they think is her real problem. But what they see is only a symptom of something much more sinister.
When Julie whirls back onto the scene, Summer’s carefully organised life begins to spin out of control, even as she unsuccessfully tries to avoid Ben, who just might be the nicest guy she has ever met.
Then Julie discovers Summer’s secret, something she’s been hiding to protect the ones she loves. With the support of her new friends the question remains: Will peace be found before Summer fades? ’

 

– Blurb

 

Summer’s best friend Julie left before 6th grade. When she comes back, she is completely different. Changed, no longer the young, innocent girl from before.

What happened to Julie was horrible. She told her parents and they moved away. But what happened to Julie also happened to Summer, but no one knows.

 

Summer has a problem, and all her friends, even her brother tries to tell her, but she doesn’t listen, she can’t see what they see. She thinks they are lying just so they can make her do something she doesn’t want to.

 

When Julie and Summer go to vandalise a grave, they find something else other than revenge.

 

Their story is a deep, but true story. Many of the themes included in this book happen to many teenagers, not just girls. It can happen to anyone, but it’s not your fault if it does.

 

This is a great story full emotion. The characters are believable, and her dialogues (speech) are skilfully written so that they are engaging and insightful.. I highly recommend this book, as it is a great story and gives you an idea of what problems some people actually have. You wont regret this purchase and you wont want to put it back on the shelf.

Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent

Amanda Bews

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‘ Heaven’s life seems prefect. She has good grades, popularity, a rich family and the perfect boyfriend. Only she knows none of it is really true.’

 

‘ But one drunken mistake changes everything, as her life goes from bad to worse. With the end of school looming, a disappearing “boyfriend” and no parental support, Heaven can only wonder what her future holds. ’

 

‘ Little does she know that it will be more than bargained for. Sent to New Zealand to “protect” her father’s reputation, Heaven discovers a different kind of community, and a different kind of future. ’

 

– Blurb

 

To everyone else, Heaven has the perfect life, but no one can see the cracked interior, her parents argue all the time, and her boyfriend is pressuring her. But one drunken mistake changes everything. Her whole world comes crashing down around her, and she learns the truth about her parents.

 

Her father is worried about his reputation, so he ships her off to New Zealand to stay with one of her mother’s relatives. What she doesn’t know is the friends she will make, and the decisions she will have to make.

 

Read this for a whirlwind of emotions from a teenager who has some family problems and more. What happens in this story happens all the time, but the girls aren’t always 18, sometimes they are as young as 14, and it is a tragedy what happens to these girls but part of it is their fault as well. Heaven Sent is full of real-life drama, and is a great book. I highly recommend it.

Looking For Alibrandi

Looking For Alibrandi

Melina Marchetta

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“For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the no nonsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free.

– Blurb

Josephine is on the debate team, and is the Vice Captain of her school. A girl she isn’t too friendly with, Ivy, is School Captain. For as long as they can remember, they never liked each other. None of the teachers seem to like her either. Josephine Alibrandi has liked the same guy for a while, but he seems to show no interest in being more than more than friends. Meanwhile, another guy has interest, but isn’t interested in meeting Josephine’s family on the first date. Their relationship has many ups and downs.

 

This is a brilliant, moving story that cannot be forgotten. The characters seem so real; that you can forget it is just a story. The characters are full of emotion, and the story seems like it could be real.

When I first read it, I didn’t want to put it down. The words just pull you in. Looking For Alibrandi is a great story and you won’t regret buying it.

16 Things I Thought Were True

16 Things I Thought Were True

By Janet Gurtler

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” ‘Heart attacks happen to other people’

#thingsithoughtweretrue

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no on – until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

‘Adam is a stuck-up uptight jerk’

#thingsithoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet… in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

‘5,000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need’

#thingsithoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of junk food to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend… and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she cant imaging living without.”

– Blurb

 

Morgan did something stupid, and everyone saw it. She rarely goes into the staffroom for her break, and talks only to 2 or 3 other people. She has 2 brothers and lives with her mom. She doesn’t know anything about her dad, until her mom gets sick.

Adam is a manager at the theme park she works at. He acts rude and arrogant, and not many staff like him. He is interested in being a doctor.

Amy comes from a rich family, her dad is an inventor, and she is home-schooled. She applies for a job, not because she needs money, but because she wants to make some friends. Amy and Morgan meet under weird circumstances. She also has a crush on Adam

The characters breathe with life. They are full of emotions. They may be an unlikey match, but they make a great team. This book is filled with character, emotion, adventure, and a bit of romance.

It is a really easy book to get into, and you won’t be able to put it down. It contains problems that actually happen in today’s society. If you choose to buy this book, you wont regret it, and I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 

Amy & Rogers Epic Detour

Amy & Rogers Epic Detour

Morgan Matson

Amy Curry’s year has not been going her way. Her mother has decided to move. Amy has to somehow get their car from California to the East Coast. But there is one slight problem. Amy hasn’t gotten behind the wheel of any car since her father’s death.

Enter Roger, the son of a family friend, who coincidently has to visit his dad on the East Coast. But Roger’s plans include a more “scenic” route.

Amy and Roger take many detours, some which turn out good, some not so good. Throughout their many detours, they make new friends, face their fears and have fun.

By the end of the trip, Amy starts to realise that sometimes you have to get lost to find your way home.

Amy & Rogers Epic Detour is very well written and full of emotion. You may find there is some tears, a few laughs and lots of adventure.

This book is a great summer read, that will make you smile and wanting more. i would rate it 4/5 stars. i suggest you give it a go and see if my rating is adequate, if the story is better or worse.

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