SEVENTEENTH SUMMER by Maureen Daly Audiobook Review
Publication Date: October 27th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published 1942)
Rating: – Poor |
Book Summary: Until the summer before college, Angie Morrow didn’t really date. Her mother didin’t like her to go out much. But no one — not even Angie’s mother — can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. His good looks grab Angies’s attention from the moment in June when Jack throws Angie a smile at McKight’s drugstore. And on their first date sailing under the stars — when Jack leans in and whispers to Angie, “You look nice with the wind in your hair,” the strange new feeling s begin. Tingles, prickles, warmth: the tell-tale signs of romance. It’s the beginning of an unforgettable summer for Angie, full of wonder, warmth, tears, challenge, and love.
Maureen Daly had created a love story so honest that it has withstood the test of time, winning new fans for more than six decades. Today, this classic is enjoyed by many who think of it as the quintessential love story, and as a glimpse of love in the 1940’s; a refreshing alternative to modern love stories, reflecting the beauty and innocence of new love.
Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly Audiobook Review:
- The pacing overall was just too slow for my liking. I’m glad that I did pick this one up in audiobook format rather than print because I do not think I would have been able to read through this.
- SEVENTEENTH SUMMER by Maureen Daly felt dated. Okay, this novel was written in 1942, so it makes sense. However, there is an outstanding difference in dating practices between the 1940’s and today so from the standpoint of a contemporary novel, SEVENTEENTH SUMMER read as a little childish.
- There is nothing quite special about the protagonist, Angie Morrow, that made her a memorable character. She was just there.
- The romance was frustrating and it lacked romantic suspense. Jack was quite open about his feelings, and it was just Angie’s tendency to overanalyze everything that made it difficult for the two of them. There was no questioning that Jack liked Angie so it was frustrating to read about.
- It is a pivotal novel in the YA genre because some can say that this is one of the first novels of the genre. I’m glad I read it, but I didn’t really like it. It’s just not my cup of tea.
About the Author
Maureen Daly, a writer whose first novel, “Seventeenth Summer,” anticipated the young-adult genre by decades when it appeared in 1942 and has endured as a classic coming-of-age story, died on Monday in Palm Desert, Calif. She was 85 and made her home in Palm Desert.
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PERFECT YOU by Elizabeth Scott Book Review
Publication Date: September 21st 2010 by Simon Pulse
Rating: – Acceptable |
Book Summary: Kate Brown’s life has gone downhill fast.
Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate’s invisible.
And then there’s Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can’t stand even though she can’t stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she’s sure she’s just his latest conquest.
Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn’t realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen — but only if she lets them…
Book Review Overview:
- Fantastic chemistry between Will and Kate; I love love/hate relationships
- Kate was a little tough to like at first, but her character grew so much throughout the book
- Teens will be able to relate with Kate and her family’s financial problems especially in today’s economy
You know, sometimes I end up finishing a book with no idea whatsoever how the title is related to the story. PERFECT YOU by Elizabeth Scott is not one of those books. Immediately from the first few chapters we learn that Perfect You is destroying Kate’s life. Kate’s dad gave up his job to sell Perfect You vitamins at the mall, but the business isn’t doing so great. To make matters worse, Kate has to help her dad sell the vitamins.
I had a love/hate relationship with Kate. I could easily relate to her insecurities when it came to Will, but at the same time I wanted to pull my hair out on how obvious everything was. From my perspective, there was no second-guessing Will’s intentions. He made it pretty clear to everyone but Kate. But needless to say, Will and Kate had a ton of chemistry. Their relationship really started out as a bit physical (kissing only, PERFECT YOU is PG-13!) if you don’t count the excessive bantering that goes on between the two of them at school.
“And what do you mean, you used to say stuff to get me to look at you? You were a pain in the ass on purpose?”
“Oh, please. For you and me, it was flirting. Besides, it was the only way I could get you to talk to me.”
“You’re making me sound like a freak.”
I could also understand how upset Kate must feel about her life at home, but I couldn’t relate to the way she would burst out yelling at her parents. I know she’s upset, but it doesn’t help to blame her parents – especially her mom. But I have to give her a break since I know that it must be really hard for her seeing her home life crumble due to financial situations despite doing her best to help out. But it did bother me that Kate rarely thinks about others’ feelings – especially when she says something mean. It’s pointed out several times in the book that this is her biggest flaw – she has a tendency to think the worst of people. However, despite her flaws, Kate grows so much as a character and I loved her by the end of the book.
Kate’s Grandma was probably my favorite character in PERFECT YOU. This lady’s still got style. Kate must be crazy not to appreciate a grandma who’s willing to take her shopping. And those purple boots? Is Kate crazy? I’d love to have a pair like that! (Oh wait, I already do.) Yeah, Grandma is a little materialistic, but at the end of the day, Grandma still wants the best for Kate and her family.
PERFECT YOU by Elizabeth Scott is more than just a fun teen romance novel. Elizabeth Scott explores other problems such as the loss of the best friend and family financial situations. Especially with today’s economy, I feel that many teens will be able to resonate with Kate and the other characters in PERFECT YOU by Elizabeth Scott.
About the Author
Elizabeth Scott writes young adult novels. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and dog, and is unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.
All right, and she can’t leave without buying at least one book.
Usually two. (Or more!)
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WATCH ME by Lauren Barnholdt Book Review (Previously published as Reality Chick)
Publication Date: June 20th 2006 by Simon Pulse
Rating: – Acceptable |
Book Summary: She thinks she has nothing to hide…
Ally has everything under control. She’s about to move into a house full of strangers and have her life broadcast to the world, but as long as she still has her long-distance boyfriend, Corey, nothing can go wrong. Nothing, that is, until Ally starts spending time with her housemate Drew, the hot and sensitive guy who always seems to be around when she needs someone the most.
As suspicions and lies start pulling Ally and Corey apart, she’s not sure if she can trust anyone, not even herself. Ally is about to learn the hard way that life is what happens when everyone is looking, and it doesn’t always capture her good side….
Book Review Overview:
- Love that WATCH ME features college-aged teens
- If you take out the cameras, WATCH ME is a realistic portrayal of a long-distance college relationship
- Ending was sweet and satisfying, but it isn’t my favorite Barnholdt
WATCH ME by Lauren Barnholdt is a quick, fun contemporary read. I’ve had WATCH ME sitting on my shelves for a while, and I finally picked it up when I decided I needed a good Lauren Barnholdt fix.
On a side note, title changes are confusing. WATCH ME by Lauren Barnholdt was originally published under the title Reality Chick with a different cover. I had a difficult time finding it on GoodReads at first since WATCH ME is still under its original title.
Minus the fact that Ally is on a reality television show, I think that the premise of WATCH ME is pretty realistic. I think from the very first page of the novel, readers can guess that Ally and Corey’s relationship is going to go downhill. It’s inevitable. Ally experiences a ton of insecurities about her relationship with Corey despite the fact that they’ve been together for almost two years. The distance is a problem, plus the fact that college is an overwhelming experience that changes you. I think that at the end, Ally was very mature about the way she handled her relationship with Corey.
Like a good reality television show, WATCH ME is full of fun and interesting characters:
- Jasmine: the sexy, flirty girl who doesn’t want to be tied down by a boyfriend
- Simone: the soft-spoken virgin
- Ally: the girl with the long-distance boyfriend
- James: the ghetto guy who claims he’s a player
- Drew: the hot, Abercrombie type
As far as first impressions go, I didn’t like Jasmine. She’s just the kind of girl that I don’t see myself being friends with. But as the novel progressed, I grew to like her. She’s fun, comfortable with her body, and she’s extremely loyal to her friends. She was definitely my favorite secondary character.
I thought that the ending of WATCH ME was sweet and satisfying. However, I don’t think that WATCH ME comes even close to the level of my favorite Barnholdt novel, Two-Way Street. There was chemistry among the characters, but WATCH ME lacked romantic tension because Ally was in a relationship for almost the entire book.
Despite the fact that I thought WATCH ME was just okay, this is not stopping me from reading the rest of Barnholdt’s novels. I’m determined to read the rest of her books until I find another one that I love just as much as Two-Way Street.
I would definitely recommend WATCH ME by Lauren Barnholdt to those who are fans of contemporary romance, reality television, and juicy gossip. Read WATCH ME if you like books by Elizabeth Scott or Jennifer Echols. And of course, if you are a Lauren Barnholdt fan, you should definitely still check this one out.
Why I’m Biased: I’m a big Lauren Barnholdt fan ever since I read Two-Way Street.
About the Author
Lauren Barnholdt is also the author of Two-Way Street, The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney, Four Truths and a Lie, and One Night That Changes Everything. She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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