Top Ten Tuesday: They did WHAT?


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Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. I’d been taught from the Traveling Pants series that there were always happy resolutions for the girls. But this was not the case at all in its conclusion. It was very unsettling.

The Duff by Kody Keplinger. The concept of the Duff barely made a lasting appearance in the story. I felt cheated into reading a cliched teen romance.

Love Story by Jennifer Echols. I’m not sure this counts as an instance of deceit, but, c’mon. That ending? What’s up with THAT?

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Going by the cover alone, I expected some sort of masquerade. It just led my mind in a different direction entirely. Thankfully the story ended up being TOTALLY AWESOME.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I thought this would be a cutesy winter read, but it ended up being chaotic and the Book of Dares was left by the wayside maybe halfway through. The title was misleading.

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy. The cover is a coffee cup with a heart in its foam. Yet, the story is about a spunky tomboy being in a band. What’s up with that?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I was expecting a cute, romantic read focusing on a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Instead the story revolves around the protagonist and her relationship with her father – which is okay, just not what the summary sold me.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I expected a cute, beach read. Instead the story is very serious (and, consequently, boring). It didn’t live up to its description.


*I know there’s only 8, but this post decided to eat itself before posting, and I had to recreate it from memory in a shorter amount of time.

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Follow Friday (31)


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Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

I’m not sure I’ve BOUGHT a book for that reason, but I’ve definitely checked out a book because of a bad review. As soon as I see something get less than three stars, I’ll search through Goodreads and Amazon reviews to see if people felt similarly or not. So I guess, in a way, bad reviews compel me to look further into a book, but I don’t recall ever buying a book because of a bad review.


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[review] Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

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Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl’s perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys’ band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex–best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free…until it isn’t anymore.

When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl…and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he might want to be more than friends with Char…being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.


I’m going to start by saying that I can relate to this story so much, and that’s partly what aided me in my decision to rate this 5 stars.

But in all honesty, this story took me completely by surprise. Yes, some bits are predictable, but others really made me stop in my tracks.  Granted, none of it’s outlandish or entirely unbelievable. It’s just very catchy and held my attention. I had to read this straight through.

It was entirely refreshing to read a story about a truly non-girly protagonist, blossoming into something more. Everything Charlotte says and does perfectly embodies her role as “one of the guys,” but also allows room for her to grow.  And she does. As a character, Charlotte is dynamic and attention-grabbing. She’s able to evoke emotions from me, for her. If a character can do that, I consider them gold.

One of the best and surprising components of this story is the inclusion of Charlotte’s family.  Their relationships, you can tell, are strained but in the process of changing.  They don’t revolve around drama. They come together. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they were real.

As far as the band is concerned, I can’t say there was one member I disliked. McVoy makes sure to give each boy a separate entity, personality, presence.  Do they clash? Oh, of course. But is it good that they clash? Most definitely. More than one of them are swoon-worthy, without even trying to be. Another golden component, as far as I’m concerned. When the romance isn’t the main focus and simply grows as the story progresses, without the intent of having it be the entire reason for the protagonist’s existence and survival, it just clicks for me. It works. And in the case of Being Friends with Boys, it works. Very well.

Make sure you bump this one up on your reading list. It’ll take you by surprise, how good it is.

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In My Mailbox (27).


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In my mailbox

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy.


Accidentally downloaded this galley, fully knowing I have no time for outside reading! Guess I’ll have to make room for it! Hoping it’s a good one.


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