Save the Date Saturday- Invincible

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Invincible

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In Invincible by Amy Reed, Evie thought that she would be dead with her terminal cancer by now but she isn’t. She is ready for death, but grateful for the days she wakes up alive, but one day she is given a second chance to live. This isn’t as easy as it seems. She feels out of place in her life, like she has been left out. All she wants is to not still be the Cancer Girl in the eyes of her friends and family, and for her boyfriend to relax. Then she meets Marcus, and he is the first person that makes her feel truly alive, but this is only the beginning.

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Yay! A cancer book where someone isn’t dying. I am so done with books with a main character dying. This seems like the start to a good series, plus it screams romance and contemporary! Why not go for it! I also really love the cover!

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April 28th, 2015

Have you heard of this book? Is it on your TBR? What’s your Save the Date Saturday?

Sincerely,

Max

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Maximum Review- Not That Kind of Girl

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Book: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham

Publisher: Random House

Published Date: September 30th, 2014

Pages: 265

Source/Format: Bought || Hardcover


Summary (from Goodreads): In Not that Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and, most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.

Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not that Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

For a quick summary of what I think and if I recommend this book, check out the Final Thoughts section!

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It Matches Up With Her TV Show

First off, I love Lena Dunham. Girls on HBO is one of my favorite TV shows. I have always found that i could relate to Dunham’s character Hannah, so reading this book and seeing that her TV show is based on of her real experiences made everything fit into place. It made me as a fan feel more… justified, I guess you could say, as to why I liked the show and why I found it relatable.

The Style

It is written in such a cool and fun style. It is very captivating for a collection of essays. Dunham is a story-teller. This comes across in her essays, her TV show, her interviews. This book totally solidified that the way she talks and interprets her life is very unique and special.

The Way She is so Open

She did not hold anything back, and I loved it. Hearing her struggles from a really raw perspective was eye-opening. I would be reading on the train and have to hold back a laugh because she is so blatantly honest. She is so open about what it is like to be a young female in our society, and especially in New York City.

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Nothing it was wonderful.

#Feminism

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Lena has learned a lot

She writes with such humor and grace

What a story to tell

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  • I Recommend this book
  • If you haven’t read many essays before, this is a great one to start with
  • WATCH GIRLS
  • This book is really awesome because is talks about feminism in a way that is sort of ignored by our society.

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4 stars

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Who watches Girls? DID YOU SEE THE MATCHING UP? I KNOW I DID!!!!! 😀

Sincerely,

Max

8 Books I Will Be Reading This Spring

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Broke and Bookish

Happy Tuesday! Spring is right around the corner! I am so excited for this T10T because I will be showing you what books I am planning on reading this season! Hope you enjoy!

P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han

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The first book in this series was amazing. I have been waiting of the sequel for so long! Jenny Han is one of my favorite writers, so that makes this even better.

Stand-Off (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith

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‘Nuff said.

*UPDATE* WHOOPS THIS COMES OUT IN SEPTEMBER…. BUT STILL COME ON

The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young

The Program

Just picked this up from the library! I have literally no idea what it is about, but the cover was super interesting. I am sort of excited to go into this blind.

The List by Siobhan Vivian

The List

Can we say Contemporary YA or what? This book just screams YA… must read ASAP.

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

The Museum of Intangible Things

Another library pick up that I am going into blind… BUT LOOK AT THIS COVER. SO PERFECT. Also, I am digging friendship/sisterhood books right now, so this seems right up my alley.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
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About 2 months ago, every blogger was RAVING about this book! I had requested an ARC but was declined, so the second I saw this on the shelf I decided to pick it up. I AM SO EXCITED.

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

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I am super excited for this read! That’s surprising since the review I read did not rave about it. It seems so fluffy, sweet, and fun. I hope it was worth the purchase!

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Ever since I watched Adichie’s TED talk about feminism I have been dying to read some of her work. This book came highly recommended!

I am so ready for spring! I hope all of you are too! Have a great week 🙂

Sincerely,

Max

Maximum Review- Love and Other Perishable Items

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Book: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published Date: December 11th, 2012

Pages: 243

Source/Format: Borrowed from the Library || Hardcover


Summary (from Goodreads): ‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’
From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Coles she is sunk, gone, lost…head-over-heels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming, man-about-Woolies, but he’s 21, and the 6-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?

For a quick summary of what I think and if I recommend this book, check out the Final Thoughts section!

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It Wasn’t A Love Story

The title is very misleading. If you are looking for a book to give you all of the feels, then this is not it. This book is full of tough moments, some grown up words of advice, and a lot of personal growth, but not heavily romance. I really think that this book encompasses the true meaning of a contemporary, coming of age, young adult novel. There is a strong emphasis on friendship and relationship building, as well as trying to fit in. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I was going to when I first started reading.

It Is Relatable 

Everyone knows how it feels to be young and have a crush on someone older, whether it be your older brother’s friend or your camp counscelor, we have all been there. Amelia is such a relatable character, who we all see a little bit of ourself in. You feel along with her as she is starting to grow up and has so many firsts. Her first kiss, her first party, her first job. My favorite development with her was watching her realize that boys her own age were immature and found that after spending so much time at the Cole’s, making friends at school was a challenge. As someone who has had issues like this in the past, seeing the way that she handled the situation was awesome.

The Characters 

The character’s were so vibrant! I could tell that each of them were unique and had their own personality that you could relate to your own life. I especially really loved Chris. Shoutout to this book being duel perspective! I loved loved loved all of Chris’ journal entries. He is bright, light-hearted, but also serious and thoughtful. He is very secure with himself, which I as the reader appreciated a lot.

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There Wasn’t Enough of Chris’ Side

I thought that Chris’ input and thoughts needed to be showcased more because his POV was the BOMB.COM. I was more interested in how he thought about Amelia’s whole crush, because we always here stories, or have personal experiences with liking someone older, but you rarely get to hear the other persons side of the story. I thought all of Chris’ points were super valid and important, it added a lot of reality and depth to the story. I just wish his chapters followed along a little better with what Amelia was talking about.

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Amelia likes Chris

The relationship is small

Well written and fun

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  • I Recommend this book
  • If you love duel POV then this is a solid read
  • Its a unique book, it has a good message and strong story
  • Sweet, short, and to the point.

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4 stars

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This was pretty enjoyable! If you are looking for a nice pick me up read than check it out.

Sincerely,

Max

Monday Thoughts- Anxiety and Such

Hi everyone,

This week is the beginning of what might be the 2 worst weeks of my life. I know I have been talking about college a lot, but honestly it is the only thing on my mind. If you see me walking down the hall at school I am most likely checking my email. This is something I have only recently realized I have been doing every second I can. I NEED to see if I am hearing back from a school.

I get panic attack, or at least this year I have began to have them, and that is most defiantly a result of subconscious stress related to college. Last night I was contacted by 3 different peers of mine who asked me what to do because they were having a panic attack. It’s really scary to have a panic attack. You feel like your heart is going to beat out of your chest and that you are going to faint, or throw up, or that you won’t be able to stop crying. Thats scary. Especially when you are in public and do not have the comfort of your own bed.

Anxiety sucks, and it holds you back, even when you don’t know it. Here are some tips for anyone who needs to relax.

  1. Breathe- Find somewhere where you are away from distractions. I have used the bathroom,  or even just turned towards a wall in a hallway. Take deep breaths that will bring your heart rate down. Thats the scary part, so get that to stop first.
  2. Do something to relax- Read a book, take a walk, watch netflix. Anything that will help you relax
  3. Take a Nap/ Go to sleep

These tips are pretty helpful. I hope I can help someone who needs it.

Sincerely,

Max

Save the Date Saturday- Tonight The Streets Are Ours

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In Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, Arden Huntly is know for being loyal. Her biggest concern is that she is under appreciated, so when she stumbles upon a blog called “Tonight the Streets are Ours” where a writer names Peter writes about living in the big city. After becoming an avid reader and fan, Arden decides to visit Peter when she reads that his girlfriend had dumped him. Over one crazy night, Peter and Arden have an adventure together and discover that each other might not be who they thought.

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I love books that are about one night adventures. These sort of books always hit me a certain kind of way. There is something really nice knowing that so much can happen and develop over just a few hours. Plus the plot sounds really fun. I also feel that I may be able to relate to Arden which is awesome!

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September 15th, 2015

Have you heard of this book? Is it on your TBR? What’s your Save the Date Saturday?

Sincerely,

Max

Maximum Review- Being Sloane Jacobs

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Book: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Publisher: Delacorte

Published Date: January 7th, 2014

Pages: 352

Source/Format: Borrowed from the Library || Hardcover


Summary (from Goodreads): Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.
Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.
When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

For a quick summary of what I think and if I recommend this book, check out the Final Thoughts section!

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It Was Like The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap is such a good movie with a solid storyline. It is always fun and enjoyable to read about characters who are going outside of their comfort zone. This book is pretty much just that. Sloane Emily tries to play Hockey and Sloane Devon figure skating. I liked following them on their journey!

It Is All About Friendship

Recently, I have been reading a lot of books that did not focus on friendship, but instead romance. This book, although it may say it has romance involved, it really isn’t. There were no romantic feels or swoon moments for me (maybe one, but it was short and irrelevant) which put a damper on that. The focus on how a relationship builds between the two Sloane’s is really nice. Its also awesome because they aren’t best friends, just friends. They are learning about each other and their lives, so that growth was nice to see and feel a part of.

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The Parallel Storylines

This was what got me really annoyed. The storyline of Sloane Devon and Sloane Emily were exactly the same, but even worse, they were parallel to one another. First off, nothing in this storyline was exciting or interesting enough for one character, let alone two. I am not really sure why I ended up finishing this book, but it was well written. I am pretty sure most people looked over the fact that the storylines were the same. It confused me because they should have had completely different experiences, but in both there are bullies, a hot boy, a point of getting in trouble, pretending to converse with the other Sloane’s parent, and so on and so on. Blah, boring.

It Was Beyond Unrealistic 

Ok, I am not even talking about the whole concept, because of course that is unrealistic, but the fact that there was no struggle at all with learning a whole new sport was an issue. There is no way in hell that Sloane Devon was able to get on the ice and be able to do spins and jumps of any sort right away. Failure was such an uninvolved topic throughout the entire book. It was mentioned, but in the long run, the only problems the girls had were social issues. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

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Come up short as characters

This book is boring

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  • I don’t recommend this book
  • It was a fun concept but executed really poorly
  • The only reason it is receiving this rating from me is because I was able to finish it, and directly upon finishing I enjoyed it
  • 20 minutes later I was mad (lol)

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I was so excited to find a book about Ice sports, but this was a let down to me. What do you all think about this one?

Sincerely,

Max

Freebie Friday- Coffee Book Tag

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Happy Friday! Freebie Friday is my weekly fun post where I where I do something different every week. I could do a tag, a movie review, or a bundle.

This Weeks Theme: Coffee Break Book Tag

Hi I love book tags. I think they are so much fun! I am super excited for this one because I have the worst coffee addiction that needs to be helped (she types as she sips coffee in a cafe). So here are some bookish related things and some coffee related things. This may become my favorite tag of all time. Who knows?

Black: A series that’s tough to get into, but has hardcore fans

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I never thought that I would actually post about the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. I am not a huge fan, mainly because I really did not like Bella and had a hard time reading the story through her POV. This was for sure one of the hardest books for me to get through because I was not that into the whole vampire thing, but Twilight fans are ridiculous. THEY WILL GO DOWN WITH THEIR SHIP. I am not overreacting, that’s just how they are. The fan base is for sure one of the main factors in what made this such a popular piece of literature.

Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter/holidays

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At least this year it seemed like everyone and their mother was reading My True Love Gave to Me. I feel that these collab stories are always way more popular during the holiday season. I have yet to read this, so I may be that one person that reads it in the middle of the spring. Whatever, I am fabulous and I have heard awesome things about this one.

Hot Chocolate: What’s your favorite children’s book?

Nancy Drew

When I was younger I read so many Nancy Drew books. I don’t know for sure if they were my favorites, but I do know that I loved them a lot.

Double Shot Espresso: A book that kept you on edge the whole timeFar From You

Far From You was a book that came at me at full speed, and I was totally not expecting it. A really solid read if you are looking for a cray mysterious story, but also some contemporary feeling.

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

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MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES SHOULD BE SEEN EVERYWHERE! So good! 10/10 would recommend.

Hipster Coffee Shop: Shout out an author/book you think needs more recognition

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Patrick Ness is an awesome writer. I was a little surprised how little there is about him in the blogosphere. Lets get on that homies. More Than This is an amazing read.

Oops! I Got Decaf: A book you expected more from

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I absolutely adore Sarah Dessen books, and the fact I could not even make it through The Moon and More was really upsetting. I hope her book coming out this year is better!

The Perfect Blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but satisfying

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The Selection is such a well written series. It is well thought out, and especially well balanced. No one wants to read a book where they agree with everything that happens, and this series handles this really well. Check out my review to see all of my thoughts on this one, but overall, I was not a fan of the selection as a plot, but I LOVED America as a strong female protagonist.

This tag was really fun, especially since I am sitting in a coffee shop in complete content. Try this tag!!!

Sincerely,

Max

Monday Thoughts- Applying to College

Happy Monday Everyone!

I am pretty sure most of you know this by now, but I am currently a senior in high school, so that said, I have applied to college. March is probably the craziest month because of the fact that we are finally beginning to find out and there decide what college we are going to attend next year. Many of you have already been through that process so you can probably relate, but for some of you, the college process sucks.

Thats all there is too it.

Its annoying that I feel that I have spent my whole educational career working towards getting the best grade, doing the best on the SAT, and doing all of the extra-curriculars I possibly could, all so I could get into college. As I sit her in a coffee shop, second week into this “life changing” month, I am finally starting to question if all of what I put myself through was really worth it.

  • Why am I going to college?
  • Do I really want to spend so much money on a school even though I am not sure what career I want?
  • Why did I put myself through all of the fights, mental break downs, stress, and panic attacks?

These questions keep flying through my head and it’s getting overwhelming. Pretty much, through this post I want to encourage any high school junior or senior to think about these questions I asked. Maybe it will help put things into perspective, help make things easier.

Sincerely, 

Max