The Boyfriend Thief (Stolen Kisses #1) – Sharna Norris

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Title: The Boyfriend Thief
Author: Shana Norris
Publisher: Paper Lantern Lit
Series: Series
Year Published: 2014
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Realistic, YA
Pages: 210
Rating: ♔♔♔♔

Goodreads’ Description

1 ill-fated hot dog costume. 2 former BFFs. 11 days to seduce a boy.

Avery James doesn’t believe in romance—she’s studied enough biology to know that love is nothing more than hormones and chemicals. Besides, she has more practical goals in mind, namely saving up for a summer humanitarian program in Costa Rica. But when her Diggity Dog House supervisor denies her a raise and Avery finds herself $500 dollars short for the trip of a lifetime, Avery has no choice but to accept an unexpected offer. The deal? She must steal her arch nemesis Hannah’s boyfriend before prom, giving Avery eleven days to seduce Zac Greeley.

Avery is sure the job will be easy. But a few midnight comedy shows and spontaneous dance parties (not to mention one particularly intimate carwash) later, Avery finds herself questioning everything she’s ever thought about love. Could Zac’s signature cherry-lime Slurpees be causing brain freeze, or is Avery actually starting to fall for him?

Will Avery be able to steal Zac away from Hannah before he steals Avery’s heart?

My Thought

four stars

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Every Day (Every Day #1) – David Levithan

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Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Ember
Series: Series
Year Published: 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy
Pages: 324
Rating: ♔♔♔♔

Goodreads’ Description

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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My Thought

“If there were no one else involved, it would be an easy choice. But isn’t that always the case? And there’s always someone else involved.”

Bear with me, when I get too excited for a novel my review tends to be a bit crazy!

So this is the first work I have read of David Levithan and I am very impressed. When I learnt that he has co-write a novel Will Grayson Will Grayson with John Green, I started to panic. It proved that me and The Fault In Our Stars could never be friend. Though, this was before my best friend persuaded me into reading TFIOS once more. I was surprised I changed my mind. Yes, I gave TFIOS 5 pretty crowns. Anyway, so there I was, thinking that I might end up having the same feeling I had for The Fault In Our Stars, which was boredom. But I didn’t. Instead, this book brought me into a new level of reading which consists of all subjects I have seen an author could approach in his/her novel – humanity, equality, sexuality, religion, depression and LOVE!

The originality of the novel attracted me so much that I CANNOT NOT read this breathtaking novel. (Sorry, I’ve to sort of explain the novel a little.) I never thought I did come across a novel where the protagonist and in this case, A, having to wake up in a different body every day. Though he only possesses (I really don’t want to use this word…) bodies that are the same age as his – 16. Today he might be your best friend, Kelly. Tomorrow he might be you. Throughout A’s life, he has always follow his guidelines on how to live his life.

Never get attached.

Avoid being noticed.

Do not interfere.

Though when A met Rhiannon, he let his walls tumbled down just for a day. And for that one whole day he enjoys his time spent with Rhiannon. But for A, his life with Rhiannon would only last for 1,036,800 seconds. This is where I feel sympathy towards A, because I could imagine how lonely and stranded he would be, having to ‘borrows’ someone else’s life for a day in order to survive. I did be trying to kill myself in order to end this miserable life. But he didn’t and I give him credits for that.

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QUOTES!

Oh, where do I begin? There are so many amazing quotes in this novel that I just want to decorate the book and mark it as my own! Yes, I loaned it from the library. It’s like Levithan knows what I am thinking. Some reviewers have claimed that they don’t like it when the protagonist (A) sounds like a middle age man speaking when he/she is just a teen. But I LOVED it! I absolutely fall in love with it! I am 16, but sometimes I think so philosophically that I scared myself. Though due to English as my third language, I have many words in my mind that I could not express. I want my thoughts to be discovered, but I could only keep it to myself as I don’t know how to express them. But Levithan has done a well-above excellent job conveying those precious messages across the subjects he has covered in Every Day. Thank you so much!

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Here is one quote I adore very much as I find it very true!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”

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There are so many things I want to say but I don’t want to babble my thoughts out loud as they still need to settle down.

Lastly, I want to approach Rhiannon and A’s relationship. I didn’t cry when the book ends, which was very strange considers readers that love this book got very emotional and some of them even tear up when they read the ending. Personally, I didn’t find it sad at all as I have never really cared about the relationship between Rhiannon and A in the first place. I have never really cared for Rhiannon as I don’t understand how she could love A. I mean, one second she was still trying to take everything in. The next second, she was telling A that she loves him. It made me wonder, do those three words come out of people’s mouth easier than saying ‘I am sorry’.

Another thing that disappointed me was how Levithan ended it. I guess the author is trying to show human’s nature through what A did in the end. Though I can’t say this disappoint me as I know this is the only way. If A is desperate enough to end his life, he needs a body. But that would be worse than what A did. I really want to mark this as ‘could-have-been-better’ on my Goodreads’ bookshelf but I couldn’t because I know this is the only way out. There is no other way to write a happy ending. There is just simply no other way around it.

And sometimes life decides to challenge you like that.

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Matched (Matched #1) – Ally Condie

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Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: Series
Year Published: 2010
Genre: Romance, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 366
Rating: ♔♔♔

Goodreads’ Description

On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her match. The Society dictates that he is her perfect partner for life, except he’s not.
In Cassia’s society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.
But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy,
she is determined to make some choices of her own.
And that’s when her whole world
begins to unravel…

*NOTE: this is an old review of mine. But I would love to share my thoughts with you guys.* 😀

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My Thought

“Ky Markham…”

Oh, where should I even begin?

The feelings I have towards Ky Markham is so great that he is one of the main reasons why I rated Matched 3 stars instead of 2.5. I read novels, but I am not an experience reader. To me, Ky is the guy I will love to fall in love with – the guy where I will daydream about (oh, his dark blue eyes, tanned skin and dark hair) as I scribble his name all over my English book; the guy where I will dare to risk almost anything to be with and the guy where I will love to share my deepest thoughts with. I don’t normally read dystopian books hence Ky is a very unique character to explore. He is always cautious, spirited, gentle, caring, independent, mysterious and romantic!  ♥.♥

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Are most of the male characters like this in the dystopia gene?

I am not sure, but Ky definitely takes a piece of me when… SPOILER ALERT!!!  I was so upset when the Society’s Official took Ky away, my heart was broken. My inside was shattered. In tears. SPOILER OVER! Though what made me love him even more are how strong his survival instinct is and his amazing knowledge – gosh! His poems and the way he thinks make me drools!

Someone please send me a Ky Markham in the mail? 
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*Fangirl moment over*

Everything about him intrigues me nonetheless!

I love every character’s psychological development. It was interesting to read how they overcome their obstacles throughout the book, especially when Cassia steps over the boundary and explores the forbidden. It really makes me ponder about choices people make – whether the outcome is positive or negative – will impact on their future.

Regardless, the book cover and the subtitle on the front cover are APPEALING! It was what attracted me to pick up Matched in the first place. Watched by Society. Trapped by Rules. Freed by Love? Doesn’t that just makes you jump up and down in the air? 😀 This motivated me to loan it from the library. Likewise, now that I think about it, the plot of the story and the setting of the novel really do match the book cover and how Condie described Cassia’s society in general.

But then here comes the negatives…

To be honest, the writer’s writing style didn’t tailor to my need. Personally, I would much prefer if the flashbacks were italicized in terms of the font – it would’ve been much easier to read and the chapters would’ve flow so much better. Also, I wasn’t able to relate to Cassia as much as I would’ve liked, as well as the way their society functions. I mean, it’s straight-forward but I wasn’t able to establish any connections with the new society hence I didn’t enjoy it as much as some others did.

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However, there were moments in the book where it did made my heart raced and shattered into little pieces. Alright, I don’t want to talk about it too much, otherwise I’ll spoil it. If you want to read this, I would strongly recommend you to loan it from a library or a friend before you spend your precious money on this novel.

Final Words: Overall, the book was alright but it definitely could have been better. I probably won’t read the next book, Reached. I might read it if one day I stumbled across it. But I am impressed with the covers of the trilogies – very predictable of the ending though.

Have you read this book? If so what did you think about it? Most importantly, WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?! 😛 Please tell me is Ky Markham.