14💛: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

by Sarra Manning

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“That was the worst thing about having a relationship with someone, even a pretend relationship. You opened up, let someone in, and when it was over, they had all the ammunition they needed to completely destroy you.”

This pancake relationship. I ship it. She’s a bookish nerd and he’s known to be a ‘manwhore’. Neve and Max. There’s no common ground between them. She’s waiting for her ‘prince charming’ to come back and constantly dreams about their future. But after being slammed by her sister for having no experience when it comes to relationships, she takes up Max’s offer to have what they called as a pancake relationship. It’s test run for the ‘real thing’ she’ll have with ‘prince charming’ later on. Or is it?

So I’m back and doing this book recommendation again. This is a continuation of my disclosure of the books that could be found in my shelf. 😂

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛

For: 18+ (Mature)

This series in five random words…

💛 Pancakes

💛 Exercise

💛 Treats

💛 Dog

💛 Letters

Why I think you should read this book…

💛 Heroine is amazing. Neve is easy to relate with. She actually reminds me of someone. And all her struggles while losing weight and how she sees herself, it’s real. I think that what makes the story enjoyable. She could be frustrating at times, but you would understand where she was coming from. It’s like that. She’s the truth that you sometimes wish doesn’t exist. Her character growth in this book is worth the applause.

💛 It’s another love story that’s not supposed to happen, but then it did. They’re not supposed to work, but they did. It’s funny like that.

💛 Sarra Manning’s a great author. I’m always on the lookout for her other books.

What I love about this book…

💛 Neve and her weight struggle. Because the author nailed it so well. Here’s to you, extra pounds! 👊

💛 The dynamics of Neve and Max’s relationship. They called it as pancake relationship. One to prepare Neve for the ‘real one’ when her prince charming comes back. But then, things don’t go as planned most of the time. Max also has a reason why he entered this pretend relationship, but let’s not spoil the story. I’ve always wondered what’s his motive is about. But don’t worry, the ending will reveal it.

💛 I was off with Max’s character at first. This manwhore persona. He’s not exactly my type. But I warmed up to him as the story goes on. A person is a person, and he could be more.

💛 The side characters. It’s the perfect blend.

💛 Max’s dog. I don’t know why, but I adore him. Especially the part when Neve took care of him while he’s away.

Favorite quotes from the book…

“What you look like is just one part of who you are – but it’s not all you are.”

“I guess they’re called moments because they don’t last very long.”

“The thing about love was that it caught you unawares, turned up in the most unexpected places, even when you weren’t looking for it.”

“I suppose the things that you always take for granted, that you don’t even notice, are what you miss the most.”

Book Description:

Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules and the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.

So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.

What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right?

(from: goodreads)

 

13💛: Just Listen

by Sarah Dessen

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“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.”

Just Listen is a close contender to The Truth About Forever being my favorite Young Adult novel. I’m a huge fan of Sarah Dessen, and I read all of her novels. Like if I could read book from one author, I would pick Sarah Dessen. Or make that two. I need Sophie Kinsella’s humor in my life.

So back to the book, when it comes to Sarah Dessen’s novels, my top picks are (this is kind of hard to do because I love all of her works):

  1. The Truth About Forever
  2. (closely followed by) Just Listen
  3. Along for the Ride
  4. all her other books

I would really recommend her books to teenage readers out there. Try once and maybe, like me, you’ll fall in love with the way she writes her words.

Genre: Young Adult

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

For: 16+

This series in five random words…

💛 Music

💛 Radio

💛 Family

💛 School

💛 Listen

Why I think you should read this book…

💛 If you’re in love with words like me, some of Sarah Dessen’s most notable quotes could be found in this book.

💛 It’s a teen story. With all the imperfections thereof. I love how the author could touch the lives of her readers by placing a character that is so relatable that you could see yourself in her from time to time.

💛 When it comes to creating the perfect summer story, Sarah Dessen is a pro. Family. Friends. Love. All in one book.

What I love about this book…

💛 Annabel and Owen. The music and static between these two.

💛 The quotes. Hands down.

💛 The theme of the story, the characters, their individual lives, and how that played well in creating this perfect story.

💛 The love story and how it developed. Oh, I already said that. But it was really noteworthy to repeat. You’ll love those two, no matter how imperfectly perfect they are. Because their flaws could be yours. And in those moments that you’re being honest with yourself, I hope you also realize that there’s something that could be done about them.

💛 That being said, I’d also say that the character growth was one of this story’s highlights. Like with all of Sarah Dessen’s books.

Favorite quotes from the series…

“Don’t think or judge, just listen.”

“There has to be a middle. Without it, nothing can ever truly be whole. Because it is not just the space between, but also what holds everything together.”

“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”

“Because this is what happens when you try to run from the past. It just doesn’t catch up, it overtakes … blotting out the future.”

“I wondered which was harder, in the end. The act of telling, or who you told it to. Or maybe if, when you finally got it out, the story was really all that mattered.”

“All you could do was take on as much weight as you can bear. And if you’re lucky, there’s someone close enough by to shoulder the rest.”

Book Description:

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

(from: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51738.Just_Listen)

12💛: The Mediator Series

by Meg Cabot

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“And try to remember what we discussed, Susannah. A mediator is someone who helps others resolve conflicts. Not someone who, er, kicks them in the face.”

I finally have a copy of the latest book from The Mediator series by one of my favorite authors, Meg Cabot. And yup, I’m slowly, slowly reading it. I don’t want it to finish and yet I want to read everything. This kind of feeling. I’m sure you could relate. 😄

The series is about Susannah, a mediator. She helps wandering souls crossover. That is putting it simply. What makes this series unique is that Susannah is a kickass heroine. She’s not the type who sits around doing nothing. Not the type who’s patient enough to talk with you for hours and explain things in a calm manner. But she’s just what these ghosts need–a little kick in the butt.

Then there’s Jesse, a charming boy in Suze’s new bedroom. But here’s the catch, he’s actually a ghost and has been living there for the last 150 years. Suze could see him because she’s a mediator, much to Jesse’s surprise.

And with that, their adventure begins.

Genre: Paranormal/Romance

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛

For: 16+

This series in five random words…

💛 Ghost

💛 Busters 😂

💛 School

💛 Hispanic

💛 Cemetery

Why I think you should read this series…

💛 I don’t know if I was the only one who didn’t see it coming, but there was a twist in this book that everyone would love. I didn’t realize it until it was happening.

I was, like, ohhhh. 😯

I was so content with just reading books about Suze’s adventures as she kicks ghosts’ butts. I would have read twenty books and won’t feel tired about it. Every book offers a new bunch of ghosts, each with different circumstances why they can’t crossover and how Suze will ‘help’ them.

But, I mean, Jesse, the heroine’s love interest, is a ghost. How will they be together… well, until the twist. Thanks, Meg Cabot, for this. Of course, you know what’s best for your books and for us your readers as well. I honestly didn’t see it coming.

Well, I’m particularly clueless about things and tend not to overthink unless I have to. Thanks, my books. You use all my brain cells that I don’t have much left for anything else. But I’m really like this. I just enjoy the moment as it goes.

💛 So yes, this series offers a one of a kind adventure and one unique love story. ❤

💛 Meg Cabot knows how to create a series. For me, nobody does it better than her. The right amount of plot and ideas.

What I love about this series…

💛 Suze and Jesse’s chemistry. One’s a burning fire and the other is a calm body of water. And that’s how it goes.

💛 The ghosts. They each have a conflict of their own.

💛 Suze’s stepbrothers! Her family, in general. Even her dad.

💛 Such a fun read.

Favorite quotes from the series…

“See, my special gift is that I’m a mediator. I help guide the tortured souls of the newly dead to their afterlife destinations-wherever that happens to be-generally by cleaning up whatever messes they left behind when the croaked.”

“Father Dominic, however is a way better mediator than I am. Well, maybe not better. But different, certainly. See, he really feels that ghosts are best handled with gentle guidance and earnest advice-same as the living. I’m more in favor of a sort of get-to-the-point approach that tends to involve my fists.”

“I won’t tell you how I managed to break in, since I don’t want the authorities figuring out, but let’s just say that if you’re going to make a gate, make sure it reaches all the way to the ground.”

“See, even though Jesse’s a ghost, and can walk through walls and disappear and reappear at will, he’s still…well, there. To me, anyway. That’s what makes me-and Father Dom-different from everybody else. We not only can see and talk to ghosts, but we can feel them too-just as if they were anybody else. Anybody alive, I mean. Because to me and Father Dom, ghosts are just like anyone else, with blood and guts and sweat and bad breath and whatever. The only real difference is that they kind of have this glow around them-an aura, I think it’s called.”

“Of course, I didn’t know how I felt about my first kiss coming from one of the undead, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers, and let me tell you something, Jesse was way cuter than any live guy I’d met lately.”

Series Description:

Suze Simon has a problem: She’s been able to see and speak to ghosts all her life. Things have gotten especially bad now that her mom has remarried and Suze has three new stepbrothers…and a very sexy guy hanging out in her bedroom. Too bad the guy’s been dead for a hundred and fifty years.

(from: http://www.megcabot.com/mediator/)

The novels are:
1. USA: Shadowland/UK: Love You to Death
2. USA: Ninth Key/UK: High Stakes
3. USA: Reunion/UK: Mean Spirits
4. USA: Darkest Hour/UK: Young Blood
5. USA: Haunted/ UK: Grave Doubts
6. USA: Twilight/ UK: Heaven Sent

(from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mediator)

11💛: How to Fall in Love

by Cecelia Ahern

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“And sometimes when you witness a miracle it makes you believe that anything is possible.”

Yes, another Cecelia Ahern book. It’s my bookshelf, after all. And she’s one of my super favorites! I’m not yet done reading all of her works, but I’m always looking forward to reading another one of hers. Speaking of which, The Year I Met You, hoping to see you soon. Where are you? Lost in transit? 😂

How to fall in love? It’s a question that I also ask myself. There are so many mysteries surrounding this process of falling in love. And still, nobody could tell. There’s no definite manual or procedure for it. It’s different for everybody.

But it’s not just falling in love with another person. The two leads will start off a journey on how to fall in love with life all over again. How to find another meaning. How to carry on. How to find another perspective. How to make your heart throb after living just because. There are so many ways how we sometimes give up on life. Times when it’s difficult to carry on. And with this book and Cecelia Ahern’s magical way of writing, she’ll show you how two people find another meaning for life and more (because it’s also a love story when you least expect it; not me, though, because I did expect it hahaha).

I picked up the book because of the cover. Because let’s just be honest, I do that a lot. I judge a book by its cover–at first. And then I look at the synopsis. And then at the first chapter. So yes, I took a copy of this home after seeing it displayed at National Book Store. Little did I know that this would also become one of my favorite reads.

Christine Rose is someone who’s passionate about guidebooks. She has a collection of “How to…” books and even thinks of writing one. For her, there’s always a proper process to reaching a certain goal. But what happens when things don’t go the way she planned?

Adam Basil is in the middle of thinking if he should end his life that same moment that Christine is crossing the Ha’penny Bridge. He’s been undergoing a lot of stress and the only solution he could think of is jumping off the bridge. After what happened to Christine earlier on before their first meeting, she’s determined to stop him at all cost.

Christine has two weeks. Fourteen days to teach him how to fall in love with life. But it’s really fun to see that it’s not just Adam who’s learning. Christine, our heroine, is also on this same journey with him.

Genre: Chick Lit/Romance

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛

For: 16+

This book in five random words…

💛 Falling

💛 in

💛 Love

💛 Manual

💛 *heart*

Why I think you should read this book…

💛 Cecelia Ahern is a creative author. She has so many ideas, and you could feel that while reading her books. And when she grabs one, takes hold of it, and executes is so beautifully, there goes another magical book from this author.

💛 The way Cecelia Ahern sees the world is so different. So optimistic. This is probably what I like about her as an author. She could take on something and bring out the best in it. That’s what she did about these two people who are both undergoing setbacks in their lives and how they go on this journey on how to fall in love with life.

💛 It talks about finding life’s meaning again after going through a difficult time. It’s about understanding and working on life’s challenges. I like how the two keep on moving forward and with the limited time they’ve got, they’re on the go and taking hold of every opportunity and making the most out of things.

What I love about this book…

💛 The concept behind it. It’s not just Adam who’s in trouble with life, but Christine as well. And as they both try to understand what’s going wrong and how to make it right, they’re both able to heal their wounds.

💛 The first chapter. It started off strong. I won’t give out much details, but the circumstances that happened on the first chapter is why Christine’s desperate to help out Adam. It’s one of her personal quests as the book goes on.

💛 Dublin. Cecelia Ahern makes me want to go to Dublin.

💛 The author’s thoughts about things. I’ll always love listening to her views about life. I’m just so thankful that she’s writing books.

💛 The love story. It’s not as strong for me compared to, for example, the one in Love, Rosie. But like the idea itself, the love story is also something so unusual. You won’t expect it to blossom given their circumstances, but then you know that it will. That kind of feeling. Take a look at this excerpt…

“She roared with laughter. Passerby gave her strange looks, but she didn’t care. If she’s been able to stretch her vision to see beyond the trees he disappeared behind, she would have stopped laughing. She would have seen the couple who’d been in the dark street near the restaurant the previous night, again breaking into laughter when he felt it was safe to abandon the Wally persona. Everywhere she saw that one man, she didn’t see the woman behind him, with him, urging him on, supporting him. If she had, she might have wondered then who the display was really for.”

Favorite quotes from the book…

“You were my wonderfully bespoke original guide to happiness.”

“… you are loved because I love you.”

“But where pain was, healing could come; where loneliness was, new relationships could be formed; where rejection was, new love could be found. It was a moment. And moments changed. She would have to live through the moment to get to the next.”

“Where would we be without tomorrows? What we’d have instead are todays. And if that was the case, with you, I’d hope for the longest day for today. I’d fill today with you, doing everything I’ve ever loved. I’d laugh, I’d talk, I’d listen and learn, I’d love, I’d love, I’d love. I’d make every day today and spend them all with you, and I’d never worry about tomorrow, when I wouldn’t be with you. And when that dreaded tomorrow comes for us, please know that I didn’t want to leave you, or be left behind, that every single moment spent with you were the best times in my life.”

“Life is a series of moments and moments are always changing, just like thoughts, negative and positive. And though it may be human nature to dwell, like many natural things it’s senseless, senseless to allow a single thought to inhabit a mind because thoughts are like guests or fair-weather friends. As soon as they arrive, they can leave, and even the ones that take a long time to emerge fully can disappear in an instant. Moments are precious; sometimes they linger and other times they’re fleeting, and yet so much could be done in them; you could change a mind, you could save a life and you could even fall in love.”

Book Description:

She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love – with his own life.

Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate – but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him she can show him that life is worth living before then.

Despite her determination, Christine knows what a dangerous promise she’s made. Against the ticking of the clock, the two of them embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and some unlikely late-night outings. Slowly, Christine thinks Adam is starting to fall back in love with his life.

But has she done enough to change his mind for good? And is that all that’s starting to happen?

(from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18161265-how-to-fall-in-love)

10💛: A Walk to Remember

by Nicholas Sparks

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“I held her close to me with my eyes closed, wondering if anything in my life had ever been this perfect and knowing at the same time that it hadn’t. I was in love, and the feeling was even more wonderful than I ever imagined it could be.”

A favorite novel. And the culprit for all beautifully heartbreaking stories out there. 😂 Nicholas Sparks trademark: he’ll make you fall in love with the story and then crush your heart in the process and make you love still him as an author. Oh, and then you’ll come back for more.

I love all his novels. ❤

This was one of the very first novels that I fell in love with. I remember that I used to sneak inside my brother’s room and read it before he got home. Shhh! Yes, I should have borrowed it instead (although it wasn’t his, either hahaha; long story), but high school days were awkward days as they usually were.

A Walk to Remember created a name for itself. I always compare contemporary stories with it, in terms of how much pain should I expect from reading a certain book. You have to be prepared, mentally speaking. And if you would be needing a box of tissues while reading the story. And how many.

Everybody knows this story, right? It’s a beautiful novel of how two different people collided and fell in love. But there’s more to it. Yes, yes, a very heartbreaking twist. But ever the optimist and given the open ending for your own interpretation, a part of me believes that she lived. 😊

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

For: 16+

This book in five random words…

💛 A

💛 Heartfelt

💛 & Touching

💛 Love

💛 Story

Why I think you should read this book…

💛 It’s one of a kind. And for me, it remains to be the most beautifully heartbreaking story out there. A close second for me is… Dear John.

💛 There’s so much to the story than just the love story. The characters, setting, and everything else, they all helped create this beautiful masterpiece.

What I love about this book…

💛 Jamie and Landon. Two unlikely people. One unforgettable love story.

💛 I love how they met. How they fell in love. How they tried not to. How they couldn’t help it. How love changed them. How it made them grow.

💛 The entire feel of the story.

💛 It will always be my favorite, unconditionally.

💛 The movie. I also love the movie for bringing to life one of my favorite novels and doing justice to it.

Favorite quotes from the book…

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”

“Without suffering, there’d be no compassion.”

“You have to promise you won’t fall in love with me.”

“I don’t think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.”

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”

“I know the Lord has a plan for us all, but sometimes, I just don’t understand what the message can be.”

“Knowing there’s one thing I still haven’t told you: I now believe, by the way, that miracles can happen. ”

“It was, I remembered thinking, the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make. In every way, a walk to remember.”

Book Description:

Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.

A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it.

Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter’s life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood…

(from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3473.A_Walk_to_Remember)

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9💛: I’ve Got Your Number

by Sophie Kinsella

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“I don’t speak Japanese, I don’t know anything about Japanese business or Japanese culture. Apart from sushi. But I can’t exactly go up to him and say “Sushi!” out of the blue. It would be like going up to a top American businessman and saying, “T-bone steak!”

I never laughed so hard while reading a book. You know that kind of laugh that makes your eyes teary? The one wherein you have to stop reading because you can’t breathe from laughing too much?

When it comes to chick lit, this is my favorite. I have a lot of favorites, but this is definitely on top of the list. I was supposed to upload this post yesterday. And since it was April Fools’ Day, I picked the most hilarious book in my shelf. But then again, I didn’t get to post it yesterday. 😂 Joke’s on me. I might move the weekly book recommendation to Saturday or Sunday. I got more free time during the weekends.

The book is a light and fun read. The one that you will enjoy reading from time to time and never get tired of. Poppy is a heroine that you’ll instantly love from the very first page.

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I’ve Got Your Number is probably Sophie Kinsella’s best work yet. For me. Hahahaha! I love all her works. I’m a huge fan. But this one is definitely my favorite. And I recommend it to every book lover–who loves to laugh–out there.

Genre: Chick Lit/Romance

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

For: 16+

This book in five random words…

💛 Beyonce!

💛 Ring

💛 Messages

💛 Phone

💛 Search

Why I think you should read this book…

💛 It’s hilarious. It’s so hard not to laugh. One of my favorite scenes was when she danced. I won’t elaborate on the details, so as not to spoil the story. But I was laughing so hard that I had to put down the book and catch my breath. And when I started to read again, I couldn’t move on. I was still laughing about it. Even now, just thinking about it makes me laugh. 😂 I really love this book. 😍

💛 It’s Chick Lit at its best.

What I love about this book…

💛 I love every bit of it. It’s the perfect recipe.

💛 Beyonce! All the single ladies! 😂 Hahahahaha! Okay, I’ll stop there. But that part, I adore it.

💛 The concept. It’s not new, but Sophie Kinsella did it so flawlessly. Poppy lost her engagement ring. And while searching for it, she saw a phone in the public bin. The phone belongs to the Sam (long story short haha). Poppy didn’t want to give up the phone because of the ring, so she had to forward all the messages to Sam as part of the agreement.

💛 Which brings us to the next point–I love the love story. The chemistry of the two leads. The story before it became their story. They’re so perfect. ❤

💛 Poppy! And Sam! Both of them. I love them. It’s the kind of book that you don’t want to end. I hope there will be a sequel. 😊

Favorite quotes from the book…

“We’re playing Scrabble. It’s a nightmare.”

“Scrabble?” He sounds surprised. “Scrabble’s great.”

“Not when you’re playing with a family of geniuses, it’s not. They all put words like ‘iridiums’. And I put ‘pig’.”

—–

“If it’s in the bin, it’s public property.”

—–

“I’m blushing at my own stupid, nonsensical, meaningless thought process, which, by the way, nobody knows about except me.”

(she’s so me! 😂)

—–

“Lover? I don’t know. I don’t know if she loves me. I don’t know if I love her. All I can say is, she’s the one I think about. All the time. She’s the voice I want to hear. She’s the face I hope to see.”

Book Description:

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill, but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

(from: http://www.amazon.com/Ive-Got-Your-Number-Novel/dp/0385342071)

 

8💛: Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

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“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
This is the third book that I’ve finished this week. I don’t know what has gotten into me that I’m in a reading and writing frenzy these days. But that’s a good thing. 😂

When I picked up the book again, for some reason, it felt heavier. Maybe it was psychological. Or the book was really heavy. I know, I could weigh it right now and see for myself, but I’m too lazy to do that. 😁

This is the second time that I’ve read this book. The last time was years ago, so I couldn’t remember every detail. But the impression it left on me was unforgettable. You can’t remember every word and you might forget what it’s all about. But when you read a good book and it moves something in you, you’ll always remember how it made you feel.

This is why these books are in my bookshelf. During random days, I would pick them up again and relive the memories once more.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a story about Hannah Baker and Clay Jensen. Two separate stories, and one. Clay Jensen received a package that contains seven tapes from Hannah Baker, his classmate that recently committed suicide. And while listening to those tapes, Clay Jensen realized her reasons why she had done it and all these things that had happened to her that nobody really knew. What happened? Could he have stopped it? Could he have helped? What more could he have done?

It’s a meaningful book. A bit special if you ask me. A book that has been dutifully crafted and carefully worded out to discuss suicide. It’s a topic that makes other cringe, but it’s something that should be talked about.

This book is like a reminder that we should be careful with everything we say and do. We affect people on a daily basis. And you don’t want to wait until it’s too late before you realize what you have done.

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Genre: Young Adult

Freesia’s Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

This book in five random words…

💛 Suicide

💛 Peer pressure (that’s two) 🙂

💛 Regrets

💛 School

Why I think you should read this book…

💛 It’s for us, mostly. It’s for us to realize, to see more, to do more, before it’s too late.

💛 An eye-opener. It’s a book that speaks.

What I love about this book…

💛 Everything.

It’s one of a kind. It knows what it’s for and the author delivered it in such a raw and beautiful manner. There’s an element of mystery, as Clay Jensen tried to find out what had really happened to Hannah Baker. The book is hard to put down. Hannah told her reasons why she had ended her life. And for each side of the cassette tape, she would talk about one person and one circumstance. How they all connected. How they all led to her taking her own life. Seven tapes. Side A. Side B. One empty side.

Clay Jensen hardly knew Hannah Baker, but he secretly harbored a feeling for her. So when Hannah Baker died, it affected him. And when he knew her story, it moved him. It changed him. This is the most important thing.

And I hope that when readers read this book, it would also leave that same impression on them. That we shouldn’t just sit here and ignore things like this. More than being responsible fpr our words and action, we should do something.

💛 The cassette tapes as the medium to narrate Hannah Baker’s story. Read the Q&A portion to find out why the author has decided to use it. It’s very clever of him.

Favorite quotes from the book…

“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”
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“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”

“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”

“I’m listening to someone give up. Someone I knew—someone I liked. I’m listening… but still, I’m too late.”

“You can hear rumors. But you can’t know them.”

“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”

“Skye!”

~ Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

Book Description:
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

(from: http://www.amazon.com/Thirteen-Reasons-Why-Jay-Asher/dp/159514188X)