Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

29523625Title: Fireworks
Katie Cotugno
Young Adult/ Contemporary/ Romance
HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray
April 17th, 2017

4 sterren

It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along. 

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing. 

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through. 

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New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

32336130Title: New York, Actually
Author: Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan With Love #6
Genre: Chick lit/ Contemporary/ Romance
Publisher:  HQN Books
Publication: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 384

5 sterren

Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

15283043Title: The Distance Between Us 
 Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: July 2nd, 2013
Pages: 312

4 sterren

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation, she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about. 

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Wanderlost by Jen Malone

26244548Title: Wanderlost
 Jen Malone
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: May 31st, 2016
Pages: 321

4 sterren

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

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A Week Of Mondays by Jessica Brody

28958920Title: A Week Of Mondays
 Jessica Brody
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication: August 2nd, 2016
Pages: 464

5 sterren

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

17978160Title: Open Road Summer
 Emery Lord
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary /Romance
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication: April 15th, 2014
Pages: 352

5 sterren

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan, and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.


I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite a while now, and since summer is coming up I was just craving (another) one! So off I went – reading Open Road Summer.

The thing about Open Road Summer is that it made me feel really good. It made me feel happy, it made me feel glad and most important of all – it made me feel summery (is that even a word?). Yup, I haven’t actually experienced a book yet that made me feel this into the story – into the world of the characters. It felt like I was literally with them, and it was the best feeling in the world.

So onto the characters and their storyline. Dee is a singer-songwriter from Nashville, and Reagan is her best friend. Dee is so famous that she gets to tour the country for the summer and Reagan is coming with her. They experience a lot of things on their road trip, including a specifically cute boy, Matt.

I loved Dee and her storyline – I never read anything that compares to her story at all. I loved that she was super bubbly and very sweet which was a perfect contrast to Reagan, who was very wild and also very rebellious. Their friendship was the strongest thing throughout the book – you could feel their on-going support and love for each other. I wish I get to go on a road trip with my superstar best friend, it would be so cool.

So onto Matt – which I loved. He’s also a singer, just like Dee, but kind of needs to get back on track when it comes to writing songs and performing. From the second he enters the story – I can feel his ‘affection’ to Reagan, and her affection towards Matt. I was like they were actually made for each other. I seriously loved everything about their relationship – even the ending which was very cute (I would have like an epilogue though).

This book wasn’t only cute and romantic, sometimes it was also sad. And since I got a really great experience reading from Reagan’s perspective, I got to feel her emotions too. And it almost wrecked me. When the moment came when “she felt betrayed” (the people who’ve read Open Road Summer will definitely know which part I mean), her emotions were so strong comparing it to the beginning of the story, where she acts to be this tough girl that doesn’t cry, but when that moment came, she went out and so went I. I cried so hard guys, it felt like I was a part of Reagan, somehow. Which means that Emery did a great job. So twelve points for you, Emery.

Open Road Summer is a fun, cute and romantic story about music, friendship and finding love. It will definitely give you a summer feeling.

Faking It by Cora Carmack

16172634Title: Faking It
 Cora Carmack
Series: Losing It #2
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary /Romance
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication: June 4th, 2013
Pages: 325

4 sterren

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel. 

Back in December, I got to read Losing It – it was my first New Adult and I really liked it. A few weeks ago I was craving a New Adult and I decided it was time for me to read the sequel, Faking It.

So, what is Faking It about? Max her parents are in town and they want to see her boyfriend – expect her boyfriend is not the boyfriend her parents would want to see. So she searches for a guy who would want to pretend to be her boyfriend for just the afternoon. And tada – there is Cade.

This is the main reason I really wanted to read Faking It because there’s this fauxmance trope which I really love – I love reading about two characters faking a relationship and while doing that actually fall in love.

I liked reading from both Max and Cade their perspectives. I also liked both characters – both in their own way. Max is very wild and outspoken, while Cade is very sweet and cute – like a boy next door. Even tough their characters wouldn’t match on paper, they actually did in the story. Their chemistry was off the charts and they surprisingly matched perfectly.

Another thing of Faking It which I liked was that it was written quite easy. It was easy to follow, and I just like Cora her writing style. It’s easy and funny – simple but affective.

There actually wasn’t anything I didn’t like about Faking It. If you want to read to read a New Adult book about a fauxmance developing into a real romance – you should definitely check Faking It out.

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

23480844Title: Firsts
 Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Publication: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 320

4 sterren

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

I really wanted to read this book because it is a contemporary and the synopsis sounded like something different and maybe something that I would like. But as I started reading, I wasn’t so sure anymore.

The whole concept of Mercedes being the one that takes the virginity of boys is just weird when I think about it. She wants to learn the boys how to actually have sex – so that their girlfriend enjoy their first time as much as they probably could. Why Mercedes did this? Her first time wasn’t that great at all so she wanted to pass the knowledge so that the girlfriends wouldn’t have to experience it they way she did. I get that, but why would you want to sleep with so many guys and let them be cheaters?

The thing is, that those boys chose for themselves. It wasn’t like Mercedes pushed them or anything, but we all know how boys can be and I actually think Mercedes seduced them someway just to take their virginity and just as she said at the end of the book – to be in control. I think it’s just really selfish and just really weird and wrong, but that didn’t stop me from reading the book.

Even though I didn’t like all of that, there was something about it that I still wanted continue reading. I guess it was because of Zach, and if he finally gives up on Mercedes or just kept chasing after Mercedes forever. Because I think the way Mercedes treated Zach was kind of awful, she knew she had him eating out of her hand and still every Wednesday, she ripped his heart right out when she told him she doesn’t want to be his girlfriend. It was so selfish of her to choose for herself – and I’d actually wanted her to cut things off and don’t give Zach false hope, but well, she didn’t.

At some point, I thought the book would make an LGBT turn, but surprisingly it didn’t. I kind of liked it that Laurie didn’t shy away from her character being gay and I think that is great. Even though Mercedes isn’t gay – she doesn’t shut it out and I liked that about her.

Another thing about this book was that I didn’t felt anything at all when things went down for Mercedes. At some point, I felt pity, because it happened to her, but just at the same time I was like – No, she caused all of her own problems so I don’t even pity her at all. Normally I would think that I would have to feel that connection to a character for liking the book, but with this book, it’s surprising to actually feel nothing at all. It’s new, I’ve never experienced something like that at all.

Even though I thought the book was totally crazy, it did send out a great message when it comes to friendship and I think it resembled it pretty well actually. Every friendship has its ups and downs and it’s only good Laurie put this into the book too.

I would have to admit that this is by far not the best book I’ve read and even though I didn’t like the concept at all, it somehow still managed to touch me in some sort of way.

So if you want to read a contemporary with something totally different as a storyline – Firsts is definitely the one you should be reading.

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