A Week Of Mondays by Jessica Brody

28958920Title: A Week Of Mondays
Author:
 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
Author:
 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.