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Review of “Screwed” by Laurie Pilssner

In the Grace of Your Love

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Fetus at 38 weeks after fertilization 3D Pregn...

Fetus at 38 weeks after fertilization 3D Pregnancy (Image from gestational age of 40 weeks). Retrieved 2007-08-28. A rotatable 3D version of this photo is available here, and a sketch is available here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Published by: F+ W/Adams Media and Merit Press

Published Date: May 18, 2013

Source: Netgallery E Book (ARC)

The Story

Per Goodreads Summary

Flattered by the attentions of Nick, the cutest guy in school, seventeen-year-old Grace Warren, captain of the math team, lets down her guard and gets pregnant the night she loses her virginity. Hopeful that Nick will drop to one knee and propose when she breaks the baby news to him, Grace is heartbroken – Nick wants nothing to do with her. Her best friend, Jennifer, thinks she should get an abortion, but Grace is certain that her morally upright parents will insist that she keep the baby. After she comes clean to her super-religious, strait-laced parents, they surprise her by insisting that she terminate the pregnancy to avoid humiliating the family. But when she sees the fetus on the ultrasound, she decides she can’t get rid of it. Deciding to save the tiny life growing inside of her, Grace must face the consequences of being that girl – the good girl who got knocked up.

The Characters

To be honest, in the begining it was hard to connect with the characters.  Once I connected with Grace, however, I felt strongly about her situation and her strength of character – she just did not give up, no matter what.  I out right dispised her parents – they exemplified every radical religious view which was totally unfounded behind their own doors, or to be frank they were hyppocrittes.  I loved Jennifer as her best friend. I really enjoyed Grace getting to move in with helen, it was just what she needed and of course if you believe in fate, it brought her Charlie too. You had to love Charlie as he waited patiently getting to know Grace despite the fact she was pregnant from her one mistake.. and despite everything he fell in love for her because of her strengths and who she was, not what she had done. Grace in the end allowed herself the happiness to receive this love in return, and that was my favorite part. I really admired her taking the time after Molly  was born to go off of the grid and really figure everything out before going to college, to not just act as nothing had happened and move on – Overall though this was a difficult subject, the characters the author constructed played out realistic roles and made the best of the situationa nd highlighted the strength of especially Grace and Charlie as they navigated this diffiult situation together.

What I Though

Over all, I very much enjoyed the book. As i said above, it was a slow start, but then again right from page one you are jumping into some pretty deep issues, including abortion and being desserted by your own  family.  Once I got past the begining and got to know the characters I could really appreciate them and the story. I saw the main character’s struggle and was amazed at how she kept finding her way through, maybe not the perfect path, but a path that would get her where she needed to be and allow her to be proud of her accomplishments. I thought the writing and the story flowed well, and I didn’t feel like there werew any parts that draggedat all. I would reccommend this book to anyone – with a clear idea of the story. For my personal rating I would say 5/5 stars. It’s just something different, and i enjoy reading books that are not all about the same thing. It had a great deal of gushy romance, but it also had a strong story line and message – and i enjoyed that.

The Short Skinny on the Story Overall

If you like what you’ve heard so far, get the book and you won’t regret it. I did re-read the last chapter once over just because i liked the ending so well, but this is not a book i will rea over and over, so not something a keeper if you buy physical books – but still worth having. I reccommend the Eversion if possible. But, eithier way – get it and read it – you won’t be sorry!

Quotes I Adore

Conversation between Grace and Charlie, and I thinkn it sums up the best part of the end to this story

“I love you, too.  I always have, but I didn’t want to ruin your perfect life.  I didn’t want you to love me because you knew my parents didn’t love me anymore and I was all alone, or that I was some lost lamb who coudln’t fend for herself.” Grace sat down on the grass and Charlie knelt in front of her in the grass.

“That’s not why I love you, Grace.  I know you don’t need me to take care of you, but I wan tto.  There’s a huge difference.”  “But I do need you.  You make me feel like me, like the person I want to be, and when I was away, it just wasn’t the same,” Grace said.  “I dont want to be away from you anymore.” “So don’t leave again.” Pushing her back into the grass, Charlie stretched out next to Grace and kissed her forehead, her nose, both cheeks, her chin, and finally her lips. “it’s so short, ” he said, running his fingers through her close-cropped hair. “I chopped it off myself. Low maintence.”  “I like it, ” Charlie whispered into Grace’s ear.  “I didn’t think you were coming back to me, but Helen said I just had to be patient.” “Your aunt is the smartest woman I’ve ever met,” Grace suddently sat up. “I should tell her I’m back.  We have to tell her about Dartmouth.  She’ll be so excited.” “I have a feeling she alreadys knows,” Charlie laughted and kissed Grace again.”

I don’t have many other quotes for this – so read it – you won’t be sad!

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Review of “True” by Erin McCarthy

Penguin Group

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Published by: Penguin Group

Released: May 7, 2013

Genre: YA Romance

Rating – 4 Stars

The Story

Thanks to Goodreads

When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…

The Characters

This story was a qucik and light read, but it was not without some great characters. I liked Rory from the begining – I could completely understand her feelings of embarassment about her choice for not having a partner until the right one came along – and I find this admirable in today’s society, especially.  To be honest though, my favorite character in the story was Tyler – after seeing his family situation – what he wouldn’t do for his brothers and to protect his own mother. He was a kind and giving person – and even when asked to help Rory for money, he couldn’t even do it. I have to admit they were an u nlikely pair, but it showed Tyler’s strength through all of the hardship he had to face. One of the most frustrating parts for me was Rory’s father judging her for being with Tyler and then subsequently Tyler leaving her b/c he thought she deserved better – I hate self sacrificing..and even though I know he was doing what he thought was right, but it stunk and that part of the book was super sad for me. In end end things find a way of working themselves out and it both showed out each character growed during that time to be ready for what would come next. I am glad that there will be a second story in this series because i want to see how much more these characters grow and of course i’m interested in Tyler’s hot older brother too..

What I Thought

Overall, I found the story a light and qucik read. It wasn’t too serious, which was perfect since i just finisihed “The Program” before this – and i enjoyed just seeing how things developed without major tragedy. I’m not saying some serious things did not happen, because you know they did, but the heavy stuff didn’t become “too heavy” if you know what I mean.. This book isn’t something I would read again, but I would read the second book in the series and I do like the characters and will be interested where they go from here. I like that it wasn’t a fairytale ending – the topics covered here are real life events and I think they could happen to anyone an di can really apprecaite that, so overall I did like the book – 4/5 stars from my point of view.

Quick Skinney on the Review

So, to be short and to the point, I liked the book and liked the story line. It was kind of slow during certain points, but I did enjoy the characters and the story seamed real to life for me anyway. While I would not make this something I re-read, I would read the next book coming out in the series and feel certain I would enjoy that too – You can’t love every book and I would be lying if i said i did, so this might not make my top 10, but it did make fo relaxing, light, and fun read when i really needed it. 4 out of 5 stars. If you love romance, college romance, and need a light/fun read – check it out!

Quotes from the story (can’t leave these out!)

Literature wasn’t intended to be about perfect people, it was about flaws, very real and very deep human flaws.” – I almost forgot about this, one of my favorite parrts of the book when Tyler is tutoring Rory on lit and why she can’t understand the characters in the story, and he points out that the best stories are real based on real characters who have flaws, because life isn’t perfect.. so hence I do love this quote – great lesson not only in the story but you can take to life…

“Our relationship felt like a Christmas gift that you hadn’t asked for and weren’t expecting to receive, but the minute you saw it, you knew it was perfect for you.” – now this is a gush moment from the book – just sweet and gush worthy..

The last quote I feel like sums up the book and the love story found within – and is relatable to everyone.. love isn’t easy, it can be cruel and hard, but rewarding and wonderful…

“I still wasn’t convinced that tossing a shoe (who of us hasn’t done this?? honestly??) didn’t mean you harbored an anger management problem, but I did understand love now.  How it wrappedaround you and made you more aware of the prickles on your skin, the roots of your hair, the intensity of every touch and every inch of you.  It was like life on hi-def.  Everything was sharper.” – the last quote especially about life being on hi-def, i really love that.

Conclusion

So in conclusion – I did like the story, would reccommend, thinks it had some great points and meat and I enjoyed the characters. Maybe not a re-reader but certainly a series I will finish. 4/5 stars. If you need that light/fun read and like the quotes above, check it out!

Thanks!

K

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