She uses dialog in an interesting way, but it did This book was really interesting. She uses dialog in an interesting way, but it did feel confusing at times. The plot was easy, it's a really short read. The characters were good, just regular teenagers with crappy problems.
I always like books that explore the sibling relationship; in this case, Noelle and Nadio not only are sibling but twins. Which fascinates me. For some reason I love the cover. It has a lot to do with the book. If you're a confused teenager you should read this or if you enjoy light reads and teen issues this may be a book for you. May 18, Terry rated it liked it Shelves: brought-to-rhs-library.
Stone explores how relationships change because of jealousy, secrets, and just plain growing up in easy-to-read prose. Something dark tints everything as the plot unfolds and the characters present their version of Junior Year. Decisions about sex are explicit in the book, but I liked the way Stone made these momentous choices more about the way physicality changes - or doesn't change - the underlying nature Reading this reminded me a bit of Francesca Lia Block 's The Hanged Man , minus the magical elements.
Decisions about sex are explicit in the book, but I liked the way Stone made these momentous choices more about the way physicality changes - or doesn't change - the underlying nature of affection and connection between teens.
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This was a good, moody read that wasn't melodramatically over the top. Oct 05, Cornmaven rated it really liked it Shelves: high-school.
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This is a pretty powerful book about relationships, teenagers getting in over the heads, and teenagers trying to figure things out without getting much guidance. Of course that's how I see it as an adult. I would be curious to hear how HS teens would view it. The really bad characters aren't physically present. There's a lot human error that occurs,as well.
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The only thing I didn't like was the rather loosely framed aftermath of one character's suicide attempt. Seemed as if the charact This is a pretty powerful book about relationships, teenagers getting in over the heads, and teenagers trying to figure things out without getting much guidance.
Seemed as if the character was succeeding at figuring stuff out without a lot of professional help, and that didn't seem real to me. Mar 23, laaaaames rated it it was ok. Not entirely comfortable with how the sexual assault was handled either. Also for being two sides of the same story, why did it basically sound like one big story, just hearing two POVs that basically supported the same facts?
One twin said Keeley was different depending; Keeley seemed pretty much the same to me regardless. God, if you're going to use this style at least give me some unreliable narration or twisted understanding of events. Dec 02, Rants and Bants rated it did not like it Shelves: abusive-friendships , realistic-fiction , ya , sensitive-topics , hated-the-protagonist , bored-me-to-tears , the-wrong-characters-got-sympathy.
This was probably one of the most disappointing, anti-climatic books I've read. I guess I partly have myself to blame, because I picked it up at random.
I tried this thing where I literally picked up a book at the library without even looking at the description. I just thought the title, cover, and quote on the front sounded interesting. I started reading it, and then I finally looked at the description--it really hyped it up making it sound like it was going to be so SIGH.
I started reading it, and then I finally looked at the description--it really hyped it up making it sound like it was going to be something really serious that happened to the main character, Noelle. A mystery that we were going to find out later. Here's what happened: She liked a guy, and the guy didn't like her back. That's it. That's literally it. But she's the victim star of the show.
I know what it's like; I've had fake whores like that as friends too in the past, who pretended one minute to care about me, then the next they stood me up, ignored me, treated me like I was nothing. But that's not even the biggest thing..vybamifa.ml
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The most insane, insane thing of all, is that while Noelle is getting all this pity and sympathy and main role in the book for suffering unrequited love as if the REST of us haven't had that at least once in life , Keely, literally view spoiler [got raped hide spoiler ].
Like nothing at all. Fuck that shit. Oh, and the book kept going back and forth from present tense to past tense. Feb 23, Shy Bradford rated it did not like it Shelves: didn-t-finish. Feb 12, Gina Baldyga rated it really liked it. Quick young adult read. Engaging and hard to put down. A little confusing with the lack of quotations when characters were speaking. Dec 28, Nick rated it liked it. This first part is just a rant, so you can skip to down the review if you'd like. Note: It will contain spoilers. I googled it to make sure it wasn't just my copy, like there must be some mistake, but alas, it was just a very confusing attempt to do something different.
That bugged the shit out of me during the first half of the book, and although I kind of got used to it, it adds nothing to the story and can only damage it. A This first part is just a rant, so you can skip to down the review if you'd like. A great story that I could see giving 4. If you want to do something different, write in blue. Quotation marks are not optional. Honestly if this book was re-released with quotation marks, I would buy it. Maybe that's Stone's plan, I don't know, but it seems like kind of strange risk to take for no reward. If you believe in your story which she definitely should then why do that?
Whatever, I can't tell you enough how much that annoyed me.
On to the story I really liked all the characters. Noelle surprised me a little bit with how easily and rapidly she went off the deep end and how quickly she turned cold towards Keeley, but it didn't happen in an unrealistically dramatic way and I was still sympathetic towards her.
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Keeley is uncovered more and more during the book after starting as somewhat of a mystery, and as you read on, she seems to get stronger and stronger with every page. Nadio was my favourite. I loved is imaginary, one-sided dialogue with his dad. All the questions he asked and how he struggled with trying the grow into the role of being a man, the only man, amongst the women in his life, feeling the need to protect Keeley and Noelle and how those feelings ran counter to each other.
It struck me how Noelle fell for a guy that was the American version of the father she never knew. I don't know if that's some Freudian thing or if it just shows how similar she is to her mother, but it was something I'm surprised Noelle herself didn't see.
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I didn't really see that 'unique bond' that Noelle and Nadio are supposed to have, which was only suggested in glimpses, mostly at the end. They never seemed overly close and drifted apart immediately after Keeley went to England, like they had forgotten how to be around each other without her. When things started getting worse, they didn't even know how to talk to each other. Maybe it wasn't always like that but from what we were shown, they were no closer than regular siblings.
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This book is more relevant than pretty much any other story I've read. The situations and characters are realistic, which makes it easy to put yourself in their shoes, if you don't already feel like they're in yours. Overall, the story flowed and apart from the quotation marks , I really did like it. Nov 14, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: read As children, they befriended Keeley, the daughter of the professor, and have been inseparable ever since.
Keeley and Noelle have always been like two halves of the same person with matching mannerisms and behavior. Nadio was always along for the ride, but never up front and center stage. After spending a summer all separated, the trio come back together to find that nothing is as is was when they left. Nadio spent his summer running alone and writing imaginary letters to his absentee father.
Noelle found a new friend into new things and managed to fall hard for tattoo-covered fry cook Parker.