Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The Statistical Probability of Love at first sight by Jennifer E. Smith


Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of Hadley's life ...
Her father is getting married in London to a woman she's never met, and she's just missed her flight.
Hadley has never believed in destiny or fate before ...
But stuck at the airport in New York, today is the day she meets Oliver. He's british. He's cute. And he's on her new flight.

My review

Hadley and Oliver meet at the airport on their way to London.
She is off to a wedding, feeling as miserable and grumpy as she can because it is her father's.
He is off to a wedding as well, so she thinks, and is just the sweet gentleman he can be by helping her.

Hadley shouldn't be on this flight because if she were just a few minutes earlier nothing of this would have happened.
She wouldn't have met Oliver.
She wouldn't learn a lot about herself.
She wouldn't have fallen in love.

While Hadley is mainly pissed at her father for marrying again and leaving her and her mother behind she's at her worst. And now that she missed her flight, something that never happened before, it can't get any worse.
And there's Oliver. Cute, funny, thoughtful Oliver. Sitting right next to her. Telling her stories and making her laugh.
Could she really have fallen in love with him in just a few hours?
She tells him everything but what does she really know about him?

On their way over to London Hadley and Oliver get to know each other and themselves. They learn what it really means to know someone.
Now that they found each other Hadley doesn't really want to say goodbye. She wants to talk a little more and find out what is going on between them but before she can say anything Oliver is gone.
London is a big city, will she find him? He only told her a few little things about his childhood .. will this be enough?

How exciting is it to know that they met on the airport?
I for once think it's a lovely thought and it makes me want to plan my next trip. Who knows maybe I will meet my love at first sight and the statistical probability just showed us that it's possible.

The statistical probability of love at first sight is a lovely book and I really enjoyed reading it.
It's fresh, it's funny and it's sad.
Proof that you can fall in love in no matter of time .. and everywhere.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Just One Day

So, I just finished Just One Day by Gayle Forman and there's a part of a song that I think fits very well with the book.
No more tears, my heart is dry
I don't laugh and I don't cry
I don't think about you all the time
But when I do, I wonder why
Have you read the book already? What are your thoughts?
Let me know! - Review is coming real soon.
- Lola

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Adorkable by Sarra Manning


Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on twitter.

Michael Lee's star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie.

They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop snogging?

My review

Adorkable is a lovely book about an independet girl named Jeane Smith who is living on her own, in an apartmant in London.
Jeane starts to write a blog about the things that are happening in her life, that she loves, hates and things that might be important to other people.
Only 17 years old, Jeane makes something out of her life. She has her own lifestyle brand, earns her own money and writes for different magazines and talks on international congresses.
What more does she want?

Michael Lee can't stand Jeane at all. Eveytime he sees her, he just wants to turn around and get as far away from her as possible.
He is a good student, loves his brand clothes and his life. Everything comes easy for him. The only problem is his overprotective mother.

Two teenager and they can't be more different but somehow, so it seems, they end up together.

While I was reading "Adorkable" I could relate to most of the things that Jeane says.
I don't know if it's her unique style (which I totally loved, by the way) or if it is the fact that she is just a "normal" teenage girl looking for herself, always saying what she thinks and still she falls for the "boring" boy.

He's the exact opposite from her and did I already mentioned that I really, really like the " I don't like you - You don't like me" - Phase at the beginning?
When I read a book and they are finally getting together I'm often very disappointed because I like the excitement at the beginning but I guess and hope that I'm not the only one.

This book is different!
Even if they are together they always have something that they can't stand about each other and that makes it even more fun to read.
I like that the book is up-to-date. Like, Jeane is always on twitter (who isn't anymore) and writing her blog ( I should take some advice from her on how to organise my blog entries!).
And Michael, he's always wearing the most popular brands these days (yeah I know, it's not about the looks .. )

I've spent my last year in London and I got so excited reading the book because I knew what the author was talking about when they were around, I fell in love all over again.
While they both try to figure out what exactly it is that's going on between them it seems that their families are trying hard to make their lifes as difficult as they can.
Can they handle the things that are going on, or will there be a big bang and they can't hold it any longer?

The book is an easy read. I had a good few laughs and a smile on my face the whole three days I was reading it even though I nearly had to cry on one or two occasions.

As you can see there is something for everyone in this book!
If you don't like the story you will definitely love the characters and if not the characters at least the conversations they are having.
Well, I don't want to give away too much. - You have to read it and get into the world of geeks, dorks, bloggers and ... the cool kids.
I can just recommend the book and definitely say it was one of the best books I've read last year.
Go and grab a copy for yourself and your friend!

On this note, I quess I have to read it again ;)

Monday, 7 January 2013

Someone knows me

" I need to fold down pages and flag passages with sticky notes. I need to experience books, not just read them. I never go anywhere without a book in my bag [...]
- Meant to be, Lauren Morrill

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler


Things in Delilah Hannaford’s life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can’t seem to keep it together anymore. Her “boyfriend” isn’t much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family’s painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced back together again?

My review
Fixing Delilah is not the first book I've read from Sarah Ockler and this is maybe one of the reasons why I chose to buy this book. I liked her writing and the story of “Twenty Boy Summer”. It actually brought me to tears a few times.
But I have to be honest: I expected “Fixing Delilah” to be a little more different because I think the synopsis overstated the story.

It’s a book about broken families and self-discovery.  Family is a big part of our lives and no matter what, they’ll always be there. We can’t run away from mistakes because some day we have to deal with it one way or the other.
Delilah Hannaford is a sixteen-year-old girl who currently has lots of trouble on her side. Her friends are not her friends anymore, her boyfriend really isn’t much of a boyfriend and her mum is working day and night. Her dad got killed before she was even born.
Welcome to Delilah Hannaford’s life, where a family isn’t much of a family anymore. Now she has to deal with the death of her grandmother, fixing the relationship with her mother and her long-missed friend Patrick.

It has never been easy for Delilah, growing up without a dad and a mother who is working more and more hours every day. Her friends aren’t the ones she thought they are and even the one person she should trust is not the one she is looking for. On top of all the teenage problems her grandmother died whom she didn’t saw in nearly more than eight years. No one is telling her about the fight that parted her family back then, until they get back to the town she used to live for eight years. Old memories are coming back. Old friendships reconnect and new relationships are build.
But even after her grandmas death no one wants to talk about what happened years ago. Delilah is determined to find out more about her family and who she really is.
While her mother wants to get out of town as soon as possible, she and her aunt are taking their time.
They want to fix her grandmother’s house and put it on sale but it turns out that deep inside no one is ready to leave it again.
During that time Delilah spends a lot of time with her childhood best friend Patrick and they start to fall in love.

I don’t want to give away too much of the book’s storyline but get ready for a few surprises at the end.
Fixing Delilah is the second book of Sarah Ockler and even though I think the story of the book doesn’t fulfill the description of the synopsis and the first book of hers, it has its own ups and downs.

It didn’t thrill me like I thought it would but despite that I really enjoyed reading it.
The focus is mainly on Delilah’s search for identity, where she’s coming from. She is looking for answers about her family and why she is like she is. The book addresses a mother-daughter relationship and shows us how important it is to talk to each other and take some time for one another.
One the other hand it’s also about true friends and how they can change your life.
Sometimes I didn’t understand Delilah’s actions at all. In my opinion she overacts a few times and her whole situation was just overstated. I think it would’ve been nice to write something more about Delilah’s situation before they went away for the summer holidays because it obviously changed her a lot and is a big part of the story.
I had a problem with her relationship with Patrick and how they rekindled.
I mean, if I wouldn’t have seen my childhood friend for over eight years, don’t keep any contact and then suddenly see him again when we’re both teenagers I guess I wouldn’t tell him everything right away.
It’s normal that you change a lot during that time and grow up to a totally different person.
Delilah and Patrick don’t have any problems at all and just like that, they’re best friends again.
I doubt it’s very believable.
But throughout the story their relationship develops and I start to like them as a couple.

In the end I think it’s a good book because the author told the story very realistic, in a way.
I liked it and just can recommend it to everyone who’s looking for a good YA-book. It’s definitely a story to think about

How to find the perfect book

We all know it. We all had it.
The desperate search for the perfect book to read. How do we find it and how do we know it's the right one?
I guess we all read tons of bad written books before we find a few treasures. But what exactly is it, that makes us like the book so much?

Maybe it's nothing new for you or maybe you just got into reading .. take your time:

1. Decide on a genre

First steps first, you have to decide on a genre you'd like to read! It can be thriller, horror, romance, YA-books .. It's easier to read if you're really interested in the idea and concept of the book.

2. The book cover

Well, I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but lets be honest, a great cover catches our eye rather than a plain boring one. So, first move made you have a book in your hand but what know?

3. Summary

Just read the summary on the back? - For some books this might be enough but not every summary does exactly what it promises.

4. Reviews

Instead of going home with the book it would be more clever if you check the reviews on the internet and though everyone has its own opinion it can be really helpful! If there are more good reviews than bad, your decision to buy the book is almost made. Are there more bad reviews than good ones, you have to think a second time and if it's really worth trying to read it.

5. Look inside

Go on, have a look inside the book, read a few pages and let the words get to you.
Now, if you're still interested in the book, buy it! Just do it and don't regret it ;)

 - Lola

At the moment ..

.. these are the books I'm looking forward to read

and these are some of the books I have to review