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Warning: do not read this book if you don’t have strong mental. I literally had mental breakdown for a week after I finished the book.

She loved Nick. But not the Nick everyone was talking about. Not the Nick who shot people at the school and later on shot himself. Not the Nick that made her wake up in the hospital with disappointed faces. Not the Nick that made everyone hate to see her face because she reminded them of Nick the shooter.

She loved Nick. She loved the Nick that read Shakespeare plays for her, the one that laughed together with her when he made her laugh. She loved the Nick that understood how it felt like to live in a broken family. He understood her.

She understood him.

But she didn’t understand Nick the shooter.

And that didn’t change the fact that everyone was blaming her for everything.

In a very exquisite choice of wording and downpour of emotion in each of the sentences of this story, Jennifer Brown tells a story that brings a powerful one-sided point of view that eventually leads to one understanding. Hate List is a portrait of the turmoil in every teenage girl’s self that wants to be understood.

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From the author of Delirium series, here is a story that blows your mind away once you are finished with this one…

Do you know of Delirium series?
Know what Amor Deliria Nervosa means?
You know the amazing author that brings us to the powerful emotions and tensions she created in each of the scenes?

Yeah, that’s right. It’s Lauren Oliver we’re talking about here.

A realistic-fiction YA debut of Lauren Oliver—Before I Fall, is one of the masterpieces by Oliver that tells about how a girl dies, and repeats the day she died over and over again.

Samantha is not the typical protagonist you find in stories. In Before I Fall, Oliver introduces us to a very extraordinary kind of point of view— A popular high school girl who bullies, tries to seduce a teacher, and yet dies a virgin. Literally.

It should have been a typical party night of Valentine’s day, except that for that night, she had planned to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, Rob.

Oh, yes, she loved Rob. Or so she thought.

What had happened instead was that Rob got drunk, so they didn’t do it. And Kent, the host of the party, said something weird about him being able to see through her. And Juliet, a girl Samantha, Liz and her other friends bully regularly at school, appears like a supermodel in the middle of the party just to call them names.

And then the typical: drive drunk, and you die in a car accident.

Except that because it had been a weird enough night and yet it hadn’t been weird enough at all, Samantha woke up to the same day she died again. Everything went the same again, as if she hadn’t just died the night before.

But it was not a dream. Samantha knew that. And through being dead again in every night of the same repeated Valentine’s night, she discovered that it wasn’t all about her death, but also the suicide of Juliet the same night she had the accident, and a true love she finds in a boy she had never expected to fall for.

This story has a deep, hard, everlasting effect on anyone who reads it. Once you drown into the repetitive seven days of Samantha’s death, you will begin to see this world differently. You’ll look back on the things you’ve done wrong in the past. You’ll see things you haven’t noticed before.

And maybe, you’ll wonder this night if you’d die today, would you have wanted it to be your last day?

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers: A Review

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Letting herself slip away from everyone’s attention is what Parker almost succeeded in doing. From her ex, by trying to substitute herself with a ex-friend, from her parents, by trying to substitute herself with a dog.

Well, it seemed that everything was planned so well… but Jake, a new student in the school seemed to be able to see through her. She was the most popular girl, straight-A student, everything the best girl parents wanted. But now she’s none of those things.

Jake knew. He knew somehow that something was causing her to shut everyone out. Or rather, to make everyone shut her out. But he didn’t know why she was doing this.

It was clear that something was wrong.

But Parker couldn’t be wrong, right? She was the best girl. People, especially girls, usually only changed their attitude suddenly if something was wrong in their love life.

And no, nothing seemed wrong with her love life. She was not a victim of abduction, murder attempt, or rape.

Not exactly.

This book is just so easy to relate to what’s really happening around in real life, that sometimes I feel we’re really just going in through a true story. With the incredibly awesome writing style of Courtney Summers, I am drowned completely in this story.