Review: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares 

By: Krystal Sutherland and Tara Sands (Narrator) 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Death, mention of murder’s, physical violence, mention of war, mention of kidnapping, suicide attempt, mention of critically injured animal, and abusive parent.

The Solar family has been cursed by death. During their grandfather’s war days, he met death. Not just once but many times. Death cursed the Solar family to die from a fear. Hence why Esther Solar made a list of fears. Then she meets Jonah, a childhood friend. Much to her surprise he robs her. The two meet again with Jonah promising to help Esther conquer her list.

In 2016 Sutherland released her debut. I didn’t much care for it. I decided to check out this book because the synopsis sounded good. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

The book is written in third person omniscient following Esther and flashbacks of her grandfather with death. There is one scene that is narrated from Death’s point of view. The chapters are titled based off a fear of Esther’s. Some chapters just have titles that don’t pertain to Esther’s list.

I’m really happy that I gave this book a shot! It was good and I enjoyed the magical realism aspect a lot. Even the family and friendship dynamics. I also felt that the author excelled at portraying mental health.

I liked Esther! She was a great character. I especially loved her growth and that she ended up loving herself. Esther’s list of fears is based on things she’s seen on tv and heard stories about. The list was quite interesting. And you can honestly fear most of it. By the end she did love and acknowledge every aspect of herself. 

I liked Eugene a lot. He is Esther’s twin. He spends a lot of his time trying to convince Esther that the curse isn’t real. That their family has mental illnesses. The two have a really close bond. And it was nice to read about.

Esther doesn’t have the best relationship with her parents. Her father never leaves their basement. There’s a bathroom and food gets brought down. Meanwhile their mother who used to be so strong isn’t anymore. Their mother spends her time gambling. Her top concern is their money. Esther is torn up over her parents and doesn’t know what to do.

Hephzibah is Esther’s best friend. The two of them used to be friends with Jonah and met each other in school. Esther has never heard Hephzibah speak. The two communicate in sign language and text messages. I enjoyed their friendship! 

Jonah and Esther of course didn’t have a good introduction. When Esther sees him again she punches him. Which was justified. Things happen and the two come to an agreement. Their relationship was so cute! I really enjoyed the two of them tackling the list. Jonah and Esther were rocks for each other. They really helped each other grow. And they were such a cute couple! 

Death was such a nice connection! I enjoyed reading the flashbacks with him and their grandfather. It was a nice touch of magical realism. And brought the grandfather as a character. In present day the grandfather is dying. There were a lot of good quotes with their conversations. And the topic of death was tackled in such an interesting manner.

I especially liked that at the end all the characters are still struggling with their mental health. Eugene and Esther decide to go get therapy. Yay for positive therapy rep! Their family is still struggling. The relationship to one-another makes them so strong. Jonah doesn’t just magically cure Esther. She is still working on it.

Overall I really enjoyed this book! I highly recommend.   

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Review: One of Us Is Lying

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One of Us Is Lying by: Karen M. Manus 

Audible Narrators: Kim Mai Guest , MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, and Robbie Daymond 

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Suicide, mention of cheating, physical violence, blackmail using a character’s sexual orientation, homophobia, drug addiction, slut shaming, bullying, controlling relationship, and bad representation of mental illness. 

I read One of Us Is Lying a little over a year ago. In that time I’ve been thinking a lot about this book. I’ve come to realize that all those problems other people had with it, I did as well. I guess writing trigger warning’s in my reviews has been a part of it as well. Also I think some of the charm has worn off and I’ve managed to forget quite a bit. That’s not really helpful for mysteries let alone this review.

Anyways let’s get to it! This follows four first person point of views. There’s a full cast for the audiobook. There are tumblr and blog posts. During detention the main characters are with Simon, the school’s resident Gossip Girl. Simon has a severe peanut allergy. While their teacher is off to do something, Simon starts to have convulsions. Unable to find an epipen Simon is rushed to the hospital. It is revealed the next day that Simon died.

The four main characters are now suspects in the murder. On Simon’s blog there are posts outing each of the main character’s secrets come out to the whole school. The four face isolation and bullying once each of their secrets are out in the open. After all of this they all decide to team up. Thinking the real killer is still out there to get them.

The title is actually wrong as every character in this book are hiding something. I found most of the story to be enjoyable! I liked the character’s growth and relationships to one-another. My favourite was definitely Addy! Her character growth was amazing. Below I’ll detail each of the character’s secrets, family, and such.

Bronwyn: Half Mexican is the ‘Smart One’. She’s a hard worker. And does well in all her studies. Well except for the one time she cheated of course. Voila big secret! Due to stress, wanting to live up to her families expectations, and being half POC. She’s got a good relationship with her family. Romantic love interest is Nate. 

Nate: His mother abandoned him, his father is an alcoholic, and on the side he’s a drug dealer. Earning him his reputation at school. He’s the biggest suspect due to this. Of course his big secret is his family life and that he still deals. Romantic love interest is Bronwyn. They were surprisingly cute together!

Cooper: Extremely popular, good looking, and an athlete. Has a beautiful girlfriend. Best friend is Addy’s boyfriend Jake. Secretly he’s gay and doesn’t want people to know. The town is quite homophobic and so is his father. Unfortunately this is outed too. Note that he wasn’t out of the closet. He has a boyfriend whose a model.

Addy: Pretty, popular, and is Jake’s girlfriend. Although she hasn’t always been faithful. She cheated on Jake with Ty. Who she gets along with better. Her mother has made her believe that Addy needs a man in her life. Otherwise she’s useless. Her sister believes otherwise and is in the middle of a divorce. Once she gets outed she get’s bullied and slut shamed. Addy remains single in the end. And she and her sister move in together. Her character development was suburb!

The author really excels at contemporary! I really liked all the characters and their friendship. It takes a really long time for the mystery to come in. The characters kept me engaged! Good job on the author’s part.

The mystery part is a bit lacking. As it was Simon who had depression, and committed suicide. Simon had Jake and another girl (whose name I’ve forgotten) frame the four main characters for his death. Simon started to get badly influenced by forums that liked school shooters. He became obsessed and apparently thought it would a fantastic idea to frame some people for his ‘Murder’. Nate’s mother is also bipolar and comes back after taking medication that works for her.

I do feel that the author doesn’t handle mental illness well. At the time I felt Simon’s motivations made sense. It fit his character. He was really dramatic. And it is completely possible to get bad influences. But as I’ve found out this year this is a common trope in thrillers. And that’s just awful. If it weren’t for those things I probably would’ve rated it higher.

Overall I did still enjoyed a majority of this book! I would still recommend but please read trigger warning’s first.       

Review: Girl Against the Universe

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Girl Against the Universe by: Paula Stokes

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

From the author of The Art of Lainey and Liars, Inc. comes a fresh, contemporary story about one girl’s tragic past and a boy who convinces her that maybe her luck is about to change. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen or Jenny Han.

Maguire knows she’s bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. But then on her way out of her therapist’s office, she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star, who wants to help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away, but staying away may be harder than she thought.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I had heard about this book through GR. For awhile I was very hesitant to read this book. Not gonna lie but the first came across this book I only read the first sentence and immediately thought Maguire was crazy. I went back again and this time finished reading the synopsis and I actually liked it. A few months passed and I found out about the mental health in this book and I put it together. It’s not that Maguire is crazy but it’s because of several incidents that makes her believe that she is bad luck. Another reason I decided to read it is because of this post. In this post Paula Stokes had a guest post on The Midnight Garden. Paula talks about how anxiety doesn’t make us weak. She also mentions Girl Against the Against and all the research that went into the book. I was in awe after reading the guest post and decided to read it. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

The book begins in August and Maguire visiting her cognitive behavioral therapist Dr. Leed. For the first few visits Maguire doesn’t say much. She has no interest in seeing Dr. Leed and certainly doesn’t want to talk. One day she explains Dr. Leed about the car accident that killed her brother, uncle, and father, but she stayed alive. Then when she was 12 years old she went to a sleepover. Somehow all the other girls got food poisoning but she was fine. The girl who held the sleepover spread a rumor that Maguire was bad luck. After that Maguire put everything in her life together and started to believe it.

She begged her mother to homeschool her without mentioning the bad luck. Her mother said no so Maguire developed coping strategies. Every morning Maguire has a morning good luck ritual. She wears a lucky pendant. She does five second checks to look for any hazards. She knocks on wood or any other textured table three times. And has a luck notebook where she records every bad thing that has happened to her.

While this does work for her purposes she isolates herself from everyone. She spends most of her time in her bedroom and avoids everyone so that she doesn’t cause them any harm. One day her mother brings up her grandmother and going to visit their family in Ireland. Maguire has a breakdown because she can’t go to Ireland because that would involve traveling by plane. If Maguire were to go on a plane she wouldn’t be able to control her surrounding and it would become overwhelming to do her five second checks. Maguire is absolutely devastated because she would like to her family again. Maguire brings this up to Dr. Leed and together they come up with a list of seven tasks the goal being to go to Ireland.

I am a little disappointed that I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. Nonetheless I still enjoyed it! This book is written in first person in Maguire’s point of view. It is divided into parts from August to December. And there are 20 therapy sessions. As usual the writing style was well done!

I absolutely loved the relationships in this book! Maguire’s family was so supportive and sweet. I loved reading about the interactions between Maguire and her step-father. And hello a well done relationship with a step-parent is always good in my opinion! Her half siblings Erin and Jake (short for Jacob) were so cute! Her mother was so sweet trying to help Maguire get out of her comfort zone while always remaining there. Also her mother was unemployed and it was portrayed nicely! No one made a jab at her for being unemployed so that she could be there for her family. Like I said I absolutely adored the family aspect!

During her tennis tryout (apart of her tasks list) Maguire meets Jade. Who later becomes one of Maguire’s best friends. Jade is informed about Maguire and how she believes she is bad luck. After finding out Jade remains with Maguire throughout the whole book and never once does she assume that Maguire is crazy (like I did when I read the first sentence of the synopsis). There’s also Penn who is Jordy’s sister. Penn also remains supportive just like Jade and Maguire’s family. When Maguire meets Jordy they agree to help each other in achieving their goals. Jordy also visits Dr. Leed but for very different reasons. Dr. Leed is also supporting Maguire and helps her with comings up with some tasks for her list. I loved reading about the therapy sessions!

When Maguire and Dr. Leed made her task list Maguire assumed everything would go perfectly. Of course that didn’t happen but she did grew throughout the whole book. And most of the time the tasks were accomplished. Even if they were accomplished in very unexpected ways. Jordy also grew through the whole book. Maguire and Jordy where able to help each other achieve their goals. It’s revealed pretty early why Jordy is seeing Dr. Leed. I felt pretty bad for him but it was nice that he had Penn to support him as well.

I’m not exactly sure how to categorize the romance. Jordy falls for Maguire pretty quickly. And while the two have a lot of make-out sessions they don’t start dating towards the end of the book. Maguire spends most of her time with Jordy to try and push him away because she’s afraid that she’ll hurt him and he’s not exactly in the position to date her. Maguire wants to get her life sorted out first. Which was admirable but it was pretty obvious that Maguire had feelings for Jordy. The romance really confused me.

I had a few problems with Girl Against the Universe. During the October section I found that it started to drag. And it became boring to read about the daily activities. Now I know that this is a contemporary and you do read about daily activities, I just found this to be very boring. I didn’t like how most of the times Jade and Maguire would talk to each other it was about Jordy. I know that girls will talk to each other about their crushes and whatnot but Jordy was in most of their conversations.

As mentioned above the romance really confused me. Especially how Maguire would want to focus on herself but still kiss Jordy back and not admit that she had feelings for him. I feel somewhat indifferent to Jordy. Jordy actually confused me most of the times. This was definitely done on purpose because Jordy didn’t really know himself. While yes he was nice to Maguire with helping her and understanding, he still said stuff that I didn’t like. And overall he was confusing to read about. And lastly I felt that I didn’t know Maguire. Maguire is written quite vague which might come from the fact that she doesn’t get out. But I’m pretty sure that it was done on purpose. Nonetheless I still enjoyed this book!

Overall this was a good book! I recommend it to everyone because I feel that while I didn’t love it, it’s important to read this book.   

Review: No Love Allowed

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No Love Allowed by: Kate Evangelista

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by Irena! Click on her name to read her review. 

I had heard about this book through Netgalley. I tried requesting it but got denied. Back in 2015 I went on the Swoon Reads website and read the sample. It was around 48 pages long. At the time I found that I didn’t really like it. While it was engaging and I liked the characters I didn’t like the writing style. I saw Irena’s review and decided to give it another go. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

The book begins with Caleb dumping his girlfriend Amber. When they started dating he made it very clear to her that he wanted a no strings attached relationship. At the time Amber agreed and they begun dating. Then at a party Amber tells Caleb that she loves him. Caleb realizes that he needs to act fast. So he told her to meet him at a restaurant. The break up isn’t really going well. Amber has burst into tears  And now everyone is looking at him. To calm things down Caleb asks for water.

Diana ‘Didi’ is not having a good day. Her mother forgot to pay the electricity and her alarm clock didn’t go off. Waking up late she couldn’t find her lucky boots and took some clothes that looked relatively clean. And the bad day seems to continue. That rich brat has successfully caused that girl to cry.

While Didi is giving them their water she hears her name being called. She turns around and trips on her untied shoe laces sending the water tumbling down on the girls head. The girl makes a big show of calling Didi names and shrieking. Blissfully she leaves. This leaves Caleb and Didi together to clean up the mess. Didi’s worsens and she angrily quits.   

Caleb decides to take a smoke break. He runs into Didi and she takes a drag. Then all of a sudden Didi jumps into the water. Terrified Caleb jumps after her and the two talk. After a very personal conversation the two go their separate ways.

When Caleb arrives home his father surprises him. Now of course his father is usually very angry so that’s not out of the ordinary. It’s what his father says that surprises him. Apparently after the break up Amber ran straight to her father. Who then called Caleb’s father. Caleb’s father tells him that this is the last straw and that he won’t allow Caleb to take his gap year across Europe.

Caleb has been looking forward to taking his gap year because he can take a break from responsibility and going to law school. Caleb then negotiates with his father. He explains that he can’t change what happened with Amber but he can do whatever his father asks to make it up to him. Caleb’s father then says that he wants to have Caleb intern at his firm. And on top of that Caleb will have to attend all the functions.

Caleb calls an emergency meeting with his cousin Nathan and their friend Preston. As the three of them talk, Preston points out that the only reason Caleb’s father is only caring about Caleb’s date record because Amber’s father is one of his clients. He’s afraid of losing an important client. Caleb realizes that because he is single all the women will try to set him up with their female relatives. Nathan offhandedly mentions that Caleb needs to find a fake girlfriend. Caleb decides to ask Didi. 

I honestly did not expect to like it this much! When I read the beginning for the second time I thought that I would rate this three stars. The book is written in third person, switching between Didi and Caleb’s point of view. It’s written in third person for the sake of being vague. Specifically with Didi’s character. The second time around I actually liked the writing style. 

The only reason Didi agrees to be a fake girlfriend is because she was bored and wanted to get a glimpse of Caleb’s world. Didi isn’t exactly poor but her family aren’t rich either. Her father left her and her mother when she was eight years old. Her mother juggles many jobs to pay for Didi’s medicines. Didi works as well but for the duration of the book she doesn’t have a job. It is implied for a majority of the book that Didi has a mental illness. But it isn’t until the end where it’s revealed what her mental illness is. Didi has an excellent relationship with her mother; they’re close. 

Caleb is rich. He’s got life pretty easy. When he was 12 years old his mother committed suicide. He doesn’t know what happened his father refuses to talk about it. Since then his father has buried himself in his work. He became cold and ignored Caleb. Caleb has vowed to never fall in love least he turns out like his dad. While Caleb isn’t close with his father he is close with his cousins Nathan and Natasha. And their mutual friend Preston.

I really loved how No Love Allowed focused on family relationships! I loved Natasha and Nathan! Whenever they came in I started laughing. I liked Preston even if he was very quite. And Didi’s mom was sweet.

I enjoyed reading about Didi and Caleb’s relationship and their characters! I liked how honest and loyal Caleb was. And I liked how Didi wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and let her emotions show. Even if she was surrounded by the very rich fake crowd. Their friendship was sweet and I liked seeing them becoming something more.

I only had two problems with No Love Allowed. I wish that Didi’s mental illness was revealed earlier so that I could learn about it and see more of Didi’s growth. And I didn’t like how things ended with Caleb and his father. They got into an argument but Caleb’s father actually started being nice to him and you never see where that goes.

Overall this was a really fun book! I recommend it to contemporary fans.  

Review: It’s All Your Fault

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It’s All Your Fault by: Paul Rudnick

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

My name is Caitlin and up until forty-eight hours ago I had never:

Tasted alcohol, kissed a boy, sang in public at the top of my lungs, kidnapped anyone or—WHAT? STOLEN A CONVERTIBLE?

Now I’m in jail and I have no idea what I’m going to tell:

The police, my parents, the mayor, all of those camera crews and everyone on Twitter.

I have just noticed that:

My nose is pierced and I have—WAIT? IS THAT A TATTOO?

I blame one person for this entire insane weekend:

My famous cousin.

Who is also my former best friend.

Who I have HATED for the past four years.

Who I miss like crazy. NO I DON’T!!!!

IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT, HELLER HARRIGAN!!!!

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Anna! Click on her name to read her review. 

I had heard about this book in the beginning of the year. It was one of those books that for the most part went unnoticed. While the synopsis sounded hilarious it didn’t grab my attention. Then a few weeks back on Anna’s blog, her co-bloggers were putting books that they recommended. I saw It’s All Your Fault and found out that it was in my library. I thought ‘Why not’ as I’m always in search of hilarious books. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it! 

The book begins with Caitlin in jail. She explains what’s mentioned in the synopsis. Two more chapters of rambling and we’re then taken to beginning. Caitlin hasn’t been in contact with her famous cousin Hellar in four years. Much to Caitlin’s surprise her Aunt Nancy is over.

Aunt Nancy explains that over the past year Hellar has spiraled out of control.  Hellar developed an addiction and was sent to rehab. The next day Hellar would be released to do interviews and whatnot for her lasted movie Angel WarsAngel Wars is an extremely popular book series and everyone’s counting on Hellar not to screw up.

In order to ensure that Hellar doesn’t epically  screw up they want her to get some body guard. Aunt Nancy doesn’t want some random nobody guarding her. She asks Caitlin to be said bodyguard. Aunt Nancy explains that Hellars people don’t trust her and what better person to ask than Caitlin who is obedient and determined. At first Caitlin is hesitant because the last time she saw Hellar things didn’t end well. Caitlin agrees deciding that this is her mission from God. 

When Caitlin runs into Hellar again she realizes that her mission is much harder than she thought it would be. But nonetheless Caitlin continues on having faith in God and herself. While Hellar spends most of her time mad at Caitlin for ruining her fun, Caitlin carries on. That is until Hellar goes to meet a child with cancer for a Make-A-Wish program. Sophie (said girl) has this list of three things she wants to do. All of which include illegal activities.

Throughout this journey Caitlin and Hellar work together to make Sophie happy.Caitlin gets a glimpse into the life of a movie star and overcomes several of her fears. She also has a few sweet moments with Hellar and eventually the of them make up. Caitlin gains several new experiences. Some good most bad but comes to a conclusion about how she leads her life. 

I did not expect to enjoy this book! I thought that it would be a three star rating. This book surprised me in a good way! The book is written in first person in Caitlin’s point of view. There are chapter numbers and titles. Which was unique as I’ve never read a book formatted as such. It’s quite a small book with a large font. Note that I am talking about the hardcover edition. The writing style is good. I got a good understanding of all the characters. 

Caitlin is home schooled. Due to this she lacks a lot of understanding in social interaction. She’s also not that good at taking ques from people. What’s interesting about Caitlin is that she has anxiety. Throughout her life and the book she lets her anxiety define her. She doesn’t get out much because she’s too scared to. Which is why she doesn’t get along with Hellar. Hellar has a larger than life personality and lives her life to the fullest. This includes constantly doing reckless things to gain new experiences.

In the beginning to relationship between Hellar and Caitlin is quite tense. Throughout Caitlin’s body guard duties the two of them try to ignore what happened between them that ruined their relationship. When it comes time to talk they end up fighting. After having some time to think things through, the two do make up.

I really loved how the anxiety was dealt with in this book! I’ve never read about anxiety literally controlling someone’s life. It was interesting and well done. I found it so interesting how Caitlin needed to say tap an object three times otherwise nothing in her life would be alright. It was well researched and interesting to read about.

All the relationships were well done! Especially Hellar and Caitlin. They had so much history that it was hard for them to interact with one-another. I thought that I would dislike Hellar but I had no problem with her. She had a pretty hard life and did a well job pulling through. I liked reading about Hellar’s Hollywood life. I’ve never read about an actress before so it was really interesting. I will definitely keep a lookout for more books focusing on Hollywood.

While Caitlin was judgmental throughout the book I didn’t mind her either. I liked reading about how her faith in God pushed her through. Never once did she think about giving up. Instead she rationalized that nothing in life is easy so she plowed through. Their are several mentions about Christianity but it never bothered me. It intrigued me and I admired Caitlin. Caitlin also learns that no one can be perfect even in terms of religion. Which I think is an important lesson and I’m glad it was in the book.

The journey that Hellar, Caitlin and Sophie took was wild and completely crazy! But at the same time it was refreshing and fun to read about! I was never once annoyed instead I had a ball reading about the crazy things they did.

This book has a larger focus on the characters and the relationships with one-another. It has literally no romance which was refreshing to read about. I really appreciated how the larger focus was put on family.

I only had three problems with It’s All Your Fault. Some things that happened were completely unrealistic. The sentences were really long and almost run-on sentences. There were times that I just skimmed the sentences. And there were a lot of caps lock to express the characters shock or anger. Nonetheless I had tons of fun reading this book!

Overall this was a fun read! I recommend this to everyone because it’s a unique contemporary book.