All of these books were received for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
If you haven’t read the other rounds, my quick fire reviews are for books I read but either didn’t enjoy enough to write a complete review or I just don’t have enough to say about. Let’s not drag this out any longer, today’s books up for review are:
2 out of 5 stars
Francis Sloan is a shy fifteen-year-old boy. When he meets edgy sixteen-year-old Sawyer, sparks fly…and Sawyer becomes pregnant. Their relationship is still so fresh and new, they decide they will put the baby up for adoption. As the story unfolds over the nine months they wait for their baby, London, to be born, Francis and Sawyer grapple with the responsibility of becoming parents and the accelerated path to adulthood they now find themselves on. With the absence of their own fathers in their lives and the evergreen challenges of first love, will they even make it together to the point where they have to say goodbye to London?
Unfortunately this was a DNF at about the 33% mark. I tried really hard to push my way through this one but the writing just wasn’t as captivating as the synopsis made it out to be. The basic plot points are there for a YA contemporary (love, sex, teen pregnancy, heartache etc.) but the execution is a little choppy and is not helped by the many third person narratives. I think there is definitely an audience for this book however they just weren’t able to find that in me.
2.5 out of 5 stars
Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.
Well ain’t that a cute cover! The story in itself is about a father who sells his life on eBay, spends his last few days the subject of a reality TV show and the impact the show has on his family. This book isn’t all bad however I found it difficult at times to stay within the story when there are 8, yes 8, different POVs going on. That is the major drawback of this story. There are some good reviews over on Goodreads so I suggest checking those out if it sounds like your jam.
2 out of 5 stars
For the first time in their lives, things get tense when Will falls for a damaged, dark-haired beauty, and introduces her to Peewee. Will, with a dubious life expectancy, feels an urgency to change the direction the world seems to be heading. Simple solutions to complex problems, Will says. but Peewee gets irritated with his little friend’s insistence that he get involved. Peewee just wants to be content and left alone, in peace. But Will has a plan to live on a plan that will change Peewee’s life . . . and the world. Through this story of a quaint and unlikely friendship, Will addresses our most inner human conflicts of love, death, and the legacy we choose to leave behind.
This was originally a DNF but I gave it a second chance and managed to finish it. I think this is one of those stories that has the potential to be a 4 or 5 star book but for me, there was little to no depth to the characters or the story. I did think that Will was as witty as presented however there was a little something lacking in the relationship between Will and Peewee. I can’t quite put my finger on it though so I suggest checking out a couple of the Goodreads reviews to figure out if this book is for you.