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2014/04/19

 Bite-Sized: A fancy term for Mini Reviews. Short, direct-to-the-point reviews for upcoming novels (because Mitchii’s doesn’t have the time to review them properly, hence the short version).

 

Title & Author: Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley
Published: April 22nd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★

Sometimes people need to make their own mistakes and live their own lives without people watching or commenting on it every five seconds. Once in a while I want to have a bad hair day and not have to worry about you blogging it.

Bite-sized Review: (Goodreads Page) A lot about Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley took me by surprise. First of all, I didn’t know that the MC was young (at least in my YA standard). But her age wasn’t my problem, it was her mother. Her mother has a blog—a blog about her. She posted things about her since she was a baby up and until now. And you know what I think about her revealing private events of her life? C-R-E-E-P-Y!!! Yes, in all caps, because she was divulging information about her daughter out there for everyone to read; even though she (Imogene) didn’t want her to. Who wouldn’t be embarrassed if your mother posted about you officially ‘being a woman?’ Or your crush? Or your very first pool party? Not her mother, certainly. So I kinda understand her if she decided to give her mother a dose of her own medicine (by blogging about her for her class). But me being a big believer of ‘two wrongs do not make a right,’ think it will not solve anything. I think what they really need is a real and open communication, which I think happened at the later parts (the very good parts after all the blogging shenanigans they did to each other). Her mother saw what she doing and rectified it, while she straightened her issues with her mom. The book was short, sometimes annoying (mostly her mom) but it was still good, all things considered.

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Title & Author: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman
Published: April 22nd 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Categories: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ½

There was no decision to make; there were no options to consider. She knew what she must do.

Bite-sized Review: (Goodreads Page) If anything, Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman was good despite the long drawn out historical tidbits it shared. The backdrop of story was in World War II (in Europe). I’m not very familiar on what happened on this side since in our history classes, we mainly focused on the war between Japanese and American (since US had military bases here in the Philippines). And although I do know what happened (at least the basics and and some from The Sound of Music), the information was a little overwhelming to follow. I’m not really the biggest history fanatic so that was a huge roadblock to overcome. I also think the very first half was stretched-out and sorta lackluster since not much was happening at that moment. I kinda understand though because it was setting up the pieces for the latter half. Although I did notice that pace did improve, and it started to get more interesting (especially they were trying to know more about Hitler and what they thought of him. She (Gretchen) was now actively participating rather than absorbing what she got from others. I felt like the ending was clipped short (not that I want more, surely not). I just felt like what I didn’t read (on what they were about to do) are much more interesting than what I did read. But I’m not sure if I’m reading the sequel…

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Title & Author: The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
Published: April 22nd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ½

“If I could wish one thing for my girls,” Dad tells Ginny, “it’s that they have courage to take chances in life. That’s how you succeed.”

Bite-sized Review: (Goodreads Page) I’m all for second chances. It’s one of those themes that always intrigue me. There is something sad but hopeful in this kind of story. And that was what drew me in to Claire LaZebnik’s The Last Best Kiss. I wanted to see how they begun, what made them broke up and how they will start again. But unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as imagined…hoped it be. I guess I’m still feeling the Jenny Han fever (after reading the very amazing, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) and that made me very thorough with this book.

With story about second chances, it’s imperative for me to relate, understand the person that wronged the other but Anna made it difficult to do so. You want to see her redeem herself and try to win him back. I totally understand Finn and why he acted that way (the public humiliation he got because of her was no joke). But despite that, I still wanted to see how they will get back together. The phases they’ll need to enter to be a couple again. But the other characters and the accompanying stories with them sort of sidetracked the story. It showed too little of too many when I expected more of less. (Originally published at goodreads.com.)

 
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2 Responses to Bite-sized: The Last Best Kiss; Don’t Call Me Baby; & Prisoner of Night and Fog

  1. I can see how not knowing much about that part of history influence how much you like the story. I absolutely loved it, because I already know much about it 🙂

    Having your mother blog about those private things is indeed creepy.. Like those things aren’t hard enough without the knowledge that the whole world knows about it!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It was overwhelming to me. The amount of information I needed to absorb was quite a feat. It dragged my interest down.

      It is! I was really, really annoyed with her mom. I really empathized with the MC. Her entire life was for everyone to read. D:

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