Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly-Hannah Jayne

3.5/5 Stars

Truly, Madly, Deadly-Hannah Jayne

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She tore the envelope open and pulled out a matching mint green folded card, a tiny plain oak leaf embossed on the bottom. When she opened it, a clipped newspaper article slipped out. Sawyer didn’t have to read the headline to know what it said: “Local High School Student Killed In Car Wreck.” She swallowed down a cry and read the note on the card.

It said simply,

You’re welcome. 

Plot: Sawyer seemed to have everything going for her. She was the of the track team, a great student, and was the envy of most of the girls at her high school because she was dating Kevin Anderson, the most popular guy in school. But behind every outwardly glowing relationship are secrets that the public are not privy to, whether they’re good or bad is of little importance. Sawyer and Kevin’s relationship was not all smiles, roses, and happiness, it was dark, dangerous, and filled with angry insecurities. Sawyer’s real relationship with Kevin was a well-kept secret that not even her best friend knew about. When Kevin gets into a drunken card accident and dies, Sawyer is torn between feeling relieved and mourning her first love. School is full of memories, of constant reminders of Kevin’s death that rattle her to her core, but nothing could prepare her for the sinister surprise waiting in her locker one typical school day (see above quote). Sawyer is twisted into a paranoid, skittish mess constantly looking over her shoulder and full of heartbreaking doubt. When the police come to question her about a mysterious shoe found at Kevin’s accident that just happens to be Sawyer’s size, she starts to question her memories of the night of Kevin’s accident. Sawyer starts to receive several little presents all with cryptic notes geared to drive her insane. When people connected to her start dying, Sawyer feels her life start to spiral out of control. Someone is trying to frame her but with her life on the line, she doesn’t know who to trust or how to save herself from becoming a prime suspect.

PROS:

  • There is a creepy, stalker-like vibe throughout the book with so much mystery and doubt that you will begin to question whether or not Sawyer actually is crazy and is blocking out the horrible murders. The fact that she’s on sleep meds doesn’t help.
  • The messages on the cards, the brutal pranks, and savage murders with very incriminating evidence will give you chills. The evil is overwhelmingly powerful.
  • Chloe is odd but so funny,she’s sarcastic and has very original lines.
  • The story is fast-paced, nail-bitingly suspenseful, and full of bad intentions.

CONS:

  • There are several clues that act as foreshadowing. This is a little too obvious.
  • Sawyer is sometimes ridiculously stupid. She withholds information from the police that only makes her look more guilty, what she does tell them is half-truths and minor details, and it’s always just a bit too late. She’s occasionally flighty and her emotions, specifically her attraction or infatuation to guys is hot and cold in the most obnoxious of ways. Plus this makes her seem like a tease. Though Sawyer is determined, she is weak in several areas, dealing with conflict, coping with loss, and standing up to abuse both physical and verbal, she tends to shy away from and is far too accepting of her circumstances.
  • Sexual harassment is dealt with just like physical abuse in this book, as something that happens but is kept on the down low, something to be insecure and unsure of, and not to report. This is infuriating.

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Happy reading,

-BB

Shades of YA Super Updated Version

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*** Reviews of Through the Ever Night, Masque of the Red Death, and Pivot Point are pending.

RED (Top to bottom) – Supernaturally by Kiersten WhiteRumors by Anna Godbersen; A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford;Die for Me by Amy PlumThe Elite by Kiera Cass; Asunder by Jodi Meadows; Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin;Requiem by Lauren Oliver; Insignia by S.J. KincaidPeriod 8 by Chris Crutcher

8/10

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A Touch Mortal Review

Period 8 Review

PINK – Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer; Fang Girl by Helen Keeble; Pretty Little Secrets by Sara ShepardCrush by Nicole Williams; Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell; Boundless by Cynthia Hand; Impostor by Jill Hathaway; The Amanda Project by Amanda Valentino and Melissa Kantor; Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block

3/9

Pink Smog Review

Pretty Little Secrets Review

Smart Girls Get What They Want Review

YELLOW –Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers; Deadline by Chris Crutcher; Balthazar by Claudia Gray; A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young; The Survivors by Will Weaver; Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver; Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon; Pulse by Patrick Carman; If I Should Die by Amy Plum; Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

1/10

GREEN –The Beginning of After by Jennifer CastleEve by Anna CareyCross My Heart, Hope to Die by Sara Shepard;Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer; Insurgent Collector’s Edition by Veronica RothPretty Girl-13 by Liz ColeyThrough the Ever Night by Veronica RossiLies by Michael Grant

6/8

Pretty Girl-13 Review

The Beginning of After Review

Smart Girls Get What They Want Review

BLUE –The Selection by Kiera CassShatter Me by Tahereh MafiClash by Nicole Williams; Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison MoultonDestiny by Gillian ShieldsThe Other Normals by Ned Vizzini; The Ward by Jordana Frankel;Hallowed by Cynthia Hand; Mind Games by Kiersten WhiteUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi; Rise by Anna Carey

6/11

Wings of the Wicked Review

Mind Games Review

Rise Review

PURPLE –Slide by Jill Hathaway; Arise by Tara Hudson; Once by Anna CareyInk Exchange by Melissa MarrBlackwatchby Jenna Burtenshaw; Breathe by Sarah CrossanThe Calling by Kelley Armstrong; Endlessly by Kiersten WhiteShadow on the Sun by David Macinnis Gill

5/9

Breathe Review

GRAY –In the After by Demitira Lunetta; Spellcaster by Claudia Gray; Pivot Point by Kasie West; Unbreakable by Liz Norris; What’s Left of Me by Kat ZhangDivergent by Veronica RothThe Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna; Light by Michael Grant

3/8

BLACK –Reboot by Amy Tintera; Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins; The Lying Game by Sara ShepardErasing Time by C.J. Hill; Hidden by Sophie JordanIllusions by Aprilynne PikeBewitching by Alex FlinnThe Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonDead Silence by Kimberly Derting; Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

6/10

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Crown of Embers Review

Bewitching Review

The Lying Game Review

TOTAL: 38/75

Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want-Sarah Strohmeyer

4/5 Stars

Smart Girls Get What They Want-Sarah Strohmeyer

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Maybe we were being a bit unrealistic, but we had this hope that if we could just get into the Ivy League, everything would be set. We dreamed of Gothic libraries and leafy green quads and romantic dorms with fireplaces and guys who were not only cute but also smart and charming, and quite possibly, British. In college, we believed, we’d finally find our people. 

Smart Girls Get What They Want is a feel good book for the nerdy, hopeless romantic in all of us. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll get embarrassed, but you’ll have fun and quite possibly discover a little something about yourself.

Plot: Best friends Gigi, Bea, and Neerja thought they had it all figured out, they’d slave over their grades, spend all breathing hours prepping for the SATs and get into their Ivy League of choice. There they would find their people, and finally have time to find boys worth dating (see quote). But one day, while helping their role model, Neerja’s sister, who just got into Princeton, pack for school, they found her high school yearbook buried under her bed. Beyond curious, they decide to see what her peers thought of her and are completely shocked to find all of the pages nearly blank, someone even asked who she was. For the first time, the girls start to question their plan, they didn’t want to be friendless, invisibles that people wrote generic yearbook goodbyes about, they wanted real, loving entries. The girls make a pact, that this year, would be about doing something crazy, something that would catch people’s attention and get them noticed, and save them from social suicide. Their goal had to be challenging, out of their comfort zones, and even borderline risky. Gigi is coerced into running for student rep after her academic honesty is questioned. When Gigi and resident funny guy Mike are accused of cheating and she finds out that there will be a note in her file that admissions officers will see, Gigi is infuriated by the unfairness and runs for student rep to try and change the system. Bea has always loved theatre but she’s never been the lead, always the girl in the background, helping people with lines, directing, etc., but this year she wants the lead in Romeo and Juliet. Neerja was en route to Olympic level skiing when her brother had an accident that nearly killed him, from that point on she was banned from skiing. This year, she wants to join the team, and doesn’t mind secretly going behind her parents back to do it. Meanwhile, there’s a new guy at school, Will from California, who can’t seem to leave Gigi alone. Pact made, plans solidified, these smart girls embark on a hysterical, endearing exploration into friendship, life, love, and growing up to realize that you really can get what you want if you put your mind to it.

PROS:

  • There’s so much going on here character-wise. Each girl, and even the lesser characters have fully developed, unique storylines that flow seamlessly together. The high school is not an overly clichéd cesspool of stereotypes but shows that each person, no matter their spot in the social hierarchy is multidimensional, they all have dreams, and goals, and their own set of issues.
  • Gigi is the kind of girlfriend that loves and cares for her friends so much that she’s willing to make personal sacrifices to help them towards their goals. She joins the ski team, even though she’s only been on the bunny trails, she offers to audition for R+J, even though she has extreme stage fright, and goes out of her way to help anyone in need. She’s a sweetheart with a wacky French grandmother, and scientist mother who lives in Iceland. She’s bold, she’s bubbly, and she’ll have you rooting for her through all her silly assumptions, fails, and all out presumptuous comments that will have you shaking your head in wonder at just how wrong she can be.
  • Bea is that quintessential loud, opinionated, controlling friend who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and push you to go beyond the goals you’ve set for yourself. From a family of lawyers, she always has something to say and notices everything. She also has some of the funniest, sarcastic, yet surprisingly witty lines in the book.
  • Neerja is an Indian girl (let me just glow for a minute; I absolutely love when there are characters from such colorful, different backgrounds rich in tradition and their own quirks. Every time this happens, I fall a little more in love with the book) who is a teensy bit shy but wickedly smart, and a blushing mess when it comes to boys. She’s probably the nerdiest of all the smart girls but is the sweetest, most insecure, and has the biggest transformation at the end of the book.
  • Mike and Will. Both hot, both adorably dreamy, thoughtful, and playful enough to sympathize with Gigi’s boy troubles.

CONS:

  • Slow at times but definitely worth mucking through.

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Pleasant reading,

-BB