Tag Archives: party

What We Saw, Review

8 Jul

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

*WARNING: Explicit content in this book, for mature audiences only

Plot: This story begins the day after a wild party at John Doone’s house where alcohol and bad judgment were widespread, and Kate is trying to piece together what happened. She is able to figure out that her good friend Ben whom she’s had a crush on for years drove her home in her car since she was unable to do so. At school the next day, the party is all anybody could talk about. After a couple of days, John Doone and three other star basketball players are apprehended by the police based on an accusation by a student who claims she was sexually assaulted by the guys at the party.

Since Stacey is known for being fairly promiscuous, students and teachers alike are finding it hard to believe that their beloved basketball stars could have done anything wrong, and that Stacey must have just been feeling regret from bad decisions at the party. There is talk of a video having circulated among some students, but the police are unable to locate it.

Kate and Ben begin dating and their relationship is tested since Kate feels Ben may know more about what happened at the party after she left than he is letting on. It begins to feel like only a handful of people are asking themselves “What if Stacey is telling the truth?” instead of just assuming that she’s not. Kate decides to do some digging to see if she can uncover the truth about what happened at John Doone’s party.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. I was often angry at the reactions of people in the town, but I suppose that is unfortunately an honest portrayal of many similar situations.

4 stars

–Jen

 

The Spectacular Now, Review

24 Apr

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Plot: This book follows a boy named Sutter in his last year of high school. Always the life of the party and hardly ever without a drink in hand, he finds himself in quite a predicament after having a falling out with his girlfriend. He wakes up on a lawn with no idea where his car is and a girl he doesn’t know peering into his eyes.

Sutter and Aimee strike up an unlikely friendship that nobody could understand. What will happen as the end of the school year approaches?

This book is also a movie starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. Read the book before you see the movie!

Would you recommend this book? Yes. However, the ending was not what I was expecting.

4 stars

–Jen

Kiss Me Kill Me, Review

10 Jun

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson (Scarlett Wakefield Series, Book 1)

Plot: Scarlett Wakefield, 16, attends St. Tabby’s school in England and is on the gymnastics team with her two best friends. When Scarlett receives an invitation to hang with the popular crowd and attend a party where she knows her crush, Dan McAndrew, will be, she jumps at the chance, even though her two best friends are not invited.

While at the party, she gets a chance to be alone with Dan, and her wish comes true when they kiss. Yet the next thing she knows, Dan has dropped dead at her feet, and everybody thinks she had something to do with it. Asked to leave the school due to the bad publicity and shunned by both the popular crowd and her old best friends (since she chose to ditch them), Scarlett transfers to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, a girls’ school that has been in her family for ages.

She does not get along well with her grandmother or aunt (whom she lives with in a guest cottage), and tries to stay out of their way as much as possible. She meets a new friend Taylor and has a few run-ins with Jase, the groundskeeper’s son.

After Scarlett receives an anonymous note, she sets out to figure out what (or who) really caused Dan’s death so she can clear her name.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jen