Confessions of a Hater

Confessions of a HaterConfessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane
Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 27, 2013
Genres: Friendship, Peer Pressure, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 368
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three-half-stars

Mean girls are always the haters - Right?

Hailey Harper has always felt invisible. Now her dad has a new job and the family is moving to Hollywood. Just what Hailey needs: starting a new high school.

As she's packing, Hailey finds a journal that belonged to her older sister, Noel, who is away at college. Called "How to Be a Hater," it's full of info Hailey can really use. Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Will it help her reinvent herself at her new school? Will her crush notice her? Will she and the other Invisibles dethrone the popular mean girls? After all, they deserve it. Don't they?

Caprice Crane's funny--and deeply felt--observations about high school, bullies, popularity, friendship, and romance will leave teens thinking...and talking.

Hello Everyone!
Are you still with me? Is anyone still out there? Are you still hanging in there for a bit more reviews and posts that I have lined up for you. I think I have a ton lined up for you. I might be changing the way I do posts in the future, but that is still something I am contemplating in my brain.

Today’s post is a review on Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane. Oh Lord, I have on my bookshelf for WAY too long. Sorry Caprice Crane! I bought this book when it first came out because I loved your novels, but then couldn’t get into it and got distracted by life and other novels but my goal this year was to conquer the books on my bookshelves and figure out if they are really necessary to keep. This also helped me to fulfill a challenge on the Creating & Co book map for the year. Yes, I am still on the first one even though people have already moved on to the second one *sigh*

I honestly could go on about this novel, but I won’t. This is Caprice Crane’s first foray into writing something aimed at a younger audience the rest of her books are usually aimed at the 20-30 year audience. Though I still love her writing style and had some laugh out loud moments with the book I feel as if I’m getting to old to read certain YA books or maybe its just that this book was published in 2013 and some things in the media and the way teenagers communicate has changed since then.

Either way I would still recommend this book if you are looking for a fun read or want to reminisce about high school. If you are looking for an older audience book that is still funny I would definitely recommend some of her other novels. Let’s not forget to check out Caprice Crane on other platforms and some of her other accolades that include screen writing for tv.

I hope that you enjoyed this review and look for more reviews and life posts coming soon.

three-half-stars

Sunday Currently 3.3


Hey!
I know that it has been a while since you have really heard from me, but it’s almost as if I have had nothing good to say. I’ve been reading quite a bit which you can tell from the plethora of book reviews on here. I have also been on an endless loop of cold brew coffees and napping between my 2 jobs. Expect a revamp and a bit more from me soon, but until then here are some thoughts from me today along with a few links that I think you’ll enjoy.

reading a few blogs, but mainly Again, but Better and Rules of Civility this week
writing  this post at least for now. I really need to catch up on journalling
listening to that Machine Gun Kelly song that has been on repeat on the radio lately
thinking I probably should be getting more sleep than I actually am lately
wishing that I had a bit more money or more will-power not to look at all the fall clothes
hoping that I can get a bit more things done, so that I can attempt to feel ahead in life.
wearing a sweater and these pixie pants from Old Navy. I highly recommend them!
loving pumpkin spice iced chai’s and the way my instagram has been looking lately
wanting this necklace from Stella&Dot and these pants from Old Navy, I think
needing a bit more holiday cheer and a bit more time
feeling the anticipation of something new might be just around the corner
eating Junior Mints, mexican food, and salads
anticipating Umbrella Academy season 2. See this announcement
watching Youtube videos and Hawaii 5-0 again
planning
things for my birthday weekend and next summer!?!
looking forward to days off to create more and sleep in
need to finish My Okinawa album and so many other things
main goal at least 2 books for this week and hopefully you are seeing a new look to this site.

Also Matt has a podcast through his radio station and he’s gotten to interview some pretty cool people, so you should give it a listen here.

RIP Readathon 2019

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to yet another book review. If you have been following along the past few weeks on social media, you will know that I have been participating in two readathons for the beginning of October. Whew! What a world wind of books it has been.

For the group read for the Creating & Co RIP Readathon the pick was The Baby Sitters Coven by Kate Williams. The close second runner up was a book called Serpent & Dove which I will also probably read a some point. Thankfully in a busy week, the group book fulfilled nearly all the prompts for the readathon, so I didn’t have much to worry about there in the way of book. Also thankfully this wasn’t the only book that I finished this week.

The quick synopsis of the Baby Sitters Coven is that Esme Pearl, a girl who has run an actual baby sitting service for a while with her best friend Janis starts to notice that strange things start to occur to her. It all begins after the arrival of Cassandra Heaven to the sleepy Kansas town. Somehow Cassandra wants to be friends with Esme and also volunteers to join her baby sitting service. It isn’t long before Esme discovers that Cassandra has also has had strange things happening to her and discover that they share a bond, in which that they are both witches from a long line of witches. Soon it is thurst into their hands that they need to save the world from a goblin like creature that keeps trying to take some of the young children in the town. I found the book lighthearted and very YA in the writing style. I was disappointed to find that the book is part of a series and not just a standalone novel. Why can’t people just write a single novel anymore?!? I loved the fact that Esme and Janis were so deeply into fashion that they coordinated and themed their outfits Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for something that is fun, but not so spooky to read.

The second book that I had planned to read and finish for the readathon was Finale by Stephanie Garber. What?!?! I’m only reading two books for a readathon?!? Yes, I know that seems wild, but let’s be honest I really hoped that this was doable since Matt & I ended up traveling for a friend’s wedding during the week of the readathon.

I had planned to read Finale months ago when it came out and I got the box from FairyLoot, but it didn’t happen then. I’m so glad that I finally was able to read and finish the book now though. If you haven’t read my reviews on the other books in this trilogy you can do so here and here. There will be some spoilers from the other books since that is just the way that series go. In this book, we catch up with Scarlet and Tella a few months after Legend has taken the throne as Elentine’s missing heir. We also discover that they have moved out of the palace and decided to be on their own for a bit. We also discover that during this time that their mother Paradise is still asleep. After Tella goes to see Jacks and comes back a bit late to watch over Paradise, do we find that she has woken up and the rest of the story takes place over a series of days after that. I found it interesting that in this book the author chose to do a back and forth perspective between the two sisters instead of having the perspective of just one sister. I thought that this may have made for better reading, but at times it was also confusing. I would recommend this book if you have already started the series and are hoping to finish it.

I’m glad that I was able to finish both books that I had planned for this readathon and I hope that in the next readathon that I am able to finish all the books that I plan to finish and more. Let me know if you joined in on this readathon or are planning on joining in on the next one. See you soon!

Gilmoreadathon

Hey!
Welcome back to a another fun reading post! When I heard about this readathon happening over on Youtube I knew that I couldn’t resist joining in. In case you missed it, you can watch my youtube video below.

Here are my reviews on the books that I was able to finish during the readathon.

First up, I read In Conclusion, Don’t worry about it by Lauren Graham. The group book for this readathon was Lauren Graham’s autobiography which I read a few years back and you can read here. While, I could have re-read the book I decided to challenge myself to something new and read the book on her commencement speech that has been on my TBR for a minute. I thought the book was interesting for a speech that was roughly 5 minutes or so, that turned into a 50ish page book. I found the advice related to her career and the highs and lows as well as her relationship with her father. I thought the advice was appropriate for a high school graduating class and that it was pretty sound.

The second book that I finished was Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. I found the premise of the book intriguing and also this book fulfilled the prompt book with food on the cover. In this book, we meet Jessie Holmes a junior in highschool who has just transferred to Wood Valley High in Los Angeles after her dad marries a woman he met on the internet. Jessie at first has a hard time adjusting to life in Los Angeles and then surprisingly during her first week of school she gets a random email from someone at school, who is willing to help her navigate the mysterious world of Los Angeles. The book takes you through nearly 2.5 months of her in navigating this life and figuring out how it all should work since her mother passed away. I loved the book, even though it may have fallen into some of the typical miscommunication tropes I definitely recommend this cute story about love and a little bit about life.

The third book I actually ended up finishing was The Baby Sitters Coven by Kate Williams, which is the first book in the series of books. Again with the series of books people!*sigh* This was also the Creating & Co group read for the RIP Readathon that happened the following week, so you can read a more in depth review here. Overall, I like the book and would probably continue the series, but I found it very YA in the writing style. You can also tell that this is the author’s first foray into writing a full novel because there are some plot points that don’t quite add up.

The last book that I was able to finish for the readathon even though it was a couple of days late was Finale by Stephanie Garber. I had hoped to read this book when it initially came out months ago, but things just kept getting in the way. I am glad that I finally got the chance to read it. If you haven’t read my reviews on the other books in the series you can do so here and here. In fact, you might want to read those before you read this mini review. In this book, we catch up with Scarlet and Tella a few months after Legend has taken the throne as Elentine’s missing heir. We find Tella still has torn feelings regarding Legend and his actions and Scarlet even though she has real feelings for Julian doesn’t want to give up on the life her father gave her. Scarlet and Tella’s mother is also still asleep at the beginning of the book. This book has many twists and turns as it jumps back and forth from Scarlet and Tella’s point of view to weave together a beautiful story.

I’m a bit sad that I didn’t get to finish more books during the readathon, but I’m glad that I had the chance to participate and that I finally was able to read some of these books. I hope that this readathon comes back next year and that I will have the chance to participate again. Let me know if you participated in this readathon and how you did. See you soon!

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman
Published by A&C Black Genres: children, General, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Scaretober 2019

Hello!
I’m back with yet another book review. I know that I should be doing more real life posts, but this is what we got. You may have noticed that I read this book a bit ago, but didn’t post the review and I was saving it for right now.

I saw Neil Gaiman’s Coraline a while ago and watched it again recently, but had never read the book and I knew that this year I wanted to make it appoint to read the book. I also used this book for Rachel Dawson‘s reading challenge, if you haven’t checked it out yet you still have time to participate.

In case you haven’t read Coraline or seen the movie I will try not to spoil the plot for you entirely. I recommend that you give this book a try and I hope to read a few more Neil Gaiman books in the future. Let me know if you have ever read this book or any of Neil Gaiman’s other books. See you soon!