REVIEW: Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks

burnouts, geeks and jesus freaks They’re burnouts – a little short on parents, money and plans for the future, but they’ve got each other and a whole lot of fun. With a world of crazy at home, Carrie Gould needs them to keep her sanity. To stay in their world she needs to keep dating the guy with the party house, which would be fine, if she hadn’t fallen in love with someone else.
He’s such a geek. Ben Gorman is obsessive, smart, strong-willed and on the fast track to his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He’s also the only geek with a girl. Joelle Welker is perfect for him; a self-proclaimed Jesus freak, who is dedicated to her beliefs and to building a future with Ben. But those plans don’t include his neighbor, Carrie, or Ben’s dedication to her.
Their friendship started by chance. Their love started with trust.

This is a sweet, silly smart-sexy story of first love and first lovers

Published: March 4th 2014 Self Published

Genre: New Adult/YA Coming of Age

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: The first book I’ve ever read by Karen Gordon, I was not sure what to expect, you read the title and you think YA teenage drama stuff, even for NA the title itself seems a bit immature. The cover is different and not what you’d expect once you start reading the book. To be honest the title and the cover don’t really, at least to my mind match or encompasses all that the book is about. A love story it is, a cute yet emotionally messy but fulfilling love story.

That’s about all the title got right. Yes, there’s a burnouts group and one person who is considered a geek (Ben) yet his “group” isn’t really mentioned until later on in the novel and even then, I’m not sure they’re considered geeks, losers maybe, geeks not so sure. The Jesus Freaks, there was one prominent one and the other two (were there two?) I know for sure there was one more, Laura, weren’t all that Jesus-y. I did come to like Laura and her view on Christianity once all the High School drama was out-of-the-way. What I didn’t understand was the introduction of Michelle(?) she fit into the preppy group and I wasn’t sure what her role in the book was other than to throw us off guard because I wasn’t sure how/why Carrie was feeling semi-hostile/guarded towards her, she seemed like a nice girl, maybe she was there as Gina’s romantic interest and that was all, I don’t really know.

Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks is to my eyes a coming of age novel. My favorite thing about this book is the character progression, not necessarily development, mind you, they are two different things.
I felt like Carrie could have developed more as the years went by or at least have her development be noticeable, which brings me to my biggest problem with this book: The writing while engaging was poorly done as was the Chapter and Year transitions. Such a good novel was made lesser by the authors inability to properly execute and order the book in a way that it transitioned from event to event seamlessly without the reader guessing what year and place the characters were, (*side note, what year was this? I feel like maybe 2000 or earlier?), it was very frustrating, one minute they’re 16 the next 21? I think I calculated 25 at one point, it was all over the place, especially when Two-fers age was brought up, I feel like he should have been older than 8 by the end of the book (just saying).

The author did an okay job of explaining loose ends but there were still some issues and questions that I had that left me flustered; what happened between MG and Carrie for them to stop talking (life, I get it) But when they made up there was no insight into what happened, also MG and Steve? Where we at with that? And here is a semi-big thing for me, I understand Ben and Carrie have history but that second time around, everything moved way too fast for my liking, or maybe that was the lack of proper transitioning at its finest, I didn’t have a clue how much time had passed, 2 weeks, 2 months before things became permanent? And what the hell is up with Ben giving up his dream of becoming a Ranger, that was the most important thing to him in this book and you just brushed it to the wayside with a so-so explanation from Carrie? Not even Ben’s POV was used to explain why he gave it up, he was supposed to defer because he loved her so much but not go! Did he just raise Grace and Benet as his own and not have any more children? He was okay with that? Obviously I think this was a very abrupt ending that needed a bit more substance for it to fully satisfy me.

All in all, I gave this book a 3.5 because I feel like giving the author the benefit of the doubt and thinking this is a rough draft before it gets edited and actually published, because there were a lot of things that needed to be fixed with some good editing. If this is the published edited version then, good story, so-so writing and character development and story progression, I give it a 2.5

Last Line: “MG…you didn’t”

2.5-3.5 STARS


Top Ten Classic Books I Read in High School (Canada Edition)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every week I will share a list based on the topic provided by The Broke and the Bookish.

Enjoy and please feel free to join me, I’d love to hear your own lists on whatever topics are featured.

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 July 1: Top Ten Classic Books I Read in High School in Canada

I know everyone’s High School reading experience was/is different, either you read the same books I have or you haven’t or you really didn’t enjoy them or you have; or they’re on your list of classic books to read before you die, either way here are 10 classic books I read in high school. Canada edition.

1. The Crucible Now that I look back at it, I don’t remember/think I realized it has anything to do with the Salem Witch Trials. This is on my list of books to reread.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird I’m pretty sure this is one classic everyone has read. Boo Radley, Scout, and Atticus. I’m also pretty sure more than one person has named their dog after these three.  Catcher in the Rye

3. The Catcher in the Rye This is one  of those books you either hate or love, there seems to be no in-between, personally, I loved it. J.D. Salinger’s writing is so different, Holden seems to come alive only because he’s so whiny and annoying, its wonderful. When you think Holden Caufield you think, I’m glad he’s a fictional character because I would not want him as a friend. That’s good writing. .

 4. Rabbit, Run This has got to be the only book that I didn’t finish in high school. For some reason I couldn’t get into Rabbit, Run.

 5. Memoirs of a Geisha I loved this book, not only was I transported to a different time but a different culture and it was surreal and amazing. 

 6. Nameless  There’s this thing about expectant motherhood novels that make my heart beat just a little bit faster. It’s my book soft-spot. This looks/reads like it could hit the spot.

19847. 1984 One of my all time favorite high school reads. Big Brother.

 8. Life of Pi  Was anyone else excited when this movie came out? I sure was. At the time I thought the book was genius, actually I still do, the symbolism was off the charts genius to me.

Then there were these books that were in the curriculum but never had a chance to read them. 

song of solomonsnow flower and the secret fan9. Song of Solomon. 

 10.Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 

I wanna know, what classics were a part of your high school curriculum?

Which ones did enjoy, not enjoy? 

 

 


REVIEW: Fallen Crest Public

Fallen Crest PublicSam’s first day at Fallen Crest Public doesn’t go well. Some girls want to be her. Some girls want to destroy her. And some just don’t like her. All in all, despite being protected by Mason and Logan, it’s still only the strong survive. Sam will not only have to survive, she needs to learn how to conquer too, but there’s another battle growing. Things are about to come to a disastrous end between the towns, Roussou and Fallen Crest. Sam’s other main dilemma? Keeping Mason and Logan from getting arrested or hospitalized. 

Author: Tijan

Series: Fallen Crest High #3

Published: December 30, 2013

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:  I don’t understand why there is going to be another book. We all knew Logan loves Sam it’s not news, Sam knew it too she just didn’t want to admit it.

Even so, I don’t understand what could possibly happen in the next book. Sam promised Mason she wouldn’t turn to Logan when’s she hurting so a repeat of that night on his lap won’t happen.

Is Mason supposed to be threatened by Logan? Is that why he’s tried to shut up everyone who could tell Sam what she already knows?

This book was confusing enough on its own. I’ve read a few reviews where they were praising Tijan’s genius twists. They weren’t genius and they weren’t twists. I saw them coming a mile away. Seriously.

Obvious not Genius:

– Kate’s a dumb bitch and dumb bitches get what’s coming to them. She’s been warned by Mason about what he’s going to do, why is it a surprise or considered genius when he does what he said he’ll do all along? I don’t get it.

– Budd Bourdous is an asshole gorilla who gets what all asshole gorillas have coming hardcore jail time How he ends up there doesn’t take a rocket scientist either.

– Tate, another dumb bitch who needs to leave, but leaving was the reason she opened her big mouth in the first place, even though we ALL, even Sam, knew what was going to come out of it.
Sam, word of advice: not saying something doesn’t make it any less real

With all the drama going on I had to put the book down a couple of times just to catch my mind up on who’s who and who’s doing what. There was so much deflecting and stalling. Tijan is not one to beat the bush, sometimes I wish she’d just get to the point and stop drawing it out, my mind couldn’t hold on to what was happening with all the fillers.

After finally getting some insight into Mason’s head and realizing just how much he loves Sam, I’m even more pissed that there’s that stupid cliffhanger. I don’t want to read about a love triangle

Now I have to read the next book because this cliffhanger ending just will not do. Take your time December I’m in no hurry for more drama or a stupid love triangle

Last Line: “Fuck.”

3.5 STARS