The Sister Pact

The Sister PactThe Sister Pact

Written By: Stacie Ramey

Published By: Sourcebooks 

Read: July 18-August 1, 2015

Rating: ♥♥

Goodreads Synopsis

A suicide pact was supposed to keep them together, but a broken promise tore them apart

Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide–and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.

But the more she clings to Leah, the more secretes surface. Allie’s not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister’s death or facing her new reality without her.

This is one of those reviews that I hate writing. I don’t have very many nice things to say. The story primarily revolves around Allie as she goes into a downward spiral after her twin sister commits suicide. I had a really hard time connecting in any way to Allie. I felt like her character was just missing something. Throughout much of the book I was just annoyed with her and I found myself not really caring how her story ended. I didn’t really like any of the supporting characters either. They just sort of fell flat for me.

The entire plot ended up being mediocre. It was lackluster and forgettable. It took me almost two weeks to get through it and I only finished it because it was a NetGalley. I won’t tell you not to read The Sister Pact. I can tell tell you that I did not enjoy it. As always I recommend that you make this decision for yourself.

Recommended for Fans of: Contemporary

Suggested to Read Next: Speak

Say What You Will

Say What You WillSay What You Will

Written By: Cammie McGovern

Published By: Harper Teen

Read: August 6, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Goodreads Synopsis

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern’s insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

I picked up Say What You Will when I was feeling really sick and just wanted an easy read. I hadn’t heard a lot about the book, so I didn’t really have any expectations. I have seen it compared to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I honestly hate this comparison, the only thing that they have in common is that it has kids with medical issues. I thought this was very different from the Fault in Our Stars but it was still a good book.

Say What You Will primarily focuses on Amy and Matthew. Amy has Cerebral Palsy and is about to be a senior in high school. Her entire life she has had an aid that follows her around school each day. In an attempt to make new friends and prepare herself for college she decides that she wants to have peer aids. Her controlling mother takes over the project and after reviewing many applications and doing several interviews she picks five peer aids to assist Amy through the school year. Matthew is one of those aids. Matthew has O.C.D. that has been progressively getting worse over the past couple of years. He has not admitted to himself or others that he is sick or has a problem.

As the story progresses so does the relationship between Amy and Matthew. They both find it easier to deal with their own illnesses if they focus on helping the other. They become close friends and then they both begin to hope for more. It was definitely an unconventional love story. (And for many more reasons than their illnesses.)

Say What You Will was a very easy read. I flew through it and finished it in just a couple of hours. The character were so unique, totally different from the normal YA characters we always see. The author did a good job of portraying the supporting characters as well. The story was different from the average love story. There were times were I even felt uncomfortable, but I think that it added to the whole experience. This isn’t one of the great love stories of our time, and it isn’t going to go down in history as a great piece of literature but it is good. It was cute and fun and totally different from anything else that I am currently reading. It was a refreshing read and I do recommend it as long as you go into knowing not to expect greatness.

Recommended for Fans of: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: A Step Toward Falling

2015 Reading Challenge Update [2]

The 2015 Reading Challenge that I am attempting to complete was originally posted on PopSugar. You can find my original post on it here. There are 50 books in total on the reading challenge, if you are a fast reader there is still plenty of time to join me!

Below you can find the last nine books that I have read for the list with links to the reviews that I have posted. You can find my post on the first eleven books here.

A Mystery or Thriller

As White As Snow

A Book Set In A Different Country

As Black As Ebony

A Non-Fiction Book

Despite the Best Intentions

A Book Based Entirely On Its Cover

loving day

A Book That You Can Read In A Day

Everything Everything

A Book You Own But Have Never Read

Every Day

A Trilogy

Legend Trilogy




A Pulitzer Prize Winning Book

The Color Purple

A Book Set Somewhere You Have Always Wanted To Visit

Drowning is Inevitable

I will post a review for this book closer to the date of publication.

I need your help! There are a few books on my list that I am having a hard time with. If you have any suggestions for any of them it would be greatly appreciated!

  • A Book With Non-Human Characters- Most of the books that I know with non-human characters are children’s books. I would really like an awesome book that I will enjoy.
  • A Book That Scares You- I don’t usually read scary books so I would love some suggestions.
  • A Book With Antonyms In The Title- This is just a tricky one.
  • A Graphic Novel- I have never read a comic book or graphic novel so I am not sure where to start.
  • A Book Set During Christmas- The only ones that I can think of are classics like A Christmas Carol. I am hoping to find something a little more modern, preferably young adult.
  • A Book Written By An Author With Your Same Initials- My initials are B.M.H. I am having an impossible time finding an author with the same initials. At this point I will take an author with any variation of my initials.

Are you participating in any reading challenges? Do you have any suggestions for me to read as part of my reading challenge? Let us know in the comments!

Another Day

Another DayAnother Day

Written By: David Levithan

Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Read: June 20-24, 2015

Rating: ♥♥

You can buy this book here.

Goodreads Synopsis

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

David Levithan wrote Another Day as a “twin” novel to Every Day. It is supposed to be able to be read as a stand alone novel or as a companion novel to Every Day. I recently read Every Day and I absolutely adored it. It was such an amazing book. So I can only do a review based on the fact that I read this as a companion to Every Day. My thoughts on this book may have been much different if I had read it as a stand alone. 

I loved Every Day and was very excited to read Another Day. I was really hoping that it might be a continuation of A’s story. I was a little disappointed when I found out that it was actually the same story but from Rhiannon’s POV. I still expected great things though. I hate to say this, but I was so disappointed. This was literally the less interesting version of Every Day. At least half of the book was word for word the exact same as Every Day. I understand that this is obviously going to happen with it being a “twin” novel but it made it hard to read. The parts of the book that were different were not great. It was impossible to connect to Rhiannon in the same way that I connected to A. Like I said earlier, I may have felt differently about this book if I had not already read Every Day, but I did. I read it and it was awesome and this one just wasn’t.

Recommended for Fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: Winger

Every Day

Every DayEvery Day

Written By: David Levithan

Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Read: June 19, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.

Goodreads Synopsis

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

What took me so long to read this book?! I decided to read this book because I had requested Another Day (the second book in the series) on NetGalley and figured I should probably read the first one. I am so happy that I did. I absolutely adored this book. 

I loved that the main character didn’t gender identify.I think that it is important to have characters that represent every type of person and it isn’t very often that you see gender neutral characters. I think that every teenager should read this. It is full of important ideas and truths. The main character, A, has seen every type of life, every hardship, every happy moment, every religion, everything. A is able to take away a little bit from each of these lives and in doing so has become this person that we should all hope to be.

As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down. I stayed up way too late because I had to finish this book! If you haven’t already read this book, do yourself a favor and read it. I promise you won’t regret it. The second book in the series comes out in August. (Keep an eye out for the review!)

2015 Reading Challenge- A Book You Own But Have Never Read

Recommended for Fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: Another Day