If you receive a letter telling you your father has died, what do you do? Anna's father left when she was very young and Anna, now 16, is living with her ambitious, unemotional, scientist mother. Then she receives a letter from her father's current girlfriend, Edie, with some shocking news: her father has died. Edie would like to meet Anna because she has something for her from her father. Anna's friends think Edie is not to be trusted and that she should steer clear. But Anna is drawn to Edie: her warmth, her character, her ability to rustle up delicious meals, all of which it seems her own mother is seemingly incapable of... and the way she can tell Edie the secret that is buried inside her, that she cannot bring herself to tell her mother or her best friends. A taughtly told, compelling tale about mothers and their daughters - and the lengths that some will go to, to make their dreams come true.
Everyone wanted to break me. But stars aren't broken, they explode. And I was the ultimate supernova.
My name was Jude. They called me Judy. I was beautiful either way.
School was basically a movie set. We were all just playing our parts. The Crew, the Extras, the Movie Stars. No one was ever real . . . especially me. I didn't fit any category.
All the girls watched me - I could walk so much better than them in heels, and my make-up was always flawless.
All the boys wanted to, well, you know . . . even if they didn't admit it.
They loved me, they hated me, but they could never ignore me.
I only had eyes for Luke. A red carpet rolled out from my heart towards him and this year, on Valentine'sDay, I was going to walk that carpet and find my mark next to him. It would be like a dream.
But my dream was going to turn into a nightmare.
This is my story.
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the drinks cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house.
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard . . .
I really wish I had read book one of the My Life Next Door series before picking up The Boy Most Likely To, because I couldn't get enough of these characters. It's a well known premise - bad boy meets good girl, but I thought this had a great twist to this much loved scenario.
I thought the use of Tim and Alice's voices to narrate their own passages was well thought out - as sometimes this can be a bit gimmicky, but I felt this really added to the pace of the story. Overall, I felt like it was a funny, surprising and charming YA romance.
Okay, so now it's November I can finally accept that Christmas is around the corner. It's been quite nice to not work in retail over the festive period this year, as anyone who does will tell you how Christmas starts in September (or earlier!) if you have to peek into a stockroom at all. Anyhoo, the flip side of not working over Christmas means that I'm having to be a bit more frugal with my Christmas picks this year. I thought I'd pull up a little gift list of a few things I've got my eyes on for the nearest and dearest in my life incase it offers any help to anyone reading.
First up we have the Fisher-Price Roaring Rainforest Jumperoo for little Robin. He'll only be four months by the time Christmas is here - I say only, when really I'm wondering where my tiny baby is going - so he won't actually be able to use this but at that age he can't really use anything so I thought it's better to buy something he needs while it's relatively cheap and put it away for when he's big enough. When people have asked, I've suggested that they could get Robin some clothes in the next size up, or toys that can be used from 6 months and over. Along this line, I've given friends and family a strict 'no teddies' rule, as our house is already swarming with teddies of Dylan's.
Can you believe I've never played Cards Against Humanity? I think this is more of a stocking filler kind of game, but I'm looking forward to buying this and having a play with some of our more outrageous friends! Another great buy for outrageous friends could be this Plant Theatre Boozy Gardeners Kit. I originally had Joe in mind for this one, what with him being a chef and all, but I think anyone can appreciate some cocktail-inspired plants, right?
And it wouldn't really be a gift list without a suggestion for myself. Anyone who knows me will know I'm a huge Margaret Atwood fan, so I'd love to find Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold under the tree. I think this would be a great present for any fans of ol' Shakespeare too so that basically doubles the amount of people you could potentially buy this for!