by Danika Stone Published by Swoon Reads
on June 6th 2017 Genres: Computers & Digital Media
, Disabilities & Special Needs
, Social Themes
, Young Adult Fiction Pages:
Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. And now Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!), has started flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies... Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything—and everyone—she loves?
I was looking for something fun and social media related to read to get me out of a terrible reading slump (I’m stuck on/avoiding two other books right now). Internet Famous sounded quirky and fun at first glance but in the end, it clearly wasn’t for me.
First of all, Madi. Sigh. I didn’t like her. She came across really selfish and bratty to her parents and to her younger sister. She was ragey, throwing huge attitude to her mother because her mother was going away for a while for work—for her dream—that she had long put off for her two daughters. Yes, Sarah, the younger sister, needed her mother around or else she’d freak out due to change of schedule (she’s special needs and has to have a defined schedule). But then Madi goes around shoving Sarah off completely for a boy instead of helping her sister cope. Sarah is thrown into the background until it’s convenient to bring her back into the picture. Which is a pity because she’s more interesting than Madi.
But, thank the book gods, Madi does grow as a character towards the end. She’s a lot less of a jerk and finally does some bonding with Sarah. Still, it wasn’t enough for me at least to enjoy the story.
Perfect French love interest. He’s hot. He’s French™. His face puts all male models to shame. Literal angel in the flesh. He wants to be a photographer. And..? He loves Madi? It’s nice that he’s super supportive of Madi, but he’s so perfect that he’s bland.
The cheesiest. Their romance was so cheesy. It was cute at times. But too cute, y’know? I’m not really a huge fan of romances in the first place, so maybe the issue is with me. But it wrapped up nicely in the end. Though maybe a little too neatly.
Together With You
by Victoria Bylin Published by Baker Books
on March 31st 2015 Genres: Christian
, Romance Pages:
Sometimes the most unexpected love can be exactly what a heart needs...When a Lost Child warning blares over the mall's PA system, Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that the child suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's past suddenly confronts her. Never again will she become personally involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart.Dr. Ryan Tremaine is trying to put his life back together. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan has put his faith in his Sink-or-Swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruit Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny.Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further?Known for her realistic and engaging characters, Victoria Bylin delivers an emotion-packed story reminiscent of The Sound of Music, one that reminds us all to believe in the power of faith and love.
Together With You is a sweet, heartwarming tale of how two very different people are brought together through the love of a child. Dr. Tremaine had a hard time keeping nannies for his young daughter Penny, who has FASD, otherwise known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. And so when his daughter wanders off into a toy store, he just so happens to meet Carly. It was the day that began it all. This is a love story. A love story between a man and a woman, but also love that is shared within families, and love that comes from God.
I thought the story was really cute. I enjoyed the fun situations and worried for Penny when things weren’t exactly going all too well. I’ve never really heard about FASD before, so I appreciated becoming aware of it, if that makes any sense. I would have liked to read a little more about her.
Carly was so admirable (we’re from the same state and it’s nice having representation/characters to really connect with). I could relate with her so much, especially with her worries and concerns about her life and her future, and certain standards she stuck by. She has her relationship with God, but is so down to earth. I just loved her characterization.
I liked Dr. Tremaine to a point, although I wasn’t convinced enough in the end about him accepting the faith and coming closer to God. It happened at the last moment, I thought, and was rushed for the cute ending.
There is also a matter of an event that happened that didn’t seem to get any closure, so I’m not sure what to think about that. And also the teenage girl that Carly had once worked with, the issue was also just easily brushed away and just seemed pointless after the truth was learned.
All in all, Together With You is an entertaining book. It’s hard to put down and I breezed through it in no time. So again, a cute romance and a look into the life of a child with FASD. I would recommend it.