Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Things I Know About Love by Kate le Vann

Things I know about love.

1. People don't always tell you the truth about how they feel.
2. Nothing that happens between two people is guaranteed to be private.
3. I don't know if you ever get over having your heart broken.

Livia Stowe's past experiences with love have been nothing but disappointing, but all that is about to change. After years of illness, she's boarding a plane for the first time to spend the summer in Princeton, New Jersey, with her brother who's studying abroad. This Brit is determined to make the most of her American summer and to record every moment of it in her private blog.

America is everything that Livia's ever dreamed of. And then she meets Adam.

Swept up in the promise of romance and the magical New York City that Adam shows her, Livia is smitten, but with all she knows about love, is Livia really ready to risk her heart again?

My Thoughts:

This was another short book! The book started out well, talking about how the main character Livia was going on a vacation to America to visit her older brother. It was interesting to read the book in it's blog format, but I felt like the blog posts were just too long. If you read a regular blog, the posts are no where near as long as these were. I also felt like the book didn't flow very well. One minute you were in the present and then the next you were in the past hearing about one of Livia's old boyfriends. I could have done without that. I also didn't care for the ending. It was not a happy ending and it was very abrupt. I really wish that this book was longer. It would have made the storyline a little more interesting.

When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak

Emma Landon has a plan: she's going to be in the high school musical and sing the most romantic song possible to her boyfriend. She's not looking for the lead, just a decent part where she and Trevor can dance together on stage. The plan starts to unravel when she gets the starring role, and playing opposite her is not her perfect boyfriend, but the school loner, Biker Mike. When Mike kisses Emma at the school dance, everything changes. Emma must figure out what is more important—the way things look or something deeper.
I enjoyed this book. It was short, but I thought that the author got her point across, even if the book didn't have 300 pages. The book starts out with the main character Emma trying out for a play. She gets a part in the play and so does Biker Mike, a new student who is different from everyone else. I liked how the author made Emma into a strong female character. Emma started out a bit shakily, but she worked herself up to the point where she didn't care what everyone else thought of her. I also enjoyed how Mike wasn't like everyone else thought he was. All in all, this was a good book and I'd be interested in reading another by the author.

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