Sunday, February 26, 2017

TGBC: Teen Lit Rocks Title: Some of the Parts

I've made some weird progress on the shelf lately. I'm skipping all my Austen because they're automatic saves, so the next Shelf book was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and after I put off picking it up to read for the fifth day in a row, I decided to just put it in the giveaway pile and move on.

Then, because my last TLR read was a bust in terms of being able to write a positive review for, I decided to move to the next book on that pile. Which is today's review. Which will also not be going on TLR because it wasn't great. Desperate then to read something I can actually review for the blog, I moved on to the NEXT TLR title, which I stopped reading after 50 pages because it was infuriating. So I'm a little Teen lit stuck right now, but I'm moving through that shelf pretty speedily. Small favors.

Mini review though of Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, the book I put aside without finishing. I have high standards for fandom-centric books, and this one did not meet them. It felt formulaic, I hated the main character, and I felt like it was trying way too hard to be a "good" fandom book. I'm reading the supposedly hilarious fanfic of a write who supposedly has tens of thousands of fans, and all I can think is that if I was reading it in real life, I'd have hit the back button by paragraph three. I flipped ahead and skimmed to see if things got better, but I saw no evidence of that, and hints of the opposite. And since life's too short to read books I'm not enjoying, I put that one aside.

Today's main review, though, is of a book I actually pushed through to the end of.

Title: Some of the Parts
Author: Hannah Barnaby
Status: New read

Where did I acquire it?
This was a boss gift book at Christmas

How long have I owned it without reading it?
A couple months

I was, overall, not crazy about this book. This may be because it is, in many ways, very similar to the last book I read -- Dreamers Often Lie -- main character suffering mental trauma after a serious accident, having trouble coping until she meets a dark and broody new male student who gets caught up in her life, both haunted by family members lost in car accidents.

I did appreciate the dark broody male character in this one, though. Honestly, he wasn't that broody, and he's why I kept reading. I liked who he was and what he was willing to be for Tallie when she needed someone and wouldn't admit it. But there weren't many other characters in the story that I actually liked, which is a problem.

Overall, I did like how the book subverted some expected tropes in the end, that was a nice payoff. But I did have to force myself to keep reading to get to that payoff.

Status after reading: Giveaway

Books in the project: 425
Books tackled so far: 25
Books still unread: 87
Books given away: 13

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