Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Romances that would make it in the real world

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I love this topic. There are definitely some book relationships that would probably fail in the real world. Here’s my list.

1. Anna and St. Clair- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and St. Clair had a very realistic relationship. No insta-love here! They took their time and learned about each other before they got together. And the had to overcome very real obstacles before then too. They would make a great real life romance.

2. Lola and Cricket- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Cleary, Miss Perkins knows how to write a romance. These two just went together so well and built a good solid foundation before they got together. They knew each other for a long time before they got together. It was perfect.

3. Clary and Jace- Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
JACE AND CLARTY ARE PERFECT. Ahem. I mean. Jace and Clary balance each other out perfectly. They work well together and both would fight to stay together. I think they would have a lot of fights, but it would work. They would make it work. And I think that’s more important than anything else.

4. Belly and Jeremiah- Summer series by Jenny Han
I’m going to start by saying that I haven’t read the last book so I don’t know how it ends. Please don’t tell me! And secondly, in the book I am a Conrad fan all the way. I want him and Belly to be together. But in the real world, I think Jeremiah would work better with her. He makes her life and is more down to earth, no drama there. I think it would balances Belly out, since she is kind of a drama queen…

5. Colin and Lindsay- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Colin and Lindsay really built up a great friendship before they started dating, and I think that is crucial in real world relationships. It’s hard to start a romance with no solid background and have it last. They were super adorable and I think they would make a great couple in real life.

6. Tessa and Jem- Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
First off let me say, TEAM WILL. All the way. But once again, in the real world I think Tessa and Jem would work better together. They have similar mannerism and would work well together. (Though book Tessa belongs with Will. No doubt about it.)

7. Rose and Dimitri- Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
This is another couple who would do anything to stay together. Whatever obstacle came their way, they’d overcome it. They believe in each other and they love each other. Maybe I am a bit of a romantic, but I think that’s more than an enough to make it in the real world.

8. Katniss and Peeta- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is the exact opposite of Peeta, but in a good way. They round each other out. They are perfect partners. When one of the them was weak, the other was strong. They would definitely make it in the real world.

9. Anita and Micha- Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
There are a lot of love interest to chose from in Anita Blake, but Micha is the one that would work in the real would. He is the perfect mixture of dominance and submissive that Anita needs. He keeps her sane. I think they would work well together in the real world.

10. Rachel and Kisten- The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
If he wasn’t. Well. You know. Sad.. I just love the two of them. They worked together so well. Oh man. I miss him.

Monday, August 13, 2012

It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.

Summary taken from Goodreads

I am completely in love with this series. It’s the perfect blend of summer fun and complete heartbreak. Though this one was definitely more heartbreak than fun. I liked The Summer I Turned Pretty a little better but this one was still amazing.

    It’s Not Summer starts out telling us that Belly will never be going back to Cousin’s beach because Suzanne has past away. Hello tears! And in the first chapter too. Ouch. Then we have some heartbreaking flash backs of how horrible Conrad treated Belly. I just wanted to smack that kid! He made her feel like she completely made up their relationship in her head, which we all know was the furthest from the truth. What a dick. ‘Cuse my language.

    Then we have Belly’s mom. After losing her best friend, she completely shuts down. She went through the motions of day to day life, but she wasn’t really there. It was like she lost a piece of herself and didn’t know how to go on without Beck. Ugh it was so painful.

    In all honesty, Belly bugged me a bit in this one. Though I think that was kind of intentional. She was grieving and didn’t know how to deal with it. She acted like she was the only one who lost someone and it kinda made me want to punch her a little bit. Instead of trying to understand what Conrad was going through, she just pushed and pushed. Gah is all I have to say about that!

    “How do you regret one of the best nights of your entire life? You don’t. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.” That line. Oh that line. It kicked me right in the gut. I literally burst into tears and had to put the book down. Han is amazing at doing that, hitting you right where it hurts the most. Her writing is beautiful and I loved every word of it.

    I’m still a little shaky about the ending. I got it, it made sense. And I hated it. But then I didn’t. See? Shaky. (Except with how badass Belly’s mom was at the end! Loved it!) The next book is definitely the next on my to buy list. I can’t wait to see how it end, but I also don’t want it to end. You know what I mean?

    Have you read this series? What do you think?

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