The Dead Boyfriend | Girl In Reverse | Sublime

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The Dead Boyfriend | Girl In Reverse | SublimeThe Dead Boyfriend by R. L. Stine
Also by this author: Young Scrooge
Series: Fear Street Relaunch #5
Published by Macmillan on September 27th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 288
Format: eARC, Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250058959

R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series is back, and in The Dead Boyfriend, he tells the frightening tale of teenage love—and how it can go terribly, murderously wrong.
Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Colin, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Colin may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten. She doesn’t care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Colin.
When Caitlin approaches Colin with another girl, she completely loses it. She snaps. Everything goes red. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead—and she has killed him. But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?
Terrifying from the first page to the last, The Dead Boyfriend is a heart-racing young adult novel from the master of teen screams himself.

Sometimes it’s really not the best idea to read something out of nostalgia. It just doesn’t ever seem to live up to your childhood based expectations. I picked up The Dead Boyfriend by RL Stine hoping to recapture the delight of childhood. I especially loved the Fear Street books in middle school. Thus, I thought perhaps this relaunch of the Fear Street series would be a fantastic throwback.

The Dead Boyfriend by RL Stine is what happens when a girl goes off the deep end, kills her boyfriend out of jealousy, only to see him wandering around and at various places when he’s supposed to be dead. Caitlin is really into her new boyfriend, Blade. However, she sees him out one night with some other girl so she stabs him to death. She feels guilty about her crime of passion. But then he comes back to life and she thinks that weirdo goth girl Deena Fear has something to do with it.

If you do end up reading The Dead Boyfriend, keep your expectations low. It’s not super well written. I mean, the teenagers do not talk or act how teenagers actually act. I mean, they’re 16 and acting as though they are 11 or 12. Caitlin is a bit hard to believe as a character. I felt like she wasn’t well developed nor was her relationship with Blade. There was a lot of eye rolling going on as I read this book.

I admit that I wanted to love this book, given how important Fear Street and Goosebumps were to my childhood. Alas, I have definitely outgrown these books. However, I think that the reluctant reader audience may enjoy these books. They’re very quick, easy to understand reads. There’s no pretense in The Dead Boyfriend and I think that can be a pretty big draw.

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The Dead Boyfriend | Girl In Reverse | SublimeGirl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 12th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, People & Places, United States, Asian American, Family, Adoption, Historical, 20th Century
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781442497351

Being adopted isn’t easy—especially when you’re seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.
When Lily was three, her mother put her up for adoption, then disappeared without a trace. Or so Lily was told. Lily grew up in her new family and tried to forget her past. But with the Korean War raging and the fear of “Commies” everywhere, Lily’s Asian heritage makes her a target. She is sick of the racism she faces, a fact her adoptive parents won’t take seriously. For Lily, war is everywhere—the dinner table, the halls at school, and especially within her own skin.
Then her brainy little brother, Ralph, finds a box containing a baffling jumble of broken antiques—clues to her past left by her “Gone Mom.” Lily and Ralph attempt to match these fragments with rare Chinese artifacts at the art museum, where she encounters the artistic genius Elliot James. Elliot attracts and infuriates Lily—especially when he calls their first kiss “undimensional.” With the help of Ralph and Elliot, will Lily summon the courage to confront her own remarkable creation story?
A poignantly beautiful novel, Girl in Reverse celebrates “a remarkable journey of self-discovery, inner resilience, and the fragile, surprising, and exquisite complexity of family” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

So, first things first, I ended up DNFing Girl In Reverse by Barbara Stuber. I quit around the 43% point. I was actually really interested in Girl In Reverse back in 2014 based upon the amazing cover. Also, because of the diverse lead. Alas, I just could not make it through this book and I think a large part of the reason why is all of the things I am learning in 2016.

Girl In Reverse by Barbara Stuber is about this Chinese girl named Lily who is abandoned by her mother at the age of three and then is adopted by white people. The book is set in the 1950s. Lily is an outcast at school. She’s also got no real connection to her Chinese heritage. That is, until her little brother who is a Boy Scout finds some ancient Chinese relics in the attic. I did not get beyond the discovery of the relics.

I gave up on this book for several reasons. One being that I was SO incredibly bored. I mean, it just felt like NOTHING was happening. The pacing was so slow. The second reason was now that I am learning and becoming more aware of the different facets of diversity, I am valuing my time and own voices a bit more. Sure, this book features a main character who is of color. However, it is written by a white woman who has not also lived through being adopted. Something about this just did not ring true or authentic to me. And so, rather than waste my time on a book that isn’t own voices, I just gave up.

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The Dead Boyfriend | Girl In Reverse | SublimeSublime by Christina Lauren
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise, Cal Wembly
Length: 8 Hours 2 Minutes
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 14th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Death & Dying, Social Themes, New Experience, Paranormal
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781481413688

True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read.
When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.
Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

Sublime by Christina Lauren is a book that I’ve had on my physical ARC TBR stack since BEA 2014. I know, I am basically the worst. I received it as part of this luncheon or event, whatever it was, that I attended. I remember being initially interested in it because the authors wrote this adult book that I guiltily enjoyed called Beautiful Bastard. Alas, it turns out that I am 100% not in love with Sublime.

Sublime by Christina Lauren is a story of love – sort of. It’s about this girl named Lucy who appears out of nowhere pretty much. She was in this forest and she walks out wearing an outfit that is impractical for the weather. She sees this guy named Colin and is instantly smitten with him. Colin is a bit of a daredevil and he totally has a thing for Lucy. He’ll do whatever it takes to get with her. Only, it just may rob him of his life. Oh snap!

Okay, so this book was another one where I thought hmmm, this is going to be really good. Only, I ended up pretty bored while listening to it. I just didn’t feel a whole huge amount of chemistry between Lucy and Colin. I did care a little bit about Lucy’s revelations about her life and death. I just, didn’t care so much about her relationship with Colin.

I listened to the audiobook of Sublime by Christina Lauren. It is narrated by Cal Wembly and Elizabeth Louise. It’s eight hours and two minutes long. Even now, I still can’t muster up the energy to really care about this audiobook. Listen to it, or not. I really just am not all that invested.

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