Just a Minute: Book Reviews in a Minute

So I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately and have not reviewed half of them, so I thought I’d come up with a quick way to review them. So I decided to start Just a Minute, Book Reviews in a Minute, meaning I’m giving myself 1 minute to write a review for books that I probably will not write a full review for. This way I can show my love or disappointment, without feeling like I am repeating myself in a full length review. Hopefully this will help me review more of what I read. So here goes.

Title: As She Fades | Goodreads |
Author:  Abbi Glines | Goodreads Website |
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: April 23, 2018

On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

Glines’ millions of fans will adore As She Fades, a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.

I was actually really disappointed in this story. The synopsis was one of the reasons that I wanted to read this story. I wanted to see how Vale handled everything from the accident, especially Crawford having no memory, however I was not prepared for what actually happens. The story was just not what I expected, though the twist towards the end was unexpected and interesting. Might have been the books saving grace for me.

Title: Tell Me Three Things | Goodreads |
Author:  Julie Buxbaum  | Goodreads Website |
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 5, 2016

What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

I really enjoyed this story. I liked the mystery of who SN could be, and how much he/she helps Jesse. Jesse was a relatable character which made it easy to read this book. Being a new kid in school is not always easy, and I wish when I was the new kid I had my own SN. With Jesse dealing with so much, her mom’s death, her step family, and moving, having SN really was a great way for Jesse to relax into her new school. Their game of tell me three things was also an interesting way to find out about someone without the awkwardness of speaking face to face. I was very very happy with who SN turned out to be, and like Jesse thought it could be anyone.

Title: 180 Seconds | Goodreads |
Author:  Jessica Park  | Goodreads Website |
Publisher: Skyscrape
Publication Date: April 25, 2017

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this book, but the synopsis is what drew me in when I found it. A social experiment changes everything for Allison, just 180 seconds changes things in a way that cause Allison to re-evaluate some of her life. I liked the dynamic between Allison and her family, and then throw Esben into the mix and the quiet life Allison once had changes drastically.  A great story of family, friendship, love and general kindness.

So there you have it. My first foray into writing reviews in only a minute. I have to admit it’s a lot harder than you think, and I was sure that my stopwatch on my phone was going faster than it should.

Have you read these books? Could you review them in a minute only?

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