This was such a good book! I couldn't stop smiling and I cried on a few occasions.
The characters are fleshed out and just likeable! My favorite was the professor, Dr. Bond. He is the kind of professor you one day hope to meet or wish you'd had at some point in your life. I loved the first time he talked to her. (I don't want to say too much for any potential readers, but it's such a great bit!)That didn't mean that I didn't like the other characters any less. I was rooting for Jamie and wanted to hug her on multiple occasions. Just so many great characters.
This is definitely a feel-good book from Jamie's time at school, to her meetings with Dr. Bond and her holidays too. These made me smile continuously.
I just finished this and now I want to go back and read it again it was so good!
Rating = 5 Stars
This is one of those novels I couldn't put down. Make no mistake, though there are romantic elements in this story, it's not one of those HEA novels. It tackles difficult subjects - the death of a parent, loss of income, gang violence - and the 19 year old author isn't afraid to tell it like it is: it sucks. It sucks right from the prologue, where main character Amelia describes her mother's death, right through the shoot-out by rival gangs in the school Amelia now attends...
The author has a real feel for plot and pacing, and the book rolls along at a good clip, with just enough light relief to provide a welcome break, as when Drake agonizes over whether or not to sit next to Victoria at lunch toward the end of Chapter Seven. And the shoot out in the school hallway had me digging my nails into the palm of my hand.
Kudos to the author, who manages to convey her message about teen violence without descending into either melodrama or preachiness. If you're a teen, the parent of a teen, or, yes, were a teen, you won't want to miss this fine book.
Rating = 4 Stars
I'm not sure what impressed me more: the strong message of this book to stay true to yourself told in a way that wasn't in your face, or the fact the writer was eighteen years old when she wrote it. This is a light story, with plenty of banter and sarcasm, but it's a story of love and friendship. Really a moving story.
Rating = 5 Stars
Before I read this book, I heard Katie Charles was a teenager herself and that both interested me and made me wonder what I'd read. I can't express enough how impressed I was with Ms. Charles. Her book packs a punch from the beginning, and hit me on an emotional level that drew me in immediately. Her entire message comes down to four words "Be who you are." When she finds herself the 'new kid' in school, add to that she's the daughter of the geeky, quirky English teacher, she could have tried to fit in and be like everyone else. But that's not who Amelia's parents raised her to be. By the end of the story, she's found a group of friends -- the misfits -- who would be her friends forever and a great boyfriend, too. :-) I loved the dialogue between Amelia and her friends. Overall, a quick but emotionally satisfying book. I found Katie Charles has a short story in an anthology and I'm going to go hunt that one down next.
Rating = 5 Stars
"What can I say? I loved this book. At the start I wasn't so sure, then I got a couple chapters into it and I had been won completely over, I couldn't wait to see what the next author did in this delightful, funny world...I was so caught up in these stories I lost sleep finishing them up. It is a must get and must read. The comedy in the stories enhances the story line and the muses keep you guessing. I rate this a full 5 wings and remember authors, your muses have a life of their own."
Melissa - Classic Romance Revival Reviews -- Link is Dead
Rating = 5 Wings
"There’s something for everyone in this anthology. You could be forgiven for wondering whether non-writers would appreciate the humour behind the stories, but it doesn’t matter because in each and every one of the stories the reader can identify with the characters... This collection of stories will not only give you a new perspective to the writer behind the words on the page you are reading, but a good laugh as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!"
Rating = 4 Books
"Each of these stories is a quirky little twist on the life of an author and their muse and what it must be like to struggle to put words on a page when inspiration seems to have dried up... It is fun to read their story for a change, and if you can at all relate, I am sure you will think so too."
Rating = 3 cups