Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner Book Review!

Thank you, Blogging forBooks for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the most beautiful book I have thus far in 2017. It has surpassed my other reads. Jeff Zentner is brilliant and wrote such a tragic and beautiful story. It took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It makes you think of the time you have limited on this earth and to live free, love loud, and be you unapologetically. The structure of this story was strong and so relatable. This is something that happens day in and day out. Teens are glued to their cell phones. Destiny can be on her cell phone for hours which is why it frightens me when she starts driving. Texting and driving are serious and should not be done. This book talks about it and brings the attention to this subject and the consequences of texting and driving.

The characters of the story are lovable. You get to know the characters that aren't around and the characters that still are. You will be in awe at how beautifully Jeff carefully created each and every single one of these characters. You envision them coming alive in your mind as you read about who they were/are.

This book was strong in every sense. From the message of the dangers of texting and driving to dealing with grief and tragedy. One part, in particular, stood out to me in the book and it was the way Zentner described the circle of life and reincarnation. He wrote,

"There's a water cycle. Water never goes away. It never dies or is destroyed. It just changes from form to form in a continuous cycle, like energy. On a hot summer day, you've drunk water that a dinosaur drank. You might have cried tears that Alexander the Great cried. So I'm returning Eli's energy - his spirit - and all that it contained. His life. His music. His memories. His loves. All of the beautiful things in him. I give it back to the water so he can live that way now. Form to form. Energy to energy. Maybe I'll meet my son again in the rain, or in the ocean. Maybe he hasn't touched my face for the last time."

This literally broke me and left me in tears. Jeff Zentner, you have written a book that spoke to my soul, broke me to pieces and put me back together again. This is a book that everyone has to pick up and read. Every parent and teenager. everyone! I give this book 5/5 stars!

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella Book Review!

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Sophie Kinsella has a way with words. I love her books. This book was fun and reminded me of myself! Katie, the main character is such a fun and comical character. She is someone I would love to have as a friend! She is going through what everyone is going through, life!

The structure of this book was strong and well rounded. I loved that this was set in London. I would love to visit these places and just walk everywhere she did. All of these characters were fun. I felt as if they were true to who we surround ourselves with. It kind of reminds me of Bridget Jones Diary. It witty, funny, and relatable!

This book has so many strengths. Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint with this. I give it 4/5 stars. 

*A Must Read* The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene Book Review!

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before! I loved the way the author structured this book by writing in verse. I fell in love with this style of writing. I wish I could write like this. It was amazing. It was like taking in new air.

The topic to write about mental health was one that I hold near and dear to my heart. The characters and the story were realistic and very much relatable. It showed the struggled and the rawness of someone overcoming a debilitating disease. The reader feels empathy and goes through all of the emotions that these characters are going through.

I absolutely loved all of the connections with animals and hobbies that were so deep and true in nature. Raesha shined in this book for not only overcoming her battles but because we learned her story and we admired her struggles. We championed for her. The Sky between You and Me is a book that I will never forget. It's a book that I will carry in memory and talk about with not only my readers but with friends and family.

This book could be used to open up a dialogue between someone who is battling the same disease. It's important to let it be known that we need to embrace our bodies no matter what. We need to love ourselves and not conform to societal's needs of what they deem perfect. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Thank you, Catherine Alene, for writing such an emotionally raw book.

Who Needs Air by Cassie Graham Book Review!

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Thank you, Cassie, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Where do I begin with this book? A book about a book that is a love letter to the love of his life?! Please August, I'm your Belle. Come sweep me off of my feet handsome. This book had me swooning over and over again. The love story of August and Belle was not only beautiful, it was tragic and it felt real. It broke me. It literally shattered me to pieces but it healed me.

"This isn't a normal, I'm -into-you sort of kiss. This isn't a let's bang kiss. This kiss is the kind of kiss that sends you into a spiral of bliss. A reality worth fighting for. It's what I've been searching for in that darkness for so long. A truth lived in far too many years. This kiss feels like the home I've longed to visit. I'd been anticipating on the doorstep, lonely and cold, waiting to be let it."

The way Cassie Graham wrote this love story was absolutely beautiful. I felt like I was living it. I felt the emotion. The angst! I felt it all! I'm so in love with the south and NYC so I loved that this book was set in both places. The description that Graham gave of these places felt as if I was walking through the town and city and taking it in.

My favorite part of this book was when they were filming. I loved it! I really did fall in love with this book. It's unlike anything I have ever read before. To read about a character writing a book about the love of his life and then having that book being made into a movie just gives all of the feels.

"I love you. Every sentence without you was incomplete."

I loved every single character, even the ones I loved to hate *cough cough* Tomi and Andy. Cassie, this book was amazing! I can't rave about it enough! You did your thing with this girl. I took away a lot of things with this book. We all need air to live. But that love that we have for our special soul mate is the "air" that we breathe. The only air we will ever need. Without that, we can't breathe, live, function, and we lose ourselves. I recommend you all read this book when it comes out tomorrow. I give this book 5/5 stars!

Why every household with a teen should read and watch 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

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As you all know by know, this blog is run by both myself, Helen, the mom and Destiny, the daughter. We both pretty much read the same books and decided which one is going to type of the review, although I've been doing it a lot lately since she's been preoccupied with school and sports, tests, and college planning.

About two years ago I bought the book, 13 Reasons Why by jay Asher. I was so intrigued by the synopsis of the book. She read the book in one sitting and immediately came over to me gushing about how good it was and how this book needs to be read by every teen in every school. It peaked my interest so then I picked it up and began to read the words that this brilliant author had written on these pages.

My heart ached. My eyes were sore from the tears that had fallen from them. My heart was racing from the events that occurred. I felt the anguish. I felt the pain. I felt the raw emotion. I questioned how he came up with the idea to write such a book. I asked myself what would undo if Hannah Baker was my daughter?

Everything written goes on in schools today and we sometimes turn a blind eye to this. I know it happens in schools. It happened when I was in high school which wasn't that long ago. I graduated in 2002. I have read some negative comments on the show. I understand their reasoning behind it. However, on the other hand, can we think about how if this is spoken about then awareness is never going to raised.

Sexual assault, bullying, drugs, suicidal ideation, etc. We all have our own perception of things and our own truth. And we all have fears. Maybe we don't speak up about them because we are afraid of the next step. I was the victim of sexual assault when I was 13. I didn't tell anyone until I was in my early 20's. We all cope our own way. We all handle situations our own way. And we all fear the unknown. The next step of reality.

Moving along to the show. Destiny and I watched this show together. The show was much more intense. It was slightly different than the book and some names were changed and some characters were much more prominent than they were in the book. Which I found to work out amazingly beautiful. The representation of these characters came alive onscreen. Again the book and the show had some differences but they were both equally great.

This show opened up a dialogue with Destiny and myself. At the end of each episode, we sat there and processed what had happened and we spoke about it. We discussed the hard parts, the funny parts, the cutesy parts, and the dialogue between the characters.

Towards the middle, it began to get more intense. Which is where our conversations grew deeper, more meaningful, and had more value. The scene that was the hardest to watch would have to be the assault scenes. Being that I went through that and having her watch it and process that I went through the same, made her a bit uncomfortable. I was here to comfort her and reassure her that I am okay. I am here to talk and answer any questions.

Talking to your children about consent and suicide should be number 1 in every household. I'm glad that in my household, we are very open about that and can talk about that comfortably. I want her to know the signs in case she needs to help a friend or herself. If you have a teenager, please think about reading this book, and watching the showing. This will open up a lot of doors and will strengthen that bond. Lastly, I would like to add that I do wish that there was a warning added to the beginning of every episode because everyone reacts differently to situations. I am a survivor and reacted fine but that doesn't mean that the next survivior will react the same. 

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, call 1-800-656-4673 and head to for more information.

If you or someone you know feels that you are in crisis and in need of someone, please call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 and head to for more information.