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Helpful votes received on reviews: 70% (21 of 30)
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Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 237,578 - Total Helpful Votes: 21 of 30
Zero by Tom Leveen
Zero by Tom Leveen
Zero is a novel that took me completely by surprise. I expected it to be a typical teenage coming-of-age story - and in some ways it was - but it turned out to be so much more than that. When we meet Amanda, or Zero as she prefers, she's a timid girl trying to figure out what to do next. She's lost her college chances, her best friend and has family problems aplenty. This all seems fairly standard fare, but Tom Leveen manages to give a refreshing take on the situation that helps Zero stand out from the rest in its genre.

I'll admit, Amanda annoyed my for a lot of the novel. She was just so angsty. Obviously she had to be, and it was an honest portrayal, not forced, but sometimes… Read more
Beige by Cecil Castellucci
Beige by Cecil Castellucci
Beige is an adorable novel that will appeal to all those who have music in their hearts. When Katy is forced to spend a summer in Los Angeles with her aging rockstar father, she believes it'll turn out to be the worst summer of her life. However, things change as Katy starts to meet exciting new people who prove to her that being `beige' isn't all she wants to be. This was a definitely a cute read, but I was expecting a bit more depth from the characters. Instead, they were too young for me to fully connect with them and this stopped me from enjoying the story as much as I should have. I did enjoy Katy's friendship with Lake, this felt to me the most realistic relationship in the novel. I… Read more
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.5 stars

A combination of dystopian and paranormal, Shatter Me is a unique novel that follows Juliette, a young woman unable to touch anyone. Then she meets Adam, and starts to learn more about the world outside of the cell she's been confined to. As Juliette's knowledge grows, her view about her power begins to change. Is it really a curse, as she has always believed? Or does she have the ability to make it a gift?

Shatter Me is definitely a book that has a lot of potential, and while this potential is never fully realized, there is no denying that Tahereh Mafi is a talented author who actually has the ability to write a moving novel. Unfortunately for me, this was… Read more