Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.
I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad
hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper
worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year- old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base
(both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had
chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our
interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep
down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.
Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.
Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t
take his eyes off little ol’ me.
My old friend, Mr. Fortier.
But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a
bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.
When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.
Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.

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Rating: ★★★★★

THIS BOOK! I saw the movie trailer and just knew I had to read the book first.  

I can't even mentally summarize why I loved this book so much, so I apologize for the lack of a good review.

This is one of those books I just fell into.  The story itself.  The characters.  The form of writing Yoon used - the short chapters, the drawings - pulled me in.  How Madeline's world got thrown upside down yet she was ready to face it head on.  How Olly never once questioned Madeline's sickness, but loved her with his whole heart from day one.  How their relationship was so deep before they even touched.  How Carla loved Madeline like her own daughter.  How Madeline's mom suffered one of the worst fates yet woke up every day.  

Ugh, I can't wait to watch this movie and I pray it's good because my hopes are HIGH.




Rating: ★★★★

This was like Girl on the Train Part II - and on a boat rather than on a train.

The first few chapters I wasn't hooked, but once Lo swore she witnessed a murder on the boat, I couldn't put it down.  The story started with a burglary in Lo's (a journalist) flat when she was in her bedroom.  This experience absolutely freaked her out (like it would anyone!) and she just couldn't move past it.  She went days without sleeping and constantly felt that someone was going to harm her.

A few days later she went back to work for her travel magazine and boarded a small cruise ship for a week's trip.  Lo had been so excited for this trip because she finally had the opportunity to cash in on the perks of her job.  However, one night she witnesses what could only be explained as a woman being thrown overboard.  As she tries to figure out the mystery and get help from the security guard, the other guests all begin to believe she's just paranoid after her own experience.  Still not getting any sleep Lo struggles to prove what she saw and starts to think that maybe she is paranoid.  I enjoyed the fast pace of this story and the fact that I did not figure out what happened until Lo did - I hate when I figure out the mystery right away and have to wait for the narrator to catch up! 




Rating: ★★★★★

From the five stars you can see I loved this book. At first I wasn't sure how Lord was going to play out the religious angle, but it was perfect.  Lucy grew up in a religious household (her father is a Pastor) and was dating a proper young boy.  She spent all her spare time with her parents and never really did "normal teenage things."  Along with navigating being a young adult and high school, Lucy's mom had cancer - lucky it had been in remission.

The tears began right away when, while at Junior Prom, Lucy finds out that her mother's cancer came back.  She struggled with her faith in God and how it could possibly be in "His plan" for her mother to be sick.  Lucy was planning to spend her summer at her parent's church camp and never leave her mother's side.  To her surprise (and at first, fright) her mom suggested Lucy volunteer as a camp counselor at a neighboring summer camp instead.  At first Lucy was completely against it, but gave in because she could tell it meant a lot to her mother -- though she couldn't figure out why.

The rest of the book follows Lucy's experience at this new camp (for young kids who have been through tough times) - the friends she makes, falling in love, personal growth, struggling with her faith, and the power of family.  My absolute favorite part of the entire story was how Lord chose to end it.  More importantly, what she chose to leave out and not focus on.  If you have read this, I think you will understand what I mean.  I highly recommend this one, whether you have been through personal tough times or not.