It's great to learn to know another side of Kelsey. I liked her in "Loosing it" but now we get to really know her and it's fascinating. We learn about all her insecurities and it brings us back to ous own insecurities.
En lisant ce tome, je n'ai pas connu le meme plaisir que j'ai eu quand j'ai lu le premier et deuxième tome. Certes chaque personnage a une histoire différente, mais j'ai du mal à m'accrocher dans celui ci.
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4,4 sur 5 étoiles
5,0 sur 5 étoilesAn INCREDIBLE coming-of-age story
4 janvier 2014 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Occasionally a book comes along that I love so much, that I relate to so well, that I want to just throw up my arms, say "f*** the system," and add a very petulant sixth star. And then proceed to stick out my tongue and gloat about it. I'm seriously four on the inside.
Anyway, Finding It is one such book. I'm really not sure how to adequately convey how much I loved this book. So, prepare for the awkwardness that is me trying.
We met Kelsey in Losing It, back when Bliss and the gang were still in college and life was simpler. In order to find her new direction, Kelsey Summers took off on a trek across Europe - to party or find herself or run from her problems. Maybe some of each. This book so poignantly captured the feeling of being at a stage in life that makes you feel like you're obligated to have all of your shit together, when, ironically, most of us don't have a clue. It was a feeling we've all had and it was like I ached with how much I could relate to it. (If it's not clear yet, my feelings are a little on the dramatic side, but, hey, they're honest.)
I dare someone to claim they've never felt this way with a straight face. The world is so focused on comparing hardships to assign value to them. But we all need to realize that accomplishments are accomplishments because they are difficult and there is no reason to place one over another. (/rant) The sentiment behind this is basically the twenty-something (and beyond) condition. I wanted to weep with how true Kelsey's feeling felt to me. It was incredible!
And, of course, because it's Cora Carmack and she's amazing, all of this gut-wrenching honesty was delivered with the kind of humor that's perfect and the kind of awkwardness we don't want to admit to living. And I felt Kelsey was especially hilarious. I've always loved Cora's female protags, but Kelsey was just so up-front. Her inner musings and wit made her the kind of person you really want to get to know.
I actually laughed out loud a few times. I really need to learn to be more discretionary about what I read in public, because I'm pretty sure I looked completely nuts. So it goes.
But, of course, beneath all the humor and bravado Kelsey was still struggling. With what is, truthfully, more than any girl should have to handle in a perfect world. She was the picture of perfection that hid a lot of darkness. And watching her come out of it, with Jackson's help, was really something beautiful. And she's just so funny. I love this girl.
Which brings us to Jackson Hunt himself. Oh. My. God. The swoon factor was absolutely ridiculous. At times, I felt a bit like I was cheating on Garrick and Cade (a similar feeling to when I first read Faking It), but I've just come to the realization that each Cora guy is going to inspire this feeling, determined only by the last book I read. She's that good. It's not even fair how wonderful he is. And the emotionally-wounded soldier bit is just too much. This is a Book Boyfriend capable of ruining all real boyfriends in one fell swoop.
Their story was beautiful in the way they helped each other heal, and I became so invested that I lived in fear of the inevitable fallout. Because it had to happen and even though I knew they would come out of it, I still didn't want it to happen. My brain was just a chorus of "no, no, no" and adamant denial. And then the breakdown wasn't too bad and I began to think, "hey, maybe this won't carve my heart out with a rusty spoon!" Yeah, I know. Pesky idealism.
I honestly didn't see the twist coming, which made it that much worse. It was heartbreaking and the outpouring of emotion it caused in me was a little humiliating, but it just made it that much better in the end.
Finding It was quite possibly my favorite of Cora Carmack's books. It's really hard for me to tell. But regardless, it was fantastic and should be read by all. She's a truly incredible author, and this book just further proves it. Just go read it. And also follow her on Twitter and Facebook because she's adorable and awesome and... yeah. She makes me fangirl a little. This isn't even the first time. I'll stop embarrassing myself now.
And with that, I return to my combo book hangover/emotional coma.
Confession: I still haven't read the first two books in this series but the moment Finding It was available for review, I knew I had to request it.
About halfway through the book I realized that this was going to go along the lines of Roman Holiday and Chasing Liberty. Usually when I figure out where a book is headed, I either put it down or am less invested in it. Cora Carmack made me want to keep reading. Her writing is the perfect blend of angst, sexiness, heartbreak and a whole lot of laughs.
And it goes something like this...
Kelsey Summers is having the time of her life traipsing through Europe without a care in the world. Well, almost. She's running from something and dancing the night away, throwing back large amounts of alcohol, attending raves sounds like a way to numb the thoughts. Until one, very imposing man by the name of Jackson Hunt suddenly appears in her life.
Jackson Hunt is sexy, mysterious and is keeping something from Kelsey. A few chance meetings has Kelsey interested. She wants to get in his pants. Badly. Jackson is keeping her at arms length. He proposes that they travel for a week and maybe he'll kiss her. She agrees. Let the romp through Europe commence. Within that time, Jackson and Kelsey get to know each other. The chemistry between them burns hot and soon there's more at stake than just a kiss and mysterious phone calls don't help bridge that emotional gap between them.
Take one part Chasing Liberty, throw in a European adventure worthy of a Mary Kate and Ashley movie, give it the Cora Carmack treatment and you've got a fantastic read that will have your heart racing, your diaphragm getting an abtastic workout, and finally rooting for these two people to shut up and make it work. Carmack's writing is the perfect blend of angst, sexiness, heartbreak and a whole lot of laughs wrapped in pop culture references.
Favorite Quote: My amused stalker had olive-toned skin, dark eyes, and hair cut close to his head. He had that muscled, military look about him, which sparked half of a dozen dirty puns in my head about him invading my territories. Plus, he was tall with a permanent smolder that would have made Tyra Banks stop the crazy train and stare.
4,0 sur 5 étoilesI could read this book more than once!
9 janvier 2014 - Publié sur Amazon.com
About my reviews: I am by no means a book scholar; I read for entertainment purposes only. I couldn't care less about grammar and spelling as long as I can follow the story (I’m still a novice when it comes to the English language and I am 30+ years old and English is my first and only language…I’m a 0’s and 1’s kinda girl). With that being said, I do appreciate those who have the gift of bringing good characters and stories to life via written words evoking all my “girlie” emotions. For the most part I’m a sucker for likable characters, good chemistry, angst, heartbreak, and happy endings. I judge books by how I feel while reading them and I am always looking for my next “5 star book” high!
I wanted to share my opinions on the books I’ve read recently because Amazon ratings can be misleading at times; however, I don’t want to spend too much time on reviewing a book when I could be reading the next “5 star book” (hence this template). You will not get any spoiler alerts or harsh critiques from my reviews…nope, you will simply get a star rating based on the following: 5 stars – I could read this book over and over again…everyone should read this book!!! 4 stars – I could read this book more than once! 3 stars – Okay book…one read was enough 2 stars – I just about got through this book 1 star – I could not finish this book
Hopefully this will help you identify some good reads and avoid some not-so-good ones!