Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in Tommy Wallach’s New York Times bestselling “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). They always say that high school is the best time of your life. Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.
Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth.
I was expecting a lot more from this book. I was pretty much the opposite of what I thought it was going to be! Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…the issue is…it was a Contemporary. And I am not the the biggest fan of Contemporary…at all. HOWEVER, it wasn’t horrible. The characters were nicely developed, a little annoying, but realistic to high schoolers today. The story was pretty slow at first and it took me awhile to really get started on it.
I thought that this book was going to be an apocalyptic book, because it seemed to be about a meteor that was hurtling towards Earth. My natural presumption was that it was going to be how things went down up to, during and after the meteor, but it was just about how this high school kids were handling everything. To say the least I was pretty disappointing. While I do enjoy Tommy Wallach’s writing, it was easy to read and understand the characters and world he built, it still wasn’t what I was hoping and would give it a three out of five stars.
I would suggest this book to people that like Contemporary, but if you don’t enjoy that genre then DON’T READ THIS BOOK, it is not an adventure, pre/post apocalyptic story line! I will definitely look more into Wallach’s writing, just hope it’s not all Contemporary!
Anyone a bibliophile? I AM! I absolutely love literary classics. I have been building my collection of new classic design books that Barnes & Noble carries for about six months now. THEY ARE SO PRETTY!
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Seven Novels by Jane Austen
Beauty and the Beast & Other Classic Fairy Tales
A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales
Charlotte’s Web and Other Illustrated Classics
Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take over their parents’ businesses. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.
When his older brother, Felix–who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel–is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother’s voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father’s plan for him. Worrying about his mental health, but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the US and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss’s daughter–a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what’s most important to him and where his true path really lies.
**THANK YOU HARLEQUIN TEEN FOR SENDING ME AN ARC COPY FOR REVIEW**
This book was amazing! It sounded interesting to me when I received it but I have yet to find a contemporary that I really LOVED…but North of Happy did it for me! Adi Alsaid’s writing style, characters and story structure is so real and makes you feel what the characters are feeling. I love Carlos as a character, and while I can see where Emma is coming from with him missing her dads dinner I think that they were meant for each other and she was a little hard on him.
The only thing I didn’t like about North of Happy was the ending. It wasn’t satisfying at all! While I am glad that Carlos’ dad was OK, I still think he was meant to be in Seattle and should have gone back to try and work things out with Elise at the Provecho restaurant. However! It is super awesome that he will be attending a culinary school!!
I loved all the recipes at the beginning of each chapter, I will definitely be trying some of them! Over all I just really loved the story of North of Happy and will be looking into Adi Alsaid’s other books, he is an amazing writer! I would definitely recommend this book, READ IT! IT’S BEAUTIFUL!
The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.
I have a love hate relationship with this book. Why? Because I am not sure whether or not I enjoyed this book or found it to be depressing. Of Mice and Men is a book that made me realize the ugly in the world and the way people with disabilities are treated. I would go so far as to say that this book made me grow up a little after that realization. I would definitely recommend that every person read Of Mice and Men at least once in their life! John Steinbeck has some amazing books and his writing style is easy to understand and imagine up in your head. He is a “classic” writer to me!