Six Books To Get You Through Any School Scenario

I know school still seems pretty far off and some of you may even be done with school (me!) but there’s still time for some summer reading and what better to read then some books that will actually help you survive in school. Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or college you’ll probably face at least one of these situations. Here’s six books to help you with six different school scenarios. Good luck!

1. Mean girls

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Got some mean girls trying to bring you down? The haters are still hating? Don’t fear because Reed Brennan has been there. In the Private series she goes through some terrible hazing just to fit in with the Billings Girls, the most popular group of girls at her new boarding school. Even better, however, she learns how to beat them at their own game and become a boss herself. Plus, she also solves some murders but hopefully that’s not something you’ll have to deal with.

2. New year, new you

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You’re tired of not being seen and you’re read to make a splash. You want to be noticed and you’re willing to do what it takes to get there. Lexi gets that. She’s ready for her long time crush, Logan, to finally notice her and she’s ready to play the beauty game to get what she wants. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality will give you tips on your makeover while also reminding you that looks aren’t everything and maybe you’re perfect just the way you are. But some lipstick never hurts, right?

3. New student

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Being the new kid can be the worst. You have to make new friends, learn your way around the halls, and try to fit in with a new crowd. Well imagine trying to do all that while having a crazy ghost roaming the halls of your high school. Yeah, your situation sounds much better now, doesn’t it? In The Mediator series Suze Simon is a mediator with a lot on her plate. It’s her job to get ghosts onto their next step (whatever that is) and she still has to pass all her classes. Add in a hot ghost roommate and Suze’s new girl status is the least of her problems. Still, Suze’s boss attitude to facing a new environment is one you can learn from before you enter your new school.

4. Getting over a crush

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Unrequited love is the worst and you’re over it. You’re sick of crushing and being let down. You want to move on and start this year off right, leaving that crush in the past. Sadie feels your pain. She’s had a crush on her best friend, Garrett, for far too long and now she’s done. She’s ready to move on and she’s got a plan to do it. Consider Getting Over Garrett Delaney as your guide to letting go and finding your own happiness. You got this!

5. First year of college

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Leaving home for the first time? Staying home but all your friends are leaving? Trying the long distance relationship thing with your high school significant other? Yolo deals with all this and more. If you’ve never read the TTYL series I’d definitely recommend it before reading this one (plus there’s great advice in those as well). Besties Angela, Zoe, and Maddie have been friends all through high school but now that they’re going off to separate colleges they each face their own struggles and problems that almost any freshman will face. Lauren Myracle leaves no stone unturned and all the advice you’ll ever need to get you prepared (and excited) about college is in this novel.

6. First relationship

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Falling in love for the first time can be hard. Especially when you’re a secret spy and the guy you’re dating has no idea. Of course, that’s probably not an issue for you. It is however, for Cammie Morgan, a spy in training who falls for Josh, a normal boy who knows nothing about the spy world. Although Cammie can speak multiple languages, kill someone with her bare hands, and track someone perfectly, when it comes to dating she doesn’t have a clue. In I’d Teel You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, follow Cammie as she learns the ins and outs of flirting, kissing, and first dates. You may even pick up some dating tips and you’ll definitely relate to her first date woes. What do I wear???

Want more books to fit your school woes? Comment a problem or scenario you’re worried about facing this school year and I’ll recommend a book for you. Try me!

Book Review: All Fall Down

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*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

The title of this book should’ve been, “I’m not crazy.” The narrator, Grace, said this so many times I lost count. I understood why she was saying it. No one believes her when she says her mother’s death wasn’t an accident but instead murder. And she’s been saying this for three years; I can see how that could drive someone, well, crazy.

I don’t want to spoil the book so I will neither confirm nor deny if Grace is in fact crazy or not. What I will say is I’m not a fan of her family and how they handle her. I understand why they don’t believe Grace but to lock her up in a hospital and make her take meds just seems a bit much to me.

This book frustrated me mostly because I was frustrated for Grace. I believed her from the beginning and couldn’t understand how no one else could. Granted there were some moments when I wasn’t sure if Grace was in fact a reliable narrator, but I still trusted her. I wanted someone to listen to her like I was listening to her. Of course, that’s easier said than done.

The book is basically a huge mystery. Is Grace crazy? Did the guy with the scar really kill her mom? If so, why? Who is he working for? Is he trying to kill again? If so, who?

For me, this was too many questions. I just found myself frustrated the whole novel. I understand that Ally Carter was setting us up for a new series and I’m sure we’ll get more answers in the following books but I just became annoyed with this novel. Moreover, I wanted more romance. Or more friendship. Grace is constantly lonely, and I, in turn, felt that loneliness. I found this book both frustrating and a little depressing.

And we’re not exactly given a happy ending either. I won’t go into detail but the book definitely ends on a cliff hanger. A very unsatisfying one I might add.

Overall, the book wasn’t terrible. It was well written and there was definitely a twist I wasn’t expecting. Carter did well in catching me by surprise and I’ll probably read the next book to know what happens text, so it that regard she was successful. However, compared to her other series, the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society, I wasn’t impressed. I expected something better. Something more exciting. Hopefully the next book is better. For now, I’m not a fan.

Favorite Line:

I have to smile. He’s such a dork. But I’m starting to realize the one good thing that’s happened: he’s my dork.

Stars: 3 out 5. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.

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