I also recently discovered (I don't know how I didn't know this before) that Jamie has a Reshelved feature where she talks about stuff she didn't get around to and stuff she put down! I always hate when people don't credit my features & posts, so you can go look at her reshelved posts!
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Keywords: photography, boarding school, television
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
DNF at: 56%
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Part of this is a case of "I feel like I've read this before and I'm just not that into it" and part of it is an issue I've had with the book. Yes, it's no secret I'm a bit burnt out on the whole alternate-world dystopian future sort of thing. I've been trying to avoid books like that all together because I'm not in the right frame of mind to read them, but this one seemed different enough that I'd give it a shot. And the premise is great. Arts school that's also a reality show? Sign me up! But I made it almost 2/3 of the way through the book and I still feel like nothing has happened. So little has happened, in fact, that I ultimately decided I didn't care one way or the other what happened so I would just stop reading it. I wish I cared. But the plot was moving so slowly that I ultimately just lost interest.
Release Date: September 23, 2008
Publisher: Harper Teen
Keywords: summer, vacation, murder
Format Read: paperback
DNF at: page 50
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I bought this book for a dollar from Book Outlet because it looked like a super fun, super fluffy summer mystery. I couldn't get past the stereotypical and superficial narrator. She was a sixteen-year-old on a cruise with her friends by herself, broke up with her boyfriend on a whim, and then got angry when he was partying with other people, even though she did that even before they broke up. She was whiny, irritating, and made no sense. I also was irritated by the amount of things I was asked to believe to make this plot believable. The ship didn't port after an actual murder took place, no one seemed worried, everything continued as normal, and no one seemed to check in on or care about the care of the kids trapped on a boat with a murderer. ?? I just couldn't do this one anymore, unfortunately.