Saturday, October 3, 2015

Future Perfect | Blog Tour!

Future Perfect
by Jen Larsen
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 6th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, High School

Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.
Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.
But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.
As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?
Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

Future Perfect was unlike anything I had ever read before. The story follows a girl named Ashley who is considered overweight, though that doesn't define her. She is valedictorian at her school and is on track to go to Harvard, so she has a lot going for her. She also has a boyfriend named Hector and the two of them are very cute together. 

However, every year on her birthday, Ashley's grandmother offers her a huge present in return for her losing some weight. One year she was even offered a car. This year, she is told that she could get full tuition to Harvard for four years (which she is in dire need of) if she gets weight loss surgery. News of this spreads around the school and the book is basically her deciding if she should do it or not.

I really liked Ashley as a character. I think my favorite thing was that Ashley was very smart and realized that she was more than what she looked like, so I found her to be a very awesome person because of that. I liked her friends too; they were pretty sweet. I also really liked Hector. That being said, I absolutely hated her grandmother. It's cruel to bribe people to lose weight like that and it's just such a turn away because I'd never want someone in my life who acted like that. 

In the end, I found this book to be pretty enjoyable. I'm excited to read more by Jen in the future! 

Rating: 3.5 stars 

Rebel Wilson as Ashley 

Susan Sarandon as the grandmother 

Logan Lerman as Hector

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Jen Larsen is the author of Future Perfect and Stranger Here: How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed With My Head. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco and currently lives in Madison, WI. Find her at

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light | Blog Tour!

Today I'm lucky enough to be part of the Romancing the Dark in the City of Light blog tour! Read on to see my thoughts and then check out the awesome giveaway at the end!

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: October 6th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Travel, Fiction, France

A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.
Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.
Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can't shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth.
When Summer's behavior manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she's forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living. With an ending that'll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light was a very unique tale. I was originally drawn to it not only because of its cover, but because it takes place in Paris. I mean, I’ve always wanted to visit Paris! Plus, I can speak quite a bit of French as I took that as my foreign language in school.

The story follows Summer, a girl who moved to Paris and is now living with her mom. She’s going to an American college, so she’s in the middle of Paris yet still somewhat at home. On her first day at school, she meets a boy named Moony, who was in a car accident. He’s still recovering from what he went through, though he has a great sense of humor that Summer really likes. The two of them quickly become friends, though she has also met a boy named Kurt. He’s a bit older than her though, and she’s extremely attracted to him. However, he is really controlling when it comes to Summer’s life.

I enjoyed this tale. I liked Summer a lot, though at times I felt that she was a little too focused on having a boyfriend. I immediately didn’t like Kurt much; he seemed too good to be true and got on my bad side pretty early on. I did like Moony though! He was very sweet and was so funny. I also loved how he was very supportive of Summer and was always there for her. The two of them were awesome together and they really were just what the other needed.

I got a little confused during the ending, so I had to reread it a few times. I kind of get what happened, though still not completely. I do think that being a tad confused at the end just makes this story even more enjoyable, however. A lot of stuff was explained about Kurt, and it slowly all started to click in my head which I really loved. If you’re looking for a mysterious romance, I highly suggest picking this up.

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Ann Jacobus earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lived with her family for many years in the Arabian Gulf and in Paris, France. She now lives in San Francisco where she writes, reads, volunteers weekly on a suicide crisis line, and frequently resorts to crock-pot meals of canned soup, fowl and whatever's in the fridge.

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