Pioneer By The Maine

 I’m going to review music the same way that I review books (because I’m lazy).

4.8/5 The Maine is my favourite band and I love them to death. This album is tied with ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ by them.

The Maine is a punk/pop/rock band from Tempe Arizona. The band have been together and playing music for over 5 years now. They have three albums out-can’t stop won’t stop,black and white, and their lastest album-pioneer. They also have many EPs and have won a few awards. The band members are-John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).

I never, ever, ever, ever liked Some Days. I disliked that song a lot, it was the only song that I did not like on this album. But it wasn’t until I saw them in concert and they played that song that I finally loved it. After almost 6 months of skipping this song, I still knew every word to the song and screamed my heart out at their Pioneer north America tour. I also don’t like the cover, the man looks odd to me and creeps me out. I wish they went with something more attractive like the meaning and photograph they did for Black and White.

To this day, I love every song on this album, I love how it makes me want to dance and go wild like those people you see on TV dance when they truly don’t care about anything anymore. This whole album is about facing the things you fear and owning up to what you did wrong. I love the message of this and the new direction they chose to go with this. My favourite songs on this would have to be Misery, I’m Sorry, and Thinking of You. I cannot wait for them to release more music for the whole world to fall in love with because their music is all about having fun and realizing that times are hard and how ‘some days, they just feel like razorblades’. I would recommend this Album to anyone who likes All time low, Mayday Parade, Pierce the Veil, You me At Six, and Sleeping With Sirens.

‘The Best After Ever’…I Mean ‘Someone Else’s Summer’ By Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is coming out with a new book and I am overly excited and cannot wait to read it! But what’s making me really nervous is that she’s changing the title a lot. I don’t mean to sound petty and annoying over a title, but usually once there is a title that is chosen and you release it to the public for everyone to see, then that means that will be the title of the book.

This has actually been keeping me up at night and it bothers the shit out of me. I really did like her first title a lot more than her second title (which is also good but sounds like it’s for her next-next upcoming novel). I just hope that she won’t change it again once I (hopefully) get used to this new title.

The first one that I liked is ‘The Best After Ever’.

The second title is “Someone Else’s Summer’.

Which one do you like best?

That Summer By Sarah Dessen

3.6/5 I was so disappointed with this book but I guess that’s why this is her first book.

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

What I don’t like about this book is that Haven doesn’t fall in love with someone. I thought she would find someone-anyone to go out with like in all of her other books but nothing like that happens. Also that the message in this book is clear at times but fuzzy at others, I wish Sarah Dessen was consistent like how she is with her more recent novels. But more importantly, this book was a huge let down for me because she fell short in almost every category that Sarah Dessen usually excels in. 

What I like about this book is how awkward Haven is. The character Haven to me, was very original because she’s a girl trying to figure out who she is, while being so tall that she feels uncomfortable with her height and how much everyone loved to talk about how tall she is. And I the sisterly-love near the end of the book because, really, family is forever. This book shows you that you really can’t change who you’re stuck with and you have to live with what you got. And at the end of the day, would you really want to change your family?

Flip By Martyn Bedford

3.5/5 I hate to say it, but if it wasn’t for the cover I wouldn’t have given this book a second glance.

One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to  bed. He wakes up to  find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it’s the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers. And when he looks in the mirror, another boy’s face stares back at him.  A boy named Flip. Unless Alex finds out what’s happened and how to get back to his own life,  he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else.

What I don’t like about this book is that it reminded me too much of ”freaky friday’ with Lindsay Lohan. Only it was with boys and they never met each other. I wish Martyn Bedford did something different with the boys’ personalities instead of making them complete opposites. Also, for me, the beginning was a bit bland, like there was a bit of something good but not enough for me to actually sit down and read through it. The characters were somewhat original but not as much as I would have liked them to be and I felt like, since it is in third person, that there should have been another point of view and not just Alex’s.

What I like about this book is the cover. Am I the only one who thinks the guy on the cover is really cute? I hope not. But on the actual book, I like the ending because it wasn’t what I expected would happen. It was different and I got clammy fingers from freaking out. I also like that while Alex is in Flip’s body, he had a friend who he could always count on to help him figure out what to do in Flip’s body. It made it seem like Alex wasn’t as alone as he thought he was which is a good thing. Even though I found this book a bit bland for most of it, I would recommend it to someone who is maybe looking for their guardian angel/older sibling in someone. 

Boot Camp By Todd Strasser

4.3/5 This book made me realize just how willing parents are to get the child they want.

In the middle of the night Garrett is taken from his home to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. Maybe some kids deserve to be sent there, but Garrett knows he doesn’t. Subjected to brutal physical and psychological abuse, he tries to fight back, but the battle is futile. He won’t be allowed to leave until he’s admitted his “mistakes” and conformed to Harmony Lake’s standards of behavior. And there’s no way to fake it. Beaten, humiliated, and stripped of his pride, Garrett’s spirit is slowly ebbing away. But when he hears about a plan to escape the camp, is he willing to try to escape? and if he is, is he ready for what he’ll get if it doesn’t work?

 What I don’t like about this book is that Garrett was still kind to the people who kidnapped him. It didn’t surprise me, and yes, it was the right thing to do, but I would have liked it more if he didn’t care about what happened to them. I also didn’t like the reason behind him being sent off to the camp. It was done before by MANY authors and I am sick of it coming up in every book.

What I like about this book is how raw and mean, and realistic the camp is. I love everything about the camp, the chaperones, the staff, the kids, and the harsh rules the kids have to follow before they can go back into the world. I feel like this book is a real insight to what real boot camps for out of control kids are like. Thank god I’ve never been to one, but that’s how I feel. You can really tell in this story that Todd Strasser really did his homework before he wrote anything about the camp. If he comes out with another book like this, I will be sure to read it. 

Rumble Fish By S.E. Hinton

4.5/5 This story truly gave me an insight look into the lives of teens just like me, but who have been left off worse than I am. 

14 year-old Rusty James wants to grow to be just like his older brother, the motorcycle Boy. With them looking a lot alike (even though nobody else thinks that) Rusty James has already started smoking, drinking, gang fighting, and playing pool for money just like his older brother. He wishes he could tune out of the world like how the Motorcycle Boy can. 5 or 6 years after leaving his old life behind, he runs into Steve, his old best friend at the beach. When he gets invited to dinner, Rusty James has to really ask himself if he’s finally ready for the bad memories to resurface again. 
What I don’t like about this book, even though I understand why S. E. Hinton did it, is the grammar. The grammar pissed me off for most of the beginning and some of the middle until I finally just let it go. It was then that I started loving the book a lot. I also didn’t like how the most important thing in the book went down. I was confused while I read that part and I didn’t know who was who. I wish S.E Hinton wrote that part more clearly for me.
What I love about this book is how much description she put into the book about the characters, the life, and Rusty James feelings. The characters were so easy for me to love and relate to with them learning about themselves and figuring out what they really want in life. Amazing book and I recommend it to everyone who is willing to read a great book with bad grammar/spelling.

Boot Camp By Todd Strasser

4.3/5 This book made me realize just how willing parents are to get the child they want.

In the middle of the night Garrett is taken from his home to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. Maybe some kids deserve to be sent there, but Garrett knows he doesn’t. Subjected to brutal physical and psychological abuse, he tries to fight back, but the battle is futile. He won’t be allowed to leave until he’s admitted his “mistakes” and conformed to Harmony Lake’s standards of behavior. And there’s no way to fake it. Beaten, humiliated, and stripped of his pride, Garrett’s spirit is slowly ebbing away. But when he hears about a plan to escape the camp, is he willing to try to escape? and if he is, is he ready for what he’ll get if it doesn’t work?

What I don’t like about this book is that Garrett was still kind to the people who kidnapped him. It didn’t surprise me, and yes, it was the right thing to do, but I would have liked it more if he didn’t care about what happened to them. I also didn’t like the reason behind him being sent off to the camp. It was done before by MANY authors and I am sick of it coming up in every book.

What I like about this book is how raw and mean, and realistic the camp is. I love everything about the camp, the chaperones, the staff, the kids, and the harsh rules the kids have to follow before they can go back into the world. I feel like this book is a real insight to what real boot camps for out of control kids are like. Thank god I’ve never been to one, but that’s how I feel. You can really tell in this story that Todd Strasser really did his homework before he wrote anything about the camp. If he comes out with another book like this, I will be sure to read it.