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9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
So I am a huge fan on Lisa McMann. Her writing is just plain awe
Jules also has an issue. She sees a vision of a car accident over and over again. She sees it on TV's, windows, computer screens, and advertising signs. Personally it would suck to not be able to watch TV or look at a computer screen without seeing a car crash into a building and then it explodes! The only good thing is I guess that she can slow the TV down and see more about the vision. She figures out where and when it will happen after many times of watching and deciphering. She also sees a face in one of the body bags and she knows who it is. She grapples with what to do. Does she try to stop it? Is she going crazy? Does she have more in common with her Dad then she thinks? How would she stop it? She risks a lot by telling the person in the body bag what is going on and what she has been seeing. That was such a brave thing to do. She put herself out there completely. She is such a strong person and she doesn't even know it.
I really enjoyed the other characters too. Trey was an awesome big brother! He was there for Jules the whole time and tried to help her. Here sister Rowan is awesome too. They are a pretty great family. Minus her Dad. He cares but, goes about it the wrong way. Then there's the rival family the Angotti's. They have a the rival restaurant in town. The two families don't get along at all. But, Jules is hopelessly in love with one of them. Sawyer Angotti. They used to be friends but, when their families found out it was quickly put to an end. They haven't been friends for a long time but, Jules is still in love with him. A lot of crazy stuff happens between them in this story. I didn't like him at first but, when we find out the reason their families aren't friends it all makes sense and I liked him more after that. So, will Jules risk her life to save the one she loves?? Will love conquer even a family feud? You will have to read people!
The ending I didn't see coming at all. I can not wait for the next book, which comes out later this year. Another great start to what promises to be a great series!
posted by b_ls on January 12, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
posted by 16603009 on April 2, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2013
I really liked the plot and the characters were very realistic, but it repeated itself a lot and a lot of the dialog was childish or confusing. I really got tierd of reading "oh my dogs" over and over again.
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2013
I've only read Cryer's Cross by McMann, but I have several of he
I've only read Cryer's Cross by McMann, but I have several of her other books on my to read list. I really liked the sound of this one and was willing to try it. It wasn't all that I was hoping for.
I liked Jules at first. She lives in a crazy family that owns a pizza shop. She's in love with the boy who's family own the rival pizza shop. There's a whole lot of background story there that involves stolen recipes, etc. So when the parents discover in junior high that Jules and Sawyer are friends, it's quickly squashed. It leaves Jules heartbroken and wondering how Sawyer could drop their friendship in the blink of an eye. She tries to convince herself that she doesn't care, but really she knows his every move. So when she begins to same the vision over and over, she couldn't possibly let him die.
I was ok with the story up until Jules tries to save the day. The first thing she does is try to warn Sawyer and confess her undying love in the same moment. Granted she thinks she's a little on the crazy side and pays her little attention. Her next course of action is to analyze every little detail of the dream, which of course leads to analyzing every little detail around their restaurant. She chalks up her stalker tendencies to trying to save Sawyer. I just found it a little overkill.
The story felt so young even though our characters are not. I felt like I was reading a middle grade fiction book with the way the character behaved and sometimes talked. It felt frightfully simple and I think so many details could have been fleshed out a little better. I also wondered why make Jules father a hoarder? I just complicated the story and added no real substance (although would make an interesting story all by itself).
I did like the end and how the vision changed at Jules manipulated the chain of events. It was interesting to read about and I wish the author would have devoted a little bit more time to. I'm not sure on the next one, I have it for review though.. The end had a sort of cliffhanger to it. But, I felt it was way to convenient to keep the story going.
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Posted August 20, 2014
I liked the storyline - but as story for teens - really did not
I liked the storyline - but as story for teens - really did not appreciate the profanity. It's like what was that! Why was that? Somebody asked was it okay for fourth graders. Well, if they rate books like movies - it would end up being an R.
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Posted April 16, 2015
The book reminded me a lot of Romeo and Juliet. You have two Ita
The book reminded me a lot of Romeo and Juliet. You have two Italian families who have been in rivalry and have a history of bad blood between them. Then, there are the children who somehow fall in love, but it will never work out. The thing I enjoy about this book is that it’s a quick read and to the point. Jules, the main character, come across a vision of a truck crashing into a building and exploding, thus killing several people and Sawyer, her lover. She then spends almost the entire book looking for ways to stop the vision from becoming reality, which is really the only thing I disliked about it. Add in a couple scenes of character description, Jules’ dying love for Sawyer, and the main event at the end and there you have it, basically the whole book right there. All in all, the book was pretty good, but I wouldn’t pick it back up for a re-read, because that would ruin the suspense when I already know what happened. Although, I would recommend it if you needed something to distract you for a while.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.