Stuck in traffic, which resulted in me being WAAAAAYYYY late to my friend Michaela’s going away party (she’s traveling in Asia for the next three months), and because I was so late, I only got to see her for like thirty minutes, despite my having driven two and a half hours from Los Angeles to Newport Beach. So when we parted ways, I decided to hang around their pretty outdoor mall, and of course they had a fricken Barnes & Noble, and of course I went in, because, as we all know (say it with me), Charlee has no self-control.
The mall was soooo Christmassy though, which made the journey well worth it. I also got some shampoo, and I needed shampoo, so that’s something.
Anywho, my tardiness resulted in the following titles:
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Considering the fact that I’ve been watching Twilight on a perpetuating loop for the past eight days straight, I had to pick this tell-all up. I have forever loved Anna, and have been especially obsessed with her since she did Up in the Air with George Clooney, which nobody seemed to like but me.
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.
Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”
At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.
With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”
Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).
- Gap Life by John Coy
Okay, here’s a really amazing story for you.
Normally when I go to buy books in Barnes & Noble, I make sure the select title has 4+ stars, or I just refuse to even think about wasting my time and money on it.
So the story is: I graduated high school four years ago, and I was always the type of kid to kind of openly hate school. I was tardy frequently. Didn’t go more often than I did go. Missed most my classes. But still managed to get good grades, which just served to piss my teachers off. And after we all accepted our diplomas, the journalist for our local newspaper came up to me and asked me what my plans for the future were, and I said, “Gap life.” And that was it. I was thinking there was no way he would use my quote because… who would?
Fast forward a week, the newspaper comes out, and among the THREE people out of my 500+ person graduating class, he decided to use MY QUOTE. And you know what the other two peoples’ plans were? I don’t either, but they were legit. And then my fucking quote comes up and it says, Charlee [Surname] is planning on a “gap life.”
I swear to God, my grandma wouldn’t look me in the eye for a week.
So I just had to pick up this book as a sort of testament to my former self. She was rambunctious.
Cray got into the same college his father attended and is expected to go. And to go pre-med. And to get started right away. His parents are paying the tuition. It should be an easy decision.
But it’s not.
All Cray knows is that what’s expected of him doesn’t feel right. The pressure to make a decision—from his family, his friends—is huge. Until he meets Rayne, a girl who is taking a gap year, and who helps him find his first real job, at a home of four adults with developmental disabilities. What he learns about himself and others will turn out to be more than any university could teach him—and twice as difficult.
- The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
This was a recommendation from one of my followers on Instagram–it was one of her favorite reads of 2016.
You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.
The Sidhe are close. They’re the most beautiful and terrible people you’ve ever seen. And they’ve seen you.
Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she’s determined to prove them wrong.
Could you survive the Call?
- This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
This cover, though. Like, it’s pretty much the entire reason I bought it. Also because…….. um, the premise sounds so different. I never see novels with hunting, and coming from Montana, hunting is no stranger to me. #nostalgia
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend, Grant; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous-more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has personal reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone-the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot-she realizes that nothing about the case-or the boys-is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all-and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line including her own.