For What It's Worth

Monday, October 19, 2015

DNF’s…

Hey, it happens. Not every book can work for every reader. So here’s a round up of my DNF books. Just because they didn’t work for me - they might be the be perfect book for you.


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23310761Recklessly loyal.

That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.

Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to gether in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her.

Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.

During one crazy night out in New York City filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either. ~
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Source: ARC provided through he publisher via BEA15

My thoughts: I absolutely adored Sales This Song Will Save Your Life so I couldn’t wait to dive into his one but nothing seemed to click for me. I didn’t connect with the writing, the characters, the plot – nothing grabbed me. I quit at page 70 but I’ve heard the story picks up in the second half.
Sales is quite good at honest YA depictions so I’m willing to give her next book a try.

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25278470Going Bovine meets Trainspotting in this gritty portrait of at-risk teens gaming the prescription drug trial system.
Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.

Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND!

But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.

No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide….

Raw and irreverent, Placebo Junkies will captivate readers until the very end, when author J. C. Carleson leans in for a final twist of the knife. ~
Goodreads


Source: ARC provided by the publisher via Amazon Vine

My thoughts: I think this was a case of bait and switch that left me disappointed. I was hoping to read an edgy, gritty portrayal of drug trials and their consequences but Placebo Junkies is more about mental illness with an unreliable narrator. Not necessarily a bad thing – just not what I picked up the book for. The drug trials seem to be thrown in as an afterthought near the end and all the twists meant to keep you unbalanced rather than add anything to the story.


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23203744A boldly surreal novel from one of the best YA writers working today.
Four talented teenagers are traumatized-coping with grief, surviving trauma, facing the anxiety of standardized tests and the neglect of self-absorbed adults—and they'll do anything to escape the pressure. They'll even build an invisible helicopter, to fly far away to a place where everyone will understand them... until they learn the only way to escape reality is to fly right into it. ~
Goodreads


Source: ARC provided by the publisher via BEA15

My thoughts: I Crawl Through It is different from anything I’ve even read and even though, at this point, I dnf’d it, I think I will come back to it.

Surreal, and filled with metaphors that I just wasn’t understanding – I ended up frustrated and baffled.

Despite my lack of understanding, I think this book is important to young readers who can connect with the metaphors that relate to the overwhelming anxieties that teenagers face today. The writing is odd yet gorgeous.











24 comments:

  1. Hope when you get back to I Crawl Through It that it works better for ya!

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    1. I think my timing was off for that one.

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  2. Too bad these books didn't work for you. Hopefully you can come back to them at some point.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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    1. I'm going to give King's a try again - the others weren't for me.

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  3. Oh boy, everybody seems to think Tonight the Streets Are Ours was a disappointment. Sigh. I totally trust your judgement and will wait to borrow it from the library instead of buying it - just in case it doesn't do it for me, too!

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    1. I know :-( Such a bummer. I feel like I should have plowed through but it was too much of a struggle.

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  4. I'm so intrigued by ICTI. But I suppose it's not a book you can read without being fully committed.

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    1. It's SO different that I'm going to try it again when I'm (hopefully) in a different frame of mind. I feel dumb that I don't get it lol

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  5. I'm curious about I Crawl Through It. Might have to try that one. I do think I'll pass on Placebo Junkies. I don't like an unreliable narrator.

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    1. I love the writing in ICTI so I'm going to give it one more try.

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  6. sorry none of these worked for you ;/ hard to like the book if you cannot connect with the characters

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  7. I got through placebo junkies and liked it okay, but you are right about the switch with the unreliable narrator and focus on mental illness

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    1. It was fine - just not what I was expecting. I wanted to read about placebo junkies and the industry not the strange unreliable story we got.

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  8. I'm curious about I Crawl Through It, but yeah, I am worried I won't grasp most of it. haha Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts!

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    1. I have not given up entirely on that one!

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  9. Oh well, 3 books down, hundreds more to go!

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  10. Have you officially gotten through your BEA pile Karen???

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    1. ALMOST! 4 left for this month and then a few scragglers - maybe 3??

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  11. Tonight the Streets are Ours is one I've been half heartedly considering. I enjoyed her first book but something about the blurb in this one didn't draw me in. Think I'll pass now that I've seen your review.

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  12. good the fresh and most recent video clips in different languages. official guide Preferably downloaded the Mobdor for Computer on House windows/Mac Mobdro Android App nice.

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