A Little Bit Independent 5. A Thousand Thoughts Of You 8. After My Laughter Came Tears After You've Gone Ain't Misbehavin' All By Myself Almost Like Being In Love Almost Like Being Love Always You Am I Blue?
Any Old Time April In Paris Around the World Autumn Leaves Avalon Away In A Manger Azure-Te Be Still My Heart Cheeeek that out dude. Lead RIFFs:. Bad selection. From a bear. It lazily turns its head back to the river, and soon we're riding off, every second giving us more and more distance from a possible threat. The moment is gone, but the impact of it stays with me all the way to Jack Randy's house. Even if I had been paying attention to how we got here instead of contemplating whether the brown bear is my spirit animal, I couldn't find this place again if I had to.
Note: the quotes above are from what I saw in the book using Amazon's "look inside" and the preview in Google Books. Spirit animal?! Who, I wonder, was the editor at Scholastic?! There are times when I think Scholastic is just a bit ahead of the field in terms of offering readers books with better representations of Native peoples, and then, they publish books like this one.
View 2 comments. What I was expecting based on cover : A cute swoony story about two teenagers falling in love, while on a journey to save someone. How did this rubbish get published?! What color skin do Canadians have? I would suggest looking at Debbie Reese's review for a more thorough write up of th "Not that I'm not enjoying the view of his lean, muscled body- all those square inches of bare skin in a shade that more closely resembles his Canadian mother than his Tlingit father- but this is not the scenario in which I imagined seeing him next to naked for the first time.
I would suggest looking at Debbie Reese's review for a more thorough write up of this book. I can tell you I only made it to pg. The character and the plot were not engaging. As a librarian living in Alaska, I was not able to suspend my disbelief long enough to finish this book. This may also explain why I had to interlibrary loan this work from a library in Arizona. Both are amazing authors that share culture in a voice that speaks to a wide audience.
Hayes is also the Alaska State Writer Laureate. May 05, Mary Fan rated it really liked it. Fun read! And her boyfriend, Kai, a survivalist with a twinkle in his eye. This trio is full of feels, an Fun read! This trio is full of feels, and blazing through the frozen forest forces them to confront their emotions.
I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. While the story moved decently and was interesting enough, it seemed like it was forcing itself to be some sort of deep revelation about how people cope and need to move past their demons. Also, they were in the Alaskan wilderness yet somehow these twin teenage boys are able to survive so easily. The way they hunt and make fire so easily just seems too fake. Not eve While the story moved decently and was interesting enough, it seemed like it was forcing itself to be some sort of deep revelation about how people cope and need to move past their demons.
Not everything happens so perfectly every single time like it appears to happen in this story. What I'm trying to get across is that the story was too set up, too forced, and trying too hard to be some deep story with adventure. Mar 09, Britt Blythe rated it it was ok Shelves: This story had a wonderful premise, but the overall plot kind of lacked for me.
I've never been to Alaska, but I have a hard time believing this journey was as simple as this story made it. Sure, things kept going wrong but there was always a convenient solution to make sure everything was quickly resolved. It just wasn't realistic. Also, I felt this story attempted to be diverse with the mentioning of various minorities I mean, how cool would it have been to go into the Tlingit culture?
It's a quick and easy read with a cool premise, but overall it just left me feeling unimpressed. Book reviewer Debbie Reese has already addressed some of the cultural concerns that plagued me when I was reading this book, set in Alaska.
In some respects, it seems to me that the author has gone to great pains to show just how naive and culturally unaware the book's protagonist is. Not only is she unaware of her own culture and her feelings, but she is disdainful--not deliberately so, but still, it is there--of anything that is different from the familiar world with which she has surrounded h Book reviewer Debbie Reese has already addressed some of the cultural concerns that plagued me when I was reading this book, set in Alaska.
Not only is she unaware of her own culture and her feelings, but she is disdainful--not deliberately so, but still, it is there--of anything that is different from the familiar world with which she has surrounded herself. She has been reared with the understanding that money can solve just about any problem. All of this is part of who she is at the time of the novel.
When she tries akutaq for the first time, her disdainful reaction once she learns that it is essentially berry-sweetened animal fat is somewhat akin to that of someone trying pig's feet or grits, two Southern dishes that do not have a universal appeal, or even boiled crawfish or mudbugs in south Louisiana.
Readers might want to consider how offensive it would be to have an outsider denigrate foods that are beloved in certain cultures. Still, her reaction seems to be absolutely what I would expect from someone new to this food. Despite some of the cultural bumps in the road that readers will encounter, the story itself concerns Gabi, who moves with her father to rural Alaska after her parents' marriage implodes.
Her actress mother's celebrity and notoriety have prompted the two of them to get lost in a place far from LA's crowds. Gabi falls in love with Kai, but as the seasons start to change, he seems increasingly distracted.
When he disappears, his twin brother Hunter decides that Kai is attempting to trace their father's last steps in the wilderness area north of Anchorage. Because a blizzard is on its way, Gabi and Hunter need to warn him or bring him home.
But will they be too late? I found myself caught up in their journey even though the likelihood that they would stop at a cafe with a waitress willing to help them out and connect them to someone with a plane seemed pretty absurd. But then again, I've never lived in Alaska so who knows? Along the way, both Hunter and Gabi will be tested as they battle the weather and face threats from the wilderness.
Although I can understand Gabi's concerns for Kai and his need to have his questions about his father's possible whereabouts answered since everyone needs closure, I was surprised that someone who grew up in the area would take such risks. Still, despite the book's flaws, including an encounter with a bear and Kai's and Gabi's need for counseling to deal with their separate issues concerning their parents, many teen readers will be riveted by this survival tale set in a part of the country that isn't often featured in YAL.
While some relationships are worth taking risks, others certainly may not be. I recommend reading this one for its adventures and the growth of Gabi herself but taken with a big dollop of cynicism on the side. Even the cover itself is a bit misleading since it shows a couple sharing a milkshake while plotting out a journey on a map.
Things would have been a lot less dramatic if that was how things went down here; instead, Kai drops vague hints about where he's going and then takes off. Too bad he didn't do this earlier in the year when it was safer. Reading this book only made me more fearful about ever veering from the beaten path if I happen to visit Alaska. Feb 21, Samantha rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wanted to love this book because the premise really appealed to me.
That said, I was terribly disappointed in this book for so many reasons. For starters, I would have loved for Kai and Hunter's Tlingit heritage to be more than just a quick line in the book. If not for that one sentence, I would have never guessed they were native. Their heritage seemed more like a "fun quirk" than a full bodied culture, and it was disappointing I wanted to love this book because the premise really appealed to me.
Their heritage seemed more like a "fun quirk" than a full bodied culture, and it was disappointing to not explore further. And the brotherly drama between the two was weird. Then there's Gabi. She was just basic minus her occasional use of Spanish. That could have been explored more too. Add that to the fact that her decisions were based solely on Kai, I didn't really relate to her.
The entire plot felt forced too. Everything that could go wrong, did, and I was exhausted by everything that kept happening. Nobody grew after these experiences and just kept on going. Finally, the ending bothered me. They found the answers Kai wanted but he didn't really react much to what he found. It was just over. Then they went home and whatever. Full review over at The Bookaholic Blurbs! Whenever I'm With You is likeable. But it would have been an unforgettable one if the execution isn't that of a let down.
Giving it three stars for the attempt to show different sides of relationships which I appreciated and for the potential of the characters to see more of the world than just themselves. Thank you, Scholastic Asia Philippines for the galley! Jul 13, Kayla rated it liked it. You probably know this, I don't like romance that start before the book has begun like I just don't feel we know the full relationship and this is why I didn't fully love this book.
Sep 30, Jie Jie rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-books. I loved this book. Might be my favorite :. That was an amazing read. Oh my gosh, so good. Apr 12, Laura's Book Addiction rated it really liked it Shelves: wishlist , This is my version of heaven. I loved trekking though the Alaskan wilderness with these characters, the descriptions were vivid and I imagined myself there too.
I'm excited to see what Lydi "Remember how it takes your breath away- remember that this is how I felt the first time I saw you, and how I've felt every day since then, whenever I'm with you. I'm excited to see what Lydia writes next!!
Jan 29, Steve MC rated it really liked it. To reach him before a blizzard comes in. That dramatic scene sets up the rest of the novel, where they track down her boyfriend, only to find themselves joining him on his journey farther north. A journey in which they face many perils, including wolves, cliffs, and frozen lakes.
They also meet a couple great characters - a waitress at a wilderness lodge and a cranky pilot who grows on you. They influence her choices of not lying to or abandoning those who need her, and in refusing to give in when things get tough. Jan 31, Ashley rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book. It was a cute and adventurous kind of book. Gabi is hiding from the life her mother has thrust upon their family. Kai refuses to admit the truth that his father is dead. When Kai goes in search of the truth Gabi and his twin brother head out to track him down before the big storm hits.
Along the way everybody gets to know each other better, danger ensues and truths come out. Will these teens survive their journey? Will they turn back and go home without learning the truth ab I enjoyed this book. Will they turn back and go home without learning the truth about Kai and Hunters father?
Is he dead like everybody thinks or still alive like only Kai thinks? I love the characters. I enjoyed the adventurous side of this story as well as the romantic side of it. The writing style was fun and effortless.
The flow was perfect. The pacing of the book was a slight struggle for me. But the plot omg so good! I love the general idea and the fact that I never knew what would happen next. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody looking for a good YA romantic adventure book.
While it could us a little work on the pace it was really good! Jan 17, Alexa rated it it was amazing. Such a fun story. Genuinely loved the characters, and the adventure plot was superb. But there could've been more kissing. May 27, Dylan rated it it was amazing. A beautiful story about the journey Gabi goes on to save her warmth, her true love! It tells the story of a teenage girl who loves her Mami and Papi. This is a fast-paced contemporary YA read filled with adventure, romance, and life lessons, and the pacing and writing are all on-point It tries to pack a ton into a small book, but probably because of that, the larger and more serious 'life lessons' and issues feel like they get glossed over, and offered somewhat too easily.
The fact is, it's the emotion of the romance, specifically This is a fast-paced contemporary YA read filled with adventure, romance, and life lessons, and the pacing and writing are all on-point The fact is, it's the emotion of the romance, specifically and the adventure that carry the book, whereas the larger issues that are meant to drive it actually serve to weigh it down--and to the extent that, in many ways, I'm not even sure I can say I really enjoyed the book.
For such a fast and easy read, it was heavy The other issue, I admit, was character. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
A Thousand Thoughts Of You 8. Away In A Manger We never learn exactly what Gabi said to her mom at the airport and I understand not wanting whatever it was to be the last things she ever said to her mom but her mom most certainly did not deserve her to reach out with open arms. It doesn't sound the way Native Alaskans talk about hunting. Hayes is also the Alaska State Writer Laureate. I respect their requests and am grateful for their careful readings of children's and young adult books. Despite the title and cover this is not a love story, this is a story of discovery, loss and forgiveness. He's quiet, withdrawn.
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