The Principles of Love

About The Book:
Written by Emily Franklin Series Principles of Love Published Year 2005
The "movie version" of Love Bukowski's life is picture perfect. She can roll out of bed and be at class in her new prep school within minutes because she lives in an amazing house on Hadley Hall Campus, where her Dad just happens to be the principal. And though she's just joined the ranks of the nation's future leaders and lushes of America, they've all become her best friends. Gorgeous upperclassmen crowd around her doorstep just to catch a glimpse of her performing her original songs. Life is sweet!
Unfortunately, the not-so-glamorous reality of her life is that her Dad is the principal of the this prototypical New England prep school. Friends are hard to come by, and the only guys who come near her front door are the ones she wants to swat away. Not that there's a shortage of Hadley hotties; it's just that the one Love's singled out is an utterly incredible and totally unattainable senior. Now, Love will have to figure out the true meaning of her name to make her reality as awesome as her fantasies.

It's been on my wish list for a while now, sadly though I doubt I'll be reading the rest as I cannot find them. It's quite a typical story, girl find the love of her love, that one guy, whom she imagined all along and then find out that he wasn't that perfect afterall and the guy on the sidelines is the one for her. It's sweet and I like it when she thinks about the movie version of her life...
PS. I love her aunt's coffee shop!

The Clique

About The Book:
Written by Lisi Harrison Series Clique Published Year 2004
Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls’ school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you’d give anything to be just like her.
Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes.
Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so "sweet." Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might do it.
Kristen Gregory: She's smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say "my haircut isn't ugly!"
Enter Claire Lyons, the new girl from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately, for her, Claire's family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie's family's huge estate while they look for a new home. Claire's future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19.
The Clique... the only thing harder than getting in is staying in.

This is on the best sellers list, this is what kids of today reads. Haha did I just said that? Not about this being on the best seller list though, I saw alot of comments about how they don't like the book because the lead charcters are mean, but their kids, there aren't anyone who isn't like that and it's pretty harmless anyway. When I was in secondary school I love to read this kinds of books too, one book that comes into mind is The Queen of The Sixth Grade by Ilene Cooper, I've read it alot of time back then.

A Rather Lovely Inheritance

About The Book:
Written by CA Belmond Series Penny Nichols Published Year 2006
Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the South of France when she get an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will.
With only a slim recollection of her eccentryc aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she a bona fie heiress--but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work. This time, the history she's researching happens to be her very own.
What she discovers about Aunt Penelope, a pair of wills, double lives, secret histories ans a family tree of "vultures" is about to swepp Penny and A long lost relative across France over the hills of Italy, and through half of Europe on the adventure of several lifetimes. This her life, her past, her chance at love--and Penny's going to live it with the kind of passion she's always dreamed of.

It's one of those charming little books that you could read on one seating and didn't even noticed until you're on the last few pages. It's a light comedy with mystery on the side and gives a picturesque description of provincial Europe.

The Jinx

About The Book:
Written by Jennifer Sturman Series Rachel Benjamin Published Year 2005
Rachel Benjamin's life might look glamorous but she has worked into the early morning on more nights, canceled more weekend plans and slept in more Holiday Inns in small industrial towns than she cares to count. (Standard practice in the business of mergers and acquisitions.) And that picture of her on the recent cover of Fortune? It inspired a reprise of her grandmother's favorite lecture, the one titled "You don't want to be one of those career gals, do you?" (Other popular hits include "Have you met anyone nice?" and "I just want to go to a wedding before I die.")
But this week Rachel's job is taking her to Boston, where in between work obligations she plans to squeeze in quality time with her promising new boyfriend. They've just hit the six-month mark and things are going so well, Rachel's not even worried anymore that she'll jinx it.
There are just a few little problems: Her friend's been attacked and a serial killer is on the loose -- and the two might actually be related. Oh, and her promising new boyfriend? He seems to be squeezing in quality time with his new gazelle-like, model-material colleague . . . Now Rachel's making like Miss Marple again, trying to track down her friend's assailant -- not to mention get a clue about her relationship. When she stopped worrying about jinxing things, did she jinx everything?

I know I better not take my frustrations on this book by comparing it to another but I don't think anyone will tell me to do otherwise. I was bummed out after finishing Heather Wells Series (it's my guilty pleasure), so I set out to look for similar books and Rachel Benjamin came into mind. They are in many ways similar; being chiclits, mysteries, university setting and a sort of love triangle going on too. But alas not a good enough subtitute. The characters are abit impersonal; it's a given that heroine do stupid things like say confront the murderer by themselves but Rachel characters doesn't really jive with it. Anyway, I still think it's written pretty well like the first book, The Pact, atleast it has that.

That Summer

About The Book:
Written by Sarah Dessen Published Year 1996
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.

I'm very biased, I love Sarah Dessen, for me she'll always be writing great books. The ending was very well put. The start of the story is a typical family drama; parents getting divorced and having a much popular/universally liked/cheerleader/pretty older sister. I think what makes it better is that Haven is like a real person, a teen who doesn't really feel comfortable with herself alot of times and someone who's not very good in dealing with changes. She thinks about boys too or rather a particular boy whom she looks up to alot. I love how it ends when she finally discovers what the boy really meant to her and finally seeing things for what they really are.

Big Boned

About The Book:
Written by Meg Cabot Also titled as Size Doesn't Matter Series Heather Wells Published Year 2007
Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with "rebound beau," vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately in "Death Dorm," the aptly nicknamed student residence that Heather assistant-directs. Of course every silver lining ultimately has some black cloud attached. And when the latest murdered corpse to clutter up her jurisdiction turns out to be her exceedingly unlovable boss, Heather finds herself on the shortlist of prime suspects—along with the rabble-rousing boyfriend of her high-strung student assistant and an indecently handsome young campus minister who's been accused of taking liberties with certain girls' choir members.
With fame beckoning her back into show business (as the star of a new kids' show!) it's a really bad time to get wrapped up in another homicide. Plus Tad's been working himself up to ask her a Big Question, which Heather's not sure she has an answer for.

I love Heather Wells! The last time I was this crazy about a series was with the Queen of Babble. I love the characters and the anticipation of Copper and Heather being together. I like how fun the charcters are and the way they seemed very real, you can almost relate to them and it's not because I'm fat because really Im just the opposite. What made it a winner for me is the whodunnit part because I really love mysteries, this one though fell short on that category. The murderer was pretty obious to me and Heather was really stupid to go talk to her, now that storyline was pretty bad still it's a good read for me.