Review of Without Chance by Christopher Bailey

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Without Chance is about a fourteen year old boy named Ryan who moves to a new state in the middle of the school year after his dad takes a job at a hospital. He’s pretty angry about it until he meets his new friend, Chance. Chance is the first person in the new town that nice to him and he’s just really happy to have a friend. He also has a run in with the school bully, Noah Porter.

I think all of the characters were well done. I like that the author writes the dialogue the way it would be pronounced since the characters have southern accent. (ie “I hav’ ta go.”) Ryan isn’t the most observant person ever. I had figured out what people wanted him to know about Chance way before it was revealed, but that didn’t take anything away from my enjoyment of the story. It took me a little while to figure out who the bad guy was. I liked trying to figure out Ryan’s dream as it changed (he has prophetic dreams). I figured out what he was dreaming about, but I didn’t know what certain parts meant.

I was really happy for Ryan that he survived everything and gained some new friends. I really liked his relationship with his dad. At first, they barely communicated, but their relationship got better over the course of the book. I love how accepting he is. I hope more parents are starting to be this way.

Christianity is a big part of the book. The book isn’t anti-religion, even though the church in the book is crazy, so I’m not sure if that will offend people. It didn’t bother me.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes young adult, lgbt and mystery books.

I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Review of Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden – Director’s Notebook, Season 5 (OJBG #5) by Otessa Marie Ghadar

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I thought this Director’s Notebook was really neat. It is a combination of script book and scrap book. It was great to see how close the cast members are and I liked Otessa’s notes on things. I love that she includes directions on how to play the classic card game “Go Fish.” The behind the scenes anecdotes on the locations and crew members were nice too. It’s very helpful that a full cast list with photos is provided for people who haven’t seen the show.

I felt bad for the character Sarah because this season was a rough one for her. I sort of felt bad for Alex as well.

*I was given a copy of this book for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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Review of Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin

This book was given to me by the author for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I liked the main character, Jude, right away. He’s a gay vegetarian who owns black cats and loves polar bears. When we first meet him, he’s on his way to an lgbt youth support group. He uses the “f-word” a lot (so do some of the other characters) so you might not like the book if that type of thing bothers you. He sees an attractive guy at the support group meeting and nicknames him Eye Candy. After the group he heads over to a church that’s about t be demolished to steal some stained glass. His therapist suggested that he collect glass in the colors of the rainbow and he really wants the red glass from there. As he’s stealing the glass he sees a group of guys hauling a dead giraffe into a truck and recognizes one of them as “Eye Candy” from the group. He’s horrified, yet intrigued, and this sets him off on kind of a crazy adventure. He finds out that “Eye Candy’s” name is Max and they end up dating.

I love the relationship between Jude and Max. It’s sweet, caring and funny. The author does a great job with all of the characters in the book, but the two of them are my favorites. After a few dates, Jude meets the “brotherhood.” They were a little hard to figure out at first, but when I learned why they were doing what they do it all made sense and was sweet in a way.

The major conflict between Max and Jude was predictable but it still worked really well in the story. I felt bad for Jude. He lost his boyfriend and the brotherhood and then suffered another loss a few weeks later. I actually got a little teary eyed over that one. I just wanted to hug him.

I really like how everything was resolved in the book. I think he was finally happy at the end.