Unlike with my other re-reads that I read the past 2 days, I want to update my review a bit. So like with the previous times I have re-read. Bold = Old. Normal = New.
I am glad I found this one (and at a bargain price), it was a really great book, though there were a few things I didn’t like.
Yep, I am still amazed that I was able to find this one for cheap, and that it turns out to be a pretty decent book. And like with previous time reading it, I did have some trouble with some stuff that was going on in the book.
I loved Jane, she was kick-ass and I loved how she tried to get girls to be accepted more in the guy-centred skate world. At times she took it a bit far, at times she was a bit too aggressive, but mostly I liked her and what she tried to do. I hope that she will succeed.
I loved her with Jack, how she cared about him, how she was just as silly and weird as Jack. They make a great match, though I wonder how long they will be together.
I would have loved some more information/background story on Jane, now it felt all a bit empty. I might have missed something, but did she go to college or something else after high school? Why did she start to skateboard? Did she participate in competitions? Why is she living with a roommate? I am just curious to see more off this character named Jane, and while the book does answer some stuff, it leaves a lot to the imagination. Maybe the author thought it wouldn’t really fit the story to give more background on Jane. After all the story focuses mostly on her and Jack’s relationship, the Cute Girl Network and skateboarding.
Yep, Jane was a great girl, once again, but like I said in here, I also thought she was a bit TOO aggressive towards skater dudes. Yes, they were probably using some bad pick-up lines, and yes, you heard them before, but really? Do you have to act like they committed mass-murder or something? I actually felt sorry for that skater dude at the park. Yes, he was being a bit of a jerk, but come on.
Also who gives their boyfriend a book about rapists? And then screams at them about patriarchy and not cooking/cleaning for him? Whut?
Yes. I still want to know more about Jane. I know the story is about her and Jack, and the network, but I would still have loved a bit more background on Jane. Now she just was a bit flat.
Jack was ok, I guess. I found him a bit too boring, plain and at times icky and stupid. I could also see he had a sweet and caring side, but mostly I was just shaking my head at the guy. He didn’t do much with his life, seemingly happy with just selling soup and sleeping/lazing on the couch a lot. Not to mention his disgusting ways of doing stuff. Stuffing a cellphone in your underwear and then sniff it when you get it out? Ewwww.
In this turn? I hated Jack. How could he not have known what he was doing all the time? Why did he think this was all a good idea? There is a cute, sweet side to him. But seriously, the stuff he does? It was just kind of disturbing. You don’t put your phone in your underwear. You don’t leave your girlfriend at your 1-month anniversary and don’t go back home for 3 days. You don’t stab boobs, you don’t pee against gravestones. You don’t talk about sex with your girlfriend’s mom. You just don’t. And I am not sure if it is because he is stupid, or if he totally has no clue or common sense, or if there is something else going on. The attraction and the spark between them? It took very long before I could see it.
The Cute Girl Network was nice, but I also think that while it helps out, it is also harmful and might do more damage than good. And I can imagine the girls are trying to protect each other, but I would also have liked to see that they can accept it (truly) when a girl says: “Thanks for the advice, but I still want to try.” Now it felt all pushy, like she had to hear all the horrific stories, had to hear all about the bad things, barely giving her a choice in the matter.
I hated the Girl Network in this one. Yes, I can understand you might give a girl some pointers, but to do it like they did it here? No. Just no. I am sure all the girls in the network are 18+ so I definitely think they can make their own decisions. No need to push, shove, and get angry, and almost violent when they dare to make a decision. Heaven forbid if she might have a different opinion about a guy. Oh nooooooeees. 😐
I also have to give an extra mention to the bookclub thing that was going on in the story. It was really fun, and I loved the discussions they held.
Yep, the bookclub was such a delight, wouldn’t have minded more of that. 🙂 The books they read were hilarious though. Vampires, roses, romance. 😛
The story was fun and I liked seeing how Jane and Jack got closer and closer to each other.
Yep, the story was fun and cute. And, even though I couldn’t see why someone would like Jack, I do see the attraction these two have.They do make a cute couple. 🙂
The illustrations were pretty decent, I really liked the style, but at times the different eyes (and how they changed depending on the expression) on everyone annoyed me a bit. I loved the big 1 page illustration that each chapter brought with them. So many details!
Yep, I still agree 100% on what I said here.
All in all, I would recommend this book. It is a fun book, though I wouldn’t recommend it for under 16/17 years. There are some sexual references and even one scene with sex (though you don’t see a lot, just stripping of clothes and some nakedness).
Still agree with this one. I feel it is more meant for the older audience.
All in all, I did enjoy this re-read, and I will definitely re-read this one someday again!