Danielle The Bookworm

Danielle The Bookworm

We read to know that we are not alone - C.S Lewis || 20. Lover of Jesus, books, ice cream and pugs.

Fan Cast: On The Edge by Francine Pascal

Regina Morrow: Vanessa Marano
Elizabeth/Jessica Wakefield: Lili Reinhart
Bruce Patman: Richard Harmon
Amy Sutton: Dove Cameron
Justin Belson: Cameron Monaghan
Nicholas Morrow: Devon Bostick
Molly Hecht: Tessa Netting
Maria Santelli: Francesca Reale

Roger Patman: Tom Holland
Olivia Davidson: Liza Koshy
Ken Matthews: Brandon Larracuente
Caroline Pearce: Rae Gray
Mr. Collins: Lee Pace
Mimi: Lucy Hale

!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
3 Stars
On The Edge by Francine Pascal
On the Edge - Francine Pascal, Kate William

Series: #40 in Sweet Valley High

Headed for trouble...
Regina Morrow and Bruce Patman have been going together for months. But when beautiful, devious Amy Sutton is paired up with Bruce on a school project, she schemes to steal him away from Regina. Little by little Bruce's resistance to Amy's charm begins to crumble.
Regina is furious when she discovers that Bruce has been seeing Amy behind her back. Hurt and betrayed, she turns to Justin Belson, a troubled senior at Sweet Valley High. Regina's friends are worried. They think Justin and his crowd are bad news--it's rumored that some of them are drug users. Is Regina on a dangerous course? (from Goodreads)

This was such a sad book.

Amy Sutton and Bruce Patman are working on a health class project together about drugs. The more time they spend together, the more Bruce starts lapsing into his playboy self from the beginning of the series, and the more he falls for Amy. They hide it from Regina Morrow, Bruce's girlfriend. When Regina catches them at a BBQ held by the Wakefield twins, she feels betrayed by everyone present and turns to one of troubled kids in school, whose friends are known drug addicts. She goes to a party and tries cocaine. And things don't end well.

There is no subplot.

The end sets up the next book Outcast with molly being treated like she has the plague. 

Fan Cast: Secret Admirer by Francine Pascal


Elizabeth/Jessica Wakefield: Lili Reinhart
Penny Ayala: Gracie Dzienny
Enid Rollins: Ciara Bravo
Kirk Anderson: Dylan Minnette
Neil Freemount: Tye Sheridan
Lila Fowler: Laura Harrier
Jeffrey French: Keiynan Lonsdale
John Krager: Jonathan Whitesell



Mr. Collins: Lee Pace
Maria Santelli: Francesca Reale


3 Stars
Secret Admirer by Francine Pascal


Series: #39 in Sweet Valley High


A little too personal...

Sweet Valley High is in a frenzy when the school newspaper begins to run personal ads. Even Penny Ayala, the shy, serious editor of the paper, decides to place an ad, and a boy named Jamie responds. His letters are witty and sensitive just like hers, and he seems to be Penny's perfect match.

Elizabeth Wakefield encourages Penny to pursue her secret admirer. But when she overhears a group of boys laughing about "Jamie," she realizes that Penny's perfect match is only a joke - "Jamie" doesn't even exist! Can she stop the boys from breaking Penny's heart? (from Goodreads)


I relate to Penny Ayala more than any other Sweet Valley High character. For example, she'd rather read than go to a dance and wears comfortable clothes and no makeup. Wow, that describes me to a T. And even more than relating to her personally, this story more or less actually happened to me. Both of us were set up at our school for secret admirer notes used to humiliate us. Except that she got a boyfriend out of it and I'm still single and that was almost ten years ago. 


The subplot features Jessica Wakefield and Lila Fowler as they use the personal ads as a competition to see who can get the cutest date. The end results are hilarious.


The set up for the next book comes through Regina Morrow as she worries about Bruce Patman not showing up to the dance, instead working on a project with Amy Sutton. And she starts to wonder, is it more than just a project...

Fan Cast: Leaving Home by Francine Pascal

Elizabeth/Jessica Wakefield: Lili Reinhart
Jeffrey French: Keiynan Lonsdale
Enid Rollins: Ciara Bravo
Winston Egbert: Tyler Alvarez
Maria Santelli: Francesca Reale
Bruce Patman: Richard Harmon
Regina Morrow: Vanessa Marano


Alice Wakefield: Laura Dern
Ned Wakefield: Robert Downey Jr.
Lila Fowler: Laura Harrier
Kirk Anderson: Dylan Minnette
Neil Freemount: Tye Sheridan
Tom McKay: Dylan Everett
Penny Ayala: Gracie Dzienny
Lynne Henry: Glennellen Anderson
Olivia Davidson: Liza Koshy

2 Stars
Leaving Home by Francine Pascal


Series: #38 in Sweet Valley High


Elizabeth has decided that she wants to go to boarding school in Switzerland more than she's ever wanted anything. Her entire family is upset, but she goes ahead with her plans for a scholarship. Can Jessica, Stephen and the whole gang pursuade her that she'd be much happier at home? (from Goodreads)


Leaving Home is set around Elizabeth Wakefield’s desperation to get a scholarship to a Switzerland boarding school for a creative writing course that starts the summer after her junior year and ends at graduation her senior year. It’s all she can talk about and eventually everyone and their mother (including the Wakefield’s mother, Alice) are sick of it, her twin sister Jessica especially. And to be honest, there were a few times I wanted to slap Elizabeth. For example, her thought process at one point was basically, “Jeffrey’s and my relationship will work out. It will be nothing like Todd and me, who just moved across the country whereas I want to move across the world” or “When I get to Switzerland I want to meet a cute boy, but I also want Jeffrey to stay devoted to me and only me.” Stuff like that. It was just really out of character for her. But as much as Liz bothered me, Jessica and Steven really took the cake with their charade. It was too cruel. But then if the Sweet Valley High books have taught me anything, it’s that Jessica will stop at nothing to get her own, stopping nothing short of murder.


The subplot featured Winston Egbert, my favourite character. Winston lost his jacket and accidentally took home a poor (literally poor, not just sad) man’s jacket. And in the pocket he finds a lottery ticket (which he had one in his pocket as well). Anyway, this is a winning lottery ticket and Winston spends the rest of the book at war with himself about whether to give the ticket to the man or keep the money for himself.


The set up for the next book features an idea by Lynne Henry for a personals column in the newspaper, The Oracle. What will happen? What chaos could this cause? Find out in the next book, Secret Admirers.

Fan Cast: Surprise Endings by Robin Jones Gunn

Christy Miller: Mackenzie Foy
Katie Weldon: Joey King

Todd Spencer: Charles Vandervaart
Rick Doyle: Cameron Boyce
Renee: Kara Hayward

Teri Moreno: Victoria Vida

Alissa: Peyton List

2 Stars
Surprise Endings by Robin Jones Gunn


Series: Christy Miller #4


I think my biggest issue with this book is that Christy is a pleaser and fictional pleasers make me want to hit my head against a wall.


I understand that there has to be angst and drama to keep this series going, but as I said, Christian contemporary is either a hit and when angsty, whiny teenagers are involved it's usually a miss. I'll continue with the series so I can see what happens and read all of Robin Jones Gunn's other books, so I guess we'll see how this goes. 


Reading progress update: I've read 143 out of 219 pages.
Shock Waves - Carolyn Keene, Franklin W. Dixon

So far there has been an error on the back cover summary versus what happens in the book and drawing on one page of my copy. Hmm...

Fan Cast: Remember by Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley

Ashley Baxter: Gracie Gillam

John Baxter: Jeff Goldblum

Landon Blake: John Boyega

Kari Baxter: Genevieve Buechner

Ryan Taylor: Robbie Amell

Luke Baxter: Cameron Monaghan

Reagan: Debby Ryan


Elizabeth Baxter: Lea Thompson

Erin Baxter: Zoey Deutch

Sam: Booboo Stewart

Brooke Baxter: Rachel Brosnahan

Peter: Darren Criss

Lori Callahan: Emma Dumont

Fan Cast: Rumors (Sweet Valley High)

Elizabeth/Jessica Wakefield: Lili Reinhart

Susan Stewart: Madelaine Petsch

Gordon Stoddard: Logan Lerman

Lila Fowler: Laura Harrier

Cara Walker: Sofia Carson

Allen Walters: Nicholas Braun

Maria Santelli: Francesca Reale



Jackson Croft: Misha Collins

Enid Rollins: Ciara Bravo

Steven Wakefield: Colton Haynes

Jeffrey French: Keiynan Lonsdale

Winston Egbert: Tyler Alvarez

Regina Morrow: Vanessa Marano

4 Stars
Remember by Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley
Remember - Gary Smalley, Karen Kingsbury

Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Honor one another. (from Goodreads)

Series: book 2 in the Redemption series; book 2 in the Baxter family series.

Rating: 4 stars

This was a fascinating read. It isn't often that you read about either Alzheimer's or 9/11, but this book combined both subjects perfectly.

I'm actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Christian contemporary fiction can be a hit or miss (usually miss because of the fluffiness), but this was a solid book. A+ to the authors. 

The main couple of the book is Ashley and Landon, but you get points of view from Kari and Ryan, tying up the loose ends from the previous book, and you also get points of view from Luke, setting up the next book in the series. You also get points of view from from John, their father, which was a cool way of seeing things, from the parental persepective of the outside looking in, kind of thing.

Anyway, I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue the journey of the Baxter's, seeing how there is like 20 other books featuring them or something.

Reading progress update: I've read 295 out of 444 pages.
The Cowboy's Bride Collection: 9 Historical Romances Form on Old West Ranches - Jaime Jo Wright, Becca Whitham, Davalynn Spencer, Darlene Franklin, Miralee Ferrell, Nancy J. Farrier, Susanne von Dietze, Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough

Current Google search history: how to motivate yourself to finish a book you're almost done?

Reading progress update: I've read 198 out of 383 pages.
Remember - Gary Smalley, Karen Kingsbury

I've never read a book centred around 9/11 before. It's so emotional and raw and... horrific. Yet fascinating because except for knowing that it's happened, I've never really known the facts because I was 4 when it happened and I'm Canadian, so it's not exactly something we hear about every day. 

Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 383 pages.
Remember - Gary Smalley, Karen Kingsbury

That escalated quickly...

currently reading

Progress: 143/219pages
The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith,  Christopher Tolkien