Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cheryl and Amber Discuss Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

We've been thinking of a different way of how we could do a review on a book that we've both read. Instead of posting up a double review, we thought we would give a book type discussion a spin and see what happened! So here's the deal, we need your input! Tell us how you like our 'review discussion' and what you'd like to see us talk about or what we could do to make it better!

And now without further a do, let's start talking about this must read!

Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 245

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far… and almost doesn’t make it back.John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge—and over…

Thoughts on the Cover

Cheryl: Omg! I so thought of that guy on the covers’ mouth the whole time! I was so thankful for that visual!
Amber: Amen!

Thoughts On the Book

Amber: One thing I loved about this book, the writing was so easy flowing and when the deep issues came up, it didn't completely switch or anything. Everything came in together perfectly.
Cheryl: Seriously. I totally agree. I read the book in one night. I just couldn’t put it down. Everything about the plot was original. The characters that were together, what happened to Meg, what John’s original intentions were. All this thrown together was a first for me.
Amber: Agreed. I loved how the story behind both of them was thrown in where you never really saw it coming, but at the same time you wouldn’t think to see it coming.
Cheryl: And let’s see, Jennifer’s writing was very understandable and easy to get caught up in. She was explanatory without leaving the feel of a story, if that makes sense.
Amber: I loved how any back story was never an actual back story. You were never kicked out of the moment, everything stayed together perfectly.
Cheryl: It was spread out until the end which I LOVED!
Amber: It was like watching a movie. I was like holy crap one second, laughing my butt off the next, and then…*sighs*
Cheryl: It was 100% like watching a movie.
Amber: It should be a movie. And Garrett Hedlund should be John. I’d love to see him in uniform *wink wink*

Thoughts On Characters

Amber: My likes about Meg is that she takes each day as it is and doesn’t hold anything back. Dislikes is that she jumps the gun on what people say – almost like there is no voice of reason with her sometimes...but at the same time that was a quality I liked about her as well, it was fitting...hopefully that made sense.
Cheryl: My likes about Meg is mostly what yours are and I like how she doesn’t care what anyone really thinks either. She doesn’t deny who she is. I think my dislikes honestly was the blue hair. Just not my type of thing.
Amber: Yea, I didn’t really picture her with blue hair, and was kind of surprised she had it. I loved her voice too. From the beginning of the book with that one line, That’s the worst idea I have ever heard,” I told Eric. Then I took another sip of beer and swallowed. “Let’s do it.” – You had an idea of who she was right off the bat.
Cheryl: She was 100% likeable.
Amber: Now….how about Officer After?
Cheryl: Hehe
Amber: Character whore!
Cheryl: YES! Ok…there was nothing I didn’t like about him. Even though if I knew him, I would probably kick him – cause of that annoying obsession with the train which completely made sense at the end. And honestly, that obsession couldn’t be taken away because it built his character up.
Amber: Completely! And that temper of his, I loved it!
Cheryl: Well, how can you not love his temper? He’s gorgeous and gets mad when things don’t go his way, and not in a jerk off kind of way either.
Amber: And his famous line – “Do not touch me while I’m in uniform!”
Yes! I loved when he says that and so means it even when he sees his friends.
Amber: His friends were perfectly written – Will and Rashad cracked me up!
Cheryl: And Eric was a dingaling.
Amber: Omg, he was such a douche! I really liked Tiffany. She wasn’t your typical goody good girl like most best friends are portrayed.
Cheryl: She’s honest and innocent, but not in a child type of way. She seems like a good friend and a good person. You can tell she works hard to succeed.

Some of Our Favorite Moments
Page 126 – My knee radiated heat. As I watched him pull himself from the car and walk casually across the brightly lit parking lot, I thought dumb things: I will never wash my knee again. I will never wash these jeans again. I will cut the knee out of these jeans and sew a pillow to sleep on every night, just to have a molecule of him in my bed with me.

Page 166 - “All right,” I said. “But for now on, every time you show me a dead body, I’m having sex with Eric.”

Cheryl and Amber give this book:


Erika Powell said...

i really liked this way of reviewing it! it was great and made me laugh and i also LOVED this book. Everyone I have talked to about this book agrees it needs to be a movie. it is just written perfectly for it.

Jen said...

I really like the new review method!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Thanks girls!

prophecygirl said...

Great review! Very funny :)

This book sounds amazing, especially your favourite moments!

Anonymous said...

Clever! Very clever! I can not wait to read this book.

Katie said...

I really like this style review. This is definitely a better idea than posting two reviews. I also loved Going Too Far. It was my first Jennifer Echols book and I was blown away!