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27 January 2008 @ 03:03 pm
Book Description (from Amazon)

Columnist and first-time novelist Marc Acito has been called the "gay Dave Barry." But don't expect to find riffs on bad traffic, pirate-speak, and all-writer rock bands in Acito's debut, How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater. As stated in the title, this book finds humor and adventure mainly in those topics that would most appeal to a stereotypically gay audience: musicals, piano bars, and sex, sex, sex.

Did I mention the sex? By the end of the book, the teenage characters are so liberated that they'd probably find an evening at Studio 54 slightly mundane. All kinds of interesting scenarios arise when Ed Zanni, a bisexual high-school drama club star from suburban New Jersey, is denied tuition to Julliard by his well-to-do father and wicked step mother. Fortunately his close friends, Paula (ample of body, unlucky in love), Kelly (Ed's cheerleader girlfriend), Doug (his football player love interest), Natie (a nerd with a gift for white-collar crime) and Ziba, (a regal, Middle Eastern beauty), are very willing to engage in fraud, forgery, and blackmail to help him pay for drama school. Ah, high school.

Despite the naughty bits, How I Paid for College is actually rather sweet. Set in high school as it is, Acito's book is somewhat reminiscent of young adult fiction. Yes, there's a lot more homoerotica than the Sweet Valley High series could have prepared readers for, but still it reminds one of those early days--full of tragedy and disappointment--and yet safely nestled in a time of life before real tragedy and disappointment usually set in. It's easy to forget this is a book for adults... until the three-ways commence. And a fast-moving, light-hearted story with three-ways? Well, entertainment-wise, readers could do a lot worse

This book was actually very different than I thought it was going to be. This book was actually one I have wanted to read for a very long time after someone recommended it to me. I have to say that I did like this book a lot.

The book was very funny. Edward served as a very good narrator, just telling it as it is. Edward who was someone who was very easy to realte to and I found that to be very comforting while reading this book. As the description says, there was a lot of sex in this book, but it was not done in a very sleazy way. Again, everything Edward said was him "just telling it as it is."

I think I would give this book a 7 out of 10. This book is a very easy read and it will make you laugh out loud ( I did at least) and by the end of the bok you will have yourself wondering "Why couldn't me and my friends have done all this?"

12 January 2008 @ 05:00 pm
I give this movie a 9 out of 10!

This movie was completely awesome. It had everything: explosions, mutations, and Will Smith. I have not read the book, so I could not tell you if it was similar to the book or not, but I do know this movie is one that can really hold you attention throughtout the whole movie. It was not a horror movie, but it made you jump in all of the right places. There was also a lot of suspense... The reason I gave it a 9 out of 10 was becuase of the ending.

10 January 2008 @ 09:41 pm

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

When you build up something in your mind -- really imagine it, wish for it -- sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn't live up to your expectations.

True love is nothing like that.

Especially not for Katherine and Michael, who can't get enough of each other. Their relationship is unique: sincere, intense, and fun all at the same time. Although they haven't been together all that long, they know it's serious. A whole world opens up as young passion and sexuality bloom.

But it's senior year of high school, and there are big changes ahead. Michael and Katherine are destined for another big "first": a decision. Is this the love of a lifetime, or the very beginning of a lifetime of love?

My Thoughts

I added this book to my list of books to read, and I was very excited when I got the book for Christmas, but I was very disappointed when I actually read it.  Forever... is an easy read, and most should be able to read it in one day, but it lacks substance. 

Michael and Katherine are young lovers, and I get it they wan to have sex, but that doesn't have to be the focus of all of the first few chpaters. It would be a lot better if there was a thicker subplot, not to say that there weren;'t subplots, but they were not thick enough to make up for the main plot. 

Finally, after a lot of sexual tension, they have sex. Then after that they have sex again, and again, and again. Oh and did I mention that they have sex yet again? That seems to be what the whoel bpok consisted of...Michael wants to have sex and sometimes Katherine would be a bit hesitant, but they would do it anyway. This book consisted of nothing but sex, which was not good enough to make up for the lack of a true story.

Let me tell you something, as well, fluff does not equal a thick plot. "Oh they said cute things to each other?" That does not make up for the fact that there was no true story!

If I was asked to rate this book out of 10, I would give this book a 2 for the lack of real plot and too much fluff to try and fill it in.

08 January 2008 @ 09:33 pm

Welcome to jasminereviews. I am Jasmine and I will be reviewing movies, books, anime, magazines, and even more! I will try to update this thing once a week with something new.

I will take ideas of things to review at my e-mail: nocturnalwriter@hotmail.com. I will do my best to review those things.

Every once in awhile I will do a guest review, meaning that I will have someone else, besides myself, to review something. This might happen with movies I have not had a chance to see or other things. I will make sure to create a post telling people about guest reviews and give you a format to review in.

I will try to keep an archive of my reviews based of type (i.e. book, show, movie), title, part (i.e. chapter, episode, song)

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