She Went All the Way
However, I think I need to take a break from the genre for a while. View all 7 comments. Jun 02, Jeanette rated it it was amazing. I haven't read a romance I really enjoyed in a while. This one didn't have a ton of sexy scenes which was a nice change and I actually liked both main characters. There were some genuinely funny scenes that made me laugh out loud. My kids asked what was funny and of course it was adult humor so I couldn't repeat.
Second time read and still loving it. May 10, Janet rated it it was amazing.
She Went All the Way
With Meg Cabot books, I never know how well they'll age, but this one was still really fun. There's not the best attitude towards the female characters who aren't Lou they're all appearance-obsessed and so forth , but thankfully Lou and Jack are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness alone for most of it, so that doesn't really matter. The side ship with the parents is super cute, the ship is great, and there were several lines that made me chuckle out loud. Not up to the standard of more recent Ca With Meg Cabot books, I never know how well they'll age, but this one was still really fun.
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Not up to the standard of more recent Cabot novels but this is one I will definitely be keeping in my collection. I re-read this book and had forgotten how funny it is. It's also easy to read and engrossing, as are all of the Meg Cabot books I have read. I definitely recommend this to anyone probably women who want a good book to read. Jan 31, Sarah marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: read , romance , chick-lit.
It hurts me to not finish this book. Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors, mostly for the super cute Princess Diary series. But this book fell flat from the beginning for me. The characters were annoying and stereotypical, the romance was cheesy and the whole thing read like a try hard-romcom for me.
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When the two main characters annoy you too much, it's hard to care about what happens to them. Aug 15, Nadia rated it liked it. So this reminds me of a nice hallmark movie. But ask me in 6 months and I'm not going to remember it. Shelves: boring , shitlist , romance , romance-comedy , humor , fiction , mystery , action , rom-com , crime. PROS: - Easy read. CONS: - Fatphobia. I haven't read a lot of Cabot's stuff compared to other people but they're usually enjoyable. She is one of the best at the craft in the genre.
This book fell short. Was it necessary to keep reminding the reader that Jack Townsend was handsome? Or that he was an action-adventure movie megastar? Or that he ad-libbed a line in Lou Calabrese's movie? Or that Lou and Jack's exes ran off together?
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Or that Lou wrote a screenplay for her ex? Or that they each won an Academy Award? Or that Jack was in this movie and that movie? All of these weren't repeated just two or three times. It had to have been at least fifty times from start to finish. I can flip to almost any page and you can bet there will be one of those. We get it! I resisted the urge to throw the book across the room because it was so repetitive. I also felt like the characters were flat, especially the minor characters. Vicky was supposed to be Lou's best friend but it didn't feel that way.
She didn't seem to care about Lou at all. They ramble so much. It felt like Cabot was just filling space with repetition and rambling. I mentioned that Jack was a jackass. I hate that Lou used to be a fat girl and is only attractive because she got skinnier. Cabot reminded the reader that fat is unattractive. Heather Wells is calling. She wants to call you out on your fatphobia. You can read the rest of my thoughts on Jack and Lou here.
There were also constant perspective changes. I love perspective changes when they're done right. Usually, there's a pattern of some sort and some indication that there will be perspective changes. Halfway through, it was as if Cabot had forgotten she had other characters. Cabot also forgot there was an actual mystery plot. She kept dabbling in the characters' romances, even the minor characters. It was as if she'd forgotten someone was trying to kill Jack. To conclude, the premise was great and the sex was all right. I wish the sex weren't so censored. It is an adult novel. Oh well! The writing style really needed working on.
I also hate how Lou's badassery was reduced to jelly in the end. She became a different person and the chemistry died, especially because the build-up for the end was super cheesy. I wanted to see some witty sarcasm from Lou and there was nothing. I'd only recommend you read it if you're a fan of Cabot's. She Went All the Way had poor execution with an underdeveloped premise.
To sum up, May 03, Milan Vohra rated it liked it. Picked up a romance after ages. This one takes every single cliche in the romance writer's arsenal and makes it the reason we love some tropes! It is delightful and Oh, also pretty sizzling by Meg Cabot's standards. Dec 28, Caitlin rated it did not like it Shelves: ebook , , books-that-are-bad-for-my-rep. I read the reviews of this and foolishly thought it couldn't be that bad I guess my overall opinion of it is poor because it just so thoroughly disappoints you.
I do find Meg Cabot's work, as others of noted, varies widely across the spectrum of good to bad depending on which book you pick up. Historically I have loved some of her sassy teen fiction. I know what I want when I pick up a Meg Cabot book and it is frustrating when it disappoints. This book in particular was just silly I read the reviews of this and foolishly thought it couldn't be that bad This book in particular was just silly. They set up was okay: We have an empowered, assertive leading lady with a noted dislike for our main guy.
He, we are told but never shown, is not only drop-dead gorgeous but importantly a man's man. I don't know about you but the last time I checked cowboy boots in an Alaskan winter were not a sign of toughness but of silly attachment to fashion in defiance of weather. This is kind of my point I guess. The book devolves into silliness rather quickly. Yes, there is the inevitable romance between our two characters, but it happens while they are bizarrely and unrealistically chased through the Alaskan wilderness by unknown strangers trying to kill them.
The romance itself is also quickly and poorly drawn. Yeah, we were expecting them to get together, but the ease with which a serial monogamist proposes marriage is kind of We are led to believe his historic behaviour in relationships is merely a result of an incredibly poor taste in women shallow, skinny starlets. However, now he has met our leading lady a real woman with curves and a brain and stuff he is a changed man and wants her to move in after sleeping with her once, and marry her after sleeping with her twice.
Add in a elderly parents finding love story line, a totally random resolve regarding the people-trying-to-kill-you story line, a few other characters getting together in a nobody-is-allowed-to-be-alone move by the author and the silliness is on extreme. So safe to say I didn't enjoy this edition of Meg Cabot fiction. Sure I was looking for an escapist romance and an easy read, but I don't like being alternately frustrated and bored. Aug 22, Churin rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , favorites. For me, this is that. In Indonesia, there's no such thing as sexual education class.
Unlike western countries, in Asia the topic of sex was too taboo of a topic that the talk and the act of it outside of marriage is frowned upon and hushed about. Even the schools just hope students' parents to explain things to the kids. And no, we can't browse through the internet, internet was expensive then, and most household don't have it. Born as an awkward introvert, I stay as ignorant as kindergartener of anything sexual yes, that was possible, really while everyone had had their sexual awakening and some even had some experience!
And then I found this book in my cousin's room. I was an 8th grader then, and my cousin just waved me "Just don't let your parents know," while reading other books. And that was how I found my first adult novel. Sure, it was trashy and a bit too fantastic for a chic-lit. I still like it hahaha But while I understand why parents won't let their children read this, I think after years of reading adult books now this kind of book is definitely a safer starter for reader who wants to try reading a sexier romance book. He'll, even some of YA labeled books are way bolder than this book. For the review of the book itself let me tell you: I can't not love anything wrote by Meg Cabot.
Even the object of long lost Princess which I hate is interesting when Meg Cabot wrote it. I think I'll just stick to reading the back of the book. It sounded better. It makes you think that it's packed full of action and some suspense. Oh don't let it fool you. There was very little suspense, and the rest seemed like 'fluff'. When you think the characters will have to face a challenge it's like the 'easy way out' is just handed to them. Like when they are chased and, oh look! An abandoned Ranger's station!
And then a little more chasing, and Oh look! Ten years down the road. He held her tight and kissed her lips in front of the picture show. Promise me you'll stay with me, and keep warm tonight. I'll be happy to tell you again. And when we're apart, I know how much you miss me. I can feel your love for me in your heart. Now and forever I guarantee, I'll always stay by your side. That makes me tend to leave my sleepin' bag rolled up and stashed behind your couch. By itself by itself it's just a cold metallic thing. Only love can make a golden wedding ring. She told him you'll forget in time.
As the years went slowly by, she still preyed upon his mind. Let's pretend that we're together all alone. Yes, we'll have to learn to get along without her if we can. What's mine is mine. Is that all that's left after all this time? You're my world, my heart, my soul. If you ever leave, baby, you'd take away everything good in my life. Tonight's the night, feels like perfect timin'. Down on one knee on Momma's front steps, man I'm gonna die if she really says yes. Forever, in the heart of me. And I'll hold you even longer if I can. I can't help it if I'm still in love with you.
It's useless to say. So I'll just live my life in dreams of yesterday. For the rest of my life, you don't have to think twice. And I like the sound of your sweet gentle kiss. The way that your fingers run through my hair. And how your scent lingers even when you're not there. I love the way I lose it, every time. What's even better is knowing that forever you're all mine.
Baby, I still believe in you and me. I see them everywhere. I miss those arms that held me when all the love was there. Till death do us part. I'll love you with every beat of my heart. I swear. You give me cause for love that I can't hide. Be the man you dreamed of all your life. But above all this, I wish you love. Oh, darlin', how I'd love to lay you down. I'm the sunshine in your hair. I'm the shadow on the ground.
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