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  • With only six weeks of difference, their mother's raise them together, and they develop a friendship in childhood that becomes hate in eighth grade, where Ryder, being the boy he is, hurt Jemma, and Jemma, being the girl she is, avoid working things out and instead decides to hate him deeply
  • The author does a great job at creating a character that seemed to be the perfectly good American boy, but who has his fears and flaws, and most importantly, with the maturity of every seventeen year old boy, who can make the best decisions about what he wants to do with his life, but who could also make the typical mistakes that every other teenager in love could make
  • I think that what I liked the most about this story is how real the characters felt, they were just very average and normal teenagers
  • When it comes to the drama, I think it was exactly the right amount to make the story agile and interesting
  • I really enjoyed reading the way this two interacted in those moments of tension and fear


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      What would’ve happened if Romeo and Juliette’s story would’ve been different? What if their families were so close that they planed their wedding since before they were born? What if it was them who hated each other? Well, Kristi Cook had those exact questions, so she decided to write this book, and I loved every single minute of it.

      Jemma and Ryder know each other from their whole lives. Their families united during Civil War and they’ve been inseparable ever since. They’ve always wanted to bring their families together but they’ve never had the chance. That is until Jemm and Ryder were born. With only six weeks of difference, their mother’s raise them together, and they develop a friendship in childhood that becomes hate in eighth grade, where Ryder, being the boy


      he is, hurt Jemma, and Jemma, being the girl she is, avoid working things out and instead decides to hate him deeply. Now, both seventeen years old, they find themselves alone and in a dangerous situation: a tornado has hit town and they have to spend time together, and of course, things start changing.

      I have to say, I really enjoy this types of books, with simple and special love stories, with characters completely likable and no useless drama, just the right amount to make a well-developed story. This book accomplished all my expectations and it entertained me and made me fall completely in love with the protagonists.

      Ryder and Jemma are great people, they’re intelligent and a tad insecure. Ryder is the perfect boy: a great football player, good student, good son. The author does a great job at creating a character that seemed to be the perfectly good American boy, but who has his fears and flaws, and most importantly, with the maturity of every seventeen year old boy, who can make the best decisions about what he wants to do with his life, but who could also make the typical mistakes that every other teenager in love could make. On the other hand, Jemma is a girl who can be pretty typical too: she’s a cute and intelligent cheerleader, but she’s also a very whimsical, insecure and weak girl. I think that what I liked the most about this story is how real the characters felt, they were just very average and normal teenagers. Kristi did a great job there.

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      • Magnolia, book by Kristi Cook
      from Ryder and Jemma, I really liked the importance that family has in this book. This genre (Young Adult) is full of dysfunctional families that only perturbed our protagonists along the way, so it was absolutely refreshing to find a book were there are such good families and so much love. Also, I really liked Ryder and Jemma’s friends. Magnolia is a clear example that when you have good bases and good families, it’s only normal that you would make good relationships along your life. I loved that the author included, in a beautiful way, how Jemma is so close with her friends and her sister.

      When it comes to the drama, I think it was exactly the right amount to make the story agile and interesting. I’ve never been close to a

      tornado, so I found very fascinating the way the author uses this aspect to develop the love story between the characters; I really enjoyed reading the way this two interacted in those moments of tension and fear. Besides that, there’s the hard family moments Jemma goes through, it was really rough but the author gave it the right amount of importance without making it such a big deal.

      Magnolia doesn’t have the best rating or anything, and although is not the best story in the world, it actually was very entertaining and interesting. This is a likable love story, awesome to spend a nice time reading and sighing over the protagonists. If you’re looking for something deep and with way more drama, this is not the story for you. I really enjoyed it.




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