A Sucky Love Story

Author: Brittani Louise Taylor

Publisher: Post Hill Press

ISBN: 1642930016

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 410

View: 9559

Where does a moderately popular internet star who never leaves her house look for potential suitors? Online. Tinder, Bumble, Match.com, OkCupid—I tried them all. My thirty-one-year-old self clicked and swiped her little heart out, leading to more dates than I could count, and more disappointment than I was prepared for. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you know all too well the perils of modern dating. But let’s say, eventually, you meet someone. You think to yourself, “Wow, they’re perfect! Take me off the market, put a ring on it, knock me up, the whole enchilada, because they are ‘the one.’” Let’s also say that they “feel the same way” about you. Your life starts to make sense! All the pain, heartbreak, and frustration from past failed relationships was worth it. Slow clap. That’s how I felt about Milos. He was from Europe, a doctor, wealthy, athletic. He had an accent and a dog. Milos was textbook marriage material. For him it was “love at first sight,” but for me, it was “anxiety on every date.” Something was telling me to run—but for two years, the only running I did was straight into his arms. If only I would have listened. This isn’t a love story. It’s my story of survival.


Author: Brittani Louise Taylor

Publisher: Permuted Press

ISBN: 1682619117

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 366

View: 9463

Out of money, and options, they are forced to move into one very old house. It happens to have belonged to their dead grandmother, but the rent is cheap, and the location is killer. That last sentence is a joke, unless you’re into a “middle of nowhere” vibe—and cows. Welcome to Saintsville, population…too small to matter. Poor girls. Their parents died four years prior, and Eve has been raising Maggie ever since. Correction: trying to raise her, but failing miserably. Attempting to adjust to their new surroundings, life becomes a boring routine of work and school, until one fateful day. A moving truck, preceded by a sleek black hot rod, pulls up to the abandoned shack across the field. Out pour five brothers. Attractive, tall, tattooed, and lethal. But why are all their tattoos the same? What are the new neighbors hiding? And why does Eve have a funny feeling that it has something to do with her? Lock your doors. Close your blinds. The clock is ticking. And the Abbotts? They’re almost out of time.

Super Sad True Love Story

Author: Gary Shteyngart

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847082378

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 8672

In a very near future, a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don't tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, proud author of what may well be the world's last diary. Despite his job at an outfit called 'Post-Human Services', which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn't it? Lenny's from a different century. He TOTALLY loves books (or 'printed, bound media artifacts' as they're now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean-American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in 'Images' and a minor in 'Assertiveness'. When riots break out in New York's Central Park, the city's streets are lined with National Guard tanks and patient Chinese creditors look ready to foreclose on the whole mess, Lenny vows to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, there is still value in being a real human being.

Not Your #Lovestory

Author: Sonia Hartl

Publisher: Page Street Kids

ISBN: 1645670554

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9935

#PlaneBae meets Gilmore Girls in this hilarious and heartfelt story about the addictiveness of Internet fame and the harsh realities of going viral. Macy Evans dreams of earning enough income from her YouTube channel, R3ntal Wor1d, to leave her small, Midwestern town. But when she meets a boy named Eric at a baseball game, and accidently dumps her hotdog in his lap, her disastrous “meet-cute” becomes the topic of a viral thread. Now it’s not loyal subscribers flocking to her channel, it’s Internet trolls. And they aren’t interested in her reviews of VHS tapes—they only care about her relationship with Eric. Eric is overly eager to stretch out his fifteen minutes of fame, but Macy fears this unwanted attention could sabotage her “real-life” relationships—namely with the shy boy-next-door, Paxton, who she’s actually developing feelings for. Macy knows she should shut the lie down, though she can’t ignore the advertising money, or the spark she gets in her chest whenever someone clicks on her videos. Eric shouldn’t be the only one allowed to reap the viral benefits. But is faking a relationship for clicks and subscribers worth hurting actual people?

Caster's Blog: A Geek Love Story

Author: Marcus Alexander Hart

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1411674170

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

View: 3714

Ray Caster is a regular guy who drew the short stick on life. He works in a miserable office doing a miserable job. He gets no respect from his co-workers. For that matter, he gets no respect from his friends. Caster's existence is one pathetic downward spiral of TiVo and fast food until the day his life is turned upside-down by a goddess from an auto parts store. With its snappy, conversational writing style, Caster's Blog captures the comedy and tragedy of geek life from a first-hand perspective. To learn more about Caster's Blog, or to download the entire book as a free PDF, visit CastersBlog.com.

Pornographic Fruitcake Love Story

Author: David Lee

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1447856139

Category: Self-Help

Page: N.A

View: 6925

'Pornographic Fruitcake Love Story' is a comedy based upon a simple, time-tried, rather universal theme – the absurdity of a lover’s efforts to please the beloved. A work of light humor, it consists mainly of a writer’s bumbling efforts to produce a money making “filthy story” in order to impress a woman who claims to have no faith in men. The story enjoys the liberty of a highly malleable structure, which remains integral throughout the book despite apparent convolutions. The language, plain and unadorned, is consistent with the atmosphere of this distinctly satirical farce and with the character of the aspiring author, who appears in occasional ‘Personal Interludes’ between some of the chapters. This character is not really autobiographical, though he pretends to be, and this is not the story of my life. Pornographic Fruitcake is very much itself and is aimed at laughter, not at making a fine impression upon the academic mind.

Playing to Win

Author: Jeff Apter

Publisher: Nero

ISBN: 1863958800

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

View: 6637

"Teen idol. King of Pop. Voice of the common man. Australian of the Year. Friend. Icon. Superstar. John Farnham is the quintessential Aussie legend. As a teenager he gave up an apprenticeship to chase his musical dreams, hitting the big time with 'Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)'. A family man at heart, and the most loyal of friends, John was sometimes uncomfortable with the spotlight and for many years struggled to take his career to the heights that those close to him, including Molly Meldrum and Glenn Wheatley, felt it could reach. He finally hit his stride with 1986's Whispering Jackand the breakaway success of 'You're the Voice', which became the anthem of a generation. John lived it up - holidaying with the Skases and dining at the Lodge with Bob Hawke - but always came back down to earth. And the King of Pop would also become king of the comeback, showing longevity rare in the music industry. Thanks to the support of those close to John, author and music industry insider Jeff Apter provides a rare glimpse inside Farnsie's world. Insightful, entertaining and deeply personal, Playing to Winis the definitive John Farnham story."

Politics Is the Greatest Game

Author: Pat Stevens

Publisher: Janus Publishing Company Lim

ISBN: 1857565665

Category: Fiction

Page: 463

View: 7283

The four books comprising this novel, each covering a decade in South Africa's history, are interlinked with the developing stories of its characters. The book tells the real story of who saved South Africa from itself in the final turbulent decades of the last century, revealing Rupertheimer, the political mover and shaker behind the scenes who secretly and single-handedly steered his country to an embryonic democracy. Picturesque and provocative, brash and funny, this book does for South Africa what Catch-22 did for World War II.

The Birds and the Bees

Author: Milly Johnson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847394825

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 8696

From the Sunday Times bestseller comes a warm, tender and utterly hilarious story about love and betrayal ‘The feeling you get when you read a Milly Johnson book should be bottled and made available on the NHS’ Debbie Johnson Love can sting. Or make you fly ... Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go to her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean. It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn't going to act as he might expect. She isn't going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going to pretend to let him go whilst she pursues a mad course of dieting, exercising and self-improvement. And it feels like history is repeating itself for Adam MacLean too, who is also determined to win his lady, Jo, back with the same basic psychological tactics. Then he is going to initiate his master plan: Getting together with Stevie to drive Jo wild with jealousy. So, like the Scottish country jig 'The Birds and the Bees', the couples all change partners and learn some revealing truths about each other along the way. But what happens when Adam's master plan actually starts to work? And just who will Stevie be dancing with when the music stops? Praise for Milly Johnson: 'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold' heat 'A glorious, heartfelt novel' Rowan Coleman ‘Absolutely loved it. Milly's writing is like getting a big hug with just the right amount of bite underneath. I was rooting for Bonnie from the start' Jane Fallon ‘Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre’ Jill Mansell ‘Warm, optimistic and romantic’ Katie Fford


Author: Tom Leveen

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0307975762

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 256

View: 1651

Sometimes the most dramatic scenes in a high school theater club are the ones that happen between the actors and crew off stage. Seventeen-year-old Tyler Darcy's dream of being a writer is starting to feel very real now that he's sold his first short story to a literary journal. He should be celebrating its publication with his two best friends who've always had his back, but on this night, a steady stream of texts from his girlfriend Sidney keep intruding. So do the memories of his dream girl, Becky, who's been on his mind a little too much since the first day of high school. Before the night is over, Ty might just find the nerve to stop all the obsessing and finally take action.