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O is for the Outsiders.

Nothing Stay Forever”
“Nature’s first green is gold,
“Her hardest hue to hold.
“Her early leaf’s a flower;
“But only so an hour.
“Then leaf subsides to leaf.
“So Eden sank to grief,
“So dawn goes down today.
“Nothing gold can stay’’.

— Robert Frost

Man, I LOVE this book!

So here’s a quick, little, way overdue, book review.

First off, if you don’t know what it’s about, the Outsiders follows the life of Ponyboy Curtis. He’s the youngest Curtis and lives with his brothers Sodapop and Darry.

They run with a group known as Greasers- the underclass group of street youths. Their rivals, the Socs (or Socials) are the preppy kids who have it all.

The_OutsidersAt first glance, you wouldn’t know how serious this story gets. One night, a fight breaks out between the two gangs and someone is killed, sending Pony and his best friend, Johnny, on the run.

Now, I know this is a young adult book, forced into middle school kid’s hands. Actually, I’m pretty sure I read it in elementary. Anywho, the situations in this book are all too real. The Outsiders deal with death, homelessness, and the fact that every social economic class has problems.

And sometimes, when we look at something or someone from a different angle, we realize we’re not so different from one another.

Take the character Cherry. She’s a Soc by association, in a sense. Ponyboy meets her at the drive in and they hit it off.  She’s kind and talks to him, even though he’s dressed as a Greaser. She doesn’t laugh at the fact that he reads and studies hard. She looks past the fact that he’s poor. She just looks at him.

I think the world has forgotten how to really look at each other. To not judge based on appearance. But to know a person by their heart.

Must be why they have kids read the book to this day. I just hope that they get the lessons in the Outsiders and grow on them.

Much Love

PS- Can I also point out that this was S.E Hinton’s first novel and she wrote it at 16?! If that doesn’t motivate some of you writers to get your work published, I don’t know what will!

Added bonus! Wonder where they got the idea from 😉

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Finding Flynn blog tour

 

 

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FINDING FLYNN

Author: Alexandria Bishop

Series: Marlowe Series #1

– SYNOPSIS –

Ashtyn Moretti is ready for the best summer of her life. But her parents have other plans when they drop the bomb that her perfect summer will be spent…

Away from home.

Away from friends.

Away from half her family.

Armed with her Summer from Hell playlist and a Kindle full of book boyfriends, Ashtyn prepares to face what she is sure will be the worst summer of her life. Or will it be?

Flynn James has one thing on his mind—the success of his band Marlowe. He’s focused and doesn’t have time for any distractions, and that includes facing his past. But then a petite brunette comes walking into the pub where he works.

Neither Ashtyn or Flynn were looking for love but they can’t deny their obvious attraction. Ashtyn’s summer has been full of lies. The last thing she expects is for Flynn to be one of the liars too. Can she forgive his lies and turn her summer around? Can Flynn keep his secrets without losing everything? Or will this really be the Summer from Hell?

**Review**

A great job by Alexandria Bishop!

Flynn and Ashtyn are young and adorable lovers. They are the summer relationship that every girl wants and dreams of. 🙂

After a serious fight with her mom, Ashtyn leaves home to clear her head. Little does she know that she’ll run into someone who changes her world forever. Flynn is just at work, doing what he does everyday. Until someone walks into his pub that helps him see what he’s been missing in life.

Pack with tidbits for the upcoming books in the series, Finding Flynn is a real page turner. Alexandria really brought out the voice of an 18 year old… I felt like I was back in high school rooting for my friend to make it through. It took me back to my first love and I from the moment he brought her a Shirley Temple and not a beer, I knew they had to make it through.

Side Note– the playlists (that Alexandria has included for you) is a time warp for me! It’s like she was sitting in my car, stealing my music from my junior year. Ugh– I’m showing age now… moving forward!

I enjoyed the side characters a lot and look forward to see what happens to Chole in the next story.

I give this 4 stars and I definitely recommend this fantastic summer read!

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– EXCERPT –

Ashtyn 

We’re strolling through a nearby empty park. Leaves are dancing in the light breeze, and a creek is babbling gently nearby. It’s quiet and peaceful but it isn’t doing anything to help calm my nerves. Although we came out here to talk, we haven’t said a word. I open my mouth and immediately close it. My mouth is dry like I just spent all day rocking out at Warped Tour, leaving my tongue like a sheet of sandpaper.

I lick my lips hoping to produce some saliva and ask, “Are there any drinking fountains nearby?”

Flynn gets a shit-eating grin and points to a giant statue with fountains on all sides. “Over there.”

I take a giant gulp that I immediately spit right back out. Unfortunately, Flynn is standing within shooting range and gets a mouthful of the nasty liquid, which tastes like coppery rotten eggs. I’m not sure which one of us is more shocked but I can’t hold in the laughter. The pain in my side is almost unbearable. I almost don’t hear Flynn say, “You think that’s funny, do you?”

Not understanding his tone, I look up to a blazing green fire. I don’t know whether to be scared or seriously turned on. I turn to run but he grabs me and flips me around. My body shakes with fear and desire as Flynn rubs his hands up and down my arms. I don’t speak, too terrified of what I would say but even more terrified of ruining whatever is happening. I nervously gnaw on my bottom lip and he zones right in on it and licks his own.

Leaning forward, I run my hands through his silky hair. He lightly presses his lips to mine, stopping everything around us. Not satisfied with the featherlight kiss, I greedily run my tongue along his bottom lip and use my teeth to gently tug on his lip ring. A guttural groan escapes him, causing my entire body to tingle, right down to my toes. Suddenly I understand what all those girls are feeling in the romance novels I devour. This single kiss will ruin all future kisses for me.

Letting go of his piercing, I push my tongue against his mouth and he grants me access. The moment our tongues tangle, the air around us thickens and everything shifts. Flynn’s hands trail my body. Everywhere he touches, my body is on fire. My back hits cold stone, and I wrap my leg around his waist. Flynn lifts me and both legs hook around him. His hardness hits my sweet spot and I let out a husky moan, causing him to rock against me. My eyes roll back into my head and I throw it back, unable to control myself any longer.

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Summer from Hell Playlist

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“It’s the End of the World As We Know It” by REM

“Leaving Town” by Dexter Freebish

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

“The Weight of Lies” by The Avett Brothers

“Baba O’Reilly” by The Who

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister

“My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit

“Breakdown” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

“Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who

“I Would Be Sad” by The Avett Brothers

“Last Resort” by Papa Roach

“For You” by Staind

“Rise Above” by Black Flag

“Riot Girl” by Good Charlotte

“Therapy” by All Time Low

“California” by Phantom Planet

Somewhere Other than Hell Playlist

https://open.spotify.com/user/1271602365/playlist/7g4JFIne5dYCCqFYa68eGR

“Somewhere in Neverland” by All Time Low

“Won’t Go Home” by 3PM

“Kiss Me” by New Found Glory

“Here’s to the Night” by Eve 6

“Always Love” by Nada Surf

“If These Sheets Were States” by All Time Low

“Have Faith in Me” by A Day to Remember

“Don’t Leave Me” by An Honest Year

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– ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alexandria Bishop –

Alexandria Bishop is an Oregon girl and lives there with her husband, young daughter and fur baby. She’s been a bookworm her entire life and always dreamed of becoming a writer but never thought it would be a reality.

Alexandria spends more time on social media than she would like to admit, come visit and say hi!

WEBSITE: www.alexandriabishop.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/authoralexandriabishop

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/allieebishop

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/alexandria.bishop

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Bright Side

Bright Side Have you ever had a book change you?

I mean really change the way you think about things? Life? People?

That’s what Bright Side by Kim Holden did for me. It’s an amazing story about a girl named Kate who looks at life in a way we all should. She’s been put through the ringer and it never stops her from living in the moment.

I’m the type of person who tries hard to look at the positive side of everything. I love to laugh, joke and make others feel my happiness. I suffer from depression and so, it can be a bit challenging.

With that being said, Kate’s character really shined to me. She’s not the bubbly, take shit from others happy. She’s the real deal- down to Earth, positive and spunky. I love her!

And don’t get me started on everyone else in the book. Gus, Keller, Clayton, Gracie…. an amazing supporting cast to tie the story all together.

Do Epic!

** WARNING: Have tissues ready!**

**Seriously– don’t try and be a hero. **