Google+ Reading Teen: CAN'T LOOK AWAY by Donna Cooner

Thursday, September 11, 2014

CAN'T LOOK AWAY by Donna Cooner

Review by Reagan (Andye's Daughter)


    Age Range: 12 and up
    Grade Level: 7 and up
    Hardcover: 272 pages
    Publisher: Point (August 26, 2014)
    Buy The Book: Amazon.com
    Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos -- Torrey's perfect world implodes.

    Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn't know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey's internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there's Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?
    Hey guys! Today I'm excited to share with you a review by my 13 year old daughter, Reagan. The entire time she was reading this book she kept saying how awesome it was, and she finished it in a couple of hours, so I know she really loved it! Here's her review! (~Andye)



    Hello Beautystarz! (Don't worry, read the book, you'll get it in time, grasshopper).

    Torrey Grey's sister has just died. Not by any natural cause either. She was hit by a drunk driver. Thing is, Torrey's millions of viewers are saying it's her fault. Torrey, and her now crushed family, move to Texas, away from all the memories of her sister. Torrey then starts a new life at a new school. Blair, the school's top dog, is nice to her while totally bashing her cousin, who has been nothing but sweet to her. Torrey can't tell if Blair is nice because of her online infamy or because of Torrey herself. Meanwhile Torrey finds herself attracted to Luis, the son of a funeral home manager. Even though he has been declared "undatable" by Blair, she can't help but wonder why. When Torrey hangs out more and more with Luis he tells her more about the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday. Now she wants to be a part of it and maybe, finally, let go of Miranda.

    I enjoyed this book throughly. Why, you might be asking? I thought Donna Cooner put together this book soooooooo well. The pain Torrey felt of losing her sister felt so real, and the characters were positively brought to life. As if I could go down to Texas right now and meet them. I like how she didn't exclude that feeling of wanting to fit in, and wanting people to like you. Because no matter how many times your parents tell you it doesn't matter, it's still there. I thought my favorite character was her cousin, Reylene. No matter how much Torrey pushed her away, she knew Torrey was just hurt and was really there for her.

    I think that this book was real, and if you like it when contemps are like that then read it!

    Thanks!



43 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review, Reagan! I'm so glad you loved this one! :D

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  2. The book sounds so addicting. I have stayed up all night just to find out what happened next.

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  3. I haven't read any of your books. Melissa Marr is a new author to me.

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  4. Aw, yay :D I'm glad you enjoyed this book sweetie. <3 I got the eARC from publisher.. but it looked ugly on my iPad :( so waiting for my hardcover to arrive so I can read it, hih :) I do love creepy books. So that makes me excited :D Amazing review, as always. <3 BUUUUT! That GIF! Ahhh. Creepy :)

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  5. Hah, this post is awesome. <3 I cannot enter, but that's okay :) Tote looks goooorgeous. <3 thank you all for sharing :)

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  6. Aw, yay :D I'm so glad you loved this book Becca. <3 I'm excited to read it. Just waiting for my hardcover, hih :) Thank you for sharing. <3

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  7. Now, I feel like grabbing up the book at the nearest library HAHA

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  8. Loved your review Becca! I can't wait to pick up my copy! The review also makes me super excited for YALLFest!

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  9. Wow that tote is beautiful! Love her other totes as well like fangirl. This book sounds awesome.

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  10. Hahaha, that's too funny, it looked ugly on your iPad. Well, hopefully the book is prettier and you'll end up liking it! :D

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  11. LOL :D The formatting thing was all kinds of wrong :p and the text was not very pretty. I should stop request eARCs, hih, as I prefer my print copies (A) so waiting for my hardcover :D But I do hope I will love this book too. <3

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  12. YAY! Sounds like a fabulous romance. I'm adding this to my TBR pile.

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  13. This type of book isn't my cup of tea, but I read the entire review because I loved the way you were talking to the book. What a wonderful idea. It will be extremely difficult not to steal this idea, but I promise I won't. Thanks for the giveaway with tote. Amazing!

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  14. I've read the Wicked Lovely series, Carnival of Souls, and Faery Tales and Nightmares. Out of all of those, which I do love, I think Carnival of Souls is one which I absolutely love!!

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  15. I've seen this book before and I was intrigued because of the cover. Great review Reagan!

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  16. I am so excited for this book!! My favorite is Wicked Lovely :D

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  17. Oh, I hate it when the formatting is wrong!! Drives me insane! Have you read The Body Finder? It's very similar to this book and it was awesome!

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  18. Great review, Anna! I keep meaning to read this one!!

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  19. I love how you wrote your review! The book is definitely going on my to-read list

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  20. Me too! Ugh. And ohh, I have :) But it has been yeeeeears. But I did love it when I read it back then. <3 so fingers crossed :)

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  21. What talent! Love your work.

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  22. Would so love to read. The review really made me want to. Thanks for the chance!

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  23. I've read her Wicked Lovely series, not sure which one of them I would single out as a favorite one.
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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  24. I have read the Wicked Lovely series! I loved them all, but I think I liked the first one the best out of the series. Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

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  25. I did read the Wicked Lovely series and LOVED them!! It's been a little while though since I did. I haven't read any of her other books.

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  26. No I have not but I'm looking forward to reading some of her books.

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  27. I haven't read any her books yet, but I know people who have really liked them, so I am really excited to read this! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  28. Aw thank you so much Shy! :)

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  29. Aw thank you Carina!! I'm sorry we couldn't make it international so you could enter too!

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  30. AW! Thank you!!!!!!! :D

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  31. *blushes* Thanks Zee!

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  32. Thanks Sara! (PS the book is incredible!)

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  33. Thanks Guadalupe! :)

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  34. Aw thank you Mary! You're the sweetest!!!

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  35. Thank you so much for such an incredible review! I love the style of it! And I've actually been dying to read Black Ice, so I'm really really excited to now that I know you liked it so much! I'll have to pick it up right when it hits stores!

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway!! Excited for this book.

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  37. I am really glad to hear you liked this one. I've seen a couple bloggers who didn't like it as much and, this sounds horrible but, I just want it to be amazing because the cover is so gorgeous, haha

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway! I am so excited!!!

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  39. Awesome review!! :) xxxxx

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