Friday, November 26, 2010

One Last Wish: Sixteen And Dying

Well, I promised you that I was going to do a review on this book. Here it is. Finally a One Last Wish book review. I apologize for not posting in a couple of weeks as a couple of things happened.

1. My best friend's Mom passed away and her funeral was the other day, which was hard and sad, but hey, she lived a long life and I'm sure she's at peace (She lived to be 72 years old.)

2. My cousin had a baby boy the other day , who is 5 ounces, 7 pounds, and really cute. That means I'm an auntie (or cousin or whatever.) Which is exciting , because me and my cousin is very close and are practically like twin sisters in a way.

So yeah, I again apologize for not posting lately and believe me, I'm going to still do blog reports and stuff. Just be patient with me please.

Ok on with the cover:
Damn, Anne looks good on this cover although if you ask me, she looks much older than 16. Morgan looks kinda creepy, like as if he can't wait to get under her skin and etc. Who would blame him? I mean come on cover artist. Anne looks way too older for this cover. I like the cover though.

Now this is the one the library has. Now at least Anne looks more her age, though that T shirt and facial expression makes her look more 15 ish than 16. And I love the way Morgan is shaped here on the cover. Makes him look less creepy and more withdrawn and morose. The older cover was nice, but I think this was much better when it comes to describing looks here, cause the original cover Anne looked much older and more of a religious model, and Morgan looked creepy on the original cover.

Plot: Anne Wingate is 16 years old with only one thing on her mind : To live a normal life again. Turns out Anne bears a terrible secret : She has AIDS.  Nobody knows how long Anne has to live, but Anne pretty much figures that she hasn't gotten long to live. So one day while Anne is taking some tests in the hospital for her illness, she receives a letter from a mysterious benefactor called The One Last Wish and in it is a 100,000 check.

Anne is shocked and amazed at receiving such money, that she decides to keep it to herself until her doctor delivers her the news that they want her to take some drugs including one called AZT, to help maintain her life with AIDS. But Anne decides to hold off on taking the drugs, and instead asks her dad if they could stay at a ranch in Colorado for  a couple of weeks. The dad at first becomes persistent, but eventually lets her go.

While there at the ranch, she meets a boy named Morgan, who at first becomes moody and withdrawn, and doesn't like Anne because there was a girl that Morgan liked a couple of years ago but she broke his heart and was a rich, snobby bitch. So Morgan tries to stay away from Anne, but immediately becomes drawn to her after realizing that she's not like other girls, and after seeing how smart Anne is and how tough too.

So Morgan and Anne start spending some time together and get to know each other and etc, until when Morgan has a accident while entering his horse in a horse tournament. Luckily though, Morgan is still alive. But Morgan has a terrible secret too: He may be carrying Huntington's Disease just like his father and the famed singer Woody Guthrie. Apparently, the daddy was a good cowboy before being struck with Huntington's Disease and pretty much acting like a paranoia. So the daddy's in a mental institution and the mom soon bailed out, leaving Morgan in care with the daddy's sister named Maggie and her husband named Dan. The auntie thinks she have it too, but Morgan doesn't want to face that fear.

So Anne and Morgan decide to tell each other their secrets while also being there for their friends , Marti and Skip, who are in love with each other and pretty much go out as a couple. But then Anne cuts herself and ends up going to the hospital, where the doctors tell her that her illness is taking it's full course. So now Anne heads back home without telling Morgan goodbye, because Morgan shot an animal while trying to keep it out of pain, and Anne and Morgan's relationship pretty much cools.

But then Morgan begans missing Anne, especially after his best friend leaves to go visit Marti for a couple of weeks. So Morgan decides to leave Colorado and go to New York to visit Anne, where he finally learns that Anne is dying, and that she has a couple of weeks left to live. So Morgan and Anne spend the holidays together (Christmas), and Anne decides to give Morgan some Christmas presents, and in turn recieves a beautiful Cheyenne wedding dress from Morgan since he knows how pure and sainty Anne acts. Later Anne asks Morgan to take a test to see if Morgan really has Huntington's disease, but Morgan refuses, saying that he's happy with the way that he is. Then he reads Anne her favorite poem by Emily Dickinson titled "Because I Could Not Stop For Death, Death Stopped For Me" and Anne soon dies after Morgan finishes reading the poem.

So the book ends with Morgan and Anne's father finally getting along and Morgan recieving a check from Anne saying to take a test to see if he has Huntington's. The father thinks it's a test to go into college, and encourages Morgan to go into college, for he has a bright future looking ahead of him. After that, Morgan leaves, wishing he could make love to Anne while also wishing he was more nicer to her too. The End!

Thoughts:
1. Man! I try not to like this book, but I must confess, this book was really good. Well of course it would be good if I wanted to choose this as my first One Last Wish book report.
2. That Morgan really seems interesting. Sucks that Morgan doesn't have a book of his own. I would love to know more about Morgan's life and what his summer with that Stacey girl been like as well as his family life too.
3. Luckily, Morgan does reappear in the last book of the One Last Wish series called Reach For Tomorrow where he works as a dude rancher and he falls in love with Megan from Let Him Live.
4. Morgan and D.J. from She Died Too Young would get along real well. Both can't stand tourists, both are overprotective of their loved ones, and both work on dude ranches. Only D.J. comes from a rich background.
5. So apparently they didn't screen blood testings until January 1985. Funny. I thought they didn't screen that until 1991?
6. There's a Magic Johnson reference when they mention in the first chapter how a famous basketball player got AIDS.
7. there's also a Ryan White reference when Anne was afraid of being shunned at school for recieving AIDS through a blood transfusion and being kicked out and expelled from her school by the administrators.
8. If you think Lurlene has a problem with African Americans, then you certainly havent read the books more clearly. Looks like Lurlene has a problem with Mexicans too as she always make her Mexican or Latino characters come from gangs or street life or even worse do drugs. Yeah, only not all Mexicans are like that Lurlene. Same with African Americans.
9. I seriously want that dress that Anne is buried in. It sounds like something that Pocahauntas would wear and it sounds cute with the beads and etc.
10. Lurlene Pattern: Working class widowed or single men (but most likely Widowed men), are considered a no no and will act agressive and overprotective. Anne's father is like that since his wife died, and Ryan's dad is also like that in Prey, as well as Brandon's dad in the book, For Better, For Worse, Forever.
11. I felt sorry for Anne, seeing that she was only 16 when she died and never really got to live her life the way she wanted. I should add that Anne was my favorite in this book and one who I was most like. And yes I hate violence also and hates seeing an animal get killed (although I am not a vegeterian.)
12. This plot is so like the book called Too Young To Die, where Melissa experiences the same thing as Anne, only Melissa has leukemia. And the guy who Melissa fell in love with was a total creeper. Same with Melissa's brother only he acted more like Morgan in this book.


like I said I love the book, although I prefer the other novels too. Be sure to look for more blog posts soon. That I promise. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I just want to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving. Hope your thanksgiving is as good as mines and hope the year turns out well for all my fellow fans here.

And don't worry. I will be posting soon and I apologize if I haven't been posting lately. Lets just say I have so many things going on. Not to mention I just became an Auntie today because my cousin gave birth to a baby boy today on this Thanksgiving Day ( can you believe it, I have a Holiday nephew).

Still, not to worry folks. Despite the recent things in my life (Such as also going to my best friend's mom's funeral), I will still keep my two blogs up and post soon.

Be on the Lookout for One Last Wish: Sixteen and Dying soon as it is a very special book to me and a fan favorite for those who like Anne and Morgan from One Last Wish.

Anyways Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Prey by Lurlene Mcdaniel

Yes I take requests. And sorry if I haven't  been posting in a while. Things have been kind of hectic lately and I feel as if I've been going in a whirlwind. But anyways I'm back and alive as ever.

This post is dedicated to londonrasb, who wanted me to do a review based on this book and who's a huge Lurlene Mcdaniel fan. Londonrasb, it's your lucky day because here's the review you requested. (if you want to make any more requests just let me know and i'll see what I can do.)

ok on with the cover:
 Pretty awesome cover huh? It shows a shadowy like form of a woman( probably Lori Settles), trying to take off her heels and probably getting ready to have sex with the intended victim like Ryan. It also shows the picture of an apple and a couple of stacks of books and a desk. Pretty fitting if you ask me.

Plot:

Ryan: Is just an average 15 year old high school student with only one thing in his mind: To get a car for his 16th birthday. Its so that he can have freedom to cruise around and not depend on his friends too much and taking the bus to go to places. He also has a father who's a total workaholic and a mom who killed herself years ago and who Ryan barely remembers. Well things change once hot teacher Ms. Lori Settles soon moves in one day and practically has all the boys lusting after her and wanting to get inside her skirt, most especially the girls coach Mr. Mathers, who wants to date Lori and etc.

Things become even more crazy when Ryan soon begins having an affair with Lori and soon starts having sex with her, much to Lori's liking. But this starts changing Ryan's life for the worse when he soon starts drifting away from his friends, most especially his good friend Honey, who is in love with him, and also getting into beefs with his dad, who constantly worries about Ryan and wants to keep in contact with him. But all Ryan can think about is Lori Settles and he wants to make Lori happy and spend time together with Lori, to the point when Honey soon finds out about Lori's and Ryan's relationship and turns them in, especially after she discovers some personal items in his room and etc.

So now Lori is in jail and Lori and Ryan are ordered to stay away from each other and go to therapy and etc. But Ryan is still secretly seeing Lori, only now he is 18 years old and with a car now. And he decided to go into community college too and also becoming popular with the boys and girls and earning a reputation while also labeled as the victim of Lori's "targets" and etc.

Lori: Is new to Georgia and is the total talk around the school, especially with the men. Lori is in love with Ryan and wants to have sex with him while also keeping a low profile and pretending to be a school teacher and etc. She totally hates grown men, mainly due to her father raping her as a child and sexually abusing her while the mother stands there and does nothing, so she hates the mom too. Lori is famous for wearing stilettos to class and being the boys sex goddess. All this change when Lori is ordered to change her outfit due to giving the students and parents the wrong message. But Lori doesn't mind as long as she can still be with Ryan.

Things turn for the worse when Lori is arrested for having sex with Ryan, who was 15 at the time and a minor and Lori ends up cutting herself. Turns out that Lori is bi polar and she's been abused by her dad for years while the mother does nothing which explains why Lori's been craving for younger men and hating boys. Lori ends up spending 6 months in jail and months of probation while also ordered to stay away from Ryan and being fired from school and now labeled as a sex offender and a predator. But Lori and Ryan are still seeing each other and it shows Lori secretly going out with Ryan while also covering up her identity.

Honey: Is Ryan's best friend who's known Ryan for years, since 2nd grade. Honey has a huge crush on Ryan, but Ryan only thinks of her as a friend. Honey hates Lori Settles, their new high school social studies teacher, because she gains Ryan's attention and makes all the boys practically lust over her. But things change when Honey thinks that Ryan is having an affair with someone else. It later turns out to be true when Honey finds a necklace soon notices a necklace around Lori's neck, which turns out to be Ryan's necklace, which makes Honey vomit and immediately hating Ryan and Lori.

So Honey snoops around and prints out emails to the principal Ms. Dexter, and soon has Lori arrested and Ryan in trouble now. And now Ryan totally hates her ass and doesn't want to be friends with her anymore. It ends with Honey moving away to another neighborhood and enrolling in an all girls private school. And Ryan secretly missing her but at the same time hating her ass and loving Lori more.

The End!

Thoughts:
1. O My Gosh! Where to Begin.. Ok All I can say is man does this book really have you thinking what goes on in our school systems and that it does happen in real life. This book is definitely a favorite of mines. I guess because stuff like this does happen and it's nice to see Lurlene writing something that doesn't deal with death and sadness all the time.
2. Apparently Ryan's lost his virginity since he was 7 years old and that Lori wasn't the first girl that he had sex with. In fact, he had sex with a lot of girls before her. But he loves Lori instead. Yeah what a total creep.
3. I kinda feel sorry for Lori even if she was a sex offender and stuff. I mean who doesn't want to have sex and date with someone younger than their age. Not to mention the girl was sexually abused and stuff. Can't help but feel sorry for the chick.
4. Seriously, who would get in trouble for wearing stilettos to class. There is nothing wrong with that. It's not like she was dressing up as a hooker.
5. That Ms. Drexter is a bitch and a total cow. I mean threatening someone to change their appearance and look like an old lady. What a bitch indeed.
6. Pattern here: If the mom is dead and used suicide as a way to feed off her depression, The Dad ends up becoming the workaholic and act like total douchebags. This happens in this book when Ryan's dad is a total workaholic and has a mom who was totally depressed and ended up killing herself. It happens in the book For Better For Worse Forever too.
7. Another Lurlene Pattern : Working class mothers are total bitches. Honey's mom works and has a child who is autistic. Definite sign of a working class mom.
8. I would feel sorry for Honey, considering that the guy she loves is a total pig and is screwing his teacher like a sex object. But yet Honey should of just minded her own business so that way Ryan and Lori would eventually get caught in their own way and maybe Ryan wouldn't end up hating her ass and etc. So she's to blame also.
9. I think Lori is based off of Debra Lafave with the way she's described here. Only Debra was a blonde. And that Lori's and Ryan's relationship is based off of Mary Kay Letournau's relationship with her student Stu, who is now married to her and etc.
10. Did I mention like Debra, Lori didn't have to stay in prison for a long time, due to everyone thinking that she's beautiful and etc. But she has to stay away from public schools and is now labeled as a sex offender and etc.
11. Nowadays people would call Lori as a cougar and would still eventually hate her ass.
12. Mariah Carey and Madonna should take notes on this and learn from Lori and Ryan.


sorry for the long post, but this book was so raw I had no choice but to do it. Not to mention it's now a favorite of mines.