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Rich and Mad by William Nicholson
  • Author: William Nicholson
  • Title: Rich and Mad
  • Size PDF ver: 1662 kb
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  • ISBN: 1405247398
  • ISBN13: 978-1405247399
  • Pages: 352
  • Other formats: lrf azw lit docx
  • Category: Teen & Young Adult
  • Subcat: Literature and Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Votes: 233
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; UK ed. edition (April 5, 2009)
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This is a compelling & beautifully written novel about first love, first sex, & everything in between. Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. But not just any sort of love: can't-eat, can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, & he's going to make it happen.


Reviews num: (6)

Just_paw
Such a great book with relatable characters and witty dialogue. Love love love this book. Anyone interested in contemporary fiction and cute (opposite of cheesy) love stories must have this book on their shelf. It is the most honest portrayal of being young and searching for love in all the wrong places.
Todal
I have had this book on my radar for a while now even though many readers have found this book less than great. Maybe the cover kept appealing to me, maybe the summary had me hooked, but I just knew I wanted to read this book.

First of all, let me say that a lot of people have had a hard time reading this book due to certain sexual scenes that can come across offensive. That is fine and I agree that some of it didn't really need to be in the book to make the point. What I will add to that though is I am well past my teen years, but I have children who are just entering this stage. I don't censor their reading at all because that is my parenting style. I would have no problem with my daughter reading this book even with the talk of porn, sex, virginity, physical abuse and sexual orientation. I feel what is the book going to hurt when they hear about this stuff from friends anyway. Besides, I have been that age and I remember that books were not the source of info on this stuff--my friends were. Not trying to sound preachy here in my review, but if you don't feel the same way, be cautious of your teen reading it.

With all of that being said, the book was still just an okay book for me. I loved the character of Rich, even though at times his though process made no sense. Who thinks writing a letter from the pope is going to help get a girl to like them? I found that funny and less than attractive. Rich just didn't think that one through. Maddy was a great character that you would like for a friend. She is naive in many things, but she still gives a person the benefit of the doubt. These two were so naive in ways of thinking love should be.

Some of the side characters were great. I loved Cathy and Max. They were funny and what you would expect in normal teenagers for friends. Grace was a piece of work who needed serious help, but I can also understand part of the problem she has. Without going into spoilers, I hope teenagers have learned that this way of thinking by Grace is not love. Joe was up and down for me. At first he was sweet, then I despised him, and then the author does a complete turn around that redeemed him and made him the good guy again or all along.

I loved parts of the books, but there were little things that added up to negatives for the book as well. While I enjoyed it, I didn't fall in love with it like I thought I would. I love the cover the most! It seems romantic and gives you hint at the tenderness that can be found with certain characters of the book.
Voodoozragore
This novel had me varying between wanting to put my hands over my eyes or cover my ears even though I wasn't hearing anything but it certainly felt like I was. I didn't realise when I picked up this novel so much content would be packed into its pages and I suppose maybe if I had connected with the characters more I would want to splash cold water on my face to distract me from what it shoved in my face. What I was expecting to read was a cutesy light hearted novel about two teens finding their way together and creating a love that had bells ringing in an `awe and ahh' because I don't know about you but with my lack of love life it is nice to read about some loved up couples and dream about the possibilities of the ups and downs of a relationship. However what I was served up was not the dinner I had ordered, no it came with a serving of Brussels, (if you love this particular vegetable, please imagine something that makes you screw your nose up in an eek expression).

The characters in this novel just didn't grab my attention; they left me feeling quite bland which in reality meant they were just bland characters themselves. Nothing particularly grabbed me enough to make me really care about them or become attached. Maddy and Rich were cute enough; I thought it was lovely how they explored each other in loving way and it wasn't written in a way that would make you feel like you should put the book down, walk out of the room to give them some privacy, it was sweet, tender and innocent because it was exploring the unknown of each other's bodies. It was commendable of the author to give them time to really get to know each other before either knew they would end up together. The led up to their relationship while didn't leave me with a simmering `come' on get together already' but a slow boat ride that made me skip to the end. I suppose what I have come to the conclusion of is that this book didn't have a passion or at least I couldn't feel the underlining passion outwardly, it merely was there, just waiting to happen. And after waiting for them to get together I didn't have the moment of `finally' as I sigh, nope, I merely thought `well it is about time I guess,' I just wasn't invested in their relationship at all.

All in all; I don't know whether I would recommend this book, if you're comfortable walking smack bang into uncomfortable subjects then this will probably float your boat but if you don't have a strong stomach for this subject matter, then steer clear.

SHE KNOWN AS JESS

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