Talk of Shame

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 12 Dec 2017

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Leider habe ich hier zu spät gesehen das es ein Engliches Buch ist und ich dies somit leider nicht lesen kann.
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I liked this book. I’m not completely in love with it but I would definitely recommended it for a younger audience. It reminds me a lot of mean girls in a good way. It’s got some fun qualities and is defiantly worth a read. I can see why a younger audience would love it. I did like that different chapters were focused on different character so you really got the story from every angle. 
So overall a good read for a teen girl who is sitting in the sun and wanting a fun weekend read!
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Something for lovers of Pretty Little Liars and the new Dynasty.
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Not my usual type of story, I generally prefer darker reads but it was a good, quick read!
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I had a hard time getting into this book and ended up only reading about 1/4 of the way into it.
It wasn't anything wrong with the book, I thought the writing itself was lovely, I'm just not so fond of all the college slang and I don't understand a lot about sororities either so I found it hard to follow along.
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I hate leaving bad reviews and I usually don't. It's rare that I don't like a book even a little bit and its even more rare that I don't finish a book. With that being said, I got good part way through this book and I couldn't keep reading. I kept hoping it'd catch my interest but nothing. I feel like it was all over the place and a bit confusing. I had a hard time seeing the storyline.
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This book was exactly what I was needing when I went through a rough reading slump. It felt like a Mean Girls meets Gossip girl, but in a college setting. This book was funny, cute and somewhat realistic when depicting Freshman year of college. If you are wanting to get your hands on a great guilty pleasure read, be sure to check out this one.
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I personally did not enjoy this book. I thought there was very little character development involved throughout the story, so I did not get into reading it at all. It did remind me a lot of Gossip Girl meets Mean girls, so there will be teens out there who will love it. Katie was overall the character I related the most with in the end.
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"Schöne Geschichte über das Erwachsenwerden und seinen Weg finden"
Katie, Jill, Helen, und Beatrice sind neu am Somerville College und müssen nun ihr erstes Jahr als Studienanfänger (freshman) bestehen. Katie möchte Journalistin werden; sie ist ein eher stiller, in sich gekehrter Typ, aber wohl sehr talentiert. Direkt am ersten Tag begegnet sie Brandon, der sehr hilfsbereit und herzlich für sie da ist. Er hat ein Stipendium bekommen, das aber längst nicht alle Kosten deckt, so dass er nebenher noch diverse Jobs hat. Katies Studium wird hingegen von ihrer Tante finanziert, unter der Bedingung, dass sie sich einer bestimmten Studentinnenvereinigung (sorority) anschließen muss. Das ist ihr zuwider, aber als ihre neue Freundin Jill mit Katies alter Feindin Beatrice aneinander gerät - und Jill ist quasi besessen, einer bestimmten Vereinigung beitreten zu können - setzt Katie alle Hebel in Bewegung um mit Jill in „ihrer“ Vereinigung aufgenommen zu werden. So rufen sie z.B. anonym eine inoffizielle Klatsch-Internetseite („Talk of Shame“) ins Leben, um ihre Gegner in Verruf zu bringen… Dies zieht natürlich einiges an Konsequenzen nach sich. Aber auch in der Bewerbungsphase um die Studentinnenvereinigung müssen die jungen Frauen zeigen, aus welchem Holz sie geschnitzt sind. Romantische Verwicklungen gibt es zwar auch, aber diese stehen in diesem Buch eher im Hintergrund. Wichtiger sind die Freundschaft zwischen der stillen Katie, der überschwänglichen Jill und der ausgleichenden Helen, sowie deren persönliche Entwicklung. Insbesondere stellt sich Katie nach „Talk of Shame“ die Frage, ob ihr bisher konsequent verfolgte Weg, Journalistin zu werden, wirklich der richtige für sie ist und worauf es im Leben ankommt. Ich mochte besonders Katie, Helen und Brandon. Jill war mir teilweise etwas zu aufgekratzt, aber sie ist durchaus liebenswürdig und passt gut in die Runde der Freundinnen.
„Talk of Shame“ ist eine schöne Geschichte über Freundschaft, das Erwachsenwerden, seinen Weg zu finden und sich durch einen Neuanfang - hier das erste Studienjahr - zu kämpfen, Vertrauen zu neuen Freunden zu finden und Vergangenes hinter sich zu lassen. Dass die Romantik hier im Hintergrund steht, hat mir zwar einerseits gut gefallen, andererseits hätte ich aber gerne etwas über die weitere Entwicklung zwischen Katie und Brandon gelesen.
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I had high hopes for this book - I loved the concept behind it, college/with a scandal gossip app, your classic guilty pleasure. However I felt this book didn't live up to what I had hoped for. Firstly I thought it was an okay read, hence the 3 stars, but it left me wanting more. Issues were created and resolved just as quick, and the 'Talk of shame app' was only up and running for 3 chapters or so, which was the whole point of the novel. Maybe because I was expecting such a gossip girl - vibe, with gossip and scandal throughout that I was let down. I also thought it ended a bit abruptly.  On a side note, I thought the characters were pleasant, and it had potential good points. It was an okay read.
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I really didn't know if I was going to like Talk of Shame, but I loved it. The characters are fun to get to know and they are likable. I liked how it didn't end up being a love story book and was a true book about freshman year in college and the friends you make. You have the sorority obsessed, the drunks, the nerd and so many more personas that you meet that you encounter in your time in college. I will say that one thing I didnt like so much was the fact that there were so many POVs throughout the whole story. I like being able to read what each character is thinking but I think it would have been better to have each POV as its own chapter and not as part of a chapter. I loved how it talks about Greek life, I go to a school that doesn't have Greek life and being in a sorority has always been dream of mine. So to be able to read a book that talks about being in a sorority and also doesn't bash it was really nice. I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun college age read. 

Also, thank you so much to Netgalley for providing me with a free e'ARC to read and review!
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Overall this was a fun little book that I would say was just ok. It wasn't great, it wasn't awful, it was just ok. It was a fun, quick read. The story changes narrators throughout and I don't know if it was because I read it in ebook format, but I thought it was difficult at times to remember whose story we were reading.  I think it would have read smoother if it had just been told from one person's viewpoint. I also struggled to really connect with any of the characters. It just seemed like something was missing.
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This is teenage chick lit drama. 
If you enjoy Mean girls & Gossip girls like dramas then this book is surely for you. Definitely recommended. But if you are not into these things then I would not recommend this to you. As it will only end up you rating it low, which will be a waste. So Beware!

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it.
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Talk of Shame has a feel of Gossip Girl and Mean Girls combined with lots of teenage drama on a high school campus. This is an easy fast-paced read that is a fun guilty pleasure kind of drama.
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Great books for teens and young adults.  The bullying and shaming in this book were revelant to this Times today.  I highly recommend it
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Talk of Shame was a fun and fantastic read. It was one of those books you want to bring to the beach or long trips. This book for me has all you need for a fun New Adult - Contemporary. 

The story is told from the POV of three freshman girls, who are all rushing sororities. The author did a fantastic job of giving the three girls different personalities and voices, I could always tell who was narrating each part of the story. There is some romance, but I appreciated that the romance was not the main focus of this book and that let the friendships and the drama unfold in a more realistic way. The only thing that I wish was different is the climatic action. I would have liked the "Talk of Shame" plot to come to fruition a bit sooner. I think it would have increased the energy in the book, so we could have more of a dramatic finish. That being said, I loved the ending! It answered all leftover questions and by doing so really hit home with the messages of this book.
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I never actually expected to like this book but it was sooooooo good. 

Had everything I look for in a book and defiantly a lot of humour involved.

It felt like a very toned toned down version of Gossip Girl. A lot of teenage drama. Its a guilty pleasure book, the actual plot however unfolded a tad bit sooner then I would have like but certainly doesn't mean it doesn't deserve the 5 stars.

The story was told from the perspective of 3 main characters Jill, Beatrice and Katie. The layout of the book was a bit weird but once you get the hang of it, it isn't actually that hard to follow along with. 

How it is possible for social media to easily make people's individual lives uncomfortable, no one has any idea until they actually see other people suffering because of it. Expectations of people seem a bit too step.
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Mean Girls meets Gossip Girl and let it exploded. If you’re into teen drama, dreaming of (or remembering) those good ol’ college days, sorority rush periods (including the hazing that may or may not happen) and the feeling that all of it will last forever then you are going to love this book. Everwood captured that time of life, or at least what people imagine it to be, perfectly. I went to a private ‘christian’ college and neither my college days or sorority life were like this so I’m still trying to figure out if I missed out or should be glad, lol.

Let’s face it, sometimes you need that ‘junk food’ book that is for pure entertainment because have you seen the state of the world lately? If you don’t get something to chill out for a few hours and take the stress off you’re going to end up on going viral on social media for threatening people over chicken nuggets. McDonalds is just NOT that good to be flipping out over – read a book, it’ll take the edge off those nugget cravings.

Most of what you think the plot is supposed to be about, that juicy “Talk of Shame” bit seems to be held off to the end and feels like forever to get there only because we all know that is exactly why you picked this to read. But fear not, because she does get there so slow your roll! I think I just dated myself.

Anyways –

I honestly think this kind of story would play out better on the screen than on the pages but that could be because I’ve already been conditioned for these kinds of stories in that media. I even had certain actresses popping up in my head in place of the characters written here. It is the character work that really drives this book, not the storyline you were expecting.

Though she provides a tidy ending to wrap it all up I could still see this being carried on to their Sophomore year and so on.
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