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Eyeleash: A Blog Novel [Paperback]

Jess C. Scott

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Book Description

Feb. 3 2011
Jade Ashton is a sassy virgin. In her private blog, she vents about "fitting in" a world where superficiality reigns supreme. Suddenly all logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who's morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician. They decide to be "friends-with-benefits". But it's Novan, with his poems and riddling passages on his own blog--which *isn't private*--that backs out. EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the colorful, intricate drama in two youths' relentless search for themselves--and what's really in their hearts. GENRE: New Media / Popular Culture / Teenage Memoir / Coming of Age / Dating & Sex More Info @ http://www.jessink.com/eyeleash.htm

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jessink (Feb. 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983325200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983325208
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,734,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its hard to believe this is Scott's first book! Aug. 11 2009
By Northern Sally - Published on Amazon.com
Its hard to believe this is Scott's first book - its a solid story with a mature writing style that makes one wonder how someone was able to get inside the head of a young girl, dealing with all the issues facing older teens and 20 somethings in today's wired world - until you realize that Scott herself is in that age group. Its not easy to write a novel about one's peers (self?) without sounding like 'Dear Diary' but Scott has done it.

While some wonder about 'another coming-of-age book' this one is different, its very raw, truly honest and is not a victim of self-censoring. This is not your 'usual YA' fiction - this is for those who like their writing true and honest - without looking back!

If you are feed up with stories that contain the tired old 'kids exploring love' and 'learning to let go' you will love EyeLeash - a bold, deep, fresh and relevant novel that could be enjoyed by a book lover of any age!

Well, well recommended!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The idea is there... but needs some work. Aug. 19 2009
By Well-Read Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
I will admit that this review is not an easy one to write, particularly since many will perceive it to not be in the "positive review" category.. but I feel the need to be honest. I am going to start with saying that the idea behind the novel is delightful - an inside look into the world of a teenager and her budding sexuality. The way Jade thinks is spot on with teenagers in today's world - sporadic ramblings, and honest, intimate details of her life shared.

There were some portions of the novel in which I genuinely laughed at the imagery - this young teenager practicing sex moves alone in her room. I thought - well, I am sure a lot of teenagers can relate! EyeLeash has the potential to be the "Are you there God? It's me, Margaret" of our new day. I remember reading "Are you there God? It's me, Margaret" as a young teenager, feeling almost embarrassed but relieved to read about the life of another teenager, going through what most teenagers go through and thinking, "Wow! It's in a book!" The shock value is there.

However - the novel falls flat on many accounts. I could understand that the novel is supposed to be someone's blog, a young person's blog - but I think it was unsafe to assume that all blogs (particularly those of a teenagers) cannot be eloquently written. At times, particularly in copy-and-paste dialogue from Jade's chat(s) with friends - many sentences lacked proper grammar and punctuation. It was as if I was reading text messages of the uneducated. I know many teenagers write like this, nowadays, but I never did - and I have a hard time relating to this new way of writing. I also felt, due to the demographics of the targeted readers, that it portrayed the wrong idea to young pre-teens and teenagers that this was an acceptable method of writing.

I feel it's important that a reader not only can relate to a character (through experiences) but there has to be some sort of edge that causes the reader to respect and/or strive to be like the character in some way. I just couldn't do it. Could I relate to being a sexually frustrated teenager - sure, we all were at some point. But the way the protagonist wrote - and being an avid reader, I couldn't get beyond the typos, formatting issues, and lingo. I also couldn't gauge the background information of this character. I think without understanding who this character is and where she is from, it's hard to fully fall into this teenager's life. It just did not scream, "A well-written masterpiece of today".

I rated this novel 1 star because I feel the potential is there. Like I previously mentioned, the shock value is apparent. Teenagers will love to read about the life of an average teenager and devlishly love reading about crushes, first dates, and first sexual experiences. The concept, the idea, the topic - is wonderful. But, the rest of the book needs work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read With Caution, But For A Good Story March 5 2011
By gotbook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
EyeLeash is getting five stars from me. I am fourteen years old and read this in two days. While it is sexually explicit in some areas, it is so the author can make her point across, which I'm for. Otherwise, sex in detail in a novel? Not my cup of tea, although the Gossip Girl genre is popular for girls around my age.
EyeLeash is just about a girl who's feeling pressured to have sex at an early age, as the only virgin remaining in her group of friends. What I think is insane is that the main character's BFF is dating a 30-year-old! And she constantly talks of her sex life with him (thankfully not in great detail). Her best friend, the virgin, is exposed to finding a used condom while visiting unannounced one afternoon before the said friend could clean up a bit. Gross!

The above paragraph will finish most of the ranting about what I felt should have been left OUT of the book. Here's what I think was cool.
1.The game Jade's crush, Novan played with his ipod. Ask your ipod a question and then hit shuffle. It could be trying to tell you something. I tried this myself.
2. Poetry mixed throughout the book. Jess C Scott can write both in verse and in a mature Judy Blume style.
3. That Novan did not show up at the hotel to sleep with Jade. It made her learn something about herself. Also, nude pics? Really?
4. The mention of virtual worlds online. Yes, this makes me a geek.

At first, I was mad while reading this because I thought the character of Jade was so much smarter than Serena Van Der Woodsen or any other slutty pop culture icon. Then I realized that she's just trying to find herself as much as all of us. Let's face it, even a smart girl, fictional or not, can make a mistake. But there are real nice guys out there like the character of Novan to kind of keep us in check. So I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you're a teen who purposely doesn't try to be like the It Girls, or even just a smart girl who thinks that you have to dumb yourself down for guys, read EyeLeash. Jess C Scott is the 21st century Judy Blume.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Novel June 27 2010
By Stephen Richens - Published on Amazon.com
An excellent book. The book shows solid writing--a bold, deep, fresh and relevant book that could be enjoyed by a book lover of any age! Teenagers must read this book. Why? Because it'll show you that what you write in blogs and journals, can sometimes end up showing you who you really are as a person, and what you really want. This book is a wonderful book as Jade is such a realistic character. The Blog captures all of her emotions and strife with and about Novan. There are some portions in this book which are very funny--they capture moments we all share as common experiences in our growing up years. The concept of this book, the idea, the topic--is fantastic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for EyeLeash: A Blog Novel May 29 2010
By Kasey Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Eyeleash: A Blog Novel, is a raw and brilliantly written young adult novel written by Jess C. Scott.

A sensational and compelling read, Scott spins together an original online romance. 17 year old Jade Ashton keeps a private blog to chronicle her life over the next year. Quickly, her blog posts switch from rambling about friends to obsessing over her now grown up childhood friend, Novan. Talking sporadically to Novan whenever he is online, they come to an agreement to be friends with benefits. Surprisingly, Novan grows distant from Jade and it takes a lot of late night blog posts and thoughts of Novan occupying her mind for Jade to figure out what is really in her heart.

With every teen growing up in a time of technology up-roar, Scott has found the perfect way to speak to the youth of today. As Jade puts all her feelings out there (uncensored) in her private blog, every teen in America will be able to relate to her thoughts and desires. With each blog post Jade writes the reader is welcomed into higher levers of who she really is.

The more readers read EyeLeash: A Blog Novel, the more they will fall in love with the honest characters. This witty and quirky narrative is better than reading a book. Just as I have, teens will feel right at home reading this book written in blog formant.

Though this book is far different from the fluffy Twilight series, don't be surprised if Jess C. Scott's books spark the next reading revolution. Scott's original voice and style don't just tell a story, they tell the way of teenage life.

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