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Plastic Hearts (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa De Jong , Jennifer Roberts-Hall
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My life has always been safe. I like it that way. I grew up in a fake society where plastic hearts rule. If our hearts are made of plastic, they can never be broken. My parents have expectations and I do everything I can to meet them, even if it means giving up on my own dreams.

Now, all I want is to be free to make my own choices.

Dane Wright is everything I have been warned to stay away from. We met one night while I was with my perfect, parent-approved boyfriend and I haven’t stopped thinking about him. I don’t want to like him. I am doing everything I can to ignore his pull, but my heart seems to want what it cannot have, what it has never had.

Can he measure up? He may think I am too good for him, but maybe he is too good for me.

Life is a series of choices and I have never been able to make my own. Until one day, when my heart decides to make a choice for me.

Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and language.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 654 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 309 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1482333139
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00BMI9HUS
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #87.653 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Ich war ziemlich gespannt auf dieses Buch, da ich die Autorin des Buches früher auch als Bloggerin verfolgt habe und sie mir wirklich sympathisch war. Ich finde auch, dass sie ein ziemlich gutes Buch geschrieben hat, das wirklich fesselnd ist. Trotzdem muss ich sagen, hat es mich gestört, dass sich Lisa de Jong so vieler Klischees bedient hat. Gutes Mädchen trifft auf bösen Jungen, sie will sich von ihm fernhalten, schafft es nicht, böser Junge ist gar nicht so böse, Missverständnisse, die eigentlich hätten vermieden werden können, usw.

Jedoch konnte mich dieses Buch trotz stereotypischer Elemente überzeugen. Ich mochte die Charaktere ganz gerne und außerdem war das Buch wirklich sehr schön zu lesen. Der Schreibstil war meist sehr flüssig zu lesen, an einigen Stellen finde ich, dass es etwas gestockt hat, aber im Großen und Ganzen fand ich ihn wirklich in Ordnung. Was mich gefreut hat, ist, dass in diesem Buch auch sehr wenige Fehler auftreten, die Autorin hat wirklich darauf geachtet, Rechtschreibfehler und Logikfehler zu vermeiden.

Natürlich war die Handlung sehr vorhersehbar, aber die Charaktere waren mir sympathisch genug, um darüber hinwegsehen zu können. Die Liebesgeschichte ging natürlich ziemlich sehr schnell voran, ziemlich bald ist es die große Liebe. Trotzdem hat sie mir gefallen, ich fand sie wirklich süß und romantisch, wenn auch ziemlich kitschig. Mich hat etwas Alex' Opferbereitschaft gestört, das ging mir wirklich auf die Nerven. Kann man nicht mit dem Partner reden, wenn es Probleme gibt? Dieses ganze Drama hätte man wirklich vermeiden können.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Will make your heart melt... 30. April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Let me start this review by saying that this book is absolutely amazing. So amazing I stayed up past midnight to find out how it ends and if Alex and Dane will find back together. I will give this much away and say that it has a happy ending, but the way there is full of obstacles, challenges, tears, pain and regret. And as a reader you'll suffer right along with them. At least that is what I did.

I was so furious with Alex at times for letting her parents bully her into the wrong decision and for hurting Dane with it. But I guess some childhood issues are hard to let go off and so I suffered with her, I wanted to console her and I wanted to slap the living hell out of her cold-hearted evil parents.

Dane on the other hand. OMG, he was so swoon-worthy and caring and lovable. Despite his slight possessiveness or jealousy issues he was just adorable. The way he cared of Alex, the way he wanted to help her get stronger and find herself, the way he took risks for her he'd never taken before was beautiful. And the way he broke when she broke his heart was devastating. When you read the parts about him crumbling, all you want to do is take him in your arms and take his pain away.

Alex friend Jade was a loveable and fun character. I just wished Lisa De Jong would have explained more on what was going on between her and Tyler.

This book altogether was funny, sweet, heart-breaking, adorable and plain beautiful. I can't wait to read more from Lisa De Jong.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nice story 26. August 2013
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This book is well written and an easy to read e-book. Yet the characters are a bit too simple. I would have wished for a bit more detail here and there. All in all a nice book for an evening on the couch if you are into lovestories with a nice twist. 3,5 out of 5 stars.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Strong beginning- ended up disliking both characters at the end; not really a standalone book 6. April 2014
Von Reading as much as I can - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Plot in 3 sentences. Growing up in a rich, controlling family, Alex is at NYU as a pre-med student but since she is a 'people please-er' and is only 19; she never goes against her parents. She meets incredibly sexy, art student Dane who grew up extremely poor and never really had a childhood since he was helping to raise his little brother after the departure of his father. They fall in love - and despite some heartbreak - they end up together, the book ends abruptly leaving the reader to hear more of the story in a second book that is to be released in the summer of 2014.

When I first started this book, I was very engrossed in both characters. I am very familiar with both. The daughter of a rich family who has already planned out her future. She must date a man with a similar background. Alex must be pre-med (since her father is a doc). Alex must wear the right clothes, etc. She has blindly followed all their strict directions without complaint since they would never listen to her anyhow.

At a very early age, Dane experienced a great loss, poverty, drugs, etc. This 22 year old has been able to turn his life completely around. He is back at school, at NYU as an art major. He is sexy, talented and works hard to be true to himself and his craft.

(BTW - the cover doesn't match what I thought Dane would look like. Pictured him more buff, taller, etc. The guy had tats - the guy on the front cover looks like a preppy kid).

The author talks about their art, the growth of their friendship, how they open up to each other and finally fall in love. It's romantic. It's sweet. It's formulaic, but still interesting and sweet. I liked how they are both in school - how Alex is trying to find herself. And how Alex loves Dane for who he is today - and doesn't judge him by his past indiscretions.

Then about 1/2 way, the book completely takes a turn for the worse for me.

***** spoilers ahead *******

It's not surprising how much Alex's parents hate Dane. It's almost comical how snobby they are. Again - formulaic, but I will still engaged.
THEN....Alex completely dumps Dane. She does it in a very selfish, cowardly way. As a 19 year old - I would have thought trickery would have been next. Let's lie about our relationship for as long as possible. She breaks Dane's heart in a BIG way.

THEN...when she finally makes her decision to stand on her own. The author doesn't share with us HOW she plans on doing it. It takes a long to apply for student loans. How is she going to cover tuition AND living expenses??? NYC is expensive! NYU is expensive!!!

THEN....she FINALLY apologizes to Dane and what does HE DO???? He should at least take a day to think about it. To mull over his feelings. Nope. He forgives her on the spot and asks her to move in with him. It was like the author was given 10 minutes to write an ending. It happened way too quickly.

THEN...the end. Book 2 on it's way.

In the beginning of the book - I was already thinking about looking up this author's other books to read. But after reading this one. I had no interest. Some people (obviously quite a few based upon the reviews) love this type of book. Angst-y; young love; make a big mistake and hurt someone; get forgiven; next book to drag out the pain, suffering and mistakes. Throw in some hot sex (it's not too graphic) and you have a romance.
It's just not for me.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Love Dane Wright!!! xoxoxo 5. März 2013
Von Mint - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Plastic Hearts delivers soooo many good messages...
"Redemption isn't something that comes fast and easy. You have to put all your effort and heart into it to make it work. It can't be forced or bought; it simply had to be earned. It requires honesty, commitment and trust."

It's the kind of book that delivers its message without explicit sex scenes or obscene language. No cheating. No triangle love. And no cliff hangers.

Alex was looking for true love. A flutter in her stomach. A curl in her toes. A love she couldn't live without. And when she finally found one... It was with Dane who her parents will never approve of. Dane is handsome. He has a smile that melts your heart. Dane is sweet. Honest. And true.
"Life inspires me. Life is unfair, unkind and unforeseeable. It knocks you down when you least expect it."
"I have envied friends who grew up in happy families, but I also believe that my less than ideal upbringing made me who I am."

BUT he has tattoos and the most important.. he didn't come from a rich family.
Alex's parents are parents from hell. They are controlling. They are fake. They plan things for her and expect her to not walk out of the line. And when she decided to disobey them, they disowned her.
Lisa didn't make Alex life too easy. I had an anxiety at around 80% of the book guessing all the possibilities of how this book ends. I'm satisfied with the ending. But I liked the part where she mentioned 'sometimes second chances didn't exist.' Don't abandon your dream and reach for it.

"Sometimes when life hits you with too much, it makes you stronger and you learn from it. Life has brought me maturity. I make my decisions based on who I don't want to be, rather than whom everyone else wants me to be."

Have I said I love Dane? I LOVE Dane!! xoxoxo
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must Read! 12. März 2013
Von Heather - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely fell in love with this book. Plastic Hearts made me feel so many emotions. Anger was a prominent one. Alex's parents ticked me off repeatedly. Alex was frustrating at times, Jade (Alex's Best friend) was awesome and I loved Dane! At the moment I can't think of one thing he did that upset me. I do have a thing for fictional tattooed bad boys who are former players though. I cared for these characters as if they were real people. Mrs. De Jong did a wonderful job creating these characters and making me feel what they felt. Plastic Hearts is beautifully written and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent start...I was hooked by the smooth flowing writing... 10. März 2013
Von My Secret Romance Book Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Taryn for My Secret Romance Book Review

"I love you, but I can't. You have to let me go," he said, his voice strained.

KJFHSLKFHSDLKF SDJFHLKSJFHLK !!!!!! Yeah!! NO CLIFFHANGER!!!

That's what I felt like after I finished Plastic Hearts. I couldn't even form proper sentences! I was truly blown away by this book, like knocked over kind of blown away! I couldn't think of anything else for a few days except how much I enjoyed it- and that I wanted more.

Plastic Hearts is the first in a series with an excellent start I must say. I was hooked by the smooth flowing writing and realistic storyline with relatable characters. The romance is thick with tension that radiates off the pages.

"I learned something today. Redemption isn't something that comes fast and easy. You have to put all your effort and heart into it to make it work. It can't be forced or bought; it simply had to be earned. It requires honesty, commitment and trust. Dane and I have some things to work on, but as long as there is effort, there is hope."

Best of all for me? It has everything I look for in my reads- angst, angst and MORE angst.

Alex's life is similar to a puppets, whose strings are being manipulated by her parents. She's under strict orders to do as her parents say or face harsh consequences. Not one for ever going against the grain, Alex does as she's told even if it makes her absolutely miserable inside. She was raised in a wealthy family where appearances are everything and love and affection mean very little. To escape from the scrutiny she faces from her parents, Alex uses art as a way to let loose from all that she has to deal with. She loves to paint more than anything and finds a way to get an art class in while she's in college going for her pre-med degree.

Dane's childhood was no easy feat. He grew up struggling to care for his younger brother while his mother rather put her needs first. Dane did what he could until he couldn't take it anymore and split. After putting everyone ahead of him for so long, Dane decides it's his turn to put himself first. Art has always been an escapism for Dane, a way to free himself, so he enrolls in college and majors in Art.

"He was everything I didn't think I could have and somehow, he'd become everything I needed."

Alex and Dane are from the opposite sides of the track. They're not meant to be in Alex's parents eyes, but the chemistry between Dane and Alex is pretty thick from the start and one that can't be denied.

"We can't be friends, I meant that," he stepped closer to me, never breaking eye contact. "I want you to be my girl," he whispered.

What's so great about this story is that the relationship builds and builds slowly over time, which I just loved! I knew something was going to happen, I just wasn't sure what or when...then the parents-art show-the ending....EFFFFFFFFF! It gave me that panic induced angst state that I love being in!

I'm not going to sugar coat, (when do I ever?) but I was a bit skeptical at first. A popular blogger turned romance writer? After reading and reviewing for a while, does she have what it takes to produce a well written novel? And the answer is YES. SHE. DOES! I hope Lisa continues to write more stories, because I just devoured this one.

Plastic Hearts is Lisa De Jong's debut novel, and a strong one I must admit. This book hit me hard, and when I least expected it to. I found myself asking, when did I become so emotionally invested? The answer is simple really now that I look back on it- right from the beginning. I look forward to more books by this author in the future...hopefully very soon! I can honestly say that Plastic Hearts is by far one the best book I've read this year.

To the author who made me experience just about every emotion possible. Who made me feel rage, love, heartfelt sadness and then contentment...YOU ROCK!

Favorite lines:

"Who the hell did I go home with?" -Alex

I learned to let go of the things I can't change. Mistakes make us who we are. -Dane

I'd completed thirty-seven paintings over the last several months. If I placed them in order of when I painted them, they showed my rise, fall and eventual rebirth. -Alex
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breaking Thru With Perfection 6. März 2013
Von Lisa Maurer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay I need to take some deep calming breaths before I dive into the emotions that are rolling around in my brain right now. I go into every book with the anticipation that I am going to love it...I'm an optimist! Most of the time it works out (yay me!) - then I run into books like Plastic Hearts that BLOW. ME. AWAY. with the awesomeness that I read and was completely emotionally unprepared for.

I had been keeping up with the teasers on Lisa's FB author page...I was sold on reading Plastic Hearts from the beginning - count me in, it sounded awesome. So when I got an ARC, I won't hide it...I squee'd. ARC's = bookworm crack...and books like this are my ultimate, reel me in, chew me up, spit me out and leave me begging for more kind of addiction. The characters, the story line, the writing...I hated when I had to put it down - why do people expect you to actually DO things when you have more important things like reading awesome books to do??? UGH!

So Plastic Hearts is about Alex and Dane. Alexandra Mirabelle Riley - gorgeous name, right? Well it matches an equally gorgeous 19 year old girl that I liked from the beginning and over the course of the book, I grew to love more and more. I loved watching her grow from "Alexandra" (the perfectly polished shell her parents wanted her to be) into Alex (who she truly was). Granted, she pissed me off a couple times - but come on, how many heroines exist out there that we don't all want to shake a little and say "snap out of it chick!" It's bound to happen...but I didn't hate her for the choices she made...I hated the fact she had to make them in the first place...and more than that, I hurt for her that she had to make them at all.

"I wanted the type of love I could feel from head to toe, the type where I felt every kiss deep down in the pit of my stomach, the type where the mere mention of his name made me smile from ear to eat and ignited a passion within me so strong that even on our worst days our love was better than any other love around us." ~Alex

Dane...Dane Wright - omg this man (I say his a man, he's 22 - but DAMN, he doesn't act like it!). What do I love about Dane...where do I start:
1. He's 6'2"
2. Gorgeous Green Eyes
3. Yummi-licious to the MAX
4. Tattoo's
5. Motorcycle
6. He's artistic - plus he makes art using power tools...omg...drooling...
7. He's motivated - going back to college all on his own
8. He. Say's. The. Most. Perfect. Things. Ever

Okay....I'll stop - but seriously...I love him. SO much. I can't put a picture to Dane right now, he's this figment of perfection in my head, trying to match someone up to him seems extremely unfair.

"This isn't arrogance, I'm just honest and soon enough you'll be honest with yourself and admit that you want me as much as I want you." ~Dane

Oh Dane...believe me, I'll be honest, I want you. And don't get me started on Dane's kisses...I just can't handle it right now...when I say this boy is book boyfriend dream, I mean it in every sense of the word.

So anyways, back to Dane and Alex - I looooooved their love...the way they fell in love, the way she opened up with him and became more "herself" around him, the way he opened up and changed too (cause of course he's Mr. Bad Boy - like I couldn't swoon anymore!). They just had an easy, wonderful kind of love...

But even Dane with all his fabulousness, couldn't protect me from *insert dramatic drum roll please* Catherine Riley - Alex's mom. How can I describe Catherine Riley...She's horrible...evil...hate that woman...loathe her...she's like Becca/Leah standard of horrible human being except Alex can't escape her, cause it's her mom! Her dad's not much better...it's a miracle Alex survived coming from those people. They are the ones forcing Alex to be this pristine image of what they want her to be, leading the life they want her to live - right, cause that's a GREAT way to be a parent. It doesn't help that Alex is measured up to her sister Gwen constantly, because the eldest daughter can do no wrong. So it should come as no surprise, they are the cause of the turmoil in an otherwise happy existence...GRRR! Just thinking about it makes me want to scream!

But enough of the jerks - back to brighter things - like Alex's best friend Jade...could not get enough of her! Can she be my best friend?? Cause she kinda rocks. And how CUTE is it that she just so happens to hook up with Dane's best friend Tyler. (FYI...I will be begging Ms. De Jong to write a Jade/Tyler book - I know their story is juicy and I must know it ASAP). And speaking of Tyler...there is a scene with Tyler, Jade and Alex....and all I have to say is...

So...I've just recently become obsessed with highlight things in my kindle...and I do know I love a book when I highlight the CRAP out of it...and OOOOOH boy, there were some pages I just wanted to drag my finger across and paint `em yellow!

"Plastic hearts are made so they cannot be broken. Cracked maybe, but never broken."

"We all make mistakes and do things we wish we could take back, but it is what we do after that truly matters...and I like your after."

"I wasn't the type of girl who needed to save every broken man she encountered, but Dane was worth saving."

"If a heart could smile, mine would be beaming right now."

"Sometimes when life hits you with too much, it makes you stronger and you learn from it. I know where I want to go while some of my friends don't. Life has brought me maturity. I make my decisions based on who I don't want to be, rather than whom everyone else wants me to be. I always want to be better. It took me time to see this, but it's true." If I didn't complete love him before, this certainly sealed my fate. He was sexy, kind, and smart, wrapped up in one complete package."

"I cried because my heart was lying back in his apartment in a million pieces. I cried because I realized that I would never love like this again. Dane had my heart and I would never get it back. I cried because I had happiness in my hand and threw it away. I cried until there were no more tears left to fall down my cheek and slipped back into the numbness that engulfed me before I gave my heart to Dane."

"Life inspires me. Life is unfair, unkind and unforeseeable. It knocks you down when you least expect it. When I create a sculpture, I can control it. I can create happiness even when I can't feel it. It's a way to create what life isn't giving me."

And those aren't even all my favorites...I swear I have close to 100 highlights on my kindle...I couldn't help myself!

So I guess you could say I kinda sorted maybe liked this book....in the sense that I am in love with every aspect and cannot wait until the 2nd book comes out. Like it needs to happen tomorrow...ok maybe I could wait till the end of the week, but that's SERIOUSLY asking a lot. GAH! Do. Not. Hesitate. To. Read. This. Book. That is all :-)
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