The first book i ever read written by Jodi Picoult. At first i hesitated whether to read it or rather not, in the end my sister convinced me that i'd...moreThe first book i ever read written by Jodi Picoult. At first i hesitated whether to read it or rather not, in the end my sister convinced me that i'd regret NOT reading it ... so i read.
Usually if i find a book to be boring, i normally just turn the pages and read some paragraphs, because I'm too lazy to read it throughly, but still want to know how the story ends - and why.
I'm glad i read this one completely. I like how the story unfolds and ends, like J.Picoult said: >> it couldn't have ended any other way. <<
Now, a few years later, I've come to read many of her other novels (new & old). It kind of seems annoying that she ALWAYS has to include a trial in her books, but since the stories are good, what to do? - you still read them! Another positive aspect is that she wants every person to get a chance to explain his/her actions, why did s/he do what s/he did? You can't really blame any of the characters and have at least a little bit of sympathy for each & everyone. She intentionally did not include Kate, only in the end (last chapter & prologue, actually), are you able to read what she's thinking and what happened to all the other remaining characters ...(less)
The story sucks you in, making you wish you were there to watch all of it happen or there was a movie with a similar storyline. You really can’t help...moreThe story sucks you in, making you wish you were there to watch all of it happen or there was a movie with a similar storyline. You really can’t help but smirk & laugh out loud at many of those tastefully scenes with a very witty Fiona & her many pranks! ... And all of that while it still manages to be realistic ...to a certain extend. You definitely can relate to particular situations or characters. It's movie stuff, guys.
I would have liked for the book to be much longer, so as to spend more time with pretty much all of the characters (Ok, actually meaning: Fiona, Johnny, Todd). Oh, her next book can't come too soon.
Well played, Kristin Walker. Well played. @HOLLYWOOD: Movie please!
plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯ marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you tur...more3.5/5
plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯ marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you turned out so bitter and question why the world can't be as simple or straightforward as someone like marcelo sees it. marcelo is just a great person and anyone would be lucky to have him as a friend. many of the people marcelo encounters at the law firm treat him like crap or act as though he's stupid. so being marcelo's friend would probably lead me to an aggravated assault charge or two, but marcelo is constantly running into people who need to get bitch slapped. [ fya | megan crane ]
some notes: the relationships were not fully fleshed out, but that was fine. i wasn't really that interested or invested (what i read about that anyway) in any of the other characters (parents, jasmine or the rabbi for example), but i appreciated them nonetheless. marcelo was an endearing literary character, i was glad i had the opportunity to meet.
his thoughts on religion, his internal music, various other opinion pieces and bible passages he discussed with the rabbi were the most enjoyable for me to read about.
general: saoirse ronan is set to lead the indie drama how i live now, based on the novel by megan rosoff. directed by kevin macdonald (life in a day), the world war II tale follows a new york city teen named daisy (ronan) who heads to england to spend the summer with relatives. when bombs fall over london, daisy and a young girl named piper struggle to make it alone in the woods as they look for safety. [ article ]
movie vs. book [13. june 2012] the screenplay, though quite different in many ways from the book, is very good. emotional, modern, romantic, very english. (my husband didn’t like the presence of morris dancers in one scene, but that struck me as a fairly minor detail.) daisy and edmond are still cousins. a main character who survived the book fails to survive in the film, but it would be wrong to tell you who dies. the film starts shooting in approximately 10 days. [ blog article | rosoff ]
first picture of saoirse ronan on the set [11. july 2012]
this is like nothing and everything i expected it to be.
born into a world of violence, 18-year-old lyn, the daughter of 7 neo-gladiators decides to f...morethis is like nothing and everything i expected it to be.
born into a world of violence, 18-year-old lyn, the daughter of 7 neo-gladiators decides to fight uber, the guy who killed her 7th father and took her dowry bracelet, so she can claim her now threatened independence and prevent being a glad-wife like her mother, who represents everything she doesn't want to be. but there's also thad, her unusual 8-year-old brother, seemingly able to predict the future, who she wants to take care of.
before i started reading, i had this idea about a lot of fighting and action in this book. and i couldn't haven been more wrong about this aspect, since it's focus lies on relationships. both broken and mended. not on the romance, which the book's blurb leads to believe. i'd like to reference to a neat, short review here < click >. nearly half the book consists of flashbacks, illustrating lyn’s life from year zero, bit by bit. her tense relationship with a depressive mother. then, her quirky brother and of course her friends, but also the way lyn handles her grief when the unthinkable happens and must decide on what she wants and stick to it.
haines’ uses dashes instead of quotation marks, which irritated me and her writing style confused me at some occasions. definitely took me some time to getting used to it.
if you expect an action-packed hunger games-like book. go elsewhere. this book’s not for you. but if you are willing to try something new. go for it. you’ll like it.
the ending leaves space for making up your own ending or the author writing a sequel. i’m happy with both options. (less)
evie doesn't believe in magic anymore. after all, if magic were real, her mom would still be alive. but when evie moves to beaumont, new york, where her...moreevie doesn't believe in magic anymore. after all, if magic were real, her mom would still be alive. but when evie moves to beaumont, new york, where her father has brought a withered apple orchard that the townspeople whisper is cursed, she learns about a lost girl, receives a mysterious seed, and meets a boy who claims to be dead. before long, evie finds herself in the middle of a fairy tale. and this one is real.
what an enchanting little story! it reminds us of how nothing ever dies. only changes. a subtle fairy tale for both children & adults who crave for magic. or maybe just a good book with valuable lessons. (less)
kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book sh...more kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book shape. mostly, though, it’s about human nature: suspicion, desperation, family loyalty, mob mentality. to an adult reader, it’s a mite predictable, but not in particularly frustrating way; it didn’t feel like kate was being daft by not putting things together, it just felt like the reader had a longer view of the situation. kate had immediate concerns to distract her; the reader is looking for the big picture. the only significant flaw is the ending; it feels a bit too neat, and there are enough sudden changes to make the reader feel a bit jerked-around. still, it’s a beautiful, gripping novel. [ thebooleyhouse ] (less)
i wish the book had been longer, because if you actually hold it in your hands ... - it's pretty thin. i inhaled the story. the book cover added to th...morei wish the book had been longer, because if you actually hold it in your hands ... - it's pretty thin. i inhaled the story. the book cover added to the story's sinister tone. ♥
some people complained about it being too slow. i sort of agree. twas slow, but not an unbearable slow, rather an enjoyable slow. i also think the slowness was necessary, so as for the reader to take in enough background information, in preparation for the line#2.
somewhere along the lines of the virgin suicides, only with a less detached point of view and also more positive, i think because of it's hopeful note...moresomewhere along the lines of the virgin suicides, only with a less detached point of view and also more positive, i think because of it's hopeful note and the promise of good things to happen.
and if that doesn't win you over, hold still has wonderful little doodles scattered all over the book by mia nolting!(less)