Leave me here to die. Do you want to enjoy a brief shining moment of happiness, only to finish it uncertain when you'll get another one? Do you want tLeave me here to die. Do you want to enjoy a brief shining moment of happiness, only to finish it uncertain when you'll get another one? Do you want to hear a lovely boy say lovely things about the girl he loves? Read on....more
I picked up this book seeing that it was a best-friends-will-they-won't-they romance, and I was sold. The fact that it had this interesting twistWhoa.
I picked up this book seeing that it was a best-friends-will-they-won't-they romance, and I was sold. The fact that it had this interesting twist of Oliver having this chronic sleep disorder just made it that much more intriguing.
But then I opened it up. And I got something entirely different.
I did get a best friends' love story. And Oliver did have KLS. But I was expecting something that I'd read before. A coming-of-age, uncertain feelings, self-discovery soul-searching fest with a road trip thrown in for good measure. Instead, I got a heroine who is violent, and caustic, and self-destructive, and a boy who's quiet, but not in that she has to protect him from the world. I got two people whose friendship is as much a result of convenience as it was compatibility. I got a hell of a story.
I loved this story because it was heavier than most contemporaries, but I didn't walk away emotionally drained or scarred. The characters are so self-aware that the bad things that happen to them are examined and addressed in a way that doesn't oversimplify, but also doesn't weigh the story down. The heaviness had more to do with the characters' traits (mostly Althea), and the fact that it was so much more...real than most contemporaries. It felt like this was a story that not only could happen, but did happen. It's rooted in reality, but not so much that it's cynical or boring. I also loved the fact that it was set in the 90's. I was born in 1993, but I have always been interested in the life I might have had if I had been a teenager and young adult at that point.
I thought the ending worked without me being upset that it was what "made sense." It's not a traditional ending, and a lot of people may not like it, but it felt true, and what's more, the characters felt it was their true outcome to that chapter of their lives.
Real quick: I know that there is a bit of controversy over certain events that take place, namely the inciting incident that throws everything into motion. And while I do see the merit behind most people's concern and frustration over that part, and those feelings are valid because the situation is what it is, I also think that A: the fictional nature of this story ought to be taken into account, B: it's far more complicated than it may be viewed as given the characters' relationship to each other, and C: the fact that the characters decide for themselves how to categorize and identify what happens to them, which I think is the most important element of this situation....more
I ate this up in about two sittings, as I'd expected. When you have two characters who both like writing, nerdy pop culture, and the same chinese foodI ate this up in about two sittings, as I'd expected. When you have two characters who both like writing, nerdy pop culture, and the same chinese food, what's not to love? And with the story told from povs of everyone BUT the protags? I was hooked.
I thought that the characters were very believable and effective. I wanted to punch victor, and Charlotte reminded me of myself. I was even maddeningly frustrated with Gabe a lot of the time, but you were supposed to.
The story worked naturally with giving the audience realistic moments. I mean, two people aren't gonna make out with each other in front of other people, but that doesn't mean you don't get moments.
I also liked how gabe's drama was handled. YA stories will often give characters horrifically tragic back stories, and while gabe has a reason for his issues, and they're valid, it wasn't amped up for effect.
Great read if you want something cute that you can eat up and get a cavity from the sweetness....more
The end of an era has occurred here. I first found this book's description and thought, "what a quaint sounding tale. imaginary friends cKiller finale
The end of an era has occurred here. I first found this book's description and thought, "what a quaint sounding tale. imaginary friends come to life, what fun. Little did I know I was about to embark on a three year journey of pain suffering and other "quaint" things like that. I thought that Unmade was an overall perfect way to end this trilogy. Unlike many tv show finales, this book didn't make every scene a wrapping up of each individual issue. This installment is everything err th bit as vital to the story and its conclusion as the first or second were,and without it you wouldn't be able to end it the way it was. We also get to see one of the best executed works of character development I've ever seen. From Jared to Kami and beyond, each character has come full circle.
While I do think the final scene was a bit rushed and too simply resolved as far as the action plot was concerned, I didn't mind, and this has partly to do with the resolution as far as the romances was concerned. the reason I picked this book up in the first place was first and foremost the fact that it was about the relationship between imaginary friends made real. From the start that has been the cornerstone of all story development, rather than the sorcery element. Had the romances been resolved in a way like the magic plot was, I might have come away disappointment. However, I am more than happy to report that all's well that ends well. can't wait to see what else Sarah has up her sleeve next....more