I read The Fault in Our Stars and didn't shed a single tear. However, that being said, I just spent the last 20 minutes bawling my eyes out over thisI read The Fault in Our Stars and didn't shed a single tear. However, that being said, I just spent the last 20 minutes bawling my eyes out over this book. While the beginning was a bit slow and hard for me to get into, I was surprised by my ability to fall comfortably into the story. It was perfect.
This book will put you in mourning. I felt the sadness of every love I've ever lost pool up within me and slam into me like a freight train. I couldn't help but think how ugly I looked or that I was glad I was alone at the time. I can't remember the last time a book was so heart wrenching....more
I read this book because I wanted to see the movie and couldn't see it without first reading the book since it was already on my to-read list #StubborI read this book because I wanted to see the movie and couldn't see it without first reading the book since it was already on my to-read list #Stubbornbookwormproblems
Suffice it to say that I no longer want to see the movie. I have a love hate relationship with this book. I loved the way that it gripped me from beginning to end and was indeed very hard to put down but I hated the story overall.
Amy just about drove me nuts the entire time. She is clever like she is commonly described by other book critics and reader reviews but she is also so cocky and full of herself and so sure that she is amazing and has an air-tight plan that she practically begs you to find all of the flaws in her master plan, the holes, the loose threads that would have unraveled this story in real life. Yes, it's fiction, I get it - it isn't real so it isn't supposed to be plausible, but I know the book was trying to be realistic and in many ways it was but in so many others it wasn't. My dad was engrossed in the Scott Peterson story and I honestly feel that most of the story was that story, ripped off and given a new spin. I hated the ending and aside from the improbable holes in the story, this would be a disastrous story in real life if only for the way it ended. Such an awful ending.
I'll add this to my shelf of books that one needs to read to be part of the societal conversation but isn't anything I feel I would have missed out on had I not read it....more
I really wanted to like this book seeing as it is wildly popular, I almost feel like there must be something wrong with me because of how much I did nI really wanted to like this book seeing as it is wildly popular, I almost feel like there must be something wrong with me because of how much I did not enjoy this book.
Obviously there was the poor writing which everyone has already touched on about this book and is a well known fact. I also had an issue with the characters. I felt that there was almost no depth to their characters and I felt like they ran in circles probing each other for details that would have added meaning to the characters but instead of divulging into some interesting background on the characters it was always "Hush Anastasia, I want you." and her response of "Holy crap, he wants me". SO REPETITIVE!!!
And honestly, the sex scenes weren't even that hot in my opinion. I've only read one other romance novel and it was so hot I could hardly take it as I was reading it but with this novel I didn't get riled up at all.
I think the real reason that women are drawn to this novel is that it gives them hope that a relationship they currently have that is based on the physical may turn into something more. That's what every woman wants and too many women are waiting for a guy to make that change, when most likely he never will. It's an adult fairy tale if you will. Leading women to believe that maybe their friend with benefits will suddenly want "more" and be so in rapture with them. Please.
It also slightly reminded me of a guy I dated for a while who was emotionally screwed up after a fucked up past, unable to love or get attached and highly focused on the physical. The resemblence of Christian Grey to the guy from my past almost made me want to vomit. So many women say they want Christian Grey in their life after reading this, trust me you don't. ...more
This book was written as a story being told from a narrators perspective. I did not enjoy this style at all. I wanted to experience a story not hear oThis book was written as a story being told from a narrators perspective. I did not enjoy this style at all. I wanted to experience a story not hear one.
I also found the author to be rather boring. During the dry sections of the book he would drone on attempting to make things more interesting by over garnishing and going into extreme detail about things that I didn't care about. In contrast, as soon as things appeared to be getting interesting he would be very brief and cut things short without going into the details that you were dying to hear. This was very disappointing. The ending came to an abrupt finish that was not consistent with the rest of the book.
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I was very annoyed that the narrator Julia meets keeps telling her that she is very close to her father and implies that she will be meeting him soon. Only for us to find out later that he had been dead for a while. We learn that he died after finally being reunited with Mi Mi who was close to death when he found her yet we have no explanation for why he died when it appeared he was in perfect health. The narrator goes into how we need not know why people die, as if the author thought this would decrease the interest of the reader in knowing why Tin Win dies suddenly and for no apparent reason. I also didn't understand why we heard Tin Win's point of view during the story of his experience as a blind boy but for whatever reason he did not tell the narrator how he felt about his family or his daughter (in any way for him to tell her) yet the narrator claimed to know everything about her. The time that Tin Win spends away from Mi Mi and moves to the United States makes it appear as though he had found peace and was ok with his separation from Mi Mi and that was why he was able to get married and have a new life in the U.S. This does not support why his character would suddenly out of the blue after all that time go back to Mi Mi. It wasn't clicking for me. I was very disappointed. ...more
There were so many things that I loved about this book. I felt overall it was pretty well written and at times certain passages would jump out from thThere were so many things that I loved about this book. I felt overall it was pretty well written and at times certain passages would jump out from the page at me and really connect with my soul. However, I did feel that this book was pretty dry in the middle and could have been significantly shorter!
It also reminded me of The Inner Circle and the entire time I was reading it I couldn't help but picture Affenlight as Alfred Kinsey. I felt as thought I was reading the same story, even though they are quite different. It was as if this was an extension of Alfred Kinsey's story which proved more distracting than anything else.
I also felt that the very ending of the book felt out of place and a little random. Could have done without the last 30 pages.
Initially I didn't think I was going to like this book because I was not initially convinced that Emma would successfully portray the voice of a 5 yeaInitially I didn't think I was going to like this book because I was not initially convinced that Emma would successfully portray the voice of a 5 year old boy to any degree that would be compelling or convincing but I have to admit that Emma did outstanding. A good book will develop a mental picture in your mind of the main character so that as you're reading you picture that character rather than simply hearing dialogue being narrated by the main character and that is exactly how I experienced this book. I guess the only downside is that if this book is ever turned into a movie I just hope Jack looks like my Jack!
With that being said, I do feel that the book lost a little bit of momentum halfway through (without going into too much detail and potentially giving away spoilers) I think Emma successfully thought her way through that part of the book and then wasn't sure how to continue the story to create a full-length novel rather than simply a short story.
I am wavering between a 3-4 and sitting at a solid 3.5 stars for this book but because her portrayal of Jack as a 5 year old boy is so convincing I have to give her extra credit. I also fell in love with his character and that is not an easy thing to do as an author so I went ahead with the 4 star rating....more
If I could give this book 2.5 stars I probably would but settled on 3 to round up.
I had read the first book of this series and loved it so I figuredIf I could give this book 2.5 stars I probably would but settled on 3 to round up.
I had read the first book of this series and loved it so I figured I would love this book just as much. To be fair I read something borrowed ages ago so maybe my taste has just changed but I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.
I had read that it got better after the first 100 pages or so and I will agree that it did improve but I never fully understood Darcy's character in this book.
I also felt like this book switched between two speeds either painfully slow and warp speed. One minute it takes you 30 pages to read about the day to day activities of Darcy's life at that part of the story then the next minute you'll read 3-4 story altering details or events within 3 pages. A bit annoying. For this reason the book seemed very boring even though a lot happened because in 75% of the book nothing was going on, the action or big things happened on the other 25% of the pages. Could just be me, I am not sure if others felt this way but it is just my opinion....more
Catching Fire wasn't quite as strong as the first book. I enjoyed it but felt that at times the book went at a slow pace, or sped up so fast that it dCatching Fire wasn't quite as strong as the first book. I enjoyed it but felt that at times the book went at a slow pace, or sped up so fast that it didn't explore moments in the book that could have been explored. In the first book they spend half the book preparing for the games and making the journey to the capital, the second time around it was very brief and just not as enjoyable. I felt like the author could have explored these scenes better.
I also thought that the actions of putting the past victors in the games made sense as far as getting back at Katniss and Peta but doesn't make sense as far as making all the other victors go. It was supposed to be a jab at Katniss and Peta but I don't know how the public would read that message when they weren't the only ones effected.
I really wanted to love this book! And I'll admit that there were times when this book was nothing short of brilliant. But ultimately there was too muI really wanted to love this book! And I'll admit that there were times when this book was nothing short of brilliant. But ultimately there was too much that didn't make sense, and ultimately was not as good as I was expecting.
:/ still a good read, maybe I'll have to re-read it someday and I will possibly like it more. ...more
I am not even a dog person and I LOVED this book. I picked it up not really knowing exactly what the story was about, just knew it was becoming quiteI am not even a dog person and I LOVED this book. I picked it up not really knowing exactly what the story was about, just knew it was becoming quite popular. I was blown away, mostly because of how closely related the story was to my own life. I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did but being told from the dog's perspective made it that much more touching and heartwarming and I loved Enzo's personality!
My dad was originally awarded every other weekend and one day a week (Wednesday from after school until 8 pm) as visitation when him and my mom divorced. But when I was in middle school things were not going so well so we went back to court so my dad could fight to get full custody of me. Like in the book, it was a long drawn out process because the lawyers were dicking around. My mom's lawyer postponed one of our court days because she needed to "recover" from surgery and was told to stay in bed, doctors orders. The week of our court date, my dad's lawyer ran into my mom's lawyer at a hotel in Wisconsin Dells, guess that was her idea of being "bed ridden".
While not every detail from our battle was the same as Denny's in the book, it still had an impact on me and made me feel closer to them both, knowing what they were going through....more
I flew through this book! I can't believe how fast I got it finished! I can't really say there was anything I disliked about this book but I wish it hI flew through this book! I can't believe how fast I got it finished! I can't really say there was anything I disliked about this book but I wish it had been a bit more eventful. But otherwise, the book is nearly flawless and I was impressed with the conversations exchanged with the characters. ...more
First of all it is way to futuristic for me, that was just a style issue on my part.
I felt that the authoI could hardly stand this book!
First of all it is way to futuristic for me, that was just a style issue on my part.
I felt that the author was trying to put a lot of deeper meaning into the book and hint towards social issues such as consuming too much the way the "rusties" did which seems like a pleasant stab towards our time. I found bits of deeper meaning sprinkled about this book.
Although it was interesting to add the fact that uglies had their mind altered as a negative side effect towards the operation making them brain dead, I couldn't help but think the author was trying to use deeper meaning to say that, yeah being pretty is nice but anyone pretty is an airhead. I know I am taking a liberty, but it's just the feeling the book gave me whether the author intended it or not.
I also thought Shay was an extreme bitch. First of all, even if she knew for a FACT that tally was a spy, the whole situation was her fault! Tally wanted to be made into a pretty but ultimately couldn't because of Shay's doing! She wouldn't have been there to cause trouble if it hadn't been for Shay's actions in the first place.
I never understood why Tally preferred the people in the smoke when most questioned her, and Shay had begun to hate her. Meanwhile Peris, although maybe not as smart after his operation, was a hell of a lot nicer than Shay ever was in this book. I'd take brain dead Peris over bitchy wild and free Shay, any day.
I also didn't think the writing was all that sophisticated. I get it's a teen novel but seriously, come on....more
This just might be one of the worst books that I have ever read. I hate to say it, I know it's harsh, but wow. I felt that Heathers writing style didnThis just might be one of the worst books that I have ever read. I hate to say it, I know it's harsh, but wow. I felt that Heathers writing style didn't fit her character. We were seeing from the eyes of a thirteen year old and yet we would hear analogies that I don't think any thirteen year old would use, nor would I for that matter. It was distracting and overdone. The character also controdicted herself numerous times. I really wanted to like this book, and I admit I liked about 20% of the book, but the other 80% was tortuous. I could only read this book in ten page increments before I would have to put it down. I wouldn't recommend this book....more