OK, so funny story about this one. I really wanted to get out of the house so I begged my stepdad to drive me to the Barnes & Noble, where I happe...moreOK, so funny story about this one. I really wanted to get out of the house so I begged my stepdad to drive me to the Barnes & Noble, where I happened upon this lovely thing. It was during winter break. I'm a bipolar holiday person: I vary between being very happy and enchanted with the snow and the festivity or I end up being very depressed. When I went to the bookstore, I was the later: holiday blues/blahs. But this book cheered my right up, and I enjoyed it with my peppermint tea quite a bit. It varies between the guy's(Dash) and girl's(Lily's) perspectives, but it's done very gracefully. Lots of quirky holiday fun. They meet through a notebook at a bookstore that she leaves for someone to find and exchange notes from a while, and it escalates from there.(less)
I loved this like I love gelato. It's total braincandy, I admit, but...it's the most GLORIOUS BRAINCANDY EVER.
I really think almost any girl could relate to it- anyone who's had money problems, even.
I love the main character, Rebecca Bloomwood, the way she's smart yet stupid. I love her voice(it's in 1st person. I love the situations she gets herself in, and how she gets herself out(or...not). Perfect, type-A girls who rock at their job, their love life,their family life, their financial life, blah blah blah, but feel like there's something MISSING...yeah, I can't relate to those. They don't feel REAL to me. Rebecca Bloomwood is a REAL person that fibs to make one feel better(or herself),is a little selfish, a little self-indulgent, yet really CARES about people.
This was one of those books where I TRIED savoring it a little, to make the treat last, but like gelato, it just disappeared. Before I knew it, I had ten pages left of the book and I was terribly disappointed.
Well, the next one is "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan". Here's hoping it's just as good!(less)
There’s this one line from the Stepford Wives (the new version with Nicole Kidman) that still sticks with me. “I thought: now where would no one notic...moreThere’s this one line from the Stepford Wives (the new version with Nicole Kidman) that still sticks with me. “I thought: now where would no one notice a town full of robots? And then it came to me. Connecticut!” Following that same thought process, I think I read the author’s mind: “Now where would a modern-day Miller’s Crucible occur? Of course! A tiny, Bible-thumping town in Indiana!” Emma lives in Wheaton, where the Church is the law. You can’t do anything without someone not knowing. Incidentally, you can’t drive an HOUR away from Wheaton to the nearest mall and kiss your best friend’s boyfriend without someone from Wheaton seeing you. In this instance, the best friend’s mother. Oops. “Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend’s boyfriend…” A commandment so obvious God didn’t even bother putting it in there. And now that all the popular girls are falling “sick”, it’s time to ask for some miracles. So begins Emma’s dialogues with God- they start every funny chapter. Here’s the first one: “God, I’ve been thinking about our relationship. The way I see it, most people look at you as either (a) a Santa Claus figure they pray to only when they want something, their wishes granted depending on if they are on the naughty or nice list, or (b) a bearded vengeance seeker who gets his immortal jollies from smiting those who annoy him. It occurs to me I’ve been talking to you my whole life and I don’t really know who you are. In fairness, I’ve always relied on formal prayers, which really haven’t given you a chance to get to know me, either. I’m thinking we need a bit more honesty in our relationship- you strike me as the kind to support honesty- so from here on I’m just going to tell you what’s on my mind.” Cook brings questions of faith, love and friendship with wit, humor, and heart. (less)
It seems I can't say anything about this book that hasn't already been said. The Pope would find it to be heresy, Kurt Vonnegut would find it to be hi...moreIt seems I can't say anything about this book that hasn't already been said. The Pope would find it to be heresy, Kurt Vonnegut would find it to be hilarious. But you never really think about the people in the Bible as actual people. If you're not particularly religious(like me), you may think of The Greatest Story Ever Told as more of a myth, or a legend at best. Part if the reason we don't view Jesus Christ as a human- besides the whole Son of God, divine being thing- is that all we know of him is baby born in pasture, destined to be Prince of Peace, then 33-year-old guy raising the dead and healing the sick and curing the blind until he's crucified. But he had to develop. You don't become the Messiah overnight. That's where this book comes in, magically weaving the comic with the poignant, ingeniously not from J.C.'s point of view but his best friend, Levi called Biff. Who knows you better than the most judgemental and most loving? To read it is to love it.(less)
**spoiler alert** Even juicier than the first...obviously something is going on with Poe. You're not indifferent to someone if (both) sides care so mu...more**spoiler alert** Even juicier than the first...obviously something is going on with Poe. You're not indifferent to someone if (both) sides care so much about what the other says. And I mean hello! He clocked that spawn-of-devil-yet-righteous-extreme-fundamentalist Micah in the jaw when he called Amy a "whore of Satan"...I was literally in stitches when I read that. She needs to get over Brandon. I mean he's sweet but he's BORING. And Puck is sexy but has...um...issues... Can't wait to read Rites of Spring Break!(less)
This is a classic case of "don't judge a book by its cover". Yes, the head/eyes cropped off thing is a little reminiscent of Gossip Girl and has gotte...moreThis is a classic case of "don't judge a book by its cover". Yes, the head/eyes cropped off thing is a little reminiscent of Gossip Girl and has gotten a little old. But read it and your doubts will be vanquished of a whir of wit, intrigue, snarky humor and allusions. This is one of those rare books that belongs on two (debatably) opposite shelves: Academia( A Separate Peace, Erich Segal, etc.) and chicklit(Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, Perfect Fifths etc.). Not one to miss for a smart girl that wants to go between the two, or just wants a college novel with a girl's POV. I am so glad I read this now instead of earlier. I hate reading the debut of a series and then waiting and waiting for the sequel...and the sequel to the sequel... But it looks like Peterfreund has made a few more, so I can read them all in a row, all in the space of a few days/weeks, depending on how well I'm doing on studying for finals...hurrah! (less)
Why am I so in love with this book? Is it because it has literary and musical allusions to everything I love? Is it that the narrator, Love Bukowski,...moreWhy am I so in love with this book? Is it because it has literary and musical allusions to everything I love? Is it that the narrator, Love Bukowski, has such amazing insight; a hilarious, perceptive take on the trials of the teenage? Is it because the boarding school setting is cliche because it's so talked of, and so not-cliche because it's little-written about?
I don't know. Maybe all of the above, or maybe something indefinable.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"But even the posters of hippies hanging out in front of the Metropolitan sign in Paris seem cooler than the midriff-baring teens we passed near Harvard Square. Maybe the past is bound to be better, because it's done with." pg. 10
"One of the weird parts of high school, and maybe this continues when you leave education or pre-twenties life behind- I'll have to see when I reach that stage- is the feeling that each day takes forever. The minutes from the first light until the last IM at night stretch out like an eternity, and yet, when I think back on entire years(freshman, for example), I can only recall one or two vivid moments, or a generic feeling that sums up the whole twelve months. Emotionally, each day brings cause for me to run the gamut between relatively calm and collected to head-in-a-gray-cloud funk." pg. 50
Anyway, I put this as 4 stars only because it seemed slightly predictable.(less)
How to describe this book... 10 Things I Hate About You meets Much Ado About Nothing meets John Tucker Must Die(but so not as shallow) meets Feminist P...moreHow to describe this book... 10 Things I Hate About You meets Much Ado About Nothing meets John Tucker Must Die(but so not as shallow) meets Feminist Power meets Caffeinated Californians... This book made me literally laugh out loud, and I would reccomend it to any girl(less)
This is both an epic story and a lesson: Quinn's father embodies Prince Charming. He's magnetic, electric, selfish, lazy, eccentric, egotistical, and...moreThis is both an epic story and a lesson: Quinn's father embodies Prince Charming. He's magnetic, electric, selfish, lazy, eccentric, egotistical, and clever. But what does Prince Charming do after he's stolen hearts? He steals one object from each of the women he's been with, and tapes their name to the bottom. Quinn discovers this and goes on a karmic mission with her younger sister "Sprout" and the half sister she hardly knows, Frances, to right her father's wrongs. Along the way, she learns that if he doesn't treat you right, you end it. If you're wondering if it's right, it's not, because if it is, you're not hesitant. A refreshing message in this world of pair up pair up pair up and "Ladies, Put A Ring On It": to make sure he's worthwhile. To trust your intuition and not settle for second-best, to 55% like him or even 85% like him- to get that 100%(less)