Unfortunately, this book is one of those stereotypical YA novels that somehow appeals to the masses (note the 4+ star rating), but actuallyDNF at 50%
Unfortunately, this book is one of those stereotypical YA novels that somehow appeals to the masses (note the 4+ star rating), but actually gives YA a bad rap. Books like this are why YA isn't being taken seriously when there is some really, really good stuff out there (check out the most recent books by Maggie Stiefvater, Daniel José Older, and A. S. King).
And I'm not saying you can read it and enjoy it (again, this has a 4+ star rating), but for me, I'm looking for something outside this particular box.
Here is what I'm talking about: --There are people with power and people without power. There is a not-so-secret organization within the people without power who are planning on rising up and taking over. --The heroine belongs to the group of people without power. But, wait -- she's special. Our heroine is unlike anyone else in this particular world (give me a break). --The heroine will become the reluctant leader of the uprising (I'm assuming because this book was a big ol' DNF, but c'mon, it's obvious) --The heroine meets a handsome stranger in the street. She meets up with him later and (surprise!!) he's a prince. --The heroine finds herself with multiple romantic interests. Watch me bite my nails as I wonder who she'll choose . . . (insert eye roll here) --The heroine is seemingly incapable of doing anything herself and must rely on others to "save" her.
And yes, this probably makes me a hypocrite because novels I absolutely love have these elements. But I get to love them and hate this one. Freedom to read, y'all. ...more
If, after you've finished, it makes you feel turned inside out and twisted up, then the book you've just readHow to Tell If the Book You Just Read Is Real
If, after you've finished, it makes you feel turned inside out and twisted up, then the book you've just read is probably real. You really don't have to understand it to be moved by it, to be scarred by it. Your book is real if after you've read it, you are different and more yourself than ever.
Wonderfully heartbreaking and bizarre. Definitely not for the faint of heart or those looking for an easy read. ...more
I read this as a possible class novel purchase and really enjoyed it. While it explores some sensitive issues (assault, teenage drinking, suicide), itI read this as a possible class novel purchase and really enjoyed it. While it explores some sensitive issues (assault, teenage drinking, suicide), it does so without preaching. Conflicts may resolve a bit too tidily, but it is still enjoyable....more
I have a lot of thoughts about Paper Towns. I could never wrap my head around why Quentin thought Margo was a miracle. Her obnoxiousness (blowing airI have a lot of thoughts about Paper Towns. I could never wrap my head around why Quentin thought Margo was a miracle. Her obnoxiousness (blowing air horns in stores, seriously? – gah, I’m such an adult) and disregard for Quentin’s cautious nature (I completely believe that people who are “afraid” – by Margo’s definition – do not need someone to set them free. But this could be another whole argument – a digression into our country’s predominating idea that extroversion is somehow better or healthier than introversion, so I’ll stop) drove me nuts.
But then, after I got through the nails-on-a-chalkboard experience of Quentin and Margo’s night of revenge, I enjoyed the mystery and soul-searching aspects of the novel. I found myself wondering what happened to Margo even though I hated her. And I also found myself thinking, as Quentin did, about how we build people into miracles, but really they are just . . . people. That often we see them as mirrors (what we think about them is really only a reflection of ourselves) instead of windows (seeing into them, through them, and looking at the world differently because of them).
And then I realized that I was doing the same thing to Margo. Not necessarily envisioning her as this miracle, but expecting this literal paper girl (she is a fictional character in a book after all) to behave the way I wanted her to behave and becoming irritated when she didn’t.
This is the beauty of John Green’s books – they become windows through which you learn to see the world just a little differently. The irritating, messy, sweating, beautiful, breathing world. ...more
I really, really liked this book. I'm starting to think that I might like sweet teen romances (because I keep getting surprised when I enjoy reading tI really, really liked this book. I'm starting to think that I might like sweet teen romances (because I keep getting surprised when I enjoy reading them!). Carter is a great character (even though she may lack genuine flaws) and I really cared about what would happen to her. And the best part is, even if she didn't end up with the guy at the end of the book, (view spoiler)[(Who am I kidding?? Of course she does!) (hide spoiler)] she would be okay. I think that in a lot of romances, they make the relationship the be-all and end-all of a person's life (and okay, okay, maybe that's the point of romances, but I don't think it has to be), but Carter had a lot going on before the dashing movie star entered her life and it is clear to the reader that she'll have a lot going on after he leaves.
Plus, there are no real sensitive issues which makes my putting a romance in the hand of a 12-year-old a little more easy.["br"]>["br"]>...more
I loved The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and was excited to read this YA title about one of my favorite historical subjects, the Salem witch trialI loved The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and was excited to read this YA title about one of my favorite historical subjects, the Salem witch trials. But this book fell flat. The time jumps created a choppy feel instead of adding to the narrative and an immature narrator made me roll my eyes every few pages. A shallow look at conversion disorder and unexplored mysteries (the tale was taking place at the site of the original trials and no one seemed to care!) kept this tale from being everything it could have been. ...more
In order to process this final book, I think I need to reread the series. But, here is what I know: I love Maggie. I love those Aglionby boys. I loveIn order to process this final book, I think I need to reread the series. But, here is what I know: I love Maggie. I love those Aglionby boys. I love the many strange and powerful women. And I love, love, love RonanandAdam. Right now, that's all there is.
P.S. My dreams were wicked weird while I was reading this book. Coincidence? ...more
This book was super slow to get going but, despite the tomboy-puts-on-a-dress-and-becomes-beautiful thing (good thing Charlotte and other female charaThis book was super slow to get going but, despite the tomboy-puts-on-a-dress-and-becomes-beautiful thing (good thing Charlotte and other female characters are pretty kick-ass, or this would have been a deal-breaker), ended up being fairly entertaining. Points for a cool floating city and intriguing mystery, points taken away for token love triangle. Looking forward to the sequel and will recommend to students who like romance and alternate history....more