Good book. For some reason, as I was reading it, I kept trying to categorize it -- children's book? Teen's? Late teen's? I think, based on some of theGood book. For some reason, as I was reading it, I kept trying to categorize it -- children's book? Teen's? Late teen's? I think, based on some of the content (sexual situations, drugs), I'd say this book is more for late teens ... Maybe the idea of a fairy made me feel like it "should" be a kid's book, but once Barbie became a teen, it no longer made sense for it to be classified as a "kid's" book. Then when some of the scenes became more "adult" I really thought it wasn't suitable as a kid's book, maybe not even a "teen" book. So ... 16-year-olds? (I'm becoming such a prude in my old age.)
The ending has a sweet and uplifting message, but a bit cheesy....more
Okay, I have to admit, I almost gave up on this book. As I progressed through the beginning, it just wasn't grabbing me. The swearing seemed too muchOkay, I have to admit, I almost gave up on this book. As I progressed through the beginning, it just wasn't grabbing me. The swearing seemed too much (I swear like a sailor in real life, but that doesn't mean I want the books I read to be filled with obscenities and foul-mouthed 19-year-olds), and Ed's mother aggravated me so much, I wanted to jump into the pages and smack her across the face. I began looking at the book with Nancy's Rule of 50 in mind -- if you're under 50 years old, give the book until page 50, and if you still don't like it, toss it. Let me tell you, I was on page *41* before the book started to pull me in.
But then... it started to pick up. Of course, then it would fall again, then pick up, then sort of falter ... but I eventually got completely sucked in, so that I didn't want to put it down at night. It ended up being a sweet, heart-warming story. It made me think that maybe we can all be heroes, even just doing a small thing for another person, like buying them ice cream. As it says in the book, "if a guy like you [the main character, Ed:] can stand up and do what you did for all those people, well, maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of" (353).
Your typical YA fiction book about a girl hoping to become a ballerina. This first book in the Satin Slippers series follows 15-year-old Leah StephensYour typical YA fiction book about a girl hoping to become a ballerina. This first book in the Satin Slippers series follows 15-year-old Leah Stephenson as she auditions for the prestigious San Francisco Ballet Academy. Along the way (as with most books of this sort), Leah learns about herself as a dancer and as a person, as well as about others and their true characters. Can Leah persevere through her own doubts and others' attempts at mind games to be accepted as a new student at the Academy?
A good read for late-elementary to early-high school readers who enjoy books about ballet and teen ballet dreams; for older readers, it's a light, quick, entertaining read. ...more
Everyone who hates this book because it's "emo" must never have had their hearts broken, and must be so jaded or so ever-popular that they never knewEveryone who hates this book because it's "emo" must never have had their hearts broken, and must be so jaded or so ever-popular that they never knew the hope of falling in love.
I was hooked on this book from about page 2. Perhaps it just reminded me too much of past relationships and/or fantasies, but I had a nearly-constant pang in my heart when I read this book (which, by the way, I couldn't put down). I even found myself getting misty-eyed at certain points. It was so sweet, and even though there was a lot of foul language (as other reviewers have pointed out), the sentiments were still pure ones. Nick's heart has been broken; he wants his ex to miss him; he wants his ex to want him; Norah is called "cold" and "heartless" by her ex, and she wonders if she really is; and Norah, despite trying to act like a bad-ass, really just wants a sweet guy who will adore her and write lyrics for her. Who hasn't felt these feelings??
I dug the format of the book. Written by two authors (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan), the narration alternates between Nick chapters (written by Leivthan) and Norah chapters (by Cohn). I liked that almost every switch between chapters picked up right where the previous chapter left off -- no skips in time. Nick might end one of his chapters asking a question or saying something, and the following Norah chapter would begin right at Norah's reaction. It was an intriguing way of seeing things from both characters' perspectives, without having to have an omniscient narrator.
I may be too old to be considered the target audience for this book (and yes, I am too old to be considered the target audience), but I still adored the book. And although the main setting of the story is the punk scene (N&N meet at and attend punk shows, and their main connection is their favorite punk bands), you really don't need to like punk music to like the book (as other reviewers have implied). Punk music can be substituted with just about any other artistic interest -- a rock band, an artist, a movie -- and the idea that this is a huge connection for them still holds.
Sweet book. Anyone who's ever had her or his heart broken, and who hopes to find a sweet romance one day, should read this. ...more
Amazingly, I have never read this book. How did I make it through elementary and middle school without reading it? It's about time I get to it.
-------Amazingly, I have never read this book. How did I make it through elementary and middle school without reading it? It's about time I get to it.
------------- (May 2014)
So now I've read it.
Now that I've finally read it, and had some time to think about it, I don't think I missed anything by not reading it when I was younger! It obviously wasn't written for my age group, since I'm about 25 years late to the party. That said, there's still a lot of YA fiction I like. But this just wasn't clicking with me. I tried to put myself into the mind of my ten-year-old self, but it still didn't spark anything. I can read a lot of YA-type books and see what I would have enjoyed about them as a youngster, but this book, I just couldn't.
For one, I wasn't a girly girl. I wasn't a tomboy, either, but I didn't want to grow up and be a teenage girl like most girls do. I wasn't looking forward to bras and my period and earrings and makeup and all that. So in that sense, this book wouldn't have really meant anything to me. The most it would have resonated, though, is that I, like Margaret, wanted to get to the bras and period only because I didn't want to be the last one of my friends and classmates to get there, wondering whether I was a freak of nature who would never grow up. But the *joy* of wearing bras and menstruating wasn't something I ever thought about. So I think that's about as much as this book would have meant to me: not wanting to be the last one of my friends to mature. The rest, I could live without.
The more interesting part of the book to me was Margaret's indecision about religion and spirituality, which is where I think Judy Blume really dropped the ball. To me, that was where there could have been good depth, but it was kind of blown off. Probably because the book is aimed at 10- to 12-year-olds and can't get too profound, and because it was more about Margaret wanting to be a grown up girl, not so much wanting to find herself. Still, the bras and whatnot aren't as interesting to me as a spiritual quest. *shrug* I guess I'm just still not a girly girl.
But as other readers have said, it was nice for young girls to be able to read about other girls going through the same situations that they're going through, and nice for those young girls to see that Margaret's mother was there for her, reminding the readers that their mothers are there for them, too. Still, though... I just couldn't separate my 30-something brain from the book and see the real depth that my 10- to 12-year-old self might have appreciated. Either that, or my 10- to 12-year-old self just wouldn't have appreciated this book. Too girly for me.
I'm sorry, Judy Blume, I think I failed you. I'm sorry, femalehood, I think I failed you....more
I don't want to be cliche and say "What an amazing debut novel by Jay Asher" because it's a great book, whether it's his first novel or his 20th.
RealI don't want to be cliche and say "What an amazing debut novel by Jay Asher" because it's a great book, whether it's his first novel or his 20th.
Really, this was a great book. It was one of those books that I never wanted to put down, but once I put it down, I didn't want to pick it back up, because I knew that picking it up would result in eventually finishing it, and I didn't want it to end.
The basic premise (I don't want to give away too much) is that a girl, Hannah, has recently committed suicide, and as a form of a suicide note, she creates 6.5 audio tapes--one side per person whom she feels contributed to her suicide--and sends them to each of those people. Thirteen people who made her want to kill herself ... or is it 12? Clay Jensen, the narrator of the story, receives the package of tapes and fears what horrible things might be said about him on the tapes.
The thing that I liked about the book, yet at the same time disappointed me, was that I was engaged in the plot. I wanted to know who was next, what they did to Hannah, what she would say about the events, how everyone fit into one twisted life story. And what Hannah would say about Clay. However, I didn't always feel 100% engaged--I wasn't on the edge of my seat...but definitely very near the edge of it.
Like one other reviewer (Terry) said, it didn't seem to me like Hannah was suicidal. She seemed like she had a lot of bad things said about her and mean high school stuff happened to her; but she seemed strong enough and level-headed enough that it didn't feel like she was the type of character to kill herself. The character development wasn't deep enough for me to actually believe she was suicidal. Angry and wanting some form of revenge, yes; thinking about suicide, perhaps; full-out suicidal, no.
But still, I really liked the book. I often found myself "Awwwww"ing or "Oh!"ing, or sighing/shaking my head at the things that were said and done to Hannah. The only reasons it didn't get 5 stars from me were the character and plot development: so close, but not *quite* there. Still, a great book that I'd love to re-read....more
Whenever I read teens' books, I wonder what boys read. It seems to me that most teens' books are either directed more towards girls, or I could see giWhenever I read teens' books, I wonder what boys read. It seems to me that most teens' books are either directed more towards girls, or I could see girls getting into the books more than boys would. So what is there for boys to read? I've found my answer: Slam.
Slam is the story of a 16-year-old boy, interested mainly in skateboarding, who meets a girl, falls in like with her, and ... gets her pregnant. The story then follows the crazy emotions involved in this life change for both parents-to-be, from disbelief to fear to blaming the other to acceptance and love. The story goes through the upsides and downsides of having a child, especially an unplanned child to teen parents. It's not saying "Yay, you should have a kid at the age of 16! It's fun!" but that IF it happens to you, you'll get through it. It will be TOUGH, but you'll live, you'll get through it, and you'll fall in love with your child. Kind of a heart-warming story for boys (Amazing!). It's also a good presentation of the thoughts and feelings behind first sexual relationships and teen pregnancy.
As for this particular edition, maybe I liked the book more because it was an audiobook, and because of the narrator. Oftentimes audiobooks get on my nerves because I zone out while listening, or the narrator's voice bothers me for one reason or another (which leads me to zoning out more). With Nicholas Hoult, though, that didn't happen. His voice is charming with its British accent, and he reminded me of Mike Skinner from The Streets (Some of Hornby's writing in the beginning of the book even reminded me of The Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free). His voice was perfect for the book, sounding like an honest teenage boy, not some Actor who is Acting As A Teenage Boy. A lot of the reviewers on GoodReads disliked the book and said it was filled with cliches and it was weak overall, and I wonder if maybe I would have felt the same way if I'd read the book rather than listening to Hoult's brilliant reading of it.
Either way, the experience I came away with was one of a charming book, beautifully read by a wonderful English accent of an honest-to-God teenage boy. I'm not a boy, and I've never been a boy, but this book *seems* to me like it would be a book that is accepted by boys, especially those of the age when they're beginning to eye girls and think about having sex for the first time....more
The classic girls' series. I loved reading the Anne of Green Gables books (despite the fact that I'm totally not girlie). They're so enjoyable. Anne iThe classic girls' series. I loved reading the Anne of Green Gables books (despite the fact that I'm totally not girlie). They're so enjoyable. Anne is so quirky and gets herself into such predicaments. ...more
I first read this in high school, then bought a copy for myself a year or two later, then never touched it again until the summer of 2011. Below is myI first read this in high school, then bought a copy for myself a year or two later, then never touched it again until the summer of 2011. Below is my 2011 re-reading review:
This is better than I remember it being. Or... let me rephrase that: When I first read it, I LOVED it; when I read it a few years later, I loved it. But, then, I was in that impressionable high school age where you think you're so deep, and everything you read is so deep, and just ... everything is DEEP, and you GET it, 'cuz *you're* DEEP. But looking back on it, other than a few scenes, I couldn't remember much of the book, so I figured it must not have been that good for me, if I couldn't remember it, and I only remembered loving it, presumably, then, just because I was a pretentious high schooler who thought she was DEEP.
But I reread it for our group read, and it turns out that I must have liked it for more reasons than just being a pretentious teenager. :) Rereading it reminded me how great the writing is, and how much I loved Scout and Atticus (who is the ideal father). ...more
A girl meets a man and falls in love with him. What she doesn't know, but finds out later, is that he's a ghost. Duhn-duhn-duh!! Why is he there? WhatA girl meets a man and falls in love with him. What she doesn't know, but finds out later, is that he's a ghost. Duhn-duhn-duh!! Why is he there? What has he come to tell her? Ooohhh......more
What's there to say about Harry Potter that hasn't been said already? The books in this series are some of my favorite books of all time: they're fun,What's there to say about Harry Potter that hasn't been said already? The books in this series are some of my favorite books of all time: they're fun, funny, and a perfect way to escape. Anyone who ridicules the Harry Potter series doesn't know how to have fun. That's right, I'm talking to you, cynics. Stop being so uptight all the time. ...more