Have you ever read a book that made you want to leap into its pages and throw cats at the characters? No, well I guarantee that Tell Me A Secret will...moreHave you ever read a book that made you want to leap into its pages and throw cats at the characters? No, well I guarantee that Tell Me A Secret will change that. I can't remember the last time a book pissed me off so much. I don't mean this in a negative way. Sometimes it is good when a book pisses you off. I gave Tell Me a Secret 5 purrs because I cannot remember the last time I became so emotionally invested in a book. I experienced anger, sadness, and happiness at different periods throughout the book. I even found myself getting a little teary eyed a couple of times (actually cried like a baby shhh...).
Miranda is such a well written character that you cannot help but react emotionally. The loss of her sister Xanda leads her to make some very stupid choices. One of which is ditching a long-time friend to become besties with the ultimate mean girl. Looking for a replacement for her sister, Miranda instead winds up pregnant and friendless. There were time when I wanted to throw a cat at Miranda for being so stupid, but alas I loved her too much to stay mad at her. Miranda was impossible for me now to like because she was so strong. I don't think I could have handled her situation as well as she did.
It also doesn't help Miranda that her family is completely dysfunctional. Miranda basically has no one to help her through her pregnancy until she meets a new friend at work. I thought that the issue of teen pregnancy was handled rather well in Tell Me a Secret. Miranda considers her baby to be a replacement on sorts for his dead sister, but the author never shies away from the negatives of being a teen mom. Miranda's pregnancy is never romanticized nor glamorized.
Miranda's relationship with her family is very complex. Her mother is a judgmental bitch and her father is emotionally distant. However, as Miranda's pregnancy progresses her relationship with her family changes drastically. By the end of the story they come to an understanding of sorts. Though I honestly don't know how Miranda could ever forgive her mother for some of the things she did.
I could go on and on about how amazing this book was, but I don't want to bore you all. Tell Me a Secret was a real page turner. The pacing and format of it was perfect. I was never bored or confused by anything that was happening. I pretty much picked Tell Me a Secret up and didn't put it down again until I was finished.(less)
I’ve seen so many bloggers raving about how amazing Hush, Hush is. After reading Hush, Hush myself I’m wondering if they all read a different book. Fo...moreI’ve seen so many bloggers raving about how amazing Hush, Hush is. After reading Hush, Hush myself I’m wondering if they all read a different book. For me personally Hush, Hush was a dud, dud. I know that sounds harsh, but as always I will make an effort to tell you all why I felt that way.
The biggest problem by far that I had with Hush, Hush is that the characters were so unlikeable. A lot of people have been going on and on about how great Patch is on Twitter, so naturally I expected an awesome and charming character. Unfortunately, I found Patch to be arrogant, rude, and obnoxious. The reader is expected to believe that Patch has fallen in love with Nora. I had a hard time buying their relationship based on the way that Patch treated Nora through most of the story. From their first meeting in class when Patch asked Nora if she “sleeps in the nude”, to when he all but sexual harasses her during a lecture in sex-ed, Patch’s actions show that he is merely in lust. We are also supposed to believe that Patch redeems himself at the end and becomes a better person, but I didn’t buy it for a second. Sure he makes this great sacrifice, but it didn’t seem realistic given his past behavior.
Describing Nora as naïve would be putting it mildly. Nora spends much of the book running around like a chicken with her head cut off. For example, she gets directions from a bag lady who tells her that she needs to walk down dark alley in a very bad neighborhood! I know this is supposed to be a work of fiction but who does that? It reminded me of one of those scenes from a horror movie where one of the stupid characters goes to unlock a door with a serial killer on the other side. I felt like screaming at the book, “Don’t go down the alley you dumby!”
Nora’s friend errrr… Linda? Lisa? Errr I forgot her name already…oh! Vee? Anyhow, she was one of the most annoying secondary characters I have ever seen. She spends that whole novel blabbing like an airhead. I kept reading in the hopes that someone would eventually kill her off.
I gave Hush, Hush two purrs, so there were some thing that I did like about it. I really loved the idea of falling angels living on earth. I thought that this was a pretty cool concept for a book. The ending was also fairly strong.* While I didn’t believe that Patch truly loved Nora his actions at the end do redeem him somewhat. Most people who read Hush, Hush will probably love it. I think that it might have just not been the book for me. Read it yourself and decide. The chances are you won't agree with me, so go read it anyway!(less)