I can't remember when was the last time a book I finished frustrated me so much. Normally, I would have dropped a book 30% into it if it wasn't grabbi...moreI can't remember when was the last time a book I finished frustrated me so much. Normally, I would have dropped a book 30% into it if it wasn't grabbing my attention. And Holy Shit was this book long. I kept soldiering through it because I read a review here that promised it would get better. I kept with this book because everyone on goodreads seemed to have a boner for it. Well, let me tell you, I got blue balls. Goodreads hyped this shit up and I was sorely disappointed.
The Sea of Tranquility covers the fucked up life of Nastya. A mute who chooses to keep quiet because she's sick of pretending to be okay to everyone. She was sick of lying to everyone that she felt better. After facing a traumatic experience where she was dead for 96-seconds and her mind blocks away the memory, she goes in-and-out of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and counseling for a year. When she remembers the traumatic experience, she becomes mute because she can no longer lie that she's okay or that everything is alright. She meets Josh, a handy-man who has lost everyone in his life, and weasels her way into his life and heart. Josh never pushes for any answers to questions he has of her past, he's just there. He's her pillar who's ready to listen. Nastya refuses to tell anyone of her past and so this book is just one big roller coaster.
I loved everything that this book promised, but my God the pace killed me. Millay moves this book at the speed of a snail. She teases so much with Nastya's past and drags everything out so far that she causes my interest to quickly drain. I get it, Nastya's fucked up. Don't drag me in circles with it. The only thing that really develops in this book is Nastya's relationship to Josh and Drew. There's no real character development until the very end. And I do mean the very end. (view spoiler)[We only get to see Nastya's character grow when she accepts how fucked up she is and starts to see a different therapist more geared towards what she mentally needs. Nastya then begins to start repairing her relationship with her family. Which I was waiting forever for! (hide spoiler)] Don't get me wrong, the relationship of Drew-Nastya-Josh was great, both individually and as a whole as they interacted with each other, but it was not enough. While this lovely trio grows together as friends, and not as a romantic triangle, the characters themselves don't really grow. What do we see from them individually? We see them each bitch and moan about how much shit sucks, but we NEVER see anyone attempt to repair the bullshit. Everyone sees the problems, as Nastya points out to Drew with his lady love, but no one solves it. Everyone's reason is, "It's too late for him/her to forgive me. I hate myself." My GOD, stop it!
This book highlights the characters disgust with themselves. No one loves themselves in this book. And it encourages bitching and moaning because no one does jack shit. Everything is solved and tied in a neat bow in the end with a god damn deus ex machina! I wanted to see Nastya work through her issues throughout the book, I thought that's what I was getting. I didn't want her to suddenly work on repairing everything at the last 20 pages. It just makes everything seem less real and lasting. I would most definitely not recommend this book. It's a waste of 500 pages and 6 hours. The only good thing about this was the dynamic of Drew-Nastya-Josh. There was no triangle, but there was a deep friendship. It's so good to see a relationship like theirs. To a lesser extent, Clay is included in there. Probably the only good thing about this book was the friendships and bonding. Character developments, story pace, plot, and everything else just disappointed me so badly I wanted to bang my head multiple times on my desk. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Wow this was gay. And I don't mean that in a totally bad way, it just depends on your flavor of books. If you're into romance, but not the Nicholas Sp...moreWow this was gay. And I don't mean that in a totally bad way, it just depends on your flavor of books. If you're into romance, but not the Nicholas Sparks type of romance, this probably won't be for you.
I liked Holder and Sky together, I really liked them as a couple for the first half of the book. However, after that, they just went downhill. Not because of their lack of chemistry, but because of every situation they were thrown into. The drama-filled situations had them confessing all these gay little tidbits that I could have done without. I didn't need Holder to continuously spout flowers and hearts whenever he spoke. It was unnecessary and so Noah, from The Notebook, that I wanted to gauge my eyes out. I was so disappointed in where they began to go.
From there, the cliches just began to pop up. (view spoiler)[Like Karen being Sky's aunt, Les being sexually molested by John, and Holder's "romantic" confessions. (hide spoiler)] I can see why everyone was eating this up like a fat kid at a chocolate factory, but I thought it was all over-rated. And why does everyone in this book have such weird names? But I digress. Also, I wanted to smack Sky sometimes, but she was going through some real shit. I'm actually surprised her breakdown only lasted for a weekend. I'm not sure if I agree with the psychological analysis of everything that went down. (view spoiler)[Such as how Sky could have sex with Holder after she found out her father sexually molested her as a child. This was after she pleaded him to have sex, he says no, then he shamefully leaves, but then he comes back and asks to have sex, so they have the sex. That scene really got me mad. Especially the lines Holder was spewing, again. Like, "Know that I'm doing this out of love for you, blah blah blah love, blah blah." (hide spoiler)]
Holder's not even a real or believable teenage male. He gave us that fake front of being a tough guy who was in juvi for beating the shit out of a kid, but then once he gets a hold of Sky, he becomes a total pansy. (view spoiler)[Again, he seems to pretend his raging hard on has nothing to do with the sex and it's all out of his love for her. (hide spoiler)] Don't get me wrong, as much as I'm ranting on this book, I still enjoyed it. The first half at least. Once you hit the half way point, the path of the storyline seems to be outlined in a glowy line. All that's left is the flowery words of love from Holder and the Jerry Springer drama. I'm not sure if I really wanted all of that either. So, should you read it? Sure, but just the first half. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
What can I say about this book that everyone hasn't already? It's amazing. Plain and simple. I was skeptical at first, because I knew my bitch ass was...moreWhat can I say about this book that everyone hasn't already? It's amazing. Plain and simple. I was skeptical at first, because I knew my bitch ass was going to be sobbing through this book. But it was so worth it. Everything about this book had me in tears of laughter, sadness, and happiness. From that moment when they first meet, to when they first have sex, and from when they first fall in love with the other. This book really just tugs on my heartstrings. I've never been so attached to a book's characters before (sure there's Harry Potter, but that extends to seven books and The Last Lecture which doesn't really count because Randy's real). Van Houten is an excellent character who plays a huge role in Hazel's life but doesn't really make many appearances. Hazel is magnificent. She's a cynical, strong female character with a sense of humor everyone can appreciate. I adore Augustus (in the present tense) and Isaac. (view spoiler)[Is it insensitive to say that I like Isaac more after he loses his eyesight? (hide spoiler)] Honestly, there's just too much to gush about this book and there's not enough words for me to use to describe it. The ending? I knew that shit was coming!!! (view spoiler)[I heavily enjoyed the breakdown of Augustus and how he tries to buy himself the pack of cigarettes he never smokes. I love how Hazel's always there and just how true their love is. But what do I know about true love? That incredibly vulnerable moment that Augustus has just made me fall in love with him more. His prefuneral? UGH! I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE MAN! (hide spoiler)] Stop reading this damn review and (re)read the damn book!!! (less)
I love Flat-Out Love and yet I'm not really sure how to feel about the ending. Julie's a quirky and interesting character that made it easy to fall in...moreI love Flat-Out Love and yet I'm not really sure how to feel about the ending. Julie's a quirky and interesting character that made it easy to fall in love with. Park did a wonderful job of keeping things secret and hush hush in the house that it had me on my toes for a while. By the time I was 3/4 into the book, I already had an idea of what was going on, but it didn't take away the impact of the big reveal. What can I say? I love it and yet it's crazy. Matt is probably that nice guy that every girl has as a friend in the "friend-zone" that she's too afraid to touch. (view spoiler)[That scene when Matt and Julie finally kiss? It was so right and yet I was so surprised anyway. Park had me falling in love with that pairing without me even knowing. (hide spoiler)]Little Celeste is so friggin' cute. A little professor at the age of 13. Her development and coping were magnificent. I love how she grows and how the family grows. Everything works out in the end and it was a perfect happily-ever-after type ending that I wanted. (less)
Holy crap I loved this book! I'm not normally a sci-fi reader that has zero romance, but this book was a huge exception. It was a fantastic read with...moreHoly crap I loved this book! I'm not normally a sci-fi reader that has zero romance, but this book was a huge exception. It was a fantastic read with great character and world development. The only thing I found confusing was orientation in space. (view spoiler)[I could have also done without the explanation on how the Queen alien is penetrated by every male in order to give birth to the next generation. (hide spoiler)](less)
Wow. What can I say about this book? It was just a bundle of magic. I mean everyone has gone through those teenage stages. Everyone has experienced so...moreWow. What can I say about this book? It was just a bundle of magic. I mean everyone has gone through those teenage stages. Everyone has experienced something that Charlie has. I felt like a true companion of his, reading his letters, his experiences. I felt like that trusted friend of his. I love how he has a gay experience (even though he didn't really feel anything for it). I love how this book shows the struggle of a gay relationship and just of relationships. It's such a wonderful book that everyone needs to read about. Things hit you when you're least expecting it and suddenly everything that occurred makes sense. I'm so glad that I picked it up. I love Charlie's quirks, his personality, his insights, and just how damn special he is. There are so many quotes in this book that I love. This book is one of those books that really makes someone feel good about himself.
I'm glad that I actually read through the whole book. At some points, I was tempted to drop it and start up another book, but I've been doing that a l...moreI'm glad that I actually read through the whole book. At some points, I was tempted to drop it and start up another book, but I've been doing that a lot lately, so I told myself I had to finish this book. I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would, I actually liked it. Sure I didn't like the main heroine Joy, but I enjoyed watching her grow. She went from a brat who thought herself so kind and all sorts of "I'm Glenda, the good witch" to an adult-like teen who's finally starting to see the horrors of the world. I mean, that's why I liked Jessica's character so much, she was so damaged and psychotic, yet fragile all at once. It was great to finally see Joy begin to understand her older sister and willingly try to learn more about her. It was cute to see them mend the broken relationship (mentally). I also enjoyed how the book became darker around 3/4 the way in to the book. Sure, I saw sprinkles of drug-usage, but it got more interesting when Jessica fought to fight against her Whispering ability through drugs. It adds to her charm (in that demented sort of way?). I'm a bit disappointed in not being able to see how Joy develops her relationship with Parker. Kitanidis just ends the book without really talking about it, she just hints that Parker will understand. I guess that's why there's a book 2, but I don't know if I really care to pick up the second one. The romantic male lead? I didn't care for him. I honestly could have done without him, I think I would have liked it better if there was a female who went with Joy instead of Jamie. He didn't really excite me at all. And on another note, Kitanidis really doesn't hold back the punches when she puts backstabbing mankind on the spot. It's really cynical the way she paints everyone as a backstabbing bitch, which is true mostly. I do like though how she gives us a little hope on the rest of humankind, mainly Parker, for not being too bad. Anyway, the book wasn't too bad, nothing I'd pick up again. (less)
When I first started reading this, I was bored. I was thinking, "Why do I care about the moth?" But then towards the middle of the essay, I started wo...moreWhen I first started reading this, I was bored. I was thinking, "Why do I care about the moth?" But then towards the middle of the essay, I started wondering if it would get up and survive. I enjoyed this essay, but I wasn't in love. (less)
The plot and idea were wonderful, everything else was just white noise. When the current society revolves around aesthetics so much, it was fascinatin...moreThe plot and idea were wonderful, everything else was just white noise. When the current society revolves around aesthetics so much, it was fascinating to stumble on Uglies. I just didn't connect with anyone. I didn't care for the characters and I just wanted to roll my eyes at Tally and just get the scenes over with. Her web of lies bothered me; but what if I were in her shoes and yada yada, whatever. The story was dragged out a bit, but I really just fell in love with the idea and concept. I don't think I'm in love enough to start on the next book. It was an interesting read. (less)
This book wasn't what I expected. It was light with an undertone of something sad and cynical. The Little Prince travels across the universe and doesn...moreThis book wasn't what I expected. It was light with an undertone of something sad and cynical. The Little Prince travels across the universe and doesn't find goodness on any planet he visits. On each planet, the inhabitant(s) only thinks of himself. It's sad and I'm sad that I didn't fully get each message that's placed in each story. (less)
I've been searching for a fun and easy read on the Hades and Persephone myth, but I never really found one. This one was light and easy to fly by. The...moreI've been searching for a fun and easy read on the Hades and Persephone myth, but I never really found one. This one was light and easy to fly by. The thing about Abandon is that it's confusing. I mean Cabot goes on to say that Pierce doesn't have the necklace that John gave her, but then Pierce goes on about the color of the necklace. I felt so lost in those moments. I didn't quite understand it but I really enjoyed the tale. John is a bit creepy, but I guess I see the allure (I don't know how I feel about the him throwing her in a room, even if it's for her protection). I enjoyed the romance between John and Pierce. I can also tell that Cabot has a thing for long-haired dudes. (less)
Blink is such an incredibly fascinating study on the mind. I never expected minds to be so powerful and intelligent. I loved every study and experimen...moreBlink is such an incredibly fascinating study on the mind. I never expected minds to be so powerful and intelligent. I loved every study and experiment conducted. I have learned so much more about my mind by reading this. It's amazing how the mind works. It's an extremely interesting document that everyone can enjoy because no one knows how powerful our minds our. (less)
The Things They Carried had its ups and downs. It excited me and dragged me into its story, but it also bored me and confused me. I sometimes lost tra...moreThe Things They Carried had its ups and downs. It excited me and dragged me into its story, but it also bored me and confused me. I sometimes lost track of the characters and their individual stories, but the meaning of each story stayed with me, which I enjoyed incredibly. The prose O'Brien wrote this in helped keep me in the story and it made me feel as though I were also in the army, staring down at the guy with the star-shaped hole in his eye or reminiscing with my soldier-brothers. The tragic mental destruction of the characters really gave insight to the experiences the soldiers endured. I love war stories because of the emotions they evoke, even though they are incredibly sad and heart breaking. I wish I read through this more carefully instead of skimming through some parts. (less)