At first I was like WTF did I put myself into. And then somehow I liked it and then I hated it again. And then the ending was Meh and I can't believeAt first I was like WTF did I put myself into. And then somehow I liked it and then I hated it again. And then the ending was Meh and I can't believe I just finish the whole thing.
I'm giving it three stars because of the Shakespeare reference. More on it later.
The more on it later part
Part I: How on earth did this book arrived at my doorstep?
Actually I never really thought that I will be able to read this book which was recommended by these three people in Goodreads(Iyah, Kwesi and Rollie) since 1.) It's not available on 4shared.com and 2.) It's not available in any bookstores here where I live.
However, just weeks ago some guy here in Goodreads (come on, you know who you are) asked me if I'm interested in a bookswap and he offered this book. I can't remember if I'm the one who asked for it or he was the one who recommended it since I think he believed I'm a sex addict. o_O? (Lol, I'm just kidding)
So yeah we agreed on a bookswap and my book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson arrived first on his house and he texted me if I received the copy which at the moment I haven't received yet and I'm thinking at that point maybe the book was swallowed by the ocean, you know some kind of force majeure.
But no, the next day it did arrive at my doorstep.
Part II: Book Review
I never really planned to read it immediately because I'm currently reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. However that book bored me to sleepiness and I finally decide to read another book.
So I read the first pages and I was surprised because there's an immediate sex scene and this is between a fourteen year old girl and her English Teacher. And the one that really disgusted me is the way the teacher kind of moaned...which is like a Buddhist mantra? (just click the spoiler tag)
And I was like what the f*ck is this book? I mean the first chapter was already creepy and crazy. Just. What. The--
However what I found somewhat amazing in this book is that it managed to mix poetry and literature to the erotica/ sex part of the book, for example
(view spoiler)[She had assumed all obstacles would be overcome, that love was an ever fixed mark, that looks on tempest and is not shaken.(hide spoiler)]
Oooooooohw...Did she just quote Shakespeare? Come on how cool is that eh? And she also quote something from Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and some sonnets from people I don't know.
However the characters, the plot itself I didn't like it at all. There's a point wherein I like the book it's when Mr. Carr leave but when he came back again the book just got worse and worse. Reading this book remind me of watching a car crash. The characters all of them self-destructs, I can't even say that I like even one of them or I care for them. I actually hated all of them.
This reminds me of Wuthering Heights (a book which I didn't like) and School Days (an anime that I like). It's hard to rate a book like this actually and not all people will like it.
I recommend it to people who are okay with strong and violent sex scenes, language, rape scenes, sexual and physical abuse, pedophilia, polygamous risky relationships, adultery and all the filthy, dirty things.
I can't even say that this book has a powerful message since the plot and the characters are very superficial, shallow and plain stupid. But if you like to be disgusted or shocked, read this. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Okay, I've read Saving Francesca after I've read On The Jellicoe Road, which was also a book by Melina Marchetta. These two books I borrowed from anotOkay, I've read Saving Francesca after I've read On The Jellicoe Road, which was also a book by Melina Marchetta. These two books I borrowed from another goodreads member, his name is Veneficus and last July we swapped books. I gave him The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and he gave me the two Marchetta books.
When I'm deciding which one to read first I picked On The Jellicoe Road over Saving Francesca, because I've read a lot of glowing reviews about the former and when they talked about Melina Marchetta, it's always read On The Jellicoe Road.
Unfortunately I was disappointed after reading On The Jellicoe. It's not that I didn't like it, I think I still gave it three stars (which means in goodreads' perspective--I liked it)however I thought that I would love it and gave it 5 stars like majority of my friends here, but I think three stars were enough. Sorry.
However I was not discouraged to read her other works, thus I've read Saving Francesca still. And uhm before I read the book I looked into the back cover because after reading On The Jellicoe I was a little bit hesitant I will be disappointed again.
From the back cover it says...
ST. SEBASTIAN'S Pretends it's a coed school by giving the girls their own toilet.
I don't know if I'm a little bit high with coffee that day but that made me laugh and from that I somehow have a feeling that maybe I would like this book more.
I would say that the book is your typical Teenager book.
main character is an outcast, new girl on a school, have no friends yet
and there's the feeling of "School Sucks"
and of course the never dying "Self discovery and where do I belong?"
and I know, I know it is a little bit predictable
I still loved it because even though the plot's simple its a story about a teenager, her family, her struggles, her friendships and finding more about herself as I've said it's very typical but the characters are very memorable, they are very diverse, and what I really like also was the dialogues, it's funny, it's entertaining, it's sweet, and when you read the lines you'll be smiling, laughing or having a "goofy grin" in your face. I think it's special in its own way and I can't believe I'm saying this now, "Hey Marchetta, I'm a fan!"
I recommend it if you like Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever, if you like Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and the likes. :)
And btw I think I should end this review by thanking Veneficus for giving me a chance to read Marchetta's works. Don't worry I'll probably return it on Wednesday. Maraming salamat....more
I've recently read The Catcher in the Rye and there's a really nice quote there that I really like and it's like this:
"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."
That quote simply states my feelings toward this book and this author Markus Zusak. Markus Zusak was such a good writer that I'd really wish that he and I are friends(^_^).
He's the type of person wherein sometimes I wish I could marry him and be the father of my babies.(Whut?) *kidding, I'm already married*
Okay marriage and babies aside, this book was really amazing though I still think that The Book Thief was his masterpiece. I am the Messenger is really different from The Book Thief that it was almost indiscernible that the same author wrote this.
I am saying that because totally the writing style was different.
The Book Thief:
"Hair the color of lemons,'" Rudy read. His fingers touched the words. "You told him about me?"
At first, Liesel could not talk. Perhaps it was the sudden bumpiness of love she felt for him. Or had she always loved him? It's likely. Restricted as she was from speaking, she wanted him to kiss her. She wanted him to drag her hand across and pull her over. It didn't matter where. Her mouth, her neck, her cheek. Her skin was empty for it, waiting.
Years ago, when they'd raced on a muddy field, Rudy was a hastily assembled set of bones, with a jagged, rocky smile. In the trees this afternoon, he was a giver of bread and teddy bears. He was a triple Hitler Youth athletics champion. He was her best friend. And he was a month from his death.
Of course I told him about you," Liesel said."
I am the Messenger:
"Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are."
To put it simply The Book Thief has an odd writing style because the descriptions used by the writer is not common and he'd be like describing for example the hair is like lemons or feathers something like that.
While in I am the Messenger, Zusak was fond of using "One word sentences" or sometimes "Three-word sentences." He has a lot of paragraphs which only contains one sentence or sometimes one word. It seems to me that his writing here was a mix of simplicity and complexity because he'll just use a spare amount of words but if you try to look at it deeply it's not as simple as it looks like because it has a deeper meaning and message on it.
Another different aspect was the book genre.
The Book Thief: Historical-fiction I am the Messenger: Contemporary fiction
And I'd like to say that Zusak was a YA author but his books are definitely different from the YA norm nowadays and it's the type of YA book that can be enjoyed by adults. And also Zusak was very different from a lot authors since he's not formulaic and he can even as I said before write in different writing styles and book genres.
Some points I want to add up:
1. The book is pretty much very Australian and I just want to say that somehow I like it that way because it is different, there are words and expressions used differently. Like for example instead of "Pharmacist" they used the word "Chemist" and "arse" was used instead of "ass."
2. The book has a very nice structure. It was divided into four parts which is the Diamonds, Clubs, Spades and the Hearts and we had an additional which is the Joker Suite. And each part was subdivided into chapters but we don't have that Chapter 1, 2 yada yada instead we have Aces to King Chapters.
3. The ending was really brilliantly plotted and I really like it. I really like how it ended. How Ed Kennedy will be able to know who's the one behind all of that messages and aces in his mailbox. The ending is very reminiscent to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist because the answer(view spoiler)[was there right on the beginning of the book (hide spoiler)].
4. The book was phenomenal, Zusak's books have the ability to change your life or rather change your perspectives. It can always touch your soul and it just leave a beautiful mark and it was simply amazing how can he touch you with the mere use of words. For me he'll always be the master of language, he uses words very beautifully and just I'm a big fan. *Completely hands down*
That I think would be the perfect word to describe what I felt after reading it. At first it was very confusing and the plot was so slowDisappointing.
That I think would be the perfect word to describe what I felt after reading it. At first it was very confusing and the plot was so slow that it bored me to death.
I think there were parts that I still like but as a whole I don't think that it deserved all the blurb and all the awards.
I like the idea of the two stories and how these two were intertwined in the end but its the cheesiness and melodrama and how things were written that turned me off.
The only thing that made me rated this book 3 stars was Jonah Griggs, all I can say about him is he can be the perfect boyfriend. He's really tough outside but inside he's really sweet. I can't help but smile when I read the TaylorxJonah parts.
Also, one more thing, while reading it I can't help but feel that it was a little bit like an Ecchi Anime and there was also a Sex Scene and several vulgar language, so I recommend it for more mature teenagers. ...more
Certainly one of the best books that I have read so far. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. It's b (courtesy of www.deviantart.com)
Certainly one of the best books that I have read so far. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. It's beautifully written, the descriptions of the skies, people, places are just unique, the descriptions used are not the usual like the author used to say his hair is like lemons, or he has hair like feathers.
The friendship and love story of Liesel and Rudy keep me from reading. It's just so cute and I always smile whenever I have read Rudy saying, "How about a kiss?"
The thievery part is also very good, I feel very nostalgic because it reminds me of my childhood days when I used to like to watch "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," wherein they steal apples too.
I really like when he described Liesel as the book thief without words and I just felt really sympathetic to Liesel because I love reading too and it's just sad thinking that she's really trying hard to be literate at that time.
And Death, yes the one who narrates the Book Thief's Story, it felt for me that Death is like very cool here. He's not the one with the black cloak or he doesn't look like a skeleton with a scythe or something. It's really fun when he describes about how he hates his work and sometimes he loves to have a vacation.
It's a tragic story, but from the very start Death, the narrator will tell you something about the ending that they will all die, so he's a kind of a spoiler.
All in all it's very good, the message and the themes (Death, Friendship, Society, War, Family, Loyalty, Love) are very excellent and you will definitely learn many things from this book. ...more