My sister's never been much of a reader, but she LOVED this book growing up. It was only ever okay for me, but I didn't remember much at all, so I decMy sister's never been much of a reader, but she LOVED this book growing up. It was only ever okay for me, but I didn't remember much at all, so I decided to re-read it.
Sadly it remains only okay for me, but WOW does Hahn ever get the UNFAIRNESS of being a kid right! Being blamed for stuff your sibling did, your parents not believing you!!! My blood boiled reading all those scenes!!!! IT WAS KRISTA, MOM AND DAD, NOT ME!!!!!!!!...more
Sometimes I think maybe I shouldn't rate books. Or at least some books. This is maybe more of a two, but I'll read more, so I guess three.
The worldbuiSometimes I think maybe I shouldn't rate books. Or at least some books. This is maybe more of a two, but I'll read more, so I guess three.
The worldbuilding in this isn't bad (not terribly original, but I generally don't care about that in this genre), but the process of worldbuilding isn't good. It's all, "Okay, you're the Chosen One. Moving on . . ." except you actually don't even get the scene where she finds out she's the Chosen One. That's all exposition.
Which, in a way, is what makes me look forward to the rest of the series, now that that awkwardness is out of the way. I did like the characters, so there's enough to keep going.
But there's other awkwardness, too, like Max objects to Victoria's social life, but she's a young woman of the ton and it would've been awfully hard to get out of that life in that society. And, really, getting married would make you MORE free than being a debutante.
So pretty uneven overall. Oh, and she has plenty of love interests. That's a bit uneven, too, but not badly done. Each relationship is pretty distinct.
(PS: I actually read this ages ago, so this is a re-read. I think I must've read it when the book was pretty new and I wanted to give the whole series a try. Depending on how I like the next book, I suppose.)...more
Do you have those moments where you just sit back and appreciate how amazing the internet is? I read this book as a kid and it's been on my mind latelDo you have those moments where you just sit back and appreciate how amazing the internet is? I read this book as a kid and it's been on my mind lately, but I couldn't remember the title or author. So I just plugged in what I DID remember--the basic premise of the book--and google found it for me right away. Amazon had a used copy and it was at my doorstep a few days later.
Anyway, this was probably one of the few true YA books I read when I was an actual teen, those pre-Harry Potter, pre-Twilight days, where you practically moved straight from the Babysitters' Club to adult books. It seems like what YA books there were--at least, the ones I read--were often of this type. Historical romance. Maybe that's why I keep wanting more YA historical romance NOW.
And this one is interesting to look at from the perspective of today's book world, since it deals a lot with marriage. As it SHOULD for teens in that time period. I like that kind of realistic detail. I feel like that's missing some in today's YA.
And I still really enjoyed this book. It wasn't an absolute favorite of mine, but, still, I remembered it well enough to want to read it all these years later, so that says something, right? It's a love triangle, I suppose, but a two girl, one guy one, and one that's dealt with far more delicately than love triangles of today generally are.
I don't know how this become a musing on today's YA, but there you go.
The musical was largely taken from Judy's letters (although she's never called Judy in it!), but the awesome thing it does is fill in Jervis's feelings and reactions. So you get to see him being charmed by her initial letters, deciding to meet her as Jervis, and being jealous of Sally's brother. (Also amusing: In the musical, he doesn't actually have a secretary. He writes all those orders himself!)
Anyway, the musical was really awesome, and if I lived in New York, I would totally go see it again. I saw the (AMAZING) Jerusha understudy and I must see the usual actress!
Aw, I should've remembered to re-read this before now. Such a sweet story. And short! I don't think I can write a proper review for this, but if you're in the mood for something nice and short, check it out. You can read it at Project Gutenburg, although I don't think the eBooks include the pictures....more
Oh, this is so lovely and wonderful. I love how it seems kind of quaint, that it couldn't really take place these days, and yet still so very real.
ForOh, this is so lovely and wonderful. I love how it seems kind of quaint, that it couldn't really take place these days, and yet still so very real.
For some reason, I associate this book with my younger sister. She's never been much of a reader, but I think maybe she owned this book. Or read it for school, maybe? Maybe I'll ask her someday....more
I read this before, but didn't remember much, so decided to read it again for beforetv. It's a compelling read and yet . . . I guess, mostly, it's jusI read this before, but didn't remember much, so decided to read it again for beforetv. It's a compelling read and yet . . . I guess, mostly, it's just not my sense of humor....more
I read this a while ago, in 2007 or 2006, I guess. It was okay, but it was one of those books where something ( . . . not that serious at all) made meI read this a while ago, in 2007 or 2006, I guess. It was okay, but it was one of those books where something ( . . . not that serious at all) made me so angry that I still think about it when I see books by the author. (view spoiler)[That whole chapter where she goes, "No, I didn't fall in love with him" and goes on about that for a while and then " . . . because I'd always been in love with him." PROBABLY SILLY, BUT THAT BUGGED ME SO MUCH. (hide spoiler)]...more
I am so confused. I remember really loving this as a teen, but it didn't work for me as well this time through . . . except thRe-read October 26, 2012
I am so confused. I remember really loving this as a teen, but it didn't work for me as well this time through . . . except then I got to the end and really, really loved it.
Of course, it wasn't helped by me putting it down for at least two long stretches of time, but I felt like the love story wasn't developed very much. But . . . I really loved it as a teenage? (And I trust my teenage self's taste! Well, with this, anyway.)
Unless I never really did read it and only checked it out and MEANT to read it? I am pretty sure I read it after we watched the movie in history class my junior year and I fell in love with it, but your memory can play tricks on you and I didn't really remember the book at all! And I have a bad memory, but I would've thought I'd remembered SOMETHING.
As I said, I am confused! I will have to rewatch the movie and see how much I remember of it. (I remember one scene from it! Or, at least, I think I do! Maybe I made all of this up!)...more