I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I'm torn on how to review it because I went back and forth between liking it and not as I read it. The storyI won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I'm torn on how to review it because I went back and forth between liking it and not as I read it. The story is interesting and made me want to keep reading to see what happens, but the main character really annoyed me. I know she's a teen, but she seemed incredibly dense and made no effort to understand what was going on around her. Also, the fandom references sprinkled throughout bugged me. Though I love all the things mentioned, it just seemed forced to seem "cool". All in all it was still worth reading though. Not sure I care enough to read the rest of the series, but if I happened to come across them, it would be nice to know how it all turns out....more
I was determined to hate this book, pretty much just based on the amount of hype surrounding it. Which is stupid, I know. BOk, I admit that I'm wrong.
I was determined to hate this book, pretty much just based on the amount of hype surrounding it. Which is stupid, I know. But, as with many other books (I'll learn my lesson one of these days) I really liked it. More than that, honestly. It was amazing.
I can't remember the last time I read a book in a single day. I probably haven't in many years, but I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it a good part of my time at work, which resulted in the little girl I watch asking me about the book as I was more or less sobbing through a good portion of it. Embarrassing, but well worth it.
It was and wasn't an easy book to read. The characters were great. Likable, intelligent, and wittier than anyone real teenagers I've ever met, I fell in love with them. But, the subject of cancer and the impact it has on Hazel, Augustus, and everyone they know was hard to read about. Not having been through and health problems like that, it seemed to me to be a pretty realistic portrayal. At times they were strong and willing to fight, but sometimes they weren't. They broke down and were scared and sad. They mocked and resented the platitudes that sick people hear, but know that they come from a loving place.
Basically, this is the best book I've read in a very long time and I see myself reading it many more times in the future....more
Wendy's mother never seemed to love her and tried to kill her at her 6th birthday party, claiming she was a monster. Now Wendy is 17 aLoved this book!
Wendy's mother never seemed to love her and tried to kill her at her 6th birthday party, claiming she was a monster. Now Wendy is 17 and it turns out her mother might have been right...
I went in to this book not knowing anything about it, but once I started I couldn't put it down. The first chapter about Wendy and her mother's attempt to kill her was riveting, and as the book continues and Wendy discovers the truth about herself is just gets better. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't say more about that, except that it was a nice change of pace from the other fantasy/supernatural YA books I've read. I really enjoyed the growing romance throughout the book and the fact that there are 3 viable love interests. I could see Wendy ending up with any one of them throughout the series, and surprisingly I like them all. It's rare for that to be the case and I'm eagerly waiting for the next book; the end of this one definitely left me hanging!...more
It's not that it was bad. I can see how people like it, I just didn't. I couldn't support the girls in their gang activity aI kind of hated this book.
It's not that it was bad. I can see how people like it, I just didn't. I couldn't support the girls in their gang activity and I wasn't sympathetic towards them for most of the book. In addition to the characters, the writing really bugged me. Sentences just went on and on, so the lack of punctuation just drove me nuts. In my head, all those run-on sentences get read in a frantic, hurried way, which didn't lead to a very enjoyable experience....more