I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Not that I went into reading it with low expectations or anything like that. My reaction is base...moreI enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Not that I went into reading it with low expectations or anything like that. My reaction is based on my getting into the story at a slow pace, but I realize it was because I was starting a new semester at school and I wasn't able to read as much as I would have liked, but once I really sat down to read this book I started to like it a lot. I even skipped reading for school to read this book instead...so that is saying a lot.
I almost feel sad giving this book only four stars, but to be honest as much as I enjoyed this book I didn't get my feet knocked out from under me and that is a book worth five stars. I did cry at the end though, but I always cry at the end of a good story. The only thing is I was sitting in the middle of the library at the time the water-works started to flow...yikes. At least I wasn't whimpering, now that would be a sight to see.
Well...this book wasn't anything like I had expected. I guess when I think of vampire books, I think of the usual blood-sucking, romance, danger, and...moreWell...this book wasn't anything like I had expected. I guess when I think of vampire books, I think of the usual blood-sucking, romance, danger, and forbidden love. That kind of stuff.
I liked this book actually. It was different and interesting. Plus, it had that teen sarcasm going on that I like, and it made you think about things your grateful for and other things. It a fast read, which is always nice. It was also written well, which is a big deal with me... (less)
Wow...this book was twisted. It did take me a while to get into it though, because it was so dark and bleak. Once I finally sat down and really starte...moreWow...this book was twisted. It did take me a while to get into it though, because it was so dark and bleak. Once I finally sat down and really started to get into it, then I got so frustrated with the main character Pete. Man...it was like watching on of those B horror movies. The ones where you're screaming at the screen telling the girl who is going to get killed that the killer is right behind them. I was always on the verge of screaming at the book, screaming at Pete, for being so stupid.
I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened to Stella and Raymond. I can't believe it ended without us knowing what happened to Raymond. I guess we had to use our imagination. I'm okay with that. Nothing like audience participation.
Even though it was rough for me in the being. I was really intrigued with this book. The writing had some bad spots, but nothing too outrageous. The writing style was interesting. It was like a running dialogue of thoughts and perspectives from other characters at times.
Anyhow, it was different from other books I've been reading lately, a nice change of pace. However, the book at times did seem like every CSI episode rolled into one. (less)
Well...I'm not sure how I feel about this book exactly. I liked it, not necessarily loved it. I can't quite put my finger on what I'm not sure about....moreWell...I'm not sure how I feel about this book exactly. I liked it, not necessarily loved it. I can't quite put my finger on what I'm not sure about. I thought it was an interesting story, none that I've read before. In the end, I got the impression there may be room for another book. I think this was Simner's first. The characters were likable and had room for growth into another book.
Anyway, with my uncertainty to the side, I'm not disappointed I read it. Thinking about it...it's the writing more than the story that has me liking it instead of loving this book. You can have an amazing story and characters, but if the writing isn't there it can hinder the reading and the enjoyment of the journey. (less)
Absolutely fantastic... I really enjoyed reading this book. I studied history in college and I love to read history based books. I thought it was real...moreAbsolutely fantastic... I really enjoyed reading this book. I studied history in college and I love to read history based books. I thought it was really well written and imaginative.
I was so frustrated with Charlotte. I wanted to smack her and scream at her on more than one occasion. Since, one of my criteria for a great book, is to bring out many emotions in the reader, this book did just that in so many ways. I also wanted to through the book across the room on several occasions as well, which also makes this a great read.
I was so glad there was a happy ending. I don't think I could have handled it if there wasn't, especially since, I went through so many sad moments while reading it. It was a roller-coaster of good, then bad. I just wanted...happy in the end.(less)
I have to admit this book was a little rough in the beginning. I can't quite put my finger on it yet. At first it was like a roller coaster ride, I wo...moreI have to admit this book was a little rough in the beginning. I can't quite put my finger on it yet. At first it was like a roller coaster ride, I would like it and then not. The good parts were great and then, there were parts I had trouble getting through. About half way through, the book took a turn and just got better and better. Unfortunately, I think people might not want to wait out the not so great parts, to get to the wonderful quality of this book.
I could be wrong about not liking the beginning, and maybe it was my mood. Who really knows. Anyway, I say that it was worth it in the end. More than worth it. Even though, I don't have a sister. I could relate to so many aspects of the story and characters. I think anyone who reads it would.
The writing at times was not quite there, but not too obvious. I'm not usually this picky. A great story and characters can override some rough writing.
I would most definitely read other books by this author. There were a lot of fatalistic qualities hidden way in this book. Some really touching moments and frustration. I love when a book makes me frustrated, so much so, that I'm tempted to read the last page to make sure it comes out okay.
After thoughts- I don't know why, but I feel like I need to apologize. I made comments about the writing of this book, when in truth, the writing was fine, it was the editing that was lacking. I can understand maybe one missed editing mistake, but not more than one. Don't editors know that crazy sentences throw the reader off and it makes for an unpleasant reading experience. I'm not an expert in writing, but I know what like and when things aren't up to par.
Okay, now... going to another earlier comment, about me not really liking the book in the beginning. Well...I think I figured out what I didn't like. Don't get me wrong, I loved Katie. However, at times she was a bit annoying. She was a big time whiner and she reminded me of Bella from Twilight. She was a huge whiner too and it became very annoying after a while. I know it was to demonstrate the growth in the character for the ending, but still. I'm not sure whiner characters are my thing.
One last thing. I believe there is room for another book and I really enjoyed all the characters. I think it would be great for Friedman to do a series. I would love to see if Katie and Jasper end up together. And, what about Michaela, does she get to go to college? I liked the book enough to want more...that's a good thing. (less)
I thought this book was hilarious, witty, smart, and cute.
The only two negatives I have was the over use of the phrase "oh my god." Seriously. It occ...moreI thought this book was hilarious, witty, smart, and cute.
The only two negatives I have was the over use of the phrase "oh my god." Seriously. It occurred in every other line. Sort of. Anyway, I wasn't a big fan of the swear words either. I know teenagers like to use swear words, because there like forbidden. Still, there are a million adjectives to chose from. I know authors like to sound like the audience they're writing for, but there comes a point when it becomes too much.
Over all, I really liked this book. It was an original story in my opinion and it had a lot of meaning. I think anyone could relate to the over all theme.
The main protagonists, Audrey, Victoria, and James were likable characters. They made me laugh and swoon. Great banter and sarcasm. I really love the sarcasm. (less)
I liked this book. I thought the concept was intriguing... basing the story on a ballad. The book did remind me of another story though, but I can't q...moreI liked this book. I thought the concept was intriguing... basing the story on a ballad. The book did remind me of another story though, but I can't quiet put my finger on which one, yet.
I'm glad the book ended the way it did, however it was a little predictable. How could it have ended any other way, without it being bad...right?
I was a little shocked about the rape though. Taboos, I guess are hard to get over. I was looking forward to reading this story and it didn't disappoint. It was a fast pace read, with interesting characters. I also liked the love element (I'm always a sucker for love stories) and the sense of family and togetherness. (less)
I liked this book, because it was real (down to earth). Suzanne Supplee wrote this book in a way, where the reader could relate, sympathize, and under...moreI liked this book, because it was real (down to earth). Suzanne Supplee wrote this book in a way, where the reader could relate, sympathize, and understand the situation the main character was coming from. I normally read books that help me to escape, for the love of entertainment, or just the love of reading. So, it was nice to read a book where I related to the main protagonist. I don't struggle with weight, but there were so many aspects of this book that anyone could grab a hold onto and see themselves in that situation.
Plus, I thought the dialogue was not over done, there were moments where it seems as if, I could have said those things, or had those words spoken to me. Most times, books are too exaggerated and over done.
In addition, I think it is a nice change to have normal stories about everyday people. Instead of these characters that are supposedly so beautiful words can not describe them or overly fantasized (I love those characters too, don't misconstrue my words).
Overall, I thought this book was funny, sarcastic in all the right places, written well, and real. (less)