This book, the story, and the characters were beautifully written. If a writer captures my heart with their writing, I may cry at the end of a book, b...moreThis book, the story, and the characters were beautifully written. If a writer captures my heart with their writing, I may cry at the end of a book, but only if the story calls for it. I've never cried just after reading, I think 10 pages. Sarah Ockler hooks you from the first page and steals your heart. She stole mine anyway.
This book is heartbreaking, like I already said "beautiful," and witty. The characters Frankie, Anna, Sam, and Matt are tragic, but amazing.
I've written, that I have loved a lot of books and I meant them, but I fell in love with this one. The way that Sarah describes details are fresh and inspiring. I want to look at the world differently now. See what I mean, I'm getting all sentimental. Only a really good writer and story can evoke such powerful emotions.
If you don't instantly like or love this book, then I suggest lightening up, relax, and just enjoy a really good book. (less)
I loved Mandy Hubbard's modern twist on this old classic. I think Jane Austen would be proud. It was cleaver and cute. I love sarcastic banter between...moreI loved Mandy Hubbard's modern twist on this old classic. I think Jane Austen would be proud. It was cleaver and cute. I love sarcastic banter between two love interest and there was a lot of that. The writing was smart and interesting.
I was glad it ended the way that it did, because to be honest, I was waiting for the predictable. But, it didn't happen. I keep thinking any minute Rebecca was going to show up and foil the act. I was glad she never made an appearance.
I didn't want the book to end. Mandy, I really hope you have a sequel in mind. Callie is an interesting character. I would like to know what happened between her and Alex. I'm sure they got together...but, I can think of a million adventures they could experience for our reading enjoyment.
After review thoughts: I think it is a really good sign of a good book, when you continue to think about it long after you have read it. I had happy thoughts all day today, after reading this book...I like that. : ) (less)
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)
I absolutely loved this book. I started reading it yesterday and stayed up until 4am to finish. I only do that for really good books. I'm heck of tire...moreI absolutely loved this book. I started reading it yesterday and stayed up until 4am to finish. I only do that for really good books. I'm heck of tired, but it was worth it.
The story line was not original. Two people from the wrong side of the tracks falling for each other. I didn't mind that, because I loved the characters and the writing. It was romantic, heartbreaking, inspiring, and it made me hope for a happy ending, but don't always get.
I've been reading a lot of SciFi lately so this was a welcomed change of venue. I checked this book out of the library, but once again I'll probably have to buy it for my personal library. I can see myself wanting to read it again.
Well, predictions do come true, because I spent the whole day yesterday re-reading this book (15 October 2009). I even ignored my dog, poor thing and stayed up until 2 am this time (not 5 am, thank goodness). I love it even more. The story and the characters stay with you and it makes you want to re-play scenes in your head, or go through your favorite parts from the book again and again...
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 more than the usual mindless read for entertainment, not that I mind those, because I don't. It's just... refreshing to read o...moreI thought this book was more than the usual mindless read for entertainment, not that I mind those, because I don't. It's just... refreshing to read outside my usual interests.
This book had some really beautiful, eye opening philosophical moments. The prose were written in such a way, that they sent a POW to my brain that said, "wake up to reality, see underneath the surface of people and life."
I thought anyone could see themselves in Terra or Jacob, just replace the port-wine stain for any perceived flaw. This book, felt like I was reading my own life and journey. (less)
At first, I thought this book was going to read like a horrible after school program. I was pleasantly surprise to find that I loved reading this stor...moreAt first, I thought this book was going to read like a horrible after school program. I was pleasantly surprise to find that I loved reading this story. The writing was great and the characters were intriguing and powerful. The line both Meg and John crossed with each other was gripping. There was meaning and purpose and I wanted more... I was left really wanted more.(less)