In my opinion, Sarah Dessen is one of the best young adult writers out there today. This book happens to be my second favorite book from her. It's odd...moreIn my opinion, Sarah Dessen is one of the best young adult writers out there today. This book happens to be my second favorite book from her. It's odd how Dessen can make you feel like you know her characters personally. I love that about her writing, because she makes it so easy to identify with her characters. When I finished this book, I was almost upset about it. I didn't want to leave behind the characters and in some ways I felt like I was saying goodbye to friends. That’s a true sign that you've just read a really great book. Overall I give this a 4.5/5 stars!(less)
The last couple of months I have been trying to read my way through all of Sarah Dessen's books. This was the last one on my list to read and it turne...moreThe last couple of months I have been trying to read my way through all of Sarah Dessen's books. This was the last one on my list to read and it turned out to be my favorite.
Dessen seems to like to use to same basic formula for her books (girl with troubles + meets new boy = happy ending). Even though this may be a bit predictable, I still seem to always enjoy her books immensely. Dessen has a way with getting you very attached to her characters and this book was no different. It's not just the main characters that I feel heartbroken to be leaving behind, but especially the supporting characters.... like Bert, with his Armageddon obsession and the "monotone" Monica.
This book was heartfelt and moving. There are some books that you wish you could read all over for the first time again and this is one of them. I give it 5/5 stars. :) (less)
Wow... I’m having a hard time finding adequate words to express how I felt reading this novel, if there even are any. It is such a haunting and unforg...moreWow... I’m having a hard time finding adequate words to express how I felt reading this novel, if there even are any. It is such a haunting and unforgettable story. I think I will find that even though I have finished this book, it’s going to linger with me for some time.
Living Dead Girl is about a girl who was abducted at the age of 10. She is now 15 and fears that her abductor, Ray, is going to kill her and seek a younger girl to replace her. Half of her wants the pain to end and half of her wants to stay alive. Ray wants her to be his image of the perfect little girl and in doing so has taken everything away from her... her life, family, friends and body. He has even given her a new name, Alice. Ray beats and sexually abuses her on a daily basis, and he threatens to kill her family and friends if she is not “a good girl.” The book speaks a million different fears and pains that the character has to endure. I had to put it down several times because it became very heavy on my heart. Though it was a disturbing and painful story to take in, I find myself very lucky to have come across it.
This was only my second Elizabeth Scott book. If her others are anything like this one, I think I may have found a new favorite author. (less)
I've been in love with this poem since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. The terrible fate of the two lovers, Bess and her Highwayman, is...moreI've been in love with this poem since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. The terrible fate of the two lovers, Bess and her Highwayman, is so tragic. I love how the ending implies that their spirits still linger at the old Inn after death. It's a beautiful poem and a personal favorite of mine.(less)
There are some books that you know like the back of your hand, or in this case even better. For me, 'Pride and Prejudice' is one of those books. I gre...moreThere are some books that you know like the back of your hand, or in this case even better. For me, 'Pride and Prejudice' is one of those books. I grew up watching the 1995 BBC TV adaptation of this book, over and over again. Which might I say was beautifully done by the way! Considering I was about 5 years old when it was released, I guess you could say that the story was kind of ingrained into my childhood. I was never a romantic child, but I loved the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy. There was no 'love at first sight' foolishness, but a love that grew over time. That appealed to me. And I loved the silly Mrs. Bennett, the sweet good natured Jane, Mr. Bingley, and the good humored Mr. Bennett. I knew all the characters so well, that they felt like close friends.
Of course, as I got older I naturally wanted to read the book. I remember that my mom bought me a beautiful edition of it one year for Christmas. I can’t remember how old I was then, but I was so thrilled to finally have it in my hands. Sadly I was still a little too young to quite read it. I remember getting bored easily and not quite understanding the writing. So it sat on my shelf for a few years until finally I was at the required reading level. From the moment I read that famous opening line... "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."... I knew that it was going to be all that I had hoped it would be.
For me, it’s just one of those comfort books that I go back to repeatedly. Sometimes I even find myself pulling it off my shelf just to read a few favorite passages. I feel like every girl who has ever read 'Pride and Prejudice' has or can envision themselves as Elizabeth Bennett. That is what makes this book so great. You find yourself easily loosing yourself in the story and actually forget that you are reading. Jane Austen crafted a beautifully written story set in the period where social upbringing and wealth in a young woman were of the highest importance in marriage. It is a true classic that will be around forever and never fade over time.(less)