I'm certain that I read this book way back when I read the entire Flowers in the Attic series, but I don't remember this part of the story. Yeah, I re...moreI'm certain that I read this book way back when I read the entire Flowers in the Attic series, but I don't remember this part of the story. Yeah, I remember Corrine coming back and dressing in black but I do not remember Bart going bat shit crazy. I don't remember being so absorbed into this story in the 80's. Maybe it was because I was too close in age to Jory to really grasp how frightening the events really were. Maybe I was just too hung up on the entire Chris and Cathy aspect to really get into or understand the mental abuse poor Bart was going through. This book kept me up at night wanting to just read one more chapter until I fell asleep with my kindle in my hand. Of all the books in the Dollanganger series, this one so far (and as an adult rereading series)is my favorite. I highly suggest to anyone with an interest in Flowers in the Attic to go back and re-read If There Be Thorns. And now I'm on to the next. Who knew I would enjoy V.C. Andrews just as much now as I did nearly 30 years ago?(less)
This book is currently FREE on amazon!!!! It is written by the Trista Hendren, the author of the amazing book, Girl God. Grab it while you can, you wi...moreThis book is currently FREE on amazon!!!! It is written by the Trista Hendren, the author of the amazing book, Girl God. Grab it while you can, you will not regret it!!!! Mother Earth is the perfect second to the Girl God. Where no other children's book could ever touch me the way the Girl God did, Trista Hendren's Mother Earth is a close second. Once again the pages are filled with beautiful illustration that pull you in and dare you to explore. I loved this book and I loved reading it to my littlest girl. There are lessons in Mother Earth I feel my girls need to know and take to heart. Thank you for touching my heart once again Trista! (less)
I wasn’t sure about this book at first. I had just finished Eleanor & Park and could not imagine Rainbow Rowell’s next book holding a candle to su...moreI wasn’t sure about this book at first. I had just finished Eleanor & Park and could not imagine Rainbow Rowell’s next book holding a candle to such a wonderful story. Fangirl shouldn’t and can’t be compared to Eleanor & Park, they are honestly nothing alike. Well unless you compare the young love aspects and the awkward girl trend in the two books, you can’t compare them. But don’t do that, don’t compare them. If you do, you are cheating the stories out of what they both are and cheating yourself out of being able to explore what is creeping around Ms. Rowell’s mind.
Fangirl isn’t just one novel, it is three novels…or more like one novel, a series of novels, and hundreds of pieces of short fan fiction all in one book. I kind of wish the Simon Snow books were real because I would like the rest of the story (well the series actually). I want to read Carry On Simon. I almost feel robbed that I only got a taste of the world that created Simon and inspired Cath’s take on it. Nothing like leaving a girl hanging!
I have to give Rowell credit; I doubt many authors could pull off what she did in Fangirl. I’m still trying to figure out how she kept it all straight in her head as she wrote. I mean I want to be able to do that, not to do it, but just have that ability.
I also love that Fangirl reminded me of a combination of my two daughters. One of which is in her second year of college and the other a nerd girl fanfic writing 8th grader. With this book I felt like I got to peak into both their lives in the spaces they lock away from Mom. You know the fun stuff that is all yours at those ages. I got a glimpse and I liked what I saw.
Of the book itself, read it! Don’t skip all the Simon Snow stuff, seriously, don’t skip it! It is important to the plot! But more importantly, it’s fun and this book is fun most of the time. And most of all, I loved the girls’ user names. How great are the names Magicath and Wrenegade?! It makes you wish you would have thought of it yourself. And that is the key to Rowell’s books. She makes you wish that you had written these stories. They are personal and real and they make you want to know what parts she pulled from her own life and where things took on a life all its own.
I don’t want to nor do I think I should discuss the plot of the story. I’m not sure how to do that without giving too much away. Just read it and enjoy it….and then discuss it with me! I can’t wait to have my girls read this. I want the take of the fangirl (who actually writes about gay boys!) and the college girl. I want to know this is the kind of the world they live in.
Some quotes I love and conversations I wish I had had a very long time ago (hahaha): pg 42 "I feel sorry for you, and I'm going to be your friend." "I don't want to be your friend," Cath said as sternly as she could. "I like that we're not friends." "Me, too," Reagan said. "I'm sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic."
Pg 57 "I always get lost in the library," he said, "no matter how many times I go. In fact, I think I get lost there more, the more that I go. Like it's getting to know me and revealing new passages."
pg 177 ...but her brain wasn't keeping track of anything but how warm he was. How warm her roommate's boyfriend was. One of her roommate's boyfriends. Did that matter? If Reagan had three boyfriends, did that mean this was only one-third wrong?
pg 178 "Months are different in college," Levi said, "especially freshman year. Too much happens. Every freshman month equals six regular months-they're like dog months."
pg 184 ...Levi likes you, you like him-I'm over it. It could get weird around here real fast if you start dating my high school boyfriend, but there's no turning back, you know?"
pg 186 ...And I'm crazy. Like maybe you think I'm a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I'm a complete disaster."
pg 187 "I kept cheating on him," Reagan said flatly. "I'm a pretty good friend, but I'm a shitty girlfriend."
pg 227 ...I don't just kiss people. Kisses aren't...just with me. That's why I've been avoiding you. That's why I'd like to avoid you now.
pg 232 "Apparently, I'm good for something," Wren said. "You keep stealing all my best lines."
pg 238 ...I'm going to keep making fucked-up decisions and doing weird things that I don't even realize are weird. People are going to feel sorry for me, and I won't ever have any normal relationships-and it's always going to because I didn't have a mother. Always. That's the ultimate kind of broken. The kind of damage you never recover from.
pg 245 "Are you pregnant? Are you gay? I'd rather you were gay than pregnant. Unless you're pregnant. Then we'll deal."
pg 260 "But there's nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing."
pg 264 Cath liked to worry. It made her feel proactive, even when she was totally helpless.
pg 267 She heard the very beginning of a smile in his voice_a fetal smile-and it very nearly killed her.
pg 283 "I don't think I'm any good at this. Boy-girl. Person-person. I don't trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they're going to get tired of me and take off.
pg 288 ...You can't be jealous. And in return, I won't flex my best-friend muscles just to remind myself, and Levi, that he loved me first."
pg 288 "And no being a horrible, narcissistic bitch who gets off on her ex-boyfriend's affection."
pg 340 "I'm making it about me," Cath said. "It's not my job to want you or not want you. It's not my job to earn you."
pg 401 "No...Well, maybe. It's more the idea of straight girls writing about gay boys; he thinks it's deviant."
I finished this book through a veil of tears. I sobbed and sniffled and felt the ache deep inside. My heart broke. And when it was over, I looked up a...moreI finished this book through a veil of tears. I sobbed and sniffled and felt the ache deep inside. My heart broke. And when it was over, I looked up and remembered,this wasn't my life, it wasn't real. My living room in all it's post Christmas chaos had never looked better. Yeah, this book is THAT good...or painful...or whatever it is, it IS and that is amazing.
Eleanor and Park takes place in 1986. They were 16 years old. I was in 8th grade in 1986. I was 14. Rainbow Rowell recreated that time and those moments in only a way a woman who had lived it, and lived through it, could. Those bus rides, I was there. Those kids, that language, that reality has never been more real for me than it was in this book. Well not since I left that time and that place anyway.
Park and those headphones. I remember him. Eleanor and her safety pins. I remember her. The teasing, the insecurity, the rough times, the hopelessness and that god forsaken neighborhood, I remember all too well.
I've been touched by books, really touched by books before. If a book can't make me feel, can't emotionally hurt, then it's not even worth reading as far as I'm concerned. But Eleanor and Park, this book, this was different. This book remembered, it dug into those memories better pushed aside, it took that box within a box kept buried in the back of the deepest darkest corner of that skeleton closet and said "remember that one time?" My heart cracked a little here, and it cracked a little there, and by the end it had ripped open scar tissue long healed over and exposed memories. Now that is a book in a category all it's own. That is the kind of book that must be read. It should be required. It should be celebrated and honored. We should all be forced to remember so we can understand that we survived.
Here is a mere taste of Eleanor and Park. Just a few quotes to let you see:
page 34 For some reason, she didn't want to read in front of him. It would be like letting him watch her eat. It would be like...admitting something.
page 36 ...and he could tel that she liked them because she wrote the characters' names on her books, in between band names and song lyrics.
page 60 ...just being Park's friend was pretty much the best thing that had ever happened to her.
page 65 Maybe it was stupid, but that's what she did with him, even in her fantasies- even where anything was possible. as far as Eleanor was concerned, that just showed how wonderful it was to hold Park's hand.
page 66 And then he'd started laughing and pulled at one of her curls. (That was a new, awesome development- the hair touching. Sometimes he'd come up behind her after school, and tug at her ponytail or tap the top of her bun.)
page 75 (Conversations with her dad were like whiplash; they didn't always hurt right away.)
page 82 Whenever he saw Eleanor, he couldn't think about pulling away. He couldn't think about anything at all. Except touching her. Except doing whatever he could or had to, to make her happy.
page 99 That was one of his tricks, whenever she was put off or irritated- changing the subject in the sweetest way possible.
page 103 "I'm afraid I'll say too much," she said. "You can't." "I'm afraid I'll tell you the truth." "Eleanor..." "Park." "You don't like me.." he said, leading her, pressing the base of the phone into his lowest rib. "I don't like you, Park," she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. "I..."-her voice nearly disappeared- "sometimes I think I live for you." He closed his eyes and arched his head back into his pillow. "I don't think I even breathe when we're not together," she whispered. "Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it's been like sixty hours since I've taken a breath. That's probably why I'm so crabby, and why I snap at you. All I do when we're apart is think about you, and all I do when we're together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I'm so out of control, I can't help myself. I'm not even mine anymore, I'm yours, and what if you decide that you don't want me? How could you want me like I want you?" He was quiet. He wanted everything sh'ed just said to be the last thing he heard. He wanted to fall asleep with "I want you" in his ears.
page 137 All five of them had learned to cry without making any noise.
page 145 Even when she was a little girl, she never fantasized about running away. She could never imagine herself past the edge of the yard. Where would she go? Who would take her?
page 151 "You really know how to make a girl feel special," Eleanor said. "I've never pretended to know anything about girls," he answered.
page 153 She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
page 166 He didn't even think Tina really liked him, deep down. It was more like she didn't want him to get over her. And not-so-deep down, Park didn't want Tina to get over him. It was nice to have the most popular girl in the neighborhood offering herself to him every now and then.
page 189 What if Park realized that all the things he thought were so mysterious and intriguing about her were actually just...bleak?
page 211 Everything anybody ever said in this house was desperate. Desperate was white noise, as far as Eleanor was concerned- it was the hope that pulled at her heart with dirty little fingers.
page 220 He set his forehead against hers. Se didn't know what to do with her eyes or her hands. "Nothing before you counts," he said. "And I can't even imagine an after."
page 276 There's only one of him, she though, and he's right here. He knows I'll like a song before I've heard it. He laughs before I even get to the punchline. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes me want to let him open doors for . There's only one of him.
page 277 The first time he'd held her hand, it felt so good that it crowded out all the bad things. It felt better than anything had ever hurt.
Thank you Rainbow Rowell for sharing this story with me (and the world). And thank you Regina for introducing me to Eleanor and Park and also for the laughter and tears in the 80's...man, Park is familiar ;-)
only update while reading: Only 15% in but so far I'm loving it. This book takes me back to a time and place and includes all the people I loved and hated. Wonderful so far (which I say through smiles and tears).(less)
Not my favorite in the series. This one was a little too romancy for me, but I doubt most would consider it a romance book. It could be that Nell is n...moreNot my favorite in the series. This one was a little too romancy for me, but I doubt most would consider it a romance book. It could be that Nell is not my favorite character, although I now really like Daniel and really got to know Retha more in this one. I should have read this one first, but oh well. Kudos for the "Bewitched" line =) This entire series has reminded me of a "real life" Bewitched world....and I do have to remind myself that these people do not exist. Great book! Great Series! I'm moving on to the WitchLight Trilogy. It's more than time for me to learn about Lizard =) (less)
Last book in the series. Luckily I do not have to mourn the loss of these amazing characters because there is a spin off series =) I love these people...moreLast book in the series. Luckily I do not have to mourn the loss of these amazing characters because there is a spin off series =) I love these people, for me, their world exists somewhere and I wish there was a fetching spell that could put me right smack in the middle of Witch Central. All I can say about this book is that it broke my hear over and over again. How did my simple little quick read fun loving witches start making me sob in every book? Not fair! This was supposed to be Bewitched meets Bell, Book, Candle, meets real life. It was supposed to be all fun and games, but no, things had to go and get real on me. I will not give anything away. If this book doesn't want to make you take up knitting and/or weaving, something is wrong with you. If it doesn't make you want to hang out in Caro shop, I don't think we can be friends. Thankfully I have more Debora Geary Books to read =) (less)
I'm only giving this 4 stars because I was expecting a wedding and because the book ended at 93% I was shocked I didn't get it. Other than that, I lov...moreI'm only giving this 4 stars because I was expecting a wedding and because the book ended at 93% I was shocked I didn't get it. Other than that, I loved that both Nan and Moira made an appearance in this short little story. I think I have fallen for these Irish grandmothers and they really do make me long for my own (I should go home more often). Without giving away a spoiler, all I can say is I'm proud of Kevin. Maybe I'm getting a little too caught up in Debora Geary's witches because I'm started to think of these people as part of my life ;-) I will say that ring was the most romantic and beautiful thing I have ever heard of. Perhaps my Celtic heart is well tuned to certain romantic notions, but seriously that was my kind romantic and personal....just beautiful. (less)
Finally have a copy and am itching to read. I've only had the other two books for over a year. Hope it lives up to the hype. Had I seen the second par...moreFinally have a copy and am itching to read. I've only had the other two books for over a year. Hope it lives up to the hype. Had I seen the second part of the title prior to hearing such wonderful things about this book, I would have never picked it of the others up in the first place. I'm ready RJ Stewart,impress me =)(less)
A Celtic Witch had me drinking kettles of tea, craving beef stew,longing for fiddle music, and missing my grandma. There is just something about the N...moreA Celtic Witch had me drinking kettles of tea, craving beef stew,longing for fiddle music, and missing my grandma. There is just something about the Nova Scotia clan that just pulls at my heart. Once again we got a story focused on Marcus and once again I cried more than once. I love these people (if you are this far into the series then you know that these are not just your average fictional character) like they are family. I laughed with them. I snuggled on the comfiest couch in the inn with them. I ate stew with them. I drank tea and soaked in Moira's pool with them. I heard the rocks and lost myself in the music. Debora Geary knows these people and she is making damn sure anyone who reads these books knows and loves these people as well. Onward to the next book =) (less)