You were in first person, the narrator being a girl who (constantly, constantly) was being called arty, differLet me tell you, book, why we broke up.
You were in first person, the narrator being a girl who (constantly, constantly) was being called arty, different, and who always hated it, who always repeated herself and wrote in run on sentences like it would sound different. And that's why we broke up.
Her boyfriend, this different girl's boyfriend, is a jock, and quite clearly from day 1 an asshat and a loser, and yet she dated him and loved him within two weeks of ever knowing him, and it was such a stupid and ludicrous thing for her to do, and that's why we broke up.
And to make matters worse, this girl, this Min, as her name is, turns out to be a sort of manic pixie dream girl who is inspiring the best in the jock. She's amazing, of course, but Handler didn't make her believable at all, not the way she had friends or didn't have them, or the way she planned things or did whatever she wanted while apparently being Jewish with an overprotective mother. We don't really get to know who she is other than two things: she's obsessed with films, arty films, and her entire identity apparently resides in her boyfriend. And that's why we broke up.
Also, most chapters ended with "and that's why we broke up," right after talking about something nice he did that had absolutely nothing to do with why they broke up. But you know, that's why we broke up.
Also I dislike books with extremely static characters. Especially if all the characters are static. Just, no.
As I said to my husband halfway through the book, any story that makes me question whether the protagonist is going to die before the end of the bookAs I said to my husband halfway through the book, any story that makes me question whether the protagonist is going to die before the end of the book or not is a good book.
Also, having not read anything at all about The Name of the Star before reading it, I spent the first third of the book wondering exactly what the details implicated. It was nice. I'm used to being able to pick out a plot in minutes (people find this annoying during films, I can't understand why), so the suspense was nice.
Rory has a lovely, down-to-earth, southern blab voice as she narrates the story, and I so much appreciated that she liked talking about the stories she knows and not "I'm about 5'6 and have brown hair etc etc." That's just annoying. Dear authors: you describe your characters inside the narration, NOT via a rote list of characteristics.
Anyway. My curiosity was mostly satisfied by the end of the book, with the exception of me thinking "But HOW?" a couple of times....more
The amount of times I commented, usually out loud, that I was going to vomit while reading this book is probably a good way to measure the quality. WhThe amount of times I commented, usually out loud, that I was going to vomit while reading this book is probably a good way to measure the quality. Which wasn't very good.
Donna Underwood. Oh, Donna Underwood. I will never forget your name because every character in the book felt the need to say your name in every sentence. First name, last name, full name. This is in between platitudes and Donna being distraught with herself for *gasp* liking a boy. And I wish the author spent a bit more time on character and plot development - of which there was practically none - and less on swooning.
ANNOYED SIGH. I might read the second book in the series because I already have it and I torture myself like that....more
I had a lot of respect for Chima from her previous trilogy, that I read and own. I was a little perturbed because of the lack of proper editing in thaI had a lot of respect for Chima from her previous trilogy, that I read and own. I was a little perturbed because of the lack of proper editing in that series, but I was totally excited that she had put out another book.
This time? Flawless. Or, nearly so. Chima has a knack for creating characters that are themselves - inspiring without being sugary-sweet or false. I think she delved a bit into the cliches in this book, but not so much that it fell flat. I can't wait for the next books.
Reread Jan. 24, 2012: Rating and review still stands. :3...more