"Speak" is about Melinda Sordino, an angst-filled freshman who is hated by all of her "best friends" because she called the cops during the end of the...more"Speak" is about Melinda Sordino, an angst-filled freshman who is hated by all of her "best friends" because she called the cops during the end of the summer senior party. Everyone got busted. Her parents aren't much help either, always fighting about what's best for Melinda and communicating through post-it notes on the refrigerator wall. These are only a few of the things that have Melinda depressed. When what really happened at the senior party is revealed, it will be easy, although painful, to understand Melinda's unbreakable silence.
I just finished my second read through of the book, and I still loved it. I actually had to read this for school, which surprised me because of the subject matter. Anyway, "Speak" is a novel I think all teenagers should read. Melinda's voice, although cynical and outspoken, was dead-on and as a teenager I felt like I totally connected with her through the entire book. I also loved the "tree" symbolism in Melinda's art class, subtle enough to not be cliche but powerful enough to make me feel growth. Some YA authors don't really understand how cliques and stuff work nowadays, but Anderson hit the nail on the head, which made me like the book even more. I stayed up to midnight last night finishing this novel, and I'm sure you will to once you get a hold of this book.(less)
*Reaction to when I read this as a freshman in high school* After my second read-through of the novel (some parts independently and some parts at schoo...more*Reaction to when I read this as a freshman in high school* After my second read-through of the novel (some parts independently and some parts at school) I've really realized just how amazing this book is. I actually got teary-eyed quite a few times. Lee infuses tremendous writing technique with a story so real, raw, and damaging that it just left me irreversibly changed. There is no question why schools teach lessons with this novel; it's just... amazing. My heart is still aching and rooting for the characters in this novel as well, they will stay with me for a long time.
*A year later, as a sophomore*
Absolutely riveting. One of my favorite classics.(less)
"Uglies" is about Tally Youngblood, who is about to turn sixteen, much to her liking. This is a futuristic novel, and when you turn sixteen you get an...more"Uglies" is about Tally Youngblood, who is about to turn sixteen, much to her liking. This is a futuristic novel, and when you turn sixteen you get an operation to make you "pretty". What being pretty means is that you have all your bones taken and ground, your skin re-sized and your whole entire body is basically re-done. Like a huge surgery. The thing is, during her wait to turn sixteen (Tally was the youngest in her group of friends) she meets a girl named Shay, who doesn't want to get the operation. This doesn't make sense to Tally, because ever since she was little she has been told that she was ugly and she herself has accepted it. Shay leaves in the end to go to the Smoke, a place where runaway Uglies stay, and here's the initiating event in the book. Although Tally doesn't go with Shay, the city's Specials, who are like the police offers that keep thing in check, tell Tally that unless she brings Shay back to the city, then she won't get the operation.
I read this book last year and wanted to review it earlier, but was afraid I wouldn't remember everything and not get it done right. What a good thing that I got to read it in school. This was definitely one of the better books that school has provided me with, and reading it the second time was just as great as reading it the first time. Scott Westerfeld describes everything so vividly without going overboard, and the entire theme and message of the book really connected with me, especially in the society we live in today. You must read this book!(less)
After seeing a few of my friends from school talk about "Life As We Knew It", I knew I had to review it and give it a well-deserved 5/5 stars. The sto...moreAfter seeing a few of my friends from school talk about "Life As We Knew It", I knew I had to review it and give it a well-deserved 5/5 stars. The story is about sixteen year old Miranda who is in the midst of living life as a teenager, with a brother who is attending an out of state college, and another younger brother who loves baseball. She currently lives with her mom (her dad divorced and re-married). Suddenly, astronomers predicted that a meteor would hit the moon. Now they only predicted it would hit it, but it did much more than that. The moon was knocked completely off balance, and right away thousands of people died that same night. Flash floods, earthquakes, you name it. A sudden death apocalypse occurs, and through Miranda's journal you experience the hardship and suffering that she and her family must make it through to survive.
After re-reading this book a while ago, I can still remember that it was one of the best sci-fi books I've ever read. It had elements of romance and adventure, not just sci-fi. There were moments where the family's hardship literally brought me to tears, and sometimes I just sat back and wondered what I would've done if I was put in their situation. If for some reason you haven't picked up a copy of this novel, you have to give it a try. You'll love it.(less)
In the blink of an eye. Everyone dissapears. GONE. Those three lines pretty much sum up the plot of the book, and was cleverly placed on the front jac...moreIn the blink of an eye. Everyone dissapears. GONE. Those three lines pretty much sum up the plot of the book, and was cleverly placed on the front jacket cover. Michael Grant phenomonaly captured so many different plot elements and combined them into a dystopic apocolypse that resembled Lord of the Flies, yet also added an element that gave characters unique abilities (like one of my favorite TV shows, Heroes).
Every character in this book has dymanic, none of them fall flat at all. There are opposing sides between the main protagonist, Sam, and the lead antagonist, Caine. Each recruits their own group of other teens and followers under the age of 15 (because when you turn 15, you dissapear). Every single person must find a way to survive without adults and technology to aid them. It's somewhat like a parallel universe, just better.
This book has everything in it, and I still remember most of it from reading it a few months ago. It has the whole Sci-fi/fantasy element that is garnered from the plot. It also has a lot of action/adventure due to the teens struggle to survive while fighting each other. And finally, it has young-teen romance, which I think everyone appreciates it. This book may be thick, but it was a really quick read for me. I hope that it becomes just as popular as Twilight and Harry Potter, because it definetly deserves to be.(less)
This book had great potenial, but the execution lacked a bit. The story was interesting, but never had any true strong points and there never seemed t...moreThis book had great potenial, but the execution lacked a bit. The story was interesting, but never had any true strong points and there never seemed to be a climax to me. The characters were okay, I liked a few more than others. Sometimes I felt as if the story could've done without a few of the characters, and by the end I think the author was ignoring certain characters that really didn't pertain to the story at all. While the book was good enough to keep me reading, the ending did dissapoint and I probably won't re-read this one.(less)
I read this book a few months ago and still recall most of the story and characters. This book's story was rather cynical - it was about a bullied tee...moreI read this book a few months ago and still recall most of the story and characters. This book's story was rather cynical - it was about a bullied teenager, who happens to be a comic geek, that meets up with this goth/emo girl named Kyra. What was lacking for me in this book was the whole "centerpiece", or the thing that connected the entire book. Besides Kyra's character, the book almost bored me to death. Basically he goes through some common teenage angst and at the end of the book ends up at the same place he was at the beggining of the book... if the author shortened the book and maybe changed the point of view to Kyra, then I'm certain the book would've been a better read.(less)
"Dreamland" is the first novel I've read from Sarah Dessen, and I had high expectations of it due to all the hype my friends go on and on about from h...more"Dreamland" is the first novel I've read from Sarah Dessen, and I had high expectations of it due to all the hype my friends go on and on about from her books. I was not dissapointed. This book is about sixteen year old Caitlin, the B-honor roll bronze medal award getter. It starts out that on her birthday her older, more perfect sister Cassandra runs away to live with her boyfriend. She quickly tries to fill the void her sister has created for her but instead falls right into it. She starts exhibiting dangerous behavior and even gets a new, destructive boyfriend - Rogerson Biscoe.
This book just tells the story that so many girls and women must face these days. It perfectly narrates why Caitlin is suffering and can't get out, so readers that are new to this subject understand the pain she is going through. The beggining where Cass ran way was beautifuly written, the middle sometimes felt forced for me, but the ending picked right back up and was told perfecly. I would give this book 4.5 stars, but because that's not a choice I think it deserves higher than 4 so I am giving it a 5/5 star.(less)
Such a helpful study guide. After reading this book and taking about five to seven practice tests out of the 11 practice tests in this book, I scored...moreSuch a helpful study guide. After reading this book and taking about five to seven practice tests out of the 11 practice tests in this book, I scored even higher than what I was originally aiming for. Once you know all of the information, including the vocab, the math tricks and formulas, etc. taking practice tests and reviewing every problem you get wrong is one of the best ways to study. This book provides pellucid explanations to every problem and the sheer amount of repetition should get you ready for what will appear on the actual exam. Highly recommended.
Blue Noon is the third and final installment of the Midnighter's trilogy. In this book the five teenagers that experience the secret hour begin to que...moreBlue Noon is the third and final installment of the Midnighter's trilogy. In this book the five teenagers that experience the secret hour begin to question everything they've believed in about Bixby's history as the town's secret hour and real time start to mesh together. As Halloween draws closer each Midnighter begins to fully feel the darklings anticipation to feast, and they have to band together one last time in order to protect all the innocent people who inhabit Bixby, Oklahoma from a total midnight slaughter.
Overall, Westerfeld has crafted an amazing finale for a great series with Blue Noon. He doesn't stop the fast-paced action and sudden realizations that all the characters share in this novel. In more ways than one Blue Noon connects with its predecessors by having great action sequences, character relationships, and interesting storyline.
The one thing I didn't find particularly to my taste in Blue Noon was the ending. The ending itself was fine, if not bittersweet and a bit apocalyptic. The thing I didn't like so much was that throughout the first 2/3 of the story he made readers anticipate one moment or battle (if you've read the book you know what I'm taking about) and during that one moment or battle it felt really rushed and a bit disorganized. So that was a bit of a let-down.
However, Blue Noon will still satisfy the science-fiction fans out there who have read the previous two installments, without a doubt. This was a satisfying series by Westerfeld and even though personally I'm not a fan of sci-fi his work here was good and made me read the entire trilogy - something that normally I never would have done.(less)
Marked is one of the worst written books I've read in a long, long time. It is incomprehensible how an intelligent and/or civilized person could enjoy...moreMarked is one of the worst written books I've read in a long, long time. It is incomprehensible how an intelligent and/or civilized person could enjoy a book like this. Although it's understandable how someone could get swept up in the average, mundanely composed storyline, the writing - oh man, I think I might have lost a few brain cells. Hopefully reading this book hasn't permanently damaged my own writing.
One of the most annoying things was Zoey, the main character, had a tendency to think in random tangents (hee hee, see that alliteration! They all start with t!) She also had a massive, gargantuan amount of immature catchphrases. By the end of the book I felt like ripping my hair out every time I read one of the following: "Oh, hell!" "Oh, crap!" "Ah, crap." "*insert unnecessary cuss word!* Seriously, Cast pretty much included a cuss word or reference to sex or drugs in every other sentence. It's realistic when an author includes the occasional cuss word or discreetly mentioned sexual innuendo. But when the main character starts spewing stupid things like how large her teacher's chest is, it's just plain irritating.
Oh, and Zoey has officially earned her rank in the top five most annoying protagonists of all time. I refuse to believe that ANY teenage girl could empathize with her - when people say things like "oh, this book would be perfect for teenage girls!", or "I didn't like this, but a girl might!" I almost cringe in disgust. Zoey is mindless, exasperating, and completely one dimensional. She is pretty much the anti-role model. One moment she's discussing the utter normality of sex, the next moment she's talking about how wrong it is to want to kiss a boy. Hypocrite, anyone?
1.5 stars, rounded up to two. The first reason is because after reading this novel I'm more aware of what not to do if I decide to write a book. The second reason is because sometimes the plot was so pointless it was actually funny. (less)