Well, I reckon if Percy Jackson and American Pie got together, you'd have this Shithenge of a book.
Okay, so I've never seen American Pie, but I've se...moreWell, I reckon if Percy Jackson and American Pie got together, you'd have this Shithenge of a book.
Okay, so I've never seen American Pie, but I've seen the previews. So if Percy Jackson got together with the previews for American Pie, then you'd have this book. This Shithenge of a book, cabron. (less)
I guess I could create a new shelf for CRAP and shelve this there, but it is not worth it. Cripes what a bad book. If I tried to fake my way through s...moreI guess I could create a new shelf for CRAP and shelve this there, but it is not worth it. Cripes what a bad book. If I tried to fake my way through some sort of what-if pseudo sci-fi thing by just fudging the science because I don't know anything about science, and I wanted to throw in this stupid cheesy boring pukey prepubescent love story, even I could probably have written this book. I'm so ticked I wasted those hours of my life listening to this even if I was trapped in my car the whole time. I could have been listening to AM Radio or commercials or that one Mexican station that has that Mexican leprechaun guy squealing dirty jokes with the DJs on the morning show or I could have listened to public radio fund raising or that one show on 100.3 where the young people call and ask dr. dan or whoever about their sex problems.
My ears are officially clawed out. I would have given it zero stars but the blind girl (who talks to the invisible people (who are invisible because of reversed polarity in electric blankets pairing with freak instance of solar flares) and cries when her dad puts the invisible mice down the garbage disposal) had a cool German shepherd guide dog who I really liked. Only likeable character in the whole book. Gerty. The dog's name was Gerty. She was real smart and nice and I bet real pretty too only blind girl of course couldn't see her so she couldn't be described looks-wise. (less)
Cute little The Great Gatsby thing. I guess if you only cared about themes and wanted them watered down and geographically/historically off, completel...moreCute little The Great Gatsby thing. I guess if you only cared about themes and wanted them watered down and geographically/historically off, completely disregarded language, it could be a fun read for someone who found Gatsby too difficult. Or a fun little YAL book for someone who'd never heard of gatsby before. Cute, clever, funnish.(less)
A great young adult novel. I enjoyed looking at how intelligent, sensitive young people might view life. I loved their priorities, their passion, thei...moreA great young adult novel. I enjoyed looking at how intelligent, sensitive young people might view life. I loved their priorities, their passion, their thinking processes. An exciting and wild ride into NYC, into music, into the place where attraction between two people sparks mysteriously into existence, into caprice. I think Nick and Norah taught me some things about life and love and music. Read it, unless you cannot stand the word fuck. Then DO NOT read it. (less)
This book was due back at the library, so I had to take a break from Angle of Repose and quickly read it. And it was a very quick and very fun read. I...moreThis book was due back at the library, so I had to take a break from Angle of Repose and quickly read it. And it was a very quick and very fun read. It falls into the same category as The Giver, Unwind, The House of the Scorpion, Little Brother, Feed, Pretties/Uglies/etc., and so on. That is, dystopia light. Young adult dystopia. The protagonists are teens, and they have to deal with growing up and figuring out who they are ("coming of age") at the same time that they are dealing with the wacky futuristic world in which they live.
In virtually all dystopian fiction, there is some character who for some reason rebels against the government/commonly accepted version of society. What would happen if I didn't take the drug, stay in the boundaries? What if I talked to those people I'm not supposed to talk to? Etc. And gradually the truth is revealed. This is the process that mimics adolescence, anyway. A questioning of accepted systems and mores is natural as a person tries to figure out his or her identity. So combining adolescence and dystopian fiction is a great match.
This book is the story of a future in which the government of what used to be the US, but is now Panem, tries to maintain its control over the twelve "districts" into which the country is divided by staging games something like the Olympics meets survivor, wherein only one person (a teenager) will survive, after having killed all 23 of the other competitors. Participation in the games is compulsory. Most people in the country are starving, and winning would mean additional food and supplies for the winner's district.
Great strong girl character and tender boy character to break out of some gender preconceptions. I really, really liked the protagonist.
Plus, BONUS! There is a sequel, Catching Fire, that will be out next September! Yay, sequels!(less)
This was just a great book. It won the Newberry, and so I guess it's classified as children's literature, but wow, I seriously don't see it as that. O...moreThis was just a great book. It won the Newberry, and so I guess it's classified as children's literature, but wow, I seriously don't see it as that. Okay, so through much of the book the protagonist is a child, but that's about the only thing that makes it children's.
Although I would have liked to have understood the whole Jack of all Trades thing better, the story was creepy and creative and Bod and his friends will remain with me forever. I only hope that there is a sequel. (less)
A gorgeous book. Shocking when someone pure and innocent--not just because she is young--many of her peers are far more worldly-wise than she--is mani...moreA gorgeous book. Shocking when someone pure and innocent--not just because she is young--many of her peers are far more worldly-wise than she--is manipulated by those she trusts--she has no idea what is real and what is not. Her whole existence, the whole story she's been told is just based on other people's manipulation of the facts. I'm still not certain whether those who manipulated the facts were conscious that they were doing so. It is yet another great example of the ills of fanaticism, no matter what a person is being fanatical about. Fanaticism blinds people and convinces them they are doing the "right" thing even when they are hurting people left and right. They can justify the most heinous behavior, and in this book they sure try. The beautiful and terrifying journey to her truth about her self and her world--to be discovered in the wastes of Antartica, of all places--is one you will not want to miss. The language is wonderful, the character of Sym is so sweet and strong, you will love her and feel with her, and the plot is very exciting. The play of reality vs. imagination is fun, the history lesson is great, and the whole package earns five stars for me, and no reservations in recommending it to youngsters. Probably a PG rating. An example quotation: "It's true: Everyone needs a reason to stay alive--someone who justifies your existence. Someone who loves you. Not beyond all reason. Just loves you. Even just shows an interest. Even someone who doesn't exist, or isn't yours. No, no! They don't even have to love you! They just have to be there to love! Target for your arrows. Magnetic Pole to drag on your compass needle and stop it spinning and spinning and tell you where you're heading and...Someone to soak up all the yearning. That's what I think. That's what I deduce." (less)