This was a fast read and highly enjoyable. Alice is a quirky character that I really liked, although I'll admit it took a while for me to get used toThis was a fast read and highly enjoyable. Alice is a quirky character that I really liked, although I'll admit it took a while for me to get used to her having a pet rat that she adores. I like that even though I'm not a runner and have zero desire to be one, I still liked all the scenes about running. I think a lot of my students will be fans of On the Road to Find Out....more
This is a quick, enjoyable graphic novel with beautiful images. There's much to discuss here. I do agree with a few reviews I've read that say this isThis is a quick, enjoyable graphic novel with beautiful images. There's much to discuss here. I do agree with a few reviews I've read that say this is more appealing to an older crowd. There's a sense of nostalgia that I'm not sure my students would catch or appreciate. But I do think they'll enjoy this, especially my art students....more
I had the hardest time staying with this one. And the odd way the author structured the high school really annoyed me. I guess it's an interesting mysI had the hardest time staying with this one. And the odd way the author structured the high school really annoyed me. I guess it's an interesting mystery. Hopefully my students will like it more than I did....more
I can’t remember how The Scar Boys was brought to my attention as a book to read, but I’m happy that it was. It’s aReview originally posted at YA Love
I can’t remember how The Scar Boys was brought to my attention as a book to read, but I’m happy that it was. It’s a book that my musicians and music fans will adore, but it’s also a book for my students who are looking for a solid story. I’m surprised more of my Goodreads friends don’t have this on their to-read shelf.
Something I liked most about Len Vlahos‘ debut is Harry’s voice. It’s distinct and one that caught my attention right away. He’s writing a college essay and decides to go way beyond the 250-word limit. I’ve read books like this before, but Harry’s story is quite different. As I read farther into The Scar Boys I realized that I was spending more time in Harry’s head than I typically do in a novel. I noticed that I wasn’t reading a lot of action scenes and a lot of dialogue; I was perfectly okay with that. It was refreshing.
Readers will really get to know Harry. They’ll get to know his fears, his desires, his taste in music, and more. His scars have left him severely deformed and insecure, but music becomes an outlet for him. Like music does for many people, it helps Harry escape and connect. The coming of age story arc ties in perfectly with Harry and his growth as he participates in the band. Being in the band puts Harry in scenarios he may not normally confront like learning to stand up for himself, putting himself in front of a crowd, and taking a risk on love. Without the band, I think Harry would have stayed hidden within himself.
The Scar Boys reminded me of what a Chris Crutcher book would be like if he wrote more about musicians than athletes. So if you enjoy Crutcher, books full of music references, road trips and more, then I recommend reading this....more
I love it when I find the right book for the right moment. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han was thatReview originally posted at YA Love
I love it when I find the right book for the right moment. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han was that book. I’m not sure what it is right now, but lately I’ve only been interested in reading contemps that are on the lighter side. Lara Jean’s story couldn’t have fit any better.
I’ve never read any of Jenny Han’s books, but after reading this I’ll be sure to get my hands on the rest of her books. I really enjoyed Lara Jean’s story because her voice is very much that of a junior in high school. She’s a little on the innocent side of the spectrum, which I found to be a breath of a fresh air. That innocence fits her character perfectly because she’s basically been raised by her older sister since her mother died. Lara Jean is very much a middle child who works hard to be responsible like her father and older sister want her to be and her younger sister needs her to be. She also spends a great deal of time thinking about Margot (her older sister), focusing on two of the guys in her life Josh and Peter, and taking care of her little sister Kitty and her dad.
Lara Jean’s focus on everyone else added well to the conflicts of the story, but it also drew away from her character. By the end of the story I knew I really liked the book and want to read the second one, but I don’t feel like I know Lara Jean as well as I think I should. I know that she is devoted to her family. I know that she’s a romantic at heart. I also know that she wants to take risks. But I don’t know as much about her personal interests and passions besides her family and close friends. I really hope to learn more about her in the second book which is currently titled P.S. I Still Love You.
While I wanted to know Lara Jean a little better, I did love the cast of characters in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Kitty is absolutely adorable and a great addition to the story. She’s one of the reasons why Lara Jean’s family works so hard to keep their Korean traditions alive despite the fact that their father isn’t Korean and that their mother has passed away. I liked both Peter and Josh, but I think I enjoyed Peter’s character just a little bit more. He along with Kitty added a nice amount of humor to the story.
I do have to admit that I’m not wholly satisfied with the ending, and I know I’m supposed to feel that way. Sure, it fits with the story, but it left so much unanswered! Some pieces of the conflict are resolved at least. I’m really happy there’s a sequel, but I really wish I didn’t have to wait until 2015 for it!
I’m not sure how many of my students will be able to read my copy of Jenny Han’s latest before the school year ends, but I know it will be a big hit next school year....more
I didn't care for this at all. I can see ties to the hero's journey and The Odyssey, but overall this felt like it was trying too hard to be smart andI didn't care for this at all. I can see ties to the hero's journey and The Odyssey, but overall this felt like it was trying too hard to be smart and fresh. It just didn't work for me....more
It took me SO LONG to get through this audio. I loved the first book, but I wasn't that impressed with this one. I still plan on reading Dreams of GodIt took me SO LONG to get through this audio. I loved the first book, but I wasn't that impressed with this one. I still plan on reading Dreams of Gods & Monsters which I hope will be better....more