Lena, the main character is getting ready to turn eighteen. In our society, turning eighteen means becoming an adult, having the ability to vote, andLena, the main character is getting ready to turn eighteen. In our society, turning eighteen means becoming an adult, having the ability to vote, and for most of us, it’s preparation for college. In Lena’s world, turning eighteen means being cured from amor deliria nervosa.
Now, what the heck is amor deliria nervosa? It’s a disease in Lena’s world and basically it’s the feeling of falling in love and/or being in love. So turning eighteen is a big deal for her because she doesn’t have to deal with the sweaty palms, the nervous feelings, all the other side effects of love, and also the fear that she’ll end up like her mom.
Lena’s best friend Hana is not looking forward to turning eighteen. Hana wonder’s about happiness and if love gives a person the happiness they should want. She starts to question her society and even listens to music and the propaganda that is not allowed in Portland. (BTW, everything is controlled in this society. The place they get their music/movies online is called LAMM…Library of Authorized Music and Movies. And their library is called LAB…Library of Approved Books. Now where are all the authors and musicians fighting for all the banned books in this society? Lena and her friends are surly missing out on some great books.) Hana starts to go to parties that are not allowed and tries ever so hard to see if rule following Lena will join her. Will Lena be willing to get caught at these places past the nine o’clock curfew?
But the worst part or maybe it’s the best part that happens to Lena is when she meets a “cured” boy, Alex. Alex makes Lena feel all funny, a feeling she wants to fight. No she has to fight because love or the feelings of love is so not allowed. But does she fight with amor deliria nervosa? Will she be cured or does she follow her heart for happiness?
Oh my goodness…I wanted to read Delirium the second I found out that Lauren Oliver wrote another book. You see, I am a huge fan of her debut book, Before I Fall and now, I’m a HUGE fan of Ms. Oliver.
Oliver’s tone in the story is touching and heartfelt. She gives the narrator, Lena, such a strong voice that the reader can’t help but feel for her. The story makes the reader think about a world where love is not allowed. But it also reminds readers that have fallen in love what those first feelings are like. Seriously, I felt like I was experiencing what Lena was when she discovered love. Then there’s the battle of whether or not she should follow her heart or follow what she has been taught and told about it.
Throughout the whole novel, Lauren Oliver’s writing had my emotions on a serious rollercoaster because I cared so much for the characters. I loved and cared for Lena and Alex. I cared for and felt sympathetic for Hana. I felt sorry for other characters and protective of certain characters also. I found myself screaming at my laptop when I got upset, gasping in horror or surprise, and smiling when I felt giddy for the characters.
Not only was the writing great, but there were many quotations that I fell in love with. I’ll be honest with you, I was upset after I read the book and even stormed out of my bedroom because I didn’t want to be near my laptop. However, a few hours later (away from my room, but at the same time thinking of the novel), I realized I was okay with it. I came to the conclusion that it was a sweet story and I absolutely loved the last paragraph. I would say it was a bittersweet ending for me and it’s a book I will be buying when it is finally released. Favorite lines... There are way too many to put on here, but you'll enjoy them too. There are so many within the chapters, but also the ones that begin each chapter are great. And don't forget that I absolutely loved the last paragraph of the whole novel.
Go and get the book...when it comes out February 2011!!!...more
Fourteen year old Laurel is understandably grieving her mother's death from cancer and leaves home to attend a boarding school called Avondale. It jusFourteen year old Laurel is understandably grieving her mother's death from cancer and leaves home to attend a boarding school called Avondale. It just so happens that Avondale is the school that many of the females on her maternal side attended. And the family history with the school seems to involve the magical powers they have with flowers.
Here at Avondale, Laurel starts off as the loner student, but things quickly change after she does a report on Victorian flower lore for her English class. The bouquets she made (better known as tussie-mussies) seem to have a magical affect on the people she gives it to. First she gives one to her fave English teacher to find love and when others notice the specialness of Laurel's flowers everyone wants them.
Laurel uses The Language of Flowers book to look up meanings of flowers and to arrange them in tussie mussies. Then when she says her special mantra for the flowers and their recipients, the magic seems to happen. Poor Laurel uses her special abilities to help the girls in her school get dates, to avoid boys, and even for their schoolwork. But is she truly understanding the gift that she has and what happens when the flowers get in the hands of the wrong people? Who will help guide Laurel?
I've been wanting to read this book since I saw it around the blogosphere on other peoples Waiting on Wednesday memes. The cover is just beautiful and has this beautiful feel to it. And I have to say...it really is a beautiful and sweet story.
This novel just isn't about flowers. We also get the fun (and sometimes not so much fun) high school life. The high school dramas of dating, school work, and sports tryouts are in here. It's interesting to read how Laurel will use her powers to work into the high school lifestyle and how she can use it to the advantage for teenagers. But I do need to say that Laurel had a few "diva" like moments that did get annoying. However, when I really thought about it, every girl has these moments in high school and it made it a little bit more realistic and relatable. This is such a sweet book and the idea of flowers and their meanings really stayed with me days after reading this novel. Laurel also references a few of my favorite childhood books (Anne of Green Gables is just one) and I love it when book characters reference such great books.
I totally want to go out and buy some flowers and make my own floral arrangements ASAP. I recommend this book to everyone...it is a great read and I'll even buy my own copy soon....more
Daelyn's in high school and she wants to die. And she's had suicidal thoughts since she was ten years old. She has always been the fat kid that was buDaelyn's in high school and she wants to die. And she's had suicidal thoughts since she was ten years old. She has always been the fat kid that was bullied by all the people around her. And to make it worse, her parents don't seem to understand. Right now, she is no longer fat (but she still feels fat) because of her last attempt at suicide. The last try left her in a neck brace and unable to talk. Oh, she also has to blend up her food so she can "eat".
This time, Daelyn wants to end her life right. She doesn't want to have another failed attempt. She happens to find a website called Through the Light. Here she picks the date that will be her last day on Earth and spends her time writing on the message boards about all the bullying she has endured.
Daelyn spends her last few weeks on Earth planning her distancing from classes and parents. But then she meets this boy that is persistent on hanging out with her. He just sits on the bench when she gets out of school. Daelyn wants to avoid Santana, but at the same time is curious about him. And boy is this wrong timing for her since her last day is almost planned out or is it good timing?
Will Daelyn follow the light???
Wow, this book was a good read. I'll admit, there were times when it was hard to read, but never the less, a good book. Daelyn is so deeply hurt and possibly damaged that I didn't know what to expect in the end for her. I wanted so bad for Santana to be the person that saves her because as much as I wanted the parents to wake up and realize their daughter is drowning, they seemed like the total clueless parental figures.
I definitely recommend this book to the mature young adults in high school and college. I would love for the high school students to read this because of the subject dealing with school bullies. These days, bullying is becoming more common because of the usage of the Internet and cell phones. Rumors and mean acts are more easily spread and this book really shows the affects that it has on the person receiving the bullying. I believe parents, teachers, and counselors should take interest in this book and discuss it with their students when they see one reading it. This book can lead to many informative discussions and can possibly help those victims of bullies and teach everyone to not tolerate bullying....more
Trella lives Inside, which is basically a building that has everything. And the Outside is a mystery, possibly a myth. Inside contains two groups of pTrella lives Inside, which is basically a building that has everything. And the Outside is a mystery, possibly a myth. Inside contains two groups of people, the Uppers and the Scrubs. The Uppers are the high class that basically run things and the Scrubs are the hard laborers.
Trella's a teenager and her job is to clean the pipes in the walls. And where she basically keeps to herself and explores the Insides without the Uppers knowing. She's a loner and perfectly content with keeping to herself and the pipes. But she does have one best friend, Cog. And Cog believes that there is a Gateway to the Outside and asks Trella to help him and the supposed prophet, Broken Man.
Now, Trella finds herself as a front runner in a Scrub revolution which leads her to living a double life in the Inside. How will she deal with such changes in her life?
Just like a few fellow book friends, I had low expectations for this book. I haven't heard much praise for it. But maybe that's good for the book in a way because in the end I loved it. I'll admit, it was slow to start, but as soon as the middle hit...woah!
This dystopian novel really had me curious to what type of structure they were living in and where it was. But really this books main concentration was on the way their society ran on the inside. It was really interesting to read about these two classes. I'm not sure if it's because I'm taking a class right now on the philosophy of education, but it really made me think about how important education is and who runs it.
Not only is the society interesting, but so are the characters. Trella is a strong main character who I constantly wanted to protect. She's an independent girl surrounded by interesting people. And these people are also characters that I cared for and want to learn more about. Especially Riley...such a sweet guy...awwww. The characters along with their riddles and their brains were wonderful to read.
This book has family relationships and sacrifices made and about hope. It's a wonderful novel and it is part of a series that I can't wait to read in the future (hurry up second book and come out!!!)
This was my first book by Ellen Hopkins and it will definitely not be my last. Impulse is such a raw and honest story that tells the lives of three te This was my first book by Ellen Hopkins and it will definitely not be my last. Impulse is such a raw and honest story that tells the lives of three teens. And as sad as the story can get, the writing of Ms. Hopkins' is wonderful with the free verse. Each teen has their own tone and it is very notable which makes the individual narrators more real.
Connor, Tony, and Vanessa are teenagers that can be found everywhere in the world and it is important that their stories are heard in today's society. Impulse brings attention to topics such as depression and the situations that lead to depressed teens. This is a VERY important book that I suggest parents, teachers, and councilors take notice of. As an adult reading this, I find that other adults can learn from the three main characters and find ways to talk to their students/children. I also find that this book can be helpful to the teenagers out there as well. This will help teens understand that they're not alone in the world and people are out there that want to help even when it feels like the world is out to get you. And for teens who aren't going through similar situations as Connor, Tony, and Vanessa...they'll still learn something. I learned a lot and I even have a better understanding about what goes on in these situations.
Impulse is one of those stories where I felt sick reading about what happened to these teens. I cringed at the idea of cutting and the thoughts about sex with minors, but at the same time I found myself wanting to jump into the book to be there for the characters. And when I invest so much time and care for characters of a book...you know it's a must read!...more
Samantha Kingston and her three best friends are the popular, beautiful girls on the high school campus. But high school right now for Samantha isn'tSamantha Kingston and her three best friends are the popular, beautiful girls on the high school campus. But high school right now for Samantha isn't all that great. She's living February 12th, Cupid Day, over and over...seven times to be exact.
Cupid Day, usually one of her favorite days. The day where everyone knows who the poplular kids are because they're the ones that are delivered so many flowers throughout the school day. But The thing is, it's not just any Cupid Day she's living over, it's the day she dies. And each day she makes changes to it...sometimes ditching school, seducing someone at the school (not her bf), or hanging out with family. She's trying to figure out if any of this will change her fate.
Oh my goodness, it is so hard for me to write a review for a book that I love so much. Before I Fall is such a powerful and emotional story.
First off, the main character and her friends come off as the biggest bitches on campus, but the way Oliver writes them still made them real. I mean there were some scenes in the book, and I swear I was back in high school. Even when they had their queen bee moments (and they had them), you want to hate them. However, they also had their funny and likable moments.
But the story is all Sam's. And even with so many twists and turns in this story, Sam is the girl that you end up loving and wanting to protect. This character made me think about life and the changes that I should make, even the small ones like saying I love you more to family. This was such a beautiful story with an ending that left me speechless (I just sat there for a little bit after finishing the book) to think about the story.
Man, this review does not do any justice for the book. Let me just add, when I was re-reading passages before typing this up, I started to re-read more than I had to. This book is a new book out this year that I will re-read over and over again. It is thought provoking and emotional with a wonderful main character...which makes it my kind of book.
I really hope you pick this one up and enjoy it as much as I did! I cannot wait to read more of Lauren Oliver's books....more
Sixteen year old Astrid Llewelyn grew up hearing stories about killer unicorns from her mom. And how killing them was part of their family history. Bu Sixteen year old Astrid Llewelyn grew up hearing stories about killer unicorns from her mom. And how killing them was part of their family history. But she never believed them. Why would she believe stories about venomous and hard to kill unicorns? But then one night one attacks her boyfriend out in the woods.
Now, Astrid's mom sends her to Rome to train with other virginal descendants of Alexander the Great to kill the re-emergence of the supposedly extinct unicorns. Here she will meet new friends, make some enemies, and learn about the powers that she was born with. Oh, and she has to figure out if being a unicorn killer is worth being a lonely girl for the rest of her life or if it's worth compromising with her virginity to get out of the cloisters.
I really, really wanted to love this book. The idea of killer unicorns seemed so awesome and different. However, the story was pretty slow. I understand that the slow start off the book was needed so the reader can learn the history and get to know the characters. But it was too slow for me. It took too much time to get into the story. It wasn't until the end that the action started, and then it seemed a bit rushed at times.
But, when the story was good, it was good. There were times when I wished I can jump in the book and help kick some butt. And then there were the parts where I was so upset with some of the characters and then parts where I wanted to protect them from some boys that wanted to date them.
This is the first book of a series and it will be interesting to see how the rest of it will play out, but I'm not going to head to the bookstore to purchase the next one right when it comes out. So, if I were you, I would just borrow it from the library or friend. I don't think it's worth buying....more
Sixteen year old Nora Grey is the smart girl in school and the one who will usually play it safe. But all things change when her best friend, Vee, andSixteen year old Nora Grey is the smart girl in school and the one who will usually play it safe. But all things change when her best friend, Vee, and her are separated in bio. Now, she has a new lab partner, but everything in her tells her that this new partner, Patch Cipriano, is all trouble. But, there is something about him that draws her in.
The thing is, Patch shows up everywhere now. He's at the theme park (when she goes out with Vee and a couple of guys), outside the library (where she just got in a fight with another girl), and a few other places. This would be fine and normal, but Nora is also questioning her sanity because of some attacks that occur (someone smashing into her car and breaking into her house, but cleaning up afterwards). Poor Nora doesn't know who to turn to, but Patch seems to protect her. But is he the one doing this to her since she hears him in her mind???
Hush, Hush is such a fun and quick read. I couldn't put it down!!! I even risked car sickness so I can finish the last couple of chapters. Although, I may be a bit more biased about this book because as soon as I read that Patch's last name was Cipriano, I was shocked and happy because that's my dad's middle name (and I've never seen any family names in any books I've read).
This was the first angel type book I read in the paranormal teen genre. These fallen angels surely got me hooked and the fact that it included a little bit of teen romance, made it even more fun to read. However, I need to add that I did scream at Nora because she did make some stupid choices, but she's a teen in a paranormal book so I guess that was bound to happen. And Hush, Hush had a creepy type feel to it as I read it because of the mysterious stalker or stalkers in it and I kept wanting to know what would happen next.
I'll definitely recommend this book, especially if you are fans of the paranormal genre. I can't wait to read more of Becca Fitzpatrick's books!!! ...more