I've loved all of Kate DiCamillo's books. I was a little hesitant about this one (not sure why), but in the end I loved and enjoyed this book. It brou...moreI've loved all of Kate DiCamillo's books. I was a little hesitant about this one (not sure why), but in the end I loved and enjoyed this book. It brought me back to my childhood days and missing certain toys and wondering what happened to them. Then it also made me think about love and opening up to love. It was quite a deep, wonderful book for one that is written for children.(less)
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...more 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!(less)
Lena, the main character is getting ready to turn eighteen. In our society, turning eighteen means becoming an adult, having the ability to vote, and...moreLena, 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!!!(less)
Lia and Cassie were best friends growing up. They even made a pact, a sort of competition, to be the skinniest girls around school. Well for five feet...moreLia and Cassie were best friends growing up. They even made a pact, a sort of competition, to be the skinniest girls around school. Well for five feet five inches Lia this becomes dangerous. It also becomes deadly for her friend Cassie.
Cassie is found dead in a motel room and Lia lives with Cassie's ghost now because no one but Lia knows that Cassie called her 33 times on the day of her death. Lia who has already been forced into two hospital treatments is retreating back to her old habits. She hits it even harder now that Cassie is dead.
Lia is dealing with her family problems and at the same time trying to trick her mom, dad, step-mom, and half sister that she's doing just fine with her anorexia. Except we see that she's not. Cassie's ghost is cheering her on to join her on the other side and to become super skinny. Lia is far from being healthy. In fact she is become further away from 100 pounds.
Lia forces a tough decision of whether she should be alive with the rest of the world or frozen as a wintergirl. Or even worse...Will Lia follow Cassie to the "other side"???
Laurie Halse Anderson does it again with this book. She portrays an emotional story through the eyes of a sick teenage girl. This is a disease that she writes with such honesty and realism. There are times when it is hard to read, but that is what makes Anderson's book so wonderful. This story seems real and I believe that because of the tone of the story many teenagers will wake up and seek help from their eating disorders.
I definitely recommend this book to young adults in high school and college. I would love for the high school students to read this because of the subject dealing with eating disorders. These days I feel that there are too many teenagers suffering with eating problems that books like Wintergirls will help bring the topic to a speakable recognition. I also 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 suffering from anorexia and bulimia.(less)
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 bu...moreDaelyn'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.(less)
Seventeen year old Jade DeLuna is a senior in high school struggling with her family's relationships (a sports loving father who goes to the basement...moreSeventeen year old Jade DeLuna is a senior in high school struggling with her family's relationships (a sports loving father who goes to the basement while he's home; a mom who is more involved with Jade's high school than she is...for goodness sakes, this woman goes to prom and Jade doesn't even plan on going), friendships distancing, and above all...panic disorder. Panic disorder took over her life and she even goes to a psychiatrist and psychologist to help. But the things that seem to calm her down are the elephants at the local zoo. Jade visits them and when she can't, she watches them on the web cam.
And through her observations of these wonderful creatures, she finds a guy watching the animals too. This mysterious guy sometimes goes by himself and sometimes with a little boy. Jade wants to find this boy and in the process, she also gets a volunteering job at the elephant house.
It turns out, Jade does run into the mystery guy named Sebastian and they do hit it off. But there is still something mysterious about this Sebastian who is raising his son with the help of his grandma. Jade's panic disorder lessens when she's around Sebastian, but how does Jade deal with the other relationships in her life?
I read a few of Ms. Caletti's books and I enjoyed them all. So I was super stoked to start this one and I loved this one as well. The elephants do play a major part in this novel and each chapter starts off with a quote about animal behavior, which makes us think about how animals and humans are alike. Thus, how the nature of animals lead to the nature of Jade.
Jade does have a condition that is affecting her life. She fears many things and Caletti does such a good job of making this type of disorder realistic. I can say this from experience. The thoughts that Jade had and the feelings she felt while expressing her anxiety were things I felt and sometimes still do. Sometimes, this made it a little hard to read because it hit so close to home. But the book gives hope that this type of panic disorder can be healed.
This book incorporates so many different types of relationships...parents/children; friendships; husband/wife; boyfriend/girlfriends; animals/humans. And together in this book, it worked. As the reader, we pull for Jade and we want the best for her and her family. We want to get to the bottom of what her family issues are. But also, we fall for the elephants she cares for and the people that care for these animals (including Jade).
The Nature of Jade is story that I do recommend to young adults and even to adults that are fans of Sarah Dessen and of course Ms. Deb Caletti. I loved this book and can't wait to read more books by Deb!!!(less)