I honestly have no idea what to say about this that I haven't already said in status updates.
Sure, authors, you're totally correct. The South is all aI honestly have no idea what to say about this that I haven't already said in status updates.
Sure, authors, you're totally correct. The South is all about the Civil War. Nothing else has ever happened. Nothing else has ever gone on. Of course the high school is named after Stonewall Jackson, because no other famous people have ever come from the south. Beyoncé. Sandra Bullock. Channing Tatum. John F. Kennedy? Kanye? Of course, the only pastime is reenactments of minor battles using live ammunition. (seriously?) And of course, accents make you stupid. And not having an accent is the sign of a fine education. Also, the only book ever worth teaching is To Kill A Mockingbird. (At sixteen? I think I had to read this for class the first time when I was twelve.)
Also, of course all super sensitive, educated, smarter and better than everybody else teenage boys sound like middle aged women. How could I have possibly misread basically every teenage boy ever? I know all teenage boys love hanging out with great aunts and walking their dogs and most importantly think they should confess all everything to an adult anytime something happens. Nothing amiss there at all.
Speaking of that, when you suddenly hear someone's voice in your head, and the only thing you know about that person is that They Are New and you've been having nightmares about them, you totally don't question that, ever. You just accept that. Just like you accept some creepy ass dog with human eyes following you around. But you know what you DO question? Why the cheerleader doesn't like you. That shit is weird right there. (Sarcasm off for a moment: I don't like you either, Ethan. Sarcasm back on.)
And you're totally right, everyone who's not your insta-love girlfriend is a slut or a cream puff. Because the only occupations for girls in the south are pageant queens, cheerleaders, or debutantes.
Also, it's not annoying at all for someone to be fatalistic to a fault and every time anyone says anything to you it's "you should stay away from me, I'm doomed/I'm cursed/I'm a bad person/I'm a monster/you're going to die" or whatever. And then bitch because nobody talks to you or nobody treats you kindly. Well, honey. Nobody talks to you because you're a sourpuss and you don't let anybody talk to you. As is frequently said, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Sarcasm button off now: the plot was contrived and heavy. The "big twist" at the end was just some weirdly awkward way to put several books where one should be. I'm honestly not interested enough to pick up the second book--and this was an audiobook, which I always pick with the understanding that I am probably only going to halfway pay attention anyway.
It had potential and some good elements but it felt like I was playing paranormal romance bingo a little, too, and unfortunately the characters were so hilariously out of touch with the people/culture/age/etc they were supposed to be that any sincere interest I had in the plot and any creative elements hidden in it were buried under my incredulity. ...more
This was a cute book. It actually got a little creepier than I expected it to, but it definitely invoked some nostalgia for childhood too and I stayedThis was a cute book. It actually got a little creepier than I expected it to, but it definitely invoked some nostalgia for childhood too and I stayed up late reading it. ...more
I got about 35% into this one according to the little progress bar that overdrive put in the web browser. I couldn't get into it. I think I was supposI got about 35% into this one according to the little progress bar that overdrive put in the web browser. I couldn't get into it. I think I was supposed to be having feelings, but all I felt was that this rich girl was overdramatic. ...more
This gets two stars from me because I finished it.
SO. Someone finds Christopher Dollanganger's diary in the basement of a house that's burned down twiThis gets two stars from me because I finished it.
SO. Someone finds Christopher Dollanganger's diary in the basement of a house that's burned down twice. And then this girl starts reading it. And her boyfriend is all, you know what sounds like a great idea? Let's go roleplay Chris and Cathy.
Complete with the boyfriend stealing the girlfriend's hair so he can have a wig made so they can roleplay brother and sister appropriately.
Look, I am not gonna sit here and defend any VCA novel as high literature. They are weird shit and you know that when you pick one up. But you know what's even weirder than 3 year locked in an attic incest? That somebody somewhere, looking at you mister ghostwriter, felt like it was a FANTASTIC idea for all of this to be revisited a second time, and roleplayed.
HE STOLE HER HAIR YOU GUYS.
This is like a giant slap in the face to Ms. Andrews' original work. I mean, okay, I kinda felt bad for the poor kids in FitA. How could you not? They were pretty innocent and kind of victims of circumstance, at least in the beginning... except in this book, Chris is a creeper with an Oedipus complex and Cathy was asking for it, OH AND THAT EPILOGUE.
I kind of want to actually buy a copy of this book and burn it. I'm not even joking. ...more
Audiobooks and I have a really complicated relationship. I download about one a year and I always pick something I don't feel like I'd be interested iAudiobooks and I have a really complicated relationship. I download about one a year and I always pick something I don't feel like I'd be interested in since it's only background noise for big projects at work that require concentration or lots of math or both, and hours of my time. But I got really stuck on this one and, I don't know, listened to it in my car and as I made dinner and I replayed parts of it over and over and over so I could memorize basically every detail and then debated listening to it at night so it could leak into my brain like osmosis or something... but instead I just ordered the full series on amazon in print and will reread it before moving on to #2. ...more