Loved this book! While Lockhart's writing style isn't for everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be engaging. While reading my mind kept coLoved this book! While Lockhart's writing style isn't for everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be engaging. While reading my mind kept coming up with a thousand ways the story could go; so when I came to the twist I wasn't shocked....necessarily. The twist was a surprise but awaited. Each time I turned the page I begged for more of Cadence's past to be revealed. As one chapter ended I knew where the story was going. As the next came to a close, the story was completely different. And when I came to the twist, it was like the first jump into a pool. You know that the water is cold. You know that it will take your breath away. You're prepared. Yet when it happens, you still gasp.
We Were Liars was well crafted and extremely well written. And it will definitely find it's way on to my permanent shelf. ...more
A.S. King I applaud you. Not only did you get me out of my no-reading slump but you did so with one of the best books that I have read in a long time.A.S. King I applaud you. Not only did you get me out of my no-reading slump but you did so with one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a capivating read with fantastic writing, great characters and, well pretty much everything a good book needs.
Vera was a great, and relatable character. She was strong willed but insecure. She was hot headed and made mistakes. And Charlie. I hated Charlie but I loved Charlie. He was a jerk but at the same time he was one of the sweetest characters in the book. And the relationship between the two! I've said it before but finally a writer who actually shows us the love between two characters. She doesn't just shove it in your face with some insta-love bull, but lets the relationship develop and grow and lets us in to see the scenes that are sweet and have the reader recalling their own childhood crushes.
The only complaint I have is with the ending. It was nice, but a part of me feels like it was rushed. I wanted so much more after the buildup the entire novel of the secret of Charlie and Jenny. In the end I felt, well I don't want to say let down but....wanting.
All in all Vera Dietz was a great book and sure to make an apperance on my re-read shelf very soon. ...more
I've been eagerly anticipting this particular book since discovering Ms. Vivian and her enjoyable novel Not that Kind of Girl. I jumped up and down liI've been eagerly anticipting this particular book since discovering Ms. Vivian and her enjoyable novel Not that Kind of Girl. I jumped up and down like a trolly fangirl when I realized that The List had been released, and sighed in frustration when the library was delayed in recieving its copy (for which I was #1 on the list). When I finally got my hands on it I was ecstatic. And now, after just finishing it....I'm dissapointed.
The concept of the novel was intriguing and new. Normally I dislike multiple POV (House of Night, I'm looking at you) but I was excited to have a chance to see through all four "ugly" girls and all four "pretty" girls POV. Each girl had their own unique reaction to being placed on the list and each story gave way to explore some of the traps and pitfalls of adolesence. The author tackled issues like eating disorders, screwed up families and the complex, and occasionally shallow, concept of high school friendship. These are all issues that deserved to be discussed and I enjoyed seeing how the problems, and those suffering, interacted amongst each other. But in the end it just wasn't enough. There didn't seem to be enought time spent on each of the characters. And by the end of the novel I was left wanting more (after reading the last sentence I went to the next page before I realized that the story was over and I was reading the acknoledgements).
Honestly, in the end, I just wanted closure. And that's something I didn't get. Maybe that's what Vivian was going for. To show that these intricate problems can't be solved in such a small time. I get that, I really do. But even ambiguous endings can still leave me satisfied. This one, however, didn't. ...more
Best part; Annie's journal entries in between the chapters. Honestly those had me laughing more than some of the funnier parts of this book. He's So NBest part; Annie's journal entries in between the chapters. Honestly those had me laughing more than some of the funnier parts of this book. He's So Not Worth It was pretty good. Liked She's So Dead to Us more, but for a sequel this was great. Scott did a decent job of making you hate/want-to-yell at the characters you loved, while making you sympathise for the ones that you hated, and that's always fun. But sad part; I have to wait a whole year until the third one!!!!...more
I can't wait for the sequel, need I say more!!!Well maybe not but I'm going to anyway. This books was great. The premise was pretty original, at leastI can't wait for the sequel, need I say more!!!Well maybe not but I'm going to anyway. This books was great. The premise was pretty original, at least to me. Girl's dad loses the money of her friend's families, causing them to lose trust funds, college savings, forcing people to move etc. Girl leaves town without saying goodbye, only to return a year later to some ex-friends who aren't as welcoming as she had hoped. Girl then falls for the new guy in town who replaced her in her old group of friends, or "Cresties". As you can predict wackiness ensues with all sorts of rich kid hi jinks. Now while I loved this book, there were a lot of allusions to other works. While reading it you definitely get a Gossip Girl/Pretty Little Liars feel. And while some key points, girl returning to town (with a secret) weren't new, they certainly were entertaining. A great book, and a quick read. And like I already said, I cannot wait for summer at the beach!!!...more
Pretty good book. Not the greatest but still pretty entertaining. It was quite refreshing to read a story from a girls pov that, while there was romanPretty good book. Not the greatest but still pretty entertaining. It was quite refreshing to read a story from a girls pov that, while there was romance involved, wasn't all about a relationship. At times the writing was cheesy and cliched but at others a little profound, or at least Cook attempted to be profound. All in all it was a decent book, however it did seem quite short. And the climax between Lauren and Helen just seemed a little lacking. I didn't expect forgiveness or hair pulling. But maybe something...I don't know...more than what there was. Will I read this again? If I'm ever in the mood for a light read. Will I read more by Eileen Cook? Probably, I'm already trying to find a copy of What Would Emma Do. ...more
This book was nothing like I expected it to be, it was better. The premise of the novel is such a great one; an anorexic girl is made to become FamineThis book was nothing like I expected it to be, it was better. The premise of the novel is such a great one; an anorexic girl is made to become Famine, one of the Four Horsemen. That sounds great right? The execution of it was brilliant. Kessler manages to write great, poetic descriptions, all while staying grounded. The main character Lisabeth was realistic and relatable. She wasn't some all powerful Mary Sue, she didn't even come close. Her voice was genuine and her struggles felt real. And I have to say this, the author did an amazing job at portraying eating disorders. Finally a writer that does her homework.
When I first got my hands on the book I was a little worried; a little under two hundred pages makes it one of the shorter novels on my shelf. But once I started reading all fears were assuaged. The pacing was perfect. Honestly if it was stretched out, in an attempt to be say 300+ pages, it would have been detrimental to the story.
Lisabeth's struggle throughout the novel, both with her disorder and as Famine, was very well done. The author didn't offer any sort of insta-fixes or magical solutions. We see a girl who is fighting to break free of dangerous habits and take charge of her life and along the way we get to see all the traps and pitfalls she faces. One part that bugged me a little, at first, was the lack of characterization in the secondary players, besides the fellow Horsemen. Lisabeth's friends and parents just seemed like tokens, there to simply fill a void/make a point. But after getting through the novel I realized that it was purposfully done that way. Lisabeth cut ties in her life and her disease alienated her from loved ones and reality. Everything about this novel was just extremely well writter, especially the ending. Like I said before, there are no insta-fixes or sudden epiphenies. It stays true to life the whole way through.
I believe that everyone should give this book a chance. Especially teens, both male and female. Even for those who have no connection or ties to the concept of eating disorders this book offers an inside look that anyone could benefit from. Currently there is a stigma on eating disorders. People who have them are labeled as freaks or just as being weak. Hopefully with books like Hunger putting the idea that eating disorders are legitamite diseases out in the world, the stigma itself might go away.
All in all Hunger was a great read, thought provoking and touching. And I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. ...more
Let me say what originally drew me into the book was the title. I mean could this be like John Tucker Must Die? Could it?! Well it wasn't. But that d Let me say what originally drew me into the book was the title. I mean could this be like John Tucker Must Die? Could it?! Well it wasn't. But that didn't make it a bad thing. While the title doesn't really fit,the story itself wasn't too bad. Don't get me wrong, it did have it's faults.
I mean we've seen the formula a million times before; good girl comes to school meets the womanizing bad boy. Against better judgement girl falls for bad boy, who we then learn is not so bad thanks to problems at home. Boy likes girl because she's "different" and can "change him". They get together, problems ensue. And then happily ever after, or as close as you can get (KRMD actually did have a nice end twist. While I did see it coming, it was still enjoyable). The cliche aspects of this book made me want me to hit something, or stop reading. I couldn't decided which would be the better option.
Besides the main story line, we have the predictable best friends. There's the boy friend who's best friends with the womanizer and then the girl friend who hates the womanizer because she's been spurned by him in the past. And while we're on the topic of supporting friends, let's talk about Lawrence's character for a second. He knows that Surry is falling for Kane and yet still pushes himself towards her. Then when he gives her a ride home (they were supposed to being going somewhere else but when Suranne said she'd rather go home he got very upset and pouty) he's goes ahead and kisses her, and then says, and I'm paraphrasing, "That's good, that'll do" (sorry if I quoted wrong, don't have a copy of the book in front of me). When I read that I wanted to jump through the book and strangle him. I mean come on you know that she doesn't like you, but does like your best friend, and yet you still kiss her just because you can't help yourself??? No that's not how it happens...ever!!
Now let's take a look at Kate, the girl who reaches out to Suranne and warns her to stay away from Kane...why because Kate (view spoiler)[ was Kane's first real girlfriend who hurt him real bad by breaking up with him when he needed her most (hide spoiler)]. She gets the worst end of the stick. Everyone calls her a coward for what she did. But I mean was she really a coward? The boy she's "in love" with goes through a lot of trauma and begins to withdraw from her. She does her best to get him to open up and for them to stay together but nothing seems to work. And so, because she doesn't want to keep trying only for him to push her away and because she doesn't want to be forced to feel bad for something that she obviously can't fix, she leaves and ends it. And because of that she's a coward. Maybe in a way it was a little selfish for her to leave but what else was she supposed to do? Stay in a relationship that made her miserable? That seems like too much to ask of a 14 year old girl. But then, of course, she has her redemption when she helps Kane make his new relationship work. Awww....
Despite all of this I still found myself falling for the story. I don't know if it's just because I'm a sucker for twu luv, but I liked it. Once we got into the actual "problems at home" and "keeping the relationship together" parts, it was nice. Let me say it's nice to see that, unlike most YA romances be they be PNR or not, some authors aren't afraid to have sex in their book. I mean while sex isn't everything it's pretty tiring to have every single book marketed to YA have the whole "I love you too much to touch you even though you're throwing yourself on top of me" thing going on. Though it would have been nice if they had explored how Suranne felt about moving her relationship forward with a man who claims to "have been with a different girl each night for the past three years". Despite everything that bothered me about this book, I still liked it. The love between the two characters was passionate and heartbreaking which, I guess, good love stories should be. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more