I loved Chasing Brooklyn so, so much it's now one of my favorite books. I'm a big fan of verse writing, and this book is now one of the reasons why. II loved Chasing Brooklyn so, so much it's now one of my favorite books. I'm a big fan of verse writing, and this book is now one of the reasons why. I tend to rate books because of how much emotion they are able to convey. How much of what happens, feels like it's happening to me. Having read it one one sitting, this was an emotional roller coaster.
It is a beautiful story about grief, dealing, hope, healing, dreams, and obviously... love. The healing power of love. The characters, the plot, the writing, everything was just amazing. And I adored the alternating points of view. Has to be said: I love Nico (and he loves me back, FYI).
Nothing more to say; I think I made it quite clear that readers who enjoy love stories, and those who like to read about dealing with grief issues will definitely enjoy this book. I'll stop raving about it now!...more
Beware: this book is utterly dark and haunting. It's a quite explicit tale of teen prostitution. Five characters, five stories, that could have been sBeware: this book is utterly dark and haunting. It's a quite explicit tale of teen prostitution. Five characters, five stories, that could have been so different, but they're not. The poetry writing format blew my mind. I feel stupid that I hadn't picked her books up before because of it. She's actually a genius. I mean, all the creativity it must have taken to step out of the box and write like this? Awesome!
Every character has their own format for writing their story and every character starts their turn with a poem of their own. The characters were real people, real teenagers with crappy problems. It absolutely heartbreaking to see them change as they do. All I kept thinking was "if only... then maybe it would be different". And I kept wondering what I would have done in their same situations; only to realize I could not assure I wouldn't have done what they did.
The cover is probably one of my favorite Hopkins cover. If you like dark books exploring real issues, prepare yourself and go grab this one!...more
This feels like it should be measured in a completely different scale. I will admit that I have put David Levithan in some sort of pedestal that can nThis feels like it should be measured in a completely different scale. I will admit that I have put David Levithan in some sort of pedestal that can not be reached but... can you blame me? Not only is this one of the most astonishing verse novels I have read, but it also achieve what few authors dare to attempt. This story has 20 different narrators. 20! How on earth did Levithan manage to not mix them up while writing and to actually make them each sound unique is well, bow-worthy.Every story interconnects with another or with several others in some cases in unexpected ways. It was fascinating to explore so many stories in one book.
Levithan's has an enchanting ability to savor language and make words bloom and rearrange into gorgeous prose. This novel bursts with emotions and beauty, and as always, love. The story achieves in its few poetry-filled pages, what very few books ever can. It gives the reader hope, understanding and courage aimed for readers that lack that the most.
I honestly cannot praise this loud enough. It's beautiful in every way, and I wish it would find its way into the hands of every teenager out there.
Audition is one of those magically poetic book where the writing and verse is so delightful it doesn't even matter what it's about. But seeing as it wAudition is one of those magically poetic book where the writing and verse is so delightful it doesn't even matter what it's about. But seeing as it was about ballet-- a theme I can admittedly say I have not read about before, but that I love nonetheless-- it becomes even more appealing. Ever since I watched Center Stage and fell completely in love with it, I've been wanting to read about ballet. That movie is exactly what I had in mind while reading this.
Stasia's amazing verse writing is as dreamy as it gets. While the theme is a bit more dull than what my verse-reading has been until now, and the boy was admittedly a bastard and I hated his guts during the whole book and I just wanted to slap Sara until she realized it, I could still feel the drastic realness of it all. An honest and true story about having to live through something until you can realize what you really want. And Sara was an amazing character, very well done.
Audition was overflowing with beautiful imagery, and it made me wish and long for more YA verse authors to come join the scene. It must be incredibly hard and so much more rewarding picking the right word to make every sentence a perfect one. I will definitely be in the lookout for whatever Stasia writes next!
If you enjoy verse novels you must read this, and if you're undecided this might change your mind. Ballet lovers should also make this a must....more