OH WOW. This was an absolute earth-shattering whirlwind and I'm still trying not to be blown away.
I often find myself wondering what makes a superb bOH WOW. This was an absolute earth-shattering whirlwind and I'm still trying not to be blown away.
I often find myself wondering what makes a superb book. Great writing? Narrative techniques? Literary devices? An engrossing story? Three-dimensional characters? A well-done plot?
Does it need them all? But actually, all it needs is to wake up feelings and emotions in the reader. It's that simple. There are books who do that through writing, others that blow you away by using literary devices spot-on, and others, like this one, that pull you from reality for a few hours and completely immerse you in its magnificent story.
I had high, very high expectations from Colleen and damn straight she delivered. With a punch even.
November 9 made me fall in love, laugh, smile, be IN SHOCK, then all over again. By the time I closed the book I was in awe of its plot and I just wanted OMG NEEDED MORE. Going into straight into favorites. ...more
NOTE: Somewhat more mature than the regular YA, it includes routine use of drugs, casual sex and constant f-words.
Very well written, this novel is a pNOTE: Somewhat more mature than the regular YA, it includes routine use of drugs, casual sex and constant f-words.
Very well written, this novel is a portrayal of mental-illness and how it affects those around the mentally ill person. Emma's fresh and honest voice was very powerful. Her realization and feelings about her mother's illness was insightful and thought-provoking. There are very few YA books dealing with schizophrenia and its effects, and this was a very powerful exploration from an outside perspective. The only other book I had read about this specific illness was Schizo and it was told from the mentally ill's perspective.
I feel somewhat ambiguous toward the fact that some issues were left unresolved and were not really addressed further. But I liked the open ending. It was a quick read for a book with such depth. Overall, it will appeal to the older YA audience with an interest in psychology and it's effect of familiar bonds. ...more
Somehow I always end up reading about this specific theme even without knowing it. I'm so glad for it. I enjoyed this one a lot. It kept me engaged anSomehow I always end up reading about this specific theme even without knowing it. I'm so glad for it. I enjoyed this one a lot. It kept me engaged and I flew through it. Some minor details I wish would have been better, but enjoyable nonetheless.
This is exactly what Young Adult Contemporary should be like. Well-written, powerful and modern voice, intriguing and wonderfully emotional. The storyThis is exactly what Young Adult Contemporary should be like. Well-written, powerful and modern voice, intriguing and wonderfully emotional. The story pulled me in right away and the story unraveled through my unwillingness to put it down. I love when a book just grabs you and won't let go.
There are so many concepts explored in this story that make it so powerful. The war and its effects being the most important one. Others are life in a small town, social standings and finances that teens are forced to face when money is tight. There are many messages to be learned from this novel.
Sky's narrating voice has been one of my favorite female voices this year. Josh's voice however, I didn't feel the emotional pull I should have and his small chapters were quite unremarkable. I also wish there had been more moments when Josh's issues came up, when Sky was actually there for him instead of the other way around. As much as I loved the story I felt it was a bit too Sky-centric.
The dialogue between them, the careless joking around and their interactions were my favorite part though. The "How's the Sky today?" line has been stuck in my 'happy moments' memory since I read this. Skylar's friends were wonderfully drafted and felt incredibly real. So many bits and moments have stayed with me that I almost gave this one five stars. The resolution was the one that had me a bit skeptical. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful read that will stay with me and definitely one that stands out in 2015. ...more
I wonder how she can write a book about Hispanics in Miami with no Cubans in it whatsoever. Or any other HispanicsUGH. I'm pissed. DNF at chapter 23.
I wonder how she can write a book about Hispanics in Miami with no Cubans in it whatsoever. Or any other Hispanics for that matter. It was just about stereotypical "Mexicans" who eat nothing but tacos and burritos, are gang members and/or cartel, bat-shit poor and work at a Mac Donald's. I guess that's what happens when you fervently wish as a community to have more diversity in YA. It comes back to bite you in the rear.
Nothing like Simone Elkeles, they should NOT have said that. They should have bothered though to show this book to someone who knows at least something about Miami before publishing. I'd rather read "white" books all my life than get more books like this.
Also, it's not only the ethnic issue, it's also the lame insta-love, the duh-non-surprise of who Lobo was, the cheesiness and cheap mystery of it, and well, everything else. There were even comments along the book like "you don't even look Hispanic" as a positive thing, and WTF, lady.
Stephen King says the 1st tip to writing is WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW. Maybe authors should stick to that. ...more
Sometimes marketing strategies for books end up working against them. My biggest problem with this story was the misleading aspect of the cover and blSometimes marketing strategies for books end up working against them. My biggest problem with this story was the misleading aspect of the cover and blurb. If I feel like reading a romance, I grab a romance. If I feel like reading something else, I will grab something else. The fact that they've tried to sell this out as a romance instead of a very character-driven book about a conflicted conniving boy, enraged me. If it weren't for my expectations, I'd have enjoyed this story a lot more.
So I will save you the trouble. First ignore the cover, and the text about bot meets girl. Jesse aka Sway is one of the coolest characters I've ever read. He's bad-mouthed, offensive, selfish and blunt. He's also at conflict with himself. And somehow, through it all, I loved him as a character. The staging of the scenes sometimes bothered me because we are pulled from somewhere and suddenly placed somewhere else without a straight pattern of what is going on. Jesse spills pieces of his life at a slow pace, which might make readers dislike him without the full picture. But the sole fact that he develops heart-warming friendships with a disabled kid and a bitter old man in a nursing home, speaks volumes.
The array of secondary characters was also part of the strengths of the story. Carter, Joey, Fake Grandpa and especially. Pete. I loved Pete. He was almost as outwardly shelled as Jesse yet somehow one of the cutest characters ever.
Overall, through my anger at the deceiving presentation and the lack of romance, and despite the fact of getting bored several times during the middle part of the novel, I closed the book with a satisfied smile and found myself really liking many aspects of it. I will attempt to read something else from this author because she definitely has a knack for writing exceptional characters. ...more