I was skeptical at first because it looks like any other piece of chick lit, but I really liked it. It was a really powerful about a totally dysfuncti...moreI was skeptical at first because it looks like any other piece of chick lit, but I really liked it. It was a really powerful about a totally dysfunctional family, and there was just so much more to the book than it seemed at first. For example, I thought I would totally hate Melinda, but then there was that whole rape thing...it didn't make me like her, but I kind of understood I guess. And it's not like she seduced Chase or something. He just kind of came to her as a way to get away from his dysfunctional-a** family. And I thought Noah and Chase would be pissed at each other when the whole Chase-slept-with-Melinda thing got out, but really it only brought them closer...so I guess with have Melinda to thank for that.
I liked Claudia a lot. She was the only one who hadn't totally lost her mind.
Chase was sweet and sensitive and...very effeminate at times. I'm not sure guys like that exist. But if they do, I would like to hug every single one of them. And if you're as hot as Chase, maybe more ;)(less)
Kingsley is a total douchebag. All that flirting was totally unnecessary since he wasn't gonna follow through. *strokes chin in thought* PROVES HE'S E...moreKingsley is a total douchebag. All that flirting was totally unnecessary since he wasn't gonna follow through. *strokes chin in thought* PROVES HE'S EVIL.(less)
I really liked it. Made me sad though...I wanted everything to work out okay. (view spoiler)[Everything was going to be okay...Maxim loved [insert her...moreI really liked it. Made me sad though...I wanted everything to work out okay. (view spoiler)[Everything was going to be okay...Maxim loved [insert heroine's name here], he didn't love Rebecca, he killed her, but no one could prove his guiltiness. But in the end, Mrs. Danvers...screwed them over, basically. She burned down Manderly despite the fact that she'd spent so many years living there with and without Rebecca and probably was not averse to the house, know what I'm saying? But she couldn't let Maxim and what's-her-name live happily ever after. Sad. (hide spoiler)](less)
There were parts that made me cry. I don't think it changed my life though.
I think my favorite segments were the one with the Captain (even though the...moreThere were parts that made me cry. I don't think it changed my life though.
I think my favorite segments were the one with the Captain (even though the bit about the smoking confused me. I was like, "wth...going to heaven like changes your personality and stuff?! You're freaking me out...") and the part with Marguerite.
The part with Tala was said though because it wasn't Eddie's fault. Like, seriously?! He tried to save her!!(less)
**spoiler alert** A is kinda like Gossip Girl, amirite?
Man, Kate is a B1TCH! SERIOUSLY. What she did to Hanna was a serious b1tch move. She can go to...more**spoiler alert** A is kinda like Gossip Girl, amirite?
Man, Kate is a B1TCH! SERIOUSLY. What she did to Hanna was a serious b1tch move. She can go to hElL. And Hanna's dad can go with her if he can't see that what his stepdaughter did to his REAL daughter was SERIOUSLY wrong.
Poor Aria. I hope Ella doesn't get all pissed at her. It wasn't really her fault.
Spencer's pretty much screwed. She didn't do anything wrong either...things just didn't work out. She just needs to throw herself into her schoolwork...and NOT go to Penn.
And...Emily's a lesbo. Although just as she was coming to terms with it, the whole thing was thrown into question by her discovery of Ali's twisted lies. She might have never become a lesbian if it weren't for Ali! And since Ali was basically a lie...maybe she's straight after all? But then Maya'd be screwed so...
I wish Toby hadn't died. Even though it is disgusting that he used to touch his stepsister. But, you know, that was pretty obvious. Although it's not like rape or anything, so on a scale of legality, he probably should have confessed to the touching and not the firework. Blinding someone is srs bzns, and all he ever did to Jenna was feel her up a little. And they weren't related, so hey. ;)
MIGHT steal the next installment from Darian, but I don't actually find the series as riveting as she does, sooo...(less)
It's like Mia doesn't even WANT to have sex with her own hot boyfriend who she totally loves!!! I mean gosh. Lilly got to "second base" (although seri...moreIt's like Mia doesn't even WANT to have sex with her own hot boyfriend who she totally loves!!! I mean gosh. Lilly got to "second base" (although seriously, I'm a little confused as to how many bases there are, and what each one signifies...first base is kiss and home is sex right? And I guess third is like, frontal action cuz Mia was talking about Lilly pulling her shirt down and whatnot), and with a guy she hardly even knew!! Mia can have sex with her bf. It's ok!
She wants it though. She just doesn't know it yet. YET.
I was pretty appalled on page when St. Clare said that he'd always understood that the souls of the lower race were to be turned over to the devil for...moreI was pretty appalled on page when St. Clare said that he'd always understood that the souls of the lower race were to be turned over to the devil for the good of our own ("The fact is, that the whole race are pretty generally understood to be turned over to the devil, for our benefit, in this world, however it may turn out in another!" Pg. 306). That was...yeah.
I do agree with what that one man said, that it's the kind, humane men who allow slavery to exist:
"You must not take that fellow to be any specimen of southern planters," said he. "I should hope not," said the young gentleman, with emphasis. "He is a mean, low, brutal fellow!" said the other. "And yet your laws allow him to hold any number of human beings subject to his absolute will without even a shadow of protection; and, low as he is, you cannot say that there are not many such."
"Well," said the other, "there are also many considerate and humane men among planters." "Granted," said the young man. "but, in my opinion, it is you considerate, humane men, that are responsible for all the brutality and outrage wrought by these wretches; because, if it were not for your sanction and influence, the whole system could not keep foothold for an hour. If there were no planters except such as that one," said he, pointing with his finger to Legree, who stood with his back to them, "the whole thing would go down like a mill-stone. It is your respectability and humanity that licenses and protects his brutality."
~ Page 386
It's the good ones who really help to propagate the institution of slavery. Think about it: If all slave-masters were kind and indulgent, slavery would not have been abolished for far longer. There will always be those characters like Nathan, who Stowe mentions at the end of the book, who want freedom even of kind masters; and so slavery would eventually be abolished, but it would take a good deal longer when there are so many fewer evils for the abolitionists to rant about.
Eva and St. Clare remind me of Sara and her father from A Little Princess. Amirite?
I kind of question how Uncle Tom never seems to miss Aunt Chloe or his two children. Stowe never mentions him thinking of them or anything. Splitting up families was one of the major evils of slavery, but Uncle Tom seems largely unaffected...(less)