This is a great story. There are aspects of this book that just throw me though and lowered this from 4 to 3 stars. Too many abrupt changes that just...moreThis is a great story. There are aspects of this book that just throw me though and lowered this from 4 to 3 stars. Too many abrupt changes that just aren't consistent. It took way too much effort to figure out who was writing/talking/whatever so many times and it wasn't really a result of the plot it was just awkward. It was a little too-far removed from the main character at times and I felt like I didn't get enough real time with Oskar to become a part of his story. His personality reminds me a bit of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time but Oskar is not as present in this novel. I think the movie will be much more moving, honestly. And I never say these things. Ever.(less)
I will eventually come up with something more coherent, but I just want to write that this book is honestly breathtaking. Up until the very last page,...moreI will eventually come up with something more coherent, but I just want to write that this book is honestly breathtaking. Up until the very last page, there are twists and turns that just keep you moving. Quite wonderful.(less)
This book is a mix of boring and can't-put-it-down. I mostly couldn't put it down because The Giver meant so much to me and still means so much to me....moreThis book is a mix of boring and can't-put-it-down. I mostly couldn't put it down because The Giver meant so much to me and still means so much to me. I mostly kept reading through Claire's long, dragged out, tangents because I was waiting to read more about the characters I care so much about. I had high expectations for this book. I want to give it 3 stars but I was just so excited to read more about Jonas and Gabe that I gave it four for now. I may change my mind later on.(less)
This book has many, many flaws. Upon writing my paper for class about Beatrice, I have found some clarity with some aspects of the book I believed wer...moreThis book has many, many flaws. Upon writing my paper for class about Beatrice, I have found some clarity with some aspects of the book I believed were outright flaws. I still hate the beginning but I really do like the characters in this book. They have a lot of heart.
First thoughts: this book made me uncomfortable with every page and it should. Many people write that the personal stories were distracting. I think t...moreFirst thoughts: this book made me uncomfortable with every page and it should. Many people write that the personal stories were distracting. I think that they were great additions to the book because when considering the death penalty you should be considering every aspect of humanity and the humanity you may be interested in forsaking. Dow's personal life helps to guide you through this thought process. Or at least it did for me because I can never not think about humanity in relation to the death penalty.(less)
I'm really giving this a 4.5 but I can't choose that on here so I chose to go for a higher choice in order to give Ellen Hopkins, and this incredibly...moreI'm really giving this a 4.5 but I can't choose that on here so I chose to go for a higher choice in order to give Ellen Hopkins, and this incredibly moving story, the recognition it deserves.
Crank, Glass, Ice, Meth, the Monster. Either way you spin the name, you can't quite grasp how truly debilitating the drug can be to a human being. Ellen Hopkins began her daughter's tale with the novel, Crank. She continued with, Glass, and now has finally finished the story with, Fallout. This time we experience the (pardon my pun) fallout of Kristina's journeys with the monster from her children's points of view. Hunter, Autumn, and Summer are all teenagers facing emotional, mental, and physical ailments from Kristina's continuous drug use and inability to care for her children.
We meet these new characters in Kristina's saga with a full knowledge of how they came to be--how their mother and father got together and how Kristina struggled to love them. We are immediately sympathetic to their cause, we all know that parents and family in general can be the most debilitating part of any person's psyche. 19-year-old Hunter fights with his own predisposition to addiction, his inability to commit, and his hatred for his mother. He is older than the real-life "Hunter" that Ellen Hopkins calls her grandson (son); therefore, his story is predicted--fake-- but his thoughts and feelings are real. He is strong, flawed, inspiring, protecting, loving, and temperamental. 17-year-old Autumn struggles with high school, OCD, panic disorders, abandonment issues, and first loves. 15-year-old Summer faces the horrors of foster care, drugs, addiction, love and lovers, and her father's inability to stop screwing up.
The characters and their stories are touching, well-paced, and interesting. The final installment of this saga is a very satisfying conclusion to the drama. Hopkins' problem stories always have underlying lessons or thought-provoking themes for her readers to take away. This allows all readers to understand even more about the full effects of the terrifying drug, methamphetamine, not only on users but on their family and friends as well. It was truly heart-wrenching and nearly tear-inducing as I read through the chaos, anger, resentment, and destruction caused by such unfortunate seemingly innocent, life-changing, events we have watched unfold since book one. You'll find yourself hoping, wishing, pleading for a happy ending but Hopkins reminds you: real life doesn't end, there is always fallout. (less)
Chuck Palahniuk spins the strange web of tales that add up to Victor Mancini's life. Impressionable, obsessive sex addicts hardly make for sympathetic...moreChuck Palahniuk spins the strange web of tales that add up to Victor Mancini's life. Impressionable, obsessive sex addicts hardly make for sympathetic characters and Victor Mancini is no exception. Throughout this story, Chuck Palahniuk loosely discloses and discusses the gory details of the life an addict leads. While he does this, he bores his reader half to death with the same stories over and over again. We got it the first three times, Palahniuk, Victor has sex, Victor got kidnapped, his mom was a tool, he is a bigger one. This book was stuck in neutral for the first 180 pages or so and FINALLY, something happened, things moved on from the routine Victor faced. Who thought we'd ever actually want to be subjected to Victor's routine for that long. A few similar stories is fine, encouraged even. It shows the life of an addict: he routinely has sex in inappropriate ways and places and goes to visit his mother, the woman who made him this way. After a while, it was boring. I also was not a huge fan of the style of writing Palahniuk used in this novel. Even it was stuck in neutral. See also: boring See also: un-captivating. I really enjoyed my first experience with Chuck Palahniuk (Lullaby) but I can honestly say I was not a fan of this book. It was not horrible, it was not unreadable, but it was not enjoyable. Other people may enjoy the chaotic, uncensored, routine recollection of Victor's journey through addiction and I normally do really enjoy the stories of addicts but I was forcing myself to finish this book for almost two months. It was not a difficult read, it should not have taken me more than two weeks. It was just not good.(less)
I'm more at 3.5 with this book. It has its issues. Some of which lie in plot development and some with character development. However, it is a heartfe...moreI'm more at 3.5 with this book. It has its issues. Some of which lie in plot development and some with character development. However, it is a heartfelt, interesting look into Afghani culture as dictated by Khaled Hosseini. I'm cannot and should not accept this at face value as a recollection of how life absolutely was in Afghanistan since it is a work of fiction. However, I thought it was captivating as a story with mostly captivating characters.
(view spoiler)[The fact that a different character died at the end of each Book/Part was a little frustrating because I knew to expect more deaths of main characters. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)