As expected, this book was very similar to the first, Hunger, in the way that it tugged on one’s heartstrings. Another masterpiece that shows just how...moreAs expected, this book was very similar to the first, Hunger, in the way that it tugged on one’s heartstrings. Another masterpiece that shows just how badly some people can be hurting on the inside, while trying to pretend that everything is just fine.
In this installment, we’re introduced to Missy, a loner girl who gets picked on at school, and cuts her feelings out. Now, I can really relate to that, and all the emotions she felt, I too felt them in the last few years. And I’m sure I’m not alone.
One night, Missy makes a mistake and cuts too deep, thus severing an artery. Now, like a lot of cutters, she didn’t want to die, she just wanted to release her emotions. But Death makes her choose between dying or becoming War. He tells her that she needs control, that she needs to stop reacting to her emotions and think first, which is something that a lot of people who depend on cutting need to learn, and would most likely learn from this book.
The writing is so concise, descriptive, and fairly emotional. Just like in the first book, the reader is drawn into the life and mind of the main character, and is able to understand them. And just like in the first book, the writing is fairly disgusting in terms of graphic use. This book should be avoided if one has a weak stomach and can’t handle hearing of severed arteries and blood spray.
The one thing that bothered me about this book was (view spoiler)[the very slight romance between War and Death. They seem like an alright couple, I guess, but there’s no chemistry in their kiss. I think the reason for that is caused by the lack of interaction between the two of them. Also, just because Missy thinks he’s hot because he looks like Kurt Cobain, and just because it’s just always been that War and Death have been together, it does not mean that they should so easily get together without some sort of romantic bond or tension. It just felt unbelievable and fake, and ruined the otherwise nice relationship between the two characters. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, this book was a motivational read. It scared me and inspired me, and is one I will likely not forget for a long time.
Okay, so the first thing I noticed about this book was that it was written in first person present. Now, it’s really hard to pull off, mainly only if...moreOkay, so the first thing I noticed about this book was that it was written in first person present. Now, it’s really hard to pull off, mainly only if the story is very plot driven and filled to the brim with action, which, unfortunately, this book has neither. It starts off slow, which makes the first person present writing feel awkward and sluggy. Thankfully, though, it picks up a bit, but only several chapters later.
Personally, I’m questioning Sarah’s sanity and intelligence for ditching the safety of her field trip and going on a date with a strange, persistent guy she just met. Especially when he wants to take her out on a boat… in the middle of nowhere. Now, that just feels creepy, no matter how hot he may be or whatever.
I love the contrast between Andy and Sarah. They’re just so different from each other. He’s this cool, laid back country bumpkin who handles snakes and she’s scared of all things creepy and crawly.
Sarah becomes incredibly annoying once they depart on their journey back, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as Andy’s frustration towards her gives just the right amount of comedic relief to lighten the mood of this otherwise serious story.
Their story of survival is really quite interesting. I’ve never really heard much about the Everglades and what goes on in there, but this reveals a lot of scary truths about nature.
Teapot, despite being just a duck, became my favourite character. The scenes where she’s described are vivid and provide enough detail to start to think of her as one of the main characters. Plus, because she’s such a sweet and innocent baby duckie, I had grown emotionally attatched to her. Every time she was in danger, I was afraid for her safety.
Overall, an interesting story with great character development, but with a slow beginning.
Cover Art: 4 (do you guys see the gator hiding in the water? I didn’t see it until after I read it. It was awesome) Plot: 3 Characters: 4 Writing: 3 Level of Interest: 4
It was cute. I haven't read many picture books. Probably not since I was at the appropriate age. But this wa...moreRead this picture book for We Give Books.
It was cute. I haven't read many picture books. Probably not since I was at the appropriate age. But this was just adorable. It rhymed, and was fun, and the pictures were just awesome. Plus, I love llamas.(less)