More Than This has to be one of my favorite reads of 2013. I couldn't put it down. It was such a heartfelt story that had me laughing, crying and of cMore Than This has to be one of my favorite reads of 2013. I couldn't put it down. It was such a heartfelt story that had me laughing, crying and of course swooning. Must read for fans of romance....more
The Taste of Apple is written in verse and it is done well. It is the coming of age story of Pedro who's father walks out on him and his Filipino mothThe Taste of Apple is written in verse and it is done well. It is the coming of age story of Pedro who's father walks out on him and his Filipino mother forcing them to move into commission housing. There he meets and becomes friends with Johnny, a street busker who lives in his housing estate and Pedro's life changes.
I love the mix of cultures in The Taste of Apples with Pedro's Filipino background and the Australian setting. I also adored all the Aussie references like James Marsden and the old Olympic Games Village as I love it when an Aussie book actually feels like home.
The story is gritty and raw in places but also hopeful. I felt like Laidler never held back and therefore it felt a true reflection on life.
The Taste of Apple comes with an accompanying CD (although you can read it without it). I like the mix of media, it added a refreshing take.
The only thing that I found disappointing about The Taste of Apple is when I put it down I found myself losing interest. I was in no hurry to get back to it.
Overall, The Taste of Apple is a good solid read. And I will leave you with my favourite passage from this enjoyable and moving story.
I walk beside him in a daze, soaking up the snippets of his life; tired but totally unable to pull myself away from his strange incandescent glow....more
Favourite Quote:He pulls back, grins, and she is just young enough to mistake this feeling - this rough, violent swell - for love oRating 3.75 stars.
Favourite Quote:He pulls back, grins, and she is just young enough to mistake this feeling - this rough, violent swell - for love or something like it.
Wow, Cargo is such a breathtaking story. I wasn't quite expecting so much emotion from this book. My heart is still feeling a little raw and tender after finishing it.
Cargo is a real and honest read that captures the lives of three teens Gillian, Frankie and Jacob set in an Australian beach side town, the year 1992. It is a quick read at just 200 pages told in alternating chapters between these three characters who aren't friends but yet their lives are intertwined. While it captures some blissful moments of life as a teen and it really focuses on those heart aching times.
Jessica Au's writing is stunning. Her prose is gorgeous and is full of emotion. She makes every sentence sound beautiful.
The window grates open under her hands and the breeze is a shock of cold across her cheeks. When the horn calls for the third time, she feels the sound like the lowest note of a tuba through her ribs. She can just make out a lone cluster of lights that might be carrier navigating the darkness. Welded steel on great tracts of open water: she reminds herself that there have been swimmers who have crossed these same distances, some not much older than fifteen.
The characters are compelling. They each deal with issues that we all struggle with as a teen and you can really feel their angst and pain. While each of their stories held my interest, Gillian's point of view was my favourite. Completely absorbing and moving. It really got under my skin and nearly brought me to tears a couple of times.
Overall, Cargo is an impressive debut that is full of heart. Jessica Au is definitely an author I hope to read more from....more