Okay. So I hope no one hates me for this, but I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower...and I hated it. There, I said it. This was probably one of...moreOkay. So I hope no one hates me for this, but I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower...and I hated it. There, I said it. This was probably one of the worst books I have ever read. I'm not going to lie, I wanted to read it for the hype and the movie coming out. But at this point, I will not even watch the movie.I ended up reading parts of the book aloud to my husband to see if it was just me. I wish I could have taken a picture of his face during some of the scenes-priceless.
Why did I have issues with the book?
*Well it starts that he is a 15 year old who is writing anonymous letters to some person he never met but just heard she was a good listener? How did he get her address? And he wrote to her for a little over a year, or close to it?
*He is pouring out his heart and soul to this anonymous person but he is too scared to use any real names, places, etc just in case she puts 2 and 2 together and discovers who he is?
*Charlie is 15 years old and he doesn't know what masturbation is and/or assumes someone who is older than him doesn't know what it is? Then explains to her what it is...And he tells her about masturbation and having masturbation breaks at work instead of coffee breaks just to be cute? What?! "I'm only trying to be cute here. I don't really mean it. I just wanted to make you smile. I meant the "wow" though." (The "wow" statement being more of a trick to being cute.) This seriously pissed me off. Not that he either didn't know about it or whatever. But he started talking about it to a female stranger. I almost stopped the book here.
*How naive/sheltered do you have to be to not know when someone is being raped? My disgust was so huge at this point that I almost stopped reading. He knew enough to later ask "He raped that girl didn't he?" He helped that asshole rape the girl in my opinion because he didn't try to stop it or get help. He just sat there and covered his ears!
*Charlie did not appear to be any 15 year old I've ever encountered. Just the amount of crying makes me curious about him-is there something a bit more serious going on than just needing a shrink? Why doesn't his family realize this?
So with all my dislike for the book, there is one thing that I did appreciate. Through the course of the book we see Charlie's mental decline. He is not doing so well and needs help-and by the end of the book he gets it. And I had to keep telling myself 'This is 1991/2 Ginny.' And I guess kudos for trying to include every single teen issue in one book. Drugs, sex, alcohol, teen pregnancy, rape, suicide, abortion, masturbation, molestation, homophobia, being gay, um what else..oh physical abuse. Yeah, I think that was all of them. Unfortunately it was not executed very well. In fact, seemed far fetched and almost forced.
Would I recommend this train wreck to anyone? No. I honestly have not disliked a book so much. I do not see any 'coming of age' or anything special about the book. Even the format was not special to me!
Ugh, on the bright side, at least I can say I've read the book now. That's the only perk of the book.(less)
Eight girls. One list. Pretty or ugly. For Danielle, Abby, Candace, Lauren, Sarah, Bridget, Jennifer, and Margo their lives will neve...moreComplete review here
Eight girls. One list. Pretty or ugly. For Danielle, Abby, Candace, Lauren, Sarah, Bridget, Jennifer, and Margo their lives will never be the same. Who will rise above the list? And who will overcome it?
Originally, I thought reading a book from eight different POVs would not work, but it did. Granted, i did have to post-it note the list page so I could refer back to it! Each and every reaction was different; some expected, and some not so much. For most, the list is petty, frivolous, and a status symbol. But for others it has devastating effects: eating disorder, failing grades, broken relationships, and loss of friendships. Family relations are strained for some of the girls. But for one girl, she shines and grows as a result of the list. Is it for the better though?
I thought this was a great book. If not for list copycats sprouting up in school, I'd put this on my "Should be Read in School" shelf-but no. Reading it, I felt like I was back in high school dealing with the cliques, the popular crowd, the outcasts, etc.
The only character I truly felt connected to was Bridget. Of them all, the list had the most impact, and as a result, her story arc felt the most real. Then there is Candace. She who is pretty on the outside, but so so ugly on the inside. It may be mean, but I enjoyed her fall. And lastly, Jennifer and Margo. They used to be BFFs and now they aren't, and on opposite sides of the list. What was the real reason for their split?
There were a couple issues I had with the book overall. The biggest though was the clothing. Wool skirts? Cardigans? I had trouble buying into the wardrobe choices for these girls. The only one who actually made sense was Sarah: jeans, black tshirt.
The ending left me with my jaw dropped. I didn't expect it at all! But I thought it was utterly beautiful. One of my favorite book endings ever.(less)
"Princes are not supposed to be handsome! They're sniveling, stupid, repulsive creatures! This one...this...How unfair of him to be r...moreFull review here
"Princes are not supposed to be handsome! They're sniveling, stupid, repulsive creatures! This one...this...How unfair of him to be royal and beautiful."
Celaena is stuck in the middle of the dreaded love triangle. As much as I hate them, I actually found this one to be okay. There was a subtlety in the way the Captain of the Guard, Chaol, and Celaena feel for each other. Neither one is overt, neither gives much thought to it. Then we have Prince Dorian who is obvious; in fact many people around him suspect his feelings. And it seems that our assassin feels the same...
As far as the love interests go, I have nothing invested in Chaol as a character. But Dorian? Try as I might I am falling for him. And he is NOT my book crush type AT ALL! Typically it would be Chaol. As you can see, I am very confused by this turn of events!
The supporting cast for the most part was enjoyable. I wish we could have more about Nehemia. Nehemia is a visiting Princess, she and Celaena become friends and end up helping each other more than they realize. For me, she was the most interesting character. I truly hope we have more with her later on...maybe even her own book!
Overall, I enjoyed the story. My attention and curiosity were piqued throughout the entirety. Not once did I pick up another novel to read in between. (Yes, I have a bad habit of doubling up on books.) I love the initial premise. But there was something about the premise that bothered me. The King is looking for his Champion. So he devises a series of tests to weed out those not worthy, to end with a duel. Okay, that's all well and good. But, why is he testing criminals? There are assassins, thieves, brutes, etc. Not one single "good" person in the mix. That irritated me for some reason. Who knows, maybe the King has some nefarious purpose coming up that would require a criminal.
My biggest issue with Throne of Glass came at the end of the book. I am still puzzled over it two days later.
"All the clothing Celaena planned to buy when she was free to venture into Rifthold and do some shopping for herself..."
I'm sorry, but what the hell?! First off, Celaena never acted like a woman who was into shopping, or clothes in general. And there is the issue with the use of the word "shopping." While this is a fantasy book, it also has a historical feel to it. And in that sense, would a castle resident really go out to shop? Would they even use the word? Wouldn't there be a tailor that came by to personalize the clothing? This one phrase completely broke the aura of the novel for me.
Anyway, with the exception of those two issues, I highly enjoyed this book! And I am so ready for the sequel! (less)
My first introduction to this book was at one of the itty bitty libraries in my town. I was there to get another book, but saw this one, and thought H...more
My first introduction to this book was at one of the itty bitty libraries in my town. I was there to get another book, but saw this one, and thought Hmmmm. Plus it was small. And I'm not going to lie, I was in the mood was a quick read. I read reviews when I got home. Some good, some not, some mixed.
Well, today was the day that I read it. And holy crap. Those 190 pages FLEW! At one point my jaw dropped, and once I picked it back up, I continued on my merry reading way. One thing that helped, Schreiber did not spend a lot of time giving us background on Gobi as an exchange student in Perry's home. It was short, sweet, and to the point. Because really, the story was about her being a badass "Lithuanian ninja!" (As Perry calls her.)
The story takes on the form of a college application essay. Each chapter is headed by an application question, which also falls in line with the chapter. One of my favorites "What single word best describes you, and why?" The first sentence on that chapter? '"Dick," my best friend Norrie, burst out. "You are being such a dick!"' So much awesomeness!
This was seriously a heart-pounding thrill ride of a book! Given some of the novels I've read in the past, I do not think this book was too gory or bloody. But still, maybe recommend this to some older readers :P So, if you like smart ass dialogue, ninjas, assassins, thrill rides, and whatever else you can think of, go out and grab a copy of Au Revoir Crazy European Chick!
Four mermaid siblings intent on revenge. Three with murderous appetites. One with a conscience.
I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.
Calder White is the sole male in his family. He is being called home from the Bahamas to the Great Lakes to help his sisters take revenge on the Hancock family who betrayed their mother. Specifically, Jason Hancock, who will pay his father's debt with his life.
Calder is supposed to lure Lily Hancock in and use her to get to Jason. The plan is going well, all according to his sister Maris' designs. Until Calder does something foolish. He begins to fall for Lily. Will he be able to control his murderous appetite and let her live? Or will he give in to what his sisters have been pushing him to do?
All in all, I enjoyed this book. It was not quite what I was expecting, but in a good way. I really liked having a male's point of view-especially a sole POV in a mermaid book. I was a little surprised by the ending-don't worry, no spoilers here :D But suffice it to say, I didn't see it coming!
If you have a chance to get your hands on this male-centered mermaid book, do so! It won't disappoint. The second book, Deep Betrayal is scheduled for 2013. (less)
I started Monument 14 around 10:45 pm Friday night. I was up until 1:30 am Saturday morning finishing it. I could not stop reading! From page one I was hooked. The suspense did not let up. Granted, some of the plot points felt a little far-fetched to me. Five and six year olds knowing the difference in 48 inch and 24 inch curtains? A second grader who is not only a Bible thumper but the next Giada/Paula in the kitchen? Kindergarteners expected to get water, Gatorade, and cookies? Unless it is singles like 16-20 ounce bottles how are they going to carry them let alone push a buggy and put it all in there? Yes, it all could happen, but I had trouble accepting these ideas. That decreased some of my enjoyment. The story also reminded me of The Mist-the Stephen King book to movie. I never read the book, but the movie messed me up for days.
So other than a few personal pet peeves: "Here's what she sang." "Here was my poem." I can't stand that, something like "She sang" then move into the lyrics would have been a much smoother transition in my opinion. Again, other than those peeves, get your hands on this book! It is definitely worth it!(less)
As far as alternate endings go-this was good. Makes me curious as to how the rest of the series would have played out. But I much prefer the original...moreAs far as alternate endings go-this was good. Makes me curious as to how the rest of the series would have played out. But I much prefer the original :D
Kendra has been raped and sexually abused for ten years. But she does not remember who did it to her. Therapy sessi...moreOne word to describe this book? RAW
Kendra has been raped and sexually abused for ten years. But she does not remember who did it to her. Therapy sessions are helping her to uncover who did it, but it doesn't help that she is being stalked by her attacker.
Kendra has two outlets for her pain: art and cutting. Her parents, while they know what happened to her are absolutely clueless as to what she is going through. Her mom is detached and wants everything to be fixed NOW and doesn't understand why Kendra needs therapy. Her dad is kept in the dark by the mom, but yet he pushes to understand and see if Kendra can remember who it was.
As she comes closer to remembering, her world is tossed upside down due to job cutbacks for her father, dwindling finances that would force her to quit therapy. And she meets another broken girl whom she falls in love with.
All in all, this book felt more of a recovery story than it did about abuse. And that is so not a bad thing-it's good. Too often we read about the abuse, but the stories often stop after the assailant is captured or stopped. Scars gives us a look into the aftermath of the abuse. Rainfield did a superb job of exposing your emotions and preying on them. At times I felt disgusted, nauseated, and just plain sad. (less)
[While not quite Zombies, I felt Zombielicious was a fitting shelf]
Sherry and her family have been in a bunker for 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days...more[While not quite Zombies, I felt Zombielicious was a fitting shelf]
Sherry and her family have been in a bunker for 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days. And today, they are on their last can of food. Not nearly enough for six people.
Sherry and her father head out of the bunker to risk hunting for food. They are not prepared for the devastation that awaits them-ash everywhere, deserted streets, dead bodies. Unfortunately, they are not the ones out hunting. In fact they are being by the Weepers.
In a dystopian future, the U.S. is over-run by a rabies mutation. The military stopped broadcasting months ago. Is there hope for anyone left in the bunkers? Or will everyone die there?
I was hooked from page two. Starting off with the family being out of food jump started this thrilling tale of survival. In a short amount of time, we see Sherry's courage as she goes off to look for her father who went missing. The small, under-played romance was not overdone. Even in such a short amount of time, the character development felt like it should be in a survival situation. No one wants to lay all their cards on the table, there would still be secrets, personal walls, etc.
Very interesting story of a girl and boy told through photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. She is a piano prodigy, he is a South American(?) immigra...moreVery interesting story of a girl and boy told through photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. She is a piano prodigy, he is a South American(?) immigrant. They end up falling in love, but her father disapproves because it takes her from playing the piano.
Through the photos we see that Glory goes missing. What happened?
Where to start...Initially this was not a book that appealed to me. But I decided to go for it anyway! At the...moreWow. Need some time to process a review.
Where to start...Initially this was not a book that appealed to me. But I decided to go for it anyway! At the beginning, this book put me in mind of Liarby Justine Larbalestier. What is the truth? Wait, what? Are you confused? Okay, let me backtrack....
World War 2, occupied France. A girl is being tortured and told to write down EVERYTHING she knows about wireless operators and operating, including codes. So what, is she is a traitor? A spy? What is going on? As the narrator writes her story for the Nazi's, we understand what is going on as well. We learn about a female pilot, and if you can get through the background on the pilot up to the point she enters the war effort, you are golden and will enjoy the book SO MUCH MORE!
Unfortunately, that is about all I can tell you about the book without spoiling or giving away information.
The narrator suffers horrific torture. At times it is difficult to read, knowing that that treatment was actually inflicted upon people by the Nazi's. Sitting here thinking about makes me hurt and angry. Elizabeth Wein captures emotion beautifully in her novel. I cannot think of enough good things to say about this book. The longer it has been since I finished it, the more I appreciate the book.
When this book showed up on NetGalley, I grabbed it. But I left it on my Nook, debating if I wanted to read it or not. But I decided to read it-I've k...moreWhen this book showed up on NetGalley, I grabbed it. But I left it on my Nook, debating if I wanted to read it or not. But I decided to read it-I've kind of been on a Contemporary kick lately and wanted another one. Immediately I was hooked. This book was just so much MORE than I could have hoped for!
The story starts with an assignment page for an 11th Grade AP English class. Adrienne Haus is the protagonist (to use some of her literary terms) and she is the voice of the novel. At the end of her essay opening she states "And I'll explain how the books affected me-because whoever I was a the beginning of the summer, I am not that person anymore." This statement set the tone for the novel and I needed to know HOW she was different.
Four girls, three mothers, one summer book club. And none of the girls are friends or even really know or like each other, but somehow, it works. Through Adrienne we learn about each girl, and we see how the summer affected them and brought on growth for them. Will the events that took place during the fifth and final meeting mean the end for their tenuous friendship, or will the school year bring on something completely new and different?
I loved Adrienne's voice. She was snarky, sarcastic, yet lovable and lost. I felt connected to her and hurt when she hurt. Her relationship with her mother felt real-more real than other YA novels.
You will not be disappointed with this book!(less)