If you decided to read this book because you like the TV series on ABC Family, don't. The two have nothing in common besides the title, Wil's name, anIf you decided to read this book because you like the TV series on ABC Family, don't. The two have nothing in common besides the title, Wil's name, and the concept of kids at fat camp. These differences don't necessarily mean one is worse than the other. No, there are plenty of more reasons for that. This is one of the few instances that the TV series has actually more plot, heart, and character development than the book.
One of things that really,truly pissed me off was all the brand name dropping. Good Lord! See, I'm not the most fashionable person in the world, or even remotely wealthy. I think Coach bags are ugly. Gucci sunglasses make people look like insects. Vera Bradley reminds me of diaper bags. Ugg boots are like bear feet. I don't want the word "Juicy" printed on my ass. I don't wear makeup unless forced to by my mother, for a costume of some sort, or when I fall asleep in public places. I wear clothes from Wal-Mart if I like them well enough. But the way this book makes it sound, brands are the most important thing in the world. There must have been over 200 references to brands in this book. This isn't Gossip Girl, Ms. Paley, it's fat camp. I understand that you want to emphasize the class differences between Wil and April, but its a little overboard to mention the brand of ALARM CLOCK like its the sort of thing everyone notices. Gosh, it was just so damn annoying.
And I laughed when it said "for Ages 12 and up" on the back cover. Please! What part of this book is inappropriate? Sure, there is the occasionally mild curse word and an obscure mentioning of "hooking up", but this book seemed like something more for ten year olds. I mean, this is the last sentence: "But nothing- nothing at all- was sweeter than leaving Wellness Canyon with a new best friend by her side." BLECH. And all the writing was just as cheesy and horrible.
This book also failed miserably at creating anything resembling interesting characters. They were predictable stereotypes. April overeagerness was absolutely cringe-worthy. I felt embarrassed for her most of the time. Wil, while slightly more likable, could shed her "tough exterior" and become just as cheesy as the rest of them when the situation arose. Jessica and Marci(?) were just popular girls, and Colin was nothing more than a mean jock. Just nothing special. The plot was also very tired. I felt like I was reading some Mary-Kate and Ashley junk.
Also, the overall message was just horrendous. You think that a message from a book about fat camp would be something like "be comfortable in your own shoes" or something, right? Nope! The thinnest girls were always the prettiest, and the characters only felt good once they saw the pounds being ticked off on the scale. Even Wil, who was confident in her body beforehand, sold out. Great.
Overall, a truly disappointing book. Its a good thing I won this book and didn't pay anything for it. I do recommend the TV show, though. Its infinitely better. ...more
Stormbreaker is just another novel about a teen who discovers they have been lied to all their life, and then their life becomes far from ordinary. YeStormbreaker is just another novel about a teen who discovers they have been lied to all their life, and then their life becomes far from ordinary. Yes, the plot, the characters, and most of the diologue are cliched, but that is what makes it interesting to readers. Its filled with action and adventure, the writing is easy to follow, and isn't challenging, but is entertaining. All of this makes it a great read for reluctant readers, particularly boys. Not to my tastes personally, but I can see how it can be enjoyed and do recommend it. ...more
I found this fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters to be a very good read. Does this mean I enjoyed it completely? Not exactly. The first two pI found this fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters to be a very good read. Does this mean I enjoyed it completely? Not exactly. The first two parts of this novel were rather tedious, and I had a hard time getting into them. The last part however, was thrilling as well as informative. Thats because its when the girls really got into the movement. This book was touching and inspiring. It was sad to see the high points in the girls' lives, as I knew how it was going to end. This was a good read, which I do recommend.
Vampires are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, so this novel, of course, was a must. I saw reviews going both ways, so I wasn't sure what to expect.Vampires are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, so this novel, of course, was a must. I saw reviews going both ways, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is also my first time reading Anne Rice.
I was not a very big fan of this book. The story was good, but I absolutely drowned in the writing. I still can't believe how blood thirsty vampires can seem so dull. Too many mindless descriptions, and I was often confused with what was metaphorical and what was actually happening. Other than that, it was just slow-moving. I'm sure there was action probably everywhere, but my eyes too dulled over to notice it. I didn't like Louis as a narrator; he just seemed like a whiny little baby to me. I understand that he was supposed to be all conflicted and depressed, but did it have to fill every paragraph? The vampires overall were enjoyable. At least they killed people, unlike these pussy "vegan" ones nowadays.
I did like the story, I just wish it was written differently. Much differently. I'll watch the movie, but I doubt I'll pick up another Rice novel anytime soon....more
I'm reading this book for English class. It's not exactly required, but if you do an essay on it, you get extra credit. Also, there is a scholarship cI'm reading this book for English class. It's not exactly required, but if you do an essay on it, you get extra credit. Also, there is a scholarship competition concerning this book, which I'm going to have a whack at. I think this is one of those books where the story is enjoyable as long as you don't look too closely at the ideas.
All right. This book took me 13 days to read. Even though, technically, it is not the longest book I read, it sure feels like it.
Honestly, I will not rate this book, because I have no idea on how to rate it. I hated this book as much as I liked it. I didn't agree with the philosophy at all, but I found myself genuinely interested. The characters were frustrating, but complex. They were more like symbols than anything. Every single conversation was intense to say the least. Every single description and event was completely intentional. It was just a pretty heavy book. I'm glad I read it, and will most likely read it again when I have more reading experience. ...more