If you want to laugh and cry, and appreciate how difficult life could be for others, not only for yourself, than this is the book you should read. And...moreIf you want to laugh and cry, and appreciate how difficult life could be for others, not only for yourself, than this is the book you should read. And even though you wonder in amusement at the odd, terrifying and yet funny twists and turns of fate while reading the book, completely engrossed by the plot, at the end your thoughts seem to turn to your own way of living.
At least, mine did. When I finished the novel I stopped for a moment and re-evaluated my life. Is it really all that bad, or do I just think it is because I'm your typical life-is-tough-on-me 17-year-old teenager (something I thought I was not)? Or worse, is it all so bad because I want it to be - because I feel sorry for myself and unthinkingly choose to look at the glass as half-empty, so as to never take a risk and chase happiness?
This book made me concider all this, and in a good, laughter-filled way. Because, when life is as hard as it is on Kate, all you can do to make it better is laugh at the irony and idiocy of it all!
I had great fun reading the book, chuckling at the ridiculous misfortunes that sprang up in Kate's life, but also feeling for her. Always sympathizing with her. Elizabeth Scott had created characters so real, so believably flawed and interesting, that somewhere along the way one begins to think of the novel as a real-life story, retold on paper.
"Perfect You" is one of the best real-life stories I've read.(less)
Constant exquisite suspense, mind-boggling danger and terrifying death. The Hunger Games is a book which makes your blood race with adrenaline and fea...moreConstant exquisite suspense, mind-boggling danger and terrifying death. The Hunger Games is a book which makes your blood race with adrenaline and fear, even as you see it is all just words on paper. A masterpiece of a thriller!
The first time I read it, I cried. Twice. The second time around I cried again. And bit my nails to the skin. Terrifyingly fascinating, the book drowned me into its story, making me part of the Hunting, the fighting, the killing. Suzanne Collins has described the events with such a harsh reality sharpness that the reader is left thinking he is actually there, running for his life, shivering in the cold and watching as another teenager falls to his or her death.
A definite must-read for adults as well as teenagers.
For me, this is a read-more-than-once book - the best kind of book. I read it twice and I know I will read it again, many times more.
I read Little Women for the first time about three years back and loved it. It is a book every young girl should read, but it would delight even the o...moreI read Little Women for the first time about three years back and loved it. It is a book every young girl should read, but it would delight even the older ones.
Good Wives I picked up this summer and though I have not put out enough time to read it, I made my mind to do so now and I finish this double edition.
Louisa May Alcott's writing is... enchanting, poetic and so very beautiful that it lulls you right into the story and sets your heart to tender thoughts and feelings.
And the characters are more than lovable. Grown-up Meg, strong-willed Jo, tender Beth and artistic Amy, but also kind Mr and Mrs March, happy Laurie, caring Mr. Laurence and sharp-tongued old Aunt March. And Daisy and Demi are just two jewels who made me laugh and coo at the same time.
The only thing I did not like was that Jo didn't end up with Laurie. Though I understand where the author was coming from by making Jo feel as if he wasn't grown-up enough to stand by her, I had a feeling they'd end up together ever since they met in Little Women. I lamented that they did not, but enjoyed the twists with Amy and Professor Bhaer.
The death of loving Beth made my eyes tear up, as did the poem Jo wrote in the second to last chapter of Good Wives.
The ending was simply beautiful and I closed this classic with a mind and heart full of gentleness.(less)
The Season is a regency novel, filled with laughter and romance, spiced by a bit of mystery and danger.
When I first heard of the book I was intrigued...moreThe Season is a regency novel, filled with laughter and romance, spiced by a bit of mystery and danger.
When I first heard of the book I was intrigued because I love Regency novels. Then I began reading reviews because for I while I couldn't find a way to purchase it (I live in Bulgaria and don't have a credit card). I found that loads of people refer to it as a weak chick lit novel, where the three main heroines are all silly, though supposed to be strong and independand, and all the action develops as if modern characters were placed in the past. That did not slacken my interest of the book, though.
So I asked a cousin of mine to buy the book, for she lives in England, and now I can safely judge it for myself.
I loved reading "The Season". It was a light, laughter-filled novel, which included a fair doze of romance and intrigues. The characters were amusing and the plot was fairly dynamic. As a whole - a very good Young-Adult-Regency-Era-Romance novel by my thinking.
I would not recommend this book to those who want pure realism or pure reality. Those who want to judge the book harshly may do so, but for myself - I enjoyed reading it and I daresay I would put it into my read-again-from-time-to-time book collection.(less)