I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read too many in this subject (old South, paranormal romance, etc) and it was really fascinating. I will say tha...moreI really enjoyed this book. I haven't read too many in this subject (old South, paranormal romance, etc) and it was really fascinating. I will say that it was not the best writing I've ever read or anything, and there were some stereotypical characters and negative attitudes towards those characters, but it felt more like those were the characters' attitudes more than the authors'. It was really entertaining, and I read it in under two days. I think I might really give it a 4.5, but since I enjoyed it so much, I'll go with 5 rather than 4. It really sucked me in and was hard to put down.(less)
For a long time, I was going to give this book four stars instead of five. But then the end happened, and even though I saw it coming (I've seen the m...moreFor a long time, I was going to give this book four stars instead of five. But then the end happened, and even though I saw it coming (I've seen the movie several times) it made my cry more than just one tear, which is usually all a book can get out of me (for example, The Fault in our Stars). But instead, there were several tears at a few different parts, and the ending was excellent. Having seen the movie, there were many things different or not there at all in the book, and I might just like the movie better. Even though the same basic things happened, the book by comparison seemed much less eventful. But it was still a really good read, quick, with good writing and character growth.
Another reason I was wary to give it five stars for a long time was because I don't usually like books that give religion such a huge role in the plot. But it wasn't all that preachy, and since it was set in 1950's South Carolina, it was understandable. Even though it was set more than 50 years ago, I often forgot that, because there aren't really any mentions of things that would set it firmly in the past other than the narrator telling you the date.
Overall, it's a really sweet, moving story, despite being pretty formula Nicholas-Sparks-story.(less)
This book was just so crazy, and some parts were uncomfortable to experience, but it was still really interesting, especially knowing it's all true. I...moreThis book was just so crazy, and some parts were uncomfortable to experience, but it was still really interesting, especially knowing it's all true. I don't particularly feel the need to read more from the author.(less)
I really enjoyed this book - the writing, the characters, the story. This is my second book by David Levithan - I also read Will Grayson Will Grayson...moreI really enjoyed this book - the writing, the characters, the story. This is my second book by David Levithan - I also read Will Grayson Will Grayson - so this is really by first book by Levithan and Levithan only. I really did love the writing. It's better than many YA books I've read, because it's more than just simple straightforward writing but still isn't over your head. It was definitely quick, but didn't feel too short. It was just the right length for the amount of plot (I've certainly read much longer books with the same amount of plot and lots of unnecessary filler). It didn't take too long for me to realize that this was set in maybe not an alternate but an ideal world, where homosexuality is accepted and coming out isn't really an issue. The worst intolerance is one set of religious homophobic parents, but nothing else. It seems like an awfully nice world although one certainly very different from the one I grew up in. I can definitely see schools like this existing in the future, or at least in part even right now. I almost teared up at one moment, which is a lot for me when reading. I would definitely recommend this to others.(less)
I've been wanting to start this series for over a year now. I knew much less about the books then than I did just before I started reading, what with...moreI've been wanting to start this series for over a year now. I knew much less about the books then than I did just before I started reading, what with the movie coming out and the trailers, gifs, and photosets populating my tumblr dashboard. Aside from that I still don't know much about the next two books except the name Finnick. Anyways, I enjoyed reading the book more as it progressed. It still didn't astound me and I wouldn't include it in one of my books. From the start it seemed to be missing something, some quality that my favorite books do. Maybe it's length and complexity, maybe it's a more distinct writing style, or maybe it's the fact that first person narration only lets you hear the thoughts of the main character, and there's no omniscient voice to provide commentary, other characters' thoughts, etc. Not that the book is necessarily devoid of metaphor or complexity. The characters are not flat and there are repeating symbols, even if made obvious by the character's thoughts.
Analysis aside, I both like and disliked Katniss. I liked her fiery attitude and the fact she wasn't gung-ho about the games and the need to kill people. On the other hand, she seemed a little slow on the pick up when it came to Peeta's true nature, especially in the beginning. Maybe it was the tumblr spoilers that let me catch on quicker, but it just bugged me a bit. I'm looking forward to reading the next books and seeing what happens with their lives and the Capitol. I also get the whole bread thing now :P(less)
Well. Hmm. That was strange. For the most part I definitely enjoyed this book. It's not a new favorite, but it was certainly interesting and easy to g...moreWell. Hmm. That was strange. For the most part I definitely enjoyed this book. It's not a new favorite, but it was certainly interesting and easy to get through. There were a few twists. One I saw coming early on but forgot about it early on and so was still surprised by it. One I saw coming, but only about a paragraph beforehand. The others were little mini-to-large-shocks. This is definitely one of the most original stories I've read, though certainly parts of it can be found in other stories - Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, etc.
The concept of symmetry was really interesting, and for the most part, not in-your-face obvious. If not for the title, it might have taken me longer to pick up on. There are several uses of symmetry - between the twins, the other twins, the twins and the other twins, within each character, the present and the past, etc.
If you loved Time Traveler's Wife for the romance alone, this may not be the book for you. But if you liked it because of the oddity and the effect of that oddity on the characters' lives, you may like this one. No, I didn't love it like I did TTW, but I was not disappointed or let down by HFS.(less)