Super narrative driven, which made it read less like a textbook and more like a story. Great character sketches. Especially good to read when actuallySuper narrative driven, which made it read less like a textbook and more like a story. Great character sketches. Especially good to read when actually WORKING with HeLa cells (like I am)!...more
I've decided that Sarah J. Mass isn't a particularly good writer. But she is a good storyteller. The writing is this is clunky, and yet I wanted to keI've decided that Sarah J. Mass isn't a particularly good writer. But she is a good storyteller. The writing is this is clunky, and yet I wanted to keep reading. And most importantly, I BOUGHT the story line (view spoiler)[that Feyre was getting over Tamlin and falling in love with Rhys (hide spoiler)], which was a hard one to sell.
It also annoys me that Feyre has the typical failings of a fantasy protagonist, special powers, men lusting after her even though she doesn't think that she's all that beautiful, but the magic of it all is that I couldn't get the characters out of my head after I finished reading it. ...more
I'm surprised that Eleanor and Park wasn't listed for a comp title for Dumplin' because it's got the same elements and feel: a coming-of-age3.5 stars
I'm surprised that Eleanor and Park wasn't listed for a comp title for Dumplin' because it's got the same elements and feel: a coming-of-age story about a girl who comes to terms with herself, her family, and a cute boy thrown into the mix. Well, this book is more comedic and light-hearted.
I love the way friend dynamics are portrayed in this novel, how Willowdean and El are in constant fear of growing apart because that's something I could totally relate to. It was easy to breeze through and get absorbed into (I finished in one sitting). And it was really cute. Exactly how you would want a contemporary YA novel to read.
As someone who has never had to struggle with her weight (but is far from being perfectly comfortable in her body), it was eye-opening to see Willowdean's struggles--like the idea that some stores wouldn't sell the size you wear.
The thing that kept this book from being four stars: the love triangle. (view spoiler)[I do not appreciate Willowdean leading Mitch on, but that's not it. The more important thing is that I feel like Mitch is totally an unnecessary conflict, and that space could have been use to develop Bo some more. (hide spoiler)] And Bo is totally a wish-fulfillment love interest. He has no flaws! (Other than referring to how awful of a boyfriend he was to Amber, which doesn't really help anything.)
Wait, now that I think of it. The portrayal of religion also annoyed me. (view spoiler)[It was stupid that Millie's parents didn't let her compete in the pageant because they were "religious." For everything to be so nuanced and religion to be portrayed in such a ham-handed way slightly enraged me. (hide spoiler)]...more
Ugh, reading this book is like eating an entire sleeve of Thin Mints. The first couple cookies are good, but then the cookies start tasting a little tUgh, reading this book is like eating an entire sleeve of Thin Mints. The first couple cookies are good, but then the cookies start tasting a little too sweet and you feel slightly revolted by the minty aftertaste that lingers on your tongue. But for some reason you can't stop eating. And before you know it, you've finished the entire sleeve, asking yourself "WHY IN THE NAME OF ALL THINGS GOOD DID I EVER JUST DO THAT???" And you can't look at another cookie for a while.
(view spoiler)[Okay, what I really, REALLY, REALLY hated about this book was the whole Nick-Freddie-Bex-Lacey love geometry thing. THEY ARE SIBLINGS. WHY. Siblings that close would NEVER, EVER do that to each other. I understand that there needed to be drama. Things needed to build up to a climax, but seriously. That was ridiculous. If my sister ever liked a guy like Lacey liked Freddie, I wouldn't even look at him for too long, let alone make out with him in a closet. Bex and Lacey need to take a page from Angelica Schuyler.
Also, the whole Clive thing. So contrived. It was gross. I felt like neither him nor Joss had enough motivation to be so jaded and hateful towards everyone else. (hide spoiler)]
I think that a lot of this is just drama for the sake of drama, which is why I'm so disappointed that Lauren Graham is optioning this for a movie. I suppose it's a good business move, but let's hope she can make the screen play feel much more organic. ...more