I had already read a lot of positive reviews about this book when I finally borrowed it from my friend.Boy was I dying to read it!I opened it straightI had already read a lot of positive reviews about this book when I finally borrowed it from my friend.Boy was I dying to read it!I opened it straightaway and read it aggressively and finished it in two days…but I did not exactly respond to Anna and the French Kiss the way I had expected myself to.I did not enjoy the book as much as I thought I would.In fact I quite disliked the protagonists Anna and Etienne St. Clair.Though the book is written in first person narrative I could not relate to Anna.She was so whiny and bitchy throughout the book.She was so irritating.The way she continuously urged St. Clair to break up with his present girlfriend,Ellie left me annoyed.I mean what right does she have to take decisions for him?!I simply did not like Perkins using the stereotypical three-girls-fighting-over-a-hunk theme.It disgusted me.And Etienne St. Clair.He is so boring and insipid.No matter how hard Perkins tried to convince me that he is this ‘beautiful’ boy,I could not be convinced.I definitely did not fall in love with him!I could forgive the primary characters for being so dull if only one of the secondary characters shone through!But they too were equally monotonous!Take anyone-Meredith,Rashmi,Josh,Dave,Ellie-everyone failed to impress me.Rashmi had fire but that has hardly been used properly in the book.But I guess I liked Anna’s kid brother Seany for being so fiercely loyal to his sister.I give a little credit to Stephanie Perkins for the fluidity in her prose but again she is a sucker for melodrama.The book is so very melodramatic.I sometimes felt like yelling at the protagonists for being so silly,whiny and melodramatic,especially Anna.Perkins takes potshots at Anna’s father who makes a living out of writing books overtly dramatic books involving deadly illnesses like cancer.But Perkins does the same thing in her debut novel.The oh-so-beautiful St.Clair’s mother is suffering from cancer in this book.There is not a single realistic thing about this book!The only thing that I liked in this book are the beautiful descriptions of Paris.But for that I would rather browse the French Travel Guide.For that I don’t need to sit through 372 pages of sheer teenage hormonal overdrive!The real bummer is that I was really looking forward to reading Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins but I am no longer excited about it now.
Wow. As You Wish is unbelievably good.The book is one roller-coaster ride-I just could not put it down!It made me stay awake till late at night,actualWow. As You Wish is unbelievably good.The book is one roller-coaster ride-I just could not put it down!It made me stay awake till late at night,actually till dawn.The plot of the book is simple and uni-dimensional.There were no digressions and thank god for that!The plot is structured around the relationship and the development of the relationship between Viola and Jinn.Viola,the female protagonist was in utter distress after her break-up with Lawrence, and Jinn,the wish-granter, arrives to save her and fulfill three of her wishes which will stop her from making ‘invisible’.Her inability to wish straight-away causes a delay for Jinn to return to Caliban,his home and consequently buys time for a relationship to develop between the two.Neat and simple.
The book is fast-paced.There are no dull moments in the book.All the characters are real and relatable.I thought that maybe Viola will be a whiny girl who will whine and moan about the lack of a boyfriend in her life and she does,a tad little bit but she soon recovers.Such a relief!And Jinn!Ah!He is totally swoon worthy!A mythical creature with a golden heart!And even Lawrence,the ex-boyfriend-turned-gay-best-friend of Viola’s with his fierce loyalty is also very much relatable.I am quite fond of all the characters really.The characters mature and grow and it is such a pleasure to actually participate in that growth as a reader.Jackson Pearce writes has a strong voice and her narration is clear and uncomplicated.She offers a double narrative in the story with shifting point of views.Both Viola and Jinn narrate the story from their point of view in alternate chapters.No one has to use too much of their brains for the book.It is a light,bright and fun read.Simple but engrossing enough…the book is a page turner for sure.I recommend this book highly to any one who wants an easy and entertaining read....more
Before I Die is an intensely moving book of a very young girl fighting leukemia. The doctors have told Tessa that she hardly has time on her hands whiBefore I Die is an intensely moving book of a very young girl fighting leukemia. The doctors have told Tessa that she hardly has time on her hands which impels her to make a list of things she wants to do before she dies. The narrative travels through Tessa's journey,fulfilling her wishes with the help of her (very)out-going friend Zoey. In the course,Tessa also falls in love and thus falls for life,upon which she had previously given up all hopes. Life is all rainbow colored for her now but even though the reader wants to root for her,wants her to have a few more months with her love(who is extremely sweet),she can only have that much time that was predestined for her and as life is snatched away cruelly from her,she dies a premature death.
Initially I didn't,rather couldn't comprehend Tessa's character much and felt somewhat distanced from her. She was rude to her brother and father,who loved her so much and always only wanted what was the best for her. Then there was her friendship with the outrageous Zoey,who I felt was extremely spoilt and helped Tessa do things which weren't good for her health,thus ushering her towards her end with the speed of lightning! I felt really annoyed at Tessa for being totally dependent on Zoey. I wanted to sort of shake her and tell her to get a life and make decisions of her own than blindly follow what Zoey commanded her to do! It took me time to warm up to Tessa's character. I soon realized that she was angry at life and living in general because of her condition,which was justified and she had no other way to vent out her anger than on the people she knew wouldn't leave her even if she told them too. Yes,she took them for granted but that's because she loved them back with equal force. She falls in love and achieves a fulfillment that she lacked in her life till then. I won't reveal whom she falls in love with,though it doesn't come too much as a surprise. The guy is extremely sweet and so loving and caring that at the end I sort of felt more sad for him than for Tessa!
Jenny Downham has done a great job with the book. Every character is well delineated. Tessa's views on things were really,umm...different. There were these things that she really wanted to do and her reactions upon accomplishing those were interesting.
Before I Die is an engrossing book,it is different from the frothy,fun teenager-ish YAs and is sure to take a toll on anyone's heart. The book totally broke my heart. It is so touching,especially the last quarter of the book. I challenge anyone not to shed a few tears while reading this book!...more
Ballads of Suburbia is one of the best books I have read in recent times! The blurb doesn't do it much justice. The book is so much more than that. ItBallads of Suburbia is one of the best books I have read in recent times! The blurb doesn't do it much justice. The book is so much more than that. It speaks about the lives of kids,coming from varied pedigrees and family backgrounds,all residing in Oak Park and how situations and circumstances lead them to do drugs and bring them out of the habit or engulf them. It is a very compelling book that commands soul searching.
Though Kara is the protagonist the book also focuses on the lives of the friends Kara makes or breaks in her life. A most poignant book,Ballads Of Suburbia is sure to touch the heart and soul of any and every reader. Nothing censored or sweetened or sugar-coated,Ballads of Suburbia narrates the gruesome truth in raw words. Stephanie Kuehnert has done a stellar job with this book. The measured despair and saccharine melancholy of books dealing with similar subject finds a direct voice crying out loud in Ballads. Drug use and abuse is at the heart of the book. But it also accommodates within itself the lives of the residents and how families break,how the kids of broken families are affected and why they take up drugs. I loved the way the ballads of the drug-users are spread throughout the book. The stories give a serious jolt,a shake to wake up and view life and what is happening to life.
Stephanie Kuehnert in Ballads of Suburbia not only sketches in unadulterated words but also teaches us about life,love,family and friends-majorly about love and how a life without love can lead a person to commit heinous deeds worthy of self-devastation or even hell. This book is a must read people. If you haven't read it yet,please pick up a copy and read it! I am sure it will be an eye-opening experience for you. A compelling must-read!...more
This is one gorgeous book and one of the most original stories that I have read in recent times.It was an amazing book…often funny and very refreshingThis is one gorgeous book and one of the most original stories that I have read in recent times.It was an amazing book…often funny and very refreshing.I especially LOVED this book because this book dealt with a normal “teenager at the edge of technological breakdown”.I was just a wee bit tired of paranormal characters and meeting Elly Pickering was an absolute pleasure!Elly Pickering,the protagonist,is a bright and spunky character and I just adored her.It was hilarious the way she went on talking about fashion and I could relate to her being a bit of a fashionista myself!The title of the book is “I Lost My Mobile At The Mall” but here Elly not only loses her mobile but also her PC and author Wendy Harmer reminds us how it was like in the old days when our forefathers had to make do without mobiles and computers.Obviously Elly is absolutely handicapped without her phone and PC and I could totally relate to Elly on this front too. I absolutely adored the relationship that Elly had with her grandmother!It was so lovely and beautiful!
This is Wendy Harmer’s first book and this is the first work of her that I have read and I can’t wait to read more!Harmer has a funny,often witty voice,and she also adds a correct amount of sarcasm in her novel which makes it a sparkling tale of a teenager in distress.In short,I can’t wait to read more from her!I recommend this book to each and every teenager out there!Everyone of us will be able to relate to the protagonist!This book is simply addictive and I was hooked onto it from the very first page!Also,the cover of the book is so cute!So neat and simple and yet so cute!...more
I can safely begin this review by stating that I LOVE The Sky Always Hears Me:And The Hills Don’t Mind! The title and the book cover is what attractedI can safely begin this review by stating that I LOVE The Sky Always Hears Me:And The Hills Don’t Mind! The title and the book cover is what attracted me in the beginning. For me,the title of a book plays quite an important part in building up my interest for the book and I must say that Kirstin Cronn Mills has given her debut book the most apt title! I can’t think of any other title for the book…and I love it!
Now to move on to the story,it was an absolutely wonderful roller-coaster ride! I enjoyed the book so much so that I have even had a dream about it yesterday night! We don’t want to go into the details of the dream but I can just about hint that I was there with Rob and his ‘perfectly cute ass’!*swoons* And Tessa was together with Jessica! LOL! That one was the cherry,seriously,guys! And I wont tell you why…you have to read the book to find out the reason.
I adore the way Kirstin has sketched out Morgan’s life and character. Morgan is a regular teenager,so very relatable and one you would love to be friends with. She has been given a quirky and witty voice which made the narrative extremely enjoyable. I like that she is very focused about her dreams and is strong enough to defy everything she has for her dreams’ fulfillment. She wants to write The Great American Novel someday but for now has to keep herself satisfied with writing fortunes. I must mention that these fortunes were the highlight of the book for me. Morgan poured her thoughts,feelings,philosophy,logic and ideas in the fortunes which went on to reveal a greater understanding of Morgan’s character in a very intelligent manner.
The relationships and Morgan’s varying equations with all the other characters in the book(her grandma,her father,her stepmother,her brothers,her boyfriends,Tessa and her friends) makes the book extremely realistic and appealing. I love Morgan’s brothers. They are absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had brothers like them…
Morgan also has her so many typical teenage problems and the way she deals with them is no doubt extremely commendable. The book also covers the issue of sexuality and teenage confusion regarding sexuality. I am sure every teen has gone through a phase wondering what it would be like to kiss someone of the same sex and whether such feelings makes him/her a homosexual. This issue has been beautifully dealt with in the book. Morgan’s inner turmoil regarding her sexuality has been given much importance in the book,which,though could have made this an LGBT book,instead just portrays the pangs and angst of every teenager,making it a mainstream YA book dealing with sexuality issues.
Kirstin also writes about issues like PMS,child abuse and forgiveness. I will not disclose how Kirstin uses these issues in the book but I must say that the book,for me,transcends from being a mere high school experience into a greater understanding of life,relationships and their complexities. The treatment given to the book makes it an unforgettable experience for me. I would love to read the book over and over again. This book is like a ‘complete package’ for me-extremely fun,charming,compelling and thought provoking at the same time. I highly recommend this book!...more
I don’t know how I am supposed to start writing a review for this book...to describe it in one word,I would say ‘WOW’!
To say ‘I loved A Blue So Dark’I don’t know how I am supposed to start writing a review for this book...to describe it in one word,I would say ‘WOW’!
To say ‘I loved A Blue So Dark’ would certainly be an understatement! Holly Schindler did a swell job on the book. From providing knowledge about schizophrenia to rooting the reader’s interest in the book from the very first page,Holly has been impeccable! From the synopsis itself,I was aware that A Blue So Dark is a different kind of book-a kind of book I am not used to reading or to be more precise,not used to liking. But Holly proved me so wrong. I not only liked it,but loved it! I can now undoubtedly say that A Blue So Dark is one of my all time favorites! Aura(such a beautiful name) was a very loveable and relatable character. My heart went out to Aura(and her mother) as she tried single handedly to nurse her mother back to health with her love alone. Her father has long abandoned them and has moved on with a younger and prettier wife and now,even refuses to help Aura when her mother lapses into one of her ‘episodes’. Aura tries to juggle school,her mother,friend and crush at the same time but in vain. She at last has to break her promise to her mother and get her admitted into a mental hospital,something which she had sincerely avoided for a very long time. To be true,almost felt like shaking Aura and infusing some sense in her. She should have got her mother admitted to the hospital a long time ago. But her love for her mother and fear that she would be taken away from her(also her promise to her mother) kept her from doing so. But isn’t that how teenagers behave? Aura’s conflict between her passion for art and fear of it was also extremely touching. Though on one hand I felt a little tired of Aura’s lack of perspective,on the other hand I wanted to hug her and tell her that it will be all right. She was such a strong girl,a very courageous one,one a reader can’t help but admire.
The ‘episodes’ Grace lapses in gave me goosebumps. I really found myself with Aura in her efforts to reason with her mother and take care of her. The episodes were so vividly described,they were almost spooky!
Another thing I adored about the book was Aura’s poems. Her poems felt like a plunge into the depths of Aura’s emotions. The poems,beautifully written,gave me a deep insight into Aura’s every feeling and fear.
The book also deals with the issue of teenage pregnancy and the cons of it through the character of Aura’s best friend. Holly Schindler has been unique in the topics she choose to discuss in the book through the medium of YA. Her contribution to YA is huge. She is an awesome author! Holly Schindler’s writing is beautiful,lyrical,poetic and almost magical. The strikingly beautiful writing was in sharp contrast for me to the mental illness the book proposed to discuss-and that is one thing I admire about this book. The way Holly has juxtaposed the much feared mental illness with her lyrical prose struck me as very interesting.
A Blue So Dark is a must read for everyone! I love this book! One of the best books I have read till date! You just can NOT miss out on this absolutely stunning book!...more
Picture The Dead,written by Adele Griffin and illustrated by Lisa Brown,sketches a very realistic picture of the society during the American Civil WarPicture The Dead,written by Adele Griffin and illustrated by Lisa Brown,sketches a very realistic picture of the society during the American Civil War. The book intertwines the evil of war with interest in spiritualism. The bereaved families who had suffered the losses of their loved ones naturally sought for any and every method by which they could connect with their loved ones. And that many times meant searching for answers beyond the world,beyond the adamantine chains of life and death in the world. Thus came in spiritualism which proposed methods like séance to connect with those who had passed beyond the bounds and claims of the world. Photography,a recently developed and much popular art was much helpful with its tricks to create illusions of angels and ghosts so as to provide some or a little solace to the bereaved families who were ready to believe in anything and trust anyone if they could only have a glimpse of their lost beloveds.
Adele Griffin’s writing is absolutely brilliant. She successfully transported me to Jennie’s world and I smoothly sailed through the book,as if a close confidant to Jennie. Needless to say,I loved Jennie’s character. Though delicate and fragile,Jennie was extremely mature for her age and capable of enduring severe complexity of emotions which could break even the tried and tested ones. Solving the mysteries and putting together the pieces of puzzle with Jennie was a wonderful adventure. Adele Griffin also successfully and very interestingly also portrays the precarious position of women during those times,who had to depend on the male members in their lives if they were to live a respectable life. Jennie however empowers herself throughout the book and overcomes the restraints of the society as she finds a way to support herself at the end. Adele Griffin kept me hooked till the end. The twists and turns in the book were so intriguing. I could never guess what would come after and that for me was a delightful experience. The unpredictability of the book combined with the sinister atmosphere,made it a star for me,unlike anything I have ever read.
Lisa Brown’s illustrations were extremely interesting and Jennie’s scrapbook came alive due to her wonderful artwork. Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown worked together to architecture an innovative and mellifluous ride for us readers.
A magnanimous attempt to weave together literature and art,Picture The Dead for me is a phenomenal book replete with the right amount of mystery and romance,presenting to the readers a very living picture of the contemporary society. ‘Embrace the unexpected’ folks!...more
This is a book I have totally and completely fallen in love with. I kept telling my sister and friends- You got to read this book! You got to read thiThis is a book I have totally and completely fallen in love with. I kept telling my sister and friends- You got to read this book! You got to read this book!- until it made them mad! LOL!
Angel Star is a book that will draw you in from the very first page and preoccupy your mind and sort of even monitor your actions(you may spill the milk while thinking about it,lose track of what you are otherwise talking about and only want to wander in your Angel Star world,etc) until you are finished with it!
Jennifer Murgia has most skillfully united the worlds of mythology,fiction,fantasy,fact and the Holy Bible. Her extensive research has made the book even more interesting to read,easier to love and more delectable to devour! She has written a brilliant novel-one that will stay with you for a long time.
I loved the characters of Teagan,Garreth and Hadrian. The transformation in Teagan is dealt with carefully and with a lot of care. Garreth is such a calming presence in the book. Hadrian is a more complex character,but so effortless in his charms! Generally preferring the ‘good’,Jennifer Murgia had the power to sway even me towards the ‘dark’ side with her writing! I was torn between Garreth and Hadrian. Now I know how difficult it must have been and is going to be for Teagan! *empathizes*
Another thing I must mention is the relationship between Teagan and her mother. I adored the mother-daughter bond. So deep,loving and caring. I rarely read about such a bond in YAs. It’s more about neglecting mothers and abused and tortured daughters! *not a fan*
The book will take you through such a glorious journey replete with bullying,love,action,romance and surprises,that you will be praying for more and more. I certainly felt a void in me after I was done with the book! I agree that Angel Star ends with a cliffhanger but its one which for once,didn’t bother me much. Firstly,I want to read more and more of Jennifer Murgia and secondly,the book granted me an extremely satisfactory ending. Its an ending which will leave you complete and incomplete,wanting for more.
Get over Patch! There are two hotter,sexier and more mysterious and more gorgeous angels waiting for you in Angel Star. Go grab your copies today! Read it! You can never be disappointed with this one. I am totally and completely smitten! I so cant wait to read the sequel Lemniscate! 2011 is ages away!! :(