I love the romance of two people falling in love all over again-- but certain actions were taken in this story while the lead couple were on their "break" that made it hard for me to buy their love again. The emotional moments hit hard and the characters were so real that I'm disappointed with the few wrong turns the story took. I suppose I just see the world differently than the characters (and the author) do and many of the sweeping end statements about life and love weren't ones I particularly agreed with. (less)
I combined the two things I wanted most in the world at that age: to be sucked into the world of Potter, and, you kno...moreElisa's HP fanfiction, age 11-13:
I combined the two things I wanted most in the world at that age: to be sucked into the world of Potter, and, you know, to hang out with the cool kids at school. So here's the set-up, I live up the street from this really popular girl from my school (this is actually true), and one day-- she is having one of her really popular people parties, when I decide to go for a walk. On my walk, I pick up a random stick (because people do that, right?) and OMGOSH IT'S A WAND AND I'VE ACCIDENTALLY SUMMONED THE KNIGHT BUS. So the cool kids down the road see what I've done and come running towards me and the Bus. We all board together, ride the Knight Bus to Hogwarts, learn magic, and become super best friends forever. Oh yeah, and all the boys like me and want to kiss me and I'm the coolest ever.
Elisa's HP fanfiction, age 13-15:
I have learned that the popular kids will probably never like me, and also that stories can't be like 1/2 wish fulfillment and 1/2 nonsensical silliness. So THIS time, I am Dumbledore's long lost granddaughter (give me a break, he wasn't gay yet) and he has kept me hidden in the anti-magic land of Kentucky to protect me from...something or other. Anyway, when something or other finds me, he has to come and get me and bring me back to Hogwarts where I'm allowed to learn magic and even though I'm getting a late start, I catch onto everything super fast like the prodigy I am and everyone loves me and wants to be my best friend.
Elisa's HP fanfiction, age 15-17:
I have finally accepted that no one is coming to get me to bring me to Hogwarts and even if they did, I am just too old. SOOOO, instead, Draco Malfoy, having flown off like a coward from his bad-guy duties, crashes his broom outside my Grandma's house while I am sitting in her living room. I run out, tend to him, and even though he's such a sour puss, we end up falling in love. Collective awwwws. He knows he has to put to rest his evil ways and protect me from his muggle hating family, and the only way he knows how to do that is to call on HP & pals. So we all hang out and fight evil together (though I suppose I'm a bit useless) and the good guys win and blah, blah, blah.
Now I write my own stuff, thank GOD. I don't think there would have been the same market for my fanfiction as there was for Cath's in Fangirl.
Oh, are we talking about the book now?
I really enjoyed reading this. It made me laugh, it made me swoon, it made me reminisce.
The characters were wonderful and real, and the story itself was very relevant and unique.
There were moments that dragged (this book did NOT need to be over 400 pages, come on), and one particular issue that never got resolved to my liking, but I still devoured it.
I've officially read all of RR's released books, and I have to say-- this one is my favorite so far! (less)