Fun, flirty, and just a little bit cute, The Catastrophic History of You and Me both was and wasn't what I expected. It was definitely somet3.5 stars.
Fun, flirty, and just a little bit cute, The Catastrophic History of You and Me both was and wasn't what I expected. It was definitely something different, and I found it easy to read and enjoy. It actually surprised me - I got a bit teary eyed on a couple of occasions, too. While I expected a light, fluffy book, this one definitely had a serious side I wasn't expecting.
So, if you're looking for a quick read that packs a little bit of everything (fun, wit, humor, friendships, sadness, love, loss, eeriness - and best of all an awesome canine character), this one is for you.
While it isn't approached an overly 'in your face' manner, this book has a subtle message about the importance of embracing loved ones, whether it be friends or family, and also one of self acceptance. It even touches on suicide and homosexuality (in a PG13 kind of way). I think the author has presented the topics well and in a very sensitive fashion, and I admired her approach.
I think I can sum up my feelings of this book in two words: Just. Plain. Adorable.
I loved each and every character, the story had me flying through thI think I can sum up my feelings of this book in two words: Just. Plain. Adorable.
I loved each and every character, the story had me flying through the pages, I couldn't get enough.
And whoa, talk about swooning? Yeah. I did that. A lot.
This isn't so much a review as it is a gushing about how much I loved this book, but please forgive me.
I want snow, and Ice Skates, and Cupcakes. I feel nostalgic for something I've never even experienced.
Sarah Ockler has impressed me again; I loved Twenty Boy Summer, and I'm sure I'll enjoy Fixing Delilah (which is currently sitting on my desk, patiently waiting to be picked up and red) just as much....more
I really enjoyed this one. A very unique, thought provoking read.
Baxter was easy to like and sympathise for, the supporting characters weNaw, Baxter!
I really enjoyed this one. A very unique, thought provoking read.
Baxter was easy to like and sympathise for, the supporting characters were fun and a great crowd for Baxter to be associated with (I had to laugh at the irony, the mental club). Dink was a creep. And Halle. Nawww!
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone considering picking it up. ...more
Well. This is book two by Jennifer E. Smith for me, and I wasn't disappointed. She has this way of writing that just makes you feel, sucks you into thWell. This is book two by Jennifer E. Smith for me, and I wasn't disappointed. She has this way of writing that just makes you feel, sucks you into the story, tumbles your insides around with her words, makes you laugh and cry and sight contentedly when you're finished reading.
The Comeback Season just about ripped my heart out, I don't think I've been so moved by a book in a long while! You know that feeling of incredible loss? Heartbreak? That gut churning, throat tightening sensation? I experienced that several times throughout this book. I teared up. I wanted to hug Ryan and tell her that I was there for her.
And when the time finally comes to say good-bye, she'll swallow hard against the tightness of her throat and the weight of her heart. She'll think I'll miss you and she'll think don't go and she'll think please. But what she'll finally say is simply thank you, and it will mean all of these things - everything promised and remembered, everything wordless and spoken and understood - and so much more.
After losing her father five years ago, Ryan's life has been a jumble of old memories, new memories, happiness, sadness. Old family, new family. Old friends who are no longer friends. After meeting Nick, the new guy in her grade, Ryan comes to find they both share a love for their town's baseball team, the Cubs. Their friendship develops and grows into something perfect, primarily due to each having gone through traumatic events in their lives and the fact that they really understand each other.
Ryan's relationship with her father was gorgeous. The little snapshots of memories made me want to cry. The quotes, the discussions... I could just picture this innocent little girl who loved her dad, and having him suddenly ripped away. My heart ached for her. He was wise, kind, caring, loving - for a guy who was only featured in the novel through these memories, he certainly won me over. Just when Ryan was losing faith, he always knew the right words to make her feel better, to restore her hope, and I loved that.
This was probably one of my favourite passages in the whole book. I had to share it with you, for fear that those of you who never read this book, will never see it:-
She remembers that the cubs had been losing badly in the eighth inning. The whole stadium was pulsing with heat, restless beneath a blistering sun, and she'd been tired and sweaty and faint. But when she'd tugged on Dad's hand to ask whether they could go, he looked at her sideways. "It's not over," he said, lifting her so that she was standing on the seat beside him. Ryan had leaned an elbow on his shoulder and sighed mightily. "But we're losing by so much." "That's the fun of it," Dad said. "You never know when there might be a comeback.". Later, after a series of batters had failed to do anything to remedy the declining situation, Ryan had tapped him on the shoulder. "We're still losing," she pointed out. "True," Dad said, smiling. "But there's an art to losing. It's just as important to know how to do that as anything else.""How come?" "Because that's how you learn," he'd said, cupping her chin in his hand. He studied her with pale gray eyes. "It's how we learn to keep going. It's how we survive." On the field below, the Cubs hit a double, and Ryan began to cheer in earnest, hopping up and down on the seat and clapping for her team. Dad put an arm around her waist, and she could tell he was proud of her. It took a certain kind of person to love the Cubs, he always said, and Ryan was happy to be one of them.
I loved Nick, he was adorable, funny, witty. My heart ached for him as much as it did Ryan. I must say though, that ending... a little annoying. I wanted to know if he was okay, and I guess that's where an Author can leave you hanging.
If you love heartfelt, emotional books, this one is definitely worth a read. Keep some tissues handy.
(a couple of other quotes I loved).
- All she remembers is that of everyone there that night - over thirty thousand roaring fans, it was her dad that was cheering the loudest. And if this was not actually so, then it was, at least, the way it seemed. It's the way she will always remember it.
- But Ryan knows better. It wasn't the extra innings or the weather or the long short to left field to end the game. It wasn't even the final score. It was, she knows, the possibility of a comeback. That last reservoir of hope, when what may or may not be out of reach suddenly seems so very reachable.
- Since he died, Ryan has learned to read silences like a map, to study them for the spaces in between, predicting and forecasting the gaps. Because it's within these moments of quiet that she can almost hear him, a sound like a whisper, like the last murmurings before sleep. She knows he's always with her, bit never more so than in those dips between words. It's a feeling like falling, though not in a scary way. It's like hoping for hope itself....more
I very much enjoyed Allen Zadoff's first young adult Novel. Having been overweight himself, the author has created a protagonist who felt ve3.5 stars.
I very much enjoyed Allen Zadoff's first young adult Novel. Having been overweight himself, the author has created a protagonist who felt very real, you believed what he said and you wanted to learn things about him.
I think the thing that really frustrated me about Andy was that he didn't like the way he looks, but he doesn't really have the want to change his lifestyle. He knows that he eats far too much, but like many overweight people, he eats to cope with the emotions and stress of his daily life (bullying, his parents divorce, high school crushes etc.). I wanted to see him change and succeed, and I suppose I was left feeling a little underwhelmed with the way the story played out. Don't get me wrong, I was grinning and chuckling throughout the story, but it just wasn't really what I expected.
Nevertheless, a quick and enjoyable read. I'll be sure to check out Mr Zadoff's other young adult novel in the near future....more
Such an interesting read! Definitely a bargain for $2. It was great to read about Six and her past, it cleared up a few questions I had regarding herSuch an interesting read! Definitely a bargain for $2. It was great to read about Six and her past, it cleared up a few questions I had regarding her knowledge of the Mogadorians and the Garde. Now I just need to patiently wait for The Power of Six to arrive in the post......more
Creepy and awesome and funny and awesome (did I say awesome?), all wrapped up in one!
I loved Cas, Thomas and Anna. They were great characters and I foCreepy and awesome and funny and awesome (did I say awesome?), all wrapped up in one!
I loved Cas, Thomas and Anna. They were great characters and I found them easy to love. I'm a chicken, and anything that involves ghosts, dead people that act undead, voodoo etc. are usually not my thing, but I loved what what done with this one. I may just have to re-evaluate my thoughts on this genre.
Kendare Blake has an excellent writing style - I found myself flying through pages without realising just how much I'd read. Anna Dressed In Blood was definitely different to what I expected, which took me completely by surprise. I couldn't get enough!
Hunting Lila was awesome. It's not often that I'll purchase a book on my Kindle, and then go and fork out morWHOA!
I WANT MORE!
Hunting Lila was awesome. It's not often that I'll purchase a book on my Kindle, and then go and fork out more money for a paper copy. It says a lot about what I think of a book. My boyfriend caught me with it and raised an eyebrow, all he got was a "BUT IT'S SO GOOOOOOD! (I'm supposed to be saving for a holiday, you see).
I'm not going to write a long review, because I know I won't express my love of this book enough without becoming a raving loony, and I know no one wants to see that.
Alex; can I have one? Yes? Awesome. Thanks! That boy did things to me that no fictional character has done before (yes, I am aware of how that may sound, get your minds out of the gutter! Tsk tsk). I may or may not be in love.
And Lila. Dear Lila. I loved her! There's really not much more I can say.
A brilliant book. If you're stuck in a rut - PICK THIS ONE UP! ...more
This book was clever. And I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it.
Ignoring the fact that I'm by no means a 'gaming' addict (Xbox, PlayStatio4.5 stars.
This book was clever. And I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it.
Ignoring the fact that I'm by no means a 'gaming' addict (Xbox, PlayStation, Computer Games etc.), I thought I'd find it hard to relate to the obvious addiction the characters have to the OASIS. I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that was not by any means the case. I found the plot fast paced, action packed and incredibly detailed.
That being said, I suppose I'll just sum it up as best as I can.
The story is set in the future (2044, if we're being precise) in a world that has succumbed to a global crisis (financial, health, you name it).
James Halliday, the god of online gaming, has passed away. Halliday is famous for his creation of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) - a simulated alternate reality used by the masses to escape the unpleasantness of life in the real world. Users can create Avatars and the system is designed to allow, if so desired, complete anonymity. Dying without an heir, Halliday's 'people' share a video in which he reads an excerpt from his Will, detailing instructions for the users of the OASIS to compete in the ultimate treasure hunt. He explains that he has hidden a virtual 'Easter egg' somewhere in OASIS and that the person who finds it will inherit his entire fortune, including the power to control the OASIS. There are three special Keys to be found, each of which unlocks a special Gate. Clearing the Gate gives the user a clue to finding to the next Key. And so on. In the five years following Halliday's passing, millions of hunters, labeled 'Gunters', commence their search for Halliday's egg, all without success.
We are introduced to Wade, a poor 18-year-old boy who is a self confessed Halliday fan and OASIS addict. Wade lives in the Stacks, what would today be called a caravan park, the difference being that caravans are stacked (hence the name) 20 or so high, one on top of the other. Inheriting a multi-billion dollar fortune would appeal to anyone, and for that reason Wade has spent a large part of his life using the OASIS, not only for schooling, but trying to learn anything he could about Halliday and the OASIS, convinced that the key to finding the egg lies somewhere in details of Halliday’s life. Wade's research pays off - he discovers the first key and loses any anonymity he once had, becoming a celebrity quite literally overnight. His discovery comes at a cost - death threats, blackmail and a horde of Gunters ready to give Wade a run for his money.
What ensues is an adrenaline inducing, action packed, edge of your seat race which had me flying through page after page of story, desperate to know who would win the ultimate prize. I was amazed at the sheer volume of information in this book (fictional and otherwise), and I cannot imagine how long it must have taken to write a story like it. The different worlds, games, machines, technologies - everything was explained so well that, despite the volume of information, I was never felt lost or confused. Huge kudos to Ernest Cline, man. Wow.
I loved Wade, he was such a great protagonist. He was easy to love, funny, crazy geeky smart (but the impressive kind of geeky smart... I imagine him as a young Leonard (Big Bang Theory) for some unknown reason), he made me laugh.
The secondary characters were just as memorable; Aech and Art3mis were butt kicking awesome and laugh-out-loud funny, I sort of kind of maybe wish they were my friends.
I'm going to leave it there, as I really don't want to elaborate much more. I've been saying this a lot lately, but I can hardly believe this is only Cline's debut novel. I cannot wait to read more of his work, especially if this book is any indication as to what his work will be like.