Wow. For such a little book, this one packed a lot of punch!
Whilst parts of it didn't entirely seem realistic, the author did a great job of putting y...moreWow. For such a little book, this one packed a lot of punch!
Whilst parts of it didn't entirely seem realistic, the author did a great job of putting you in the school with the protagonist and made you really want to see her get out and to be safe. There was plenty of suspence, shock, "NO!" moments and of course a few bittersweet moments, but all in all it made for a great read.
The ending was satisfying but... not. I mean, I could have read 50 more pages, I was wrapped up. I'll definitely be reading more from Sarah Mussi, and I'm very glad I picked up Siege.
For those of you that aren't sure - my book store had little samplers of it, about 50 or so pages in. I grabbed that before reading and I was hooked, so it might be worth asking if your store has them too.
Wow. What a surprise package this book was! I picked it up for $8 in hardcover at a discount bookstore and I'm so glad I did!
I read it over a few week...moreWow. What a surprise package this book was! I picked it up for $8 in hardcover at a discount bookstore and I'm so glad I did!
I read it over a few weeks and I must say, I feel a little bit sad now that I'm done. I grew quite attached to the characters and the story and I could have continued reading it for much longer.
A lot of people have expressed complaints about how slow the book is. While yes, that's true, if you stick with it and truly soak up all of the detail, you won't regret it once it picks up the pace.
Another complaint people have made is that it's a bit of an information overload/dump on occasion. Again true, but I found it incredibly interesting and I've learned a lot about a subject I had no knowledge of prior to reading this little gem.
If you see it, do yourself a favour and grab a copy.(less)
Another gem by Sarah Ockler. I know I can count on her not to let me down.
This isn't so much a review as much as it is a re-cap, I think this is a boo...moreAnother gem by Sarah Ockler. I know I can count on her not to let me down.
This isn't so much a review as much as it is a re-cap, I think this is a book that you really need to experience on your own.
Fixing Delilah had me swinging through highs and lows, it was an emotional roller coaster. And I loved every second of it. I found the characters easily loveable, the story was well developed, and I was a little disappointed to have to put it away when I was done.
Needless to say, Ockler is slowly becoming one of my favourie Authors.(less)
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 somet...more3.5 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 th...moreI 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.(less)
Cold Hands, Warm Heart is such a hard book to rate. I had moments where I thought, 'oh, this is mediocre, come on, pick up' and then on the other hand...moreCold Hands, Warm Heart is such a hard book to rate. I had moments where I thought, 'oh, this is mediocre, come on, pick up' and then on the other hand I had those 'whoa, this is intense and emotional' - it's not a book that you read to be entertained by so much as to learn from. I've decided to stick with a rating somewhere in between and give it a 3.75.
I liked Dani, she was a cool kid. She was genuine, I could sympathise with and for her, and the thing I loved was that she was never 'oh, poor me, woe woe woe'. She had attitude.
Milo (another hospital patient) was a little dark at times, however he was certainly an interesting character to get to know. Being that he was in hospital for the second time after abusing his new liver, he was a bit more morose than Dani, however he certainly brought some entertainment into the storyline.
A minor character, Wendy, was that cute little kid that you also kind of want to strangle. She was good for laughs, though.
Cold Hands, Warm Heart was told from multiple perspectives which, while not clearly indicated, were pretty easy to pick up on if you were paying attention. It was nothing extreme, just slight changes in tone. The three central 'voices' were Dani, Milo (also her hospital crush) and Tyler - brother of Amanda a.k.a. the Donor. The book's blurb on the back cover was a little misleading, I was expecting the story to revolve around Dani and Amanda, and while it did, it was in a different way to what I expected - you know, in that Amanda has died.
This wasn't a depressing 'death/life/the big picture' kinds of books as some of this genre can end up being, rather it was a bit of a look into the life of an organ recipient and the families of the donor. Ironically, I'm reading this in the same week that my boyfriend's dad is waiting on a friend to come and visit as he is being tested to see if he's a match for a kidney transplant (for my boyfriend's dad) as he (the father) is extremely unwell. So I suppose in that respect it was more interesting for me than it may be for others.(less)