Megan Abbott knows how to write complex teenage girls who are exploring both their sexuality and passions and all of the good and the bad and the confMegan Abbott knows how to write complex teenage girls who are exploring both their sexuality and passions and all of the good and the bad and the confusion that comes along with those discoveries. By the end of the book, specifically a flashback scene, this was shining through. This thing I fell in love with in The End of Everything that she does better than anyone. Since this book wasn't just its ending but also a beginning and middle I am going to stick with three stars. This is a high three stars though. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this along with The End of Everything. Just as long as people steer clear of the disaster that was The Fever which felt like it was trying too hard to be what her other two books in this genre intrinsically are. ...more
"They had to have loved you. You're Vivian fucking Apple."
The commentary on religion in this book was a focal point and quite refreshing. The dialogue"They had to have loved you. You're Vivian fucking Apple."
The commentary on religion in this book was a focal point and quite refreshing. The dialogue between the characters made sure to give perspective to both the sides taken by non-believers and the devout. It continuously reminded readers that the most important thing is to love and be kind above all else. The main romantic relationship was a reflection of this philosophy and wasn't nausea inducing by any means. I think it felt real. It reminded me of times I still experience where sometimes all you want to do is forget all of the bullshit and just make out already. The main female friendship was also solid and good. A message that blood family isn't necessarily your family and that we each make our own.
I think this was more of a 3.5 for me as I felt it lacked development in some areas. There was something holding the characters back from becoming completely believable for me. I had trouble feeling real emotions while reading and the plot was a little too out there and cheesy. The writing itself wasn't amazing but by no means bad. Definitely a few good quotes to be found inside.
All in all I thought this was a pretty great little book. It was certainly a lot of fun and a fast read. ...more
Number Of Books You Read: 41 but I include graphic novels and some shorts/novellas. Number of Re-Reads: None, I've never reread anything that wasn't Harry Potter. Genre You Read The Most From: It was pretty varied, actually.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I'd done something I shouldn't have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I'd done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn't do anything differently than I had done? What if I'd actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
Edit 11/12/14: I am over my guilt. I have now moved on to the acceptance stage. This is definitely a two star read.
I feel a deep feeling of guiltEdit 11/12/14: I am over my guilt. I have now moved on to the acceptance stage. This is definitely a two star read.
I feel a deep feeling of guilt giving a Lauren Oliver book a three star rating, which is perhaps why I ducked out of reading the rest of Panic and just haven't finished it "yet".
When starting this book I was very excited to read a work where she is able to discuss sex with more detail when not being constrained by the YA label of her other books. In this she delivered with the storyline of Minna who uses sex as a outlet to hide from her loneliness. Unfortunately, I felt this book meandered quite a bit, with snippets that felt out of place in the overall puzzle of the book and felt like they were just thrown in for added length. I can easily imagine this story without Katie who is the cardboard cutout version of a manic pixie dream girl (I know this term is overused, but I can think of no other way to describe her right now) and whose storyline is given no genuine resolution. Katie is just another character hitting us over the head with the overall theme of the book: That we are all lonely. That is only one example.
What I disliked most about this book was the ending. It was so, so painfully contrived. Nothing about the way these characters were connected was organic in the least. What they all had in common was loneliness and the rooms of a house but the plot forced their connections to be more. The relationships in the book were like a puzzle where all of the pieces fit just perfectly but the picture you wind up with as an end result is a blob of neutral tone pieces that form no shape at all. Sure, they fit together, but should they? Do they amount to anything?
Why three stars then? Well, while there weren't a lot of wow moments for me this time around, Lauren Oliver's writing is enjoyable. Peaceful to me, like an old friend, easy to read, easy to enjoy no matter what else is going on around you. Her take on ghosts is the best of all. What if we become beings without bodies when we die? Attached to the places and people we left behind? Our bodies in tune with a house and confined to become one with it? No form of our own? It's actually rather spooky and writing about it is giving me the creeps. It was both a beautiful approach and a tragic approach and Oliver nails the delivery of the ghostly side of this story just right.
All in all the way to sum this book up is good but forgettable. A hotel room without a view....more
I love this to pieces and I'm really excited Spiderwoman is in it as well. Gorgeous colors, representation, humor. Oh, and did I mention an appearanceI love this to pieces and I'm really excited Spiderwoman is in it as well. Gorgeous colors, representation, humor. Oh, and did I mention an appearance by one of my favorite Marvel ladies? Yes, thanks, excellent....more
Not even the ending was enough to save this book. Of course, the ending, which I found predictable but still found the implications intriguing, will bNot even the ending was enough to save this book. Of course, the ending, which I found predictable but still found the implications intriguing, will be the thing that gets me to finish this series. ...more
DNF at 20%+. I can see how Murakami's unique style would call to some people but to me it's just rigid, extraneous, and above all a very boring way toDNF at 20%+. I can see how Murakami's unique style would call to some people but to me it's just rigid, extraneous, and above all a very boring way to tell a story. It's safe to say that Murakami and I are never ever getting back together....more