The best way I can describe this short novel is that it's really a bit of a weird, uncomfortable existential dread thatSuch a beautiful, strange book.
The best way I can describe this short novel is that it's really a bit of a weird, uncomfortable existential dread that doesn't devolve into scary bits or anything like that. It's fear of the mundane, it's sort of about the choices made over a lifetime and over generations, and it just works.
I struggle with really giving this a full accounting, as it's a book that ended up being more about what the book evoked rather than what the individual contents were. This book won a prize long ago and this translation appears to have kept the mood throughout, which is great, too.
As I slowly move through the Dorothy Project books, I found that this one stuck with me quite a bit. I wish I could pull something like this off. If you can get a copy, do so - it's one that might end up sticking to your gut, too....more
The whole "bucket list" book for YA is absolutely a trend right now, and I don't think I expected that from this book going in, but itCloser to a 3.5.
The whole "bucket list" book for YA is absolutely a trend right now, and I don't think I expected that from this book going in, but it does handle it in a slightly different way - instead of it being a bucket list for Georgia alone, it's a bucket list in honor of her late mother as part of her road to recovering from that loss. It has all the general tropes, from crushes to skinny-dipping to trying risky things, but with the added problems of friendships and a father who may be a little too lost in his own grief as well.
It doesn't always work, which was a little frustrating. Too much of the time, I was trying to figure out why Georgia stuck with the people she stuck with, and some of the choices she made throughout did not seem to fit who she was otherwise (especially with the drug use that was weirdly prevalent throughout). Still, the familial instincts and the way certain people reached out to her was very real, and, while this ends up being a familiar journey of finding oneself, the story really won me over by the end of the book.
Overall, I would recommend, but maybe not as a first choice. The Start of Me and You in particular walks a similar path, and is much more real and less negative to me than this book, and even Julie Halpern's The F-It List handles this with a different take, but this is still a pretty solid read, especially for those who are enjoying this trend....more
I still feel like there's an overall dearth of solid, more mature fantasy for young adults that isn't couched in romance tropes. The Novice, while a lI still feel like there's an overall dearth of solid, more mature fantasy for young adults that isn't couched in romance tropes. The Novice, while a little overlong and with a pretty significant runup, does a good job of balancing existing tropes with a different concept altogether. Sort of like if Hogwarts was at West Point, this ends up being a fun read.
The story, once we get there, is pretty cool. Fletcher learns, somewhat accidentally, that he has the ability to summon demons. He is quickly brought into what is basically a summoning school to train for a great war.
This works in part because, once it gets rolling, it largely cuts the fat a bit. We get the relationships, but it's more a lot of action and training, and it's impressive that it works as well as it does in that regard. This isn't Harry Potter, and it's probably closer to The Iron Trial in overall tone, and that's good - we need more fantasy like this that's both appropriate for a wider age range and ushers in a good introduction to the genre.
I'm looking forward to what comes next. Absolutely worth your time....more
"What if we took Divergent...and we put it on the moon!!!!!111"
This book... Okay, I enjoyed it. It's derivative even though it's trying to be somethin"What if we took Divergent...and we put it on the moon!!!!!111"
This book... Okay, I enjoyed it. It's derivative even though it's trying to be something a little different (it's Divergent with a hint of Hunger Games-meets-The Moon is a Harsh Mistress) and it ends up doing some interesting things as a result, but the book, overall, is one where you feel like you've done all this before. Your main character is your Standard Dystopian Female, the violence would be shocking if this was your first time through, and it just ends up being what it is.
I'll keep going with it, as the way it ends is actually fairly interesting and is probably the only truly unique thing about the story, but, unless you're looking for the next Hunger Games and you're not burned out on dystopia yet, this might be one to skip.
As much as I read a lot of broad genres and style, nonfiction for kids and teens has always been a bit of a gap for me. I picked up We Should Hang OutAs much as I read a lot of broad genres and style, nonfiction for kids and teens has always been a bit of a gap for me. I picked up We Should Hang Out Sometime for a specific reason unrelated to filling any gaps, and ended up absolutely loving this story.
Josh Sundquist is a guy who had cancer as a kid and lost his leg. In his 20s, he realized that, by no fault of a lack of effort, he had never actually had a girlfriend before. This book is effectively a log of his trials and tribulations in love, including reaching out to old crushes, dates, and firsts to maybe figure out what went wrong.
To say this isn't absolutely charming would be a lie, because it really is. Sundquist has a great, relatable writing style that makes this read that much more entertaining, but I also wish I had this book in my teen years, because I saw a lot of my own stupidity in here. If I knew then what I know now and such, this book can easily act in the same way for a lot of teens, both male and female. Even adult readers would probably find a lot of fun nostalgic reasons to enjoy something like this.
Overall, just a great, quick read that I loved. Highly recommended for all readers of all ages....more