"Someday I want to wake up and be normal. Just for a little while. Or forever.
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins in eighth grade was "Most Likely to Receive D...more"Someday I want to wake up and be normal. Just for a little while. Or forever.
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins in eighth grade was "Most Likely to Receive Death Penalty". He was described in the book as: large, but not fat, sloppy-not grundy. His clothes seem worn, but not stylishly so. They were actually worn, and the legs were short enough to prove they'd been around for at least two inches of growth. And although most boys look pretentious in a distressed leather bomber jacket, it seemed natural on him"; "Always a little too big to be picked on, a little too mad-creepy to be in anyone's clique. He was always just there, through elementary school and middle school lingering in the background. He's quiet and inscrutable.
And all for good reason.
Bruiser has a strange ability. He can steal anyone's pain, physically and emotionally. As long as he cares about someone, he can steal away any hurt. There's a catch though. He absorbs it all into himself. That's why he's distant. Imagine if he had plenty of true friends, their pain would literally be the death of him.
Tennyson and Bronte Sternberger are twins. Born from literary teachers, they are named after literary idols. Bronte initally takes interest in Bruiser, thinking he is a stray and someone has to take him in. Tennyson is acting like a brother should and keeps his eyes on Bruiser, to a point where he follows him home to give him fair warning. We are then introduced to Bruiser's little brother, Cody. Cody's pet bull, Tri-tip dies. Tennyson gets to know Bruiser as they bond over the discarding of Tri-tip's remains. Tennyson actually thinks Bronte is good for Bruiser.
Bruiser is slowly let into the family, but Tennyson's family is falling apart. Bronte also gets Bruiser to have plenty of friends, but Bruiser gets to care for all of them, absorbing all the tiny little pains for himself. But a little of everything is too much.
Neal Shusterman does not fail to deliver. This is my second book from him, first is Unwind, which I absolutely loved. Bruiser is told in four POVs. Bruiser's was my favorite. His POV is smart and in prose. It is wonderfully written and morally challenging. And it delivers. It shows how susceptible humans are to turning the other way and ignoring what we do not want to see. Bruiser is definitely one of my favorites for 2013.
And I leave you with this: "In horse raicng they put these slats on either side of the horse's head, blocking creature's peripheral vision. They are called blinders. They don't actually blind the horse, but they allow the horse to see only what's right in front of it; otherwise it might freak out and lose the race. People live with blinders too, but ours are invisible, and much more sophisticated. Most of the time, we don't even know they're there. Maybe we need them though, because if we took everything all at once, we'd lose our minds. Or worse, our souls. We'd see, we'd hear, we'd feel so deeply that we might never resurface. So we make decisions, never realizing we're only seeing one-tenthof the whole. Then we cling to our narrow conclusion like our life depends on it."(less)
One Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my ki...moreOne Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my kindle, so I am figuratively speaking. Or typing. But you get my point. But what I want to say is, "IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER CAUGHT THE IMAGINARY COBWEBS."
This book is so raw and real and poignant and all kinds of touching and I could go on an on but I know you get what I am saying.
This book has two POVS.
1. Sydney Shepard. Sydney Shepard is in high school when she met Ethan Reynolds, who was already in college. They met at her best friend's party. They shared a few classes together, but Sydney never knew Ethan. It was because of a fateful drunken game of spin the bottle that they came together. Sydney went to college, and they made a long distance relationship work, until the last couple month's of Sydney's stay at Purdue. She slept with her friend Kevin on a senior frat dance, and ended pregnant. She made wrong choices that somehow ended up right.
2. Grace. She's a kid, and she's having sexual ed class. She thought she knew how she came to be, but then the teacher was all science-y and how was it possible that she came first, before her dad came in the picture?
This book shows how vulnerable the characters are. Teenage pregnancy and single mothers are there. It happens. But this book gave me insight on how hard it could be. But how it could also work.(less)
this book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in m...morethis book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in my head, the ending was how it should be. and if it ended different, how corny the book would be.
but holy cow!
when it came, i feel so devastated. i take it back. there has to be some other way!
this book has affected me. i love it, but i hate it.
This is all out of ten, of course. And that's being generous.
So how is Andrew a sidekick material? He has super senses. But smelling what the villain had for breakfast wouldn't really save the world. So Andrew is basically paired with a superhero that doesn't really need a sidekick. He is paired with Titan, one of the greatest supers ever, but is out of the grid. The Titan has stopped saving the world and is drinking himself away into oblivion.
There aren't any big crimes happening, but Dealer and the Jacks are back. Titan had once defeated them with the league but they are back and on the prowl. They are taking the supers down one by one, using their sidekicks as bait. All the sidekick's identities have been compromised. There are only two supers left, the Fox and the Titan, but Titan still refuses to save the day.
Things get complicated and people are not what they seem. There's no one left but the sidekicks to save the day.
But it doesn't take much to be a real hero. Sometimes all you need is bravery and a leap of faith.
Sidekicked is off to a slow start, but picks up after fifty percent of the book. It actually reminds me of the movie SKY HIGH, which I absolutely loved. The book needs more proofreading, but the idea is remarkably good. If made into a movie, this would definitely be a blockbuster.(less)
it took me five days to finish this book. if you know me, you would know that is very bad, because I got into a book slump. I'm usually a voracious re...moreit took me five days to finish this book. if you know me, you would know that is very bad, because I got into a book slump. I'm usually a voracious reader, but this was just meh for me.
I did not like Charlie. where would you find sixteen year olds that cry awfully a lot and not get bullied? I'm talking bullied where you get a slurpee shower? he just gets called names sometimes but he is one weird kid. he cries and cries and cries. initial impression was he is mentally challenged. but it seems like he's a very smart kid. sometimes he strikes me as autistic, since he is the densest person ever. he is also very passive. you could have your way with him. he just goes with whatever. he's also a druggie. and his family seems under the impression that Charlie is an angel. not in any way did I relate to this kid.
the perks of being a wallflower. I did not love it. I did not hate it. I just finished it just for the sake of finishing. must I also inform you that I did not get any entertainment while doing so.(less)
Never did I imagine that a fourteen year old would teach me how to kiss.
The third time is definitely lucky for Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi The...moreNever did I imagine that a fourteen year old would teach me how to kiss.
The third time is definitely lucky for Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Crown Princess of Genovia. Well, of course, not at first, since Mia is stuck with a boyfriend she likes but not loves. She's in love with her best friend's older brother, Michael. And she's still struggling with her Algebra.
Meg Cabot's writing is definitely full of life and humor. It actually makes me nostalgic of my high school life.
The Princess Diaries is one of my guilty pleasures, since even at the age of 22, I definitely enjoy them more than I should. But you wouldn't see me reading this in public. Aside from the fact that this book is intended for someone younger than me, there are tons of laugh out loud moments that would catch attention of others and make them think that the reader is demented.
Thing is, Mia's definitely falling in love and saving the world, one step at a time. After vegetarianism, the dolphins definitely go next.(less)
Class, silence please. I am your teacher for today.
What happens if you add a weak acid with a conjugate base?
Ah! Forget my blubbering silly chemistry...moreClass, silence please. I am your teacher for today.
What happens if you add a weak acid with a conjugate base?
Ah! Forget my blubbering silly chemistry.
How bout this formula below?
What happens if you add this hot Latino hunk plus this blonde cheerleader [image error] ?
*wrong buzzer sound*
No class, we do not get perfect chemistry.
We get this movie instead:
*hands shoot up in the air*
Okay I am not fit to be a teacher since I'm talking nonsense here.
But really, what is perfect chemistry?
I'm not a master of the subject, but after reading this, I could say that perfect chemistry isn't perfect at all. (okay, that totally sounded weird). Perfect chemistry isn't shared by two people who are too alike that they never ever have a spat. It isn't shared by two people who are too different that they never ever have something to agree about. It's actually something two people have, that despite the differences that attract them and the same feathers that make them flock together, that despite all the perfect moments, the incomplete moments still has the ability to feel perfect. Perfect, maybe not in a good way, but rather something that still makes them feel complete, just like how a puzzle pieces fit. But these things are better to be felt than read about. :)
Brittany Ellis, is the perfect girl. She has the perfect face, the perfect hair, the perfect pair of breasts, the perfect boyfriend. But her life is far from perfect. Her parents are only there to mandate rules on how to employ being perfect while hiding her retarded big sister at home. Don't get me wrong. Brittany isn't just another bitch in high school. She's the cheerleader with a heart, with too much love for her sister.
Alejandro Fuentes, Alex for short, is the perfect way to make a girl sin. He's hot and has biceps, triceps and all sort of eps but he's in the Latino Blood gang. He's Mr. Tough Guy. But behind it all, is a gangbanger with a heart, with too much love for his family.
See, both of them have hearts. But they couldn't possibly suit. Brittany's from the upper crust of society, while Alex is from the slums. So how could they ever have perfect chemistry between them?
As I said, I'm no master on the subject. But Alex and Brittany just work good together. Starting from Brittany almost running down Alex with her car, to being Chemistry partners, they end up getting there and having perfect chemistry. But I'm not saying the road towards getting there was easy. The track they might have chosen might be the one less traveled but it's all worth it.
Simon Elkeles makes it worth it. For this is a story that isn't full of stuff that sounds too good to be true. This is a story that feels so real that it's so beautiful.
And btw, who wouldn't want to find someone they could share perfect chemistry with? ♥(less)
Graceling. n. A person born with an extreme skill – called a grace. Identifiable by presence of mismatching color of eyes.
Seven Kingdoms. A place wher...moreGraceling. n. A person born with an extreme skill – called a grace. Identifiable by presence of mismatching color of eyes.
Seven Kingdoms. A place where gracelings are either laughed at or feared. But mostly, they are exploited and used for other’s personal gain.
Some gracelings are blessed with absurd graces, such as ability to hold breath for hours underwater. Some graced with practical skills such as cooking or combat skills. Some graced with powers to see the future. And one is blessed with the grace of killing.
Katsa. Gifted with the grace of killing. At the age of seven, she has managed to strike a powerful, killing blow to her cousin, who ended up dead on the spot. She is equipped with insurmountable strength, unbelievable agility and more than human stamina. With the years, Katsa has managed to control her grace. She has trained. She has been on the field as her uncle/ King Randa of Middluns’ deadliest weapon. She has been his assassin, always at his beck and call, to kill or punish anyone who displeases him.
Stories of the girl with one eye as green as the grass, and the other eye as blue as the sky, has travelled rampantly. Katsa is feared all throughout the seven kingdoms. Katsa is unbeatable. Until she met Prince Greening Grandemalion or Prince Po of the Leinids, who is graced with combat skills and has one silver and one golden eye. Katsa has met her match, or rather a “challenging opponent”.
Katsa and Po, both brought together by the need to uncover the truth about Grandfather Tealiff’s disappearance. They embark on a journey, ready to unravel the deceits planted by a graceling, far more vicious and powerful than Po and Katsa ever imagined. ___ Graceling by Kristin Cashore is beautifully written and highly imaginative. It is a unique and wonderful read. But why my lack of star?
1. Katsa and Po being okay with being casual f*cking buddies. (not really a good message to impart on the young readers) 2. Kristin Cashore presents clues, you think a little, but then you don’t really need to think, because a few pages later, you are faced with your answer. 3. Silly names. Really, Tealiff and Greening Grandemalion? Would you name your children that? 4. Bitterblue. A character who’s very young but then very wise. Really hard to believe. 5. The problems resolve themselves so quickly! Can’t she give us a little more heart pounding action?
Should I go on? Hmm, but despite my complaints, this was still a pretty decent read with a chance of being a blockbuster once it hits the big screens. (less)
WARNING! To follow is a highly illustrative review/plot summary of the book Daddy-Long-Legs.
As a kid, I totally loved the cartoon Judy. I actually mis...moreWARNING! To follow is a highly illustrative review/plot summary of the book Daddy-Long-Legs.
As a kid, I totally loved the cartoon Judy. I actually miss it sometimes, but then thanks to Goodreads, I discovered that it all started with a book.
Jerusha Abbott is an orphan at the John Grier Homes. She always gets into trouble and has been overstaying for two years. She works her stay by taking care of the younger ones. She's actually scared that they might turn her out, but one day, Miss Lippet calls Jerusha to her office. On her way, she sees a man's shadow who appears to have extremely long legs.
As she enters Miss Lippet's office, Miss Lippet tells her that she is to be sent to college by an anonymous man, whom she could call Mr. John Smith, which is of course is an alias.
Jerusha is very thankful. She sends Mr. John Smith letters on almost about anything, ranging from her studies and silly exploits and how a foundling like her strives to keep the secret of her roots. The letters, some silly, some serious, some showing what she learns, but all are funny and touching.She calls him Daddy Long Legs since his shadow is all that she could tell of him.
She does very well at school, ends up being called "Judy" and gains friends, Sally Mc Bride (the one with glasses) and Julia Pendleton (blonde).
But despite the constant sending of Mr. John Smith of gifts, she can't help but be depressed writing to someone who never writes back. A girl couldn't help but cry.
Ah hah! Then she meets Jervis Pendleton, a rich uncle of her classmate Julia Pendleton. Jervis understands her, and in some way, they have the same flow of thinking.
But somehow along the way, she happens to fall in love with him, despite the 14 years age gap.
And ah, the ending is so refreshing. I remember feeling the same amount of lightheartedness, because the ending is so touching.
And now that it's over, I look wistfully like this:
Well not as cute as that, but teary eyed since my longing for the cartoon is somehow eased, but still there.
Daddy-Long-Legs is a sweet tale, not just of romance, but also how an orphan girl strives and blends in the normal world. Judy is a heroine that is very admirable and whom everyone must set an example of. She is strong and hardworking. And her roots never interfered with her dreams, and she somehow made it an inspiration to aim higher. And also, she is not perfect, and as she constantly points out, she is just a girl of whom all of us could relate to.
But somehow, I couldn't get enough of this, so, off to get a copy of the sequel Dear Enemy.
But who is Daddy-Long-Legs? Read to find out :D(less)