"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)
So I was at a new year's eve party at Universal Studios Hollywood. Guess what I was doing?
I was blazing through the book while there was a live band...moreSo I was at a new year's eve party at Universal Studios Hollywood. Guess what I was doing?
I was blazing through the book while there was a live band and a DJ trying to entertain me.
The book was that good.
Echo Emerson was the most popular girl in second year. She was little miss perfect. She was an honor student, was really pretty and has the high school jock as a boyfriend. It wouldn't get better than that. But Echo disappeared before the end of the year and came back the next as a totally different person. Echo is an empty shell of the person she used to be.
Noah Hutchins is the bad boy of the school. Recognized stoner and goes through girls like they're underwear. For him, girls are just one night stands.
Echo is in need of money, to fix her deceased brother's Corvette. She thought of it as a way to keep a piece of her brother still alive. Her school psychiatrist offers her money by tutoring bad boy Noah Hutchins. The two connect and fall in love from there.
Don't be deceived by the characters. They're not the shallow kids we mostly see on TV. They have problems and they're trying to deal with it. (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)
Unicorns. Fairies. Castles. Most of all, Prince Charming.
Ella Enchanted made me want to revert back to being a little girl, where it's easy to believe...moreUnicorns. Fairies. Castles. Most of all, Prince Charming.
Ella Enchanted made me want to revert back to being a little girl, where it's easy to believe that happily ever afters do exist. And yes, it reminded me that, despite my bitter self now, I at one point, believed in happily ever afters.
Who doesn't know Ella? I sure caught the craze when this was a movie with Anne Hathaway as Ella. The movie was spectacular, and the book was just as good.
Ella was bestowed the gift of obedience. Well, to the fairy who dared to give it, it was a gift. But to the other end who received it, it was definitely a curse. Ella made me laugh. But she also made my heart break. I could not imagine myself doing everything someone ordered me to do. Even the simple task of following parents seemed Herculean, when your heart had no desire to do it. But Ella had to do every blasted thing. Whether, she liked it or not, she had to obey. She could try delaying tactics, but in the end, the curse will always get the best of her.
But despite the crazed obedience, Ella was still a girl. Charming. Humorous. Intellectual. Unselfish. Patient. And courageous. And a prince could not help but notice her.
Prince Char, after having friendship with Ella, proposes. But Ella could not risk being the Prince's downfall. Once enemies knew of her affliction, one could not help but to take advantage. So Ella tricked the prince into thinking she had married another.
But true love could not be stopped.
As the town was to hold series of balls, where rumor has it, the prince would choose a bride, Ella could not help but rush off, and maybe see the prince once more. She poses as Lela, and again, she has caught the eye of the prince.
But just as Cinderella did, Ella had to leave, as soon as the prince found her true identity.
Ella could not even consider harming the prince, despite all the love she had in her heart for him. The prince orders her to marry him, but with the thought of his imminent danger, she manages to fight of the curse with an extreme amount of disobedience.
Well, of course, now that she's no threat to the prince anymore, evidently, they could now have their happily ever after.
This book makes me want to believe in happily ever afters once more. Maybe I will, but I would rather wait for it to come, and see for myself ♥(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)