I am equally delighted and stunned with the myriad of emotions this book held and presented to the readers.
Poetry is powerful. How a few, carefully chosen words form beautiful, complete thoughts attempting to convey a thousand and one feelings to the reader. Various interpretations can be drawn from it, but the feeling stays. That's what makes this book so fascinating. Where I Wrote This For You hooks your heart and wraps it around a complicated series of emotions, I Wrote This For You and Only You felt more thoughtful, more mature, and more encompassing, with the familiar hard hitting feelings coursing through each poem. There is at least one poem that is bound to speak to you a lot deeper than the rest, where you will feel like that particular poem, that particular group of words were string together for you, and only you.
The combination of words and photos is a one of a kind experience where you will think "why this particular photo?" "how does this fit the words the author has written?" and you do not just interpret the words, you also look at the photographs and think just what kind of message it might also convey, given the words that follow after it. Does the photo capture the essence of the words or does the words describe what message the photo aims to get across?
It's like a journey through life, through heartaches, falling in love, being let down by that love, moving on, learning through living, of people you meet, friendships, the ghosts of the past and what haunts us, of moving on, dreaming and hoping. Wise words. Advices. A little bit of everything. It's a book filled of poetry and yet there's so much to read. It's just a beautiful thing to read.
It's not so much as what words were used, it's the tone, like it's just speaking to you and telling you something, and you, as a reader, cannot help but respond. Not many big words were needed nor used and yet the impact was there, sustained, embedded in each poem. Kudos for another wonderful compilation of words and emotions, pleasefindthis.
A few favorites of mine, which might say a lot about what type of poems I like: The Nature of Science, The Soft Crackle, The Pictures from the Camera we Threw Away, The Heart Outgrows the Chest, The Image Repeated Over and Over, The Removal of Me, The Language Breaks, The Nerve Endings Shatter Like Glass, The Efficiency and Perfection of the Lost, The Dark Words You Walk Down at Night, The Heart Cannot be Discounted, The Train Hit Me and I Didn't Feel It, The Missing Bread Crumbs, The Correct and Proper Way To Feel, The Breaking of People and The Light That Shines When Things End....more
She's the kind of girl you'd love to love, and the kind you'd love to hate. Liz Emerson was one part of the trio of thReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
She's the kind of girl you'd love to love, and the kind you'd love to hate. Liz Emerson was one part of the trio of the most popular juniors in her class. Everyone knows Liz. Everyone. But then Liz crashed her car, and things started to unravel, and people realize Liz Emerson's life isn't perfect, not by a long shot.
Physics has never been a favorite of mine, but I give kudos to Amy Zhang for using Physics to illustrate Liz's life and paint it using cause and effect, Newton's Laws, mass and acceleration, gravity and motion. Told in bits in pieces seven days before Liz attempted suicide, crashed her car and the days that followed, Falling Into Place pushes the readers to slide into what was behind the fragile facade that makes up Liz Emerson's life.
Taking a look in Liz's life is a powerful experience in itself. The layers come off piece by piece as we see Liz on her very best and her very worst, the cruel parts and the lonely parts, the pretense and the dreams, the innocence, the potential and the wishes, the things that led her to break people because she too is broken, and the things she did and wished she did to feel whole again, to just feel, to find meaning in her existence.There are a lot of broken people in this novel, and sadly some of them cannot be put back together, but there are others like Liam, who we find unlikely strength from.
It's a cheerless tale, laid bare to the readers in jumbled thoughts and messy emotions and the potent way that Amy Zhang has told this story in simple narrative is what made Falling Into Place a haunting, meaningful read. Sometimes we need to read a book like this, where we just need to look at things just a little bit closer, where we sometimes need to notice, because we might not know when a friend, the one who was always smiling and laughing, might be the one who needed our help the most. Your heart will give a painful lurch or two when you finish reading this novel. Falling Into Place is a gripping, significant debut that needs to be read by everyone....more
A friend of mine had mentioned this book in passing one day while we were waiting in line for a cab, and then a few days after I found myself reading this for a tour. It's destiny.
And speaking of destiny, this book talks about it and a whole lot more. All the possibilities, all the what-ifs. Worlds and cities. Various circumstances that could have led to varying outcomes. Broken hearts. Hope.
Celia is attending a friend's wedding, and she was plagued by dreams. Dreams of what could have been if she had decided to do things she didn't, visited places she could have gone to. After all, it was the wedding of her best friend, Vivian, and Ben, the guy she loved who broke her heart that faithful night back in college.
The idea of multi-verses is a tricky one to handle, and it could lead into a total disaster if not written well. Cities confused me because of the jumps from one dream to another, to a city, to another life, to what could've been but I enjoyed the ride with a few bumps, so to speak. That question, what if?, presents itself over and over in various scenarios and set-ups that a reader like me couldn't help but feel completely different emotions every single time Celia dreams. Her dreams made me feel hopeful, but reality doesn't, and reality is what Celia must face.
Carla de Guzman wrote a book wrapped in an interesting premise, a story those many can relate to. The dynamics of friendship and the strain it is put through when love gets mixed in and the kind of love that you want but couldn't get. Unfulfilled, unreciprocated feelings? Check. Supportive friends? Check. Cool places and pop culture references we all know? Check. Being an Asian Pop fan, I loved the Seoul City story the most!
Cities pinches the reader's heart quite a few times while being immersed in a world within worlds. It's fascinating to see what these "could've been" are, from Celia's perspective to the various transformations her friends made in the places Celia's dreams took her. Definitely an interesting, quick read!
Very interesting concept, but like I said, if you're not aware of the presence of multi-verses (and you will only get it once Ben mentions it), you will be confused very early by the jumps in every chapter. But you'll get it eventually, don't worry. I didn't like Vivian that much because is she really that kind and perfect? (In every "City", yes) And Henry, how I wish I know you more. I like him a lot! Ben? Not so much......more