Gross and mean. I don't like reading about monsters just minding their own business and some dude chopping its wings off so it slowly and painfully bl...moreGross and mean. I don't like reading about monsters just minding their own business and some dude chopping its wings off so it slowly and painfully bleeds to death. I'm not for hunting for sport, and How to Bag a Jabberwock is exactly that, only fantasy style.(less)
After reading Mansfield Park with some other bloggers, we thought it would be fun to read a modern YA retelling of Mansfield Park, The Trouble with Fl...moreAfter reading Mansfield Park with some other bloggers, we thought it would be fun to read a modern YA retelling of Mansfield Park, The Trouble with Flirting.
Sadly, this show again why I don't read YA contemporary. I'm sure there are great contemporary books out there - but usually I can't stand the main character. If the biggest problem in your life is what shirt to wear to school, I just can't relate to you, even though at nineteen I'm still fairly close to the intended audience for these books.
The main character in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park Fanny is a loving, nervous, sweet and self-deprecating girl with the softest temper you've ever seen. Franny, The Trouble with Flirting is absolutely nothing like Fanny. She struts around life, being judgemental inside but nice on the outside, feeling sorry for herself for all the wrong reasons.
To be very honest here, I quit reading at 16%, which would translate into page 53 of a paperback version. It's not even that I hate this book so much, it's just that I see where this is going and I know I'm not going to enjoy this. I gave The Trouble with Flirting a chance to hook me, and it failed to do that.
My main problem with this book is the main character Franny. She's mean, and sometimes just plain weird. When she's on a plane we're told
I haven't flown much on my own - okay, the truth is I've never flown at all - and I get a little thrill looking out the window when we take off and land and smiling mysteriously at the middle-aged man sitting next to me. I wonder if he thinks I'm cute and is glad he's sitting next to me and not someone old and fat. We don't ever talk, other than "excuse me" when our elbows bump, so I never find out.
When I hear "middle-aged", I'm seeing her sitting next to this.
Ehm... YOU'RE FLIRTING WITH SOME GUY THAT COULD BE YOUR GRANDFATHER.
THIS IS NOT OKAY.
Also, "glad he's sitting next to me and not someone old and fat". Really? My grandmother is very old and used to be quite fat. She was one of the sweetest people ever, and every Stallone should be glad for sitting next to her. STOP BEING SO JUDGEMENTAL and just plain mean.
More meanness ensues.
Of course, it's possible she leads a much more exciting personal life than we're aware of, but after spending today with her, I kind of doubt it. Which makes me feel tender toward her. Poor Aunt Amelia. Stuck in this small, plain apartment, sewing costumes for other people to wear all day long. (Emphasis mine)
No. Just no. What the hell is this? Franny is dissing about 90% of humanity in a few sentences. You know, this is what people call working. Sitting somewhere, doing stuff for other people and at the end of the month get money. Franny should try it sometime - but she doesn't. On her first day at her summer job, she takes the first chance to run away from her aunt to smooch with some other teens. I can't believe someone would actually think of paying Franny for being there.
Couple that with some bad writing, including this gem.
I feel funny, though: I'm not one of them. But I'm sort of one of them. But I'm not one of them. Like that.
Well, if that wouldn't give Austen a coronary, I have no idea what would.
So nope, The Trouble with Flirting isn't for me. I should have known when at page five Franny started complaining about how all the rich kids at her school did all these fancy programs during summer, while Franny had to work (yuck!). I went to a high-school too where all the lawyer's and doctor's kids went, and I never once felt sorry for myself that I had less money. I can't identify with Franny even if my life depended on it, and if I knew her in real life I'd think her a total bitch.(less)
Tried 20% of the book, which is around a hundred pages.
Eh. Just couldn't get into the world. The "evils" are so annoyingly evil, and Agatha's obsessio...moreTried 20% of the book, which is around a hundred pages.
Eh. Just couldn't get into the world. The "evils" are so annoyingly evil, and Agatha's obsession with Sophie was a bit weird. The school reminded me a bit too much of Hogwarts, with the warnings of not going into the forest and stuff. Was really looking forward to this book, but it's not for me.(less)
The blandest bland of bland bland. Sheesh. When a writer writes as many books as Ms Roberts does, it can go two ways. They can either be all unique an...moreThe blandest bland of bland bland. Sheesh. When a writer writes as many books as Ms Roberts does, it can go two ways. They can either be all unique and great (of course there'll be some bad apples, but they all have the same amount of spirit) or they just turn into each other. It seems that Morrigan's Cross is one of the same-samey books. There is absolutely nothing interesting the book to me. It's the most boring paranormal book I have ever tried to read. Stopped at about eighty pages in when the lead female almost had an orgasm because a dude spoke Irish. I like accents just as much as any other girl, but not that much.(less)
I can't take any more... This review is only based on the first 160 pages of the book. Maybe Mila 2.0 all of a sudden gets super awesome on page 161 -...moreI can't take any more... This review is only based on the first 160 pages of the book. Maybe Mila 2.0 all of a sudden gets super awesome on page 161 - I have no idea. All I know is that I don't want to waste my precious reading time on this book.
For me it almost felt like Mila 2.0 tried to collect all the young-adult clichés. Unrealistic high-school behaviour? Check. So-called best friend that in reality a psychotic bitch that actually almost killed you but apparently NO ONE sees this? Check. Boy that barely talks because awkward silences and staring ahead is totally connecting with someone? Check. Falling in love (love - not lust) in the space of two days? Check. Fear more about leaving the boy you love (and know for the insanely long while of one week) behind than losing your life? Check.
I was really looking forward to reading Mila 2.0 because lately science-fiction YA has been really good for me. With books like Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer or What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang, my expectations for this girl android story were high. Sadly, Mila doesn't even come near the awesomeness of Cinder (who is technically a cyborg - she's still part human, whereas Mila is supposedly fully synthetic).
Mila. If Mila had been kind-of okay then I would probably have finished the book for her sake. Instead, she should come with a huge stamp on her head stating "too stupid to live" in big capital letters. Seriously. It has been a while since I've read a heroine that rubbed me the wrong way this much. She just doesn't make any sense, especially in the context of the story. Basically, Mila is an android robot programmed as secret weapon; she's insanely strong. They gave her human feelings so she could fit in.
Why in the hells below and heavens above would scientists program a secret weapon to behave like a petulant, unpredictable and overly emotional teenager?
Mila's feelings are all over the place. One moment she's overwhelmed by finding out that she's an android and she spends her time crying, the other moment she runs off to go to school because that's a great thing to do when the army is after you and you're supposed to keep a low profile. None of her emotions or actions seemed rational or even realistic at all. When her mom tells her about who and what she is, instead of hearing her mom out she gets the information bit by bit, either because her mom is telling her that she's not ready yet, or because she's telling her mom that she doesn't want to hear it yet. I feel like there is absolutely no other reason for this spreading of information, other than that the author was scared of info-dumping. I get that - but pulling out the story for a hundred pages to avoid giving the reader too much information at once is even worse.
Mila, her mom, Hunter the love interest, Kaylee the best friend... Not a single one of these characters have redeeming qualities. They're all obnoxious for their own reasons, and I don't feel like continuing to read their story at all.
At the point I stopped reading Mila was finally on the run with mom, so probably the story becomes more interesting at this point, or at least more action-packed.
Mila 2.0 was not the book for me. I know a lot of people did enjoy it though, so if I haven't turned you off and you don't mind Mila acting crazy sometimes, you might enjoy Mila 2.0.(less)
Unfinished at about a hundred pages. Didn't feel like there was any point in continuing the book, since there is barely any story. There are about ten...moreUnfinished at about a hundred pages. Didn't feel like there was any point in continuing the book, since there is barely any story. There are about ten or twenty characters, that all get tiny pieces of text with some random scenes. The form and style might be a great way of expressing the fragmentary existence in a city like New York, but as a reader it's boring. There is no time to get used to a character or even a scene. Most of the dialogue is written phonetically which makes it even more inaccessible. I'm sure Manhattan Transfer has some literary worth, but reading it front to cover seems like a rather pointless exercise. (less)