Usually when I read a book I can picture the characters and the world in my mind. With this book, I really couldn't. I had no emotional attachment to...moreUsually when I read a book I can picture the characters and the world in my mind. With this book, I really couldn't. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters. With a good book, I am usually sitting on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, praying that the characters makes it out alive. With this book, I was... bored, for lack of a better word. I wasn't interesting at all if they survived the page, let alone the book.
Seems to me that Michael, Shane and Eve should just kick Claire out of the Glass House. That would pretty much make all of their 'problems' go away. At the end of book two, they've known her what, two weeks? And really, they are all so willing to die for the bland-as-rice child who seems like so much more trouble than she is worth? I just don't get it. I know, it's a book, it doesn't have to make sense. But for me, reading this series is just a waste of time, time that could be spent reading good books.
This is just my opinion, you are welcome to your own, just as I am free to express mine. I figure a lot of people out there must disagree with my, which is fine, because this seems to be quite a popular series.
One more thing, before I go. Why in Satan's name was chapter 9 about a quarter of the book? (less)
At first, I was only going to give this book 4 stars. Why? Because I don't like doing 5 star reviews unless the book really flaws me with it's brillia...moreAt first, I was only going to give this book 4 stars. Why? Because I don't like doing 5 star reviews unless the book really flaws me with it's brilliance. But then I thought about it, and though there are books that literally knock me over from their sheer brilliance in writing and plot, this book did knock me over, just in a much more subtle way, which I think, is the real appeal of it.
I did give this book 5 stars, and I think it really did deserve every one of them. Now, I know this is a popular book, and I don't want to been seen as 'towing the party line' but this book is popular for a reason, and that reason is that it has a unique style about it, one that I think at first was hard for me, but as I got further into the book, I really started to hear Hannah Baker's voice in my head.
I was once a teenage girl, and I do remember all those chaotic feelings. Jay Asher described adolescence admirably. He really took us into, not only Hannah's, but Clay's mind as well.
The novel itself is about a subject that not many people like to broach, suicide. But I want to push that aside for a moment and look at something else that this book is about. It's about people, about how people (notice I don't say teens, or children) treat each other, and how people, unwittingly or otherwise, do things or say things that have affects on other people that they can never even begin to conceive.
Hannah describes her reasons for choosing to end her life as 'a snowball effect' that began with something as small as a rumor. As the pages turn, we- the readers- begin to realize that in Hannah's world, which is rapidly crumbling before her, everything is connected. Every person in her life adds more speed to the growing snowball, and eventually Hannah is overwhelmed and can see no other way out.
Towards the end of this book, I started to find myself emotional, I wanted her- Hannah- to take it all back, somehow. I prayed, as the pages in my right hand began to get less and, that somehow things would work out, and that Clay would wake up, to find he was dreaming, in time to save Hannah. In my rational mind, I knew that wasn't going to happen, but I found myself praying for it, none the less.
So, here is my review summery. No; this book did not knock me down with it's brilliance, like a shot of tequila for breakfast. It was much more like sipping a glass of Kahlua, the slight burn of the alcohol covered in cream gliding through my veins and warming me, from the inside out.
What I will take away from this book, is that it doesn't matter how old you are, or how unimportant you may feel. Everything you do in life affects someone, so be careful of the words you say, the actions you choose and the life you lead.
You might contribute to someone's snowball, and that is a heavy thing to have on your conscience.
I congratulate you Jay Asher, on a book well written. (less)
Okay, well. This book deals with some really heavy stuff. And in my opinion it isn't a book you would give a 14yo, but it is written really well. This...moreOkay, well. This book deals with some really heavy stuff. And in my opinion it isn't a book you would give a 14yo, but it is written really well. This is the first book I have ever read that was written in non-rhyming verse.
I was skeptical at first, but I really liked the way it was written, the book had a great flow. I will definitively try to read some more books that are written in verse.
About the book itself. I really did enjoy it, but some of it hit a little too close to home for me. Now keep in mind, I am a 23yo woman, and even for me, some of the issues this book dealt with were deep, and hard to read. But in saying that, although some scenes were a little graffic, it was written in a way that I think young people can understand it.
Ellen Hopkins really got into the head of the teen populace, and truly wrote this book in a way that I think teens and young people will understand.
Do I think that teens should have to understand the things that are dealt with in this book, no. But the fact is, that everything that happens in this book happens all to often in real life, and even though no one wants young people to know about these things, the fact is that they do, they will, and they need to know how to stop things, and how to let people know.
Yes, this books deals with things that I would rather not think about, but these things happen everyday in real life, and I guess it's better to know you're not alone in all these things, and all these feeling.
The book is written from the perspective of two young girls. 16yo identical twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella.
Raeanne is the rebel, she spends all her time getting high and having sex with guys she barely knows. All she wants is attention from her father, who ignores her, and pays attention only to her twin sister Kaeleigh.
Kaeleigh, the good daughter, just wants to feel loved. She feels alone and afraid. She hides a deep dark secret that she can reveal to no one. She binge eats and cuts to relieve her pain, but all she really wants is for her Daddy to leave her alone, and her Mom to love her again, like she did before the accident.
The book is deep, and deals with big issues, but it is written in a way that makes it easier to understand, because you can really feel all the turmoil of these two characters. You can really feel that they are both so lost, so confused, alone, afraid and are trying to find ways to deal with all these things.
The ending came as a big shock to me, I wont give anything away, but I was really shocked.
Once I got about half way through the book, I really wondered how it could end in a way that satisfied me. And though I admit, I really hoped that there would be some bloody death for a few characters, I was surprised and pleased that the ending was such a shocker.
All in all, yes, I did like this book. I think that Ellen Hopkins did a really great job writing it, and she pulled off getting into these deep subjects flawlessly.
It was a hard book to read, for some of the more graffic scenes, but I am glad I read it. I would recommend this books to young girls (not 14yo, but maybe more 16+) I'm 23 years old, and I have to say, reading this book really did make me think about some of the things in my life, and that maybe if I had read it when I was 16-ish, I would have felt just a little less alone in my fears and loneliness.
Didn't like this book at all. I've read some Erotica before, and it hasn't been that bed, but this book was pointless, to me. There was no real plot,...moreDidn't like this book at all. I've read some Erotica before, and it hasn't been that bed, but this book was pointless, to me. There was no real plot, that I could see, and it was very uninteresting until near the end when it stopped being all about 'Fuck me harder' and actually had a story line, but then it turned into a romance novel... I really don't know how that happened.
But I feel like I didn't get to know any of the characters, at all. Well, maybe not 'at all', but not enough. I did genuinely like some of the characters, but the book just doesn't give you enough information to actually care about them and the predicament they are in.
As much as I think Luc (Youngest Fontaine Brother) has potential as a character, I will not be continuing this series. (less)
I'm torn... on the one hand, I did really love this book, and have already ordered the next in the series. The characters are all brilliantly develope...moreI'm torn... on the one hand, I did really love this book, and have already ordered the next in the series. The characters are all brilliantly developed and are so real!!! The writing has such a unique style, and I love the way that Savannah is described. Every smell and every cobble stone is described brilliantly. Sometimes I could swear I smelled the salt water myself. Even all of Riley's clothes are described so well, down to the material of the collar she wears. But, and I know a lot of people are gunna wanna smack me around the head for this, it had a lot of points where I was like 'Wait a minute... Twilight'
Now, I do not give 5 star (or Tiny Bat) reviews lightly. I mean, for me to give a book a 5 star review, it really has to earn it!!! Now, after saying...moreNow, I do not give 5 star (or Tiny Bat) reviews lightly. I mean, for me to give a book a 5 star review, it really has to earn it!!! Now, after saying that... I give this book a 5 Tiny Bat review!!!
I LOVE YOU LARISSA IONE!!!
This is the seventh book of Larissa Ione's that I have read, and I have not been let down once!!! She writes amazing characters. I get sucked into the Demonica world every singe time I pick one of her books up. I love all the Sem brothers (and Sin, the Sem sister) And now, I am madly in love with the Horsemen (and Horsewoman I didn't forget you Li) of the Apocalypse.