Each chapter switches perspective to a different character, and the story plays out through the actions and thoughts of the various characters. I realEach chapter switches perspective to a different character, and the story plays out through the actions and thoughts of the various characters. I really liked how the story unfolded. There were things in the story that I found really hard to believe, and some that were excruciatingly painful to imagine in reality. Good solid story, and I enjoyed getting sucked completely in. ...more
Really good murder/police/mystery. I loved knowing what was going through Dave's head constantly -- even though sometimes his thoughts seemed to go noReally good murder/police/mystery. I loved knowing what was going through Dave's head constantly -- even though sometimes his thoughts seemed to go nowhere, I think in most cases they were explained later. I'd rate this book a 3.5 stars, really. ...more
I’ve been intimidated to read this huge book for so long. I don’t know why I was surprised to find that the story is really good – so many people moanI’ve been intimidated to read this huge book for so long. I don’t know why I was surprised to find that the story is really good – so many people moan and groan about this book, they say it’s dry and preachy. I didn’t find it to be dry at all. The only time I found it to be preachy was during John’s 3 hour long preach on the radio (I thought that would never end). It was a good story with twists and turns, romance, good vs evil, mystery and suspense. Very good story.
Obviously it’s a story about how socialism is bad for society. And I agree. You want it? Work for it, earn it, and achieve your goals with honesty, with your mind, with your elbow grease and most importantly with your integrity intact. Don’t expect others to carry competent people who refuse to grow, learn and work.
I don’t agree with everything that was depicted…..I truly find it hard to believe that people can set aside their ego and jealousies and maintain a utopia like the hidden valley. Maybe a small group of people where a love triangle never exists? Maybe. But the more people that are added, the more diverse thoughts and differing opinions of what “right” is. The people living in the Hidden Valley were all living free of jealousies and selfishness…which I think is one of the points she was trying to show: the so called selfish people were actually selfless in the valley. Interesting twist …I loved that irony.
For me, the main point of this story is to live your life to your own fullest….use your mind to its fullest, use your body to its strongest. Embody your own goodness. Don’t hamper your mind with negativity such as jealousy, laziness, or anything that holds you back from being the best that you are. I love that. This is the take away I have from this story. It’s a great takeaway…. One of many that I’ve taken, but it’s my favorite. ...more
This book made me downright angry. I loved that Joseph is full of hope. I loved that Josephine relies on his hope and t**spoiler alert** SPOILER ALERT
This book made me downright angry. I loved that Joseph is full of hope. I loved that Josephine relies on his hope and their relationship, and later we find that Joseph relies on them as well. Even in dystopia love wins over all. That's all I liked.
I'm mad that hope was killed. I'm mad that Josephine's mother was negative about their move to the "big bad city" and then was proven right. I'm mad that Trishiffany's character was not explained....that was a huge plot hole for me. I'm mad that the guy in the grey sweatshirt was never explained...and why did he say "bless you" -- what was his story???? (so I'm frustrated as well) I'm mad that the baby was deleted. So.Mad. I'm mad that God was taken out of the equation (but that's another genre, right?) I'm mad that Hillary was not explained; another plot hole. I'm mad that they lived in squalor and didn't try to clean it up very much....totally disgusting, but hey, it's dystopia, so that one I can manage. I'm mad that we never get to know why the guy had bad breath...it seemed like a huge big deal to talk so much about, so explain it...DUH. I'm mad that the title mentions a beautiful bureaucrat and then describe Josephine as plain.... so who was beautiful? Was it Joseph for having the dare to hope and force his will? Or was it Trishiffany and the title is ironic (because she was ugly ugly mean and ugly).
This story made me so mad and so so sad. Which is, in itself success for the writer! I just can't like the story when I'm left with so many questions and so much frustration. I do think that the simpler questions could have been answered....so I'm sticking to my 2-star review. It's not a book I would recommend to anyone to read, but it's cool how it evoked so much anger in me, and the nerve to demand answers. I guess I need to knock on the doors until I find the answer (haha). ...more
Really good read and is actually a 3.5-star from me. The court room trial was pretty slow moving since we knew she ends up in prison due to the flashbReally good read and is actually a 3.5-star from me. The court room trial was pretty slow moving since we knew she ends up in prison due to the flashback, but the story kept me turning pages and enjoying the characters and the plot....more
It took me several beats to catch onto the cadence of the classic writing style because it's been a while for me reading an olde time story. I think IIt took me several beats to catch onto the cadence of the classic writing style because it's been a while for me reading an olde time story. I think I'd love to see this in the movies, and have to check Netflix. The internal struggles were so sweet and so sweetly described, and the level of self-awareness Lucy grew into was so easy to relate to. I love that she finally embraced her rebel spirit (as much as a girl of the early 1900's can be called a rebel!). I love how the feelings and internal struggles of the characters were so relatable.... it was the movements of various characters in crowded scenes that I had a hard time following. In any case, I enjoyed this so much, and was SO irritated with Charlotte (until certain secrets were revealed!). ...more
4 stars, sometimes 5 stars and sometimes 3. The book is excellently written and the emotions of the main character, Lee Fiona, are almost tangible. Le4 stars, sometimes 5 stars and sometimes 3. The book is excellently written and the emotions of the main character, Lee Fiona, are almost tangible. Lee spends her boarding school years avoiding situations and relationships out of self-loathing and self doubt and it’s soul crushing. She feared her way through all four years. Her level of angst was like that of a normal teen times 10,000.
There were a few lines I wish I’d highlighted because now I can’t find them. The first is Lee expressing that she does realize how she spends more time and energy analyzing her life than most. Maybe I find that interesting because I tend to over-analyze myself too, but a recent Facebook survey made me feel actually good about that, so Lee needs to take that survey too.
Another is Cross telling Lee she needs to either decide she’s not weird afterall, or just accept being weird. I loved that. It’s kind of life “own it” or GTFU…which is a common comment from many negative reviewers of this story.
I’ve never given a thought to boarding schools, and this was a really interesting book from that perspective…at times it felt like Lord of the Flies with civilized masks. I was sucked in from the beginning of this book and rode the waves of angst with Lee. Overall, not a happy-joyous story, but so interesting and I thought it was very well written. ...more