Story about two cripplingly shy love-birds told from everybody's point of view, except theirs. Cute, right?
Only, not so much.
After what seemed to be tStory about two cripplingly shy love-birds told from everybody's point of view, except theirs. Cute, right?
Only, not so much.
After what seemed to be the millionth POV of an utterly random stranger (with no connection whatsoever to the two leads) who gushes about how special the two are, and how there is just this chemistry between them and how they are so sure that the two are just meant for each other, I decided to throw in the towel.
So, SO much telling, absolutely no showing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. None.
The book started off funny, and had it remained that way for the rest of the story, I would have loved it! I mean, a caveman trying toSuch potential!
The book started off funny, and had it remained that way for the rest of the story, I would have loved it! I mean, a caveman trying to get with a 21st century woman? That's comedy goldmine right there. But, no. It just had to turn in to an epic romance saga that transcends time.
At first, it was amusing to read about Beh adjusting to the neandrathalic way of life. Ehd was adorably clueless about Beh and her odd clothes and the annoying sounds coming out of her mouth (read - speech). It was cute to see that he came to genuinely care about her, wanted her to be his mate, that he would do anything to protect her, and, most importantly, wanted to put a baby in her.
That was at first.
But when the same things were repeated over and over and OVER again, it got a tad tedious. When in every page Ehd started waxing poetic about Beh and how he loved her and how glorious she was and how, just how badly, he wanted to put a baby in her, I started skipping pages.
After the incessant sex started, I skipped all the way to the end and found out I had missed nothing - Ehd was still completely clueless about the sounds coming from her mouth, they were still living in a cave and having sex in every other page - only now they had four kids and were well into old age.
One of the reasons I didn't enjoy the book as much as the rest of the reviewers was probably because there is minimal dialogue in the book. The story is told from Ehd POV, and since he is a caveman without an ability to speak, the entire book is told in passive voice in the form of his thoughts, which made it really, really boring after a while. I wish the story (or at least part of it) would have been told from Beh's POV; I might have liked it more then.
P.S - I did, however, like the epilogue; It tied up the whole story nicely. But it might have been better if the story had started from there, instead of ending at that point....more
While I enjoyed the author's previous book, "You had me at hello", this one made me mad enough to throw the book at the wall (ifWhat a disappointment.
While I enjoyed the author's previous book, "You had me at hello", this one made me mad enough to throw the book at the wall (if I was reading a physical copy of it, anyway). Positively RIDDEN with clichés!
- Fat girl bullied at high-school? Check. - Bullies are super-skinny and popular girls with brains smaller than that of an ostrich? Check. - Girl has a crush on the most popular boy in school? Check. - Popular boy doesn't giver her time of the day and makes fun of her because she's fat? Check. - Girl grows up, loses baby fat, gets a makeover and becomes super-hot?! Check check. - Girl can't find a decent man to date who is sensitive and understanding and caring and not at all a pervert who likes to discuss bedroom antics on the very first date? Check. - Girl has two (a guy and a girl) super-loyal, super-funny and super-awesome best friends who alone know and love THE REAL HER? Check. - Girl runs into high-school crush again who suddenly finds her OMGATTRACTIVE because she's all skinny now? @#$&-ing check. - Girl hates crush because he was an asshole to her while at school but, oh! He's so hot and maybe she still has feelings for him? CHECK.
I could go on but I stopped reading at this point because it became too excruciating and cringe-worthy.
* Cath - a slash fanfic writing hermit with zero social skills, who just wants to be left alone in her room with her laptop and her3.5 stars
* Cath - a slash fanfic writing hermit with zero social skills, who just wants to be left alone in her room with her laptop and her Simon Snow memorabilia (I can relate to that, more than I'd like to admit)
* The thinly-veiled nod to Harry Potter in the form of Simon Snow and his magical world
Simon Snow is an 11-year-old orphan from Lancashire who is recruited to attend the Watford School of Magicks to become a magician. As he grows older, Simon joins a group of magicians — the Mages — who are fighting the Insidious Humdrum, an evil being trying to rid the world of magic
(The "spells" made me laugh out loud! Observe - "Up, up and away!", "Presto chango!", "Olly olly oxen free!" and a seventh-year spell that requires you to click your heels and say "There's no place like home!")
* The utter lack of exploration of any relationship apart from Cath's and Levi's. Seriously, even that of Cath's and Wren's (her twin sister!) left much to be desired. Her absentee mom? Nada. She came in abruptly and left just as abruptly. Nothing beyond that.
* Abrupt dismissal of Cath's Fanfic Magnum Opus. Where the hell is the story she was desperately trying to meet the deadline for? Whatever happened to it?!
* Extracts of Simon Snow books added in between chapters. While entertaining, they were unnecesary and jarring.
All in all, a good book, but, come on, who didn't see the plot-twist coming a mile away?!
The ending was a bit lackluster for me, since after the bigAll in all, a good book, but, come on, who didn't see the plot-twist coming a mile away?!
The ending was a bit lackluster for me, since after the big reveal there was a sudden change in the (view spoiler)[tenses (People who were, till then, saying "Finn is" abruptly began saying "Finn was" instead) (hide spoiler)], as well as, character behaviour (Celeste, especially. In the beginning she behaved as though she was completely oblivious to her kookiness, but at the end we got the "I'm not crazy, you know, I know how I behave" speech, which felt very unreal to me).
I sort of found Matt utterly unbelievable. I mean, according to the blurb, he had "the social skills of a spool of USB cable" but throughout he was going around flirting with Julie, making smooth, witty retorts with complete ease, and even went on a date which ended in a make-out session(!). Not buying it, Park.
And who is Julie, anyway? I felt her character exploration left a lot to be desired - her relationship with her father, especially!
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This book should have been named "Nick and Adam's big love melodrama". It has, sadly, barely-there paranormal elements with most of the focus on NickThis book should have been named "Nick and Adam's big love melodrama". It has, sadly, barely-there paranormal elements with most of the focus on Nick and Adam's relationship.
Who knew YA chick-lit could be SO funny?! Seriously, you guys, WHY haven't I read this before??
Georgie and her antics had me laughing out loud from thWho knew YA chick-lit could be SO funny?! Seriously, you guys, WHY haven't I read this before??
Georgie and her antics had me laughing out loud from the word go. Although, I was in the awkward situation of not being to able to literally laugh out loud as I was reading this at work, so I had to make do with suppressed snorts and grunts. Suffice it to say, my colleagues had an interesting day at work today.
I thought I was missing a few pages when I turned that last page but turns out there are sequels! Which I shall now promptly proceed to track down.
In the meantime, to sum up the book, I'll just leave this slightly unnerving gif here for you guys :
Ah! Such a perfect, perfect feel-good book! I'm not a big believer of love at first sight but Hadley and Oliver almost convinced me!
The Statistical PAh! Such a perfect, perfect feel-good book! I'm not a big believer of love at first sight but Hadley and Oliver almost convinced me!
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cute, little YA love story of two teens, Hadley and Oliver who meet at an airport due to Hadley missing her flight by just four minutes. Those four minutes change her life.
I went in this book with very little expectations, ready to file it away as yet another cheesy, predictable, written-for-the-money-using-very-few-brain-cells chick lit. I'm quite pleased to say that Jennifer Smith proved me astoundingly wrong.
The writing is fantastic. Smith manages to capture even the tiniest of emotions in words that seem to flow beautifully into one another. Even better are the two main characters - real, flawed and, like every other person on the planet, just trying to find their places in life.
I adored the storyline of Hadley and her father. If I could bawl in the office without giving away the fact that I'm reading instead of working, I would. It was touching and handled in a mature manner and that made me one very happy camper!
Allow me to summarize it in a few words. - Whiny girl loves pretentious douche. Pretentious douche also loves whiny girl. TheAll hype and no delivery.
Allow me to summarize it in a few words. - Whiny girl loves pretentious douche. Pretentious douche also loves whiny girl. They really want to do it. They do it. They fight. They realise they love each other still and always. They make up. The end.
Note - I've italicized the word "love" here because, their love is so special that the world has never seen anything like it! Because they (Along with the other two couples in this series) alone are special! Nobody else in this world has ever loved like them. We should be ASHAMED of ourselves for even thinking that we could EVER love like these three two-bodies-one-soul super-special couples. Our love pales in comparison to theirs. PALES, I TELL YA!
I'm finding it difficult to review this book - I'm unable to find the right words. So, you'll forgive me if I borrow Maninee's because a better descriI'm finding it difficult to review this book - I'm unable to find the right words. So, you'll forgive me if I borrow Maninee's because a better description for this book, I cannot find -
[The author's]writing is beautiful, melodious. The words sort of wash over you. They give you a feeling like you’re floating on water, arms spread out as the tide carries you away, and you’re staring up at the picture the words paint for you.
I cried. I'll admit it. Anyone and everyone who has ever been in and out, or has been lucky enough to never fall out, of love will find something they can relate to in this book. Written in the form of dictionary entries, with only a handful of words, Leviathan skillfully manages to capture the highs and lows of being in love. The writing is raw and emotional and gets you from the word go.
The quotes (oh, the quotes!) are something that'll stay with you a long time after you've turned the last page -
People often say that when couples are married for a long time, they start to look alike. I don’t believe that. But I do believe their sentences start to look alike.
There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.
You leaned your head into mine, and I leaned my head into yours. Dancing cheek to cheek. Revolving slowly, eyes closed, heartbeat measure, nature’s hum. It lasted the length of an old song, and then we stopped, kissed, and my heart stayed there, just like that.
The natural state. Our moods change. Our lives change. Our feelings for each other change. Our bearings change. The song changes. The air changes. The temperature of the shower changes. Accept this. We must accept this.
That first night, you took your finger and pointed to the top of my head, then traced a line between my eyes, down my nose, over my lips, my chin, my neck, to the center of my chest. It was so surprising, I knew I would never mimic it. That one gesture would be yours forever.
When I say, "Be my lover", I don’t mean, "Let’s have an affair". I don’t mean, "Sleep with me". I don’t mean, "Be my secret". I want you to be the one who loves me. I want to be the one who loves you.
Sometimes it becomes a contest: Which is more stubborn, the love or the two arguing people caught within it?
That’s the dilemma, isn’t it? When you’re single, there’s the sadness and joy of only me. And when you’re paired, there’s the sadness and joy of only you.
HIGHLY recommended. You won't be able to help but fall in love with love all over again. My only gripe with this book is that it was too short!...more