This book is simply beautiful. One of the best things I have ever read. Lennie, Joe, Gram, Big, and the rest of the lovable cast jump off the pages and...moreThis book is simply beautiful. One of the best things I have ever read. Lennie, Joe, Gram, Big, and the rest of the lovable cast jump off the pages and immerse you in this beautiful story of loss and first love.
Lennie's personality, the poems that she writes, and everything else about this strong, relateable character make you want to laugh and cry along with her. Joe is everyone's dream guy, and Toby's presence adds swirling drama that will keep you reading until the very last page. The other colorful, supporting character will make you smile. Every person who passes through the pages of Lennie's life is beautiful and unique in their own special way.
I recommend this book to everyone who believes in true love, the dazzling magic of music, or the unbreakable bond of sisterhood. Give it a chance, you won't be sorry.(less)
Wow. What a novel. "Stay", by Deb Caletti, is a novel that manages to be both calmly paced and packed with terrifying exhilaration. Clara and her fath...moreWow. What a novel. "Stay", by Deb Caletti, is a novel that manages to be both calmly paced and packed with terrifying exhilaration. Clara and her father have recently relocated to a beach-side refuge, hoping to lie low for a while after Clara's previous relationship with an alluring and frighteningly warped boy named Christian comes to a disastrous end. Clara now must try to regain control of her life, and try to forget Christian and all of the ways he hurt her so that she can finally live a normal life again.
I've never been a huge fan of Deb Caletti, but this novel was powerful, and beautifully written, and it sinks deep into your thoughts in a way that not many work of fiction can. Not gonna lie here- this book made me as paranoid as Clara. Even though I knew I was in no danger, that I had never even MET anyone like Christian, I was freaked out about changing in my own room, jumped a foot in the air every time the phone rang. My point here? You don't just read this book. Pick it up and you will LIVE this book. All of the characters and settings are so human and just so real that it's hard not to. It is so easy to forget that this is a work of fiction, that Clara and Christian are not real, and that the events of this novel haven't really happened.
This novel is full of plenty of great characters, from Clara's father, who may have an even darker past of his own, to Annabelle Aurora, the family friend and quirky poet, to Sylvie Genovese, who is Clara's new summer boss. Seriously, I could rave about this book forever, but I don't think my thoughts would remain coherent long enough, so I'll just leave it at this-- You should read this book. It is tremendously dark, but so utterly real and rewarding that it makes every shiver and tingle of paranoid fear completely worth it by the conclusion of this novel. (less)
A 4.5 star rating for me, honestly. As expected, Lauren DeStefano has written a gorgeous, dark dystopian thrill-ride that will keep fans turning pages...moreA 4.5 star rating for me, honestly. As expected, Lauren DeStefano has written a gorgeous, dark dystopian thrill-ride that will keep fans turning pages well past midnight. There were a few things about this book that did not appeal to me personally in quite the same way Wither did, but this is definitely not a novel to miss.
Really more of a 4.5 star read, so I may change my rating to 5 stars later.
So, have you ever read one of "those" books? The ones that you finish and c...moreReally more of a 4.5 star read, so I may change my rating to 5 stars later.
So, have you ever read one of "those" books? The ones that you finish and can't stop thinking about? The ones that make you forget that you have a real life and that things, and people, and places all exist outside of the story? The ones that you've chosen to pour through relentlessly in order to underline favorite passages and lines of dialogue? Well, for me, Invincible Summer was one of those books. Having brought this with me as a vacation read, I devoured it before even arriving at my destination, and spent the entire duration of my vacation thinking about it.
The novel follows Chase, a teenager caught in a dysfunctional family situation, across four summers at his family's beach house as he learns many very different but equally important life-lessons. This book deals with achingly real, breathtakingly portrayed subject matter that may or may not leave you shedding a few tears. Don't get me wrong- Moskowitz does include some healthy doses of humor into her story (some passages even had me laughing out loud); but at the same time it deals with other heavier elements not often touched upon in YA literature, something that makes it very unique in it's own right and probably more suitable for mature teens.
So many emotions are running rampant in this novel, it's hard not to get caught up in the lives of the characters. Moskowitz's writing is positively gorgeous; for example, I was floored when I came across this paragraph on page 48:
"It's not really that we're old, so much as that we've existed forever. We're in a black-and-white photo. The only color comes from the Ferris wheel lights and her skirt. We're eternalized in the film. Forever kids. We are our forefathers today."
I mean... Wow. Just gorgeous! So, I can tell if I try to progress with this review any more I will just start rambling, but this is definitely a read I recommend. I'm happy to say that I discovered this book through the review of another favorite author of mine, Lauren DeStefano, and will therefore continue to faithfully stalk the other books and authors that she gives good reviews to, as well as adding Hannah Moskowitz to my list of favorite authors.
Speaking of which, after hearing the premise of the author's upcoming novel Gone, Gone, Gone and immediately becoming intrigued by it, I think I may be well on my way to becoming a real Hannah Moskowitz fangirl.
EDIT: It may also be worth mentioning that on my vacation, the day after finishing this book, I walked into a trendy Quebec cupcake shop that's walls were decorated with Camus quotes in their original French format.