I'm not sure what to think about Cut Me Free. Based on the summary, I was expecting something dark. It is YA, so I figured something dark but not tooI'm not sure what to think about Cut Me Free. Based on the summary, I was expecting something dark. It is YA, so I figured something dark but not too dark.
And yet, the book was more about her romance with the guy helping her erase her old life than it was with Charlotte dealing with everything that happened. It wasn't explored as much as I thought or hoped. And this is usually something I don't notice. Even when I do, I'm usually willing to overlook because it tends to not bug me. But this time? It didn't sit right. What we did see of her old life...her new life didn't make a lot of sense to me. I get why she wanted to forget, but I think I would have preferred for it to stay with her a little more. I know it's something people deal with in many different, and that Charlotte's story may represent quite a few people. But the summary made it seem like it was more important than it really was. I felt like the story was going to be more about her past, and it wasn't. The lack of details about her past made it hard to care about her future.
I wish I didn't need her backstory, but this was a case where I really needed it. It just made me feel distanced and removed from what was going on in her life. She also seemed to adapt very well for someone who was basically imprisoned in her own home as a child. Honestly, for someone who was never properly socialized, she should have been a lot more naive and not as street smart as she was in the book. All in all, she did not act how I thought someone who was been through what she has been through should act.
As a thriller, it's your typical YA thriller. Parts of it sort of surprised me, but if you want a decent YA thriller/mystery, you'd probably like this book.
As for the girl that Charlotte takes in, I get why she took her in, and that she recognized that herself in this girl, but it felt like such an afterthought. Especially the part where you learn the girl was a victim of human trafficking. It felt very glossed over and in there just to be in there. Yes, that girl went through some horrible things and that Charlotte sees herself in that girl, wanting to protect her the way she couldn't protect her brother. But something about it didn't sit right with me at all.
Let's Rate It: Cut Me Free didn't completely work for me. I couldn't relate or even sympathize with Charlotte and I felt like the book described in the summary was a very different book than the one I read. It's not for me, but something about this book was sort of compelling. Cut Me Free gets 2 stars....more
I've been on a Toni Morrison kick lately, and so I picked up The Bluest Eye. It is what I'm coming to expect from a Toni Morrison novel, well before wI've been on a Toni Morrison kick lately, and so I picked up The Bluest Eye. It is what I'm coming to expect from a Toni Morrison novel, well before we knew Toni Morrison.
I liked The Bluest Eye, and I felt like this one, more than any of the other books I've read (except for Home) was about...life. The one thing that I keep noticing with Morrison is that I pay much more attention to the writing than the actual story. It's weird, because the actual writing is something I almost never pay attention to.
But with Morrison, it's all I seem to pay attention to, and The Bluest Eye is no exception. There are several different narrators of The Bluest Eye, and they all come together to tell the story of Pecola. Honestly, it took me a while to realize that there were several different stories of some of the people in Pecola's life, and I found myself having to go back and re-read certain parts of the book, because it was starting to not make sense to me. It's definitely one of those books that you have to read carefully.
I did like reading The Bluest Eye after reading some of her other books, because her writing style- which has grown and changed- is still relatively the same.
Let's Rate It: While I only liked the story (and found the narration to be a bit all over the place), it's hard to not like The Bluest Eye. Morrison really does know how to tell a story. The Bluest Eye gets 3 stars....more
I liked When! I wasn't quite sure what to expect or where the story was going, but I was surprised with where the book went.
I thought that Maddie's abI liked When! I wasn't quite sure what to expect or where the story was going, but I was surprised with where the book went.
I thought that Maddie's ability to see your death date is an interesting, even though it doesn't quite work. I don't know how to explain it but maybe it's because we only see her do it for a handful of people. And there's the fact that people pay her so they know when they (or someone they care about) will die. People are very cautious around her. and she does get treated differently because of it. I don't blame them, but at the same time, it's something she has no control over. Personally, I wouldn't want to know, because I would never be able to think of anything else, you know?
But it's people wanting to know that gets Maddie into such a big mess. I totally get why law enforcement turns to her, and why they don't believe her. And yet, her uncle is pretty resistant to them giving her a test to see she's really not making things up. This would eventually led to me wanting to slap Maddie upside the head for her stupidity (there were other times when she did some pretty stupid things, but one moment in particular...just...there are no words.
I don't know how I feel about the murder mystery. Maddie knowing people's death dates made her a likely suspect (alongside her best friend) and the person behind things was unexpected.
What was most frustrating was the fact that the FBI would not her or Stubby alone- but especially Maddie. Things really seemed circumstantial, and while I understand their focus on her, I think they definitely took it too far.
I did like the link between the disappearing kids, which, now that I think about it, should have been able to figure it out. And I liked that it was something people knew, which is a nice change from keeping it hidden. I really liked that her uncle was there for her, and that she had Stubby. And her one neighbor was such an awesome person who looked in on Maddie and made sure she was okay.
Let's Rate It: I liked When, because the idea is interesting, and it was hard for me to put down at times. But I'm also torn, because the mysteries combined with her abilities didn't completely work (but I think Laurie did make a really effort). When gets 3 stars....more