An American girl, Anna, transfers from her current school to a school in Paris, France on her senior year of high school. Forced to leave her friends...moreAn American girl, Anna, transfers from her current school to a school in Paris, France on her senior year of high school. Forced to leave her friends and everything she’s familiar with embarks in a journey … eh, what the heck? So this girl, Anna, she’s from Atlanta, Georgia and she’s forced by her father to go to spend her last year of high school in Paris. She’s furious and dislikes her father so much because she had no choice in this decision. And of course since this book is taking place in Paris (the most romantic city in the world) and this is YA fiction she meets this guy, St. Clair. He’s the hottie in the school and she’s fallen head over heels. BUT (of course there’s a ‘but’) he’s been going out with another girl for about a year. Because of this Anna and St. Clair are forced to be just friends even though the attraction is apparent.
Okay, I made it sound like some dumb book didn’t I? Anyone who says no is being too kind. It’s just that I can’t help it with books that have this kind of teenagery romance. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have picked it up if it weren’t for the glowing reviews it has gotten in the past few weeks. And I have to say, *cringe* I’m with them. It’s not what I expected. This book is actually a decent romance. It really captures the feeling of being in love. And it’s really sweet and not cliche at all. It’s definitely not something you’d expect from a YA romance novel. Especially of the title. But you know, you shouldn’t judge a book a its title! … Or? …
Anyway, I give this book a 4.5 rating (I know right?!). And I recommend it to anyone who likes YA fiction or romance. And for those of you who are very picky on romance (like me) I recommend you give it a try. It’s definitely not your norm. (:(less)
The book is set in a dystopian future where civilization is split into five factions. Abnegation who are the selfless, Dauntless who are the brave, Er...moreThe book is set in a dystopian future where civilization is split into five factions. Abnegation who are the selfless, Dauntless who are the brave, Erudite who are the intelligent, Candor who are the honest, and Amity who are the peaceful. Children grow up with their families in their parent’s factions, but when they reach the age of sixteen they must decide what faction best suits them. “Faction before blood” is a quote endorsed in the book. Beatrice is sixteen and she must decide what faction suits her. Should she stay with her family or choose a faction that best suits her? When she does choose her faction, she must grow through initiation. The initiation demands intense, vigorous, and unbelievable training. She must survive the initiation before being a working citizen. In addition, she must guard a secret of hers that might mean death for her. If Beatrice cannot complete initiation, she will become factionless, poor, and abandoned.
At first the book was sort of frustrating. I liked the dystopian aspects of the book; it was similar to other dystopian novels. But the romance was the thing that frustrated me in the beginning. Thankfully, the book doesn’t revolve around the romance. The romance takes part of the novel more realistic than other books. The thing about the romance, is that the romantic figure of Tris, well it was sort of obvious. But it wasn’t even that, it was him being secretive, cryptic, “bad”, and having a sense of “danger”. It reminded me of Edward, which isn’t a good thing for me as some of you know. However, the romance turned for the better towards the better, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I had this sort of thirst for it, and the whole book in general. I loved the intensity and the danger and the action. It something you can’t say for a lot of the books. When I was reading the book, I was so dizzy with all the intensity that I was more or less in the novel than in the subway.
Even now I am craving Insurgent, which is the second book. It was really good. The characters were real, and you can see why they had certain intentions. I especially loved how Beatrice’s character and philosophy developed. I loved how she was an individual thinking different thoughts than the rest of the people around her. I think my favorite part of book was the ending, because of authenticity of some of the characters.
I recommend this book for people who love reading dystopian novels or loved The Hunger Games.(less)
I love John Green. And An Abundance of Katherines wasn’t a disappointment at all. It tells a story of a boy prodigy, Colin, who exclusively dates girl...moreI love John Green. And An Abundance of Katherines wasn’t a disappointment at all. It tells a story of a boy prodigy, Colin, who exclusively dates girls named “Katherine”. And with every Katherine, he was dumped. The book starts off with Colin just being dumped by his latest Katherine. They just graduated from high school and Colin is not only upset because of the fact that he was dumped but he is also upset because he didn’t prove himself as a genius. He therefore has no idea how to move on with his life. His friend Hassan tries to get Colin’s mind off the break up and decides to go on a road trip together. Throughout the road trip, Colin being the prodigy that he is, works on a relationship equation that predicts the outcome of every relationship. Since, according to him, relationships are so predictable. An Abundance of Katherines tells a story about people and our mistakes and flaws.
First thing I want to remark about this book is that it had these little footnotes. After I was done with this book I actually wrote most of the footnotes down in a notebook. The footnotes were the definitions of these interesting words. These words ranged from different languages and had these really uncommon meanings. I personally thought that was really cool.
Anyway about the story, it started off like most any novels. About two couples whether it’s in a breakup or a relationship. Now I normally don’t read “common” novels and whatnot but what really kept me reading were two things. John Green and the protagonist. The protagonist, although sometimes annoying (after all he just got out of a relationship) he thought in a very unique way. He was extraordinarily smart and so he handles situations very differently. What I really liked about this book was that it was really fun and lighthearted but it had this really significant meaning to it. In the end, the book was to live and not think about the future or the past but to live in the moment, really. And that’s what I really liked about the book.
I would personally recommend this book to anyone who of course enjoyed John Green, any YA fiction reader, or anyone who wants to read a simple book with meaning.(less)