This is actually my first Jonathan Safran-Foer book, I haven't read Everything is Illuminated although I desperately want to. When I say that Extremel...moreThis is actually my first Jonathan Safran-Foer book, I haven't read Everything is Illuminated although I desperately want to. When I say that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is very unique I am not exaggerating a bit. This book (and I bet that this author) is very unique. I haven't seen (or read) something so meaningful and yet so creative. It's written in the perspective of three different yet closely-connected people. I'm not going to reveal how or who these people are connected with although it's pretty obvious. It's just more fun figuring out yourself. I'd rate this book 4.9/5 it's so close to being a five but at some parts of the book I feel like it's a bit slow paced and it takes a few chapters to get into. But once you get to the end of the middle you can't stop reading (don't give up!). However, from the first page when Oskar (the main protagonist) was introduced I immediately fell in love with him. I love how he acts, he has amazing depth, and I love hearing [reading] him talk and getting a look at how he thinks. It's honestly been a thrill to get to know Oskar. He truly is an amazing person not to mention character; I would love to meet him if I could! I know this isn't an actual review but I'm just saying, overall this book is extremely creative and absolutely meaningful. It would be a shame for someone who loves reading and literature NOT to read this book, it really would. I can't wait to see the movie!(less)
Before I Fall is about a popular girl in high school who practically has anything and everything almost every student wants. A boyfriend who everyone...moreBefore I Fall is about a popular girl in high school who practically has anything and everything almost every student wants. A boyfriend who everyone dreams of having, popularity, and three best friends. But one night when Samantha, the protagonist, was in a car accident she finds herself awake the "next morning" at the same date she died in.
This book is mysterious and it can sometimes be frustrating, but in the end it was one of the best books I have read. Before I Fall is thrilling and is a complete page-turner. And it kept me awake all night, not only reading but also I find myself thinking about it. And despite the frustration that comes out of it, I keep finding myself thinking about the book and waiting to get my hands on it.
I recommend this book to everyone really who likes reading YA fiction. And even if you don't read YA books you should still try it out. Before I Fall demonstrates the value of our decision and choices and how it affects other people's lives. It is very meaningful and shows how anyone can change and everyone should get a second chance. This book was beautifully written -- of course, it was written by Lauren Oliver, but that's not the only reason that I gave it five stars. It's a five star book because the themes in the books are so meaningful that it would be a shame if you never read it at all. (less)
Pattyn is raised in a religious but abusive family. Her father hits her mother and is prejudice against women, and yet she is forced to beli...moreSummary:
Pattyn is raised in a religious but abusive family. Her father hits her mother and is prejudice against women, and yet she is forced to believe what her father believes. Before, she never thought twice about her fathers beliefs until she started reading, and she longed to experience. So finally she started experimenting… but questioning her role in life as well.
This book was absolutely amazing. It was so full of life and consequences and definitely something different and real. The characters were mostly believable especially in the beginning, and it had quite some depth. It’s a page-turner and full of suspense! It’s something I would recommend for people who are looking for something more life-like because this book is not cliche at all. And I guess, that’s what I love about it. (:(less)
Unwind is set in the future. There was a second civil war because of the strong and violence opinions of those who were pro-life and pro-choice. The w...moreUnwind is set in the future. There was a second civil war because of the strong and violence opinions of those who were pro-life and pro-choice. The war ended with a contract that both sides agreed on. The agreement was that women couldn’t abort a baby when it was still in the stomach. However, when the child reaches his or her teen years, the parents can choose to “abort” the teen then. Instead of actually killing the child, they unwind him or her. Which is basically harvesting their body parts for people who need them later on. The reasoning is that since the body parts are still living, the teen isn’t technically killed. In addition, if the parent can not raise their child to their teen years they can choose to “stork” the baby by leaving the child at the doorstep of another family’s home. The baby then becomes that family’s responsibility. Unwind basically revolves around three teens who were chosen to be unwinded. Connor, who’s parents didn’t want him anymore because of bad behavior and fights. Risa, who’s an orphan and the state ward no longer wanted to keep her because of lack of excellence in being skilled. And finally Lev, who’s family is deeply religious and wealthy. He is being “donated” because his family believes that 10% of everything should be given to God and Lev is the tenth youngest child. For most of the book, we see Connor, Risa, and Lev trying to survive without being unwinded.
I just loved this book so much. The story line is really bold and unique. And not only is it really interesting but the way the author pursues morals and ethics on the issue is so cool. The book essentially explores the lines between life and death and everything in between. I remember that I couldn’t stop reading it. I finished it in just a few days. And that’s the same for the sequel Unwholly. It’s just so intriguing and well-paced that you just want to keep going. I couldn’t put either book down. And when I was done I recommended it to all my friends.
The format of the book is different from a lot of other books. Unwind switches between the perspectives of the three main characters. I can’t remember if there were more character’s perspectives shown in Unwind but there definitely were more in Unwholly. I didn’t mind at all, in fact I think it helped make the book more intriguing. But I know that some people didn’t feel that way. I however feel like Neal Shusterman had to do that because this book is such a strong work describing different people’s ethics and morals that he needed to show how every person thought. It’s really your past and personality that shapes how you think. And I think that Neal wanted to show how each person thought so we don’t lose out on why the other side thought one way or another. And you can only do that by seeing the world from that person’s eyes. However, I didn’t think that it took the connection away from the reader and the characters. I was in sync and felt everything the character felt.
All in all, Unwind is an excellent book. I think what I loved most about it was how Neal showed so many different opinions on this one issue and still made everything have so much feeling. I had a lot of emotions when I was reading the book. I also loved how it made you think of what life and death really means. I would really recommend this book to everyone. If you like dystopian novels then you definitely should try it out. Also, anyone who is into abortions, life, or political issues should try this book. I hope you guys read it!(less)
First book I read by her. I personally didn't like this specific book by her because I just thought there were too many unnecessary details and the pa...moreFirst book I read by her. I personally didn't like this specific book by her because I just thought there were too many unnecessary details and the pace of the book was too slow. But my friends loved it, said it was really sweet. (: So opinions can be really different on this book.(less)