How to lose me as a reader: 1. Make the main character to be silly enough to get herself drunk to be voted off from the show (not even pretending to beHow to lose me as a reader: 1. Make the main character to be silly enough to get herself drunk to be voted off from the show (not even pretending to be drunk, she make herself drunk) 2. Make the main character demean the reputation of the ex-boyfriend's mother ( a woman who was always kind to her) in front of the recording camera. 3. Make the main character set a kissing booth while wearing a bikini to accumulate donation for a shelter for battered women. (There is nothing morally wrong about this, but it just gives a wrong message in my opinion. And I know the main character purposefully did this to get voted off, but still...)
There is a thin line between cutesy and silly....more
I should have never read this after reading Patrick Ness-The Rest of Us Just Live Here. My brain keep on commenting at the background, "indie kids.. iI should have never read this after reading Patrick Ness-The Rest of Us Just Live Here. My brain keep on commenting at the background, "indie kids.. indie kids..." Well, it's actually quite good. Fast-pacing. But, there are some cliche YA moments, like the one described in Patrick Ness's book. BTW, the story reminds me of Gantz, though less violent....more
This book throws a question about truth. Are all truth needed to be revealed to public? Or are there some truths that are better to be kept as secretsThis book throws a question about truth. Are all truth needed to be revealed to public? Or are there some truths that are better to be kept as secrets? Tree had ambition to join the school newspaper as reporters. To achieve that, she believed she had to write an explosive news, but there seems to be nothing happening in her peaceful town. Then, something happened. Something worth reporting. In the middle of the night, her neighborhood was shocked by a sound of gunshot. Everybody wanted to close this case as accident. Even Tree's father insisted on it. But, Tree wants to get to the bottom of the story. The more she investigated and the more she realized the consequences of revealing the truth. At what point, truth must be fought and when it must be hidden?
The story is based on the author's childhood. You can feel the way the description just bring you back to 60s, the start of Vietnam war. As you know that this story is based on reality, I will warn you that there is no easy happy ever after ending. I cried buckets at the last chapter....more
I wished I have my own Crenshaw. Yep, it's a cool name for a cat. I don't think I've ever had an imaginary friend. This book reveal a social issue thaI wished I have my own Crenshaw. Yep, it's a cool name for a cat. I don't think I've ever had an imaginary friend. This book reveal a social issue that is seldom being talked about. The issue about homelessness. On the outside Jackson's family looked fine, but they struggled to make ends meet after several setbacks like his father's sickness and the lost of jobs. His parents had to hold several part-time jobs and every month they were in danger of eviction from their rental apartment. They are hardworking, but life just threw them some curveballs that hit them hard. Readers can feel how humiliating it was to be homeless. The uncertainty, the shame, and the fear. Jackson's family became homeless for a few months when he was in first grade. It seemed that it will happen again. And then, Crenshaw appears....more
This book is hilarious parody of YA paranormal and fantasy stories. The story was told from the POV of ordinary characters that just want to live theiThis book is hilarious parody of YA paranormal and fantasy stories. The story was told from the POV of ordinary characters that just want to live their life peacefully separate from any infestation of vampire, battle of Gods, or invasion of the Immortals. There is only one way to make sure of that, you must never ever become an 'indie kid'. While the 'indie group' were busy fighting the newest battle with the Immortals, the rest of the teens were busy with their own life, family issues, and anxieties.
Story wise, I would like to give this book a 5-star rating. However, I am the type of reader that is affected by the characters. My enjoyment depend on whether I like the characters or not. And I found myself sometimes irritated with a few of the characters. In the beginning, I found Michael's voice a bit too opinionated and judgmental. However, as I got to know him, I also saw how insecure he was and selfless he could be. His character developed. One character that irked me until the end is actually Henna. I really didn't get this character. I didn't really like how cold Henna treated her parents and how she gave mixed signal to Michael. I guessed it's just me. I can't stand ambiguity.
This book describes the danger of fame quite well. The change in Bird didn't start immediately. It happened gradually when she listened to wrong peoplThis book describes the danger of fame quite well. The change in Bird didn't start immediately. It happened gradually when she listened to wrong people and took her loved ones for granted. Same like the previous book, there is no happily ever after ending in this book. Reality is never clean cut....more