This book was exactly what I needed. A girl who ends up moving in a house of 12 boys? (11 boys and a tomboy to be exact). Does this remind...more4.5/5 stars
This book was exactly what I needed. A girl who ends up moving in a house of 12 boys? (11 boys and a tomboy to be exact). Does this remind anyone of Cheaper by the Dozen or Yours, Mine, and Ours? I at least was reminded of those two movies whenever the boys would pull pranks on each other and also Jackie.. which is most of the time. I really loved everything about this book, from how light hearted it was to managing to have some very emotional and tear inducing scenes that transitioned very well throughout the book.
Jackie's family dies in a car accident. Jackie's dad is a billionaire, i.e.: the whole world heard of the news. What ends up happening is shipping Jackie across the country to live with her mother's college best friend's family, the Walters. Initially the book seriously hurt my heart. I was so sad for Jackie and her family. I felt the scenes were written wonderfully and seemed authentic. The worst thing a writer can do is writing a sad scene but coming off emotionless and fake, but Novak wrote all the heart wrenching scenes in a way that actually made my heart ache for the loss of her family and for Jackie. However this book isn't sad. Jackie's encounter with the 11 Walter boys (and sister) just had me cracking up. I loved how intimidating they all were to her and I especially love the younger boys, the twins in particular and their need to document everything using a camcorder. I have to admit that it took me a while to figure out who was who and the initial intro that was listed was very helpful. I flipped back to it multiple times until I got the hang of it.
Two brothers in particular were the contenders for Jackie's empty boyfriend slot. It didn't really feel like a love triangle though. I think Novak did it in a way that haters of love triangles would still enjoy it. I liked both guys and didn't really know who to pick.. ok that's a lie, I liked one guy better than the other but I was still happy with the ending. I think what really made the book though was the individuality and uniqueness of every Walter boy. Novak didn't gloss over them, mention them once, and that's it. I really got to know each one of them and some I even became invested in. I also loved seeing the brotherly love between them all. It was very heartwarming. I recommend it to all contemporary fans, especially ones in need of a book that will hook them from the start. I can't wait for the sequel to be released. I'll definitely be stalking the author and publisher for any info on it! (less)
I was a bit intimidated by this book. Especially since I found out it has gore.. something I usually run away from in my books, tv shows, movies, etc....moreI was a bit intimidated by this book. Especially since I found out it has gore.. something I usually run away from in my books, tv shows, movies, etc. However I decided to toughen up and read it. I tweeted Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada and we decided to do a read-a-long of it. I am so happy we did that because I felt that reading with a person enhanced my enjoinment level, plus we would have discussions every 50 pages, ask each other questions and basically help each other figure out anything we missed or were confused about. Initially, Red Rising was slow.. I was a bit confused and just couldn't really connect with the world and the plot. I was a bit uncomfortable with the writing and how crude it was.. I am so used to the glossed up YA writing, so this was a bit of a shock for me.
However, once I got into the novel, I honestly couldn't put it down. The world building was so fascinating, and even though it was still a bit confusing, I loved the Harry Potter-esque housing system and also The Hunger Games survival game theme. Darrow, the main protagonist definitely became more likable and I liked his way of thinking, it definitely mirrored what I usually believed in. This book was also emotional. I really grew attached to Eo, she was so pure in such a dirty and corrupt world.
Though I must warn you.. I almost labeled this book a disappointment because the beginning wasn't able to capture my interest at all.. however halfway through, I was addicted! (see tweet below)
I learnt to ignore the gory parts and appreciated the character development. I mentioned earlier I grew attached to Eo, but she wasn't the only one. So many of these characters randomly pop up and then later on you find yourself invested in their well being. We have Mustang, Sevro, and even Pax. Brown seriously knows how to maintain such a cruel dystopian world but still be able to build authentic friendships and character development. Also, the twists in this book are unbelievable. So bloodydamn good. I really really couldn't predict a single one of them.
Overall, this whole book was such an addicting read. I do have to point out that the beginning is slow, and apparently some people DNF-ed it.. All I can do is give you potential readers a warning. Even if you think it is slow/boring/confused in the beginning, stick with it because it is worth it. All people like me who hate gore, there isn't much, but you can easily skip over those descriptions. I am so glad I did read it and I am SO excited for the sequel. I've no idea what will happen next and that makes me so excited for it. I definitely recommend it to old YA readers. I don't recommend this book to young readers because of the content, but older YA readers.. what are you waiting for? (less)