I can't really say I liked this book, because who really does like a book about such a horrible topic? However Scott treated this subject well, and whI can't really say I liked this book, because who really does like a book about such a horrible topic? However Scott treated this subject well, and while she didn't shy away from the graphic and horrific aspects of the story, she did it in a way that doesn't exploit or glamorize the situation. It's raw, dirty, and painful.
The best part of Living Dead Girl is the writing style. I normally don't care too much about writing style, but in this case it's what makes the novel. It's almost like reading poetry and I feel like it really lends to the narrative. I can completely understand Alice and why she thinks the way she does and why she can't "just escape". The mental and physical abuse has completely drained her will to live. Alice has comes to believe that she deserves to live with her captor. I think fans of Ellen Hopkins books will really like Living Dead Girl.
Overall Living Dead Girl is a very dark story about a young girl's horrifying kidnapping that could have easily felt exploitative but was handled very well. It is a heart breaking story that will haunt you for a long time. Sidenote: I would say that this book is for mature teen and adult readers only. ...more
Looking for Alaska is a coming of age story that is both ridiculously hilarious and touchingly poignant at the same time. This book deals with friendsLooking for Alaska is a coming of age story that is both ridiculously hilarious and touchingly poignant at the same time. This book deals with friendship, love, and death in a real and honest way that will hit home with not only teens but adult readers as well. Brilliantly set up into two sections of "before" and "after", Looking for Alaska shows how a single event can change a persons life forever.
First I want to comment on the humor in Looking for Alaska. There is a lot of it, and I like it. The writing is witty and the dialogue snappy and clever. More than once I literally laughed out loud while reading this book, much to my embarrassment because I got to the mother fucking fox hat in the middle of a crowded Starbucks.
There is sex, drinking, and smoking in this book, but they are realistically done. The sex isn't beautiful and perfect, it's awkward and a little embarrassing. The drinking and smoking are also realistic in that for most teens they can experiment without anything horrible happening beyond a hangover and maybe throwing up after going a little too far. However, I think Looking for Alaska also gives a warning about being irresponsible and the serious consequences drugs and alcohol can have without sounding like a public service announcement. It handles a tough topic in a way that won't turn teen readers off for sounding too much like their nagging parents.
This book is truly unique in the young adult genre. Looking for Alaska has equal parts hilarious moments and deeply emotional moments. There are some great instances of reflection about life's purpose and the morality with which you achieve it that challenges younger readers into thinking beyond the mega hot brooding vampire. That is the best part of this book, in my opinion. How Green challenges the reader with complex issues is what makes this book a true classic.
Overall Looking for Alaska is at it's heart, a story about self discovery. It's about finding out who you are and seeking the great perhaps that lives within....more
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a teen classic. It's paved the way for many novels with its take on drugs, sex, abuse, friendship, and growing up wThe Perks of Being a Wallflower is a teen classic. It's paved the way for many novels with its take on drugs, sex, abuse, friendship, and growing up while told through the letters of a fifteen year old boy whose innocent view of the world charms the reader. It's not so much that subject matter is unique, but the voice in which it is told is delightful. It's Charlie's observations of the world, simple though it may be, that makes this story so intriguing and relateable.
Yes there are certainly aspects of this book that may be difficult for some people to read, in particular the ending, but I think that these difficult elements all make Charlie the way he is, both the things that happened to him in the past and what he experiences over the course of the book.
While I doubt I'll become one of the rabid fans that swear by this books genius, I still really enjoyed the story and would recommend it to kids in high school who might be feeling a little "uncool". I know that I do wish I had read it when I was a freshman, I probably would have really loved it then. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is already over 10 years old, but I still find it extremely relevant to today's young adults. It is a timeless tale of finding yourself that all teens experience. ...more