I must be honest, I haven’t had the privilege to read Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice yet, though after reading Prom & Prejudice, I’m not sure...moreI must be honest, I haven’t had the privilege to read Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice yet, though after reading Prom & Prejudice, I’m not sure if I want to anymore. Prom & Prejudice made it so much easier for me to recognize the different characters in the story. Perhaps it’s the contemporary setting but I found myself finally enjoying the story of Pride & Prejudice, even if it wasn’t the original.
After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London. Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’ friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?
Jennifer Eulberg writes really excellent YA fiction and I enjoyed myself immensely. The writing is easy to read and understand, and the language, while still modern, has a certain old-fashioned quality to it. I quite like the characterizations as well, but perhaps they’re very similar to the original Austen characters so I can’t really comment on them.
Adapting Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice for the modern world works really well. It has all the great working that makes a YA book excellent. There’s a love/hate relationship, a love/love relationship, betrayals, drama, and also, numerous characters that add spice to the story. I quite like Lizzie’s character. As a scholarship student, she has to put up with a lot of hazing from the privileged (read: pompous and arrogant) girls in school. Yet, she perseveres and constantly reminds herself that she was there for a reason: to excel in music and make her parents proud.
Will Darcy acted like a real jerk too, but like any hero in a YA book, he has his reasons. Underneath his rude demeanor, I found that he was quite a nice guy. A loyal friend, a fiercely protective brother and at heart, a rather romantic person.
A great summer read, Prom & Prejudice is both delightful and charming. Take the time to read it! :D(less)
Maggie Stiefvater is an extremely talented writer. She gets emotional depth and that is something we have plentiful of in Forever. If I must be truly,...moreMaggie Stiefvater is an extremely talented writer. She gets emotional depth and that is something we have plentiful of in Forever. If I must be truly, truly honest, I wouldn't have mind if Shiver had remained a stand-alone, but that said, Forever was a fitting conclusion.
I didn't like the beginning, mostly because I wanted as much Grace and Sam as possible and I didn't get that. I didn't understand how Grace could, after managing to shift back to human, speak to (what seemed like) every other person except Sam. We keep getting POVs of Cole and Isabel, who are interesting, but not my main priority.
Things finally picked up about midway of the book and I really enjoyed myself from there on. There were close shaves here and there, but in the end, everything worked out. The ending is sort of open-ended but I think most of us will see it as a good, happy ending. Grace and Sam's story feels complete and I'm very glad that we got to share it with them. :)(less)
This is my second time reading The Truth About Forever and it's still as good as the first time. Sarah Dessen is an amazing YA author and I love prett...moreThis is my second time reading The Truth About Forever and it's still as good as the first time. Sarah Dessen is an amazing YA author and I love pretty much all her stories!
The Truth About Forever is no different from her other novels. Macy Queen is our protagonist here, who is suffering silently on her own. She has issues with her mom and her love life is dismal at best. She then has a life-changing experience with Wish catering and meets a motley crew of new friends, including the charming and artistic Wes.
I noticed that most of Sarah Dessen's books follow a formula of sorts. There's a girl whose sort of suffering and she almost always her mother issues. She then has a life-changing experience where she gains a few new friends and meets a great guy who she then falls in love. Predictable, yes, but every now and then, one of her novels would just have that extra spark and make me actually want to own the book.
Macy's a likeable character who's still recovering from her father's death. I did have some issues when it came to her standing up for herself. She seemed to let her mother and her boyfriend Jason do whatever they pleased. While she did take a stand at the end of the novel, it would be nice to have a protagonist who's sort of strong from the beginning.
I just love Wish catering! I wish I could work for people like them. They just seem like such fun and the camaraderie between them, it's almost like family, and Wes! Such a sweet and charming gentleman. He's pretty much one of the top best male leads Sarah Dessen has ever created. :)
An excellent summer read, The Truth About Forever will have you falling in love with Sarah Dessen's novels.(less)
This is my second time reading Speak and it still remains as one of my favorite novels of all time, and a personal favorite from Laurie Halse Anderson...moreThis is my second time reading Speak and it still remains as one of my favorite novels of all time, and a personal favorite from Laurie Halse Anderson. Speak is the story of high school freshman Melinda, who has become an elective mute after calling the cops and getting everyone busted at the seniors' end-of-summer party. She is shunned by everyone and her home life is less than satisfactory. What happened to her?
Speak was my very first novel dealing with (view spoiler)[rape (hide spoiler)] and while the basis of the novel is based on that theme, Speak is also very much a novel about depression. Melinda was an excellent student, a carefree girl but after the end-of-summer party, her grades plummets, she doesn't speak, she cuts class, etc. This are all classic signs of depression. Speak deals with the subject delicately because while Melinda may be depressed, she is still thoroughly observant. She pays close attention to the cliques in school, interactions between classmates; the social aspects of life. I think Speak is very much a tribute/homage to the outcast we all know in life. It's entirely possible that they're not an outcast by choice and the things they could tell us, could very well scare us.
Laurie Halse Anderson's writing is truly amazing and beautiful at the same time. One cannot help but feel sympathetic to our protagonist, Melinda. Her observations are witty and sarcastic at times, and I think readers will really be able to relate to observations such as this:
"THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL 1. We are here to help you. 2. You will have enough time to get to your class before the bell rings. 3. The dress code will be enforced. 4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds. 5. Our football team will win the championship this year. 6. We expect more of you here. 7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen. 8. Your schedule was created with your needs in mind. 9. Your locker combination is private. 10. These will be the years you will look back on fondly."
While Speak can get dark and depressing at times, it is also immensely real, honest and authentic. I highly recommend the movie as well. It doesn't follow every single thing from the book, but the essence of it was retained and the cast put up a stellar performance, especially Kristen Stewart, despite her young age when filming occurred.
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Meg Cabot is back on top of her game. I was extremely disappointed after reading Abandon and I to admit, Meg and vampires? Not her too! But I'm very p...moreMeg Cabot is back on top of her game. I was extremely disappointed after reading Abandon and I to admit, Meg and vampires? Not her too! But I'm very pleased to say that I enjoyed Insatiable thoroughly. Trust Meg Cabot to put her signature fun and entertaining twist to vampires.
Meena Harper is your typical Meg heroine. She's loveable, mostly innocent, has a somewhat less-than-satisfactory life. She's trying to do better at her work, but they've recently gotten her to write about vampires, a topic she can't stand at all. Oh, and she has the ability to predict people's death. But then, she meets Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for, because well, he's a vampire. What's a girl going to do?
I love Meena because she's so familiar to all the other heroines Meg writes. She has a good heart but life doesn't always go her way. Meena is sort of different because she can really hold her own, especially in battle. She may whine a little but when it comes down to it, she's no damsel-in-distress.
Now, Lucien, swoon! Call me a hypocrite, but Lucien is just the vampire to swoon for, even if the whole book's message is about not falling in love with vampires. Lucien's very much an old soul, he's like one of those conflicted male characters with a tragic past; it just so happens that he's a vampire. He's very protective of Meena as well, but to a certain extent and only when it's appropriatel. He's quite the romantic too. I dare say, he's better than Edward! *gasps* XD
Insatiable is a well-rounded novel with fleshed-out characters and background. There's the Vatican involved, a vampire-hunting organization and vampires all over the place. It's a rich and textured world and I can't wait to come back to it in Overbite. XD Well done, Meg Cabot, well done!(less)