Wow, not bad. Definitely what I wanted and expected from Wish You Were Dead, I succeeded in scaring myself shitless! Although I didn't like th...more4 stars
Wow, not bad. Definitely what I wanted and expected from Wish You Were Dead, I succeeded in scaring myself shitless! Although I didn't like the beginning of the book because it focused on heroine's crush towards a new boy in school instead of the problem but that changed as the story goes. It got creepy and I liked it.
The story is brilliant because the person who's a serial killer is the least I expected. I was freaked out every time I read from the killer's perspective. Honestly, I didn't see it coming once I learnt the truth. It was quite a shock. The deaths were devastating and heartbreaking. If I were one of the affected, direct or indirect with the event, the memory probably would haunt me forever.
Since romance is included in this book, no matter even it's bits of it - frankly, it's a disaster. In my opinion, it's not necessary. This book is still a go, with or without romance, truly.
The level of gruesome and gore is medium as the target audience is young adult. Too bad it's not adult horror/thriller. Bet it would extreme and guaranteed with nightmares.
Consider this is a YA book, I decided to just cool with the way these teens think. They're annoying, dramatic, gossips here and there, crush on boys and girls, judgmental and all that attitudes associate with teens. I was once a teen, so go figure.
Just so you know if you decided to read this book and/or any book with this kind of genre, I've got a message for you: Be suspicious because every character is suspect. Hope Book 2 is as scary as this. Or more, please.
Looks like I'm minority here. I found that I didn't enjoy It's Kind of a Funny Story and I didn't find it funny it all. I didn't like the writ...more2 stars
Looks like I'm minority here. I found that I didn't enjoy It's Kind of a Funny Story and I didn't find it funny it all. I didn't like the writing style either. Despite that, I liked reading Craig's therapy sessions because it pricked my curiosity. I wanted to know what thoughts he'd reveal to the shrink because to me, mind is a mystery. It's like it's an interesting, challenging puzzle.
I picked this book because depression is nothing new and I experienced it worst back then during high school. High school's tough. And I thought reading this, thing would be expected is mixed angst and fun. Oh well, I didn't get that and more's like bland. Also, reading this for the author's tribute, RIP Ned Vizzini.
The Survival Kit is my best YA reads for 2014! Mixed feelings to be expected if you're decided to try this book; death, grief, sorrow, happine...more5 stars
The Survival Kit is my best YA reads for 2014! Mixed feelings to be expected if you're decided to try this book; death, grief, sorrow, happiness, forgiveness, peace and... loads, you named it. I, for one, loved everything about this book - the main characters, minor characters, the story and the friendships. Another next best thing is there's not much of angst aside from family drama and I was cool with it. Just so you know, it's a sports romance too. What a bonus! To be honest, I kept forgetting I was reading young adult fiction because the characters are matured in thinking sense, it feels like I was reading new adult or adult fiction.
Anyway, it's a unique masterpiece and the idea of that survival kit alone is quite brilliant. Even I was thinking to make some to give to my loved ones. Reading this book makes me recall the past two years where I, too, lost an uncle to cancer and I can say I felt connected to both Rose and Will in regards of their pain of losing the loved ones. However, I cannot say the same though if the loved ones was one of the parents or both parents or siblings. To people out there who are with cancer, survived cancer, family and friends with cancer, loved ones lost to cancer -- always stay strong and FUCK cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Those who haven't read this, I suggest you should try. Like, seriously. Recommended.
Main characters: Rose (former cheerleader, lost Mom to cancer) + Will (hockey player, lost Dad to cancer)(less)