I'm not done with this book - YET - I do intend to finish it, and I've been making it my mission to read at least a little bit of it once a week, butI'm not done with this book - YET - I do intend to finish it, and I've been making it my mission to read at least a little bit of it once a week, but I just can't really get into it. I'm not sure what happened, I loved Cinder and my god, I adored Scarlett but Cress? it's been such a slow read, I don't particularly like Cress as a character and I just can't. get. into. it.
but I WILL finish this book, because, as I just mentioned, I lOVED the first two books, and I fully intend to continue with this series (I think there's just a fourth and final book left) but I do want to continue with that one, so I just need to keep pushing through with this one. Hopefully I'll be done with it by next year :v hopefully :v ...more
Okay so, I just wanna start by saying that this is going to be one of those heart felt and emotional reviews, ‘cause i reallyALL OF THE FIVE STARS!
Okay so, I just wanna start by saying that this is going to be one of those heart felt and emotional reviews, ‘cause i really connected with the story and it really had an impact in my life - sounds dramatic but it did.
I had no intention of reading this book, whatsoever. I got it because I won a box of books last year and this book just happened to be in it, it was just one of those books that somehow happens to rest upon your shelf. No biggie.
A certain series of events led me to pick up this book: I broke up with my partner - I was sad and mopey and sad and then I just turned my head and this book was on the shelf. WHY WE BROKE UP - it seemed like a sign (yeah, I’m being dramatic)
Point is I picked it up because it seemed like the best book I could be possibly reading at the moment - I was kinda right and kinda wrong, bare with me for a sec.
I began reading and this thing was simply amazing. When you break up with someone you usually can only see the good things, everything that you will miss and that you lost. After a while, when the pain is not so strong you can look back on the other stuff and see clearer, you can see all the little details that were wrong to a point where you can say ’sheesh, no wonder things ended.’ and that is what this book is about, it’s about looking back at all the things that can only leave you with one small thought: This is why we broke up.
“You could never truly see the movies in my head and that, Ed, is why we broke up.”
Why We Broke Up is specifically the story of Min, it’s her love story, but still it is so easfy to make it your own, it is so easy to connect, because we’ll all gone through it, or we will. Being heartbroken, break-ups, they’re inevitable, no matter the situation, it’s part of life and living.
“…damn it Ed, that’s not why we broke up. I love it, I miss it. This complicated thing, it’s why we stayed together.”
When I first started reading this book, I was just looking back on my relationship and thinking exactly what I was telling you ’No wonder we broke up, this is why, of course, it was obvious…’ but then I stumbled upon the quote just mentioned above ‘why we stayed together’
and it just sent me back and made me look at all the good things - because it was not all bad, there were wonderful and beautiful moments in my love story, and that’s the truth. That’s the truth for any relationship, really. I think it’s important to look back at both, the good AND the bad. it’s important to see all the missed things, the details, see what went wrong, what could have gone better.
In my case I got back with my partner, and I kinda blame this book and The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind for it - also me, of course, I made the decision to get back with my partner. (never finishing the book, by the way, I got to page 142). So I got back into my relationship only to break up a month after.
I’m not gonna say that it was a mistake, not at all - I don’t believe in regrets or anything, because at the time it felt right, but I did forget that there was a reason as to why we broke up in the first place
I love him, I will always love him - and i am not saying this in a dramatic Adele song kind of way. it’s just a simple fact, we’ve known each other for a while and that won’t go away - but there was still a reason as to why it ended, there is a reason for relationships to end; and I’m not just talking about someone saying ‘it’s over’ I’m talking about all the little things, the series of events that lead you to it. The book does a beautiful job at highlighting this, and of course I went back to finish reading it, though it took me a while
‘cause I didn’t really want to finish with it, you know? It’s like, the whole story you;ve been following Min’s thoughts, leading up to that single event where she finally breaks up with the guy. A guy we’ve never actually met, we only known him through min’s memories and the items that are somehow linked to him.
and the break up is not overly dramatic, it didn’t feel quite big - because that’s no the story, that’s not the point.
It’s about Min facing that it is over, it’s about looking back on her relationship, through 354 pages and countless objects until the point where she is finally able to feel something… that she can let it go. that she’s going to be okay.
All I can say is that this was a beautiful, real, raw and gorgeous story. The illustrations were gorgeous and they really added more to the story, making me want to turn the page to see what the next item would be. The writing style was fantastic, it really felt like being inside the head of someone - how sometimes your train of thoughts gets lost or for a moment it doesn’t make sense and you have to go back, it was wonderful. I am reading it for the second time, currently half way through and am exited to reach that last page again, to see Min reach that point of ‘I’m going to be okay’ and maybe this time I will feel it too.
10 star book, would recommend to anyone of any age....more
I feel so so so bad for dropping this book, especially because I requested it to the publisher; BUT I did have high hopes for this one, it was oneDNF.
I feel so so so bad for dropping this book, especially because I requested it to the publisher; BUT I did have high hopes for this one, it was one of my most anticipated books of 2014, I really thought I would like it, and I tried so hard to keep reading. I couldn't.
The story did not started out so bad, in fact it was not bad at all. Kinda strong, kinda bitter protagonist, I was looking forward to see her development throughout the book, then stuff happens and finally she is taken to the castle of "the beast" aaaaaaaaanddddd..... wait for it...... waaaaait for it.
not exactly with 'the beast', but... I don't know if it can be a spoiler, but I'd rather not explain. I'll just say that it is 100% insta love, and I just @#!$$^!#@!%%^
it bored me to death after all. WHY? I mean, I know a lot of books handle the insta-love thing. Twilight was insta-love, and somehow i bought it, and I was into it, even if it is BS. There are, in fact, some books that can show the insta-love down your throat and you end up enjoying it. But in Cruel Beauty it just came out of nowhere. One second was kinda normal, the next kissing and heavy butterflies and fuzziness in the mind of the protagonist. I was literally just thinking "what just happened? Did I miss something? I probably did."
overall just... no. I'm sad. I was really looking forward to it, and it ended up being a drag to try to read. Failed to finish, won't be finishing.
Just finished with this one and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It wasn't exactly what I thought it would be and I sort of had the same issueJust finished with this one and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It wasn't exactly what I thought it would be and I sort of had the same issue with it that I had with Anatomy Of A Boyfriend - I couldn't completely relate to Dominique. But I still enjoyed it nonetheless and I'm really happy for Dominique (there's literally a smile on my face) Full review coming soon!
*past update* read Anatomy of a Boyfriend when I was fifteen, I enjoyed it. I'm not sure if I would enjoy it just as much if I read it now, and I don't know if I will like this one or not, but I think I must read it, for old times sake and because I am really curios to see where Dominique's story goes. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one :3...more
It was hard to read this book, even after my therapist told me it would help. I mean, it did, but it also broke me. He said that I couldDear Friend.
It was hard to read this book, even after my therapist told me it would help. I mean, it did, but it also broke me. He said that I could make Charlie’s story my own, because Charlie’s story is my own. I saw the movie first, and at the movie theater I cried more than anyone else, because I connected with the story, because it made me remember – well, I already remembered, but it forced me to face my memories. The book was a different experience, because I can’t forget what happened no matter how hard I want and try, but it made me realize that it’s important to remember, that it’s important I don’t forget.
Because Charlie’s story is literally my own- but my aunt didn’t die.
Yeah, I know it’s weird to mention this, especially in a review, but I was in a bad place for a long time and all I wanted was someone or something to connect. This book made me connect, and maybe my story and Charie’s will help someone else. I hope it helps someone else.
The writing style is very unique, it is not something one can really miss. At first I would have described it as monotone, but as the story progressed I found that the writing helped a lot to tell the story and to represent Charlie – which was the main goal. They were supposed to be Charlie’s letters after all.
Some parts in the book were hard to read, some were even hard to swallow, and the simple almost crude writing illustrated that. These were all sad stories. Sad characters, sad situations, but not just sad stories.
I didn’t feel happy, or inspired or pumped up while reading this, on the contrary, constant sad smiles would appear in the corners of my mouth, as well as little frowns on my forehead. What I did feel was identified with many of the events that happened, and I believe this is what made the story so popular – almost everyone can feel identified with it at some level.
A lot of people thought this book was highly overrated, but this review is coming from someone that has been in Charlie’s place and I can personally tell you that the book helps. I connected with Charlie’s story in so many aspects and things that really made me wish I hadn’t. In all honesty I wish nobody had to connect to them. But it helped, and I know it has helped a lot more people, and I hope it will help a lot more in the future.
There were only two things I didn’t really like about the story. One, how Charlie was always crying. Not so much because he cried, but, the way it was written and placed made it annoying and awkward. Something would be happening and then a random ‘I started crying’ would appear, making the sentence and scene break. The second thing where the "It made me sad/I felt sad" a lot of the “sad’s” would also appear out of nowhere and they would turn a sentence awkward. Apart from those two minor details the book was good.
I would say that I liked the move more than the book, but it’s hard because I don’t think they are comparable, they are just different. The movie makes me cry every time, because it always makes me feel hopeful and happy and full of possibility. It’s all in that line when Charlie says
"This one moment when you know you're not a sad story"
Because that is what the whole story is about. Sam, Patrick, Charlie’s sister, his dad, his mom, his Aunt Hellen; everyone was sad and everyone had a lot going on in their lives, but they were not sad stories. The movie makes me realize that no matter what I’ve gone through in my life and how difficult things have been, I am more than just a sad story.
“You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.”
As cheesy as it sounds, the movie does make me feel infinite, it makes me feel hopeful.
The book makes me feel sad “but a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time.” I swear this is the last quote I use, but it fits. The book was a much fuller experience and a deeper insight, but it was also sadder.
At the moment I have a bit of book-hangover and it will take me some time to get over it.
As for technical aspects, I am in awe at the amazing job that Chbosky did at translating this book into a movie. How he wasn’t afraid of changing things and leaving things out, but still captured the essence of the story. When I was reading the book I tried to imagine that the movie didn’t exist, and how I would personally make it into a movie, and it’s really hard. How the story is told and how things are shown is very unique and I had a hard time imagining it in the big screen, but Chbosky did it, and he did it wonderfully. *Insert BIG applause for Chbosky*
Now I will go watch the movie, cry with my dog, and then I’ll probably call my therapist to tell him what I’ve figure out, and all the other things I haven’t, and I hope he’ll help me. And I hope this book helps other people.
I'm pretty sure this has been said a million times, but here's one more: You should read it. ...more
It's official, I'm an Alessandra Thomas fan. I read her debut novel Picture Perfect in the beginning on the year, and I loved it so so much. I though It's official, I'm an Alessandra Thomas fan. I read her debut novel Picture Perfect in the beginning on the year, and I loved it so so much. I thought it was honest, romantic, fun, and that it touched very important subjects. I had very high expectations for Subject To Change, and it did not disappoint.
First, I have to say that this is a fast paced book, in no time I was finished with it and I was honestly craving for more. Hawk and Joey's relationship was great, they had so much chemistry, and even if Joey was a bit of a snob at times, you couldn't help but like her. Same with Hack, he was rough around the edges and a bit of a jerk at times, but you still liked him!
I feel like I need to explain all of the great aspects of the story, so here I go:
Fast Paced. I already mentioned this, but it really did went fast! I was so surprised at how easily things flowed, and how immersed I was in Joey's world
Hot. It was a sexy novel, with beautiful and at the same time hot sex and make out scenes.
Meaningful. Just like Picture Perfect, this story was very meaningul in may ways, and I loved watching Joey discover herself as well as watch Hack learning to loosen up and letting go.
No stupid drama. There is always always conflict in books. That is part of what makes a story an actual story. Sometimes, when I'm reading a book and I am around 80% in I'm like 'Oh, it's near, I can feel it. The stupid annoying misunderstanding and stupidly stubborn characters are coming." and for a moment I braced myself for something similar with this one, but that moment never came!!!! I mean, of course there was a conflict but Joey handled things so well! and she came around, and Hack came around too! There was no unnecessary or tedious drama, it was simply perfect.
This book was simply everything I could have hoped for. The perfect book for summer and when I finished with the story I could not get the stupid grin out of my face. I was smiling so much through the last chapter that my cheeks hurt! Loved it! ...more