For books that are entitled "happy" and talk about happiness, this series is one of the saddest, most poignant, and heartwarming at the same time.
TheFor books that are entitled "happy" and talk about happiness, this series is one of the saddest, most poignant, and heartwarming at the same time.
The parent book, This is What Happy Looks Like, is a beautifully written book that explores the meaning of happiness and star-crossed romance. It is not a cliff-hanger, but the ending is as unsatisfying as it is complete with the story left unfinished. Happy Again, where have you been all my life? How have you slipped past my radar, when all I wanted to know more about was what happened to EONeill and GDL!!!!!!!!!!!!
This book explores where the first book left off, i.e. what happens after two fated persons meet again after being resigned to the reality that they both don't belong in each other's lives. It is real, it is raw, it is intense in its simplicity. It brings us back to the best of memories when EONeill and GDL were together, and reminds us how both of them are so damn perfect for each other. The moments when they are together simply make me so, well, happy.
(view spoiler)[ Again, there is no precise ending even after this number. The end brings to readers a lot more questions - well, do they make it in the end? Do they get their HEA? Is this chance meeting - after more than a year - enough for them to hang in there? My heart and my head are not on the same page on this. I need written confirmation from Smith, dammit!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] If Jennifer Smith stops writing about these two, I (and possibly a lot more readers) will surely be UNhappy. Dear Smith, if you are reading this, this is my sincerest and most heartfelt plea for more GDL and EONeill (as I write this, I even have my game face on, surely you cannot deny me). ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There is this saying in Chinese (in the most poetic translation I can come up with) that a genius stands no chance against three ordinary men who putThere is this saying in Chinese (in the most poetic translation I can come up with) that a genius stands no chance against three ordinary men who put their brains together. Now we have the product of (literally) three writers, who are esteemed novelists in their own right. (I LOVE Cynthia's books. How this one slipped under my nose for so long is beyond me. For Brodi, I'm not a fan, but that's not because of her talent to write lyrically. As for Jodi, I'm embarrassed to say that I have not read any of her works before, as much as I like to think that I read quite a fair bit. But I digress.) The result? A BRILLIANT masterpiece, a book that shames those who have yet to read it!!!!
I admit the blurb reveals nothing. It spells of no plot, or one worthy of reading for those who lives for happy endings and rainbows and colourful cotton candy between the pages. Believe me, I went through that stage too. The best thing you can do, for those who have yet to start reading, is to READ THIS REVIEW AND READ THE BOOK IMMEDIATELY. I would give a brief taster of the book myself, but I can't. I couldn't add any non-spoilers without making myself sound ridiculous. Do you know the game, where everyone sits in a circle and everyone takes turns chipping in a line, to weave into an entire story, not knowing where the story goes? This book almost felt like that in the beginning. But that did not mar the sheer perfection that is THIS BOOK. Every moment was enjoyable. Best part was, you almost didn't know where you'd end up next. It's that feeling on the night of the eve of your 21st birthday, where you have no idea what your friends will drop on you when the clock strikes twelve.
That said, this book is a parodybetter version rewrite of the original story of Tudor history. Everyone knows how badly that story went. Well, this book is happier. I wouldn't be writing in this tone if it weren't. May I (again) digress here and say that fan fiction writers should learn from these authors and start rewriting bad stories, rather than good ones? When has the fan fiction beat the original version of the tale? (I know some readers would point to FSOG and T with glee, but believe me, if I said anything on those installments here this review won't end, and I'd probably make a tonne of enemies in the process). This book? This rewrite of history gone back? It has soft-hearted people like me believing in humanity again.
To give justifications for why this book is perfection, let me just quickly say that the characters were well-developed, deep, and not Mary-Sue/Gary-Sue in any way. The bantering was superb! Some lines in here were definitely worth stealing. Everyone was likable! Except the villains, whom were hateable, but that is a good thing. The narration was superb (special mention here that the narrators in this VISUAL book, no spoilers here, have a life and character of their own), the weaving between history and fiction could rival the screenplays of Sherlock. And yet, in all its humour, this book touches upon some key issues, such as politics, greed, and discrimination, in subtle ways that strike the deepest in those who were once blind to it all.
If I have not whetted your appetite for this book, I admit that I have not done this book justice (I hereby announce that I have no affiliations with the authors. I only have a taste for a book of good quality, and an impatience against those who choose to remain ignorant of such a book). If you are looking for humour, romance, action, suspense, history (debatable), and all in all A GOOD BOOK (I have repeated myself enough), this is it.
WAIT!!!!! I HAVE A FINAL ACE CARD TO PLAY TO PERSUADE YOU INTO READING THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the dedication on the first page of this book:
“For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door. And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”
There. How can you not read this book with a dedication like that? ...more
This book is my first Ahern book, and will probably also be my last.
The reviews have said it all - this book is utterly, utterly heart-wrenching, inThis book is my first Ahern book, and will probably also be my last.
The reviews have said it all - this book is utterly, utterly heart-wrenching, in an effortless way most novels try to achieve with maudlin sentiments. How persuasive the reviews are at convincing you of the sheer bleakness of this novel simply depends on how convincing they are with their words, and how much they can give away without ruining the story.
However,there really is no plot for this one. A-third into the book, your brain simply refuses to put the book down simply because it is curious to figure out (view spoiler)[when the heck Lily and Alex will get together, at what age the both of them will end up together, and why in the bleeding hell are they so goddamn stubborn or blind enough to see that the best thing that has ever happened to them was simply right in front of them (hide spoiler)]. A simple book that completely overturns all existing scientific theory that hey, there is really no such thing as friend-zoning.
This book completely ruined my week - you read it right. One thing unique about this book was that it is not written in the typical narrative style. Rather, we learn of the depth of the friendship romance between Alex and Lily by reading their email correspondences, mails, etc. By being detached from the actual happenings of our lovebirds' lives, we are constantly being taunted by the author - while berating Alex and Lily for being so stupid, what are we missing out on from our own lives? have we been, by any chance, equally stupid or cowardly as well?
The feeling is not a tasteful one. I could skin Alex alive for being such an ass (my feminist side refuses to blame Lily for this one, she had it infinitely worse in this novel, trust me). But perhaps the only reason why we as readers seem to be in pain more than Lily and Alex themselves is because ignorance is indeed bliss. And to an outsider, including Ruby, Phil, Mrs and Mr Dunne, Katie and the readers, there really isn't anything more pathetic than a lost opportunity.
This book is beautiful. Ahern has a gift with words and thoughts that capture the entire essence of life, laughter, and love. It is almost sadistic that she has used her gift this time to shatter the hearts of her readers with this number. I simply cannot go through the roller-coaster ride of emotions another time. This book is definitely recommended - before you know it, you'd be on the last page knowing that from the journey, you have grown up a teeny bit, and that a part of you will always mourn for the time lost between Alex and Rosie. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book is probably the only book that could make me sad and laugh and the same time. This book is only another reason, apart from Finikkin of the RThis book is probably the only book that could make me sad and laugh and the same time. This book is only another reason, apart from Finikkin of the Rock, that proves why Marchetta is probably one of the best authors in this industry. There is something impeccable about the way she writes, how her style is deliberately off-handed to conceal something so much deeper and thoughtful. She is not only an amazing writer, but also an amazing story-teller.
The story introduces us to Taylor, a young girl troubled by a past she can't remember but is affecting the way she values her self worth. She believes that the answers lie in finding her mother - again after hr first attempt was foiled by a uber-hot guy whom she met at the train station that day.
The characters - how I love them! In the best way describable, they were all so broken, so hurting. They all broke my heart and patched it up again.
The story was unclear for me in some aspects, there were some issues I raised eyebrows at - is this house rivalry thing feasible in the present day? - but with Marchetta and her mastery in writing, the story does more than hold its own. This book was not necessarily an easy read, and my head is still reeling from what it has just gone through, but I know that this book has changed me in ways I still have to figure out. Another masterpiece by Marchetta.
I hear that a movie on this book will be produced soon. I don't think I can watch it. I'm afraid that it fails to portray the inner turmoil and depth of this story. Then again, I'm afraid it might be good. I can't bear to watch all this pain and anguish play out on the silver screen - and go through all this sorrow again. ...more