"We're Tuesday people." I keep thinking about what important thing I was doing last Tuesday to have skipped reading time. Anyway. Tuesdays with Morrie...more"We're Tuesday people." I keep thinking about what important thing I was doing last Tuesday to have skipped reading time. Anyway. Tuesdays with Morrie. It's amazing. Know why? You get a lot of Tuesdays, with Morrie.(less)
I really hate it when I feel like a book was written to sell more than to express or to share. To be honest, I've been wanting to read this book si...more2.5
I really hate it when I feel like a book was written to sell more than to express or to share. To be honest, I've been wanting to read this book since it came out. But I wasn't willing to invest in something I wasn't certain was going to be really good, if not great.
(view spoiler)[ The Future Of Us tells the story of two best friends, Emma and Josh. It has been a few awkward months since Josh tried to make a move on Emma, who thought Josh was Josh - only his best friend. They have stayed friends, although things have never been the same since. One day Emma gets a computer from his father and she finds out about Facebook, which isn't coming out until fifteen years later. What's weird is Emma decides to tell Josh rather than Kellan. Maybe it had something to do with them being neighbors and seeing her future self's posts, she was in dire need to tell somebody about it. Still, why Josh? So then Josh and Emma learns about who they are going to marry and the kids they're going to have as well as who they stay friends with. And when they learn about the future, they fuck everything up. But according to the book, they fuck everything up in a good way. Because everything turns out great after a few shitty up and down moments. (hide spoiler)]
Social Networking is in. Facebook is in. Maybe the authors wanted to convey a message or maybe they simply wanted to sell. I don't know and I'm not about to find out. What's sad is they could have done so much more with the idea. I mean no disrespect to Jay Asher. I actually loved Thirteen Reasons Why. (Just saying)
Despite all that was said, there still are things I liked about this book. Hence, the 2.5. I believe in its power as a wake up call. "I don't know what it is but it looks like interconnected websites where people post photos and write about everything going on in their lives, like whether they found a parking spot or what they ate for breakfast." Don't post every little thing, seriously.
Nobody should need a glance at the future to do things right, or to do better. That, I think, is the message of this book. And like his other work, Thirteen Reasons Why, another message is conveyed. That is, our actions are ripples and each one has the ability to change every thing.(less)
One of the best short stories I've ever read and definitely one of my favorites now. (Here's to) my first James Baldwin.
Sonny's Blues is about a lot o...moreOne of the best short stories I've ever read and definitely one of my favorites now. (Here's to) my first James Baldwin.
Sonny's Blues is about a lot of things. What appeals most to me is the message of hope. "But now I feel like a man who's been trying to climb up out of some deep, really deep and funky hole and just saw the sun up there, outside. I got to get outside."
I feel like it's imperative that this song be mentioned. The story reminds me of John Mayer's song, "In Repair". In his video, "One Day, One Song," he mentions something about sad hope. He says that these two lines remind him of the combination - sad hope. "Maybe when things turn green again, it will be good to say you know me."
The relationship of Sonny and his brother reminds me of the song itself. There were times when they were deep in conversation that they try their best to communicate. And this one time that Sonny did open up, his brother understood him. And from that moment on, I believe things turned green for them.
A really unexpected and great read. I'll be looking out for more Baldwin works from now on.(less)