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.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
In a world of Sameness, pain is taken away along with everything else. The joy and the warmth is different and not as vibrant because everything is fi...moreIn a world of Sameness, pain is taken away along with everything else. The joy and the warmth is different and not as vibrant because everything is filtered. Conflicts do not exist. The bad is taken away so that only the good (or at least what we generally think is good) and painless will remain. Parents love their children but do not even know love, thinking that love is generalized and meaningless. To them, the question "do you love me?" is wrong, and that "yes" is the right answer to a better question, "do you enjoy me?"
It is said that one can only know true love by experiencing heartaches just like one can only know true happiness if one has experienced pain. But in Sameness, all they experience is the good part. Everything is provided and organized. The people are meticulously observed at a young age so their jobs are assigned to them. They never have to worry about anything else. Their assignments rely on their interests and hobbies. In the real world, this situation may not be so practical since a hobby or interest is not equal to a stable job or a good salary. Their parents are matched carefully so they never have to be in broken families with all the pain which may be caused by such circumstances. But if all is given to them and all is achieved painlessly, and considering "no pain, no gain", you begin to wonder, are their joys true? Have they even gained joys?
Jonas was selected as the next receiver and was given a round of applause for having been selected as the one to live with honor - the word they use to refer to the gift that is bestowed upon the receiver of the community's pain and memories. These memories are filled with warmth, happiness, holidays, music, colors and love. Memories such as going downhill on a sled and being around a family during holidays with parents and parents-of-the-parents. These memories, which are given to him by The Giver, do not exist anymore in their lives.
After being the receiver for almost a year, he becomes the Giver of memories to Gabriel, a child who was to be released and with whom Jonas escapes with. Jonas knows that he could not go back to living a life hungry for color and love, to the world of no feelings. What used to be sadness, happiness and anger seem fake with inappropriate labels. What people refer to as the precise use of language is not so precise. Feelings are not part of the life they are taught to live. Riding their bikes everyday is the same as taking the life of people who weigh less than their twin or are too old or with memories - normal.
Jonas realizes that there is a void in him that he can no longer fill. And so he runs.
Simple things which are taken away from the people of Jonas are things he wishes for, things which can make life "a little more complete", things he wants people to have and experience, the lack thereof he refers to as unfair. There is hope in the story that is given off with his simple wish, for things to be different - to live in a world with colors. There is a great difference between their way of living and our own. And yet, similar still in sad but truthful ways. While we are living and continuously taking people and things for granted, one can't help but start to look at things differently because of this book - how much truth it holds, how much wisdom it hopes to share, and ask if we are living the way we ought to. And if not, how do we start?(less)
Unsure of the rating but is currently too bothered by the turn of events and too caught up in them that she does not even care.
I guess that assures me...moreUnsure of the rating but is currently too bothered by the turn of events and too caught up in them that she does not even care.
I guess that assures me (and there is no denying it) - my rating is right.
What makes this series promising is the fact that while it is well hidden in that pile of fantasy books emerging today, it undoubtedly stands out. And I'm not talking about the cover, for I honestly did not find it that striking. What I really liked: the whole book contains only the history and introduction of the characters. And it already is so good.
Really looking forward to reading the next books. I hope they do not disappoint.(less)
As I close the book, I become more aware of the silence that surrounds me. To most people, it won't really be called silence. The music plays, as it a...moreAs I close the book, I become more aware of the silence that surrounds me. To most people, it won't really be called silence. The music plays, as it always does - every day (now playing - Eve, The Apple of My Eye). Since music is not an outlandish thing, but rather something that complements my whole being - my existence, it is a part of me. Where there is music, there is calm. And I just know it is going to be a great Saturday morning.
A list of random thoughts: Is this going to be somehow religious? I see a cross on the cover page. And skies. Pretty, pretty skies.
Rhiannon. Rhiannon is a masterpiece, as other Fleetwood Mac songs are. While I loved the fact that the girl's name was referenced, I hated that I knew about its origin. The mystery is not there, and so it is not the same. I frowned as I realized - I will not be having that glorious feeling after knowing where it's from.
Is he shifting from female to male? *I turn pages and realize s/he is* Did I miss anything about him/her explaining how the body shift works? Damn.
Now this seems really familiar. I've seen this before, different lives and experiences. Struggles, joy. Some uncommon but still has meaning. Not in their perspective, in someone else's. But still. That film. Life in a Day. A motion picture produced by National Geographic. People from all over the world film their lives for a day and upload it to Youtube, and are compiled to form a single movie. July 24, 2010. Watch it. It was an amazing experience.
A? How typical and yet seemingly appropriate. Reminds me of A from the Pretty Little Liars series though. Annoyed me a bit.
Why is s/he always only 4 hours or less away from Rhiannon? I do not recall anything about a location-specific body shifting process. And s/he always has access to a car. How convenient.
Oh great, he's flying to Hawaii. We'll see how the body shift works now.
Bummer. He's still close. Leave her for a day will ya! I wanna know how you get to another body from Hawaii. It's gonna be so hard to get back to Rhiannon for a while. Muhaha.
Reminds me of Time Traveler's Wife. You know how it is.
A is both male and female. A is neither. I love how Levithan emphasizes that people always think the traditional way. I appreciate him and his openness. His unorthodox way of thinking (and writing) has an assertive way of asking you to keep your eyes open and so you do. Hence, the entire journey you are aware and accommodating.
I can't help but think about how it would feel after A has left my body. And since we're seeing his/her perspective, it was nice to hear Nathan, James and Rhiannon's sides as well.
David Levithan is an experimenter. He just can't help it. Lover's Dictionary was different. And now this. I can read every Levithan book and still be amazed.
I only have two eyes. And even though I know there are other ways for me to look at the world, it is easier said than done. But it is because I only have my eyes that I appreciate it when people find ways for me and everyone else to see things differently. Even if only for a momentary glimpse.
This book is beyond A and R's love story. This book is all about depth. About meaning and understanding. It is above the range of physical human experience, surpassing the ordinary. Written to eliminate the limits of human perception. To speak to one's soul and see through another's eyes. Every Day is transcendent.(less)
What made me read this: Adventure. What made me keep on reading: The story within the story. What I really liked about it: The transformation...moreRating: 4.5
What made me read this: Adventure. What made me keep on reading: The story within the story. What I really liked about it: The transformation. What made me fall in love with this book: The take on religion.
It took me 10 months to finish this book. 1 week to finish the first half, 9 months and 2 weeks to stop thinking about it, and another week to finish it.
Took me that long, why? The story builds up slowly. And probably 90% of the book tells the story of Pi while in the open sea. (Why 4.5?) While I'm a big fan of adventure, I find it tedious to be reading about someone's daily routine for survival. Especially if it's hundreds of pages long.
Ninety percent through, I started wondering when and how it would end. My sister mentioned something about a Japanese. I started making up endings in my head. The best I came up with is this. A stranded japanese survivor would show up in the carnivorous island and would offer shelter and food to Pi. Despite the conflict in language, they will live harmoniously with Richard Parker, the house pet. I guess that ending explains why I'm just one of the readers while Martel is a known author.
Pi's encounters were written with care and in minute detail and narrated thoroughly. I advice you to read it with care, in minute detail. The author's way of particularizing is also his way of telling you to PAY ATTENTION. READ AND UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING I SAY. IF YOU DON'T, I AM NOT TO BLAME FOR ANY FEELING OF REVULSION, SHOCK OR SURPRISE. Which is pointless because even if you do pay attention, it's not like you can avoid shock.
I won't give anything away. You'd think there's nothing else to give away anyway. An Indian boy gets stranded in a lifeboat with a 250 pound Bengal tiger. If you think that's all there is to it, that's where you're wrong. I just can't, for the life of me, put into words how amazing this book is.(less)