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)
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 is this? This crap. What the hell was that about? Cheesy forevers, oh please.
I felt like reading something random last week so I just opened a co...moreWhat is this? This crap. What the hell was that about? Cheesy forevers, oh please.
I felt like reading something random last week so I just opened a copy of this on my iPod. Having been published in the 70s, you'd think this holds some piece of vital information. It might have given something to some people, but not to me. I felt like I was back in the year 2003. Back when I was naive and annoying.
I don't think I've ever been this disappointed. Some writers can write simply and pull it off. But this just failed miserably. It was like the author felt like writing a book about her younger years and had it printed as is. No climax, no depth, nothing here folks.
Maybe I'm just being mean. Maybe it just really sucked. Maybe it's because I'm a realist. Maybe because I'm not a hopeless romantic. Maybe this just really failed. Or maybe I'm just too old to be reading something like this. Maybe, maybe, maybe.(less)
Okay. This is it, Cherr. I fire up the mean machine and open my browser. I start my review for the so-called Fifty. Fifty-shades-of-fucked-up.
See what...moreOkay. This is it, Cherr. I fire up the mean machine and open my browser. I start my review for the so-called Fifty. Fifty-shades-of-fucked-up.
See what I did there, E.L. James? I copied you. I am copying you. Watch me, watch me copy you., Ms. Erika Leonard James. Are you watching? "Yes." *I run my hands through my hair, exasperated.* Yes what? "Yes, ma'am." Good girl, Erika. More? More of the copying? *Erika doesn't answer.* *I run my hands through my hair, exasperated, and take a deep breath.* Look, Ms. James.. "Hmm.." Don't make me ask again, Ms. James. It's a warning. *I run my hand through my hair in exasperation.*
Damn, it's annoying isn't it? How many times do you have to fucking run your hands through your hair?
I don't think I've ever read something as poorly written as this book. It has surpassed all levels of noob. While I kept on reading the words "He is stunning, the epitome of perfection, hot.. hot.. sexy... sexy" WE GET IT. HE'S HOT. HE'S BEAUTIFUL. IN EVERY WAY. SEE? WE GET IT. CAN WE MOVE ON ALREADY?
Some things are better left unsaid. All throughout the book, you mentioned details word for word. And every single time they did each other, it had the opportunity to be "hot" and "sexy". Seriously, it had that chance. But the author's unending explanations and elaborations, probably scared her writers won't get what should have been implied (either that or she wrote this for kids, which is wrong in so many levels, wherein every single detail should be spoon fed), fucked it up. I felt like a kid learning months or basic colors. Tedious. I found myself skipping a few lines.
Oh. By the way, this book is plot-less. I started reading the second book a while ago, still waiting for the author to improve. (Refer to last paragraph) And I felt like I was reading the same book, all over again. Now, I've come up with a theory. Book 1 (Introduction), Book 2 (Problem), Book 3 (Solution? Probably.). Therefore: Fifty Shades of Grey + Fifty Shades Darker + Fifty Shades Freed == ONE BOOK. It can be that short, with a plot at least, and it can be good.
Now, what kept me going? First, Christian Grey. Looks aside, his character fascinates me, makes me curious. This trilogy is getting pretty predictable now, but I push that thought aside, waiting for the author to surprise me. Because Grey is fucked up. And it is for that reason that he's interesting to me.
More importantly, what kept me going was James' obvious and desperate need of improvement. The author probably knew her writing was shitty. But still pushed through with it. Wanting to make her characters seem more unique, or lively.. more wonderful. Pushing the story away from that of Twilight. Longing for a love story with a little sex on the side. And believing she could. I felt like she wanted to pick herself up from that deep hole she'd started. And I went on finishing this book actually wishing she'd finally fulfill that promise of redemption. For her to get that satisfaction and relief from writing.. finishing this trilogy.
This is just perfect. Picked it up the other night when I was told to go to bed early because I kept on sneezing. I...moreUnder the sheets, December 27 2012.
This is just perfect. Picked it up the other night when I was told to go to bed early because I kept on sneezing. I did go to bed early. Like 2 a.m. early. And I'm glad I did.
I am a huge John Green fan. And while I believe he does really good work, sad to say, his story didn't stick at all. I have this theory - he didn't have a choice but to write the middle part. His main character, Tobin, emphasized on "happy middle" a lot. That happy middle speech was awesome. But it didn't sound like he was having a good time. This is me reminding you, this is my theory. His characters were smart, as was pointed out by Myracle's protagonist, Addie. But it seemed pretentious, and trying hard. It did alright as the middle story, though. Laying the groundwork for a wonderful finale.
If anyone out there is still looking for a book to read this break, I would suggest you grab a copy of this book. A very funny, entertaining and heartwarming read.
I am glad to have read the works of Myracle and Johnson. Especially Johnson. I was laughing the entire time. It is perfectly clear why the authors have joined forces. Besides being three of the best YA authors today, they all know how warm you up this season with their flobie villages, hash browns and teacup pigs.(less)
I've been in bed for two days. During so, I've had two books come and go. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".
Stieg Lar...moreI've been in bed for two days. During so, I've had two books come and go. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".
Stieg Larsson's first book of the Millennium Series had a particularly alluring effect on me the first time I heard about it. It had that title which was meant to give a hint of something in a huge and a not-so-huge effect altogether. After a few months of knowing about it, hearing about it and being interested in it, seeing it once again on the shelves of the bookstore made me realize that I already was tired of it. A sort of like jaded prospect.
I borrowed it from my cousin anyway and was planning on starting when other things distracted me and I intentionally let them. There are some books you knowingly deny (the existence of) and this book was one of them for me. It's like you've always known they are going to be utterly great but go on without noticing anyway. After finishing this, I knew I would hate myself for a few minutes. And I did. But all is OK now.
Will Grayson, on the other hand, came as a shock. I did not know anything about it other than these two facts: there will be two Will Graysons and they will be great friends (or best friends or something like that) Both of which are wrong by the way.
All I can say is, Will Grayson is so gay. Literally. It's funny and original altogether. And I never thought that a magnificent collaboration could come up with such a story. Which is why I am ending this review with a simple message:
Tiny Cooper, I am no Will Grayson and I know my name is far from it. But you are one meaty-funny/funny-meaty person with tons and tons of respect and appreciation and I fucking appreciate you!(less)
"...the way the love interest sneaks up on you, several scenes before you even know for sure he's in the story. (...) I'll feel that way soon, any sec...more"...the way the love interest sneaks up on you, several scenes before you even know for sure he's in the story. (...) I'll feel that way soon, any sec now, friends or loved or content or whatnot. I can see it. I can see it smiling. I'm telling you Ed, I'm telling Al now, I have a feeling."
Why We Broke up is different. It is for that reason that I bought it.. but not merely so. Since Daniel Handler's works under his pen name Lemony Snicket, I've had this soft spot for him. Which is why I will never, ever, rate anything by him with less than 3 stars. And it is why I will always, always, try to understand his uniqueness and style. This book is supposedly written by an "artsy" teenage girl, Minerva aka Min Green, but is truly written by a 42-year old man, Daniel Handler. A girl's perspective written by a man. And that is why this book is different. Kidding.
This book is different simply because the female protagonist is different. She likes old films and is an aspiring director. She visits the Carnelian often to watch these classic films and she's the only one who does so. She is in a different crowd, a not-so-popular crowd. She is best friends with Al, a "faggy" guy who used to date a girl in LA. She falls for a guy she's not meant to fall for. (I know. Who am I to say that, really.) She's the type who throws a birthday party for someone who she thinks is the actress she admires. Even though she isn't entirely sure. Did I tell you she's different?
What I really liked about this book is the contradictory fact that it is different and usual at the same time. Min may be different but her situation is the same as any other girl's. I was expecting another reason for their break up but I suppose most times it usually turns out like that.
(I can't believe it. I'm actually going to give a relationship advice here.) Min wasn't an idiot for believing. You can't fake emotions. So keep in mind that even though things don't always turn out the way we want them to in the end, what has been said and done are as real and truthful as when we did them. Ultimately, I think that's what this book is trying to emphasize on most. She says the things she's returning are already without feeling or rather, empty. Because they don't mean anything now that Ed did her wrong when in fact they still contain the same emotions, the same meaningful memories as back then. She just chooses not to hold on to them any longer, and hence, decided to leave all of these on Ed's porch with an entire note/book about every single thing the box contains. For closure, she says. And now, after doing this, she can move on. And so she does.
(Sigh) Yep, the crazy, CRAZY, things we do for love.(less)
Are you going to be playing for the pure of thrill of unreluctant desire?
It was obvious David Levithan was writing Dash' parts, and Rachel Cohn - Lily...moreAre you going to be playing for the pure of thrill of unreluctant desire?
It was obvious David Levithan was writing Dash' parts, and Rachel Cohn - Lily's. Only after finishing the book did I confirm it. Also I found it amusing that the whole book was David's idea, but the whole notebook thing was supposedly Lily's idea, or Langston's. As was said after the final pages of the story, the authors just wrote back and forth because that's how they usually do a collab. Considering that the whole story only lasted for about a week or so, it was too fast. And yet, too irresistible.
I liked Dashiell's parts more. Not sure if it's because Levithan wrote them but I just found Lily's parts to be really girly. And truthfully speaking, Dash is my kind of guy. boy.. guy-boy. Also, I found myself remembering at times that they were only sixteen. I'm pretty sure I would have loved it more if this came out when I was younger though. I would have related to the story, which reminded me of a particular quote from a show. "Even when an adult, our hearts will always be fifteen."
Wasn't that interesting until they first met. There's beauty in meeting someone you've been talking to for a long time. Like hope, and sometimes, sad hope.
This book made me laugh. Pretty sure I looked silly at times. The baby stealer part was quite shallow, but made laugh anyway. Their love story felt unreal at first. But it builds up rather slowly, and nicely, and with a really good foundation.
Things I really liked: 1) Clever use of words 2) Langston was suddenly a wise man. I want an older brother. 3) Dissing Nicholas Sparks. 4) Making a possibility - a reality. 5) Dashiell is a really nice name.
Sweet, sweet, young love. And first kisses, and wanting someone to kiss. Takes me back sometimes. How simple life is in the eyes of a 16-year old, and how light and bright things can be. "Your lightness," Dash said.(less)
Meg has indigo/cyan/violet hair — her way of saying that nothing can get to her, that she's been through enough to not be afraid or to not care about...moreMeg has indigo/cyan/violet hair — her way of saying that nothing can get to her, that she's been through enough to not be afraid or to not care about what people think about her. Meg is stuck in the past. She doesn't figure that out at first, but realizes eventually that the unusual color of her hair sells the very obvious about her. An experienced past. Meg thinks she has it all figured out. She hates to plan but unknowingly does it all the time. She predicts the reactions of people well. She knows how to read people.. until Officer After.
Officer After is calm, well-mannered, prepared, young and handsome. John After (inside) is warm, possessive, decided and self-destructing. They both try to help the other in their own ways. Instead, they end up hurt. "What have we done to each other?"
I'm giving 4 stars to Jennifer Echols' Going Too Far. This is my first book by J. Echols and it's a good read. John/Meg will certainly be added up to my list of OTPs. They deny their love for each other at first because it just seems wrong. A cop falling for a blue-haired delinquent; a rebellious girl falling for a cop.
This is a love story. And like typical love stories, their individual lives are dull and incomplete without the other. It always takes a while for them to realize the simplicity of the fact.(less)
How I pictured the ending of the book: Page 349. "What's up?" he asked. "Nothing. O...moreCHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR The Morning When
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How I pictured the ending of the book: Page 349. "What's up?" he asked. "Nothing. Oh, nothing. Just..." She looked up at him. "I thought I'd finally got rid of you." "I don't think you can." he said.
I picture David Nicholls sitting with his elbows on his desk, thinking, "No." Feeling incomplete. "One more part to go." Hence, this.
How the book ended: Page 435. How else?
One Day has become one of the reasons why I despise reading romance-filled books. I expect reading to be that one thing which can help me get through a rough day when everything else fails. And instead, it saddened me, added up to my pile of frustrations and prolonged my supposed-to-be-24-hours-only rough days.
But it is not at all that bad. It actually was (still is) kind of amazing. It is what love stories are supposed to be: typical and normal. A cliche which can still be incredibly absorbing. A never ending compilation of similarities to everyday happenings. A moving piece of poetry.(less)