I don't understand how a 5-star rated first volume can just go down, down, down to 3 with the second release. But.. I liked it. So moving on to Vol. 3...moreI don't understand how a 5-star rated first volume can just go down, down, down to 3 with the second release. But.. I liked it. So moving on to Vol. 3.(less)
Barnes wrote, "I was looking for traps, ambiguities, implied insults. There were none - unless straightforwardness itself can be a trap. It was an ord...moreBarnes wrote, "I was looking for traps, ambiguities, implied insults. There were none - unless straightforwardness itself can be a trap. It was an ordinary, sad story - all too familiar - and simply told."
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 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)
There are numerous tips & wonderful quotations from the beloved Lemony Snicket. Some of them I've posted on Twitter (I'm currently too tired to lo...moreThere are numerous tips & wonderful quotations from the beloved Lemony Snicket. Some of them I've posted on Twitter (I'm currently too tired to look them up and post them here). But of course I remember a few. "I do what I do in order to do something else." This one still strikes me as amazing as when I first read it. People may not realize how much truth it holds. And something a little more humorous. "It is good to brush your teeth when you are angry, because you brush harder and do a better job."
I cannot put to words how much I truly love Daniel Handler. He has given me a peculiar, and hence a very interesting childhood. Every time he writes something funny or smart, I feel his pride. And every single time he writes something odd, I smile and think, "I love you Daniel. Who else thinks like this? Why even write something like this?" (Meant to be rhetorical ofc) But I hear him saying, "Why not?"
I was looking forward to the first book of this series. But having read the entire ASOUE, I must say it isn't as adventurous, albeit still as clever and entertaining.(less)
Pat thinks his life, along with everything he does, is for one purpose - to be reunited with his ex-wife, Nikki. He works out because Nikki likes him...morePat thinks his life, along with everything he does, is for one purpose - to be reunited with his ex-wife, Nikki. He works out because Nikki likes him fit. He reads books because he knows Nikki would be happy if he does. He practices being kind more than being right because he knows that would impress Nikki.
Nikki, Nikki, Nikki.
Although he does every single thing properly, or at least tries to, I still find some of Pat's principles in life unrealistic. The way he dedicates everything to Nikki is very annoying. But there is a reason why Pat is the way he is. He just got out of the bad place. And everyone knows that in the bad place, people are the way they are for a reason. A big, fat reason.
The Silver Linings Playbook is a glance into the mind of a mentally ill. Pat Peoples and his silver-lining-related beliefs live in a world of contradictions. While Pat thinks he understands everything, his temperament, the way he hates Kenny G, the ways of his father, and his life with ex-wife Nikki, he doesn't understand the underlying factors. He is sure that books are supposed to have happy endings. And throws a fit if they do not - screaming at his parents while trying to make his point, and then goes running to calm his nerves. He thinks that by not truly knowing his past, he can go on with his life like the past never happened. That he can just be better and his life will have that silver lining.
This book aims to relay a single message. Life goes on.
Jake's marriage while Pat was in the bad place means that life doesn't stop for anyone. Pat finding out that Nikki divorced him and that apart time does not exist means that life constantly begins and ends, and that we may be crestfallen and downhearted but wounds always mend. The presence of his friends and family means that there will always be people who are willing to help us stand up again.
Pat thinks that life without Nikki means that it has reached the end. But acceptance is the key. He accepts that life with Nikki is over, and he thinks that his life is too. Little does he know that it has just truly begun.
I am in awe of this exceptionally beautiful book. I am. The style, theme, the simplicity and the characters. And the moral. How it tackles human behav...moreI am in awe of this exceptionally beautiful book. I am. The style, theme, the simplicity and the characters. And the moral. How it tackles human behavior, how we are in the world, how we hope and dream. And how these dreams are crushed, for those dreams are impossible.
"Such paradises of freedom, contentment, and safety are not to be found in this world."(less)
Just realized: - I've been reading random books this October. I lost track. Random read #4? - I remember exactly how I first knew about this book whic...moreJust realized: - I've been reading random books this October. I lost track. Random read #4? - I remember exactly how I first knew about this book which was last year, on Twitter, while I was supposedly finishing my first Levithan collaboration, "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" - I liked it, didn't love it, but I thought that maybe I have to finish a book he's written on his own first before removing him off my list of hype-to-reads - this is more for myself than for anyone else to read - I've decided that I neither like nor dislike the use of strikethough. But I'm using it here anyway. Appropriate.
I had no idea this was going to be a mystery novel. Hell, I had no idea what it was about. The cover photo made the book seem interesting and with the text on top, I just decided to get on with it. "Every You, Every Me" sounds like a good title for a romantic-filled book, or at least something light with a little humor on the side. I was wrong. Finished it in less than 24 hours, and still unsure of how many stars to give it. Maybe two or three, you made my 24 hours hard for me. Angst, angst, angst. I didn't know what it was about. But after five Levithan reads, I felt like I had to trust the author. I tried I tried I And so I decided to go along for the ride.
We got off to a confusing start. There were a lot of things I did not understand. And I have to admit there were times I was sure I would not really get it, I would never get it, and I started asking myself, am I the only one? Am I? Bits and pieces of the story were all over the place and questions just came flooding in. I think it was one half confusion and one half trust that I continued reading. This book is about acceptance. About closure.
I appreciate the author and his works. His experimental style and his collaborations. But if I owned this book, I would not be able to place it anywhere. Lost with Jennifer Brown's "Hate List" and Jessica Anthony's "Chopsticks". Surely they all have something to do with the mental aspect and that's what bothers me. Because while some books take you one or more steps further and give pieces which somehow fit into your being, I feel like this type of books unintentionally unaware oblivious unconsciously take a few pieces away. It is not their fault, maybe it depends on the reader. But personally, I'm just taking comfort from the fact that after "Every You, Every Me" which was just good, "Every Day" which was great came out.(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)