The road trip setting was what made this otherwise ordinary book a great one. Maybe it's b3.5 stars.
Wow, this book was such a fun, lighthearted read!
The road trip setting was what made this otherwise ordinary book a great one. Maybe it's because Morgan Matson herself went on this exact road trip in preparation for writing the book or maybe it's the "scraps from the road" that are prominently featured in it, but the whole trip felt incredibly real.
The characters also seemed relatively realistic; they were flawed (which is something I love in characters, since making them perfect would just be unrealistic and taking the easy way out). Even though Amy is dealing with her father's death, the book doesn't feel too depressing. I've had trouble reading about protagonists like that before because it just got repetitive after a while. But with Amy, I never felt like that. Roger's obsession with his ex girlfriend was really annoying though.
Probably the best thing about this book was THE FOOD. Everything they ate sounded absolutely delicious and since there were PICTURES of some of the dishes, I more than once felt the urge to take a break from reading to eat pancakes/bacon/fries/skittles.
All in all, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was a very fluffy, fun read! The serious issues are very well balanced out with the great experience of the road trip. Nothing groundbreaking and certainly not a modern classic, but definitely worth reading if you're looking for a relaxing read.
A Printz Honor Book of 2011, I couldn't resist picking up this little book while browsing through a local book store recently. Quite frankly, I knew nA Printz Honor Book of 2011, I couldn't resist picking up this little book while browsing through a local book store recently. Quite frankly, I knew nothing about the book itself but the Printz Honor was enough to convince me of its worthiness to be read.
It's been a while since I've been so utterly engrossed in a novel that I have literally not been able to put it down. It's 4:30 in the morning right now and I've probably been reading for 3 hours straight, but my brain simply didn't care. I was vaguely aware of being tired before I started reading but within a few chapters that notion went away and I knew I wouldn't sleep anytime soon.
I'm not sure how to describe what I got out of this book. It was a bit disturbing, yes, but it was written so beautifully that it'll probably stay with me for a very long time. The characters were so brilliantly put together that even those who didn't get much attention over the course of the book just seemed vibrant and one hundred percent real. The translator definitely did a great job.
All in all it was a magnificent read that definitely deserves all the critical acclaim it's been getting. ...more
This book was a quick, semi-entertaining summer read. It's not really well written (the "author" uses like as a filler word on almost every page) andThis book was a quick, semi-entertaining summer read. It's not really well written (the "author" uses like as a filler word on almost every page) and the plot is just ridiculus but it did keep me entertained for a few hours at the beach....more
How come every single plot has to be split into a trilogy nowadays? Or even a sevenology or a 12-ology?! There's very few well written, YA stand aloneHow come every single plot has to be split into a trilogy nowadays? Or even a sevenology or a 12-ology?! There's very few well written, YA stand alone books right now, simply because (and this is obvious) the more books there are, the more books teens buy. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a prime example that a quality book is better off not being part of a series. Three or more books will likely ruin even the best story. Of course there are some exceptions to the rule but those are very few.
Charlie, the protagonist, is one of the most oversensitive characters I've ever read about. He has a tendency to start crying at random and seems to constantly put everybody's lives ahead of his. He's a little naive, maybe, but also ridiculously smart. All in all, he is a very loveable character, despite being so flawed. I love when authors write characters that are flawed but likeable - nobody's perfect, but apparently some writers feel like their characters have to be.
Told entirely in the form of letters Charlie writes to a stranger, he talks about his life. Everyhting from his dysfunctional, yet loving family to his rather apprehensive English teacher Bill, seemed very very authentic.
I still feel a little emotional right now because even if the ending wasn't particularly full of sorrow, I do feel sad to be leaving these characters behind and to be moving on to another book....more
My rating of this book has been fully approved by the 12 year old in me who read these books over and over again during a particularly wonderful summeMy rating of this book has been fully approved by the 12 year old in me who read these books over and over again during a particularly wonderful summer a few years ago. I remember how I got to know these four girls so well that I was almost convinced they were my friends. I laughed with them, I cried with them and ultimately I felt like I grew up with them (at least in the form of books).
Reuniting with them now, much later, felt exactly how I imagine it would feel to see my best friends after years of not having seen them. I was reluctant to read this book. A huge part of me really wanted to, for obvious nostalgia reasons, but another was scared that this book would ruin the magic of the Septembers for me. When those pants got lost in Santorini all those years ago, I felt like I could part ways with these girls. (Yes, I do realize that I sound like a complete maniac)
But this book was not what I expected. It was a great way to catch up with these old friends; it was a surprising, sad, joyful and most of all an extremely nostalgic experience. The writing was a lot better than I expected (hey; I was 12 when I read these books. I had no idea what a well written book was back then, but apparently this series wasn't all that bad.)
It was a wonderful read and I feel like I can now go to bed feeling content. (Yes, I have once again read through the night without noticing. But 5 AM doesn't even shock me anymore.)...more
Let me just state my main problem with One Day: WHY DID THIS BOOK HAVE TO BE 448 PAGES LONG?!?! The story was semi-entertaining after a few chaptersLet me just state my main problem with One Day: WHY DID THIS BOOK HAVE TO BE 448 PAGES LONG?!?! The story was semi-entertaining after a few chapters but it was just WAY TOO LONG. The characters were also not likeable at all and I really didn't understand why they were friends in the first place.
To anyone who hasn't read this yet: I envy you. Do not waste your time on this book. ...more
Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I didn't think I'd like this book at all, since people kept describing Courtney Summers as 'the Canadian Sara3.5 stars.
Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I didn't think I'd like this book at all, since people kept describing Courtney Summers as 'the Canadian Sarah Dessen' to me. It wasn't nearly as cheesy as I expected and felt very authentic. The length of the book was perfect, a very quick but pleasant read....more
Let me start of this review by saying that I cry when I read books. I never used to but at the beginning of the year I read On the Jellicoe Road and iLet me start of this review by saying that I cry when I read books. I never used to but at the beginning of the year I read On the Jellicoe Road and it completely broke me. Ever since, I've cried at some point during 80% of the books I read.
Why didn't I cry while I read this book? I'd honestly like to know. Everybody else apparently did but I just never felt compelled to do so. Don't get me wrong - I really really liked this book but it just wasn't a cry worthy read for me.
I guess there's not too much left to say now since I liked it (as you can tell from my 3-star rating)and about a billion people have already read/reviewed this book. Maybe the reason why I didn't like the duology as much as other people did is because it was so hyped up and my expectations were way too high....more
Paulo Coelho is a name most people have heard before, regardless of their amount of interest in books. As an avid reader, I decided that it was aboutPaulo Coelho is a name most people have heard before, regardless of their amount of interest in books. As an avid reader, I decided that it was about time for me to read one of his books.
Veronika Decides to Die was definitely pleasurable to read. The book wasn't outstanding but it wasn't one I regret reading either. I found Paulo Coelho's narrating style to be very compelling. He managed to lure me in within the first few pages. It was really just because of his impeccable writing that I took an interest in Veronika's life. Reading the back of the book, it all sounded a bit trivial to me; a girl who doesn't have any major problems decides to kill herself simply because she doesn't want to get stuck in the routine of the life she's living. The simple writing brought a lot to the story.
The ending of the book was insanely predictable. Living life to its fullest is definitely the lesson the reader is meant to take away from this book, but I found it way too preachy to take it seriously.
I would like to give it more than 2 stars but because most of the chapters towards the end bored me, I won't....more