This was a fun read and it starts out with vivid imagery. I bought it months ago, finally got to it while in the lobby of a math center where I take m...moreThis was a fun read and it starts out with vivid imagery. I bought it months ago, finally got to it while in the lobby of a math center where I take my kids, after school, and I was totally transported away to the opening scene. Nice!
A great thing about this book is the cultural diversity in the cast of characters. It's truly a testament to creativity, originality, and for me it was refreshing. When you read a lot of books in a genre, you see the same types over and over again, or you see stereotypes, but not in this book (thank God!).
There is an interesting plot twist (won't spoil it for you) and overall I love the way romance is portrayed in the book.(less)
The book is slow-paced and bounces between the lives of several characters. The dramatic portions of their lives are not really brought to life. There...moreThe book is slow-paced and bounces between the lives of several characters. The dramatic portions of their lives are not really brought to life. There is a lot of "telling" rather than "showing" and I suspect it is because Mrs. McCullers had spread herself thin trying to cover multiple story lines.
What I liked about this book was the way McCullers illustrated the different ways in which the characters were lonely. One character was ahead of his time, another had radical views that set him apart from the rest, one had a disability that kept him from being completely immersed in all that happened around him, and the young girl just didn't seem figure out where she fit in. There are many things to take away from this book, and it can spawn lengthy discussions on any given day, but that's if you get through the book and don't mind the preachy sections.
What I didn't like: McCullers assigned a characteristic to the young girl in the book that didn't seem to fit with the way the young girl was "set up" in the story. I got the impression that it was McCullers' way of trying to put some of herself into the character (by making the girl have an inexplicable love for classical music) and it could be that the little girl *is* a projection of McCullers, but McCullers didn't do much to build this love for music in a way the reader could accept it coming from the young girl. It was just something that was told, and demonstrated, but not believable -- felt like a forced trait. We didn't know *why* she loved music, just that she did, and it was always in her head.
Before looking up McCullers I already knew she was not black simply by the way the blacks were described in the book. Not because of the racist remarks made by the white characters or the way the white characters perceived the black characters (the era in which the story takes place calls for it), but because of the way she portrayed the blacks in their own environment and how she portrayed their private moments. She uses language that blacks would not use to describe themselves or their feelings. Some of the narration in these passages is a direct indication that the writer is not black and dampens the reading experience because the language used is not believable, especially to a black reader i.e. the African American doctor sometimes felt "a negro violence" rising within. Blacks would not describe anything they're feeling as "negro" (even then), it would just be "a violence", "a rage" etc. Other characters also came across as having been crafted from the Caucasian perspective and succeeded in pulling me out of the story. It's kind of like going to a puppet show and seeing a big portion of the puppeteers head popping up from behind the stage while the show is going on. You remember that the show isn't real and that someone is trying to give the puppet a voice.
I've read the book, I understand the book and what is found between the lines - lots to discuss there. I still give it 3 stars. (less)
I cannot express how refreshing it is to find something in the paranormal romance genre that is not about vampires, werewolves, or zombies. NOT saying...moreI cannot express how refreshing it is to find something in the paranormal romance genre that is not about vampires, werewolves, or zombies. NOT saying there is anything wrong with vampires and such (I like those books too), I'm just saying that it is nice to read something different. To give a general idea, this book is like Twilight but with angels vs demons. I think in some ways, for the more conservative parents, they would enjoy the tone of this book for their teens since it doesn't focus heavily on the dark/occult aspects of paranormal material.
When it comes to execution, I think that the author did an excellent job with capturing the voice of suburban teens, she did an excellent job in teasing the reader with romantic scenes that don't go overboard, and still leave you in anticipation for the next show of affection between the main character and her beau…and she did an excellent job with creating mystery and suspense throughout the entire story. I have already recommended this book to many of the teens I know, and I have to admit that even as a 30-something, I really enjoyed the read. Apart from the paranormal aspect of this story, I was brought back to my teen days, when I first hooked up with the man who is my husband today… and that awkward time when I knew he liked me, he knew I liked him, but we were still unsure with how to proceed and define what we had going on (lol).
Evolution of Insanity is a collection of short stories that reveals (in a very creative way) the author's interesting perspective on human nature, the...moreEvolution of Insanity is a collection of short stories that reveals (in a very creative way) the author's interesting perspective on human nature, the nature of inspiration and the art of crafting a story. My personal favorites from the collection are Sand, The Story of Ernest and Cosmic Violet. I absolutely love the author's style of storytelling and the way he uses humor to convey complex observations. I also see where the book is a platform to share some philosophical information, but not in a preachy manner…it is classy and very well done. Overall this book gets two thumbs up from me and I would certainly recommend it to my friends (in fact I have already).(less)
Let me say up front that this author did an excellent job with the material/theme. I was definitely caught up in the story and I LOVED her main char...moreLet me say up front that this author did an excellent job with the material/theme. I was definitely caught up in the story and I LOVED her main character (Amber).
What I admire about Jayde Scott's writing style is her ability to truly capture the voice of her audience (YA) and express it in this book. The entire cast of characters is easy to relate to and very believable. Also, the author did an excellent job of balancing the action scenes with the scenes depicting romantic tension between Amber and you-know-who (no spoilers, ha-ha). Amber is a well crafted character and I think any young lady reading the book would instantly love her and root for her (I did). The author really brought Amber to life with the small details (her work ethic, the way she cooks a meal, the way she manages her emotions without being totally transparent etc)…just very well done if you ask me. I give this book two thumbs up and would not hesitate to recommend it. (less)