This book started off so awesome. On the surface it seems like another dystopian novel to throw into the heap but the premise is so new and creative!This book started off so awesome. On the surface it seems like another dystopian novel to throw into the heap but the premise is so new and creative! The world Jordan paints is both far-fetched and completely credible. The beginning hooked me right off the bat and I became so intrigued with the characters and the world they lived in. Jordan approaches topics like abortion, religion, rape, and the justice system in way that shocks you as much as it makes you think. I was more attached to Hannah's best friend Kayla than I was to Hannah and for some reason couldn't figure out why I hated Rev. Dale so much (he actually really just does the best he knows how with the situation at hand). The scenes in the hospital after her chroming as well as the ones at the PATH center were well written and emotionally provoking.
The second half of the book felt like a completely different author took over. Hannah began behaving in way so inconsistent with her character and it really felt like Jordan was suddenly choosing stereotypes and shock value over staying true to her character development. The whole plot became one giant blurry chase scene when I thought it was going to become a political revolution. Instead of exciting twists and turns, I just got car sick.
I also really wish it was just written from first person because you only get Hannah's perspective anyway but it is from this awkward 3rd person limited narrator that just doesn't make sense.
Oh and I really wanted to know more about the other (non-read) chromes and think there could totally be a spin-off series about them.
A good, intriguing, quick read that I definitely recommend - just felt the second half and the ending (ugh, talk about cheesy) fell flat. ...more
I was really between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I am still letting it simmer. This is a HEAVY book that gave me "heavy boots" (to quote Foer). I don'tI was really between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I am still letting it simmer. This is a HEAVY book that gave me "heavy boots" (to quote Foer). I don't think I was in the right state of mind/ready for it. I rushed through it to get it finished before book club and didn't let certain sections and scenes and quotes sit with me as I usually do. Little Bee's chapters were my favorites. Her voice was so poignant and her perspective so beautifully written. The other sections didn't strike me near as much as the ones from her point of view. Also, a very frustrating ending that left me with SO MANY questions. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Maybe it just wasn't the right timing. ...more
My first Sedaris book! Pretty freakin hilarious. Short story collections are hard for me because my linear brain wants a storyline and a plot, but oncMy first Sedaris book! Pretty freakin hilarious. Short story collections are hard for me because my linear brain wants a storyline and a plot, but once I pushed through and read (admittedly most of) this book I had gotten a stellar ab work-out. If you don't like dark humor, some stories might be a tough read for you. In terms of honesty and dysfunctional family/relationships, David leaves no stone unturned. (some stories may feel downright offensive) If you have never picked up a Sedaris, I have heard his earlier works are more popular but I really liked this one! Will definitely have to pick up another one of these days. ...more
Similar to how I felt about The Hunger Games, the first two books were wonderful ... the final book fell flat. To be fair, I was really on the fence aSimilar to how I felt about The Hunger Games, the first two books were wonderful ... the final book fell flat. To be fair, I was really on the fence about how I wanted this saga to end and Roth did a decent job staying true to her characters. I am a sucker for good, strong character development. That being said, the ending felt drawn out the first 3/4 of the book and the last 1/4 was rushed and frustrating. Without a spoiler alert, I will say I did ALMOST cry. I was left with so many questions about the lives and futures of these characters and the world they live in! I will say I did like how she wrapped up Peter's character. Not what I expected. Anyhow, a bit of mixed feelings but overall this series was a really great one. ...more