Even though it’s about death, The Catastrophic History of You and Me was a really light and ‘fluffy’ read. There’s a very good balance between sad and happy, humorous parts: there’s never too much of either one.
I really liked the writing style—quirky but still beautiful at times. The main characters, Brie and Patrick, were so very real and likeable. Brie was immature and angry at times. There were points in the book when she was really acting like a spoiled brat, but her sarcastic humour and witty comebacks made it easy and enjoyable to read. Patrick, her partner in crime, was mysterious, likeable, and he had these great one-liners and gave her cheese nicknames, which I thought was really cute (because her name is Brie, get it?). I also liked the five stages of grief Brie went through all the way from Denial to Acceptance.
The ending—oh, the ending. I’m not going to say too much about it, just that it was awesome and I didn’t see it coming at all. The rest of the book, whenever something was about to happen, I could pretty much guess everything and be right, but the ending pretty much made up for everything.
Overall, The Catastrophic History of You and Me was a funny, cute read about love, death, the afterlife, self-discovery, forgiveness and heartbreak.
I really liked Fracture! I liked how the whole accident didn’t just drag on all the way through the book: when she got out of the hospital, other things were going on right away. I was reading this while travelling through the airport and I hated when I had to put it down because there were security checks or we had to walk to the gate and everything.
The characters were pretty good. I loved Delaney and Decker, and I wasn’t really sure about Troy—he was just always kind of mysterious to me, and not in a good way. Delaney was very easy to relate to. Even though she went through a lot of things I haven’t been through, I sympathised with her.
The pacing was excellent. Things weren’t revealed too soon but not too late either.
I absolutely love the cover art. It’s the thing that made me buy it in the store. (I know, I shouldn’t judge books by their covers or whatever, but come on. It’s gorgeous.)
Fracture is a emotional, suspenseful, and fast-paced debut novel that I highly recommend for people who like contemporary with a paranormal twist. ...more
If you haven’t read Across The Universe by Beth Revis, do NOT read this review. As much as I’d like you to, I don’t want to spoil the first book for you.
I already know that this will be in my Top Ten of 2012 List, even though it’s one of the first books I’ve read this year. It was even better than the first book, Across The Universe. I didn’t think it could get much better after reading the first one, but I was so wrong. The beginning of Across The Universe was a little slow because there’s so much world-building going on, but in this book, it’s full of action and it’s constantly interesting because you already know the basics of the two main characters and the ship. Okay, so, basically, Orion—who was frozen at the end of Across The Universe—has left clues for Amy about a whole lot of secrets that she still hasn’t found out about yet. She and Elder try to find new clues, while he (Elder) also has to lead the ship, which isn’t really working out for him. Now that the Feeders are off Phydus, they can think for themselves and there’s chaos, riots, rebellion.
Please pick this up, even if you didn’t like Across The Universe that much. This one is 8752857923 times better, it’s INSANE. There are so many twists in this book that surprise the shit out of you. It’s never predictable. SO FREXING GOOD. Sorry for the CRAZY review, I’m just so in love with this book.
Oh, one more thing. If you are trying to decide what to read next and either this one or Across The Universe is on your To Be Read Pile, grab it and start reading it RIGHT NOW. You can thank me later.
If you have read a David Levithan book before, you know what I mean when I say that his books are fantastic, beautifully written, and thought-provoking. I hope to read the rest of his books very, very soon. It’s also nice that they’re all really short so you can basically fly through them, except some have really heavy topics which makes you want to put the book down to just breathe.
David Levithan has written a novel of loss and grief, but also hope and moving on, because eventually you’ll have to, despite being changed forever.
In 2001, I was too young to really understand what happened that day (I was 6 years old, and nowhere near New York), so I don’t really remember anything, which is a good thing, I guess.
I would recommend this book to everyone who likes realistic fiction. Whether you know a lot about 9/11, know a little bit, or don’t know anything at all, it’s definitely a good read.