Perks is one of the first books I read (and immediately after reading added to my favourites) after getting back into reading young adult literature. It is also one of the first English books I read, and it was a great one to start with as someone who wasn’t good at English at all. The writing style is very simple, in form of letters to someone mysterious—maybe even you!
Charlie is a very emotional, socially awkward character and I think a lot of people will be able to relate to him. Though sometimes he is a little bit too dramatic and innocent. Throughout the book, Charlie experiences a lot of new things, learns to cope with the loss of his favourite aunt and one of his friends, and meanwhile, still tries to have some kind of a social life.
I wish I could explain to you how much I loved this book, but words escape me. It’s everything I wanted it to be. It’s inspiring, thought-provoking, interesting, amazing, beautiful… *Sigh* I can totally see The Perks of Being a Wallflower becoming a modern classic. ...more
I heard so many great things about Anna and the French Kiss, so I decided to just—finally—get it. And I’m more than glad I did.
The characters are what made this book so unbelievably good. They are all really well written, very realistic, and I really felt like I knew them. There were not really stereotypical characters, which I really appreciated. I especially liked Anna, and St. Clair, the swoon-worthy love interest in this book. He was born in America, has a British accent (he grew up in England), and also speaks fluent French. Plus, he has a great sense of humour, he seems like a really nice and honest person, and he has a pretty face (I’m assuming). I want my very own Etienne!
Anna and St. Clair travel through Paris together, with him as her guide between classes. There is just one tiny, little problem that’s holding Anna back: St. Clair has a girlfriend.
I loved how it was described so well that I felt like I was actually there, and it made me want to go back to Paris right away.
This book was all kinds of amazing. It was adorable, laugh-out-loud hilarious, and cheesy (but in a good way). It has everything you’d look for in a contemporary romance: drama, relationships, a great love interest, an amazing group of friends you’ll wish were yours, and great writing.
Anna and the French Kiss does a great job in telling a captivating story set in the most romantic city of the world: Paris. Be warned: when you’re going to pick it up to ‘just read a few chapters’, you won’t be able to put it down. Stephanie Perkins is a genius when it comes to contemporary YA. ...more
It was a little hard to get into, but eventually, you’ll never want to stop reading. There’s constant action and so many unanswered questions and you’ll probably be confused all the time, which can be annoying at times.
The whole idea of The Maze Runner is just… SO CLEVER. There are creepy monsters called Grievers, a mysterious enemy, codes, questions, mystery, a male protagonist (which is always refreshing!), and lots and lots of action. What else do you want?! A dystopian adventure story that is enjoyable for both guys and girls.
Why were the boys put in the Maze in the first place? Who are the creators? Why just boys? What’s so special about Thomas? Is there an escape? Those are just some of the questions you will be asking yourself while reading the book. You don’t get an answer to all of them, but that’s why you need to read the whole series. Mr. Dashner was very smart for doing that—now we HAVE to buy all his books.
There wasn’t a single character I didn’t like. I really liked Thomas, unlike a lot of other people who have read the book. And the other characters all had enough depth and personality, like the mysterious new girl, and the other Gladers.
Their slang words the Gladers came up with annoyed me a little bit. It was not something that will make you want to strangle the characters or whatever, but they use words like ‘klunk, shank, shuck’ all the time. I guess that’s just something you have to get used to, just like the writing style in The Knife of Never Letting Go.
It’s an understatement to say that I’m glad I read this. I’m like, Really Fucking Super Glad I read this. It absolutely lives up to the hype.
The story follows Lola Nolan, a girl who lives in San Francisco with her parents. She is mostly into designing clothes, not particularly the things that are in fashion though—more the extraordinary, interesting ‘costumes’. She was a very unique, fascinating character and I love how she dresses the way she likes to dress, no matter what most people say about her. (She was insecure sometimes, though.)
Lola has a gorgeous rocker boyfriend named Max, a loyal best friend named Lindsey, and two gay dads named Nathan and Andy, and her life is just going great. Until she finds out that the family who used to live next door to her—the Bells—are moving back in. That is kind of where the story takes off.
Stephanie Perkins, thank you for creating characters, like St. Clair and Cricket, that I want to marry. I will now be forever alone though, because no one can live up to the wonderful fictional characters my favourite authors write about. I read a lot of YA books that had characters that didn’t really appeal to me as much as Stephanie Perkins’ characters do.
And for the people who have read Anna and the French Kiss, a nice surprise: Anna and Etienne are in this book, too. And not just to say hello and then disappear for the rest of the novel, they were actual side characters, and that made me so happy. This book is equally as amazing as Anna and the French Kiss, and I can’t wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After.
The things I heard about this book, just before it came out, were crazy positive, which made me expect two entirely different things: 1) It will be totally freaking awesome because almost every single I’ve read about it was positive, or 2) I will be disappointed because I thought it was going to be totally freaking awesome when it was just okay. Well, it was totally freaking awesome. So that’s good and stuff.
(I swear, I should just become a writer or something, I’m so good at explaining my feelings.)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is, as you probably read in the synopsis (Did you read that? I never really do that, because I know by heart what all of the books I want to read are about. Whatever. I’m just going to stop talking now!) is written over the course of 24-hours, and naturally, because it’s set in such a short time period, it makes it fast-paced.
I really like the concept of this book, with the two people meeting in an airport and falling in love while getting to know each other on the plane.
I adored the characters. Hadley and Oliver were both just so likeable and their conversations on the plane had me laughing out loud. Just know that this book isn’t just a love story—it deals with some heavier subjects as well, but I won’t tell you any of that because that’d be a spoiler. I liked that it was about things other than their romance, but at the same time, I wanted to go back and spend more time with them on the plane and read their hilarious conversations. I guess I just kind of have a love-hate relationship with that part of the book.
Another thing that’s probably worth mentioning: it doesn’t feel like instalove (instant love, love at first sight) at all, which is a good thing. The title isn’t actually all that accurate, because, well, at least Hadley wasn’t really like: “Wow, that guy is freaking awesome and super mega foxy awesome hot, I must marry him now and make lots of babies because I am so in love with him.”
What John Green, author of books such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, as well as my favourite person in the whole world said about this book: “Sometimes Nerdfighters publish books and sometimes those books are wonderful, like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by long-time Nerdfigher Jennifer Smith. It’s amazing, it’s beautifully written, it’s super romantic, but it’s also extremely thoughtful. I was very blown away by it. …Very blown away? I’M A NOVELIST!”
It seems like this story would make a great romantic comedy movie....more
It was hard to get into this book and get used to the writing style. A lot of words are misspelled, and that’s probably because the main character, Todd, can’t read (not very well, at least). It really irritated me at first, but I got used to it. Don’t let the writing style discourage you from reading this amazing sci-fi novel—it really is worth it.
I picked this book up because it sounded so interesting, the fact that everyone can hear other people’s (and animals’) thoughts. I expected something completely different though, but it turned out to be better than my expectations.
I liked how the chapters were short, and most of them ended with a cliffhanger that just made me want to keep reading and reading for the rest of the day.
This is definitely one of my favourite books now, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this exceptional trilogy....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.
This book. THIS BOOK. It's seriously one of the best things I own. It made me feel ALL THE THINGS. It's basically like a giant scrapbook full of information & photographs about the films & characters, thoughts from actors, directors & designers, behind-the-scenes, concept art, sets, and (paper) props scattered throughout the book.
You might think that this is one of those books with a lot of pictures and almost no text, but that's not the case with this one! There is actually a lot of information, more than I expected. The font is pretty small as well, so a lot of text fits on each page. Also, the book smells a bit weird, but I kind of like it.
I'm going to have to give this book 4 out of 5 stars instead of 5 out of 5, unfortunately. Because it was published in 2010, it doesn't have much on the Deathly Hallows films, which is disappointing. Though it's a really smart way to make us all buy the sequel, Harry Potter Page to Screen, which I'm definitely going to do once I grow a money tree, because that one is even more expensive than the first one.
It's a book of amazing quality, and it's pretty expensive, but it's totally worth the money. Harry Potter Film Wizardry is a must-have for all Harry Potter fans. ...more