I’d be lying if I said that I wasn't expecting wonderful things when I requested this book but damn if I wasn’t slightly disappointed. Yes, I knew thaI’d be lying if I said that I wasn't expecting wonderful things when I requested this book but damn if I wasn’t slightly disappointed. Yes, I knew that it wouldn’t be all sunshine and butterflies based on that summary alone, but I also wasn’t expecting the deceit and betrayals. And honestly, I’m not sure if I would have read it if I had known. Now, before you write this book off as one that you’ll never read, please keep in mind that the issues that I had with this book are based on my own personal views and I believe that some of the things that I had a problem with won’t bother everybody so if this sounds like the type of book that you would like, then you should give it a chance.
Love and Other Theories starts off to a great start, we’re introduced to Aubrey and her friends and their evolved theories on dating and love in high school. Aubrey seems to be content with the theories and the way that she has to be, until Nathan.
Nathan had me from the get go, he was smart and caring and I thought he was exactly what Aubrey needed to pull her head out of the theory cloud and he was…for a while.
I don’t want to go into specifics about the story and Aubrey’s relationships lest I ruin everything but let’s just say I was really enjoying the first half but then some things happen and everyone acts like it was ok that it had happened, but if that would have happened to me, there would have been hell to pay, and I honestly don’t know how someone could have ‘overlooked’ these things and pretended everything was fine, but hey, that’s just me.
I know that shitty things happen and things like what happened in this book happen every day, and that’s fine. While I don’t agree with it, that wasn’t the major problem for me. My problem was, how someone could just be ok with it or at least pretend to be ok with it. It’s not ok to be treated that way and it just pissed me off the way that everyone seemed to think it was.
Overall, I think Love and Other Theories will be loved by a lot of readers, unfortunately it just pushed the wrong buttons for me. ...more
Playlist for the Dead is one of those books that I knew that I would enjoy. I know it sounds kind of weird but I love the tough books, the ones that dPlaylist for the Dead is one of those books that I knew that I would enjoy. I know it sounds kind of weird but I love the tough books, the ones that deal with hard issues. I don't know what it is but they just appeal to me for some reason. So, because of that when I saw this book, I didn't hesitate to request it and I'm so glad that I did.
When I picked this book up after reading the summary, I was expecting to get a lot of Sam going back through the times he spent with Hayden, searching for any clues of what his best friend was planning. And while we did get quite a bit of that, we also got so much more. There was mystery, there was romance, and there was a ton of self discovery and growth, all of which made this story that much more powerful.
The characters were so easy to relate to, which I feel is a must, especially with this type of book, Falkoff does it wonderfully though. I felt sympathy with what Sam was going through, and I wanted to figure out what was going on just as much as he did. I even felt a connection with Hayden, which is saying something about this author's writing abilities since we never actually 'meet' Hayden.
Falkoff writes an emotionally gripping and thought provoking story and I was completely absorbed in Sam and Hayden's story. I would definitely recommend this book to those who don't mind books with tougher subjects....more