**spoiler alert** After recently moving back to the US from overseas, I felt the need to downsize and organize the stuff I have. After getting distrac**spoiler alert** After recently moving back to the US from overseas, I felt the need to downsize and organize the stuff I have. After getting distracted by binge-watching closet cleanout videos on Youtube, I decided to give this book a try to see what all the hype was about.
The main gist of her method basically boils down to: 1. Don't keep things due to a sense of obligation. Only have things that you like. 2. Learn how to appreciate and take better care of the things that you have.
Do I really buy into her whole "no repeat customers" thing? Not really. But the book does have tips that are helpful. She tends to go on and on about things without giving an actual practical reason for them, but one of the things that I have been trying to work on is to acquire higher-quality items and learn to care for and store them properly. ...more
So basically, The only reason I read this was because it was the free "Book of the Week" in the iBook store. I should have been more wary since last wSo basically, The only reason I read this was because it was the free "Book of the Week" in the iBook store. I should have been more wary since last week's free book was The Da Vinci Code, but I am easily swayed by the word "free" and the reviews were so high so I guess I shrugged and said to myself "Well, no matter how terrible it is, it has to be better than Twilight."
But it's basically the same book.
Right off the bat, the first thing that bothered me were the names. I don't know if names are different in Florida, but how come every character has to have an uncommon name? Now I can understand one or two special little snowflakes who's parents were being original, but this school seriously seems to be lacking in "Katies, Michaels, and Steves." And really, who in their right mind names their child "Pagan?" Clearly, her mother doesn't know she has this "I see dead people" thing going on so it's not really meaningful, it's just stupid. Not to mention it's creeping into Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way territory. Also, if you are trying to make your readers swoon over this "sexy beast" of a grim reaper, why would you pick a name like "Dank?"
Things that are dank: 1. Caves 2. Moldy basements 3. Murder dungeons
Are any of these things sexy? I guess everyone has a fetish.
But we know he's supposed to be sexy, because the main character keeps telling us he is. She tells us a lot of things actually, usually several times in basically the same way. I don't like to be told what to think, I want to be able to picture it myself.
It seems like a lot of Young-Adult novels use first person perspective as a crutch. They think "You're in her head! You feel what she feels! Feel her pain!" The problem is, it is almost never done well. Want to know something about the mind of an average teenage girl? It's really annoying. They are selfish and superficial, regardless of how many times they tell you they are not. There are ways to write from the perspective of a single character without literally being inside their heads, and other authors, even in the "Young Adult" genre have done them quite well. And if used correctly, there are a lot of wonderfully successful stories written in first person, this, unfortunately is not one of them.
This novel is also full of wonderful cringe-worthy dialogue that no one in the real world would ever say. Every line of dialogue felt awkward and unnatural to read, and the tiny linguist inside me began to cry. I think some of the problems in this book could have been solved by a good edit, but without one it makes the book seem lazy. It reads like a first draft, not something worthy enough to not only be published, but to be a "Book of the Week." Especially since I also found several typos in my version.
I think over all, this kind of book just makes me sad. Admittedly, I didn't read very many "Young Adult" novels when I was a teenager, so maybe it's always been this way and I'm just out of the loop, but books like this are generic and lazy and it seems like the people putting them out there think that teenagers are stupid. Not everything needs to be spelled out for young people to understand. People don't need to be constantly reminded that the love interest is "sexy." The ability to read between the lines and interpret the things that aren't blatantly spelled out is one of the things that makes reading exciting and it's a shame that so many good options are being bogged down under crap like this.
The one thing that made this better than Twilight? At least the main character has enough self-awareness to realize that she acts like an asshole to people....more