I’m probably one of the very few who would say this, but I hated My Sister’s Keeper!
The reason why I say this is because it made me very hesitant to rI’m probably one of the very few who would say this, but I hated My Sister’s Keeper!
The reason why I say this is because it made me very hesitant to read other books by Jodi Picoult. Finally after 2 years, I decided to try A Change of Heart by her and all I can say is: Wow. I was hooked from the very first chapter!
I loved everything about this book.
I’m not really a fan of having multiple narrators, but I became genuinely interested in these characters. It was really interesting to see how they play out in a story that wasn’t really about them. Sure you get to see June (the mother)’s perspective sometimes in the story, but the real storytellers are Sean’s spiritual advisor Michael, his lawyer Maggie and his friend and cellmate Lucius . I remember getting really excited whenever the narrators interact. That’s how I was into these characters.
Jodi Picoult does a great job in giving each character a distinctive voice. Each of them responds to things differently and they have their own perspectives on life and faith. These characters felt really real. You can feel their emotions. I specially felt very sad whenever I read June’s perspective because it really shows how the people you loved and lost never go away.
Remember when I said the story isn’t really about the narrators? Well, it’s because it’s not. The story is really about Sean who killed a father and a daughter. And it’s also about the mother who deals with the pain of losing them while also trying to save her other daughter. However, as I said, I’ve become so invested with the narrators that it didn’t bother me who was telling the story. Some people may get annoyed of the sudden shift between the narrators, but I didn’t find a problem with it.
The story is amazing. It’s about loss, faith, forgiveness, and injustice. Sometimes the world is unfair, but it’s okay as long as you have something to fight for.
I highly recommend this book especially if you are a Jodi Picoult fan. ...more
This book has been haunting me for two years screaming for me to read it. Only back in January I felt this overwhelming desire to pick it up and readThis book has been haunting me for two years screaming for me to read it. Only back in January I felt this overwhelming desire to pick it up and read it. I know I’m late in joining the bandwagon, but it’s always a good thing because you get to open the book with an open mind.
I found some difficulties writing this review because I couldn't think of something that hasn't already been said about The Time Traveler's Wife. Everyone read this book and loves it. I'll try not repeat what anyone said, but forgive me if I ended up doing that.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is an engrossing love story that will make you believe in true love and the power of destiny.
This is a love story that chronicles the lives of Henry and Clare and how they deal with their abnormal situation. How does it feel to be the one left behind? how does it feel to be the one who always have to leave and powerless to control it? How does it feel to know things ahead of time but can't do anything about it? The book answers all these questions by showing us how can love survive against all odds.
The story is very well-crafted and cleverly put together. This is the kind of book you have to read over and over again in order to put the pieces together. I just finished the book and I already want to read it again. You can sense that the author spend so much time planning this book, and I admire her for that.
What makes the story so wonderful is its characters. The two main characters, Henry and Clare, are very well-developed and you get to see them grow throughout the story. We get to see the story from both sides and how each of them deal with the situation. It's easy to feel for these characters and what they're going through. As any couple, there are good times and bad times, but they stay together no matter what how awful things are sometimes.
Although this is the story of Henry and Clare, I'm glad that the side characters shine as well, which what I didn't expect. The side characters are great with each having a significance to the main plot. In fact, they are part of the puzzle pieces that put the story together. I have to say my favorite out of all of them was Kimy, Henry's caretaker.
The book made me appreciate how precious the time you spend with your loved ones because you don't know what might happen tomorrow. You don't know when they will disappear. Love is not easy. The only way to survive through the difficult times is your inner strength. Only a strong person would tolerate waiting for Henry and still love him.
Of course, this book does have its problems. For one, it has pacing issues. Although it's an easy read, it's a very long one. The author gives you even the little details about the lives of those characters that I felt could have been cut out. I consider this a minor complaint because I appreciated these little details when I finished the book. However, impatient readers might be turned off by the slow pacing.
Another issue I had with the book is the writing. It wasn't bad, but it was filled with grammatical errors. I don't usually notice these things so I don't think it's a good sign that I was able to spot these errors multiple times. Also there's the thing with the dialogue. Although it was very enjoyable to read, I found it unrealistic sometimes. As I was reading some parts, I thought; "No body talks like that!"
In the end, I think The Time Traveler’s Wife is deserving of all the hype that surrounds it. It has its problems, but the good parts do more that enough to keep the reader engaged. It's a clever story with a sweet touching romance and well-developed characters. If you love romance, you more than likely will devour this book. I personally think every couple, especially married couple should read it. It's a great representation on how love works and what it means to love another person. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a book that I'll never forget. ...more
I'm not a big fan of the writing style, to be honest. however, I LOVE everything else! The story is amazing. Anyone who loves movies should read this bI'm not a big fan of the writing style, to be honest. however, I LOVE everything else! The story is amazing. Anyone who loves movies should read this book.
Brian Selznick my not be the best writer, but he's a wonderful storyteller and a wonderful artist. The art in this book is breathtaking.
If you want a book that makes you feel warm and happy inside, Give this one a read....more
I've been a fan of the Harry Potter films ever since they've came out, so I knew I was going to love the books as well.
I just didn't expect I'd love tI've been a fan of the Harry Potter films ever since they've came out, so I knew I was going to love the books as well.
I just didn't expect I'd love the book this much. It has everything you would want in a children fantasy story. What I loved the most about this book is how wonderfully written it is. J.K. Rowling's style is so witty and fun that you never get bored reading the book.
If you're a fun of the films, you've got to read the books!...more
Delightful and heartwarming. The Tale of Despereaux is a story about dark and light, love and hope, Bravery and forgiveness.
This is definitely one ofDelightful and heartwarming. The Tale of Despereaux is a story about dark and light, love and hope, Bravery and forgiveness.
This is definitely one of the best children books I've ever read, with a main character so charming that you would want to jump into the book and hug him. with Despereaux as your night, you wouldn't need a knight in a shining armor....more
You may think it's weird, but I find it more difficult writing reviews for books I like. It's hard to point outReceived from publisher via NetGalley.
You may think it's weird, but I find it more difficult writing reviews for books I like. It's hard to point out the stuff you love in the book without gushing. It often comes out really messy and disjonted. Let's see how that goes. On with the review.
If want me to describe this book in one word, it's "Adorable."
Friends with Boys is a book that's charming, funny and tender all at the same time. I was enchanted from the very first pages.
I always thought that sibling relationships are not portrayed enough in fiction. When I came across this book, I was pleasantly surprised that it were the main focus. This is a story about how life can make your relationships stronger or break them apart. Sometimes you'd like your life to stay the way that it is at the moment, but you can't help the fact that things will change. Sometimes these changes will prevent you from spending time with the people you love. That's what the main character is going through.
Maggie is a very easy character to love because you can't help but feel for her. She is facing a big change in her life. After being home-schooled her whole life, she is going to high school, meeting new faces and facing new challenges. It's easy to empathize with her because when you live a life that you pretty much happy with, and there's a possibility of losing that, you feel scared and alone. I like how the illustrations added to that feeling of isolation. Maggie feels isolated even though she's in a place that's full of people.
I may be making the story to be a bit dark, but really it's not. It's about teens and their challenges in high school. This book is kinda influenced by Japanese manga and you can tell if you've read manga before. It's not a bad thing, in fact, that's what made the story so charming. There is a sense of innocence in it that you feel when you read Japanese manga. What I mean is that these characters are not exactly realistic, and that's okay because they are so charming that you wish you were friends with them.
This is a really funny book. I found myself laughing several times. The dialogue in this book is great. The side characters are all incredible and they provide a huge chunk of the entertainment aspect of the book. They also each have their own unique personalities. There is the boy who love theater, the twin who tries to break apart from his brother, the friend with the wierd interests... I loved all of them. My personal favorite is Maggie's big brother. All the big brother figures are amazing. I wish I had big brothers like that.
When it comes to the art, I love it. The factual expressions are great and so is the character designs. I like how the transitions between the shoots flaw with the story. I wish I could dig deeper into the artistic aspect, but unfortunately I'm not an artist. I loved the writing.
If you can't tell by now, I loved this book. After I finished the last page, I was a little sad bacause I wanted more of these characters. I'd love it if Hicks considered writing a sequel.
I didn't feel the need to cover the paranormal aspect of the story because I fear that I may spoil things for you if I went into detail about it. You have to read the book to find out how it adds to the story.
All in all, Friends with Boys is a wonderful graphic novel. It had me laughing and "aww"-ing the whole way through. If you love coming-of-age stories or stories about sibling relationship in general, this book is for you. ...more