I love Harley (she might be my most favorite comic character) and I am really digging the New 52 featuring her. Three pages in and I loved her even mo...moreI love Harley (she might be my most favorite comic character) and I am really digging the New 52 featuring her. Three pages in and I loved her even more. Read it and you'll see what I mean.(less)
A Clockwork Orange is a bit bizarre in the sense that it treats violence like nothing, but that's all part of that universe/world the characters live...moreA Clockwork Orange is a bit bizarre in the sense that it treats violence like nothing, but that's all part of that universe/world the characters live in. It gives you this feeling like you're getting a glimpse into an alien planet or something (which is why I think Kubrick did such an excellent job with the film adaptation). Then there is the language that can be tough to grasp as first, but since I speak Polish, I recognized that many of the words are based off of Russian (which, in some ways, is similar to my language).(less)
Let me begin this review by stating that I am a tad biased--I am a huge fan of John Green, both as a writer and a human being. Before I even turned to...moreLet me begin this review by stating that I am a tad biased--I am a huge fan of John Green, both as a writer and a human being. Before I even turned to the first chapter, I had a feeling I'd be giving this book five stars as a preemptive thumbs up to my main nerdfighter. Now that I've finished actually reading it, however, I believe the constellation happening in the rating is rightly deserved.
"The Fault in Our Stars" follows the life of Hazel, a teenage girl diagnosed with a pretty gnarly form of thyroid cancer and whose only method of keeping the disease at bay involved taking an experimental drug. Forced by her omnipresent mother, Hazel attends a support group for children with cancer and that is where she meets Augustus. The two have a strong connection from the get-go and seem to understand one another without even having to speak. Their romance is of the whirlwind variety and while some of you may think, "Oh great, here is a typical teen romance. Barf," allow me to state that the characters of Hazel and Augustus are very well-written and real, and their battles with cancer really make you feel for them. Also, it's not as though Hazel is a sappy rom-com kind of girl--in fact, she doesn't want to kiss Augustus at first because she doesn't want to hurt him with her constant impending death (despite his dreamboat looks and suave romantic gestures). Eventually, she gives in after realizing that this sarcastic, kind-hearted boy is the real deal and she should learn to LIVE her life instead of waiting for it to end. I mean, he took her to Amsterdam to see her favorite writer, for crying out loud! They may as well get married at that point!
Reading this book, it makes you think more on the topic of cancer. It is likely we all know someone who is or has gone through the hell that is this ravaging disease, but it is just so much more sad when it happens to the young, to those who have barely lived their lives. "The Fault in Our Stars" gives the reader a more intimate look from the perspective of the sick and it's both heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. I really gained much more respect for Augustus' attitude, especially, because it's always so upbeat and positive--he was a good foil for Hazel's sometimes-too-gritty-and-real approach to life.
I recommend this book highly. It is a quick read. It is an emotional read. Most importantly, it's the kind of book I wish I wrote myself. Five stars. So justifiably earned.(less)
There are few things that I get really riled about, and sadly most of them are in the past where I can't do a damn thing about it. The segregation and...moreThere are few things that I get really riled about, and sadly most of them are in the past where I can't do a damn thing about it. The segregation and treatment of blacks in the US is one of those things. This book is written from the perspective of three women--two black maids and a white college graduate--all living in Mississippi. You have Aibileen, a maid whose favorite part of the job is raising the white children of the families she works for while mourning the loss of her own intelligent son. Minny, a loud-mouthed maid who has a tough time holding down a job and who endures beatings from her alcoholic husband. Finally, there is Eugenia, better known as "Skeeter," who finds herself an outsider with a yearning to tell the story of the maids and expose segregation as the degrading practice it really is in the South.
I found myself getting really angry at many parts, but it wasn't all dreary. There were times I laughed at some of the antics of Skeeter's traditional Southern Belle mama, or Minny's retorts that got her into trouble. Mostly, though, I felt such compassion for the things these black women--and men--had to go through just half a century ago. Their strength and desire to take care of their families at any cost is inspiring.
I highly recommend this book. You'll get lost in the time period, trust me.(less)
One of the first memoirs/biographies I've read. This was HILARIOUS, in that dry, British humor that I love so much. Brand is a well-spoken and intelli...moreOne of the first memoirs/biographies I've read. This was HILARIOUS, in that dry, British humor that I love so much. Brand is a well-spoken and intelligent individual who recounts his past with a matter-of-fact attitude that distracts the reader from how serious and sad some of his memories really are. (less)
Quite possibly the greatest mystery novel I have read to date. It kept me guessing the entire time and I'll be honest, I couldn't figure it out. I had...moreQuite possibly the greatest mystery novel I have read to date. It kept me guessing the entire time and I'll be honest, I couldn't figure it out. I had an inkling toward the end, but I can't claim to have "solved it." A must-read!(less)