I honestly don't know how to write about this book, really and truly. I've said that before, but now it's true. My well of words has dried up and all...moreI honestly don't know how to write about this book, really and truly. I've said that before, but now it's true. My well of words has dried up and all I can say is: Wow. Just wow. This book has played with my emotions, making me go through whiplash so often I don't know how to classify it. There were moments that were so cute all I could do was squeal and say "awwww!" And then there were moments that made me cry, which does not happen often. Other times I wanted to slap Eleanor's stepfather and Park's father, as well as start a riot in their school for how the kids treated Eleanor. While this book barely felt like it took place in the 80's, it feels more timeless than that. All I really know is, this book has touched me, in ways I didn't know it would. I never actually intended to read this, and now it owns a piece of my heart, forever. It tore it out, held it delicately, then stomped on it hard. And now this book owns a piece. And I don't even mind. Rainbow Rowell, you are a genius. I bow to you and your talent. May your career be long and successful, rich and amazing, as you are amazing. Thank you, for writing such an incredible book. Thank you, for showing me that even a novel you never intend on reading can steal your heart.(less)
This book was my introduction to Ms. Sarah Dessen, who is known all around as basically the Queen of Contemporary YA. She's a superstar in this genre, and I couldn't wait to read something by her. I am so glad I startted with Someone Like You. It is a freaking fantastic and lovely and heart wrentching read. I was captivated by Halley's story, her friendship with Scarlett, and her journey of self discovery. I loved reading this book, it literally felt like it was happening in real life. I kept reading and reading, wanting everything to turn out alright. This story was so raw and real and lovely, from page one to the final page, I was enraptured and addicted.
Halley is a wonderful character. She is naive and sarcastic, witty and smart. I loved reading her journey of becoming who she was meant to be, having little revelations along the way. It was honestly a joy watching her grown up, because she felt like my sister. Her love with Macon, her friendship with Scarlett, and her relationship with her parents all were part of her, slowly unfolding before my eyes. Scarlett was also wonderful. Bolder than her best friend, I was also rooting for her as well, wanting her to simply be happy and make it out ok. I felt for her so much, due to everything that happened. I definitely think Scarlett and Halley's relationship was the strongest part/emotional center of this novel. They were so close, I literally felt like it was me and my best friend Jessica. Their conversations felt like ones Jessica and I have had, me in the role of Scarlett and Jessica in the role of Halley. You could see just how much these best friends cared for each other, and no matter what happened, they were always there for one another. I loved that. Macon was interesting. He's one of those characters whose true colors are revealed as the story goes on. I liked him at first, but hated him in the end. I do think he was good for Halley in the sense that their relationship helped her to grow up. Characters like Halley's mom and Scarlett's mom were interesting. Every single character, no matter how much they were in this novel, shone. They had their faults, virtues, everything, and were just three dimensional.
Ms. Dessen has an excellent writing style. She brings you into her world with ease and comfort. She makes you feel like you live in Lakeview, go to school with these characters, know everyone. I loved how she created such real and raw and honest characters and situations. I can't believe I haven't read anything by her before, I am now an instant fan, and can see why she is the Queen of ContempYA. I can't wait to read more by her in the future!(less)
I love this book :) My second Dessen book and so far nothing at all to complain about! Wahoo!!! :) But seriously, this book is wonderful. I can especially relate to this book because I've struggled with my weight my entire life, just like Colie. I know what it's like to be teased and bullied in school, and it is horrible. I'll get to it more when I talk about writing style, back to my thoughts on the plot. I loved this story. I loved watching Colie's journey of self love/acceptance, as well as finding friends and romance along the way. This whole story was full of realness, raw emotion, and pure loveliness. I enjoyed every second of Colie's summer in Colby.
Colie was a great character. Like I said, I can relate to her with the weight and bullying issues. I loved watching her learn to accept herself, as well as having a good time at the Last Chance Diner and being around Norman, Morgan, Isabel and Mira. You root for her to be happy, have friends, and just have a good life free from bullying. Norman was so damn sweet. I love him and his quirkiness, odd habits, intelligence, etc. I think I fell in love with him. He was perfect for Colie. Morgan and Isabel were definitely the highlights of this book. As characters they stood on their own, while being even better together. I loved their loving and volatile relationship. You can see how much they care for each other, how close they are. I also love how they make each other better people. Morgan is the more loving, sweeter, more encouraging and naive of the duo. She befriends Colie first, and is the one who gets her the job at Last Chance. I loved reading her journey with her fiance. Isabel is the more cynical, nastier of the two, but I ended up liking her. She showed her softer side as the book went on, and you see her past and she explains why she thinks some of the things she thinks. Plus she gave the blunt truth, and I love that. She really guides Colie on her road to self acceptance. I ended up loving her as a character, bluntness and all. I also adored Mira, and her ability to ignore what people said about her. I wish she was my aunt.
Again, Ms. Dessen is an excellent as hell writer. Her style is just so fluid and brilliant. I loved how well she portrayed someone who had deep scars from bullying. She is a freaking master at creating little corners of the universe where you are so totally invested in the story no matter what. Yup, I am a fan of Sarah Dessen now. And I couldn't be happier.(less)
This book was utterly excellent. I adored it in all it's cute, sweet, complicated glory. I thought this book was so sweet and pure in its essense, I couldn't help but fall in love with it. I loved the story of Lucy and Ed, chasing Shadow all over town, all the while falling in love and learning so much about each other in the course of one night. I loved watching them run around, having insight into who the protagonists are, while dealing with some issues that could also scare you.
I thought Lucy was a great heroine. She was odd, a bit naive, determined and hopeful, also a bit bossy. I thought she wasn't all that terribly likeable, but I loved being in her head, simply because her thoughts have this beautiful lyrical quality to them. Ed was probably my favorite character. He was so sweet, cynical, lovely and just amazing. My heart broke as I read his story, his past. I just wanted him to be happy, and have a good life. I also wanted him to finally get the girl, and do the right thing. He is this gorgeously flawed character, whom I fell in love with as I continued reading on. Leo, Ed's best friend, was alright. I thought he was a bit too much of a jokester, but you really see him shine as the novel goes on. I also loved how his poetry was added sporadically in between Lucy and Ed's POV's, it was beautiful, as well as commentary of the story as it progressed. Others such as Jazz, Ed and Lucy's parents, all of them were wonderful and fully fleshed out. I especially loved Jazz and Lucy's parents.
Ms. Crowley has a beautiful writing style. Like I said, it's incredibly lyrical and beautiful. I love how the story just glowed like a waterfal, from one point to another. She also made Lucy and Ed's journey's so real, as well as their love story. I can't wait to read more from her!(less)
This book is amazing! Very well written, fantastic characters, and an amazing romance. I wanted to hit certain characters, but I'll let you read to fi...moreThis book is amazing! Very well written, fantastic characters, and an amazing romance. I wanted to hit certain characters, but I'll let you read to find out who. Amazing book.(less)
Damn, this book rocked. I'm a huge music geek, so this book definitely appealed to me, even though I'm not the same kind of music geek Allie is. This book went nice and slow, pacing just right and hitting you with twists when you least expect it. Then when you're finally finished with the book you realize "huh, the clues were there the whole time." I loved every moment, savoring them.
Allie is a really cool character. Like I said, we're both music geeks, and also have blogs! Plus we share the same sense of humor. She's very real, and you become attached to her and want her to be happy. I love the journey she goes on, developing little by little and realizing her mistakes, owning up to them. Her coworkers at Bob and Bobs are so eclectic, and you want to know more about them, especially Laz. I feel like Laz has this whole history behind him, and I'd love for there to be a spin-off book all about him. Zach definitely was a wonderful character to fall for. He was charming and quirky, but not overtly so.
Damn, Ms. Prinz is amazing. You can feel her love of music permeating through the novel. She creates these characters you fall in love with, as well as getting you into these artists and albums. She has such a love for what she's writing, you just want to jump on that bandwagon. (less)
Wow, this book really pulls at your heartstrings and emotions. This is for sure one of the most beautiful books I have ever read in my life.I can't even fully describe how this book makes me feel. It's such an emotional roller coaster. The story itself was wonderful. I loved reading this journey that the characters go on. You root for them and want so badly for them to succeed. That ending definitely threw me for a loop.
Nick is a great leading character. He has his moments, but he is so real and flawed and just a fully realized and developed character. You feel his pain, feel his anger, everything. Then there's Jaycee. I loved her character. She's sarcastic, witty, funny, but also vulnerable and sweet. I connected with her immediately. Plus we share an odd sense of style :).She comes off as the cool, collected and sort of mysterious girl with all the answers. But like I said, she's also vulnerable and sweet, genuinely caring about Scooter and Nick. Scooter was also great. I loved him and was so so sad about him. Plus his role at the ending was a pretty cool twist. The other characters, such as Nick's brother, didn't have much development, save for Nick's Dad.
Wow, just wow. For a debut novel, it feels like Ms. Polisner has been around forever. She weaves the characters together beautifully, tackles the tougher subjects with tenderness and grace, and is just a really good writer. She describes things with such beauty. I can't wait so see what she comes up with next.(less)
Another freaking awesome book. Like Must Love Dogs, I saw the movie before reading the book, before even knowing there was a book. The difference between the two is that Both versions of Lemonade Mouth are excellent, despite some of the differences that exist (the movie was made by Disney after all). I loved how the story was told through mainly the band members' perspectives, with others when necessary. I loved their stories and how the five became so close with each other, going through their separate and collective issues in their own ways. You become deeply invested in this book and it's gorgeous messages of standing up for what you believe in, being yourself, etc.
Collectively, Stella, Olivia, Charlie, Wen and Mo are a great set of friends. When going through their collective journey, you see them start as five strangers who would rather do their own thing than be friends. By the end they are such a tight nit group it makes you wish you were a part of it. Separately, each of them were vibrant, sweet, and best of all, real. I know kids like this, I relate to them and root for them I loved Stella's narration the best, and connected to her right away (I always seem to connect with the spunky, sarcastic girl, wonder why? XP). Olivia's narration through letters was very fitting, since she didn't really talk much during the novel. Admittedly, Wen acted like a whiny little kid when it came to his situation, but it's meant to be like that so he can grow throughout the novel (it's the same way in the movie too.) Mo also had some great development, and I loved how her relationship with Charlie developed. Speaking of Charlie, I loved how he tackled his personal issue, and how he resolved it at the end. The antagonists of this book made me want to punch my pillows. I hated them with all of my guts, especially Ray Beech and his gang. I've been bullied almost my entire life and it's people like him that make me just so fucking (pardon my language) mad.
I love Mr. Hughes' writing style, The way he wrote the novel worked so well, I don't think this book would have worked any other way. He just creates these vivid characters that evoke intense emotion in you, and grips you with what he's writing, good or bad. I hear he's writing a sequel to this book, and I can't wait!(less)
This book was utterly, completely and totally amazing. After the disaster that was Supernaturally, reading this was like getting an amazing night's sl...moreThis book was utterly, completely and totally amazing. After the disaster that was Supernaturally, reading this was like getting an amazing night's sleep after having horrible nightmares the night before. The story was fantastic, the love story fabulous, everything was purely awesome. I do have one issue though: the POV was just odd to me. It was present tense, from a third person view of Hadley's thoughts. I can't really explain it withought seeing stars, but it was just odd to me. I feel like it would have been better if it was straight up 1st person POV. Otherwise, this book rocked my freaking world. I loved how it took place over the course of a day. I adored the way everything developed, and how I was just filled with emotion reading every single page. I laughed, cried, got angry, the whole spectrum. That ending also made me smile, a whole lot :)
Hadley was an excellent protagonist. Her inner monologue was fantastical. Because of this I've added her to my list of fictional best friends. She was insightful, funny, and had some excellent growth. I genuinely wanted her to patch up her relationship with her father, and wanted her to be happy. Her arc made me root for her in the best sense possibe. *Sigh* Oh Oliver darling, you made me swoon like a f()()king madwoman. I mean it, Oliver is super freaking sexy as hell. He was sweet, funny, smart, and wonderfully complicated. I also enjoyed his personal growth, along with the development of his relationship with Hadley. I so wish I had an Oliver of my own. Speaking of, I loved Oliver and Hadley's relationship. It was sweet, and I love how after only knowing each other for a day, they came to know and care about each other so much. Their relationship made me believe in love at first sight. They were so perfect for each other. Other characters like Hadley's dad were excellent, having vibrant personalities and stood on their own.
Damn, Ms. Smith is talented as hell. Apart from my issue with how she wrote Hadley's point of view I think Ms. Smith is an excellent author who made me completely fall in love with her book. She wrote excellent characters, great situations and relationships. But most importantly, she made me believe true love can truly happen at first sight. Thank you Ms. Smith, thank you :)(less)
Dayum, this book was effing amazing. One of the best books I have ever read. It's just a good, solid contemporary YA book, with a hint of paranormal. And I know that the paranormal aspect is integral to the novel, but it doesn't take over and lets the non-paranormal issues come take precedence. Each sister had their own story arc, all of which had good, satisfying endings and intertwined in a beautiful way. The stories were great, from love to friendship, all ending in a wonderful message about sisterhood. Another thing is I love how each sister's powers had to do with their birth order, and the powers were awesome to boot! How April, May, and June handled these abilities made me smile, cringe, all the good stuff.
I loved each sister. All three of them had their own unique voices, distinct and clear. Which is good when you have three narrators. April, the eldest, was the typical bossy eldest sister. As the story goes on, she learns to let loose and not be as uptight. June, the cynical middle child, was no doubt my favorite sister. I related to her the most, even though I'm an only child. When I'm out with my aunt, uncle, cousins and our family friends, I get ignored a lot and feel alone in the filled room, even though I'm with people I love. I loved her journey and her relationship with Henry. Her arc moved me the most for sure. Then there's June, who was also awesome. Her journey seemed kind of like Mean Girls, but cleaner in a way. She also had some funny lines, and I loved how she matured at the end. April and May's love interests, Julian and Henry, damn both are swoon-worthy. Both were sweet and caring, with Henry having to overcome some issues in order to mature and get to the ending. In general, all of the awesome side characters had great development and were not pushed out.
I haven't read Ms. Benway's other book, Audrey Wait!, but dang, the woman knows how to write. Like I said, she made each sister have a clear, distinct voice and none of them blended together. She made the paranormal aspect seem realistic (I know, I know, you know what I mean), and just another aspect of their lives. She writes great characters and knows how to craft a good story. I am definitely a fan of hers now.(less)
This book was fantastic! A great contemporary novel, as well as a fine adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I heard about this, as I do many books, through this site and the blogosphere. One of the things I heard was it was a loose adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Now, I haven't ever read P&P *avoids angry mob*, but I do know of the general story. With that said, I think this was a decent modern adaptation. The author had the general outline of P&P down-pat, as well as the core/heart of the original characters.
P&P adaptation aside, this was a great contemporary romance. It was funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, all the good stuff that hooks you in, ingraining you. I loved reading each and every minute, gasping at certain moments (especially near the end).
I loved Elise and Derek. They're chemistry was palpable. I kept hoping for all hope they would get together. They're a couple you root for, and have become one of my favorite romantic pairs.
If you love Pride and Prejudice, and contemporary romance, you'll love this. (less)
Holy crapsicles, I love this book :). I've read Bumped by Megan McCafferty, so I liked her writing already. But MAN, the woman is a boss at writing! I think this was her debut novel, and I can see why it catapulted her to near the top of the literary food chain. This is such a well written, touching, funny and heartbreaking book, you can't help but be addicted from page one. The story flows well, with vignettes from Jess' life that when threaded together, make one cohesive story.
I love Jessica. I've said this before, but I wish she were real, so we could be best friends. We are so damned alike it's not even funny. Her voice is distinct and real. You feel like you've stumbled into her room and read her diary from the year that this book takes place. Marcus Flutie, oh man. I didn't like him at first, but over time, whew! Officially Team Flutie over here!
I love that this is written is diary format, with a monthly letter to Hope. It's reading the vignettes, and getting the recap at the end. You become attached to the characters, rooting for them. Plus I identify so much with Jessica's ideals, and the ones she formulates in the diary while she's extremely pensive.
I recommend this to anyone, it is fantastic.(less)
Oh holy cheese, this book is the BOMB!!!! I mean that. This book blew me away with it's amazingness of amazing. If you haven't picked this up, DO IT NOW! Sorry, but I am officially in love with this book. I want to take it out on a date. Just kidding xD. But I really have a boundless love for FFOD.
This story is just, I can't explain. It makes you want to be right there with Piper, the band, the world of Five Flavors. You're taken on an emotional roller coaster of the highest degree. You go from happy to sad, angry to "aww". I was so mad at some of the characters and events that I wanted to scream in anger, but I couldn't. You fall head over Chuck Taylors in love with this book, never wanting to leave it for a second. I was overcome with sadness when I came to the last page. I will definitely be re-reading this book for sure.
Piper is an excellent heroine. Yes, she is deaf. No, it doesn't consume her, or her life. I know, I know, half of the female leads in books I've read could be my potential best friends, but I'm adding Piper to that list. She is kick butt, strong and tough, sarcastic and witty, vulnerable and shy. In other words, real. I was rooting for her from page one. I also envy her relationship with her brother Finn. Yes they fought, but they also had an extremely close relationship. Finn is also a great character on his own. He has a great personality, but you also become attached to him because you feel for him. You feel for Kallie and Tash, two members of Dumb. You judge them at first by how you see them, but as the story goes on, you learn so much more. They're not just stereotypes. I wanted to strangle Josh. He is such an asshat, honestly. I don't think I've hated a fictional high school boy more. Oh holy mod, I hated his guts. Ed was his complete opposite, sweet and kind, loyal and smart. I loved him instantly. His relationship with Piper was so beautiful, that when you see how it comes to fruition, you tear up. It also doesn't suddenly take precedence over the story, which is great.
Anyone will love and adore this book, it is a bloody masterpiece of literature, especially contemporary YA fiction.(less)
EDIT: I never get tired of this book, and it never fails to wear me out emotionally. So. Good. How are we all going to survive the movie? ...............moreEDIT: I never get tired of this book, and it never fails to wear me out emotionally. So. Good. How are we all going to survive the movie? .................................................................... ....................................................................
The above two lines of dots is an example of my mind after reading The Fault in Our Stars after roughly 5 hours last night. Honestly, I'm trying to come up with the right words that adequately describe my feelings towards this book, but it is quite freaking hard. Because those 5 hours have affected me so deeply that my well of words has nearly dried up. I will say that I feel this book is John's masterpiece. Well and truly, his magnus opus. If I thought he was a good author before, wow. This book is so beautiful, funny, painful, anger-inducing, etc. Like others have said, TFiOS makes you really feel the full spectrum of emotion, from laughing to crying, and everything in between. The story, while about kids with cancer, and death/dying/cancer are major themes, TFiOS is about so much more than that. It's about love, friendship, being let down by your heroes, finding yourself, familial bonds, and more. I loved this story, the surprises that I never saw coming, and at certain points I wanted to chuck my Nook at the wall because I was so angry (thankfully that didn't happen xD) I almost broke down in tears at some points, and I almost never cry, ever. So if a work is making me nearly break down in tears, I know that it is working my emotions in the best sense possible. And the ending was just gorgeous. That's all I'll say about it, gorgeous.
Hazel was an excellent narrator. For John's first foray into the female perspective, he did an excellent job with Hazel. Yes, she (and Augustus) were intelligent and spoke well beyond her years, but I believe that it's because she was forced to grow up fast due to her disease, and her experiences have shaped her personality/everything. She felt real, and once again, if she existed and were around my age, I feel like we'd be best friends. Her journey touched my heart, and I love the growth she went through. Now onto Augustus. Oh my god, I think I'm in love with Mr. Augustus Waters. The way he speaks, his sweetness, his intelligence, everything. His own journey nearly broke me, and I adore his character. Others like Isaac and Hazels parents popped through the page, all three dimensional and fully realized. One of the characters made me so angry, as I said earlier I almost chucked my Nook against my wall. But I'm glad that person was there, to highlight one of the book's themes.
Damn, John Green truly is a genius. If I thought so before, he really is now. As I said earlier, this was his first time writing from the perspective of a girl, and he did it well. He wrote these issues well, not tramping over anything. It helps that he worked in a children's hospital at one point, so he has knowledge of kids with cancer. Again, I truly think this is his magnus opus, his best novel ever. His writing style in this book was wonderful, and I can't wait to read his next book. (less)
Oh good god, do I flucking love this book. I'm not even joking. My world was just rocked by a fabulous story and a sexy as hell love interest. But the story is what took center stage.
This book is different from Anna and the French Kiss. It feels a bit darker, not as innocent as Anna. Not that that's a bad thing, just worth noting. It's different, yet it has that sweetness Anna had, regarding the romance.
Lola was fabulous, plain and simple. I loved her outrageous style and how outgoing she was. She is definitely not like Anna, and that's ok. Lola is her own person with her own issues (LOTS of them), and you become deeply engrosses. Cricket Bell, *sigh*. Oh my bleeping good, he is so so so so so soooo sexy. It's not just how he's described looks-wise, but him as a person. He's just so nice and sweet and smart and caring. Ugh, if there were a literary crush I wish were real, Cricket would be it!
Definitely official, Stephanie Perkins is one of my all time favorite authors. I will read anything she writes because she's just so fricking talented, it's not even funny. (less)
Ok, so I've FINALLY had a chance to read this book. I had some issues with my NetGalley copy, being that after I transferred it from Adobe to my Nook, it wouldn't open and apparently didn't exist *facepalm* So I decided to let my time with it run out and ended up buying the Nook copy. I'm glad I've finally read this book.
I loved this book. It captures the essence of being a teenager perfectly, also dealing with lesbianism well. Nothing is blown out of proportion, or turned into a cheap stereotype or caricature (well maybe Mary Ashley Baumgarten, but that was satire, I think). The story is engrossing, making you want to keep reading. It name drops a LOT of rappers/hip hop artists, artists in general, but being that the four main girls and their friends are connoisseurs, you don't really mind.
I liked Esme a lot. She was a great character to take you through the story. You feel her confusion, her anger, basically everything she feels, you feel. She's relatable, and you find yourself cheering her on, wanting her to be happy and succeed in all her endeavors. You also become attached to her friends Marcy and Tess, and their friendship is fabulous. I left Rowie out of that little bit because she becomes the love interest. Honestly, I felt like she was kind of a b*tch. There is nothing wrong with experimenting and finding out who you are. And I can understand why she didn't want to tell her parents. But honestly, the way she acted was uncalled for. I am trying so hard not to spoil anything, but Rowie just made me dislike her, a lot.
If you love hip hop, a well portrayed LGBT book, this is for you.(less)