This book put me on a serious emotional roller coaster. It was wonderful. It kind if opens your eyes, gives you a new perspective on love and also givThis book put me on a serious emotional roller coaster. It was wonderful. It kind if opens your eyes, gives you a new perspective on love and also gives you hope. It shows you to cherish the ones you're with and to follow that gut feeling. It's a must-read....more
I came across this book at work. I work at the Westerville Public Library and I was shelving books in the “Staff Picks” section. I was just about to sI came across this book at work. I work at the Westerville Public Library and I was shelving books in the “Staff Picks” section. I was just about to shelve The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan when the cover and title intrigued me. I read the synopsis and was immediately interested in the concept and format that Levithan approached the storyline with. I was a bit skeptical to begin this book with my previous history of Levithan’s work. He cowrote Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares with author Rachel Cohn; all of which I have read and gave me a bit of familiarity with Levithan’s writing. I was unimpressed with those books and somewhat insulted by the way the authors portrayed teenagers as if we are all swearing, sex-crazed fiends that need to use curse words as filler words in every sentence. While this may seem like I don’t like Levithan, my opinion was quickly shifted as soon as I started reading The Lover’s Dictionary. The story was written with such fluidity that I couldn’t put the book down. The pages are short, as well as the book, and the author doesn’t quite delve into the personalities of the characters but focuses more on their feelings and emotions. The author shoots you into an already developing story about a nameless man and his new relationship. The story is told in second person, so the woman is nameless as well. The reader is forced into the mind of the man, with only short scenarios and dialogue that will eventually piece together and shows the reader how the relationship between the man and the woman is building. The Lover’s Dictionary was beautifully and uniquely written. There aren’t necessarily “chapters” in the book. Each “chapter” is titled with an enlarged letter just like in the dictionary and each page has a word. That word intertwines with a scenario from the man and the woman’s relationship that is crucial or thoughtful in the emotions of the man. Personally, the short scenarios and the lack of elaboration on the character’s past and personalities helped me focus on the overall relationship, writing, and plot. Most books shove the reader into an in depth, elaborated, 40 pages of the character’s past that stays in your mind from beginning to end and it was a breath of fresh air when reading The Lover’s Dictionary because I could read it so effortlessly. I adored this book, the concept, the creativity, and the characters. My whole perception of David Levithan was changed when I read this book. While I am unable to recommend other books by David Levithan, I do recommend this one. I think to get through this book you have to believe in the concept of love and if you have some sort of hope, you will fall in love with the story....more
Yes, I have to say that I started to read this book when I decided to see the movie. This is now one of my all time favoriThis book.. Ah.. This book..
Yes, I have to say that I started to read this book when I decided to see the movie. This is now one of my all time favorite books in the world. The movie made me think so much and I love when movies can keep me interested even when it's over so I figured that the book would do much much more.
This book was pretty much.. BEAUTIFUL.
I was surprised I finished it because there is no romance or anything like that. Usually I don't go for books when there isn't any lovey-doveyness. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close jumos a lot back and forth in time and there are several different stories going on at once. The text can get a little tedious but the way the book is written, it makes things interesting.
Foer is an amazing writer and I am definitely reading more by him....more
Finally, I've been able to sit down and write a review about this book. Actually, I'm on break at work and figured this would be the best and only timFinally, I've been able to sit down and write a review about this book. Actually, I'm on break at work and figured this would be the best and only time I'd actually get to write it.
So, there's this girl. Min. First of all, I just loved her name and I knew I would love her character as soon as I read the first page. The book is about Minerva writing a letter to her ex-boyfriend about why they broke up and is giving him back all his things that she kept.
If you're not familiar with this book at all, then you're probably not familiar with the fact that there are PICTURES in this book. Holy crap, did this excite me. The pictures are fantastic and I loved that.
As you read the book, you realize how simple Min really is and how Ed, her ex-boyfriend, is just not really her type. Throughout the book, she tells stories of their past and through most of the book you want them to stay together. Unfortunatley, you know that because of the title of this book, they won't.
After reading this book, I decided that I wanted to write a letter to my ex-boyfriend of two years about why we broke up. I felt better. I won't give it to him but I enjoyed writing like Min did throughout the book.
The only downfall about this is that it's kind of a cliche storyline. Min, nerd. Ed, basketball player. Dating. He does something bad. They break up.
It was just how the story was written and set up.
Just an amazing and beautiful book.
(Probably add more to this review in awhile. Break's over. :) )...more
I finished this book a few days ago. Okay, maybe a little more than a few days ago. So, I'm behind on reviewing books, so what? I'm a busy gal.
BecauseI finished this book a few days ago. Okay, maybe a little more than a few days ago. So, I'm behind on reviewing books, so what? I'm a busy gal.
Because it's been awhile since I've read it, I may be a little vague when talking about a few things.
Alrighty tighty, this book was not my favorite. Sure, it had some interesting parts but the lovey dovey mushy gushy was gone from this book.
A little bit of a spoiler right here in my synopsis, hurrwego:
Nora and Patch are in a continuous spat from almost the very virst page. Ironically, around the time that Nora and Patch are "split" (In which we all know they get back together, yada yada yada), an old "family friend" decides he wants to move back to the dank little town of Coldwater. During his stay, Nora notices that danger is always falling right in his path. She also realizes just how much time Patch is hanging out with. . . . Marcie Millar? The story goes on with new findings on Nora's father; Scottie, the "family friend", Marcie, and Marcie's father. . . .?
A lot of questions were left unanswered in Hush, Hush and all of your questions will be answered in this one.
The things I didn't like?
How ironic everything seems and how much Nora and Patch fought. I knew they still loved each other but goodness! I thought the arguing would never end and after awhile, it just got really annoying. . . .
Oh, and you find out Patch's real name!
Overall, this book was great, just lacking a few things. Doesn't mean it was my favorite though. . . .
No sugar added? The audience likes the gushyness. So I wanted to gouge my eyes out with forks when I couldn't find any romance. The only thing that was hiked up a notch was the action. Nora is pretty bad ass. Just wait until you read about her in this book. I got the romance that was needed in the very beginning and the very end. Also, we're left with a cliff hanger which, again, made me want to go and find a fork. I resisted.
I liked this book, I didn't love it. It was missing something. I just can't put a finger on it. The first book in a series is usually the best, right? Well, I think so. With this series, that's also the case....more
I can't believe I rated this 5 stars. When I first started this series, I kind of dreaded finishing it. Now I am dying to read the next book and can'tI can't believe I rated this 5 stars. When I first started this series, I kind of dreaded finishing it. Now I am dying to read the next book and can't due to the fact that my library is slow. . . .
To the point?
This book was phenomenal. I started reading the book early in the morning yesterday (July 28) and finished it around 5 today (July 29). I just couldn't put it down. The character development was fantastic and Gray doesn't ditch any of her characters. Even though Bianca is hiding out with the Black Cross, her old friends are still in the picture.
Raquel is now with Bianca, they joined the Black Cross after their school was destroyed. Raquel found out about the vampires and wants revenge on them and the wraiths that have been haunting her. But Bianca has to hide her secret of being a vampire and being connected to wraiths from the Black Cross. She knows they'd kill her if they found out. After Bianca sent out a email to her parents letting them know she was all right, the email was traced and Mrs. Bethany attacked the Black Cross cell. They took in a prisoner, a well known vampire that left me in tears.
Bianca had been having a hard time staying focused do to the lack of blood and Lucas went to a blood bank to get her some. Raquel and Dana, a Black Cross member, caught Bianca drinking the blood and then the beans were spilled and Lucas and Bianca ran for their lives. While a friend betrayed them and their lack of money they realized they had other choices and the story continues with action, romanceromanceromance, and a huge surprise at the end.
This book didn't have a dull moment. The romance was hiked up times 10, as well as the action. Towards the end, I started skimming through because I just had to know what happened! Vic plays a bigger role in this book than the last and he is just as amazing as ever and I wish I had a Vic!
The only thing I didn't like was when she'd refer to Balthazar or Lucas as her "lover". I mean, she's almost eighteen, yeah. But still a little young to be calling them that? I always thought "lover" should be used in a sentence like. . . . "I'm married but I have another lover". Ya know? Kind of like a way of saying you have another man in your life?
Now, I must sit here and wait until the library brings me my next book. In the mean time, I have other books to read.
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