Imaginary Girls=> One of the mysteriously persuasive YA books I had read. I believed the author portrayed the strength of Ruby and Chloe's sisterlyImaginary Girls=> One of the mysteriously persuasive YA books I had read. I believed the author portrayed the strength of Ruby and Chloe's sisterly bond , their unbreakable possessiveness , and the extreme sacrifice they partook for each other. The writing style was clear, ORIGINAL, trenchantly convincing, and smooth. It made the readers empathize with all the characters. The flow of events was simple but most scenes were eerie they unfolded subtly. The whole time I was reading the book it got more and more mysterious and haunting. And, that was a good thing because it fed and steadied my reading momentum.
As sisters, they were extremely different. Chloe was submissive and dependent. In contrast, Ruby was witty, satire, capricious, and controlling. Chloe's mind was filled with Ruby's facts. Chloe felt like a shadow of her sister, whom she adored. She hungered distinction but felt like nobody without Ruby around. Like her differently colored sunglasses, Ruby was undeniably irresistible. She was convincing and magical and she could control everything and everyone inside the safety of their town.
The book was so descriptive. It was vividly and specifically written that all my five senses worked harmoniously together. The eerie yet beautifully pictured written descriptions appealed to my imagination. Well, they crept me, too! Just picturing the reservoir and its occupants and London was sensually eeeeerrrriiiieeee!
As descriptive as the book unfolded, it was also argumentative. The writing was so persuasive it led me to believe falsity. And, my belief was so lame until I really didn't know what was really going on. Treading on, every pieces of it became clear and ta-da wow! it was extraordinarily crocheted. Way to go Miss Nova Ren Suma!!!
The concluding chapter was a grand finale. A sacrifice was made and an anxious hope blossomed. It left its readers things to ponder. And, it left me points to argue with myself. This was an interestingly and thoroughly woven piece of art. The story of the two famous sisters ended and their town moved on like they never existed, like they were forgotten in a jiffy, like they were really just IMAGINARY GIRLS.
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." --Eleanor Roosevelt
This was one of those books that I would start off easily. And a"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." --Eleanor Roosevelt
This was one of those books that I would start off easily. And also, one of those books that I would cringe and shut their covers because of too much tension and unbearable anxiety. Some of those books, they were left unfinished. I couldn't just go on because they were too hard to read. -But, all books have souls-. They would speak to you and nag you to finish them and find out about the characters and their burden.
I wasn't in for a heavy reading because of the previous horrifying genres I just read. I was looking forward to something breezy and light. So, I thought of my new Sarah Dessen collection and randomly chose this one. It was so easy at first. The pacing was good. The similes and metaphors were reflective and soulful. And then, the tension began to build. I pitied Caitlin. Being in the middle of great loss and bridging the gap between her parents whom her sister had left behind, she found herself completely lost. She was truly co-dependent with her violent boyfriend; hence she was afraid to make little mistakes that would start the cycle of abuse. I would cringe with her every time Rogerson hit her. I found myself bearing down as she received punches and slaps. At some unbearable instance, I stopped reading and leave it be. But, I couldn't stand the depression I felt and tread on painfully. It was like punishing myself. Anyhow, I managed to finish this book.
Miss Dessen gracefully addressed another important matter that would deeply move her readers. She created quirky and warm characters. She plotted a story that would psych up her readers. This book was utterly depressing and heartbreaking. Some stubborn heart reading this would find its way to healing and forgiveness. This was a heavy read but worth ones time and heart.
_This is a book that will not heal you. But, this is a book that will help you heal yourself_
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it cr“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” ~Anonymous
This was a redeeming novel. Another fruitful story about family relationship, about sibling indifference, and about facing personal life challenges. Annabel, the protagonist and as the narrator, unraveled her story slowly through flashbacks. She introduced each characters and their own personal challenges through vivid backflashes. This style (for me) was very efficient as a way of knowing what each character was dealing with and how they were managing to heal themselves.
Miss Dessen blessed her readers with a course in Psychology. She portrayed her characters well with their own defense and coping mechanisms. She instilled points about anger management like Redirect and Rephrase, I-language (inflammatory language), and abuse of placeholder words. And, I greatly appreciate these concepts.
Personally, I was drawn to Annabel's one quality, her avoidant behavior. I lost friends before because of this one flaw I had. So much of avoiding dramas and all, I left everything unfixed. I knew I'm old enough for this novel but I believed I got stuck with this same issue in my life that drew me to this book. Another concept I like was the glasshouse perception. Some people would slow down just to watch the perfect Greene family eating meals. Some, they might have thought they were seeing a perfect family. But, only the family eating dinner inside really knew what was going on within and among themselves!
Finally, I had an inspiring date with this book and its characters. So when you get to read this book, don't ever think or judge JUST LISTEN to what you're READING.
This book was odd, strange, uhmmm okay, it was PECULIAR! The first part was engrossing and peculiarly fascinating. It was creepy and 'pausing' -sorryThis book was odd, strange, uhmmm okay, it was PECULIAR! The first part was engrossing and peculiarly fascinating. It was creepy and 'pausing' -sorry for my vocab, this means i paused reading and looked around for any peculiarities that might scare the heaven outta me . The narrative was peculiarly vivid and full of suspense. I found the vintage photographs interestingly haunting. But,(there was a big BUT) the story became less appealing as it ended. It was like there was a loop on the pages of the book that my eyes jumped into and I was already reading another book written by another author.
As the story moved on, it became less compelling. I really disagreed with Jacob and Emma's peculiar relationship. Having a relationship with your late Grandpa's ex-girlfriend was so peculiarly disgusting and unnerving. And, kissing her would be, uhmmm, peculiar. Enough.
The last part was foreseeable and it felt like there would be a second installment. We'd see about that. It was not a waste of time reading this book but I was unsatisfied and I felt cheated. The photographs gave the story a brilliant touch and they really were freakingly peculiar.
This was a diamond-studded novel. But, I couldn't say a really perfect book. I found few flaws that I believed went over the top. But as I tread on, I sympathized the characters fought for survival. The present tense made me tensed (moan). I had tachycardia and hypertension in most heart-pounding chased-by-Unconsecrated parts. The protagonist and most of the characters had tempestuous and stormy emotions. I had to dwell with their miseries, depression, and survival. Mary's narration was beautifully delivered. Most lines were so lyrical that I had to painfully pause from reading and grab my pen to write them down so I could reflect on them later. As the story revealed itself, Mary had to let go and give up love and romance for her one big DREAM, the ocean. Hence, I had to willingly and heartily prepare myself for a grievous heartbreak.
The prose flowed like the Niagara Falls, so beautiful but it put me on the edge of my despair when I willingly indulged myself. It fed me with too little glimmer of hope and chased me to the tips of my goosebumps.(moan) The finale revealed how selfish Mary was and how selfless her loved ones were for them to give up their lives for Mary's dream. But, it promised a lot for the next installment.
Mooooaaaannnn! Thank you Miss Carrie Ryan! You had a really lovely authority with using words. Every lines were with fervor. They were so infectious and vivid and real. It was a really grand-scaled masterpiece immaculately crafted! You're one of the bestest-best raconteur in history! Cheers!...more
I found one of the rarest books that opened my "i-thought-so" locked and somehow repressed past and regrets. Honest emotions and subdued actions wereI found one of the rarest books that opened my "i-thought-so" locked and somehow repressed past and regrets. Honest emotions and subdued actions were constant among the characters. I was touched and REDEEMED. The flow of the protagonist's narration was so emotional, so reserved, and so full of untrust. The adjectives used were vivid that I felt powerful feelings and I saw clear images. Hence, Miss Sarah Dessen created a great novel.
Ruby was really a mess. To parents, a difficult subject matter. But really, one of her problems was her MOTHER!!! Life had been tough for her and her mom was a perfect DRUG-USER model. And when Ruby mastered the arts of drugs and alcohol, her mom abandoned her. Wretched, she closed herself to the world... untrustful! And here, Miss Dessen introduced her sister, Cora.
Trying to make-up for everything, Cora showered Ruby with extravagance and seldom countered Ruby's accusations and attacks. Her character was meek but pressing, constant but open, and reserved but loving. She was patient for her sister's redemption.
And well, Nate... Nate who inspired Ruby to give the whole world a chance. Nate who brought Ruby to trust again. Nate who had his own issues, sadly! I believe we couldn't give something we don't have and Nate didn't trust the whole world anymore. But, our hero here redeemed Ruby's trust and confidence.
Miss Dessen wonderfully addressed one of teens' issues on this novel. It was simple but like a ripe fruit it gave sustenance to its readers. Cheers to that!!!...more