I fell in love with this book the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once, and that’s probably why after reaching the end and having to write ab...moreI fell in love with this book the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once, and that’s probably why after reaching the end and having to write about my feelings for “The Fault in Our Stars”, I feel like “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” Because no matter how much I write about it, I couldn’t possibly describe the infinity of the Universe containing so many rising and falling stars. As Augustus Waters would say “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
And let me just say this, if the Universe wants to be noticed, this book deserves to be noticed.
Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16-year-old girl living with Stage IV thyroid cancer since she was diagnosed at the tender age of 12, and ever since her life is tethered to an oxygen tank. She meets the charismatic Augustus Waters, who lost his right leg to Osteosarcoma and is currently in remission, in a cancer support group and from that day on their lives are forever intertwined.
The Fault in Our Stars is another beautifully written book by John Green. I can’t never get tired of his characters, I just love all of them, even though they all seem just like one version with different side stories, because his books just keep getting better. Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace and Isaac are an addition to all of his memorable characters, witty, smart and so incredibly funny even in the midst of tragedy. I guess “You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.” I loved the idea of Augustus being a non smoker, always carrying a pack of cigarettes in his pocket, with no intention of smoking. Yes, he’s very into metaphors, so of course this too is excellent, because, indeed you can put a cigarette between your lips but only you can give it the power to kill you.
Oh, and I can’t stop listening to his low, smoky, and dead sexy voice calling “Hazel Grace” every time they were having some kind of contact.
And who would have thought John Green could write so well from a girl’s point of view? That was a nice surprise, given that all of his previous POV’S are all males. Her voice seemed very real and honest in this achingly beautiful story about death, but more importantly about life. You won’t leave this book without some scars of your own, because not all rollercoaster’s go up.
“That's the thing about pain... it demands to be felt.”
The Fault in Our Stars is one of John Green’s best novels. That being said, I’ll quote Augustus Waters and say that it was a privilege to have my heart broken by this book.
When I was younger I had an imaginary friend. She used to tell me what to do, and I would always do as she said, because if she said so, then it had t...moreWhen I was younger I had an imaginary friend. She used to tell me what to do, and I would always do as she said, because if she said so, then it had to be done or else something might happen, good or bad. I guess that was the closest thing I had to a sister, but now that I think about it, seems kind of creepy to rely entirely on an imaginary entity.
Reading “Imaginary girls” brought back that haunting feeling of my childhood, that oppressive feeling of being followed everywhere, even if it was just by my own shadow. Kids and their fertile imagination. Nova Ren Suma, and her incredible mind to create such a haunting, eerie beautiful story about two sisters and their unusual bond. Ruby is the overprotective older sister and Chloe the younger one, who lives by her sister’s shadow.
I’m mesmerized by this haunting story about two sisters that are parted for two years, after a girl dies at the reservoir, located over the flooded Town of Olive. When Ruby manages to bring Chloe back to “what things were before”, things don’t actually go back to what they were before, and this is where it all gets weird. Throughout most of the book I could not understand what the hell was going on. It’s so intriguing that it kept me guessing till the end. I’m still not sure I completely understand what really happened at the end. From the beginning I was questioning myself if the strange things happening on that town were something supernatural, and then there was definitely something off about Ruby, I figured she must be a witch or something, then again, all these people sounded like they didn’t really exist, like ghosts that don’t have a clue they’re dead and still roam the earth like nothing’s wrong… but every so often there was some freaky thing happening… like creepy balloons flying off into the air (glad I never had a birthday party)… and I’d be just as messed up as these characters. That’s how much this book got me wondering, and it wouldn’t let me go to sleep, almost as if Ruby was casting that crazy influence on me.
Imaginary Girls is a unique story and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. The author’s writing is absolutely beautiful, evocative, dreamy, and so good! Few author’s have the ability to makes us feel the character’s emotions, but I sure felt the chills going through my body while reading for being so close to the water of the reservoir over the Town of Olive. And that last part… something out of this world!
Imaginary girls… some secrets never stay below the surface… but I guess in the end a lot of them did stay because I still don’t have all the answers to all my questions about the book. (less)
Wow! I mean… Wow! Wait, let me check if my body is still intact… checking… checking… checking… yes, *sigh of relief*, i’m still me. Can you imagine be...moreWow! I mean… Wow! Wait, let me check if my body is still intact… checking… checking… checking… yes, *sigh of relief*, i’m still me. Can you imagine being unwound? First question should be, do you know what being unwound is? It’s like you're a product on sale at the market with an expiration date at the age of eighteen. After that, they don’t throw you into the garbage, you become garbage, but a necessary garbage. Nearly every part of your whole body is dismantled like a car to be used as donations for people in need of those parts. And what they tell you is: 100% of you will still be alive, just in a divided state.
Now the real question is: can you imagine being unwound?
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives… literally running for their lives! If they get caught, life is no longer theirs. All three of them are set to be unwound. Connor’s parents signed the order, Risa has become too expensive to stay at the ward of the state, and Lev has grown believing it to be an offer to god.
Brilliant and disturbing read. I was hooked right from the beginning and unable to put it down because when i did all i could think about was the book. I had to get back to that twisted world, in so many wrong ways, but modeled in so many right ways, that it makes it a masterpiece. This is so different from anything i’ve ever read, it felt real and scary as hell! Just as i can’t imagine being unwound, i can’t imagine living in a world with an expiration date, and parents who are capable of having their children unwound because of bad behavior or “i cant stand you anymore”. I think i might have already been unwound, if the procedure was real… This book definitely qualifies as unforgetable.
Neal Shusterman is an amazing good writer, no wonder Unwind is a brilliant masterpiece. It’s well-written, and i think the first person narrative made that happen as well. It works perfectly. The great character development moves the plot at an exciting pace that won’t let you fall behind and take the risk of being Unwound. (less)
This is one of my favorite books this year. I didn’t think it was possible, but this is by far my best equivalent to The Hunger Games, two AMAZING dys...moreThis is one of my favorite books this year. I didn’t think it was possible, but this is by far my best equivalent to The Hunger Games, two AMAZING dystopian novels! I’m still in awe, for this is Veronica Roth’s debut novel, it’s so well-written, and brilliantly executed, it’s almost hard to believe, and she’s about my age too! Absolutely amazing, couldn’t put it down, can’t stop thinking about it. You know that tingly feeling in your stomach, yep, that’s me, totally in love with Divergent! I NEED more, like, NOW!
Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago is divided into five factions, each representing a virtue: Candor (Honesty), Abnegation (Selflessness), Dauntless (Bravery), Amity (Peacefulness), Erudite (Intelligence), and sets 16 as the age limit for all teenagers to undergo a test created to help determine which is the best faction to join for life. However, Beatrice Prior's test is inconclusive – she’s divergent. Nonetheless, when the Choosing Ceremony day arrives, she makes the choice to abandon her own faction (Abnegation) and transfers to Dauntless where she renames herself as “Tris”. And from then on, you too become Dauntless, once you jump into those trains, it’s a neverending action-packed, thrilling and exciting ride!
Divergent is everything i could’ve hoped for in a dystopian novel. Much like The Hunger Games, it pulled me right from the beginning and still hasn’t let me go. All due to this young author’s talent. I mean, i still can’t get over the fact that she conceived such an intricate future, and managed to create all these loveable characters. Tris is incredible, i love strong female characters that can kick-ass! And Four, *sigh*, he’s this tough and powerful guy, a bit of a daredevil, in a way that sends chills down my spine everytime i think about him. They’re perfect for each other, and when they’re together their badassness explodes! FOUR is now my favorite number!
Such talent could only come up with an unforgettable book. Divergent is a long, fast-paced and intense read. It’s so addicting, you want a little more, some more, and MUCH more! I can’t wait to catch the next train in this series! (less)
I was eager to read this book ever since I read Jennifer Brown’s Hate List. The author has an amazing ability to write realistic stories that force us...moreI was eager to read this book ever since I read Jennifer Brown’s Hate List. The author has an amazing ability to write realistic stories that force us to jump inside the book and imagine ourselves living the same situations. Bitter End proved to be yet another great book from this author who has become one of my favorite YA authors.
I don’t like to think about this book as a Bitter End, more like a beginning. Because that’s what life teaches us, for something that comes to an end, there’s always a fresh beginning. But it is true that in order to get there, sometimes you have to pass through the worst situations in life, big black holes your never imagined yourself to fall in and get lost. That’s what happens to Alex, and that’s what could happen to you and me, to all of us, we just never know till it does, right?
It was hard to read this story, because it’s so real I found myself thinking about how I would react if I were Alex. She’s a desperate girl, and we, as readers, are desperate witnessing a fight we know she’s bound to lose if she doesn’t seek help, all the while wishing she would stop being condescending towards Cole who treats her like a punching bag, unable to do anything to help her. Sometimes, being a reader is so frustrating. I suspected Cole from the beginning, probably because I already knew his real nature. So I understand Alex’s ingenuity, given that she had no idea what kind of guy he really was and what he was capable of. He was always “too good to be true”, and the way he called her “My Alex” denoted possession. I don’t know if I could have remained silent as Alex while Cole was humiliating her best friends without standing up for them, but then again, I don’t know if I would have done all the things she did for Cole, even after all the beatings, promises, and forgiveness, because you can’t really know what you would do if you haven’t been through the same situation.
Abusive relationships are a real issue, controversial, and unfortunately, too frequent these days, and Alex is just one of many. The characters were built accurately, reacting as we expected them to react. Some people may call that predictable, I call it reality. The dialogues were great, the relationship between the terrible three, Alex, Bethany and Zack as true as real friendships can be, and even Cole was an accurate portrayal of an abuser. Jennifer Brown’s writing is really great, allowing you to read with ease. Bitter End is a very well written, researched and realistic novel. (less)
“Willow” has become one of my favorite books. Definitely a must read again. Sure, it is tragic and depressing, starting with a stormy night and a teen...more“Willow” has become one of my favorite books. Definitely a must read again. Sure, it is tragic and depressing, starting with a stormy night and a teenager behind the wheel, a decision taken by her tipsy parents that would change her whole life forever leaving her an orphan, a misfit in the house where her brother took her in, with his wife and baby niece, not to mention depressed and a cutter. But if you can get past that, there’s also a lot of hope within Willow that i don’t think she even realizes as a part of her until the end.
As soon as i started reading i couldn’t put it down and found myself absorbed, immersed and profoundly connected to Willow’s struggle, although, i must confess, there were times when i just wanted to slap her in the face and make her look around to see what was really there and stop concentrating only on what wasn’t and couldn’t be changed.
The end was fit, i think, not spreading the message that everything is solved in just one single moment. It takes time to heal, and life is a constant struggle, one i like to believe Willow overcame.
"...if this is not a happy ending, it is perhaps a happy beginning." (less)
How to review a book that seems to complete the empty spaces around what really happened on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School, but at the end of...moreHow to review a book that seems to complete the empty spaces around what really happened on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School, but at the end of it still leaves us feeling incomplete?
Dave Cullen spent ten years researching and the result is "Columbine", a fascinating, heartbreaking, revolting and extremely well written work of non-fiction. The author succeeds to desmitify the myths emerged since 1999 and helps shed some light over the darkness Eric and Dylan left behind, but still, i personally think there are some things light can't reach. The emptiness and suffering are felt throughout the pages, adding a haunting feeling like to the story that indeed, still haunts the world after 12 years. When i finished reading i felt compassionate, broken, angry, sad, a mixture of good and bad feelings, but mostly i felt hopeful, especially by Patrick Ireland's inspiring story of survival.
I liked what Marilyn Manson had to say when asked what he would say to the killers if he had a chance. "I wouldn't say a single word to them," he said. "I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did." (less)
"Hate List" was exactly what i expected to be when i first picked it up, a powerful, heartbreaking and riveting story about Valerie Leftman, a student...more"Hate List" was exactly what i expected to be when i first picked it up, a powerful, heartbreaking and riveting story about Valerie Leftman, a student at Garvin High School where, unexpectedly, her boyfriend, Nick Levil, opens fire in the cafeteria, killing six people, and accidently shooting Val, trying to stop him. The story is told in Val's perspective and mostly set in the aftermath of the shooting, but there are also flashbacks describing the events leading up to Nick's rampage.
Valerie began the so infamous hate list, listing the people and things she and Nick hated and ended up being implicated in the shootings because many of the victims were on that list. We follow Valerie through her senior year, returning to normal life though life as she knew would never be the same. She is consumed with guilt and to make things worse her friends and classmates treat her the same way she and Nick were treated before the tragedy, like an outcast, who can pull out a gun anytime and finish Nick's job. Surprisingly, Jessica Campbell, the girl she inadvertently saved that day, and who was on the hate list too, is the only one who makes an effort to reach her.
This book is a mirror, reflecting what most of us are afraid to admit, that every single word we speak, every single move we make has an influence on others. Whether it's good or bad, it's up to us to grow aware and understand, let's hope, without having to experience what Valerie had.
Why does it take a tragedy to do something about it?
I felt compassionate towards Valerie, not only because she, too, was one of the victims, unaware of Nick's intentions, but also because it takes a lot of strength to surpass the image of the killer she never knew and be able to see the boy she still loved. If there's anything i got from this amazing story, was awareness, strength and hope. Wonderful. (less)
Wow! I finished reading “The Hunger Games” late night and i’m still at a loss for words, or is it sleep?! Saying this book is AMAZING is an understate...moreWow! I finished reading “The Hunger Games” late night and i’m still at a loss for words, or is it sleep?! Saying this book is AMAZING is an understatement. This is beyond AMAZINGNESS!!!
In a dystopian future, where North America is now called Panem and has been divided into 12 districts, there’s a tradition called “The Hunger Games”. Each year, two teens between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected by a lottery system to participate in this gruesome and brutal contest. What makes it the more shocking is that people from all Panem are watching this young contestants struggle to survive in the wild and fight to death through the televised reality show.
Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl from district 12, volunteers to take her little sister’s Prim place in the deadly game and is sent to the arena along with her fellow competitor, Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son and the boy who saved her family from starvation years ago after her father died in a coal mine accident.
The stage is set, tributes in place, lights… camera… action! Who will win the 70th Hunger Games?
This is one of the best books i’ve read in a long time. It pulled me into the story right from the start. A few books are capable of making me read with such compulsion, unfortunately, so i’m glad i decided to give it a try. By the end i was thinking, why did i take so long? I was so hooked that i couldn’t put it down until i finished, and when i did, i immediately wanted to go get the next installment to the series! Don’t know if i can wait that long :S
Suzanne Collins is a great writer. She develops an original storyline with engaging characters that is both gripping and captivating. It feels as if you’re living it right along with the characters.
Can’t wait for Catching Fire and Mockingjay!!! (less)
About two months ago, my relationship with Nicholas Sparks was shaken by the events that transpired in his ill-fated book The Guardian, where, once ag...moreAbout two months ago, my relationship with Nicholas Sparks was shaken by the events that transpired in his ill-fated book The Guardian, where, once again, despite all my pleading to the contrary, he committed his usual act of atrocity. Therefore, it’s no wonder I picked up this rebound book with lots and lots of hesitation. At the same time, however, as always happens when I want to read one of his books, I always hope that this is a good one. And I'm happy to say that this is, indeed, one of the good books by Nicholas Sparks.
Two completely different stories, but united by the same feeling, love, that is how we are introduced to Ira and Ruth, Sophia and Luke, two couples who are living it up at different stages of their lives, the beginning and the end. This contrast was very well thought out, and passed to writing with emotion. I found both interesting views, but I confess that the story of Ira and Ruth was most touching. The younger couple would have much more to offer if it were a book focused only on them, but I still enjoyed their story.
There are a few things that bugged me, such as the irresponsibility, the cheating ex. boyfriend who doesn’t take the hint, and the traitor best friend. It was all too much teen drama for my taste, but fortunately it was brief and quickly the plot took another turn. And there’s always the issue of predictability, which we all know to expect from his books, so we cannot do anything about it but just go along with it. It's kind of fun, actually, the guessing game part. Since the beginning of the book that I knew how their stories would converge, and it wasn’t difficult to figure out how everything would work out in the end, but despite all of it, I’m really glad the author gained some common sense and provided me with another great story. (less)
This is more of a 3.5 for me, rounded to 4, because I love this series, and even though I didn’t find this book that good, and it’s probably one of my...moreThis is more of a 3.5 for me, rounded to 4, because I love this series, and even though I didn’t find this book that good, and it’s probably one of my least favorites, it was another wonderful adventure, with its fair share of ridiculousness, but that’s partly what makes this series so funny. I have to confess I was a little disappointed with the plot of the story; there were some uninteresting parts, and somewhat far-fetched, and it diminished a little of my enthusiasm for the story. The highlight of the book was undoubtedly Biffy and Lyall. Our little Prudence -“No!”- also provided a good laugh. Considering this is the final book of the series, it didn’t feel like a proper ending. It lacked that sense of satisfaction when you finish a book and know that is a good end. Despite, and maybe in spite of all this, who knows, it was great traveling again and for the last time with the Parasol Protectorate!
Thanks for the ride, Ms. Carriger… and long live the Parasol Protectorate!(less)