I added this to my zombie bandwagon shelf, not because this is a book about zombies, but because I felt like I was a zombie by hopping onto this bandw...moreI added this to my zombie bandwagon shelf, not because this is a book about zombies, but because I felt like I was a zombie by hopping onto this bandwagon.
I bought this book because it was on the $1 wall. I threw down a $20 and left with 20 books, literally. Awesomesauce. So when I came across this one I threw it on there, why not? I figured it would be a quick read, and I liked the movie enough. It had Jennifer Aninston and Jennifer Connely in it. Thats win win for me. So when I was sorta lagging with the other book I'm reading right now, I picked this up for a quick break. And I honestly wasn't expecting much, like I reeeeally wasn't expecting anything useful…but even so, I was STILL surprised at how stupid this was. The stuff in here was so obvious to me, I couldn't believe that there are women who actually need to be told this stuff. Some of the questions were truly truly pathetic, and I found myself doubting their authenticity. They all seemed suspiciously similar…like the tone, the manner of speaking, that whole thing. Or you know, I must just be an expert on men, because I read every Q&A sesh with an eye roll and the thought "duh." I really could've written this book.
Here's a pretty good summation of the entire book in less than 15 words: If he likes you, he'll act like it. If he doesn't, he won't.
And I'm giving the book 2 stars and not one like I want to give it because I feel that the book pretty much delivers what it promises to. It's supposed to be a guide on how figure out when a guy isn't interested. And, obvious as it may be, it definitely spells that out for you. If he doesn't call you back he doesn't like you. If he won't commit to you he doesn't like you.(that much) If he only comes around in the middle of the night he doesn't like you.
If he doesn't treat you well, girlfriend, he's just not that into you.
I totally loved this. And this is the first time I can say that about a Gaiman book and this is my 3rd book by him, AND this was written for children!...moreI totally loved this. And this is the first time I can say that about a Gaiman book and this is my 3rd book by him, AND this was written for children! Soo I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. The introduction tells the story of why and how Coraline was created, the little girl Coraline Gaiman wrote for his first daughter, but then completed for his last daughter…and then the story that was meant to teach his daughters the meaning of true bravery. I have to say that back story was very sweet, and I definitely "awww'd" a bit over it, and I'm sure that sweet lil preface helped endear the story a lil more than it would have otherwise. I'm a sucker for those dedications, I read them every time and imagine what they mean.
"For her." Who could her be? His daughter? His mother? His wife? Or it could be his long lost love! What if he peppered in some small hints and details and if his first love is reading it she'll know it was for her? oh, how precious!
Ya, it's like that.
When I was younger I always imagined I would marry a writer, and all his books would be dedicated to me. (I also thought I'D be a writer myself and have one book for each family member. Oh, the hilarious and beautiful dreams of our youth;)
One thing I will say about this book tho is that I thought it was a little creepy. And, at my ripe old age of 27, it was actually delightfully creepy. I reveled in it's strange, fascinating creepiness. But I couldn't help but think about the children that pick this up. As a child, one of your biggest fears is something happening to your parents. I think every kid had some variation of that nightmare/fear. What if my parents left me, who would take care of me? What if my parents died? What if somebody robbed us? What if my parents got into a car accident? All those crazy ideas come into our worried little minds and this book sorta hones in on that very fear. What if one day your parents disappeared and in their steads were these crazy new parents that look and acted crazy? That is like, thee epitome of childish fear. And Gaiman totally remembers that and capitalizes on it. Or I'm imagining some other family connection, considering the fact that he wrote the book for his daughters to teach his girls about bravery I'm thinking that there mustve been some of the childish fear thing happening in his house. Maybe his girls were worrying about him every time he left home, or traveled, or something along those lines. And how sweet, to be a writer and be able to address your children thru books. Can we say #amazing!?
The book was the perfect length. I read the it in about two hours. It was short, and just the right amount of creepy and sweet. Read this to your children, but NOT if they are easily creeped out. No wusses for Gaimain :)(less)
I was lucky enough to not only not have anything so blatantly wrong with me that it was obvious at first glance/first meeting, but to also go to a fai...moreI was lucky enough to not only not have anything so blatantly wrong with me that it was obvious at first glance/first meeting, but to also go to a fairly mellow and low key high school where all different sorts of people socialized with one another and people were mostly pleasant. I've always had this sort of detached feeling towards the concept and issue of bullying. But more and more, issues arise where we are seeing people killing themselves, others, hurting themselves, all kinds of craziness and it's become obvious to me that bullying is way more of an issue than I realized, and that I really was very fortunate to have had the mostly pleasant schooling experiences that I've had.
So. That being said. Bullying is a very hot topic nowadays, it's obviously become a serious problem all over the world with people acting out in response by doing things like hurting themselves or other people and so on. Anderson has clearly capitalized on that "trend", for lack of a better word and this is THE go-to book when it comes to teens and bullying. It was interesting and sad to read about this sort of thing, my mind kept wandering back to my own experiences, thinking back on all the potential people who may have felt bullied. Did I ever speak up for anyone? Did I ever make somebody feel badly? Did I ever say something careless that hurt somebody? Sure hope not.
One thing I do have to say about this book was that it was a lil on the depressing side. Yes, I do realize that the topic itself is not a particularly cheery subject but the whole thing had a totally intense, heavily depressing vibe to it. I mean, it was seriously dark. The main chick Melinda has some seriously intense demons that she was struggling with and the two topics together, (view spoiler)[bullying and rape, (hide spoiler)] are just in my opinion, maybe a teeny bit too heavy for a book written for teens. Melinda's overall demeanor is just soo haunted and depressive, mixed in with the incessant cruelty from her peers and the book is one pretty twisted, dark book. But hey, it addresses more than one very real and very serious issue that real teens face every day, so at the same time I realize that it would be hard to shed a positive light on any of that. But even so, for such a thin and quick book, I found it a bit too dark. There could've been maybe some quirky humor, Anderson could've given Melinda perhaps a bit of wry humor…a sarcastic, funny attitude. But no. She was bleak, and haunted, and basically dead on the inside. I found myself feeling actually annoyed with her…she seemed to be purposefully depressed. It didn't feel like she was even trying to climb out of the dark place she was in. I was just thankful it was such a short book, I don't think I could've tolerated much more of that bleakness. (Despite the fact that there was actually light at the end of that dark tunnel)
I think it was a serious book that addressed a serious issue and for what it was, it wasn't bad. For teen girls it might actually be valuable to them. Teen girls do tend to be a lil on the emotional slash depressive side. wink wink.
I honestly wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Unless somebody were looking for a book specifically on the topic, I would never volunteer this title to anyone. It wasn't a "fun" read, it wasn't enjoyable. But it was interesting and thought provoking and potentially significant. I was actually surprised when I read the sticker on the front cover citing the 10 year anniversary of the books release. It really doesn't seem that old, there was a very modern feel to it, it read very current. All things said and done, for what it's worth I didn't regret reading it and one might consider reading this book in a class of young adults. It's more that kind of thing than something to enjoy personally. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)