The best one so far. Much more thrilling and intense than the first two.
You know what I love about this series? There is always a character who surpr...moreThe best one so far. Much more thrilling and intense than the first two.
You know what I love about this series? There is always a character who surprises me. I'm not in a hurry to start A Feast for Crows because people have told me that it's their least favorite book but I'll definitely get around to it this year. (less)
Updated 8/30/2012: A third reading of this book and there were *still* things that I picked out for the first time. Such a great story.
Updated 8/19/20...moreUpdated 8/30/2012: A third reading of this book and there were *still* things that I picked out for the first time. Such a great story.
Updated 8/19/2012: After re-reading this one, I've UPed the stars. Yes, you read correctly - I enjoyed this one more the second time around. I initially questioned some of the mini-quests, but after reading again I found that they were, in fact, necessary to the story. Also, after reading the entire series and then going back to the first one, I could tell how much foreshadowing and planning Rick Riordan did for this series. Absolutely wonderful.
Truly truly enjoyed. I can definitely understand why this is such a big hit with kids. It makes me sad that the movie didn't get more recognition. I list this on my "unexpected enjoyed" list because I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did! Very fun read!(less)
I can’t believe that I waited so long to get to this book. It absolutely blew me away.
Finley was such a real character; she grieved in more ways than...moreI can’t believe that I waited so long to get to this book. It absolutely blew me away.
Finley was such a real character; she grieved in more ways than one and with no one to really turn to (especially in a foreign country), she looked for her faith in the landscape of Ireland, where her murdered brother, Will, felt closest to his own faith. She struggled to understand the beauty that Will saw while he studied abroad, and my heart ached for her as she missed the importance and beauty of life in the present. This girl was broken in a way that no one but herself would be able to fix. The pacing for her story was absolutely perfect; nothing ever felt rushed – feelings and relationships developed naturally.
The minor characters of this story were also so clear in my mind – the mother of your closest friend who treats you like one of her own, in this case the host-mom. The best friend who only wants what’s best for you. The mean girl at school. They were “stereotypic” characters written in a way that was unconventionally conventional. What I’m trying to say is that they were written well and weren’t just cookie cutter characters meant to be place holders for real people. The host family of Sean, Nora, Liam, and Erin – with all of their strange quirks (Liam and his legos!) and their quaint family-run Bed and Breakfast made the environment feel warm and cozy. And the setting of Ireland itself whisked me away to a world of accents, stews, and Celtic crosses.
There was also more than one plot going on in this book and each was intricately woven into Finley’s story and gave her such a three-dimensional feel. I didn’t feel jerked back and forth between all of the plots and people, and enjoyed every moment of the book while I was in it yet still itched to find out what happened next in the other plots. It really drove home the point that Finely’s life wasn’t all about ONE thing (a cute boy, acing a final, grieving, finding her faith, etc) but that she had to handle all of these things at the same time, much like real life. And the faith portion of the book was incorporated in a way that didn’t feel “preachy” or overly-religious.
Does the whole “movie star falls for girl-next-door” thing sound cheesy? Perhaps, but don’t pretend like you haven’t enjoyed a story like that before! Besides, this is so much more than that.
My friend, Tatiana, said that she’s wary of contemporary books right now because too many of them are discussing grief and death, and although There You’ll Find Me discusses both of these things, it also focuses on hope.
There You’ll Find Me was a humorous and heartbreaking read. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me feel. I highly recommend this book to contemporary lovers, especially if you enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta.(less)
I loved this book. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
You know that feeling that you get when you have something savory, like say a chocolate ch...moreI loved this book. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
You know that feeling that you get when you have something savory, like say a chocolate chip cookie or a piece of chocolate cake, and you want to just enjoy it slowly and appreciate every little morsel and bask in that greatness as long as you can? Yeah, that's what this book is like. I found myself reading the pages slowly and enjoying not only the story of Francesca and her (depressed) family but also the incredible writing style of Melina Marchetta.
This novel is about a girl whose mother, for some reason or another, has become depressed. It's about how Francesca comes to deal with this in her life and how it affects her life and the lives of her entire family. There are lots of things that have changed in her life other than her mother's depression - she now attends what used to be an all-male boarding school (and the boys aren't too happy about the girls being there). And here is where we find something that every teenager goes through - and that is wanting to be accepted. Francesca often conformed to what her friends (and mother) told her that she should be instead of being her own person. And now in this new place, she doesn't know who she is (especially without her mother telling her who to be). Throughout the novel though, Francesca finds her own voice (even if it is yelling at her father).
Updated 11/06/2013 Reading #4 - and even though I can recite entire paragraphs from memory, it feels so new and so fresh and so good.
Updated 8/19/201...moreUpdated 11/06/2013 Reading #4 - and even though I can recite entire paragraphs from memory, it feels so new and so fresh and so good.
Updated 8/19/2012 A third time reading this and it still destroys me. So, so emotional.
I feel like words are so inadequate to describe the way I felt about this book. A facial expression or some kind of half-squeel half-sob feels more appropriate. But I'll do my best to explain in words how completely and utterly wonderful this book is.
Where She Went is told from Adam's point of view..and boy is he damaged - "battle scars" in his words. Poor guy doesnt even know why Mia left him. My heart ached for Adam half the time and the other half I was seriously pissed at him because he was just acting childish i.e. throwing tantrums and some of the err..activities that he was engaging - ugh, I mean I get it dude..your heart is broken but really?
The story telling method is similar to If I Stay in that it goes back and forth between the present and past. However, alot of the past memories were ones from the relationship between Adam and Mia and it was SO GOOD to see more of their relationship (since Mia's flashbacks weren't just about Adam).
I really connected with Adam, which is weird because I am rarely able to connect with a male character. (It took me more than half of The Maze Runner before I could get into it because it's told from Thomas's perspective.)
Ultimately, Where She Went is about Adam asking himself this one question:
I don't normally do Russian Lit. It's always depressing and stuff. We is no different in the depressing part but it's heartbreaking and that rarely ha...moreI don't normally do Russian Lit. It's always depressing and stuff. We is no different in the depressing part but it's heartbreaking and that rarely happens in Dystopian novels. I love this book.(less)