This is NOT a review. It's just some things I need to remember , feelings and thoughts I don't wanna forget till I get around to write a proper review...moreThis is NOT a review. It's just some things I need to remember , feelings and thoughts I don't wanna forget till I get around to write a proper review . 1 - I love this book 2 - this author tried to sneak one on me to get me crying like a little. not fair, not fair at all 3 - money is superficial , is not as important as anything else, but if you don't have it, anything else can go away in a blink of an eye 4 - I disagree when Jr disagree about Tolstoy . Just because I love the book I don't need to agree with everything . just saying... 5 - friendship is not suppose to be understood 6 - alcohol keep you from the world. it isolates you from sights , feelings, sounds and I agree with the author on this . but, when all you see is pain, all you feel is pain, numbness can appeal like a bottle of water in the desert 7 - challenge yourself to the unknown and you can be amazed 8 - expect greatness to achieve greatness 9 - forgive, let go of the anger. I know is hard, I'm still learning how to do this 10 - when somebody you love dies it sucks. you feel like dying too. the thing is, what about who stayed with you? what about the living? show love for those who stuck around. be happy to have them. they deserve to be appreciated . 11 - apple used to mean something totally different to me before 12 - this is a good story, you should read it.(less)
Eu ia fazer uma resenha enorme e detalhada de todas as coisas que eu amo sobre esse livro. Como me comoveu e como me fez pensar em coisas profundas e...moreEu ia fazer uma resenha enorme e detalhada de todas as coisas que eu amo sobre esse livro. Como me comoveu e como me fez pensar em coisas profundas e tal. Eu não vou fazer isso. Se eu contar minha versão do livro vocês lerão esse livro com uma preconcepção que irá cegá-los para todas as coisas que eu não vi enquanto lia ele. Livros são jornadas muito privadas e pessoais, então você realmente precisa fazer essa jornada sozinho. Mantenha seus olhos, seus ouvidos e sua mente abertos caso contrário irá perder muita coisa. Quando estiver presente, seja presente. Deixe a história te levar. Não comece esse livro pela metade, pule no lago com dois pés e deixe a água cobrir sua cabeça. Com cada livro do JG eu aprendo algo novo. Eu abro meus olhos e minha visão um pouco mais. Não é sempre fácil e normalmente me faz chorar sendo de felicidade ou de tristeza. Mesmo assim, me faz sentir algo real sobre a história e especialmente pelos personagens. Isso é o que aprendi com esse livro: “Coisas desmoronam. Nada pode durar, nem mesmo a Terra. Sofrimento é causado pelo desejo e saciar o desejo significa a saciar o sofrimento. Quando você para de desejar que as coisas não desmoronem você para de sofrer quando elas desmoronam.”
I was gonna make some huge detailed review of all the things I love about this book. How it moved me and how made me think of life and deep stuff like...moreI was gonna make some huge detailed review of all the things I love about this book. How it moved me and how made me think of life and deep stuff like that. I’m not gonna do that. If I tell you my version of this book you’ll have preconception that will blind you for all the things I didn’t see while reading it. Books are journeys, very privet and personal journeys, so you really need to take this one alone. Keep your eyes, ears and mind open or else you’ll miss a lot. When present, be present. Let the story take you away. Don’t start this halfhearted, jump in the lake with both feet and let the waters cover your head.
With every JG’s book I learn something new. I open my eyes a little wider. Is not always easy and usually makes me cry either of happiness or sadness. Nevertheless, makes me feel something real about the story and especially for the characters.
This is what I learned from this book:
“Things fall apart. Nothing can last, not even the earth itself. Suffering is caused by desire and the satiation of desire meant the satiation of suffering. When you stop wishing things wouldn't fall apart you stop suffering when they did.”
When an author seems to know your every hidden feel and thoughts, man, you are screwed. I know it sounds bad, but in a way is great. Sure...moreWill&Will
When an author seems to know your every hidden feel and thoughts, man, you are screwed. I know it sounds bad, but in a way is great. Sure it makes you face all the shit that you usually hide from, but in a very surreal way, it makes you understand things and yourself. Sometimes I do stuff I don't even see it, much less know why you do the shitty things that you do. Well, that's the magic of the mimi representation stuff. When you have this sort of out of body experience things get clearer in your head. You realize how perspective matter. Straight Will Grayson is really a girl, sentimental and all full of drama. I can relate to that 100%, but I also relate to gay Will Grayson and his dark view of life. This is kind of hard to explain. It's easy to say what you don't like about stuff, but to say and explained the things you love can be tricky. David and John have a way with words, that's a fact. I love them and with each book I read I become more of a stalker of these two. Just like the zombie craving for brains, I crave for their words. Arrrrrrrg *me need words* The audio is one of the best audios I've ever heard and that is saying a lot. They absorb every word, sigh in the sigh parts, screams in the screams parts and even below a high not in the singing parts. I'm in love with this audio, for real <3 I love the happy feeling I got in the end of this book. I wish more authors could make endings that well. Bottom line is, all this talk can simply be shortened with one sentence: My name is not Will Grayson, but I love Tiny Cooper. <3
Now I'll take a minute to show my love for this book and these two authors with a bunch of thumbs up.
The plot is simple, at least at some length. We are in the future where, after a bio war only the old people (aka enders) and the teens (aka starters)...moreThe plot is simple, at least at some length. We are in the future where, after a bio war only the old people (aka enders) and the teens (aka starters) are alive. The thing is, old people are really old, like 150yo and have all the money and essentially rule the world.
The starters have no rights, are poor, really poor and live as outlaws in a world where the old people are evil (most of them anyways). I'm not really sure I buy this, but is not so out of the box I would take off my list (aka The Amazing Apocalypse Theories’ List), so it's still on the list. The main character is this starter girl that has a little brother and want to make money to save them from a life in misery. So she finds this clinic called Prime Destinations. The job is easy and you would get the money in your sleep, literally. Starters can't have jobs until they have 19yo, so she would be a donor and would get pay lots of money to (get this) rent her body to enders to get the feeling how to be young again. Body snatcher much? Yep, I think so. But still, very interesting stuff.
They have this contract that has all this "don'ts" and if the renters, aka enders, brake the rules they pay like a gadillian of dollars. It looks like bullshit? Yep. Still believable? yep. I'm not gonna say Callie, the starter, had no other choice, she had, but desperate times ask for stupid choices. So she decides to do this crazy stuff and after three rentals she would be free with her payment and a better life. That would be great, but then we wouldn't have a very long story, would we? As you can imagine, the stuff is deeper than it seems. Human rights, sacrifice, priorities and a whole lot of etic discussion fill this book. I like it very much, but I can't say the plot is that perfect. The idea is better than the execution. The action part is really good, but the interaction seems a little robotic. It felt a little cold and flat. Since this is the first book and I know there's a second, I hope this get better. As far as twists and turns, this one is good. I had some moments I was surprised and that's good, but I wish it had more warmth in the writing. All in all is a very good book and I'm certainly gonna read the sequel.
Before I start this review, I must say that if you are looking for a review that is based on actual facts and will give you an i...more
Reviewed on 09/15/2012
Before I start this review, I must say that if you are looking for a review that is based on actual facts and will give you an impartial view of the book, you may stop right there. Don’t need to go any further. This is 100% selfish, nonsense and some of the stuff I’ll talk about will come right out of my head with no connection to the story what so ever. Ok, consider yourself warned.
Lets start with the basics and built up the crazy stuff on the way.
The Plot - Yukiko is the daughter of the great hunter Masaru. After a really awesome (and crazy) dream, the Shogun (the High Roller) sent Masaru and his daughter (along with a bunch of other people) to catch an arashitora. You may think this is easy enough, but there’s a little problem, two actually. The first is that an arashitora is a flying creature called griffin.
No, not that Griffin LoL This griffin
Yep. A mythical creature that nobody saw for a long, long time and is supposed to be extinct, or don’t even really exist. That wouldn’t be so bad if not for the second little problem. If they don’t bring that little pet, they are as good as dead. Talk about pressure.
The Characters - I don’t know what to say about the characters. They literally stole the words out of me. Ok, *deepbreath* I’ll start with Yukiko. She is damage by a haunting past and, as we all know, life is a bitch, so of course her past will get her on the behind. Her dad, Masaru, is just the shadow of the great man he used to be and is haunted by the ghosts of choices he can never take back. I think if there’s one thing that we can connect all these wonderful characters with is one fact: secrets. They all have dark, dangerous, almost crippling secrets. Complex, yeah, that’s the perfect word to describe it.
The Writing - This guy, this guy sure has a way with the words. His writing is flowing and poetry and all that crap girls always say. He made me smile, he made me scared, he made me warm like a summer day and he made me cold like a storm in a winter day. There’s just one thing that I must warn you about, it’s a really visual descriptive writing. As I said before in my others reviews, I have a serious problem with descriptive writing. I have a 5yo attention span and when it gets really detailed, I drift off like a pipe in a windy day.
"From above, it was intricate, beautiful and terrible, a winding maze of squeeze ways and alleys twisting between the cracking sores of bleached buildings. The broad square of brick at its heart, cobbled arteries worming off in labyrinthine patterns that mimicked a maniac’s scrawl. A great cluster of broad, grand roofs on the hill, red flags crowing among its stunted gardens. A five sided fist of yellow stone amidst a growth of hunchbacked, abandoned slaughter houses, the great nest of pipes and tanks and vomiting chimneys that must be the refinery, a rusted length of intestine spilling from its bowels and leading off north toward First House. Winding serpents of filthy river water, spilling out into a bay of char and floating refuse, shoals of garbage drifting on a dirty sea breeze. The streets were choked with a black-tongued haze, a dirty stain smeared across the skies, hovering over the crust of concrete and brick on the harbor’s skin."
Beautiful, right? The only problem is that is too distracting and the fact that is a 3º person narrative don’t help me to connect to all this beauty. In some parts I felt like I was watching it all through a glass window. I saw the beauty, but I couldn’t feel it. That is not a problem to some people, but, unfortunately, it is for me. That is my only biff with this book.
I guarantee that it gets really heart felt and personal, but I advise you guys to read the Prologue before purchase this:
Considerations- Ok, now the crazy really kicks in. So, Shima is a dying land, man. Smoke are in the air and people die every day from starvation, pollution and murdered for being out of line. Does that make you think about our society? Blood Lotus, I love the name and what it represents in the story. They live for it and they die for it. It’s the poison that is killing everything, really fast. If that wasn’t bad enough, we have the crazy and psycho Shogun that is just like a mean kid holding a magnifying lenses over the ants to watch them burn, just because he can. Power can turn a good man mad, and that can be even worse if the man is already crazy to begin with. Ok, but that is not enough, we also have the Guildsman cult. It’s not actually a cult, but is just like it. They go around being all superior and, get this, they burn people alive saying that they are impure. I know, right? In a land where people turn black inside out because of the pollution, these mechanical monsters go around picking people who are different and burn them alive for something that is not even their fault. (you’ll know what it is when you read the book) Here is a quote that made my brain burn:
"The Communications Ministry invokes past glories to inspire new ones among the working class, to wring more sweat from the karoshimen’s backs. To convince more young men to take up arms and spill their heart’s blood beneath the Shogun’s flag in a war they know nothing about."
I know this is a fantasy book, but this is something that sounds really true. Have you read 1984? Control, control, control. We know only what they want us to know and, in all the stories I know, knowledge is power. Keep them dumb, keep them in control. Why do we fight? Because they say we must. If that is the answer, you are fighting for the wrong reason. To win a battle is to believe what you are fighting for is worth the fight.
Here is another quote that I keep in my heart:
"HAVE MERCY ON ME, FATHER. TAKE MY WINGS. CHAIN ME TO STINKING EARTH. BUT THIS TORTURE I CANNOT ENDURE. Oh, shut it."
I crack up every time I read this. LoL
Here is another pearl of wisdom:
“One day you will see that we must sometimes sacrifice for the sake of something greater.”
This is the perfect sentence and it sums up everything I’ve read in this book. Greatness comes for those who make the hardest choices and the biggest sacrifices.
By the end of the book I was crap. I’m not embarrassed to confess I wanted to punch Jay right in the baby maker for make me watch those horrible things and see my friends suffer so.
But after the 3º (8º) drink, I was thinking clearly and now I can see why those things had to happen. Heroes are forged in fire and blood. Pain is what makes them better and the overcome of the adversities is what makes us love them so. I still want them to be safe, but I know I can only hope that my heart won’t be shredded in the Jay’s hands.
Here is a quote that says exactly the state I was in by the end of it:
"The tears rolled unheeded down her cheeks, pattering on the floor with the sound of rain."
So sad and so beautiful. *tears*
Ok, now, I only have to wait for the next book. I know that Jay will say something helpful like: “Hold your breath, it makes the time goes by faster.” But I got a better Idea. I’ll just freeze myself and ask Butters to unfreeze me when the next book is out. That will totally work. I’m a genius.
Now, I have a little surprise for those who like a little more “visual” stuff on the review.
Here is something the guys can expect from this book:
Here is something for the ladies:
And underneath all of this you’ll find this:
If you are romantic, expect some of this:
And there’s also this:
Ok, that’s not in the book. LoL But this pic is so funny. I just had to put it in this review.
See? This book has it all. *wink*
*An ARC was kindly provided by the publisher. But this in no way influenced my views on this book. This is my honest review.* (less)
I’m terrible when it comes to follow rules and I almost never make the right decision when it comes to pick my lunch or dinner and snacks. I follow my...more
I’m terrible when it comes to follow rules and I almost never make the right decision when it comes to pick my lunch or dinner and snacks. I follow my stomach and that’s not very wise. I work from 6am to 6pm and I have school till 10pm, so when I come home I’m totally spent and have no energy to make a decent meal. That was my main reason to pick up this book. It delivers what it promises; the recipes are fast and healthy. This book has many good recipes and the pics really make my mouth waters. The good thing in this book is the tips to make your diet healthier and how to pick the food you’ll eat. But I really think this book would be better if it was a hardback copy. The recipes were fairly easy to follow, however, many of the ingredients I can’t find in Brazil. It’s a bummer, I know. But I’ll try to switch with something else and see what that taste like. After reading this book, I feel like I can change my life and eat healthier, and be happier and slender and all that crap we say we will do after reading books like this. The reality is: I learned some really useful tips and I intent to use it on my day to day diet, but I’m not promising anything. LoL
*An ARC was kindly provided by the publisher. But this in no way influenced my views on this book. This is my honest review.*
This Reading is Part of The Following Reading Challenges:
The Plot – Livington is a normal and ordinary fruit bat that lives with others fruit bats and it’s not happy with who he is.
He wants to be different and cool and to get the girl he wants for once. So he goes far from his safe little home and get what he wanted, but what he wanted turns out is not exactly what he expected to be. He is now different from the others and the girl of his dreams noticed him for the first time. What’s the problem? Being different turns out not such a great thing after all. So now he has to learn to live with this new person he turned out to be.
The Characters – This is a children’s book, so there’s not much details, but we see the important stuff.
The Writing – This is a comic, so we don’t get to see all that much of the writing, but I liked what I did see.
Considerations – I get that this book is supposed to be all “be happy with who you are” and “Acceptance can make you look cool.” But, even though this book is sweet and the drawings are really cute, I think the whole hero stuff is a little too much.
No, I’m not the Grinch, thanx for asking, BTW. I’m just saying, just because the guy did something good and accept who he is, this is real world and we must know that people will not become all nice to you forever. Sooner or later, the horns will show and you’ll have to deal with it. Don’t lay your worth in the hands of others, that’s all I’m saying. Over all, this book is cool and at least tries to give a positive message to the kids.
*An ARC was kindly provided by the publisher. But this in no way influenced my views on this book. This is my honest review.*
This Reading is Part of The Following Reading Challenges:
I'm not a fast reader. I never was and, after listen to this books, I guess I'll never will. No, the book is not that bad, but it just made me realize...more
I'm not a fast reader. I never was and, after listen to this books, I guess I'll never will. No, the book is not that bad, but it just made me realize that I like my slow reading too much to just glide my eyes over the words and get trough them faster. The tips I found in this book are good, and I did read faster, but I didn't enjoy the reading that way. If you have some really boring book or paper you need to read and is taking too long, that can help you to get trough it. But if you like to read and love to enjoy your reading, this is not gonna make you happy. So, I'll just continue to read as I do now and be happy with it.
I wish I had a friend like him growing up. Hi is the kind of guy that makes you fall in love with him doesn’t matter what is yo...moreI’m in love with Paul.
I wish I had a friend like him growing up. Hi is the kind of guy that makes you fall in love with him doesn’t matter what is your inclination. Gay, straight, bi, whatevah. He is just an extremely lovable guy. I love this book. It’s simple as that. For a few hours I get to be inside a wonderful and welcoming world where acceptance is reality. We have a quarterback that is a drag queen and also the homecoming queen. He is FABULOUS. Hey, don’t judge u.u
Paul’s mother is the best mom ever, his dad is a standup guy all the way around and his home is full of love and fun dinner games. He can eat pancakes for dinner, I guess this says at all. From the childihood revolutionary plays to the new and totally awesome made-up language between two friends, this book took me into a journey of awesomeness with rainbow cover chocolate and… ok, I think you got how much I love this book. This author is the best to write love stories and create that sweet and real bond between characters. He can make them real in a way that few authors can. The relationship between the main characters is so,so,so sweet and it doesn’t matter if it is between a girl and a boy, a boy and a boy or a girl and a girl. The feelings are pure and ...*sigh* so lovely.
But this book is not just rainbows and cotton candy, I shed some tears in it too. But is the kind of tears you shed with a smile in your face cose is so dame beautiful.
Bottom line is, I love this book, I love the characters, I love the writing, I love the áudio and I freaking love Infinite Darlene in all of her glory. <3
This is a really sweet story about a boy that has dyslexia and is truly honest about the difficulties a child encounters while t...more Reviewed on 07/12/2012
This is a really sweet story about a boy that has dyslexia and is truly honest about the difficulties a child encounters while trying to fit in with the world. Everybody feels inadequate at least once in life and don’t even has to have any special problem. Being normal is not something easy to be, but being special is even harder. To feel stupid and just wrong among all the other people sucks, to say the least. What I liked in this book and think is the main reason everybody should read it is simple: The message in it. Book messages are subjective, so I’ll tell what I read into it and you can judge *after reading the book yourself* if I’m right or wrong. Life sucks sometimes. *wait, that’s not the whole message* Life sucks, however, you can’t live your life trying to do or be like everybody else. This is meant to fail. When I was at school I wanted to be as good volleyball player as my friends were, but I sucked. In fact, I think I still do. In life there’ll always be something that you can’t do as good as the other people do, but you can’t be sad or feel bad about it. You just have to keep looking for the thing you are meant to do, the person you are meant to be. When you find the world will surely stop sucking and, even being different, won’t seem as bad as used to be. Once you finds and accept yourself, everybody will just follow your lead. That’s the message I got from this story and it certainly made me feel better. And you know what? Being weird is cool!
This is a different book and, even though I’m not really sure what I was expecting, I can say that this wasn’t it. In honor of this rare occasion, I’l...more This is a different book and, even though I’m not really sure what I was expecting, I can say that this wasn’t it. In honor of this rare occasion, I’ll do a different review as well. For those who are reading this review in hopes to read this book, I’ll give a little taste of what to expect of it. I’m pretty sure this won’t be much difference, cose this book is a surprise no matter what you expect.
Reviewed on 06/25/2012.
I’m writing to you so I can share something I think is just too special for me to keep it to myself. I just read a book called The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
I know, I know, it doesn’t sound so great and the cover is really dorky, but sometimes a dorky cover can hide a really cool story. The story is about this guy named Charlie.
He is really shy and doesn’t have many friends, so I was really happy for him when he told me he had made some new friends.
People often say they are happy for other people’s happiness without meaning it, but I totally do. So, Charlie meets Patrick who is really outgoing and knows a lot of stuff. He is fun and has a really great laugh that makes you want to laugh with him, because he is so happy that his happiness leaks and reaches everyone around him.
Charlie also meets Sam. She is so cool and pretty, but in an honest kind of way. You don’t know what kind of pretty is this? Well, is like this, she doesn’t cover every inch of her face in heavy makeup and when she smiles she really smiles. Not that kind of smile that looks like is painful because is so stretched, or the kind that makes you uncomfortable because is creepy.
The best thing about them is that they are the coolest people Charlie knows and still, they make him feel welcome and they really get to know him, like I did.
I wish I could say that this story is about Charlie making friends and being happy all the time, but that would be a lie. He does tell some really happy and funny stories, but also some really sad ones. I wish I could’ve done more for him than just listen to him tell me his stories and his experiences in life. I wish I could’ve talk to him back and tried to give him advises about what he was telling me. And sometimes I wish I could punch someone for making him feel so sad, but I guess that wouldn’t help him much, would it? Well, I guess not. Charlie loves to read and makes mix tapes. A mix tape, if you don’t know what it is yet, is a tape where you pick up a selection of songs with a purpose. It can be mix of happy songs like: Road Trip Mix Tape, Going To The Beach Mix Tape, Happy Birthday Mix tape, etc. Or it also can be a mix of sad songs like: I Just Got Dump Mix Tape. It can really be anything you want it to be. Charlie gives the best music and book recommendations and when he talks about the songs, the meaning behind it and how he feels when he listen to it is really moving. This is really a great story and I was so happy to meet Charlie and hear him talk about his life, family and friends. I cried with him, got mad with him and for him, got sad and confused, but I also felt happiness and laughed with him. If you are reading this review in hopes to see if this book is all what everyone says it is, I’m not sure this review will help you, because I have no idea what you think this book is, but you’re probably wrong. I can’t tell you what this book is, because for me or anyone else to try to explain how it felt to listen to this book (I listened to the audio) is like trying to explain to a blind what the sky looks like. I can tell you this book is about a teenager that had some really deep problems and keeps writing to someone about them and what happens in his life like writing to a diary. That would be accurate and it’s what this book shows, just like if you tell the sky is blue. That fact is not the heart of this book, is just the outlines. What makes something special is how it makes you feel. Just like I felt sucked in by the writing and the audio record. Connected to a fictional character to the point of seeing trough his eyes and feel like I’m part of the story too. While I listened to the book I was the one Charlie was talking with, I was his friend and that feeling of belonging, of being part of something, is what made me love this story.
But I must warn you that this is a sad book and bad things happen in it, so if you don’t like sad stories, even the ones with hope, and friendship, and love in it, you shouldn’t read it.
Since I can’t explain exactly how I felt, I’ll use one quote that seems to be as close as it can be. This is in the beginning of the book, so it’s not spoiler at all.
“I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”
The movie is coming up soon and I can’t wait to watch it.
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