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. SureWill&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)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) 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.
I want to start this review asking a question. It’s an unusual question and some people may not feel comfortable with, but just Reviewed in 03/17/2012
I want to start this review asking a question. It’s an unusual question and some people may not feel comfortable with, but just go with it.
The question is:
“Have you ever thought about suicide?”
Think really hard, don’t answer right away. Have you ever watched a movie about suicide and imagined how it would feel to do it? Have ever wondered how it would feel to hold the decision of your own life and death in your hands? To end your life jumping off a building or taking a bunch of pills? If you have, even for a second entertained your mind with it, then you are a sinner and doing something illegal. Wow, wow,, that’s not me speaking It’s the truth. If you ever say to “head doctor” that you had any suicidal thoughts this is pretty much what will happen to you:
Dr. – So, how was your day?
You – Oh, don’t get me started on that circus of hell.
Dr. – Oh, please, tell me. You are in a safe place and I’m here to help.
You – Work was crazy. This bitch was so bitchy I wanted to kill her.
Dr. – Oh, *scribble,scribble*
You – And my boss, oh, he was so unaware and such a pig. He almost had me bend over just to see my boobs.
Dr. – Oh, *scribble,scrible*.
You – I was so glad when I finally got home, but then my husband was so angry and he hit me extra hard.
Dr. – That’s why you have a black eye. I was wondering about that. *scribble, scribble*
You – Oh, Doctor, sometimes I think it would be better just to end it all and kill myself already. *sigh*
Dr. – What do you mean? You think about *quivering chin* suicide?
You – Well, yeah, I guess, sometimes.
Dr. – Wow, no need to shout. Calm down, calm down.
You – What?
Dr. – Oh, my gosh. You are feeling disoriented, that’s normal in your condition.
You – Condition? *frown*
Dr. – I will help you. There’s this institution,,
You – Institution?
In this minute the dear old Doc presses a big red button and the whole hell breaks loose. The doors open and nurses come running and trap you in straps jackets while the Doc is screaming “CODE 5!” and running around the room shaking his arms over his head. You are now considered to have a disease and will be treated like a crazy person that cannot think for itself. Crazy stuff, right? This book really makes me think about what is considered crazy and how all this psychiatric stuff really works. The brain, the mind is something like a mystery to me. Faith is another thing I can’t really rap my mind around it. I like to think about stuff and speculate, ask questions, imagine a thousand different scenarios of the same subject. I guess that’s why I like biology, philosophy, literature and stuff. They force you to think and open your mind to things out of your comfort zone. Sometimes, thinking about something means just that. Just because you think about starting a diet doesn’t mean you’re going to do it, right? Bottom of line is, I like this book and this author a lot. I even went on and did a research on him. Here is his site if you want to know more about him and his work: www.szasz.com
And here are some really cool quotes of this crazy guy:
“If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia..”
"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget."
“Suicide is a fundamental human right. This does not mean that it is morally desirable. It only means that society does not have the moral right to interfere”
“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily...”
*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 big changes in our lives don’t happen the way we plan. The big changes happen in the little details. In the extra second it took for you to leav.
The big changes in our lives don’t happen the way we plan. The big changes happen in the little details. In the extra second it took for you to leave your house making you lose your bus; in the way the cashier talked to you; in the little kid that smiled at you from across the street. The big changes, the ones that really matter, arrive without warning and when you realize what happened it’s too late to stop it. When your eyes are open you can’t close them and forget what you’ve learned or seen. If you watched Constantine or Matrix, you know what I’m talking about.
The Plot — It’s revolutionary! Skeeter is a single girl living in Mississippi and wants to be a writer. Following the wise advice from a big shot editor, she comes up with the idea for writing a book showing the point of view of the help. At first you may think that this plot is not that exceptional, but you have to remember this was in the sixties, racism was in full force back then, and the place was Mississippi of all places. Black women, the ones that raised the white kids, cared for them and had to see them grow just to follow the same path as their racist parents. You can see how that side of the story can be dangerous to be given voice in a society that accept the beating up of an old black man as punishment for using the white folks bathroom. When the price of your words is so high, a book full of them can become a death sentence. See? I told you this plot were revolutionary.
The Characters — OH—MY—GOSH! Ok, ok, I need to calm down *taking a deep breath* since this book is told by 3 of the most amazing women I have ever met, I’ll focus on them first.
She is the first one we meet in this story. Aibillen is starting her new job in a new house. She take care of kids and helps the white moms to take care of the hose and their children. Once the kid is grown she moves on to another family. This is her life and she was fairly fine with it until her own son dies. Her heart darkens and she is no longer so forgiven as once she was. Now she sees the things that she once pretended not to see, her lost has changed her. In the Leefolt's house Aibileen takes care of little Mae Mobley.
Through her eyes we see changes happening and how appearances can be miss leading. Love runs deeper than blood or skin color. With Aibileen I'v learn that one word can change the destiny of a person. One word of encouragement can make a person believe in itself as much as a disproving one can destroy souls and crush dreams.
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
"Minny is "every Southern white woman's nightmare. I adore her."
She is wonderful and a kick ass maid. She cooks and bakes like no one, especially cakes, and have a fierce tongue on her snappy mouth. In everyone's eyes she is strong, tough and nobody messes with her. In reality, Minny is a cat that was burned too many times and learned to attack first and always be prepared for disappointments. After some stuff she goes to work in Celia's house.
There she faces situations and choices that change her in a deep way. With her I've learn that a hard exterior can hide a heart of gold, and that open up can be scary but sometimes is worth it.
Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan
She is the black sheep among the white and fluffy ones. She comes home after finishing college and is trying to find Constantine, the black maid that raised her.
She is a member of the Bridge Club and is also the editor of their Journal where she writes about the social events and stuff like that. She gets a job in a local newspaper and is trying to get her dreams started but all her mom can think is how her daughter ain’t married yet. Talk about disappointment.
Remember what I’ve said in the beginning of this review? About how the big changes can sneak up on you? Well, this started with little signals, but the one that I took to my heart and made me change was the advice that Skeeter received after sending a letter to a publisher. It was something like: “Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.” How many times we see things that bother u, but is something that looks so normal to everybody else? Just because it’s done a long time doesn’t mean is right. After this you can start open you eyes as well, but be aware cose once you starts seeing you can’t go back to being blind. So, sparks happens and Skeeter puts the chain of events in motion to what would be the biggest thing that ever happened in her life and many others.
All the other characters as amazing too and have a fundamental part in the whole story. Just like a puzzle where each of the little pieces is irreplaceable. One in particular is:
Boogie man has a face, and a southern accent too. LoL She is the devil, but I can’t say I hate her. That’s just how she was raised, racist and mean to people. With her I’ve learned that even a terrible person like her can have a heart. Hilly is kind, sweet and loving with her kids. I can’t hate a person that can love that much even if she is evil. Because of her I knew I would love this book.
The Writing — Oh, the writing,,,, I love it, love it, love it,,,,,,,
Yep,, that’s pretty much what happened. LoL So, the story is told mainly by three POVs, Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. In the beginning I thought that it could be confusing, but this author played so well that I was in love with it. The way she writes remind me of the book The Color Purple, in how the words have character and feelings in it. This is one of the most heartfelt and unique writing I have ever read.
The Audiobook Recording — Oh, the audiobook recording,, it’s enchanted *sigh*
It’s read by three different narrators, well, four actually, and this makes all the difference for me. Each one of them had its unique voice, way of speaking and that made them seem even more real. The voice, the tone, the volume it was all great. The reading had a great flow to it and the audio was pleasant to my ears. The interpretation of the text was simply sublime. Pay attention to these narrators cose these are keepers and one of them is in the movie:
Considerations — O laughed, I cried and I loved every minute of it. My grandfather was raised in a farm long, long, long ago, and I remember his stories about the woman that raised him from crib. She was a black maid and he used to tell me how he never forgot her. When he got sick, he called her name during the fever. Some of the stories in this book made me remember this and how I never really understood what that meant till now.
Ok,I could talk about this book seven ways till Sunday, but this is getting too long and I don’t want this to get larger than the book, so I’m just gonna say: I LOVE THIS BOOK AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!
This Reading is Part of The Following Reading Challenges:
I know I said I would review this later, but I can’t help myself. I need to share what I’m feeling, I need it now!!!
The Plot — I don’t even know wher
I know I said I would review this later, but I can’t help myself. I need to share what I’m feeling, I need it now!!!
The Plot — I don’t even know where to begin. This plot is crazy, man. I’ll try to make this simple, but I can’t promise anything. So, Karue is this teenager girl living in Prague. She loves to draw, have a kick ass friend and a boyfriend you want to kick in the ass. She has blue hair and hamsa's eyes tattooed on her palms. She works doing errands for a chimera named Brimstone. All is well and crazy as always until some strange black hand marks starts to appear on Brimstone doors all around the world. That, my friends, is the first sign of the vent hitting the shit. No, is not the other way around, cose when the vent hit the shit, oh man, the shit hit everywhere and everyone.
The Characters — Unique doesn’t even cover how awesome these characters are. Let’s start by the main character:
She is talented and kicks ass like no one else. I love how sweet and vindictive she can be. Just like a real girl LoL. In the beginning of the book she had her heart broken and she makes him pay in the most enjoyable way evah. I love her.
She is Karou’s best friend and the scariest short girl you will ever meet. Zuz is an artist and her mind is out of this world. Maybe that’s why she’s Karou’s best friend and why I love her so.
Remember how I told you that Karou had her heart broken? Well, this is the jack ass that broke it. Selfish, chitting, drop dead sexy, sweet talker, son of a bitch, jack ass. Or, as Brimstone once said, an Inessential penis.
This is what I call an essential penis. A warrior with flaming wings and a bleeding heart. *sigh*
The Writing — Oh, this writing is every reader’s wet dream. I don’t like much details cose my attention span is, as I said many, many times before, of a 5yo. So it took me a while to get into this book, but I have to say that once I was in I didn’t want to get out. Reading this book was like being naked feeling a thousand butterflies over my body. It may not seem too good, but the wings flapping tickle me. I like tickles. *giggle* Bottom line is, I feel ashamed and unworthy of writing a review of a book so wonderfully writing. There are no words I can use to make it justice. So I’ll give you a pic to show how awesome it is.
The Audio Book Recording — I love this girl accent. Zuz reading made me go and start to learn speak Romanian. For reals. I went to google and started to try to speak. So lame. The volume was nice, the tone had a nice modulation and the interpretation was really good. This book is subdivided in parts and there’s a really cool soundtrack that made it really scary and dramatic. I really like this recording. It really put me in the mood.
Considerations — I love this book. It's the kind of book you keep trying to decipher every step of the way and makes you crazy how you can't ever get it right. It drove me crazy the fact I couldn't figure it out on my own what Brimstone did with all those teethes. Even though I love this book to the point of wanting to start stalking its author, I have to admit that this book isn’t for everyone. In order to love this book you need to have a very open mind and really like craziness. You also have to love fairy tales and star-crossed lovers. Ok, imagine this: Romeo & Juliet +Tristan & Isolde + A Midsummer Night's Dream + Matrix + Iron Fey + Pocahontas + Helen of Troy = PURE AWESOMENES !!!!! I can’t say more or else I’ll ruin the most wonderful story ever. Just trust me. You need to read this!!!!! NOW!!!!! Really, this book made me want to dye my hear blue and made me draw an eye on my palm with a pen, while I was at work for crying out loud!!! GO.READ.THIS.BOOK.NOW! ...more