I've been putting off my review since September cos I was hoping I can still come up with beautiful words tMy Rating: All stars (there is such thing).
I've been putting off my review since September cos I was hoping I can still come up with beautiful words to describe this book, but it's been two months now and I still came up empty. Oh wait... I don't even need to review this book for people to read and buy it. It's Colleen's! Do I need to say more? Seriously, we can all just say, "It's Colleen Hoover's book." and just like that, it's New York Times/All-States-Times/Worldwide Bestseller Book. That's how it is. It's a way of life for us now--Hoover fans.
I loved it. But I'm torn in between 4.5 to 5 stars. I haven't read a book with so many betrayals like this one. So intriguing that I was kept guessingI loved it. But I'm torn in between 4.5 to 5 stars. I haven't read a book with so many betrayals like this one. So intriguing that I was kept guessing until the end. You woulnd't know who to really trust and who to pine for. The story and the characters are good. Though I wasn't invested in most of them. I liked that there is a love triangle but I still have no idea who she will end up with. That made me frustrated and a bit disappointed because I have a heart for this "Prince". I guess it's good to make the readers guessing but I wish there was more romance in the story. I really love a good romance thrown into a complicated and dark world of fantasy. This book didn't gave me enough of that, but as I've said I still loved it and I can't wait for the next book to come out. I definitely recommend this book. One of my favorites so far....more
You know, it’s not actually the “I-want-to-shout-and-jump-and-do-crazy-things” kind of feeling thFULL REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Books4Juliet's Diary
You know, it’s not actually the “I-want-to-shout-and-jump-and-do-crazy-things” kind of feeling that indicates I enjoyed a beautiful book but actually, it was the slow, sudden smile that formed in my lips after reading it. It was the way I found myself hugging the book without realizing I’m doing it in the first place. The constant tug in my heart, the beautiful smile on my lips… This indicates I’ve read a beautiful book and Ugly Love is a beautiful book. THAT ENDING. Ahhhh. I loved the ending and the epilogue. I can’t remember the last time I really felt satisfied after an epilogue like that. It made the broken pieces whole again (if that’s even possible).
Today, I’m wondering how long can a person adapt to all the bad circumstances in life. How much are we willing to risk for a person before we finally give up on them? How much is too much? Maybe no one knows. We all have different limits, some give up sooner than the others. Some just stay there… believing and holding on to their hope. Maybe there is no such thing as loving too much, only loving a little less. Because when I really think of it, God gave us love far more than what we can imagine. That’s where we get the power of loving as well. Even we experience the ugly side of love, we are still capable of forgiving, of risking our hearts again, and hoping that in the end we’ll get to experience the kind of love that we all dream of– that beautiful side of love.
Well anyway, I don’t know how Colleen Hoover’s imagination works, but she’s definitely one of a kind. She did it and she’ll definitely not going stop, not when she has a lot more to offer. I am excited to see what her next book will be. I know that I’ll be one of the many readers who will immediately grab a copy when it comes out. I have no doubt that she will let me bend and break again… but that’s okay. Because I believe she will make it up with a beautiful ending. She always does....more
4.99 stars + 1 :) I love it. I'm not totally 100% satisfied about the ending but it was a hundred and one better than Allegiant. I'm just not sure whet4.99 stars + 1 :) I love it. I'm not totally 100% satisfied about the ending but it was a hundred and one better than Allegiant. I'm just not sure whether I'm happy or sad or maybe a bit frustrated by the way it ended but at least it was hopeful. Too bad we're not going to see what will happen next especially to Day and June but then again, as I said, it was HOPEFUL. I just wish there was another pov of Day in the last part. It could've been a better ending for me to read his thoughts. But then again, and again, it was a great journey. I wish it's not the end. I wish I can still read more about the series. I want more June and Day and their possible future. Marie Lu made it to a heartbreaking yet heartwarming and beautiful ending. This series is absolutely beautiful. Love love love it....more
WOW. JUST WOW. I didn't expect that I would love this book like Legend-love and Divergent-love kind of way. But it happened and now I have a new favorWOW. JUST WOW. I didn't expect that I would love this book like Legend-love and Divergent-love kind of way. But it happened and now I have a new favorite dystopian book to add to my shelf. This book rocks in so many places and is so many ways. It was a fantastic read. Intense and breathtaking. I still couldn't recover. This book is a genius. I loved it. ...more
Not even once did Sarah Dessen disappoint me with her stories. Her books aren't always the happily-ever-after kind of thing, but there's always hope aNot even once did Sarah Dessen disappoint me with her stories. Her books aren't always the happily-ever-after kind of thing, but there's always hope and they are open to possibilities. I love how she made me feel when I read her books and mostly it's a mixture of emotions. She always made me cry, if not, teary-eyed. She doesn't fail to touch my heart with her beautiful writing. She writes with depth and delicacy, and her characters are very relatable, her stories are very realistic. This may not be my most favorite of all her novels but I still won't hesitate to recommend it. If you love Sarah Dessen, I'm sure this book will somehow make its way into your heart too.
The best gifts come from the heart, not a store.
Ruby lives with her mom in a small yellow apartment until her mom abandoned her and left her to fend for herself alone. Her sister who left and whom she hadn't seen for ten years came and took her under her wings. Ruby should have been grateful in the fact that she will now study in an exclusive school, wear branded clothes, has her own beautiful room in a huge, gorgeous house in an expensive neighborhood. But she doesn't feel like she belong, and she kept looking back and coming back to her old apartment, her old friends, her old life.
You get what you give, but also what you're willing to take.
The best thing I liked about this book is the relationship of Ruby to her older sister Cora. It's the closest thing in my heart with regards to the story. It's very emotional to see how she and Cora struggles to catch up with the lost times. It's a good thing but also a sad one. I liked Ruby because she is so easy to relate with. I understand her wants to run away from her sister and from the new life she's offering her. I understand Cora, for all the things she and Ruby had went through all their lives. And I adore her for all the things that she's trying to do for Ruby and to save her relationship with her sister. It's so fun to read about Cora's husband Jamie, too. I think he's perfect as a husband, as a man. He is so kind and forgiving, loving and very supportive. He's the life in the story and so is Nate. I liked Nate for being a really good friend, what can you asked for? He will always be there for you if you need him, though he has his own secrets and problems to deal with.
"'You swim' is a philosophy?" He shrugged. "Better than 'you sink,' right?"
I think that when it comes to Sarah Dessen's book, you don't need a lot of encouragement or endorsement to make. They're just that good. This book is another reminder why I love Sarah Dessen. But if there is one thing that I wish I can get more from this book, it's Nate. I'm not really satisfied with the ending because I don't get my perfect love story or something close to that. And since I don't want to spoil anything, I'd just rather say this: I wish there was more of Nate and Ruby in the end of the story. And I wish I could see a life of Ruby and Cora with their mom. It was an issue that I don't think was addressed perfectly in the book. Other than that, everything is good. From the characters, setting and plot... really good.
I guess there is nothing more for me to say other than this: if you love other Sarah Dessen's books, go get Lock and Key! If you haven't read any of them yet, I hope you'll try to check her books out. Maybe it's about time to read her stories. I'm sure that at least one of them will deeply touch your heart. I read different kinds of book genre depending on my mood, but whenever I finish a dystopian book or a paranormal/fantasy book, I always seek for a contemporary read afterwards. And most of the time I come back to Sarah Dessen's books. It's like coming home and it's nice to feel something like that....more
Once again, Sarah Dessen captured my heart. This may not be my most fave among her books--compared to Along for the Ride (which I totally loved!) andOnce again, Sarah Dessen captured my heart. This may not be my most fave among her books--compared to Along for the Ride (which I totally loved!) and The Truth About Forever (which I love also), but this is the first book of hers that actually, made me cry. Big-time. Mclean is so real to me, and her story just hit me hard. I didn't expect to cry over this book. It was really good.
You could just tell when a person belonged somewhere. That is something you can't fake, no matter how hard you try. -Mclean p13
Amazing how you could get do far from where you'd planned, and yet find it was exactly where you needed to be. -Mclean, p279
Of all Sarah Dessen's books that I've read, What Happened to Goodbye is the first one that made me cry. All her books are emotional, sad, thought-provoking, and they all deals with realities in life. But this one has touched me the deepest. Of all her characters that are crafted with delicate care--making them the imperfect, flawed, and most of all real--it was Mclean Sweet who captured my heart the most. This might not be my most favorite of her books, but surely this one will forever be in my heart. I don't know what it is that makes Sarah Dessen's books very touching that it makes me appreciate the people in my life after I read them. It makes me appreciate life itself, or my life to be specific.
I think it's important that it really have meaning to you if it's going to be part of you forever. -Deb, p129
Mclean's life isn't easy. She was once been happy, and that was before his parents got divorced. Before her mom cheated her dad with the university's basketball coach. Before her mom got pregnant with the twins, before her dad sold their restaurant and decided to be a consultant instead--the reason why they are traveling and moving every six months. She's been in four different schools during the last two years, avoiding making friends, making attachments, living a life. Every time they move, she takes it as a new beginning...every time. She starts a new life that isn't hers, not Mclean, but a new girl with a different personality. She feels that she doesn't belong anywhere, and I think that what makes this book achingly sad. To feel that you are alone and that you have no place to really call home... I think that's the saddest part.
What I really appreciate about Sarah Dessen's books, are the stories of life--disappointments, struggles, painful past, but always with a hopeful future. I always love the settings and the characters that she created... it make me feel connected to them in some ways I couldn't explain. Maybe because they all felt real to me--they're ordinary people dealing with normal issues in life. I love every bit of the story, because for me, it's giving me something true and something good to think about and hold onto.
Two a.m. You know. The person you can call at two a.m. and, no matter what, you can count on them. Even if they're asleep or it's cold or you need to be bailed out jail...they'll come for you. It's, like, the highest level of friendship. -Dave, p216
This is a story of girl who is trying to forget her real self but ends up finding herself in the process. With the help of her funny, weird, and amazing friends and a smart guy who live next door, she will realize that a home isn't actually a place...
This book is emotional but blended with just the right amount of humour and wit. I enjoyed it and I am grateful that I've read such a good story. I recommend What Happened to Goodbye. I recommend Sarah Dessen. ...more
I think this is my most favorite of all three books in the series, yet. I don't know if there'll be another book but I'm hoping for more. I loved thisI think this is my most favorite of all three books in the series, yet. I don't know if there'll be another book but I'm hoping for more. I loved this one simply because Kat and Hale are finally together in this book. But nope, I still didn't get Hale's real name. Seriously, what's W.W. Hale stands for? Next book, please give me Hale's name!!! But over all, I truly enjoyed this book and I wished more than once, that it will become a movie in the future. I'll be tbe first one in line to see it. Loved it!...more