**spoiler alert** So this is the first time I have read this book and I have to say I enjoyed it (as much as you can enjoy a book on this subject).
I c...more**spoiler alert** So this is the first time I have read this book and I have to say I enjoyed it (as much as you can enjoy a book on this subject).
I can't recall if the narrator was ever named (I don't think she was) but you follow her through her adoption of a diary to her first accidental use of LSD to running away and coming home. She tries to get clean but is constantly brought back down by her old friends.
I think this book is a great read for young adults as it is a first hand look into what drugs are like and how they can change your life for the worse. It is a heart breaking story but completely honest.(less)
Loved it! 4.5 stars!So this is the first time I have read this book and I really enjoyed it! I find it surprising that I made it to 26 years old and n...moreLoved it! 4.5 stars!So this is the first time I have read this book and I really enjoyed it! I find it surprising that I made it to 26 years old and never even heard what this book was about.
Margaret is 11.5 years old and she is ready to grow up. She is curious about religion and becoming a woman (much like myself when I was 11). I found myself relating a lot to her throughout the story. Even though my religion was chosen for me at a young age I constantly questioned and challenged it, and other religions as well, trying to find the one that 'felt right'.
I was teased about needing to 'grow an inch' in the right places and contemplated what it would be like to have my period and what I would do about it. And remembering how embarrassing it was to finally get it (in the middle of my social studies class in 6th grade, and my teacher wouldn't let me go to the clinic...it was very traumatic lol).
So reading this brought me back to my 11 year old self and what I felt and what I thought and the ideas of struggling with being a woman and finding religion while everyone around me looked as if they had everything under control.
So I would recommend this book to girls in 4th-7th grade just so that they could see that what they are going through is normal and that their questioning and wishing is not uncommon.
3.5 Stars This book was quite a quick read. I feel like this is such a classic that I don't really need to review it other than to say that I enjoyed...more3.5 Stars This book was quite a quick read. I feel like this is such a classic that I don't really need to review it other than to say that I enjoyed the book as a whole. I have heard several people say that the ending was too sad, but I thought it was perfect.
**spoiler alert** I can proudly say, this it the first book I read on my new birthday Kindle! So that is exciting.
I decided upon reading an Agatha Chr...more**spoiler alert** I can proudly say, this it the first book I read on my new birthday Kindle! So that is exciting.
I decided upon reading an Agatha Christie novel because I watch way to much Doctor Who (Is that possible? Probably not.) I had seen the episode of DW many times where Agatha Christie helps the Doctor figure out a supernatural murder and always thought to myself, "I really need to read her stuff". So here I am reading. Starting I thought that I might not like it because most mystery novels are very predictable because they try so hard NOT to be predictable.
However Ms. Christie surpasses them all. When I first started reading I was sure that the murderer was Mr. Inglethorpe, but was quickly lead away from that notion once I started reading further into the story. Ms. Christie does a phenomenal job distracting the reader from who actually committed the crime until the end of the story and I LOVED that!
It is very easy to see how she has remained on top after all these years as one of the best mystery novel writers of all time. The highest recommendation!(less)
OK so this was definitely a fun and very quick read. I know a lot of people complained about this book saying that it wasn't as good as the original,...moreOK so this was definitely a fun and very quick read. I know a lot of people complained about this book saying that it wasn't as good as the original, it didn't retain the pretty prose of Chaucer, the art was bad, etc. etc. However I think it was all of these things that made it entertaining.
Now, I have never read the full Canterbury Tales (although it is on my TBR list) but I think that this book was a pretty good introduction to the topic. Because the author didn't try to retain the original language it made the story manageable and approachable to people who otherwise may not read it. The crappy art made the bawdy nature of the story even more amusing. Chaucer, during his time, was writing in the common tongue was he not? He wanted his works to be accessible and easily shared and understood by the masses, which is what this book does. It makes the stories accessible to the masses in a format that they are familiar with.
So for that I really liked it and would recommend it to others!(less)
**spoiler alert** I never had to read this book in grade school, so when it was on my list of suggested reading for my Young Adult Lit course I jumped...more**spoiler alert** I never had to read this book in grade school, so when it was on my list of suggested reading for my Young Adult Lit course I jumped at the chance. I honestly didn't know what to expect. I knew it was a classic and that everyone raved about it (and the movie? I think there was a movie...) but I never understood why.
When you are given a synopsis of the story it sounds rather bland. I have to admit that even when I got 3/4's of the way through it I was still thinking, "this seems rather drug out." But the last chapter got me. I wept for Dallas and Johnny, and although it surprised me that there was a death by police scene, it added to the heartbreak the author was trying to portray.
The book covered a lot of topics that are hard for young adults to talk about or deal with, such as social norms and what groups you fit in, not to mention the unspoken class system.
Ponyboy realizes that there really wasn't that much differentiating the greasers from the socs, and that it was perspective that the groups disagreed on: The socs and the greasers watch the same sunset after all.
Overall I really liked this book. I would give it 4.5 stars.(less)
**spoiler alert** Wow, talk about a moving book. I am just reading this for the first time at 26 years old and I must say, I sobbed like a child at th...more**spoiler alert** Wow, talk about a moving book. I am just reading this for the first time at 26 years old and I must say, I sobbed like a child at the end. Which was akward because I finished the book sitting in the middle of the Library with my collegues watching me...
I want to start with how effortlessly Steinbeck wrote the story, or at least, I was able to read it effortlessly. The characters were so real that when reading you felt that you were part of the story. It was easy to place youself in the shoes of George and worry about Lennie and how to keep him out of trouble. Likewise, it was oddly easy to understand Lennie and feel for him.
You felt like you were sitting around a small campfire warming beans with the men and sitting in Crook's room and chatting with an old friend, and you felt the despair Lennie felt when he accidently killed his little puppy, and his terror when he shook Curly's wife to death. You cried for Lennie when he ran away and cried with George when he described Lennie's heaven to him as he laid him to rest. The entire story you were rooting for the boys to finally work up enough money to buy a small patch of land that they could tend to and again cried with Candy when you realized with him that this dream would no longer happen.
The level of detail and emotion that Steinbeck was able to convey in the short 186 pages of this book is nothing short of astounding. I have added this book to my "reread" list as well as my Amazon Wishlist to purchase in the near future.(less)
I hated this book, however my reasons may be a little biased.
To start from the beginning I should mention that I decided to read this book right afte...moreI hated this book, however my reasons may be a little biased.
To start from the beginning I should mention that I decided to read this book right after I was 'urged' to read the Twilight series, (because reading Bella's favorite book made so much sense after reading Meyer's crap).
I didn't notice any real character development, the story line was nothing but teenage angst, and now I have a headache from trying to remember why I disliked this book so much. Although I do have to mention that it probably is a love it or leave it kind of book...
I have been a huge fan of the Hitchhiker movie for a while but had never read the book.
Well folks the day has come! I have read the book! I one sittin...moreI have been a huge fan of the Hitchhiker movie for a while but had never read the book.
Well folks the day has come! I have read the book! I one sitting really, as I couldn't bring myself to put the book down.
Now this is the part where most people push their hipster glasses back up the bridge of the nose and declare "The book was better!" and although generally I am one of those people... it is not the case here. Now before you rage quit my review let me say that I sincerely loved both. I look at the movie and the book as completely separate entities. The book was AMAZING! While the movie was AMAZING! So really I am just trying to say is the movie was just as awesome as the book :)
I thought about giving a full review, but by this time I am sure that everyone has read it or seen the movie so I will forgo that. But I will leave you with the fact that I took a "who do you write like" survey that analyzes your writing and it came back with I write like Douglas Adams... Which may mean that I need to start that novel I have always wanted to write....(less)