This book was difficult to get through. Short, thank God, but mostly painful. Why is this woman continually letting her daughter make the decisions shThis book was difficult to get through. Short, thank God, but mostly painful. Why is this woman continually letting her daughter make the decisions she's making?? And I'm sorry but, lifeguard or no, who let's their child jump into a pool during SWIM LESSONS and then STOPS PAYING ATTENTION TO THEM?? The whole thing was ridiculous from beginning to end. ...more
Everyone seems really torn on this book... It's either a great book, or a horrid waste of time. I'm of the impression that it's a great book, and I reEveryone seems really torn on this book... It's either a great book, or a horrid waste of time. I'm of the impression that it's a great book, and I really enjoyed it.
The story picks up right away, which I consider a real strong point. I love King's characters and the time he takes to set them up and introduce them, but on more than one occasion that part of the book has taken far too long. Not so with Cell; this book hits the ground running!!
The characters are still charming and engaging, and the whole hard drive wipe/brain harnessing thing was fun (even though that whole 10% thing is a myyyyyth). One character death was a little too Eddie Dean for me, but thee than that it was a fun, engaging read, and I would definitely recommend it.
4 stars because it could have done without the "Save To System" bit at the end. ...more
It was alright. Frustrating for the most part, but the main character comes to some revelations at the end that made it worth the read. Still, I'll prIt was alright. Frustrating for the most part, but the main character comes to some revelations at the end that made it worth the read. Still, I'll probably enjoy the movie more. ...more
I almost hate that I didn't hesitate to give this book five stars. There are a great number of King's stories that I hold near and dear to my heart, bI almost hate that I didn't hesitate to give this book five stars. There are a great number of King's stories that I hold near and dear to my heart, but this one - which I have put off reading for years - is one of his very best.
Lisey's Story is 3 fold: it's a story of grief, a story of horror, and a story of love. At first, the three stories are told in a strange, disjointed way that gives you mere glimpses of each one, but yanks it away before you can fully realize it and ultimately leaves you feeling like nothing is happening. And then, pretty much exactly half way through, everything is let loose out the door, and it all comes with such unbelievable speed. First is the horror, so strong and of different variety it left me reeling (and sometimes sick). Then came the grief, sometimes hard to get through. Then the love... and what is more heart breaking than a wonderful, beautiful love story, realized only after half the love is gone? And that's not to say it's a 'didn't know what they had till it was gone' type of love story... no, Lisey and Scott very much loved each other. But, due in part to the fact that Scott has already passed when the story starts, the reader realizes the depth of their love as Lisey realizes the depth of her grief. And through out the book, all three themes weave together to form a strange tapestry of fear, anger, disgust, humor, grief, and love and it is just so well done. I can't wrap my mind around what King has done with this story... I just can't. It hurt to read some parts, but all in all it was a well told story. I can't believe I put this one off for as long as I did....more
This book was surprisingly good. Bits of it annoyed me, and sometimes I was so angry I wanted to throw up, but ultimately I really enjoyed it. I'm looThis book was surprisingly good. Bits of it annoyed me, and sometimes I was so angry I wanted to throw up, but ultimately I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series....more
**spoiler alert** I'm glad the series is over, but I like the ending, too. Part of me still wishes this had ended with book 8; the girls happy, Ali ou**spoiler alert** I'm glad the series is over, but I like the ending, too. Part of me still wishes this had ended with book 8; the girls happy, Ali out there somewhere, the Poconos having been the last, final showdown. That was a great ending. These later 8 books have been a mess. They were overly formulaic, predictable, and the girls were far too often just downright stupid. So many authority figures were idiots, as well (no one wondered why the girls let Ali keep a pen and a journal when they were "torturing" her? The DA thought a convicted murderer was their star witness? No one asked HOW Ali stashed the journal in the woods? Modern day songs being played despite only 2 years having passed in the whole series? Etc. etc.?) and it made these final 8 painful. But they had their good moments as well, relationships were rekindled, I'm content with the endings for the girls, and for the fun (albeit predictable) twist. Part of me will be sad to see these books go, but I'm so glad the series is over.
Please let Ali rot in prison, Sara. It's time to let Rosewood go. We had our fun, let the girls be happy. Thanks. ...more
I agree with everyone that said this was a filler book; very little happened, and the end was very predictable. Still, it's exciting that there's onlyI agree with everyone that said this was a filler book; very little happened, and the end was very predictable. Still, it's exciting that there's only one more....more
**spoiler alert** I don't know where to start. I'm so out of breath and just... Wow. It was like reading two completely different books simultaneously**spoiler alert** I don't know where to start. I'm so out of breath and just... Wow. It was like reading two completely different books simultaneously, and being equally affected by both.
The first book was what was there: Cath. Cath and her relationship with her sister, with her dad, with her Laura. Cath falling in love with Levi. Levi being wonderful. The Outsiders and fluff and sadness and fanfiction. It was so well done!! I love the characters, love the relationships. It was cute and sad and serious and perfect.
The second book was what was between the lines. It was the one that made me feel like I was reading about me. A young girl in love with and afraid of writing. A young girl, feeling abandoned by her siblings. A young girl, angry over her lack of mother figure. A young girl, worried about her father all the time; trying to reign her sibling(s) in, mediate for her family, keep everything together... All the while worrying about her own mental state. Convinced it means she'll never have normal relationships and forcing herself to be okay with that. With the exception of Levi and a few details, every aspect of Cath's life was a mirror of mine. And the more I watched her navigate her life, the more I was forced to look at myself.
I won't say this book changed my life, because that's cliche and not at all true. Other books have done that, sure, but not this one. What it did, however, was make me LOOK AT my life, made me examine it closely, with an open heart. It made me cry, it made me smile, and it made me admit that maybe I'm wrong. Maybe there's hope. Maybe I'm not screwed up beyond all compare and maybe - just maybe - the weight of the world isn't on my shoulders.
Rainbow Rowell just makes things relateable. She doesn't write things that you could apply to my life, she writes my life. She writes about the stuff I went through and more importantly, she writes people that survive said stuff. Normal people, real people. Not just people created by arranging 26 letters in different combinations; real, actual people that you can almost touch. Her writing manages to claw its way into that place that I lock up tight and lets loose all the emotions I'm too afraid to admit I even have.
I cannot say enough good things about this book or its author. ...more
This book should be called Eleanor & Pump Your Brakes If You Don't Want To Cry. I finished this yesterday and had to take a moment before writingThis book should be called Eleanor & Pump Your Brakes If You Don't Want To Cry. I finished this yesterday and had to take a moment before writing a review. I'm still in that sad place where I think about the book and just sort of go "oh".
It was very well written, that much is for sure. And the characters were lovely. As someone who grew up in a similar school life as Eleanor ("questionable" fashion sense, overweight, being made fun of for being overweight and for my hair all through high school and junior high, etc.) it was very hard to not spend every page wanting to crawl into the book, high five her, and beat the faces in of everyone that was cruel to her. I know what that does to a person emotionally and mentally... ESPECIALLY when you want to not care what other people think. Eleanor is a wonderful individual: strong and brave and just WONDERFUL, and I wish I had had this book growing up. It would have made me feel so much better about myself. It would have made me feel less alone.
And then there's Park. Sweet, kind Park, who makes you want to hug him and slap him all in the same breath. He was flawed, which was great as far as making a character seem human, but made me cry for more personal reasons. Still, he was pretty wonderful, too, and I loved how the two of them interacted with each other.
The twist at the end made me gasp out loud, and for the last like, 15% of the book I just cried. So much of it hurt my heart in a zillion ways, so much so that I tweeted the author afterwards, letting her know I was hurt and not pleased (and judging by the way she favorites the tweet, she fed off my pain). But in all honesty, it's a wonderful book about two strong people who happen to interact a lot. It was lovely, and therefore I loved it.
Well done, Ms. Rowell. I look forward to the others. ...more
I really liked this! I read other reviews that knocked it for not being chronological, and that's true. There were a few times I found myself confusedI really liked this! I read other reviews that knocked it for not being chronological, and that's true. There were a few times I found myself confused as to when exactly something was taking place, but I didn't mind it. When someone opens a book, telling you they're nervous about being personal and then proceeds to be personal anyway, it's hard to be upset at them for not telling you exactly at what point in their life something took place. And anyway, I liked the jumping around style, it made reading it feel more like a conversation. As I said to someone else, I appreciate the nervousness, the attempt to be honest about things one normally holds close while not entirely knowing how... It was an all together charming read, and I greatly enjoyed it. And it was damn fun! The moments I spent grinning, or actually laughing out loud, or flipping out over a shared love of such greats as American Werewolf in London, The Thing, Pulp Fiction, Star Trek, etc. are too many to count. At its core, this is a story about a man with a lot of love for his family, friends, and the things and people that helped him get where he is today. I respond very well to stuff like that, and thus, I recommend this book to everyone. It's fun and charming and cute and overall very, very honest. In my opinion, that's all you ever really need to be. And while my cyber shelves contain memoirs from Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Stephen King, this is easily the best one I've ever read. That's saying something....more
I'm more than fairly certain I've said this before, but I'll say it again: after #8, these books went downhill pretty fast. Reading them was like watcI'm more than fairly certain I've said this before, but I'll say it again: after #8, these books went downhill pretty fast. Reading them was like watching the new Star Wars trilogy after having been in love with Star Wars your whole life. So much excitement and then WHAT? NO!! EVERYTHING I LOVE IS BEING RUINED!!! Who could be responsible for such a thing?? GEORGE LUCAS? SAY IT ISN'T SO! I TRUSTED YOU! HOW COULD YOU????
Reading the newer books is like that, only instead of George Lucas stabbing his own creation like it was Julius Caesar and he Brutus, Sara does the honors. The books became formulaic and downright ridiculous. The girls did something awful, A taunts them, they think they figured out who A is, NOPE WRONG. For 4 books it was like that. And while not reading was the obvious choice, it wasn't that easy. I was 12 books in. I was INVESTED. It was either endure these in small increments, or else forever obsess over how it ended until you have to binge on 20 badly written books back to back (Oh God please don't let it go that long). Luckily, things turned around with Crushed. Of what is quickly becoming "the second 8", Crushes is hands down the best, not just because they broke out of the formula death trap of the previous 4, but also because, like the first 8, the ending left me breathe-less.
After having read Deadly, I still maintain that Crushed is the best of the second 8. Deadly is a bit too ridiculous for my taste, the girls a bit too foolish/stupid. But the book moved along well enough and the ending was predictable but still rather good. Not the best PLL book by a long shot, but far better than 9-12. 3.5 stars. ...more
At someone point in the future I may be able to write a review... As of right now, I am relieved and exhausted. I should have gone to bed hours ago, bAt someone point in the future I may be able to write a review... As of right now, I am relieved and exhausted. I should have gone to bed hours ago, but there was no way I wasn't finishing this book tonight. ...more