What a great book! I honestly don't have anything bad to say about it. This book moved me from the fiThis review also appears on Reading To Stay Alive
What a great book! I honestly don't have anything bad to say about it. This book moved me from the first page to the very last. I am so very found of Katy, and although he is rough around the edges Daemon is a great character. He is a total blowhole but I can see clear reasoning to why he acts the way he does and how much of it is his teasing personality as well.
Before I started this novel I was surprised at how many people referenced Twilight but still gave it great ratings and reviews. I have to say I am now one of those people because I thought the overall flow of the novel was uncannily familiar to that of Twilight. (view spoiler)[From angry hot boy, to clumsy hospital prone, to vehicles almost crushing the life out of them. (hide spoiler)]
Even though it was so very similar this story displayed a tough, headstrong female character with added depth and capable of a multi-track mind. As a book reader it was great to get into the mind of someone who also loves books and even writes her own blog. I thank Armentrout for making Katy even more relatable than she would have been, even down to the weekly meme's and ARC tours.
Now, as you see me rant and rave about this book you might wonder why I am not giving it a full five stars, and to be honest there really isn't much more than the fact that I just have something invisible holding me back. I will tell you till your face turns blue that it was a great read and you definitely need to pick it up, I even immediately bought the second novel Onyx and started reading it. But I cannot help feel that something is missing that the story could have been better somehow. Oh, well. I apologize to Jennifer L. Armentrout for not giving you a five star rating. Maybe, Onyx will hold that last elusive star! Until then Happy Reading!...more
Again I find my hopes held high for yet another book that drops me in feces. I thought this was goingThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
Again I find my hopes held high for yet another book that drops me in feces. I thought this was going to be one of those books that rattles you to the core and when you are finished you feel reading it you feel like you have become a better person. Okay, so I realize that is a lot of pressure to place on one single book without having even read it, but I did think it was going to be awesome.
Overall I found the story to be average. The characters were strange but lovable. What I mean by strange is they did not follow the everyday paradigm that most YA realistic fiction characters follow. Anna had substance and so did those that surround her. Anna is a troubled teen who is still effected by her mothers depression. Anyone would be messed up if they went through the same situation she did, her mother committed suicide by walking out into the ocean while Anna watched her when she was young. So now, years after her mothers suicide, her and her father have moved to the place where parents met and fell in love, during the happiest moments of her mothers short lived life.
I felt bad for Anna a lot in this story, which is why I think I had a hard time connecting with her. I thought so much of the problems the characters had could have been solved if they just talked to one another. I know it is hard to lose someone and it is even harder to except that loss. But years after a suicide I would really want to believe that you could talk about your feelings with your parent or friends.
Another reason this story didn't reach my expectations was because Moonglass felt so... unfinished. When the last page was finally turned, I felt there should have been at least another fifty or sixty pages to go. I needed more meat (or if you are a vegetarian eggplant) to the story. There was so much more I needed to know about the characters and their outcomes. Jessi Kirby had me thinking there was going to be a sequel but as far as I can tell there isn't going to be one.
Moonglass started out with a depressed, lonely teenage girl, and it ended nearly the same. I didn't feel Anna really develop into a full character. I wanted her to have a more uplifting ending, to be happier than when the story started. And sure, she has friends and a man friend but I still felt she was the same Anna. I know it is very common to end a book in YA so that the reader can interpret the end and what happens next with their character. But that was just the problem for me in this book, I can't picture her being extremely happy in the future. Maybe slightly better off but there was way more she needed to go. Which is why I felt there could have been more explained and then they could have left me with an open ending, making me want more.
The things I enjoyed about this book was the unique characters. I just wanted a little more from all of them. Which could have been done by a more developed story.
My final verdict is that this is a good book, not a great one. I would suggest that if you already wanted to read it, to read it. But... if you weren't searching out this title before, no need to seek it out now....more
Knock, knock...enter a male POV, love story, that does not make me want to throw up. Yay! Take me there was an original. I got more of the bad boy feeKnock, knock...enter a male POV, love story, that does not make me want to throw up. Yay! Take me there was an original. I got more of the bad boy feel that I read in the Perfect Chemistry series. With the sensitive, I am a softy underneath, loooooove connection. You see, Dylan's been loving Jess for forever. She has been a little piece of life in his shitty messed up world. A lot of people mention how they read this for the love story, that they wanted Jess, Jess and more Jess. She was there for a lot of it, but they are right this book does not move day and night with love story. There is more to it than that. It is largely based off of his father, and why he is the way he is.
I loved that this book did not follow the normal paradigm of YA. But I will not sing praises about it well "execution" (<--- if you read it you will get it.) There is a lot that could have been better about the story. For one, we could have had a major turn around on the ending. This is not your happy go lucky fairy tale, where the bad boy shits roses at the end of the tunnel. On the contrary this is a very real story about how the nice guy finishes last, and justice, is served... but poorly.
I would have loved to give this story five-stars but I just couldn't bring myself to do it, when the ending brought the novel down terribly. My recommendation is that you read this book. I really enjoyed it and I think it is worth it, it will be a change of pace for whatever you have been reading. Maybe, even make you appreciate what you have been reading a little more. Don't read this book if you only like happy endings where everything is peachy clear in the end, because in this novel Romeo certainly sucks his poison.
That is all I can really tell you without giving away anything. It was hard enough as it is. One thing that bothered me through this book is...was google not invented, because Dylan certainly could have figured out a lot about his dad if he had just bothered to type his name in a search engine. Anyways, carry on with your day. Reliving this book has me sad again and I need to go eat a Butterfinger or something....more
This is my favorite of Sara Dessen's books so far. My former favorites are This Lullaby and Just Listen and very vaguely Sara mentions are favourite (This is my favorite of Sara Dessen's books so far. My former favorites are This Lullaby and Just Listen and very vaguely Sara mentions are favourite (that was for you Alexanne) couple from Just Listen in this novel. The ending allows you to make your own interpretation. Positive or negative towards the relationship love that Dessen so beautifully has mastered. It is unlike her ending from Just Listen or This Lullaby where you know they end up together in the end or not. More like Lock and Key where it is assumed. Immediately after finishing What happened to Goodbye yesterday morning I went online and downloaded Along for the ride. It is just confidence thing with Dessen that you just knowingly accept the fact that you are going to like any of her books. The meaning of What happened to Goodbye can more obviously be translated into the fact that her and her father move around a lot, and our main character Mclean Sweet has come to deal with this by not dealing with it at all. When it is time to move she notices the signs, then packs it all up and leaves it all behind without so much as a goodbye. Also in every new place she changes her identity or name and becomes the kind of person she believes she will be because of the place she lives in. She was Eliza, Lizbet, and Beth before she moved to Jackson, where she was about to become Liz when she somehow kept getting stuck with her given name Mclean. Our lover boy of the novel is Dave. He is a super genius with a soft hippie style. He is her neighbor and has the uber strict parents that teenagers have nightmares about. Even though he is so smart he is very down to earth and fun to read about. Other fun characters to add to the mix is Deb, Riley, Opal, her father Gus, mother Katharine or Katie, Ellis, and Heather. Deb is the best of all the secondary characters. She is that nerdy girl that really just wants someone to hang out with. She is full of hidden talents and is so sweet and innocent yet surprisingly well rounded in her interests that you cannot help but love her. Riley is Dave's best friend she has known him since they were little and she kind of helps push Dave and Mclean together. Opal is an emotionally charged woman who manages the restaurant that McLean’s dad Gus has come to take over. Gus is a fun loving easy going kind of guy but it is very apparent that Mclean is more of the guardian that he is to her. Katie is overbearing, and very annoying. She begs and pushes for Mclean to visit or live with her even going through lawyers to get what she wants. Ellis and Heather are fun and entertaining when they are around. They mostly are there for us to see different sides of Dave. I would recommend this novel for any Sara Dessen fan and for anyone who just loves a good read about young love and accepting yourself. ...more