9/27/16 - I listened to half of the first disc (of ten) driving out to my cousin's house, and was immediately annoyed by the narrator's nasally voice.9/27/16 - I listened to half of the first disc (of ten) driving out to my cousin's house, and was immediately annoyed by the narrator's nasally voice. But, considering how the story starts, I wondered if that was part of the performance. Maybe the main character had a busted nose or something? As I kept listening, I started only half noticing the stuffy nose, so I thought maybe I could learn to ignore it and keep listening. Nope. On my drive home from my cousin's I was so over listening to how stuffed up this girl sounded, it was all I could focus on, and I just wanted to hand her a damn Kleenex. This is another case of needing to read the written format....more
I think I was expecting a different book than this. The summary mentions a woman kidnapped, so I was expecting something grittier. And even though I kI think I was expecting a different book than this. The summary mentions a woman kidnapped, so I was expecting something grittier. And even though I knew about the fantasy element to this book, it still confused me. I've said it before, I'm not a fan of fantasy novels. I guess I just thought that the mystery part, and the fact that it's more magical realism than straight-up fantasy had me hoping that I'd really enjoy this book.
I mean, it's not that I hated it. It was a fast read, I really liked Finn - actually, all the characters were decent. The book was quite well-written, the way the author described things was magical. It was detailed and vivid without being too flowery or wordy. And, like, I even liked the story. Minus the fantastical elements. Honestly, I don't really know what the heck happened, and I spent most of the book blinking in confusion. If this had been a regular old contemporary mystery, I would have liked it a lot more.
There are a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads about this book, and I don't think they're unwarranted. It is an interesting read, I just know that this isn't my type of book. ...more
3.5 stars, but I'll round up because it was cute. I mean, it was your typical teen book about high school and what happens after, boys, friends, and n3.5 stars, but I'll round up because it was cute. I mean, it was your typical teen book about high school and what happens after, boys, friends, and not really knowing your place in the universe. Just this book happened to be about conjoined twins, which was neat, but I did kind of have a hard time picturing how they looked. I even Googled to see how they'd be joined, but it didn't help my imagination. Also, I found both Clara and Hailey's voices and characteristics to be identical, so it was a little hard to follow along - I often got confused as to who's chapter I was reading.
But this book was still cute, I liked the girls, I liked their friends and their dad, and I liked the boys. (view spoiler)[Though I would have liked more with Max. I feel like he was just kind of dropped, and that there wasn't really any real conclusion with him. (hide spoiler)] I wish the book were longer, because I'd like to read more about the girls!["br"]>["br"]>...more
Almost as good as the original Wonder, this book was interesting to get in the heads of three other characters from the story. I liked that there wasAlmost as good as the original Wonder, this book was interesting to get in the heads of three other characters from the story. I liked that there wasn't a re-hashing of any scenes, just told from a different point of view, and I liked that Auggie was just a secondary character in this book, not really in it much at all.
The Julian Chapter - At the very beginning of the book is an introduction by RJ Palacio where she mentions that she jumped at the chance to write these books on behalf of Julian, since he's so loathed. And I quite enjoyed this; while he was the "bad guy" in Wonder, he's a little more sympathetic in this story. (Though still an ass.) It was neat, though, to see why he is like he is (spoiler: his parents are deplorable!) and I really enjoyed seeing him come around and mature.
Pluto - This was interesting as Chris wasn't mentioned very much in Wonder. I really liked the split in time - every other chapter was present, the opposites were past, and usually about Auggie. Though I wasn't a fan of present Chris (he was more like an apathetic teenager, rude to his mom and didn't really seem to have any motivation), I really liked the glimpses into Auggie's life before the events of Wonder. And, like in Julian's story, I liked seeing how Chris came around at the end.
Shingaling - This was my favourite of the stories. I thought Charlotte was a great character, she had a lot going on, and it was a great story of friendships new and old and how they can be. I liked seeing her friendship with Summer and Ximena grow and how it played out after the dance. It seemed very true to life.
I think RJ Palacio is pretty great at writing different characters, giving them different voices, and writing as a middle-schooler. Charlotte's story was rife with exclamation marks, Julian full of bravado. Each story was unique, yet still true to the heart of the book that started it.
Definitely recommended to anyone that enjoyed Wonder and wanting more from that universe. And if you haven't read Wonder, I definitely recommend picking it up, it's a great story of being different, being accepted, and all the wonderful things that come with growing up....more
I only finished this book because I wanted to see the big reveal. And it was as disappointing as the rest of the book. I was really looking forward toI only finished this book because I wanted to see the big reveal. And it was as disappointing as the rest of the book. I was really looking forward to this one, I thought it would be good and creepy, and I love books about kidnapped children!
But alas, this book was confusing (the story jumps around from ten years in the past to present to excerpts from the true crime book written about the story's kidnapping to a few months before present day...) and boring (the kidnapping took place right at the beginning, and it wasn't even an open case); the characters were bland (I couldn't really tell you anything about the main character, Sam) and the secondary characters' stories were confusing (there seemed to be an info dump at the end of the book with complete opposites to what we had been told all along in an attempt to make a twist ending.)
I ended up skimming most of this book, and was looking forward to it being over. Even the big reveal wasn't worth reading the book. (view spoiler)[I do kind of like that Turtle got a happy ending, though it opens up a ton more questions - and I'd much rather read that story than this. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Rainbow Rowell can do no wrong. Well, except in this case. It's disappointing because she writes so well. The book really flowed, and I was hooked. I Rainbow Rowell can do no wrong. Well, except in this case. It's disappointing because she writes so well. The book really flowed, and I was hooked. I liked Georgie and I appreciated her flaws. I thought she was such an interesting main character, and I probably would have really liked this book if: 1) Neal didn't suck so bad, and 2) the story wasn't about Neal sucking so bad.
Okay, so for anyone who hasn't read this book, here is the summary of this book: Georgie has a chance to do her dream job but has to sketch out on going to her husband Neal's family for Xmas. Her hubby throws a hissy fit and doesn't talk to her while he's gone, and there's something about a magic phone where she can talk to her husband before they were married and I don't really know, it kind of ends without any kind of resolution except that Georgie is sorry and Neal still sucks.
Positives: Georgie was great, except when she was sulking about Neal. I liked Seth, her bff, well enough, and her sister Heather was my favourite character and I liked her storyline best. I'd have much rather preferred reading a whole book about her story. As for the book, the writing was good, the conversations flowed - I just really like the way the author writes.
Negatives: Neal. He sucked. He was a big baby. And it made it hard for me to root for him and Georgie when I felt she could have done so much better. If he wasn't such a grumpy ass then maybe I would have loved this book, but he really had no redeeming qualities. It's surprising that I didn't give up on this book, because of how much I hated him, there wasn't really much keeping me reading. Also, there wasn't really any conclusion, no solutions to their problems, and no answer as to why the phone talked to him in the past.
So maybe this book would have been better if the husband was someone that you actually wanted the main character to be with. But he wasn't, so the book kind of tanked for me. I'll still read whatever Rainbow Rowell puts out, though, because her other books have been fabulous. Read one of those instead. (ALSO OMG I JUST ACCIDENTALLY CLOSED THIS TAB AND THOUGHT I'D HAVE TO REWRITE THIS REVIEW AND I DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE TO THINK ABOUT NEAL AGAIN BLECHHH.)...more
This was maybe my favourite of the Moment of Truth series, but it wasn't much different than the firsttwo books: cute, light summer reads. I really lThis was maybe my favourite of the Moment of Truth series, but it wasn't much different than the firsttwo books: cute, light summer reads. I really liked how each book focused on a different girl, and that there wasn't too much overlap so we didn't have to read the same scene over and over and over.
This was probably my favourite of the three, because 1) having a secret crush on your best friend is one of my favourite tropes, and 2) unrequited love is so damn relateable. Although getting near the end of the book I thought Aven was kind of acting out of character, with the whole Colin thing.
But honestly, I could care less about making small talk. I don't want to get to know someone new.
I want to be with Liam. Liam, who I already know. Liam, who knows everything about me, like how I don't like elevators because I'm afraid I'm going to get stuck, how I hate spicy food and the word "moist." Liam, who can talk to me about everything from gender roles to wars to the importance of books with pink covers.
I don't want small talk.
I want real connection.
And I don't want to make a new connection with someone. I want the connection I already have.
I definitely recommend this series to any lovers of light YA, especially if you need some good vacation/beach reads. Cute series, and again, I really liked the three-book format. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Just like Heat of the Moment before it, this was another light and easy read. It was a little harder for me to get into Quinn's story for some reasoJust like Heat of the Moment before it, this was another light and easy read. It was a little harder for me to get into Quinn's story for some reason, but I think that was more me than the book. Especially because when the romance started, I was hooked, and devoured the rest of the book with no stopping.
I didn't like Quinn as much as I liked Lyla, but she was still a real and believable character. And I loved Abram, he was just the kind of boy I wanted to read about in a fluffy summer read.
One thing I'm really enjoying about these books are how they're taking place at the same time, so it's neat to read about overlapping events from a different point of view. But, even though I read the first book, like, a week and a half ago, I can't really remember much about it, aside from the events that also happened in this book. So again, they're cute and mindless books but ultimately a little bit forgettable....more
This was cute. Nothing groundbreaking or spectacular, but just a fun, light read. I'm looking forward to the other books in this series to see what QuThis was cute. Nothing groundbreaking or spectacular, but just a fun, light read. I'm looking forward to the other books in this series to see what Quinn and Aven's stories are. And as far as Lyla goes, I liked her characterization. She seemed like a real teenage girl.
My only gripe, and it's not just this book, it's most, is that the conflict always seems to be the same: one person is too stubborn to admit something, and when the other person calls them out on it, they get in a big fight for no reason and it’s frustrating for me because I just wanted Lyla and Beckett to get together dammit!
I would definitely recommend this as mindless poolside reading, when you don't really want to invest too much into a book but want something nice and airy....more
I got a quarter of the way in, and I can't do it, man. I tried, but I can't. And this book should be SO ME. Fangirls kidnapping a member of their favoI got a quarter of the way in, and I can't do it, man. I tried, but I can't. And this book should be SO ME. Fangirls kidnapping a member of their favourite boyband? That is teenage Ashley's DREAM!! (Sorry, Hanson. But I'd have totally tied one or all of you up to a chair in a hotel room.) Or maybe I wouldn't have, but I'll get to that in a bit. But seriously, a story about a group of obsessive fangirls should totally be the story of my life.
My first big issue is the narrator. She was monotone, there was no expression. A story about fangirls needs a more feverish pitch! Teenage girls getting excited about boys needs more excitement!! Also, I found her delivery almost stilted. Like, every time there was a natural pause in a sentence, she made it sound like a full stop. And if it was midway through a sentence, she kind of rushed/trailed off on the end of the sentence like it was an afterthought. It's funny because I was looking for reviews to see if anyone else was as annoyed as I was, and I seem to be the only one with this problem. Case in point, this review says "Weed is full of expression that develops the characters' moods." Like, were we listening to different versions?!?
My thoughts on the narrator aren't all negative. I really liked her British accent, I thought that added something to the story. It definitely made things sound more expressive. And the couple of snippets of Ruperts songs that she sang, I really enjoyed. Again, it gave another layer to the story, I liked that they were sang instead of just recited. And those were things that would have kept me going, but that brings me to my other issue...
The story. Like I know that this is tongue-in-cheek satire at how crazy fangirls can be, but I kind of wanted something maybe a little more relatable. I don't know, maybe because I'm just old enough that social media wasn't yet a thing when I was a teenage fangirl, so there was no online stalking or whatever - it was just me, my friends, and our Yahoo Group for The Moffatts lol (Moffaholics represent!) - so I kind of felt like it was a little too "out there" for me, I couldn't really relate. And my tipping point was when they came into the room and found Apple straddling and licking the Rupert they had kidnapped. I don't know, maybe I was a prudish teen (and maybe I'm a prudish adult lol) but the book was a little too overtly sexual for me aha. ("I'd swallow," a girl says about an attractive guy. I mean, they're 15.) I'd rather read about boring girls like me, but I guess that doesn't really bring much to the story. "A group of boring girls accidentally kidnap someone from their favourite band and sit there and giggle at him." Heh.
I mean, this book was pretty clever. I love that the fandom for the Ruperts had a name (they called themselves "Strepurs" - Ruperts backwards lol.) The author clearly knows and understands the whole insanity of teenage girls and how they are with attractive male bands. BUT the story was a little too out there for me, so even with my hangups with the narrator, I won't be attempting the print version of this. It's disappointing, but such is life. ...more
This book was cute, but not anything spectacular. The summary sounded like the kind of book I'd like, however the show's twist kind of dragged thingsThis book was cute, but not anything spectacular. The summary sounded like the kind of book I'd like, however the show's twist kind of dragged things down, to be honest. (view spoiler)[I'd have much rather read about the sisters working together and bonding than any of the dating. (hide spoiler)]
I felt that the secondary characters - okay, really any character other than Claire - didn't really get any characterization, and that the majority of them were just throwaway names. And even Claire's characterization was kind of weak. I liked the romance, (view spoiler)[but was disappointed in how it was all a ploy on Will's part. I thought it would be really cute to see them get together. I mean, if I couldn't read about sisters kicking ass and taking names, I'd at least like to have read about an adorable couple getting together. Alas. (hide spoiler)]
So again, it was a cute book, a fast read, and it was kind of fun to read about the different challenges in different countries. However ultimately I feel like it fell kind of flat.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
When I read a book about a school shooting, I want my adrenaline to pump. I want to be scared for the characters, and I want the book to stay with meWhen I read a book about a school shooting, I want my adrenaline to pump. I want to be scared for the characters, and I want the book to stay with me long after I've finished reading. Unfortunately Shooter accomplished none of the above. To me, this book felt more like a parody - the stereotypes of the students locked in together were way too cliché, and that kind of took me out of the story. Plus, even though there were five different points of view, I had a hard time differentiating between the voices. I had a hard time remembering who the narrator was. ...more
This book was good, though the first two-thirds of it kind of went around in circles and was maybe a little draggy. However that last third, bam! A crThis book was good, though the first two-thirds of it kind of went around in circles and was maybe a little draggy. However that last third, bam! A crash of emotions, which is why this book got a rating of five stars. It was heartbreaking and sad, a grim reminder that such shitty things happen in this world.
I really liked the writing. I really felt Kate's emotions, how torn all of this made her feel, and how hard it was for her to just sit on the sidelines. (view spoiler)[I was so happy that she wouldn't keep quiet about what she saw, especially with Ben. (hide spoiler)] I kind of wish the ending wasn't a "where are they now" summary type of ending, though it worked. This story wasn't about what happened after.
A good read. Tough, but good.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really liked this book, and am happy that it's my library's Top Novel for 2016! (Which surprised me - I honestly thought The Farmerettes would takI really liked this book, and am happy that it's my library's Top Novel for 2016! (Which surprised me - I honestly thought The Farmerettes would take it.)
The thing I liked most about this book was Parker. I mean, sure, she wasn't the most likable main character... but she was so real. She had an attitude and was selfish and frank to the point of almost being rude, and yet she was confident as anything - a typical "the world revolves around me" teenager. And her friends and family were awesome supporting characters. I loved seeing her friendships grow and falter over the course of the book, especially with Molly, DB, and Shelia.
I would have liked more from the romance, but on the other hand I also like that this wasn't your typical "romance" book. I really liked how Parker's romance with Jason played out, and how they got to know each other. But I wanted more by the end with her and Scott, though the ending left things open for interpretation.
Oh, but one thing that annoyed the ever-loving fuck out of me was how things were always described as being said in someones "[adjective] voice." And, like, I understand that that's how Parker has to read social cues, instead of being able to rely on facial expressions, but this got annoying: "her snippy voice" "his smiling voice" "his boyfriend voice" "my flat voice" ... I especially noticed this near the end, it seemed nonstop. Again, I understand the need for it, but it was just very repetitive.
But I did really like the narrator, she drew me right in to this audiobook and gave Parker a good voice, totally perfect with the words written. An enjoyable listen!...more
Underwhelming. Sadface, as I really liked The Heir, and was looking forward to this one. But just... I've just finished it, and can't really remembeUnderwhelming. Sadface, as I really liked The Heir, and was looking forward to this one. But just... I've just finished it, and can't really remember anything that happened. I couldn't really remember the characterization of most of the Elite, and I was disappointed in the romance. (view spoiler)[I really wanted Eadlyn to end up with Kile! And though I like that she did her own thing, it was just a little disappointing that it ended up being Erik. And I'm saying that as someone who kind of liked him. Wah. (hide spoiler)]
Maybe I need to reread this book in rapid succession with its predecessor, and not almost two months later. Then again, it follows the trend of these books, great start, disappointing end. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯["br"]>["br"]>...more
I was not looking forward to this. In fact, I wasn't even going to buy it. I have pretty strong feelings about the epilogue, and I felt like "the eighI was not looking forward to this. In fact, I wasn't even going to buy it. I have pretty strong feelings about the epilogue, and I felt like "the eighth Harry Potter story" was just going to be one big, long epilogue. *shudder* Buuuuut, this is Harry Potter, so though I didn't attend a midnight release, I totally made sure to go out on release day and get a copy because I am me.
I feel bad giving this three stars, because I love Harry Potter, and this wasn't a bad story or anything. Actually, I wonder if maybe the format leaves a little to be desired - although it makes for a quick read, I just missed the exposition. I think it might have been better as a novel, or maybe seeing it on stage. (If only!) The story itself was interesting - a lot of the dialogue, especially Ron, made my heart happy. I really liked Albus and Scorpius and their friendship and how they were different than their parents. (view spoiler)[I gasped when Albus was sorted into Slytherin! (hide spoiler)] I thought I wouldn't have particularly liked reading something about Albus Severus Hedwig Bathilda Bagshot Dobby Potter, but I really liked him. (Okay, so I'm still bitter at the shitty naming though.)
And yes, there were kind of cheesy parts that just seemed to be for fan service, like some of the random characters making cameos. (view spoiler)[Such as Snape being alive in the alternate universe and helping out the rebels. (hide spoiler)] And, kind of like the epilogue itself, things that seemed fanfiction-y. (view spoiler)[Such as the bad guy being Voldy's long-lost daughter ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. It was explained kind of well, but it was still super groan-inducing. Of fucking course she was. (Although I liked her and she was hella cool.) (hide spoiler)]
All in all, it was decent. It's its own thing and I appreciate that. I would really love to see it performed, as I think it would be better than just reading a script, but considering England is kiiiiiiind of far from Ontario, I'm happy enough with this. And getting to know these characters nineteen years later might even take some of the pain out of that epilogue...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Although this was a good book, I'm going to admit... it was a little boring. I feel like most of the book was about a regular girl falling in love witAlthough this was a good book, I'm going to admit... it was a little boring. I feel like most of the book was about a regular girl falling in love with a regular guy. Right before all the drama in the last third of the book, Amanda gets told "That’s your problem. You work so, so hard to be boring so you can impress boring people." And I kind of agreed with the statement. Luckily, this statement opened up the floodgates for the drama I was craving, and in the end, I was quite satisfied.
Actually, the thing that made me feel the most feels was the author's note at the end of the book - and on the audiobook, read by Meredith Russo herself. I know that Amanda's story, though she had her hardships, is kind of an idealized view of someone transitioning, and it breaks my heart to think that many others do not get the love and support they deserve. Although If I Was Your Girl wasn't a perfect book, it is an important book. And although I wanted drama from this fictional story, I want the complete opposite for people having to go through this for real. In her own words, at the end of the author's note: "Please don’t leave us. I promise life can be good, and we need you too much." ♥...more
It took me a little bit to get into this - although I enjoyed the story enough, I wasn't sure where it was going with Auggie's first part. I liked himIt took me a little bit to get into this - although I enjoyed the story enough, I wasn't sure where it was going with Auggie's first part. I liked him, but I couldn't really fathom reading a whole book with his point of view. Thankfully I got to Via's part, and that completely opened up the story for me. I felt like the other characters' perspectives really added to the story and made it bloom, and because of that, it made me really appreciate Auggie's other parts.
This book made me laugh, this book made me cry, and although the ending was maybe a little too happy, it was definitely a very enjoyable read that I would recommend in a heartbeat.
But hey, if they want to give me a medal for being me, that's okay. I'll take it. I didn't destroy a Death Star or anything like that, but I did just get through the fifth grade. And that's not easy, even if you're not me.
Well, now I want to re-watch The Hangover so I can compare the two.
This book was cute, but unfortunately it didn't really hold my attention all thaWell, now I want to re-watch The Hangover so I can compare the two.
This book was cute, but unfortunately it didn't really hold my attention all that well. I made a status update saying that I was ready to bail, but then the girls in the story were going to talk to the crush, so I had to read on. Although I am glad I kept going - I was kind of wondering how it was going to end, and I was satisfied with the ending.
I'm sure kids might be amused by this, and I do love the premise. Even though I may be lukewarm about this, I will ready any middle-grade adaptation of popular R-rated movies, haha....more
I'm very surprised that I didn't give up on this book, because it was boring. All the reviews I see of this book say how funny it is, yet I don't feelI'm very surprised that I didn't give up on this book, because it was boring. All the reviews I see of this book say how funny it is, yet I don't feel like I cracked a smile once. In fact, the only reason it's getting two stars instead of one is because it at least kept my attention. I just didn't care about any of the characters, except maybe Hayley. (view spoiler)[And she ended up dying anyway, and that was the one part that I felt a little bit of emotion other than boredom. (hide spoiler)] I was sick of the petty drama and the "because we learned to get along EVERYONE should get along!" at the end.
Also, I listened to the audiobook: 1) The author sounded like Jan Brady when she did Hayley's voice, and she was a good voice actress. She also kept me listening. 2) I was surprised to see that Croix's name was spelled like it is. Listening to the book, I kept thinking "Croy". And seeing it spelled the way it is makes me want to pronounce it "quah".["br"]>["br"]>...more
Rounding up from two and a half, because even though I had a heck of a time keeping track of all the girls and their stories throughout the book (I stRounding up from two and a half, because even though I had a heck of a time keeping track of all the girls and their stories throughout the book (I still confuse Isabel and Binxie), by the end I had really grown to love these girls and care about what happened with them. I was sad that the summer - and thus, the book - had to end, because I want to know what happened to each of the girls.
My only two complaints are that 1) the writing seemed a little too juvenile for me, it didn't seem like a teen novel. 2) It was really hard to care about X. I felt like she wasn't in the book as much as the other girls, and though I really liked her story, (view spoiler)[I feel like it would have had more impact if she was either revealed to be one of the main girls, or if she were treated like all the others, with backstory and more frequent chapters. As it was, I felt like she was just thrown in to be the token gay character. (hide spoiler)]
Still, an enjoyable read - it's always nice to read about local stuff, and books about things like summer camps always make me a little jealous of all the new experiences and friendships these girls got to experience. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Welp, I got about a quarter into this book (and I think the fact that it took me almost a whole disc to decide if I was liking it...) before decidingWelp, I got about a quarter into this book (and I think the fact that it took me almost a whole disc to decide if I was liking it...) before deciding to abandon ship. So here's the deal: I really enjoyed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It was a spectacular listening experience, I liked the characters and the humour, and I was looking forward to Jesse Andrews' second novel. And I know it's not fair to compare this book to his wildly successful first book... but the writing style and humour (and even kind of the characters) were the exact same. And I didn't find that it worked as well. In Me and Earl, Greg and Earl were filmmakers. So the script-style scenes fit. However, in The Haters, the bulletpoint conversations were kind of obnoxious. Especially with all the non-sequiturs in the conversation. It got real annoying, real fast. Along with all these digressions, a lot of things just got dragged out way too long. Ash shooting down every potential band name with what the band would stereotypically look like? Neverfuckingending. And, like, I don't get offended by dick jokes or swears or any other crass writing, but I don't want to listen forever about how much Wes and Corey want to harm their dicks. Like, I get it.
And I'm disappointed to bail on this, because for one, I liked the narrator's voice. I usually have a tough time getting into audiobooks because I can't decide if I like the narrator, and this book I enjoyed him right from the start! Also, the premise of the novel seems right up my alley: road trip, a band, promised humour, a little bit of romance - all the things I love in books! The last reason I'm bummed about my giving up on this is that the expository parts that weren't obnoxious dialogue or never ending non-sequiturs were enjoyable to listen to. I really liked half of what I was listening to, I liked the story for what it was. Unfortunately, though I liked half of it, that means that there was half that was absolutely painful to listen to. I guess I just hate The Haters....more
It seems like John Corey Whaley gets better with each book he puts out, so now I'm going to have ridiculously high standards for his fourth - no presIt seems like John Corey Whaley gets better with each book he puts out, so now I'm going to have ridiculously high standards for his fourth - no pressure, Mr Whaley. In short: I enjoyed his first book enough, and really liked his second. But Highly Illogical Behavior? This one takes the cake.
I loved the premise. John Corey Whaley seems to have such interesting, unique stories to tell. I loved the characters - even Lisa, who was maybe a little too self-righteous and made mistakes and didn't entirely learn from them. But maybe that's what made me love her, that she wasn't perfect, and that she seemed like a real person. All the characters seemed real, their personalities were fleshed out and you knew who they were and where they were coming from. And Clark. Clark, Clark, Clark. I loved him, he was adorable and funny and perfect for Solomon in the most bromantical way ever and did I mention I loved him? I also feel I need to give a shoutout to Sol, because he was great. I felt his anxiety and his triumphs and wanted to be one of his friends too. And I loved the ending. (view spoiler)[I like that Solomon wasn't "healed" and that he only kind of went outside. (hide spoiler)] But, as was the trouble with Noggin, I want more!
Here's my dilemma with audiobooks: did I love this book because the performance was top-notch? Or was the performance great because they had fantastic source material? Guess I'll have to buy the book to read and see how it holds up! ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Meeeeeeehhhhhhh. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I adore the "best friends secretly in love with each other" trope. But this one, I couldn'tMeeeeeeehhhhhhh. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I adore the "best friends secretly in love with each other" trope. But this one, I couldn't really feel the love. Sure, Dave reminded us every damn second about how much in love with Julia he was, but I didn't buy it. (view spoiler)[And I loved him with Gretchen more. And of course, Julia didn't realize she loved Dave until Dave had Gretchen, so that kind of made her a shitty person to me. The book took a total nosedive when they hooked up, even if it was briefly. (hide spoiler)] And though some parts of the book were fun, I felt like it dragged, and I was constantly checking to see how many pages I still had to go.
On the positive side, I liked the writing. I liked the way Dave and Julia interacted, and the casual ease of their friendship. The secondary characters were all quite likable, the setting made me feel like I was in California, the writing was good. I particularly liked this quote (which is appropriate for this point in my life:)
It would be a lie to say he felt nothing at the touch of her skin - skin doesn't forget so quickly - nor would it be honest to say it didn't make him happy - hearts are even worse at learning new habits...
I've seen other describe this book as bland and unforgettable, and I think ultimately, I agree with that assessment. I was never thinking about Dave and Julia when I wasn't reading, and I can picture myself in a year or so, looking back at the past books I've read and not being able to remember what this one was really about. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm very torn between one and two stars for this, because although I ended up kind of hating it, it at least kept my attention? Nah, not a good enoughI'm very torn between one and two stars for this, because although I ended up kind of hating it, it at least kept my attention? Nah, not a good enough reason; one star!
I was really excited to read this book, it definitely was hyped up which made me pumped to read it. I tried to listen to the audiobook, but I didn't get very far at all. Between the pretentiousness and the overly descriptive writing, it was hard for me to follow in the car. I quickly abandoned that, and have since read the book format.
I know a lot of people have issues with the writing, but I didn't really mind the weird sentence formatting. Even though I tend to avoid books that are described as being written in prose, I felt like it worked, especially with that aforementioned pretentiousness. No, I had issues with the characters, with how boring and spoiled and annoying they were. I had issues with the story and how repetitive and boring and trying too hard to be ~mysterious it was.
It's unfortunate, because I bought this book (thankfully it was on sale!) expecting to love it. But the only emotion I felt the entire time I read it was boredom. ...more
My work had a staff day, and one of the sessions I was in was one where we had to talk about our favourite books. Naturally, I talked about Kristy'sMy work had a staff day, and one of the sessions I was in was one where we had to talk about our favourite books. Naturally, I talked about Kristy's Great Idea, because everyone needs to know about my BSC obsession. But one of the gals in the group talked about this book, and it sounded like it was right up my alley, despite not knowing who Felicia Day is at all. But hey, I like the internet and nerd things, and being told that this book is funny - I'm in!
I looked up Felicia Day before reading this, and I found out that she's in Bring It On Again, which I loooooove the Bring It On films. So I immediately loved her. Listening to the book, I loved her even more. She was totally relateable, and the way she read this book made me want to be her friend. It was funny, the stories were and the way she told them made me laugh out loud a lot. It was a very good listen. I also appreciated the PDF of the pictures from the book, and that she kept referencing said PDF. Any of the other biographies I've listened to, there was never an easy way to see them. Thanks, Felicia!
My only complaint is that the chapter at the end about Gamergate was such a downer, it kind of bummed the vibe of the rest of the book. Like even hearing about all her struggles to make it in Hollywood was inspiring. I totally thought the the Gamergate chapter was a buzzkill. Regardless, the book was great and now I want to watch The Guild. And Bring It On Again again....more
This! This is what I wanted in the Selection novellas! I wanted a little bit of familiar, a lot of new, and I wanted to get to know the secondary charThis! This is what I wanted in the Selection novellas! I wanted a little bit of familiar, a lot of new, and I wanted to get to know the secondary characters. The Favourite delivered all of this. I liked seeing how Marlee and Carter's paths originally crossed, and what happened to them following Halloween. I even didn't mind reading about the caning (again.) I really liked all the snippets from Marlee's life, and reading about a completely different character - I felt like Aspen's novella especially was just a rehash of things I already knew. It's refreshing to read about a character who isn't always present in the main story. ...more
So far, this is my favourite of the Selection novellas. I've been very vocally Team Maxon pretty much from the start, so I liked having a story from hSo far, this is my favourite of the Selection novellas. I've been very vocally Team Maxon pretty much from the start, so I liked having a story from his POV. Plus, it was interesting find out about Daphne - even if she was a little crazy. I also liked the beginning of Maxon's Selection from his perspective, like learning the girls' names. Though it did get a little tedious re-reading scenes with America, I liked the ending of this novella. It was sweet....more
Wellllllll, this was pretty much just scenes from The Elite told from Aspen's POV. Which, though kind of neat, was also kind of boring. It didn't adWellllllll, this was pretty much just scenes from The Elite told from Aspen's POV. Which, though kind of neat, was also kind of boring. It didn't add anything new to the story, and besides, I'm Team Maxon all the way. (view spoiler)[I do wish that it hinted more on Aspen's romance with Lucy, or gave more than just that tentative first bit of friendship. I would have much preferred to read about when Aspen realized he loved Lucy. (hide spoiler)]...more