I watched the movie before I read the book, and I think that influenced me a lot. I already felt connected to the characters and as a result I don't t...moreI watched the movie before I read the book, and I think that influenced me a lot. I already felt connected to the characters and as a result I don't think I can quite fairly judge this.
The writing wasn't great. It was an amazing story when I watched the movie, but I just didn't have that many feelings for the book, and I think it was because of the slow writing. It felt like nothing was happening. There were supposed to be these profound thoughts that made you think, but it mostly bored me.
So like I said, without seeing the movie, I don't think I would have liked this book much, and I'm pretty surprised to find almost no negative reviews here on Goodreads. The movie left me feeling devastated, and I thought about it for many days after watching. I felt like things were unresolved, but in that acceptable way were you need more but are satisfied with what you have. I guess I'd recommend this, but I'd say watch the movie first, and the book isn't that important.(less)
While the writing was decent and there were some interesting points, I just kept asking myself, what's the point? Where's the plot? What do I have to...moreWhile the writing was decent and there were some interesting points, I just kept asking myself, what's the point? Where's the plot? What do I have to hope for that Brianna will eventually accomplish? Well, I couldn't figure it out. It's pretty much just all going with the flow, not really heading anywhere. None of the characters were likable, even the ones who were supposed to be the cute nerdy kids or the motherly teacher. They all came off as fake and unimportant.
[spoiler]One of the things that bugged me most was Nathan. He was supposed to be this real, sweet guy, but then he just dumped his date for the hottie. And instead of realizing his mistake and apologizing to the girl he actually likes, he waits until Jules dumps him to go crawling back. And the awful part? The girl actually forgives him! Like thanks, I totally want to be some jerk's second choice.[/spoiler](less)
Why did I like this book so much? Thinking back on it, only the worst parts come to mind. Evie was a brat, and selfish, and annoying. When I first sta...moreWhy did I like this book so much? Thinking back on it, only the worst parts come to mind. Evie was a brat, and selfish, and annoying. When I first starting reading this, I hated her. I hated her and Lizzie and Todd and her parents. I still hate most of them. But then one day I realized something strange; I actually love Evie. For some reason she just grew on me, and I started loving her and rooting for her to make the best decision for her and the baby, when before I didn't care what happened at all. So if you want to read Me, Him, Them, and It, keep this in mind: ignore the plot. The plot doesn't matter. Not much happens to move it forward and other than the baby, it's not that interesting. The characters are what matter. The only reason I liked this book was for the characters, mainly Evie, Nora, and the twins. I'm not promising you'll like them - in fact, I can easily see many people hating them, which doesn't really bother me, because they're very hateable. But if you wanna take a chance, go ahead and read it.(less)
From the beginning this book looked so promising. I love this style of writing; it's like it's swishing around the page but makes sense anyway. Howeve...moreFrom the beginning this book looked so promising. I love this style of writing; it's like it's swishing around the page but makes sense anyway. However, almost halfway through I realized that this would not be the great book I was hoping for. I was thinking this was going to be an intense, sometimes pissed, sometimes balling your eyes out book. Instead it was just... numb. That's the feeling I got from it. Even the big climax at the end wasn't great. The quote on the cover brags how this will change lives. How so? There's not much unique in the book. It's just saying don't sleep around.
Some light spoilers below.
The story with Sam is completely dull. Anna is sleeping around with many guys and she meets Sam, with his typical(and perfect) family and suddenly feels right at home. And I mean that, suddenly. It goes from Anna being this depressed girl with no future to all of a sudden her life is perfect and nothing can go wrong.
There was no growth (I will not make a dirty joke here!) for any of the characters. Toy was annoying from the start, and just about the worst best friend anyone could ask for. It was all me, me, me, even though Anna has much bigger problems than Toy. And in the end when you get that sudden revelation about her that's supposed to make you feel bad for her and pity, I just felt disgust. She's degrading herself and I'm supposed to feel bad for her for lying to Anna this entire book?
At the end of every book I expect to feel like the story is completed, and if not just some satisfaction from reading the book. (Like Pegasus, that was NOT a completed story at all... but it was so perfect!) For Uses for Boys, though, I just feel unfulfilled, and that is not how a book is supposed to make you feel. (less)
I've been re-reading this series to get accurate ratings(don't make fun), and this book is better than I remember it being. Yes, Karen is a brat throu...moreI've been re-reading this series to get accurate ratings(don't make fun), and this book is better than I remember it being. Yes, Karen is a brat throughout the whole thing, as usual, but this time she has a little bit of an excuse. The things that happen wouldn't make an adult as upset, but she's only six, so of course she's going to be more effected by her TV show not being on, or missing the prize in the cereal box. The unusual thing about this book, though, was that Karen actually apologized to the people she was a jerk to, and even without any prompting from her parents! (less)
If you're looking for a light, fluffy, quick read, this book is certainly not for you. However, if you're looking for something thought-provoking and...moreIf you're looking for a light, fluffy, quick read, this book is certainly not for you. However, if you're looking for something thought-provoking and deep, pick this up.
One thing I kept thinking while reading this was that it reminded me of Markus Zusak. It focused more on the characters and their thoughts than what was actually happening. Sure, a lot of things happened in this book. But it wasn't necessarily the outcome that mattered, it was more what Jimmy and Christy took out of the experience.
I didn't find either of the main characters particularly likable, which is one of the reasons this has three star instead of four. I also felt like there was needless obscenity at some parts. But I loved the writing and ideas it brought up, and I think overall it was worth it and I'm very happy to have read it.(less)
In this book we see Bessica get in a "text war" with her "best friend," Sylvie, buy said best friend a nose hair trimmer for her birthday, continuously ignore her parents and grandma and make rude comments, see things only her way, and have an epic face-to-face with T.J. the Tiger. In short, this is about a little girl who was raised to care only about herself and therefore and no consideration whatsoever for other people's feelings. Throughout the entire book all I read was, "I thought that was stupid," or "I didn't want to talk about that, so I asked a different question," or general things along those lines. If Bessica thought it was dumb, she said so, not caring who she hurt. If Bessica didn't want to talk about something, she would completely ignore the question and ask another one. But the worst part is that her parents let her get away with it. I get the feeling they try to treat her like an adult, but it backfires on them majorly.
Maybe one of the worst things is Bessica's attitude towards Willy. She hates him for taking her grandma away, and like usual, cares nothing about her grandma's own happiness. I understand she's a little girl and immaturity is accepted and expected, but she goes above and beyond any girl her age should. When a kid acts stupid, you're supposed to try to correct them. That's kind of the point of parents, I'd say; to raise your kid. But I guess Bessica's parents just want to have a little devil.(less)
The idea to write a book written solely in notes was a very good one. It was an interesting concept that I've never seen before and I thought it could...moreThe idea to write a book written solely in notes was a very good one. It was an interesting concept that I've never seen before and I thought it could either be really good or really bad. It was neither, but it was more on the bad side.
For one thing, the characters. It was very confusing, at first, who was talking. It annoyed me that I had to check the back of the book just to find out some character's names. But then it started coming together later, which was good.
The major problem was the lack of moving forward. It was stuck on the same thing the whole book; are Xandra and Jake going to actually accept that they are very into each other? It was the same thing the whole time. And Frank did a really bad job of making me care about the characters. From what I was learning about Jake and Sean, they were both arrogant douchebags who deserved what they got. (Light spoilers ahead.) Sean was a jerk who cheated on his girlfriend's all the time and Jake was a jerk who took three of his girl's and helped them cheat. It made me care about neither of them.
What was very interesting was Xandra's and Jake's conversations. Sometimes it was just weird, but sometimes it was really interesting. What I didn't like was that he gave her bruises. I don't care if they're playing, a guy shouldn't hit a girl so hard she gets a bruise. I'm not talking if a girl just goes and attacks him or something, but if they're just fooling around, she should not have gotten hurt that much. The guys in my life make me feel safe and secure. I would feel very unsafe if they hurt me on purpose.
But even with that, the most annoying thing about this book was THE FUNNY. AGH! The puns were funny at first. It was amusing how Jake thought about things. But then it was happening all the time, and it was NOT funny. It was especially annoying that he called it "the" funny. And he thought he took things literally, when really he just took them in a different way. "Make out" does not literally mean to kiss a girl.
Near the end of the book, I liked it. And by that I mean in the last thirty pages or so. But it should not take that long for someone to get into a book. So good for you, you got two starts instead of one.(less)
I think half the reason I liked this book is because Yuzu is so darn cute! I've never felt that a manga character was cute before I saw this little 5-...moreI think half the reason I liked this book is because Yuzu is so darn cute! I've never felt that a manga character was cute before I saw this little 5-year-old. She has the sweetest face and she does the sweetest things...
*ah-hem* Anyway... now that gushing is out of the way.
When I picked this book up, I thought that I wouldn't like it. From the cover everything screams, "Stupid fangirl book! Only cutesy stuff inside! Real readers stay away!" Well, it actually kind of is like that. If someone described this book to me, I would say that I'd hate it. But for some reason I just couldn't get enough of it! Kippei is a complete jerk except for when he's with Yuzu. He doesn't respect women or anyone, it seems, but himself.
But after he starts spending more time with Yuzu, he starts softening up, and then I liked him way more. He declined to "play" with some slut several times so he could take care of his little cousin, which shows he's maturing slightly. (Slightly. -_-)
There wasn't really much depth, but it's a fun read with few boring parts.(less)
I picked this book up from the library shelves because it looked like a nice, quick read, and with a title like that, how could it not be good? Unfort...moreI picked this book up from the library shelves because it looked like a nice, quick read, and with a title like that, how could it not be good? Unfortunately, that was not quite the case.
It was a quick read, for sure. I limited myself to 20 pages a day and those only took me about 10 minutes each, if that. Most of the humor was sarcastic and funny, so until about the 80th page I quite liked it. But after 80 pages, don't you expect something to happen? Shouldn't the storyline change at least a little? But here it was, the same thing, Hercules is just going after this Thelma girl still. Nothing exciting and new is happening, it's just the same thing the whole time.
In a book as short as this, I don't expect much character development. But with Hercule's list of things to do, I at least thought he would learn a few things about himself or life. Maybe his view on something would change, he would stop hating his dad, something. But nothing like that happened. I felt that there was no sort of closure at all when I finally closed the book. It was like I was still waiting for the climax.
All in all, it was a quick read. That's it; nothing special.(less)