This wasn't a terrible book, but just not my cup of tea. I was looking for a crime flick type of read (think James Hadley Chase). The premise was intr...moreThis wasn't a terrible book, but just not my cup of tea. I was looking for a crime flick type of read (think James Hadley Chase). The premise was intriguing, but clearly the focus isn't on the crime, but rather the sparks between the two protagonists. Oh well. (less)
Firstly, I would recommend this "Winger" to anyone because it's freaking hilarious. I guffawed, I chucked, and emitted pretty much every other laughte...moreFirstly, I would recommend this "Winger" to anyone because it's freaking hilarious. I guffawed, I chucked, and emitted pretty much every other laughter-containing sound you could possibly imagine. Despite spit flying out of my mouth a couple of times, this says more about my sense of humor, than anything else. Many of the jokes are quite crude, although the narrator's style itself is quite comical.
My favorite character by far? Joe(y). Just your average perfect lovable charismatic courteous homosexual Joe.
(view spoiler)[ But then Smith decided to do something "radical". And I place radical in quotation because Smith basically pulled a John Green and suddenly with a couple of paragraphs he's got a tragedy. Wow Smith. Wow. Even more disappointingly, he does this without warning near the end of the novel, and doesn't even do justice in wrapping it up or explaining the consequences. It basically felt like Finnick's death all over again.
It is possible that Smith was trying to convey the emptiness and numbness felt by Winger, and perhaps add some depth to his work, but death was an incredibly easy way out. Nonetheless, accomplishing the same task via another mechanism would've certainly been difficult since adding tear-inducing plot twists to a story ridden with perverse humor is no easy feat. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
"Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie" is a heartwarming read that beautifully captures the inherent goodness of people. The narrator, Steven, is an ende...more"Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie" is a heartwarming read that beautifully captures the inherent goodness of people. The narrator, Steven, is an endearing dork who goes from the likes of Greg Heffley from "The Diary of A Wimpy Kid" to a thoughtful, albeit still flawed and quirky, young man. The antics of Jeffrey, Steven's incredibly adorable little brother, are chuckle-worthy and his chattery personality makes him all the livelier. Overall, this novel, although not life-changing, made me laugh a little, cry a little, and walk away with feel-good spirits, so yes, I'd recommend this. (less)
Eggers is a mediocre writer who attempts to use sex and awkward plot "twists" to maintain the reader's attention.
The futuristic setting employed in Th...moreEggers is a mediocre writer who attempts to use sex and awkward plot "twists" to maintain the reader's attention.
The futuristic setting employed in The Circle was probably intended to be paralleled to Fahrenheit 451. The devices and gadgets in this novel don't even come close. The story revolves around a micro-sized camera.
I think the sign that Eggers has failed in his agenda—assuming his motive was to make the public aware of the dangers surrounding the proliferation of social media—was that I actually found myself in agreement with the arguments for the "all should be made public" claim whilst reading the book although in reality I'm very much an advocate of online privacy.
Sure, there is some heavy foreshadowing and I had a pretty good guess of what the ending was going to be less than...moreStars: 2.5/5
I couldn't put it down.
Sure, there is some heavy foreshadowing and I had a pretty good guess of what the ending was going to be less than half way through the book. However, I continued reading.
I feel like the novel could have used a bit more editing. There were a couple of scenes that seemed out of place. For example, there was a point where one of the protagonists had founds letters in a locker and I thought these letters would play a significant part towards the plot, but they didn't.
I had to read this book for school and I went through different phases with it.
Phase 1: This Sucks
You cannot read this book in parts. It will feel li...moreI had to read this book for school and I went through different phases with it.
Phase 1: This Sucks
You cannot read this book in parts. It will feel like a jumble of pointlessness. I only truly got into the book after the first 100 pages and ever after that it wasn't like I couldn't put it down or anything.
Phase 2: I feel like I'm going to cry but no tears come out
This probably has to do most with the point of view. To me, it felt like there was no plot. I couldn't really empathize with the narrator and although I felt sad, it was an uncomfortable sort of sad. Like I was going to throw up any second.
Phase 3: Depression
The climax of this book is that one point when the depression level reaches an all-time high. It's at this point when you realize that there is not going to be a happy ending (in case you haven't already caught on by the title 'Sorrow of War').
Phase 4: Reading it again
When I went back, from the beginning, to read the book again in order to prepare for the test, I actually enjoyed the book. The pieces fit together, and it all made sense. That is, I didn't feel utterly confused and out of place during the first 100 pages, trudging through each paragraph grudgingly. (less)
**spoiler alert** Maybe it's because I haven't read a book in a while, but I really enjoyed this. I'm seeing these critical reviews judging the charac...more**spoiler alert** Maybe it's because I haven't read a book in a while, but I really enjoyed this. I'm seeing these critical reviews judging the character development and the plot and I think that they're ridiculous.
These is a "click flick" in a book. You don't sit there and try to analyse all the gaping plot holes. The ending was not the best part of the book. There were some vital points that I felt weren't resolved. For example, Alison never told Harry how her mother went to his father and this is why his father took on Adam and also why she decided to befriend Harry. The family emotional catharsis at the end or whatever you want to call it was totally uncalled for and over dramatized. But, oh well.
I'm not going to lie. I cried. A lot. Not at the end of course, but just reading about how Harry. Like I said, this book is a total chick flick. :)
This book HURTS. I don't know, maybe the writing and portrayal is just too good. It is divided into four parts. We get to experience what Josh is goin...moreThis book HURTS. I don't know, maybe the writing and portrayal is just too good. It is divided into four parts. We get to experience what Josh is going through presently and then what happened then (flashback). It goes 'present' 'flashback' 'present' 'flashback'.
This book is quite detailed so it was uncomfortable to read at points. However, this detail is needed, because then when Lyga flashes back to present day, you can cry also because you realize just how MESSED UP Josh is.
The thing is, this book is in his point of view. Its like literally stepping into his shoes. You feel what he is feeling. You might not understand why this is so significant, so I'll tell you why.
Josh is getting molested in this book. By a teacher who is twice his age. He doesn't realize it. He feels guilty, but he enjoys it.
So I'm sitting there like maybe this is fine, perhaps its what Josh wants. Furthermore, Josh truly feels like an adult when he's with Eve. And because of that, you feel like he's an adult. In Josh's mind what he's doing seems alright, its just playing. And since I was so into the book, I was in Josh's shoes. It was alright.
Maybe this was just me, but I felt what Josh felt every step of the way when reading this book (mentally, that is). Is it disturbing? Hell, yes. Is this what Lyga wanted? Probably. Did he succeed. YES. (less)