I found this book to be rather interesting, even though it had many elements that I would have hated in any other circumstance. I am going to put up a...moreI found this book to be rather interesting, even though it had many elements that I would have hated in any other circumstance. I am going to put up a lazy book summary...
Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht, where she'd been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent. Critically acclaimed author Jessica Warman brings readers along on a roller-coaster ride of a mystery, one that is also a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.
So with the lazy part being done, I will get back to my 4 star love/hate relationship with this book. Liz wakes up to find her own body in the water- (she is a ghost) and meets a boy named Alex who had died with in the past year (who is also a ghost) Together they work together to put the pieces together of why they are together, and why they are both earth bound.
I won't give away the ending, but there was one aspect of it that was easy to predict, and a little twist at the end that I didn't see coming (that made the book much better)
The thing that got me is that I enjoyed the story although I hated every single character in it.. (ok not Alex- he was a great person in life and in death)
But even as Liz embarks on her quest for answers, (and becomes a slightly more sympathetic and less than horrible excuse for a human being) I still hated and resented her for every action in her life, for all of the actions of the people who surround her. There are some people who are simply just a waste of space in the universe, and this character and all of her friends were the worst of the worst. Cruel, selfish, spoiled little monsters- each and every one of them, and although there were glimmer of moments that indicated that these little beasts had hearts and souls- I still disliked them.
yet the author tells a good story, and through the use of flashbacks you can begin to see that although there is no excuse for a person to be like this, it gives you a general understanding of how it is possible. How do we become so superficial, selfish, materialistic? When and how do kids learn that it is ok to demean and bully their classmates and peers?
I also appreciated that although these kids were painted all the most obnoxious group ever, they were written so flawed and damaged internally that after a while I began to focus on those aspects, and not the perfect exteriors.
it took me a few days to read it, (but i assure you I muttered so many horrible things about the monsters under my breath as possible) but it really was worth the read. It was a well written book, with characters that were terrible, but I found it to be a fantastic read.(less)
I was quite impressed with this novel. It kept me interested through out, and did a fabulous job at giving information (clues) out slowly, so when it...moreI was quite impressed with this novel. It kept me interested through out, and did a fabulous job at giving information (clues) out slowly, so when it concluded everything was resolved and finished nicely.
I am also proud of myself for pacing through it, and not racing to the end (as I often do with good books) I would have ruined it for myself if I had hurried the plot.(less)
Uniquely written, and an interesting little adventure. I at first got annoyed with the back/and forth memories, but once i got used to it, it seemed s...moreUniquely written, and an interesting little adventure. I at first got annoyed with the back/and forth memories, but once i got used to it, it seemed seamless.
The main character wasn't annoying, rather strong willed and determined, although I completely hated her female friends.
The pace was great, and the story was a perfect length, just perfect to keep me interested from start to finish.(less)
Whoa! This was a unique book- honestly I am a bit conflicted by the whole thing. I can't give it an honest 5 stars, but I certainly can give it 3 or e...moreWhoa! This was a unique book- honestly I am a bit conflicted by the whole thing. I can't give it an honest 5 stars, but I certainly can give it 3 or even a 3.5 It was creepy, mysterious, and rather enthralling which I enjoyed. It had an aura of "weirdness" that kept me turning pages all the way up until the end.
I had an interesting back story, and added interesting details with tarot cards, cryptic diaries, and an odd person running about through the pages.
The ending was a manic compilation of words and twists, and this is the one time i may say this, but it could have been lengthened. Most of the time I think a book is too drawn out, but this one could have spread the conclusion over another 20-50 pages easily. I may have not felt like it rushed to a conclusion if it were.
Overall, it was quite interesting to read, and for a first novel I was impressed. There is much raw talent with the author, so I will read more of what she writes down the road. (less)
I loved the first book- it was fantastic. This book was great but not as awesome as the first. Still quirky, creepy and full of dark humor, but it jus...moreI loved the first book- it was fantastic. This book was great but not as awesome as the first. Still quirky, creepy and full of dark humor, but it just didn't come together as well as the first. The ending was appropriate although I had wished for Cas to have a sort of happily ever after.(less)
JUST YOUR AVERAGE BOY-MEETS-GIRL, GIRL-KILLS-PEOPLE STORY...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before h...moreJUST YOUR AVERAGE BOY-MEETS-GIRL, GIRL-KILLS-PEOPLE STORY...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
Did you just read that summary? If so, why are you even reading my review, seriously stop and go read this book, it will be time better spent.
A ghost story? A murderous ghost? A hot female attractive ghost? Ghostbuster jokes? Becoming Obsessed with a Ghost?
No seriously, just go read it! Haunting, beautiful, a little creepy, fabulous characters, quick witted humor...and did I mention Ghostbuster jokes?(less)
A few years ago, someone decided to make this novel in to a movie, which my daughter was begging me to see. I have always had a long standing rule, if...moreA few years ago, someone decided to make this novel in to a movie, which my daughter was begging me to see. I have always had a long standing rule, if you are going to see a movie based on a book, you read the book first- before Hollywood goes and hacks it to pieces. (There are for the record a few books turned into movies that I have loved, the lord of the rings being the top of my list.) Being that my daughter at that time was not old enough to really be able to read the book herself, we got a copy from the holy land (the library) and we sat down together for me to read the story to her. Worst idea ever! By the time we got to the end of the book, my daughter was in tears, and I was also. Death is not an easy subject for anyone to deal with, and it certainly was hard on my daughter who was enthralled with the fantasy world, complete with the King and Queen of Terabithia. So we cried together, I suppose that constitutes as a bonding moment between parent and child, afterwards we had many conversations about magical worlds, make believe, and that some people die- either by accident or illness. For the longest time I had to help my daughter work through these painful life lessons, and constantly reassure her that I was not going anywhere, anytime soon. Her little mind refused to accept that of course, because she was certain Leslie probably said the same thing. None the less, until the sobbing tissue fest, (which was repeated with watching the movie) both my daughter and I enjoyed the story. Her as a first time reader (or listener in this case) and me as one who has read the book many times over, and got a nostalgic glimpse back into my own childhood. I remember reading this when I was younger, it was sad, I was just as angry at how unfair life could be, I just didn’t have the ability to comprehend just how unfair it actually is. Like anything I love, it seems to be a book that is criticized for so many reasons, by adult intellectuals, and I figure you can read into the story as little or as much as you like (I prefer to not read into anything except the actual words) and just take it at face value. This is a story about a boy who meets a girl, they become friends, and she dies.
Plot Summary! Jesse (a.k.a. Jess) Aarons, the only boy in a family of five children, lives in rural southwest Virginia. His mother favors his sisters Brenda, Ellie, May Belle, and Joyce Ann, while his father works in Washington, D.C., and therefore spends little time with his children. May Belle, the second youngest sister, adores and admires Jesse. Leslie Burke is an only child who moves from [Arlington, Virginia], to the same area as Jesse. Her parents, both writers, are wealthy. Jess and Leslie soon become close friends. Jess shares his secret love of drawing with Leslie, and Leslie shares with Jess her love of fantasy stories. With this new friendship, the two children create an imaginary kingdom in the woods near their homes, accessible only by a rope swing over a creek. They name the kingdom Terabithia and declare themselves King and Queen, and they spend every day after school there. In Terabithia, they are able to face their real-world fears, such as that of the eighth grade bully Janice Avery. Leslie gives Jess a drawing pad and a set of watercolors and a tube of paint as a Christmas gift, and Jess gives Leslie a dog whom she names Prince Terrien, or "P.T." for short. They consider P.T. to be the royal protector, Prince of Terabithia and, due to his puppyish antics, court jester. Jesse has a crush on his young music teacher, Miss Edmunds. The central crisis occurs when Jesse accompanies Miss Edmunds to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and Leslie goes to Terabithia alone. The rope breaks as she is swinging over the rain-swollen creek. Though a good swimmer, Leslie falls into the creek and drowns, possibly due to head injury. Jesse can overcome his grief only with the strength and courage that his friendship with Leslie had given him. He attempts to deal with his grief by going back to Terabithia alone to make a memorial wreath for Leslie. During his ceremony, he hears a cry for help and finds May Belle caught in the midst of a fallen tree that she had been trying to use as a bridge across the creek. He helps her out of danger and rescues her. Leslie's grief-stricken parents soon decide to leave the area. As Mr. and Mrs. Burke are leaving, Jesse asks to take some of their wooden planks from their back porch. They say he may have anything left in the house; thus permitted, he goes down to Terabithia to build a bridge. After he finishes the bridge, he takes May Belle over it and decides to make her the Queen of Terabithia.
It’s a book, it’s a sad book, but it’s a book worth reading (if you don’t mind a little climatic crying.) (less)
I love this book. I loved it when I was a child, I loved it when I was a teenager, I love it as an adult, and I am certain I will love it when I am ol...moreI love this book. I loved it when I was a child, I loved it when I was a teenager, I love it as an adult, and I am certain I will love it when I am old and grey sitting in rocking chair, slowly losing my mind to dementia or something similar. Summary… The book begins when John Arable's sow gives birth to a litter of piglets, and Mr. Arable discovers one of them is a runt and decides to kill it. However, his eight year old daughter Fern begs him to let it live. Therefore her father gives it to Fern as a pet, and she names the piglet Wilbur. Wilbur is hyperactive and always exploring new things. He lives with Fern for a few weeks and then is sold to her uncle, Homer Zuckerman. Although Fern visits him at the Zuckermans' farm as often as she can, her visits decrease as she grows older, and Wilbur gets lonelier day after day. Eventually, a warm and soothing voice tells him that she is going to be his friend. The next day, he wakes up and meets his new friend: Charlotte, the grey spider. Wilbur soon becomes a member of the community of animals who live in the cellar of Zuckerman's barn. When the old sheep in the barn cellar tells Wilbur that he is going to be killed and eaten at Christmas, he turns to Charlotte for help. Charlotte has the idea of writing words in her web extolling Wilbur's excellence ("some pig," "terrific," "radiant," and eventually "humble"), reasoning that if she can make Wilbur sufficiently famous, he will not be killed. Thanks to Charlotte's efforts, and with the assistance of the gluttonous rat Templeton, Wilbur not only lives, but goes to the county fair with Charlotte and wins a prize. Having reached the end of her natural lifespan, Charlotte dies at the fair. Wilbur repays Charlotte by bringing home with him the sac of eggs (her "magnum opus") she had laid at the fair before dying. When Charlotte's eggs hatch at Zuckerman's farm, most of them leave to make their own lives elsewhere, except for three: Joy, Aranea, and Nellie, who remain there as friends to Wilbur; but none of them can replace Charlotte.
Coming of age, coming of life, the life cycle, colorful characters, this book has everything that makes a classic in my head. I could spend hours blubbering on and on about how awesome this story is, but instead..you really should just go read it. To yourself, to your kids, grandkids, strange kids on the street…heck read it to your pets.. Just read it.
The only thing this book didn't do is make me like spiders, I loathe those eight-legged creepy buggers.(less)
I decided once I finished this book tonight, that I was going to give it an extra star. (three stars in lieu of two) The reason was because, although...moreI decided once I finished this book tonight, that I was going to give it an extra star. (three stars in lieu of two) The reason was because, although I wasn’t blown away by the whole story, I found myself highly entertained reading it. The characters were likeable, the book moved at a rather good pace, the plot was fairly interesting, and the writing style was smooth and simple to comprehend.
I think what I appreciated most was the fact that the main character wasn’t a sniveling whining female who sat and complained about everything. As of late I have found I developed a particular appreciation for a female character that I don’t feel like beating with the book bindings.
The book isn’t mind blowing, but it’s a racy read, a few parts that will quicken the pulse, a few parts that will give you a chuckle, and many of the character will endear themselves to you in their own little way. Great book for a lazy day, where you don’t want to think of anything overly complicated, just something to slip away to for a bit of entertainment. (less)
the first time I read this book i cried, and I cried again when I read for the 3rd, 4th and 5th times.
Why do I re read this over and over again? becau...morethe first time I read this book i cried, and I cried again when I read for the 3rd, 4th and 5th times.
Why do I re read this over and over again? because it is a beautiful book. The cast and characters are brilliant, deep, complex and insightful. I love their lives, I love their struggles, I love how they love unconditionally against all odds. I love how their mortality hangs in a delicate balance of remission and relapse- and how hazel and gus never let that come between them. I love how they find each other, and form a relationship that is real. Real life, real love, real laughter and happiness. I could read this book over and over again because it makes that much of an impact, to the point where it is worth,no..it is an honor to shed a tear for the characters at the end. Simply beautiful, heart wrenching, touching, quirky and real.(less)