A perfect to-read novel for those clamoring young adults who may ask themselves, "How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?" People inA perfect to-read novel for those clamoring young adults who may ask themselves, "How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?" People in general would treat the tactless teen as dedicated to nothing but booze, smoke, and sex. Illegal drugs, may be another. But has anyone ever realized what is going on inside of them? Have they really known what is going on in each of their lives? Just as when Alaska suddenly gets out of her own labyrinth of suffering, this sudden and vicious escape has been utterly surprising because no one ever knew the way she held on to life for years.
Definitely, this contemporary fiction has awoken every reader to be mindful of whatever they say or do to one person's life because you never know how much you contribute to the loneliness of a person and the guilt he or she is trying to ward off for years, and in the end you'll find yourself regretting.
The book also becomes more thrilling when read with Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Although I do not mean to compare the two, both actually shows what it feels like to become a teenager.
The novel greatly emphasized what it meant to value a life no matter how worthless and hopeless it seems and to learn to forgive because it is only through forgiveness that we could get out of this labyrinth of suffering by not actually slashing a wrist, halting the pulsation of a carotid artery, overdosing salicylates, drowning in a tub, jumping from the top of a 5-story building or heading straight and fast towards an unknown realm through an irreversible path: death. ...more
First off, I admire the writer for putting so much art in the usage of language in this novel. It's something that really captures an avid reader's atFirst off, I admire the writer for putting so much art in the usage of language in this novel. It's something that really captures an avid reader's attention and enables her to want to reread the passage and actually let those words sink into one as musical notes soothing a man's soul. That is very rare actually. For an author to incorporate lovely phrases yet making the plot still precise and straight-to-the-point.
Next thing, the characters in the novel really made the readers appreciate them and make them feel like they could be anybody in their lives. The story, though fiction, is possible to be real and so much drama and emotions can be felt in every chapter.
Finally, it never leaves the central theme in the story which was obvious since the beginning. Of love and all things that equal to love. A purely magical and melodramatic novel that binds families, friends and significant others. ...more
This novel is one of those I've read the fastest. It had me laughing on almost every page and reading it was like listening to some story by a reallyThis novel is one of those I've read the fastest. It had me laughing on almost every page and reading it was like listening to some story by a really hilarious friend. It was hard to put the book down and every page had really something substantial in it. So many little lessons about life, love and relationships that it enabled me to believe that yeah, the future is really unpredictable. What with all the formulae and the graphs cited, though they kinda made me miss my favorite subject in the world, it showed this other aspect of finding solutions to why relationships end. And, basically you'll learn in the end that the outcome of romantic relationships would never rely on what was supposedly planned but that it would always depend upon the persons involved whether they would want to stick with the plan or ruin it. And again, John Green has been made worthy of his reputation....more
I actually skipped parts of this book. There were actually three stories involved and I was not reading Pilar and Brad's part. Lol. I did enjoy the evI actually skipped parts of this book. There were actually three stories involved and I was not reading Pilar and Brad's part. Lol. I did enjoy the every-now-and-then twisty moments in the novel though. And Danielle Steel really proves to be an author who can produce such heart-warming stories. It's a lovely tale that lets you believe that blessings are everywhere if we just stop and try to take a look at them. ...more
So the title of the book spoke for itself. I'm not really promising to kiss dating goodbye but my attitudes and perspectives on these issues have hugeSo the title of the book spoke for itself. I'm not really promising to kiss dating goodbye but my attitudes and perspectives on these issues have hugely changed after reading this book. And I admire the author's being straightforward in writing. It's just like having a conversation with a dear friend over a cup of coffee. And the importance of waiting and devoting everything to God while doing so is the best thing I've learned from reading this book. Amazing read, really. ...more
The first time I read a Bnchy novel, I was like, “Is this her best novel yet?” Oh, right. This is just one out of many. Reading another of her novel hThe first time I read a Bnchy novel, I was like, “Is this her best novel yet?” Oh, right. This is just one out of many. Reading another of her novel has not ruined my expectations of finding her words as moving and her characters as lively and real as those in the first I’ve read.
Really, it’s like, the people in the novel are not mere icons of fiction but they actually seem like you’re personally hearing their conversations. Every word the characters say is breaking my heart for the innate geniuses they have in them. It’s nice to see that these people are really trying to make something worthy out of their lives and Binchy never failed to make each of her characters have that overwhelming sense of strong and motivated personalities.
Another thing why I love the novel so much is because of the tranquil environment amidst the bustling to-and-fro of mobs in a big city. You can still see a sense of peace although war is evidently going on. It’s like, when everything goes wrong, you still have a home to go to. The novel even proves more than just that.
Generally, the novel is one masterpiece any genteel traveler would love to carry along whilst in a pleasant holiday trip.
And oh, I like Johnny Stone so much. I was really hoping he'd change and be a gentleman and marry someone though. ...more
It was a delightful read. I felt like living inside each of the character's own dreams and wishful thinking. It was noteworthy to think that Maeve BinIt was a delightful read. I felt like living inside each of the character's own dreams and wishful thinking. It was noteworthy to think that Maeve Binchy is very much concerned with every character's right to a private and distinguishable life. It was also marvelous how she can prove through one single read how small the world really is. The plot of the novel had me guessing all throughout whether who was and who is. It was an enjoying classy tale of love and friendship. ...more
This is actually the third Binchy novel I've read and I was expecting so much given that The Glass Lake and Light a Penny Candle were splendid. At theThis is actually the third Binchy novel I've read and I was expecting so much given that The Glass Lake and Light a Penny Candle were splendid. At the start, I was pretty enthusiastic with reading another of Binchy's novels but as I've come to know the novel very well, it was hard for me to feel the connection amongst the characters. I honestly was not much attached to the characters and it felt like I was forcing myself to love each of them and there really was no one character whom I've fallen for. Each one of them was like being phony. On the positive side, Binchy still possesses that ingenuity in writing her novels. It's just that the characters didn't save much of the trouble. Anyhow, I still learned so much from this novel and this won't stop me from reading more of Binchy's sought-after novels....more