First off I want to say one part of the few endings I hated. Not so much that it ruined the book because it actually did fit in very well, but so much...moreFirst off I want to say one part of the few endings I hated. Not so much that it ruined the book because it actually did fit in very well, but so much that ?I actually threw this book to the side - which is something I have never done.
Bright Shiney Morning is a book about L.A. L.A. is the main character, and everything in this story is based around and in L.A. The story follows the lives of a few different people; Dylan and Maddie - two teens in love who run away together Amberton - A very famous film star who is married and secretly homosexual Old Man Joe - Lives on the street and is an alcoholic and Esperanza - A very clever Mexican woman as well as many minor characters.
My favorites in this story are Dylan and Maddie and Esperenza - their stories I enjoyed most. I hated Amberton and I liked Old Man Joe.
Their stories are all very different from each other and it is interesting to see how different lives are in one city alone.
The book it riddled with facts about L.A. that serve, to me, in a way as a palet clenser between each of the stories and although they work well in that respect they did somewhat annoy me and take away from it. Though as it is a story about L.A. they are kind of essential.
I had previously read James Freys first book 'A Million Little Pieces' so the writing style did not annoy me like it might to others, though it did take some getting used to again.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, L.A. facts and lists aside. I loved most of the endings, one in particular concerning one of my favorite stories I hated but it did seem fitting.
I would give this book a rating of 4 if it werent for the things that irked me about it, though I would definately recommend it. (less)
This book, as everyone knows, is about two people; Emma and Dexter. It visits them in their lives on One Day through every year of their lives, showin...moreThis book, as everyone knows, is about two people; Emma and Dexter. It visits them in their lives on One Day through every year of their lives, showing whats going on in their personal lives, and in their friendship.
I watched the movie before I read this book. I had the book, but when I found out the movie was coming out I waited to read it until after I had watched the film. Purely because in my experience - the books are always better than the movies. I loved the movie, and this made me all the more excited to read the book.
So, I started reading, and right off the bat I loved it. I devoured every second of it, and couldn't get enough.
I love Em and Dex, and at some points I wanted to shake them and tell them what the hell they need to do, but the way everything happened in the book was perfect.
The end of the book; I hated and loved at the same time. I cried, couldn't help it. It was so, so very sad.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good heart-warming story. (less)
I found the beginning few chapters/'books' of this book to be slow, although in the long run they are necessary and do add to the story. I did love the...moreI found the beginning few chapters/'books' of this book to be slow, although in the long run they are necessary and do add to the story. I did love the main character, and I loved reading their part of the story. I started to really enjoy the book from about page 350 which is why I can't give it too high or too low a mark. I would recommend it however, to people who want to read about someone who is transgender.(less)
Okay. I know a lot of people don't like this book - just like a HUGE amount of people don't like twilight. But, I think this book was amazing.
I do like...moreOkay. I know a lot of people don't like this book - just like a HUGE amount of people don't like twilight. But, I think this book was amazing.
I do like twilight, though I am not a crazy young teenage fan of it. But The Host is NOT twilight. I don't think it comes close. Yes it has a few similar themes (love triangles, confusion in love etc) but it is so completely different.
The Host is about a girl named Melanie Stryder, who is a human on Earth - a world that human's are becoming extinct in. The human world has been taken over by aliens who insert themselves into the bodies of the humans and live in them. The alien who takes Melanies body is called Wanderer. This story follows Melanie/Wanderer as they search for the man they both love (Melanie, obviously the partner she was with, and Wanderer in love with the memories Melanie has of him).
But although that is the plot, there is so much more to it! It's hard to put into words, but I could not put this book down. It was engaging and I couldn't wait to finish it but didn't want to at the same time, just because I couldn't wait to see what would happen - but would be sad to stop reading. The ending was exactly how I wanted it. An incredibly exciting, and heart warming read. I'd definately recommend it. Even if it doesn't sound like your type of things.
The Host is meant to have a sequal right? Thats one thing I'm not sure if I want... I mean, I Loved the book, but I wouldn't want a potential threat to how much I loved it by a sequal possibly ruining it. But then again, it could also enhance my love for it carrying on the story. So I guess i'll have to wait and see.(less)
I remember watching this film years ago... I was young, and didn't really understand what was going on. I just knew it was a sad story and that the pe...moreI remember watching this film years ago... I was young, and didn't really understand what was going on. I just knew it was a sad story and that the people in the film were misfortunate. Because of that I always believed Angela's Ashes was a fictional tale. When I picked up the book and began to read it I didn't read the blurb or antying because I knew i'd already experienced 'Angela's Ashes' before, and knew what to expect, so it flew over my mind and I completely forgot that it was a memoir!
Angela's Ashes was written in such a way that it reads as a novel. It took a while to get into, and the writing style took some work as I've never read a novel that uses such heavy Irish slang/terminology/language before.
The story is about Frankie McCourt and his life growing up in poverty. Not the poverty of 'Oh we are behind on bills, can't afford a big shop this week' but real povery in which they considered even small things to be luxurious, whereas normally they would be taken for graunted in life - such as milk and eggs.
Frankie is an adorable and brave character and it amazes me how strong he stays throughout his life. It is a wonderful book and I recommend it highly to anyone who likes to read memoirs but is sick of reading child abuse stories..
It is different, refreshing, heartfelt and gut-wrenchingly surreal at what this poor family have been through. I really felt for them and was willing them the whole way through. I definately want to r-live the film experience now, and see Frank's story come to life.(less)
The first and the last paragraphs were the most wonderful couple of paragraphs I have read. This book was beautiful.
MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD.
It is about t...moreThe first and the last paragraphs were the most wonderful couple of paragraphs I have read. This book was beautiful.
MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD.
It is about two conjoined twin girls, Rose and Ruby, who are born the day after a terrible natural disaster in a hospital with no power to a young mother who vanishes after giving birth. The Nurse (Lovey) falls in love with the twins and after finding nowhere for them to go, is allowed to take them home as her own family. The story is written as an autobiography mainly in the view of Rose, her twin Ruby (the smaller of the two) adds in her own few chapters here and there, too.
The difference in personality of the girls is amazing, it really makes you see that although throughout their life some people have seen them as one, they really are two different girls with complete different personalities - who just so happen to be joined.
Rose is more 'grown-up' I'd say, whilst Ruby has a sweet innocence about her which comes through in her writing. Although the girls are 30 years old when this book is being written, when it's Rose's chapters I believe their ages. But when it's Ruby's it feels to me a lot younger - though it may be because of how sweetly innocent and naive she comes across.
This book really tounched my heart and I loved it. It's definately a new favorite of mine.(less)
Okay, so I know a lot of people say that 'Change of Heart' is a rip off of the Green Mile, whilst I can see the similarities I must say that I loved t...moreOkay, so I know a lot of people say that 'Change of Heart' is a rip off of the Green Mile, whilst I can see the similarities I must say that I loved this book! I loved the characters and how the story is told in so many different perspectives. I especially loved the character of Shay.
I enjoyed every minute of this, and couldn't wait to finish - but at the same time dreading ending it. I will definately read more Jodi Picoult books and would definately recommend this one. I'm going to pass it on to my mum I think.(less)