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)
When I was reading this I was constantly questioning the parenting, or lack thereof. I hated how...moreI hated how dysfuntional this story was.
When I was reading this I was constantly questioning the parenting, or lack thereof. I hated how they just let their daughter date a man so much older than her, it's peadophillia. Disturbing. On top of that, alcoholic.
I just couldn't wait to get to the end, hoping ANYONE would come to their senses and kick this guy out on his a***. But it never happened. The only one with any sense was Dawn.
Okay, so. Original anger about this story over. Now, let me start again. I did likd this story, don't get me wrong - I just hated what was happening in the life of this girl. There was no security - her mum not having any secure relationships herself dying for her daughters appriciation and friendship so much that she had to fabricate an affair with an older man herself just to form a bond. Her father - cares about her sure, but doesn't appriciate the mother, and tries to hard with her. The old best friend Dawn - so damn clingy (but understandably so - being as unpopular as she is) but the only one with any sense actually telling the main character whats wrong with her life and what she's doing. How dangerous it is, how irresponsible she is. Her new friends - not so good. But herself - masachistic, low self-esteem, dysfunctional and just plain suggestible. I am British, but I must say - this is not the typical life for a British teen - it sure as hell wasn't for me, and I had much more sense.
I do however, like how young the author was when she began to write it (although, that in itself is kind of disturbing - thinking of the content). It's an eye opener, and I must say I was grimicing whilst reading it - but I couldn't stop.
Would NOT recommend it for young readers - it's way too suggestive. (less)
This book started off slow... and I really wasn't into it at first, but I am not one to just quit on a book. I am so glad I didn't, as well. The furthe...moreThis book started off slow... and I really wasn't into it at first, but I am not one to just quit on a book. I am so glad I didn't, as well. The further in I got into this book the more I loved it. In the end I couldn't put it down. I found myself reading at every spare minute I had. On the bus, waiting for the kettle to boil, even whilst doing other things (like eating my brekfast and trying not to spill it all over myself XD).
I loved it.
The book is centered around music, each chapter is the line from a song and it is a central theme throughout the whole book, so if you really dislike books that a big bulk of the story revolves around music - then it is not for you. Though you could be plesantly surprised even if you don't like books like this.
Okay, so this book is typical British Chick lit - and while that may not sound appealing - it is amazinly written. I've seen other books written in thi...moreOkay, so this book is typical British Chick lit - and while that may not sound appealing - it is amazinly written. I've seen other books written in this style - and whilst I desperately tried to like them, they just didn't have the same spark that Helen Fielding brings to life in her Character Bridget and the whole story surrounding her.
The book feels entirely as if you are delving into Bridgets personal life through her diary, though it looses none of the feel of an engrossing novel either. I finished this, and the sequal to this very very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed both books.(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 got given this book when I was 17 by my college psychology teacher. She had read it, and enjoyed it and gave it to me because she thought it would be...moreI got given this book when I was 17 by my college psychology teacher. She had read it, and enjoyed it and gave it to me because she thought it would be the type of book I'd be interested in. She used to call me her 'little alternative girl' and saw me as a kind of neice - so a gothic, history tale like this, she thought, would have all the appeal to me. I read it upto page 130 when she gave it to me, but then I moved home and lost it. I recently found it and started up with it again. Its wonderfully written, I loved how you could read from various point of views and understand the story written through the characters own documented accounts of their adventures. Initially, I didn't think I would like it. Don't get me wrong, I love history and vampires are all well and good - but honestly I wasn't that interested in dracula himself. This book, however, even though dracula himself is the main objective is not too heavily burdoned with his presence. It dotes more on the historical accounts of his life and the search for information about him because of the dissaperance of Proffessor Rossi. Its gothic, historical, beautifully written, romantic and engaging. Although I must admit, slow at times and honestly - I did not like the ending at all. But other than those downfalls, this book was an incredibly enjoyable read. Recommended for anyone who loves historical fiction.(less)
So, I enjoyed the main character Maggie - although she is a little self-pitying, isn't everyone to some extent? She has issues wi...moreMAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
So, I enjoyed the main character Maggie - although she is a little self-pitying, isn't everyone to some extent? She has issues with the way she see's her body (which is obviously hinted at by the title of the book) and has had them throughout her life.
Her best friend, Olivia, was also a 'fat girl' in school - though Olivia was always a lot bigger than Maggie. Maggie and Olivia are now older, at 28 Maggie is working in a coffee shop and is not pursuing or using the amazing art skills and qualifications she has to offer - whilst Olivia has had a gastric bypass survey and is now thin, popular and getting married. Maggie is asked to be the maid of honour... the story follows the life of Maggie - struggling with her weight issues, lusting over her workmate Domenic, and trying to plan her best friends wedding and hen night. Though, towards the end of the book things are getting better and better for Maggie, and the cracks in Olivia's seemingly perfect life and beggining to show.
I LOVED the end of this book. At the rehersal dinner. Is was so sad, but at the same time I was so happy reading it. Maggie took charge - FINALLY. I was uring her to, for. so. long.
Overall, this book was thoroughly enjoyable. Not a book to make you go WOW but one to just sit down and take in with a warm feeling.(less)
It's more of a two and a half stars, I'd say. This is the second 'Picolt' book I've read, and I have to be honest when I say it took me a while to get...moreIt's more of a two and a half stars, I'd say. This is the second 'Picolt' book I've read, and I have to be honest when I say it took me a while to get into it, and while thing's were happening in the book, they didn't feel significant enough to keep me interested. I hated, yes, hated Oliver's frst chapter. (At least I think it was his first chapter) It just goes on and on about humpback whales, and it didn't interest me one bit, I had to drag my eyes through that one.
Okay, so don't let the negativity so far get you down. There is an okay story underneath, it's not the best I've read, but not the worst either. The characters could be interesting, however I thought Hadley was disgusting, and I didn't particularly like Oliver. I liked seeing the story from different points of view, and it was interesting to see the same situation in those different views, however this was overused. I felt like I was re-reading the same chapters over and over. If it was in one point of view the book would be about half the size, though I don't suppose you'd 'bond' with the characters as much, and understand why they're doing what they're doing. But I didn't bond with them anyway, and I won't miss not reading it.
I enjoyed it while I read it, eventually. But I wouldn't read it again. It wouldn't deter me from reading other 'Picolt' books though, as I loved the other one I read by her. 'Change Of Hearts'. (less)
Having previously read the adventures of Belle De Jour in the world of a call girl, I had high expectations for this book - even though this one is fi...moreHaving previously read the adventures of Belle De Jour in the world of a call girl, I had high expectations for this book - even though this one is fiction. This book did not dissapoint, it's not as rude as Belle's tales, but it defiately does not lack in plot. It's a fun and easy read. Now off to read the sequal.(less)
This book was a gift from my little sister to me from christmas. Everyone knows I'm a bookworm, so it worked well to get me a book. :) Its definately...moreThis book was a gift from my little sister to me from christmas. Everyone knows I'm a bookworm, so it worked well to get me a book. :) Its definately not the type of book I'd initially choose to read for myself, but it has suprisingly turned into one of my favorites. I love the adventures of Katie, although yes - she does seem to be acting a bit like a lovesick teenager, she was given a chance to reincounter her first love.. I think most people would probably regress just a little in that situation. It did, honestly, take me a little while to get into the flow of the book as one chapter is her current life, and the next a flashback. But I grew to love this set up as you relive her growing love with her, and develop an understanding as to why she is acting so irrational and childish.
SPOILERS MAY BE AHEAD!!!
I do, though, kind of wish they stayed together in the end. Even though I do have a love/hate relationship for the feeling of Jakes character - it seems so final for her to brake off like that. But, I suppose, healthy as they couldn't have a normal family life with eachother with him being famous. And she does realise that he may nor want what she does.. So it seems all for the best.
So, yes - a very entertaining story, I couldn't put it down and most importantly, didn't want to. Definately earns a spot on my favorite shelf!(less)
The Broken World has definately made it into my favorite book shelf. The story is a true geeky/gamers type story. It follows the life a guy writing a...moreThe Broken World has definately made it into my favorite book shelf. The story is a true geeky/gamers type story. It follows the life a guy writing a walkthrough for a game known as 'The Broken World'. The game in itself is full of complexities and an amazing story in itself, and does (if I may say) sound like a pretty immense gaming experience, that I would definately play, haha. The authors of the walkthrough uses it as a kind of online journal as well as a gamer guide, and this is how you get to know him and the things he is encountering in his life outside of the game. The game and the authors life have similar issues in some part and they gel together really well. I would definately reccommend this is if you have a bit of a geeky gamer side. (less)
I bought this book with some money I got given for my birthday a few years back, it caught my eye - partly because of the new pretty hardback edition....moreI bought this book with some money I got given for my birthday a few years back, it caught my eye - partly because of the new pretty hardback edition. So I picked it up, I read the blurb on a different edition and thought it sounded pretty good - even though its nothing like the books I usually would pick out to read myself. Anyway I bought it and when I went to read it I got to page 16 and put it away. I hated it. Its been a few years since then and I picked it up again because it annoys me when I haven't finished a book. I had to give it another go.
I am so glad I did, too. This time round I was hooked. I delved into the lives of Anne, Neely and Jennifer. I loved and loathed their adventured at the same time£ their lifes were fascinating, lonely, glitzy, distressing, bizzarre and terribly depressing. I was wowed by their descriptions of beauty, but I was so glad I had a life nothing like theirs. Its a haunting insight into what a life in the limelight could turn out to be in the harsh realities of life.
Definately recommended, even for those (like me) who think this type of book is not for them at all. Pick up a copy, you may just be plesently surprised, like I was... After the second attemt anyway.(less)
I've just finished this book this morning, and the only reason it has taken me so long to read is the fact that I've been constantly revising only hav...moreI've just finished this book this morning, and the only reason it has taken me so long to read is the fact that I've been constantly revising only having time to read a few chapters with breckfast and before bed.
I loved this book. It's very different from anything I've read as I don't usually read about artists in a novel, just in non-fiction.
The book is about a psychiatrist named Andrew and his newest Patient Robert Oliver who is a brilliant painter and artist who has been admitted into Andrew's hospital for treatment, following a public attempted attack on a painting. It follows the life of Andrew as he tries to figure out what went wrong with Robert and you go on a journey through all of their lives. There are also a few chapters darted about in the book set in the past - which takes you on another journey altogether. I love how all the lives and stories are intermingled and how everything falls together so beautifully and wonderfully.
I would recommend this to everyone, and I do not even normally enjoy Historical fiction but every book (be it only two) I've read by Elisabeth Kostova so far has taken me on an amazing journey. I felt refreshed when I read 'The Historian' but 'The Swan Theives' definately surpass that book for me, on so many levels.
This book made we wish I was a talented painter, I was constantly willing to fill a canvas up with art - If only I had the skill and patience. (less)