Things I loved: the story, the complexity of the main character, the end. You don't have to love or know dance/ballet to read/love this book. The stor...moreThings I loved: the story, the complexity of the main character, the end. You don't have to love or know dance/ballet to read/love this book. The story is about so much more than ballet. It could have been titled a million other things, but for a few reasons POINTE does work best.
Things I didn't love: Not much of to complain about. However, I did feel like there were a few too many minor characters. This lead to all of them being a bit flat and underdeveloped.
Read it. Love it. And, say, YES to diversity in books! (less)
Wow. Wow. Wowowowoww. I loved this. I thought it was going to be sweet and light and funny, and it was, but I should have known at some point it would...moreWow. Wow. Wowowowoww. I loved this. I thought it was going to be sweet and light and funny, and it was, but I should have known at some point it would punch me in the gut. And, boy, did it ever. There's definitely some silly and slightly implausible things about the story, but if you've ever been a teenage girl, you get it. It's real. This happens. And, you know through the whole story that it's going to happen, yet just like a teenage girl in denial, as a reader, you just keep wishing, hoping and praying for that fairytale ending. Does it happen? You'll have to read it for yourself. I highly recommend that you do!
I did go with four stars instead of five, because while I mostly appreciated some of the unique uses of the English language and the unconventional sentence structure, it was also rather distracting at some points.
I don't often wish for sequels to near perfect stories, but, again, having been that teenage girl once in my life, I would love, love, love to know what happens next. Even though, I probably already do. ;)
And, a note on this particular special edition that was stunningly illustrated: Worth the money. Go find this copy! While not necessary, it really did help bring the story to life and made it more fun...until it punches in the gut...repeatedly!
(Question: Can someone with the regular edition answer me this...did it also include pictures? I feel like it would have to. I'm just curious how different it looked...)(less)
Great writing. Highly, highly entertaining. Haas goes there. You know, THERE--that place where many/most YA authors will never go. The envelope has be...moreGreat writing. Highly, highly entertaining. Haas goes there. You know, THERE--that place where many/most YA authors will never go. The envelope has been more than pushed. It's ripped opened, chewed up, destroyed.
This is a mash up of the Amanda Knox story and the movie, BROKE DOWN PALACE. Sweet.
I love the intensity of the relationship between the narrator, Anna, and her best friend, murder victim, Elise. I love the narration style and scattered chronology. It really built the intensity.
And, THAT ending, when Haas went THERE. Yes. Yes. YES. Even though I solved/guessed the secret to the mystery early on in the book, the ending still got me. And, i disagree with other reviews that say Haas didn't appropriately establish enough justification, clues, foreshadowing, etc, throughout the book to justify the ending. Nope, she totally did. It's there. THERE. It's perfect. (less)
Finally read. Finally cried. Finally had all of the feels.
What can I say that hasn't been said? Not much.
Another winner from John Green, with even m...moreFinally read. Finally cried. Finally had all of the feels.
What can I say that hasn't been said? Not much.
Another winner from John Green, with even more heart and feels than LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Even with a writer like Green, who one a Printz for his debut LOOKING FOR ALASKA, it's still awesome to see the growth and development of his writing as he gains more experience and publishes more books.
I will say that I never, ever find Green's teen characters to be particularly believable as teens, and typically this would bother me, but with Green it never seems to. Let's be real--99.9% of teens do not speak this way. Most adults wish they could be as witty and/or possess the vocabulary of a John Green teenager. However, much like Dawson, Pacey and Joey of Dawson's Creek spoke and interacted in a way that was well beyond their years, the setting, themes and story were all very much a depiction of the true struggle that it is to be a teenager. Green does this and does it better.
I definitely shed some tears and let out a few audible sobs. However, when I turned the last page, I still felt good, warm and inspired. (Unlike when I sobbed uncontrollably for days over another YA "cancer book," BEFORE I DIE. BID is one of my favs, and while the books have a similar theme they are very different. However, I recommend both!) (less)
The reviews on this are so mixed and the plot sounds so different that I will definitely have to try this one out! It's also being frequently compared...moreThe reviews on this are so mixed and the plot sounds so different that I will definitely have to try this one out! It's also being frequently compared to IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma, which makes it even more interesting!
So, I read it, and I think I understand why the reviews are so mixed. On one hand, the writing is, at times, beautiful and full of dark whimsy. It pulled me in and kept me turning pages. However, when you come out of the fog and haze of beautiful sentences, you're not left with much of a story, and you might realize you don't much care about the characters.
I don't really understand the choice to clearly reference that Aurora's father "was" Kurt Colbain, when it wasn't at all necessary to the story. And, the vagueness about Aurora's skin color just sort of irked me on personal note. And, just let the narrator/main character have a name already! What purpose does it serve to leave her nameless?!
All of that aside, I never bought in to this deep friendship between the nameless narrator and Aurora. There wasn't enough buildup or connection developed on the page between them for me to care about them being reunited. And, while that relationship was a bit weak, the relationship between the narrator and her love interest made ZERO sense and was never enough to make this reader care about him or about them as a couple.
And, then, at the end, it becomes more of a paranormal read? Whaaa? I just don't get it.
I loved the writing, but the story just didn't do it for me. Will I continue with the series? Probably not. (less)
Read this book. Go. Right now. Go, right now, and read this book!!
I'm angry with myself for letting this original, dark, heartbreaking and amazing bo...moreRead this book. Go. Right now. Go, right now, and read this book!!
I'm angry with myself for letting this original, dark, heartbreaking and amazing book sit on my shelf unread for as long as I did.
Quick is also the author of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, however, this book (and his others besides SLP) is young adult. Don't let that deter you, even if you do not typically read YA. And, if you do read YA, why haven't you read this book yet?
I wish I could tell you somethings about FM,LP without giving everything away, but the story doesn't really allow for that. I can say that Leonard wakes up on his 18th birthday with a plan to murder his former best friend and then to commit suicide using his grandfather's WWII Nazi-issued war prize gun. I promise, that isn't a spoiler. You learn that on page one.
If you're a teacher or a parent, dare to put this book in the hands of a child who may need it. (After you've read it first!) Books save lives! (less)
I finished this book over twelve hours ago, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it all day. I'm pretty sure I'll be thinking about it well...moreI finished this book over twelve hours ago, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it all day. I'm pretty sure I'll be thinking about it well into next week, month, year, etc.
This is great story telling. This is brave writing. This is utterly hilarious and horrifying and relevant, while being both contemporary and timeless.
I gave Andrew Smith, Austin, Robby and St. Kazimierz a standing ovation in my living room at 6am when I finished reading it. I wish I was still teaching, because I'd put this book into the hands of each and every one of my students until my bank account ran out of money!
How can there be so much right in a book that is so beyond full of wrong? I don't know, but there is, and you and everyone you know should read this.
There's so much I want/could discuss about GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, but I don't want to give anything away. And, more than that, I don't want to cloud or pre-inform anyone's judgement before he/she reads it. So, instead, I'll say, if you do read it (and you MUST!), let me know when you're done. I would LOVE to discuss it!!
Oh! I'm so sad this series has come to an end. It's been a small escape for me for the past year or two. It just got better and better with each book....moreOh! I'm so sad this series has come to an end. It's been a small escape for me for the past year or two. It just got better and better with each book. HERE WITHOUT YOU was by far the best book in the BETWEEN THE LINES series. Very raw and more emotional than the others. I loved all of the characters, but I really disliked REID, the only character to have a POV in all 4 books, during the first two books. But, now, I realize that was Webber's intention, because in the end it makes Reid's redemption so much sweeter. His relationship with Dori is so romantic, yet also tragic and misunderstood. I commend Webber for her ability to show real growth in a character, Reid, over the course of four separate novels. As cliché as it sounds, Reid was an arrogant child in BETWEEN THE LINES, but by the end of HERE WITHOUT YOU he was a real man. I just want to hug everyone: Reid, Dori, Brooke, River, Emma and Graham! I'll miss all of you! (less)
I love Gayle Forman. I loved JUST ONE DAY. I...kind of loved JUST ONE YEAR? The book was well written, insightful and really allowed readers to get to...moreI love Gayle Forman. I loved JUST ONE DAY. I...kind of loved JUST ONE YEAR? The book was well written, insightful and really allowed readers to get to know and understand Willem. His story is tragic and touching, and, ultimately, redeeming. I loved all of that. But...
...After Alyson's struggles in JUST ONE DAY, I absolutely need to see Willem and Alyson reunited. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting and...well, then it came down to the last two pages, and I was less than pleased. I thought Willem's "year" would take up half, maybe even two-thirds, of the book, and then Allyson would show up at his door. But, no, no, no.
So, again, while it's a great book, I can't help but be really disappointed. As a writer, I know you can't write a book about a happy couple, because you need conflict to drive a story, but there's still a lot for these two to work out. They've only spent one day together. (Though, I did like the parallel between Willem and Allyson's relationship with that of Yael and Bram. So sweet!) So, I'm not expecting there to be a Just One Decade or anything, but that's why JUST ONE YEAR really need to show them together at least for a bit.
*Sigh* As a reader, you can't always get what you want. (less)
This is such a quiet and almost delicate book. Plot wise, nothing about it should or would make it a favorite of mine, but TINKERS will have a spot on...moreThis is such a quiet and almost delicate book. Plot wise, nothing about it should or would make it a favorite of mine, but TINKERS will have a spot on my "favorites" bookshelf. Why? Because, it's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Keep a pencil handy while you read this. You'll want to underline nearly every other line, because Harding's sentences are brilliant. I felt like he was telling me something about the meaning of life in every paragraph. There's a an intense sadness in TINKERS, but there's also hope, a lot of hope. (less)
This was good. Good like in that guilty pleasure, entertaining sort of way. Good if you can over look a few things. Like, you'll probably need to lowe...moreThis was good. Good like in that guilty pleasure, entertaining sort of way. Good if you can over look a few things. Like, you'll probably need to lower your moral standards to truly enjoy this one. You'll have to overlook some of the crafty hi-jinks that are sparse, but still implausible. You'll have to be totally down with some hot sex that makes you feel a bit deviant for enjoying.
This is a love story--the girl is 18, the guy is 32. We'll all legal here, but still, ya know. On the whole, the book is very raw and probably couldn't used a moderate amount more of editing. Yet, the prose is beautiful at times, the characters are real, not caricatures, and you surely won't find any rose colored glass, fad to black, hint-hints happening here. I respect that, and I enjoyed that. I would absolutely read the next novel published by Leah Raeder. If the description sounds like something your interested in, and you're ok with the "issues" I've mentioned, then I think UNTEACHABLE could be for you!
**I Write Reactionary Reviews, not Book Report Reviews. If you want to know what the book is about: Read the Description!** (less)
I'm devouring all of the at-least-decent-sounding New Adult novels I can find. (If you have any suggestions put them below!) The development of this n...moreI'm devouring all of the at-least-decent-sounding New Adult novels I can find. (If you have any suggestions put them below!) The development of this new fiction category/genre or whatever you want to call it (let's not fight about it here!) is fascinating to me. It's like slutty YA, or, at least, that's the way it looked like in the beginning. But, in general, YA is still deeper and more well written. NA is turning out to be more like chick-lit romance for the young crowd. And, I don't mean that in a bad way. I'd like to NA grow and become something more substantial. So many of the books are cookie-cutter copies of other popular NA books. I'm happy to say that Carmack does bring in some originality here.
As far as New Adult novels go, this is a pretty entertaining one. The writing is solid, and the story is fun. I was a theater girl growing up, so I enjoyed being back in that world. Yes, the story is more than a bit far-fetched, but it's fiction. If I wanted only reality in my books, I'd stick to non-fiction. So, if you're going to try this book out, just roll with it.
LOSING IT is a sometimes sexy, often times funny tale about a 22 year-old virgin who just wants to do the deed and get it over with...maybe. There's a cat named Hamlet and a hot British guy. It's quick; it's fun. (less)