Perhaps this was not the most original of tales, but holy crap it was a fun, easy, love-filled, and ju Well, I finished that in less than three hours.
Perhaps this was not the most original of tales, but holy crap it was a fun, easy, love-filled, and just fun romance. And I'm really not one for the romantic tale, especially the young adult romance, where that is the entire focus of the novel. I'd rather read about dragons any day, but this went down like a tasty hoppy beer.
The twist towards the end of the book was lame. It almost lost stars there. I almost lost my reading momentum and put the book down. So fail for the twist. But the rest of the book was such reading popcorn, that I didn't even begrudge the book a half a star. It got to keep its 5-star rating....more
Creepy motherfucker So. My first review of the new year.
First a little update? I did a purge of my TBR shelves right before the new year (not my digitCreepy motherfucker So. My first review of the new year.
First a little update? I did a purge of my TBR shelves right before the new year (not my digital ones, my physical ones) and donated two big boxes of books that I've owned for so long I clearly have no intention of reading. However, this seems to have freed me up and I've actually been reading more!
I got this one in my Book Riot YA subscription box, in October. And can we say holy creepy as fuck Batman.
Amanda is 16. Last winter she got a serious dose of cabin fever and had a mental breakdown, scaring her entire family half to death. She can't seem to forgive herself for this, even though it's clearly not something she had any control over. She hates herself and hates her family, and has some seriously dark thoughts towards her disabled baby sister.
And then the family resettled in the prairie, and things take a turn from bad to worse. First, the cabin they find is drenched in sticky old blood, so much that it has eaten through the floor. Why they thought living there would be a good idea is totally beyond me.
Anyway. Is she mad? Is it a devil? Decide for yourself.
Bleh Istarted this book not hating it. By the time the flat, irritating, ending rolled around I did.Bleh I started this book not hating it. By the time the flat, irritating, ending rolled around I did. ...more
Read the Ending, Skip the Rest I'm super confused how to rate this book. I basically found it fairly mediocre. Both of these authors are authors thatRead the Ending, Skip the Rest I'm super confused how to rate this book. I basically found it fairly mediocre. Both of these authors are authors that I've read books by and been blown away - this was not one of them. Yet, somehow I found myself sobbing through the last chapter. So I'm super confused.
Ending: 5 Stars The rest of the book: 2 Stars
Average(ish): 3.5 Stars
I was not attached to any of the characters in either Will Grayson's or will grayson's life. Will Grayson was super irritatingly attached to his sort of douchebag group of ex-friends, and mad clingy to the super gay best friend who actually liked him but he couldn't possibly appreciate. will grayson was just whiny. Period. NOT a good representation of a depressed person. He was more interesting than Will Grayson, for sure, but about as likeable as Holden Caulfield. Have I ever mentioned how much I hated Catcher in the Rye? Mostly because I just wanted to smack Holden Caulfield upside the head.
Yet somehow, the ending had me in tears ... go figure....more
I must say, I was impressed at how well the convention was tackled. I read a lot of young adult with nerdy characters, that this was the first one th I must say, I was impressed at how well the convention was tackled. I read a lot of young adult with nerdy characters, that this was the first one that I felt that the author actually knew what he was talking about. It felt like an appropriate level of pop culture reference was thrown into each conversation with Zak. It wasn't over done or ignored, or super judged. Of course Ana judges, but the judgment doesn't feel like it comes from the author. It felt like the author actually appreciates the culture of a convention. It made me want to go to one again, that's for sure - though a small one.
Anyway, Ana is totally focused on what's next - getting into college and getting out of her parents' house. Her parents and older sister have completely warped her. And Zak spends the entire time trying to get through to her. Though the only reason he's even there is because he was failing health and was required to be an alternate on the quiz team instead of going to Washing-con. And then Ana's younger brother runs away to check out the con and Ana and Zak team up to find him.
Out of my Mind Melody has cerebral palsy. Melody cannot walk or talk. She has been relegated to the special needs classrooms with a endlessly revolvinOut of my Mind Melody has cerebral palsy. Melody cannot walk or talk. She has been relegated to the special needs classrooms with a endlessly revolving door of nightmarishly boorish teachers. A doctor told her mother that she was severely retarded. Seriously. What doctor uses that sort of language? But her mother refuses to see her like that, and almost more importantly, her neighbor refuses to see her as helpless. Melody's neighbor has been her only babysitter her entire life. She pushes Melody to become her best self and to learn to communicate on her communication board, by teaching vocabulary words all the time.
Despite all her challenges, Melody is not stupid. And she never gives up. But everything changes when her school starts to integrate classes. This is when a classmate gets a computer and Melody realizes that if she has one of her own that her entire life could be changed. If she had a computer specialized to her needs, she could communicate.
This is a story of a teenage girl coming into her own and learning to engage with her classmates and joining a team, and dealing with the insecurity that comes with her unique challenges and what that means when it comes to friends' open and closed mindedness.
Anyway, I can see why people love this book. It's an important one for, I think, children to read. It could teach some minds to open if introduced early enough (and it's certainly an easy read). But for me, I just felt like the writing style was missing some ... passion. It seemed a little too cut and dry for my tastes....more
I'm Officially Whelmed I take it back, when earlier today I said that I was underwhelmed. The book just starts slow. Hugh Howey spends a lot of time wI'm Officially Whelmed I take it back, when earlier today I said that I was underwhelmed. The book just starts slow. Hugh Howey spends a lot of time world building in a way that sort of leaves you scratching your head, wondering why that might have been relevant because it sure as hell doesn't feel that way. Maybe as a serial I can see the slow start making a lot more sense. Stories within stories per part to keep the reader interested every time a new one came out, but also leaving the reader satisfied at the end. I'm sure that kind of writing, especially today in the internet world is incredibly difficult. We're so much about instant gratification. /end tangent
So I wasn't underwhelmed, but I wasn't overwhelmed either. I was whelmed.
My favorite part of the novel actually happened right around the middle when she was [spoiler] alone in the new silo, and even with Solo. [/spoiler] Which I think a lot of people would find boring, but I'm a sucker for loner survival stories. The ending was a bit of a let down: a little anti-climatic after all we had just been through with Jules and the Silo. I felt like that should have been more. It was too wrapped up pretty. Suddenly it was over. It just felt too sudden for me. ...more
Sex is Always a Touchy Subject Of the books I grabbed at that first trip to the library (that still feels weird to say - I'm 28 and can count on one hSex is Always a Touchy Subject Of the books I grabbed at that first trip to the library (that still feels weird to say - I'm 28 and can count on one hand how many times I've been to the library as an adult, and they're all in the past week), this was the book that I knew nothing about when I grabbed it from New Releases. It's got a pretty grabbing title after all.
Ally is a 31 year old professor with a 10 year old daughter, who has a whirlwind weekend of mind blowing sex with an ex-student while her mother and daughter were away.
10 years later she meets her daughter's famous boyfriend who brings that wonderful weekend back to her in an unexpected way.
At 41, Ally finally falls in love. At 41, Ally finally allows herself to fall in love. She finally learns to let go of not just her inhibitions but the control she's been forced to exert over her world since she became pregnant at 21. Ally has always been playing a balancing act between her mother who tells her she's only allowed one mistake and that her daughter is it. And her daughter who grows up sexually liberated. Finding that ground where Ally herself is comfortable being herself and not just a daughter or a mother is not easy for her.
Sex is scary, whether you're 21, 31, 41, and beyond. Sex is scary, but all of the risk and the fear can be totally worth it. There's even a question of whether or not Ally has really had sex other than at 21, 31, and 41. And each time she overcomes that fear, bad things may happen, but they're always worth it. A daughter. An unforgettable weekend. A love of her life.
The moral isn't "fuck everything that moves.". Don't get me wrong - there's a big part of Ally that believes and knows that sex is sacred. But the moral is more along the lines of, "don't get sacred confused for forbidden."
It really only loses half a star because it's tied up too neat. There's a little too much happily ever after for me....more