I've read this book because I saw it was a movie, so I kind of imagined I could read it first. The book is very slow paced, actually I found it boringI've read this book because I saw it was a movie, so I kind of imagined I could read it first. The book is very slow paced, actually I found it boring from time to time, even though I first thought the premise was quite good, it wasn't very well developed. The "shocks" were not surprising at all and my overall feeling was "this should have been so much better"
The movie isn't good either, I saw it shortly afterwards with my mom and in the first 5 minutes she managed to find out the "plot twist" half jokingly. ...more
It was a perfectly fine book. Still I'm not sure what's all the hype about? I didn't cry, I didn't feel like it was such a loss to lose Alaska, (the wIt was a perfectly fine book. Still I'm not sure what's all the hype about? I didn't cry, I didn't feel like it was such a loss to lose Alaska, (the way I felt about losing Augustus), couldn't relate to any of the characters or their motivations and I certainly don't find this book very memorable, I might as well forget about it tomorrow.
I know this is John Green's debut novel, but I read Paper Towns first and found lots of similarities, which was annoying as you would know.
The only positive thing I can say about this book is that I fell asleep exactly when the "after" part had just started and I had this amazing dream where I kissed a guy I find attractive even though I had a boyfriend and he wasn't around, then I freaked out and tried to make a run for it and all of my friends where running behind me trying to catch me and many outside waiting for me so I wouldn't escape. I guess it is fun sometimes to do some "booze and mischief" even if it only happens in dreams....more
I'm going to make this a pretty short review. Emma Stone will be kind enough to help me share my thoughts with you all.
I think theI'm going to make this a pretty short review. Emma Stone will be kind enough to help me share my thoughts with you all.
I think the producers did a perfectly good job adapting the book into the tv series. I read these after watching the first two seasons, mostly because I feel this drought is going on for too long and I felt like I needed my fix of OITNB!!! (June is still very far away today!) Everything that is on this book is already on screen, and retold in a better way I'm afraid. I didn't love this book, but still I'm grateful for it because otherwise there wouldn't be no series. So thanks a lot Kermit :)
I still have to say sometimes it felt repetitive and boring. It fell into the same pattern over and over again. I want to complain about the ending and the book's pace explicitly. Sometimes I would get these very detailed descriptions over the course of very short days and by the end of it I felt like it was pretty rushed and she just wanted to get it over with, lacking in depth and resolution. So yeah, she got out, it is pretty evident in the subtitle, but I wanted to hear a different revelation or a deeper self discovery or repentance. I didn't feel like her perspective got drastically changed after a year of prison, after a year of confinement and sharing experiences with a dozen of people with different backgrounds and stories, of being an outcast, an outlaw, the bottom of the pyramid. All we get is: I was so loved, I was so touched by everyone's support, I was very special, I had it all, I was above it all. Is it lonely up there at the top where you are, Piper?
Okay this was not a short review, I see that now. ...more
WOOOAH, MY HEART IS STILL THUMPING RIGHT NOW. WHAT. THE. HELL. HAPPENED. HERE. I.CAN'T.I.CAN'T.
I finished this book for a couple hours now, and I'm stiWOOOAH, MY HEART IS STILL THUMPING RIGHT NOW. WHAT. THE. HELL. HAPPENED. HERE. I.CAN'T.I.CAN'T.
I finished this book for a couple hours now, and I'm still feeling anxious. If you haven't read this book and you're peeking through this review, then STOP. RIGHT NOW. IT IS NOT WORTH TO KEEP READING MY REVIEW, I PROMISE. COME BACK WHEN YOU'VE READ IT.
First of all I don't know what possessed me to pick up this book and read it in only ONE DAY since I rarely manage to achieve something like that. I think it had mostly to do with the reviews at the beginning from other authors, so it made me feel like I shouldn't be missing out on this one.
Then, even before opening this book, I saw everywhere that this book had an "unexpected" ending. I wanted so badly to get to the end so I could know everything about it. I guess that's another reason why I got so hooked on it ever since page one. I decided I was clever enough to decipher the ending and be like "I totally saw it coming from a mile away, no biggie", so from page one I decided to put on extra attention, so I could gather the clues and make an hypothesis. So that's why I was trying to memorize the Family Tree and the Island.
I guess if I had know nothing about this book from the beginning then I guess I would have had another experience. Even reading the words "4. Amnesia - Fiction" on the description felt like cheating on the story so I started to feel like I have possibly ruined something for myself unintentionally. Gladly this wasn't the big secret they were sparing to tell me until the end.
Later on, I looked back and thought about the plot in the first parts of the book and decided that it felt like your typical "We are so powerful, young and rich we are wasting away our future" kind of plot. It didn't seem at all like a thriller of any sort. But I was so wrong, as most of us were.
The story starts building up and the tension arises, I could hear myself screaming on the inside wanting so desperately to know why nobody wanted to talk about the accident. Why was everybody avoiding it at all costs? I have to say, the author got me there, she knew exactly how to give away just enough information to keep me hanging.
I can't say that I cried with it, or that something inside of me didn't stir because I would be lying. I couldn't feel anything else but tension, and anxiousness, and terror, and cold sweat. I couldn't feel sad or angry or surprised. There wasn't room within me to feel those feelings. I was too scared, my heart was racing and my ears were thumping. It was magnificent and I loved it. It's been a while since a book has left me a big old mess of confusion.
But now that I think about it, this book is really reminiscent of this movie I watched a couple of years ago, that I remember I really liked too, (view spoiler)[ called "The Uninvited" (hide spoiler)] but the bombs are dropped in a different order, but it still works. (view spoiler)[This is actually a thriller/horror and you know it from the beginning of it. There is this girl who is a mental wreck after a suicide attempt after an accidental fire killed her mother tragically. Her father is now with her mother's nurse and she and her sister start believing this lady had something to do with her mother's death. The sisters start trying to prove it. It isn't until the very end that it is revealed that the girl actually killed her mom using a large gasoline tank which she found in the boathouse, and her sister as well accidentally and has been hallucinating about her ever since the accident. Then has to return to the institution. Sounds familiar? (hide spoiler)]
The only thing I can't seem to understand is the why are they called "the Liars"
I do think she killed them on purpose, because she is mentally ill. After all the plan was hers. I don't think she went back inside as she tells us, just as I don't believe her father shot her in the chest. The guilt was so overwhelming that she tried to kill herself on that rocky cliff, where she was later found almost dead. I don't know why anybody hasn't mentioned her suicide attempt yet?
One of the early memories she has about the summer is all of the four Liars "laughing so hard we felt dizzy and sick." This supposedly happens after her Granddad sees the fire and they are probably all dead already. So she started hallucinating about them ever since.
I also believe she did it to get back to her Grandfather, which she really despised for lots of reasons like not allowing her love with Gat, her feeling like she was a disappointment for him, he found him mad with power and was angry at him for making such a big gap between the sisters who always fought for his love, approval and the inheritance. Which she kind of admits here: They had burned to death. How could I have forgotten them like that? How could I have been so wrapped up in my own stupid criminal exercise, the thrill of it, my own anger at the aunties and Granddad—" SHe was supposed to be talking about the dogs, but she only says "They" so she means also the Liars. She admits that she got caught up in the thrill of being a criminal, in my opinion intending to kill everyone.
The fairy tale stories are the ones that clarify the intentions and the way Cadence sees her family. Here some examples to prove my points.
"the king is demented and power-mad. She is to be queen, but she is also stuck tending to a crazy old tyrant for the rest of her days. She will not leave him, no matter how sick he becomes. The "She" is her mother. Cadence is angry because she doesn't like his Granddad and she knows she could never get away from him, because of his mother.
Also I think Cadence tried to blame his Grandfather of the fire, with this fairytale:
"One day, when the young ladies were of age to be married, a terrible, three-headed dragon laid siege to the kingdom, burning villages with fiery breath. It spoiled crops and burned churches. It killed babies, old people, and everyone in between Which is exactly what happened, Clairmont was consumed (the church), with the adjacent lawn and maple tree as well(the crops), the eldest babies (the Liars) , his grandfather and the aunts (old people) as well as everyone else in the family who died a little bit with their deaths. Cadence is the dragon.
The king was left aching with regret. He was now alone in the world. Now, let me ask you this. Who killed the girls? The dragon? Or their father? Which in a sense she is blaming his Granddad for the deaths of the Liars. For making her do all of those things.
Go on, strike, said the witch, smiling. Fire is beautiful. Nothing bad will happen. They took the matches from her and they struck them. The witch watched their beauty burn. She tricked them into burning the house and watched it burn from the outside.
As much as I wanted to say that the ending completely shocked me, I can't because of all the foreshadowing, there were lots of it and I kind of already knew what had happened. Everything seemed to be linked with fires. In one fairy tale there was a dragon that burned down lots of things and killed lots of people..... Then there was the mouseling that would come back and burn the palace to the ground... The granddad's face lit by a bonfire...... Even the Title of Part Four "Look, a Fire"...more
I gave this book an extra star (that probably didn't deserve) just because I love Ellen so much! She is my favorite person I've never actually met, thI gave this book an extra star (that probably didn't deserve) just because I love Ellen so much! She is my favorite person I've never actually met, though I feel like we are best buddies.
She did made me chuckle a few times, but I was probably expecting to 'ROFL'. I couldn't not read this book and hear her voice in my head saying those things, which was nice because I adore this woman....more
While reading this book, a few characters from some other books, movies or TV series came to mind. I have a lot of things to complain about.
First of aWhile reading this book, a few characters from some other books, movies or TV series came to mind. I have a lot of things to complain about.
First of all, I strongly dislike Clay. He is so passive, he doesn't do SHIT and certainly doesn't give a shit about anything. He is like the dude you invited to your party and is just there, standing, doing nothing, drinking your booze, talking to no one. He has a less than zero personality. People certainly talk to him, but he just nods, shrugs, stares back or says things like Okay and Yeah. Dude you are so apathetic it's seriously annoying the hell out of me, you are like the Daria male version of rich kids in Beverly Hills.
Second of all, this thematic isn't new or shocking to me, even though every social situation and interaction seems exaggerated, I think I have seen some of this already someway in the last couple of years. Give me a couple of spoiled brat rich children acting like fucked up grown ups (Gossip Girl, 90210, The O.C, Kids, Twelve... and so on) and you get the same outcome. so his doesn't even feel entertaining, disturbing or amusing. It is missing something.
Third of all, there is no actual plot, where is this even going? Where you trying to make a satire of the 1980's society? I felt like I learned nothing from this book, just flipped through 200+ pages of anecdotes of rich spoiled drug addict children. At least some of the other series made a point out of everything. Here things just seem to happen, and there are no evident consequences, and people just go through the motions being completely emotionally detached.