I love David Levithan. I'd read many of his books before picking this one up and it didn't disappoint me.
How They Met, and Other Stories is a book of...moreI love David Levithan. I'd read many of his books before picking this one up and it didn't disappoint me.
How They Met, and Other Stories is a book of short stories. This always has its pros and cons. When you love a certain story or specific characters, you never get them for more than twenty pages, which sucks. But if a story isn't for you, hey--maybe the next one will be! My friend read it shortly after I did and, though different stories were her favorites, we both enjoyed it immensely.
Every story in How They Met is about--you guessed it--how a couple met, but sometimes more about what happened after than the actual meeting. The types of relationships vary--two boys, two girls, a boy and a girl--one story even focuses on a boy and his mom. Some of the stories were so perfect I wanted to copy them and hang them in my room. This is a perfect, sweet little book. It would be a great gift to a boyfriend/girlfriend who is a reader since it's pretty romantic-y.(less)
I never had any intention of reading this book. Somehow, despite its being turned into a movie, I had no idea what it was about. My sister decided my...moreI never had any intention of reading this book. Somehow, despite its being turned into a movie, I had no idea what it was about. My sister decided my whole family should read it, so I did.
I ended up giving it five stars. I was invested in the story. I couldn't put it down near the end. I almost cried several times and, despite that the book is quite long, I wished the story had continued because I so wanted to know every detail of the rest of their lives.
I immediately cared about each narrator. I recognized in every character truth from the people in my lives.
There's the quintessential mean girl, Hilly. Who hasn't had a Hilly in their lives?
Elizabeth, high school friend of both Hilly and Skeeter, is the kind of spineless people pleaser that gives mean girls the stage they hold dearly. Elizabeth has a young daughter, whom she graces with very little attention or affection.
Aibileen, Elizabeth's hired help, was kind and loving, but also fierce. She is the first to agree to the potentially life-threatening project the three undertake. I also related to and admired her attempts to help little Mae Mobley love herself and love people of all colors.
Minny is sassy and says all the things the rest of us wish we could. She is brave as many of us wish we could be.
I probably related most of all to Skeeter, who is, like me, a 22-year-old college graduate who wants to be a writer but has no idea how to get there or what she's doing, really.
There are reviews here that say this book is an author hiding crummy writing behind a topic that can't be criticized. I disagree. Her writing style might not have been the best, but I don't remember thinking about it even once, so if it was sub-par, it was unobtrusive.
But anytime an author creates characters that are so true to life, that remind me of people I know or of how I am or wish I was--characters I can picture existing in real life--that is a huge thing.
I highly, highly recommend this book and can't wait to see the movie!(less)
Moonglass took me a while to get into. I was actually about to return it to the library. It starts out fairly slow--Anna and her father are moving and...moreMoonglass took me a while to get into. I was actually about to return it to the library. It starts out fairly slow--Anna and her father are moving and Anna is mad. The first couple chapters or so deal with this theme.
Push through. Push through until you meet a character named Ashley and see a man crawling down the beach. Because Kirby's greatest strength in Moonglass is her characters. She wrote amazing characters. Characters that are somehow both true to life and completely original. Characters I want to be or know in real life. Ashley, the beach crawler, and another girl named Jillian are the real stars of this novel. They are the catalysts for action and the most entertaining parts.
Moonglass is a book of introspection, not one of action. It's a book that will make you think and feel. It takes a bit to get into and will not be the most exciting book you ever read, but you'll think about it after you finish. You'll remember the characters, and you'll wonder what happened to Anna long after the conclusion.(less)