I have to say that when I heard about this book before it came out, I was very nervous about it. Would it be good? I was so afraid of being disappointI have to say that when I heard about this book before it came out, I was very nervous about it. Would it be good? I was so afraid of being disappointed when I absolutely love the series so much. Then as I began to hear and read reviews from people who had read it, my fears seemed to be becoming a reality. So many people disliked it, claimed that it wasn't canon and worst of all, I was told that Ron was portrayed in a very poor light. This really upset me, because he is possibly my favorite character from the books. I actually considered not bothering to read it at all. But, who was I kidding, I had to see for myself.
I actually quite liked the story and the various "possible" futures that were glimpsed by Albus and Scorpius in their quest to attempt to right a wrong from the past. Some were only subtly different, others were nightmares and with each attempt the boys began to realize why you don't mess with things that you don't quite understand. So even when they try to fix things, it only makes matters worse.
And I have to say that despite my reservations, I felt that Ron's character was a bit goofy, but endearing. I wasn't disappointed in him at all. I could believe that Ron would possibly be like that 19 years into the future.
Another character, I very much liked was Draco Malfoy. I almost can't believe that I am saying this. He wasn't perfect, but he was trying to live his best life while raising his only son on his own after the death of his dear wife. And I loved how we saw the love for his son, in his desperate need to protect him and wanting what's best for him even if it was contradictory to what Draco wanted. This is shown in his trying to convince Harry to let Albus and Scorpius be friends. Obviously Draco is probably not thrilled with this, but he knows that this friendship is important to his son and since his son is having problems in school, this friendship is of even more importance to him. You can tell that showing affection didn't come easy for him. We can see why, from his relationship with his own parents. But he tried his best to be loving and make sure that Scorpius new he was loved. I loved the part when the adults finally find Albus and Scorpius and Harry and Ginny are hugging their son, Draco tells Scorpius that yes, he could hug him. It was a sweet moment, I thought. He wants to be a loving father. He's not perfect but he is willing to do whatever he can.
And lastly, I loved the friendship between Albus and Scorpius. Who would've thought that a Potter and a Malfoy would ever be best friends. But these boys are innocent of any of the bad blood between Harry and Draco, and are willing to put family history aside. The boys need each other, as neither of them seem to be very well liked. The peer pressure, like in any school, is very hard on both boys. But they are there for each other and that helps them to deal with the rest.
So all in all, this book wasn't perfect, but it had a lot going for it in my opinion. I would've given it a 3.5, but I liked it too much to round it down. Sure, I might've enjoyed this a bit more if it were in book format. But moreso because more could be fleshed out and thoughts delved into deeper. ...more
This is a beautiful story about a young seal pup that's separated from his mother during Hurricane Sandy. He faces challenges and hardships while tryiThis is a beautiful story about a young seal pup that's separated from his mother during Hurricane Sandy. He faces challenges and hardships while trying to find his way back to her. This courageous little guy perseveres and learns that help can come in all forms. The illustrations in this book are equally as beautiful. There aren't adequate words to describe this gem of a book. This is highly recommended for anyone who loves animals....more
This book frustrated me to no end! I have read many young adult books that I enjoyed very much, but this book aggravated me immensely! This story probThis book frustrated me to no end! I have read many young adult books that I enjoyed very much, but this book aggravated me immensely! This story probably would've worked very well as an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or something...maybe even a 2 parter, but not otherwise.
First of all, the main character spent half her time mooning over a boy. I get it, she's a teenager and teenage hormones can go crazy, but there's a lot going on, people are in danger! I wanted to shake her...."Really? Your best friend is in danger, you might lose her forever...but you want to know why he didn't kiss you???" Ugh!
Now, teens may read this and love this. Maybe it's because I'm not one that I didn't love it. It's very possible. I hope that's true!...more
1st Time Read: 11/10/14-11/16/14 2nd Time Read: 5/1/16-
OMG! For a short while, I was 20 years younger (I wish!!), in college and being the book nerd th1st Time Read: 11/10/14-11/16/14 2nd Time Read: 5/1/16-
OMG! For a short while, I was 20 years younger (I wish!!), in college and being the book nerd that I always have been! LOL. This, to me, was such a fun book! I am so sorry that it had to end! Sequel, anyone?
This is about a girl named, Cath, who is starting her first year of college. She has a twin sister, Wren, who she is super close to. They did everything together growing up...they weren't just sisters they were best friends. But, Wren, who is more outgoing than her sister, wants to meet new people and have new experiences as most freshmen do. She even tells Cath that she doesn't want to room together at school. This devastates Cath, who is scared as it is. Cath is very shy and very bookish. She is obsessed with a series of books about Simon Snow (our Harry Potter) and even writes Simon Snow fanfiction. She is pretty obsessed (not that that is a bad thing. LOL).
The story follows her through her freshmen year; her classes, her hiding in her dorm room, dealing with a cynical roommate and her initially overbearing boyfriend, hiding in her dorm room, desperately trying to reconnect with her sister, a teacher who doesn't consider her fanfiction real literature...and did I mention the hiding in her dorm room? LOL. It's a lot for her to deal with.
I love Cath. I could relate so much to her character and all her insecurities. There are also so many other characters, who just jump off of the page with their personality! I got to know everyone so well, I felt like I was one of them. And her relationships with the people around her was great! The author really knows how to develop her characters.
And along with the story, we get snippets from the Simon Snow books, as well as snippets from Cath's fanfiction. You get so engrossed with all aspects of the story. I would definitely read those Simon Snow books, I want to so badly now!
And all the pop-culture, nerdy references were so much fun! There were times, I was like "Did they just say that?" LOL!
I enjoyed this book so much! And the romantic side of it was very sweet. I just have to say, I wish I was 19 again....I am so totally in love with (view spoiler)[Levi (hide spoiler)]!
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This book really brought me back! Suddenly, I was 16 again, awkward, plain and wanting so much more from life. This tells the sweet love story betweenThis book really brought me back! Suddenly, I was 16 again, awkward, plain and wanting so much more from life. This tells the sweet love story between Eleanor and Park. Eleanor (who I really related to!) is a big girl, with bushy unmanageable hair who wears thrift shop clothes that rarely fit or match. Park isn't exactly one of the cool kids, but kind of friends with everyone. They're forced to sit together on the school bus and what develops is a very real friendship. Neither of them know what to say or do, which makes it that much more real and believable.
I don't want to say much more, because watching them maneuver through all the awkward moments is one of the things that makes this book so special. Neither of them knows what to say or do, they are making the new rules (to dating or friendship) as they go. They are just so real and honest with each other and that was so refreshing. Even when they didn't know what to say or do....it was ok. They could be themselves with all their faults, awkwardness and insecurities. Nothing was perfect...and that made it perfect!...more