Well holy crap. This book was so cute, and so awesome. I was cheering for Cricket the entire time, but I also felt (in the beginning) that Max was a g...moreWell holy crap. This book was so cute, and so awesome. I was cheering for Cricket the entire time, but I also felt (in the beginning) that Max was a good guy too. So I wondered how Lola was going to get herself out of that situation. I don’t even think I can explain how upbeat and how happy this book made me feel. Cricket is not the kind of guy we’ve become use to these days. He’s not sarcastic, rude, tough, and doesn’t hide his feelings. He says what he means, he openly cares for everyone, he’s polite, and he’s funny but talks straightforward. He’s a nerd, he doubts himself, but he knows what he wants. Cricket Bell is finally the good guy who wins in the end. The straight-up good guy whose best friend is his sister and who would do anything for his family. And Lola. Well, Lola is creative and shows her emotions through what she wears. She expresses herself and never worries what other people think. She’s determined to not let her genetics speak for her, and make a path for herself. She is definitely someone you can aspire to be. Although she does make mistakes, she tries to figure things out, and when she makes a mistake she earns people back. This novel takes you into the life or someone who isn’t afraid to express herself. They touch on the lives of unconventional families and how sometimes they may just be better than normal ones because of their ‘unnormal’ status. Perkins brings many different lives all rolled into one story, and makes you love every character. This book is one that is staying on my shelf for a long time. Good: Lola: And individual who has to accept herself, and others and learn that she needs to encouraged others like they have encouraged her. And I love her costumes Cricket: By far the nicest guy all around. Man I would love for this six-foot-four-inch nerd to be my neighbour. Nathan and Andy: Awesome. Just awesome Dads. Lindsay: She takes the dream of wanting to be Nancy Drew to a whole new level. Bad: Nothing really Bad. I thought it was a very well done book. There were some moments that were awkward. When she said “Uncle….Cricket.” He cringes and she says he remembers everything. But I have no clue what any of that means. But oh well. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall, like I previously said, there were some awkward moments that I was just not sure about but the story was too good to get tied up on those small things. I loved the story lines, I loved the characters, I loved it all. Stephanie Perkins sure knows how to write a story about young love and still make it realistic. She acknowledges sex, drugs, and alcohol but made her character a positive influence without it seeming like she lives in an unrealistic world. On the contrary there are some very dark histories to some of the characters. Stephanie Perkins brings a little more colour to our world with Lola and the Boy Next Door.
As expected Simone Elkeles has pounded some emotion into another one of her novels. After reading Perfect Chemistry and being completey blown away I w...moreAs expected Simone Elkeles has pounded some emotion into another one of her novels. After reading Perfect Chemistry and being completey blown away I was prepared for the punch that this book was going to deliver, but it didn’t matter it still knocked the air right out of me. Taken into a completely messed up situation where one horrible night has forever changed the lived of two people and two families dramatically…and the catch is they live right beside each other. Their children have grown up together and are friends. So there is no real getting away from it. Oh the drama. With Maggie it’s all about loss and a complete change for the path that she had in her life. For Caleb it’s all about wanting things to go back to normal, but also for people to acknowledge what happened and move forward. Sadly the only person really wanting to deal with it is Caleb. I don’t really want to say more because there are probably some people who have not read it but this book is a keeper. I can’t wait to read the second one in the series. Good: Caleb: The only actual ‘man’ in this entire story. The only guy who has to guts to stand up for people and who can be a gentlemen. Bad: Alright here it goes. Romance blossom…well just looking at the cover we can kind of guess that, but I wasn’t realy sure how it came to be. I can somewhat understand it for Maggie because she liked him before everything happened, but to like his after? And Caleb…well his heart changes pretty quickly. Oh well it happened and the second one promises to be just as good as the first. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall Simone Elkeles’ writing is fantastic and gripping. It brings you into the heart of the novel and still manages to shock you no matter what you expect. With diverse characters and extreme situations she has you locked in from page one.
I had to read this novel for my Children’s Lit class. How cool is that? I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to do homework. And I would gladly stu...moreI had to read this novel for my Children’s Lit class. How cool is that? I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to do homework. And I would gladly study it again.
All right first I have to admit that when I picked up a spare copy for class (one that I could write all over) I laughed. Here is why: I will admit I haven’t read this book in a while. Many, many years have passed since I last picked it up; however, I’ve read it many a times. Anyhow, when I read it years ago when I was much younger it was always such a great adventure (still is), but also such a huge book. It’s huge in the sense that so much happens but I laughed because its 223 pages long. I guess I was more use to the 500 pages of the last four novels.
But who knew that behind an adventure there was so much hidden meanings and allusion. I mean I read this before and just dove right into the story of an orphaned boy in a magical world, which of course is perfectly fine to do as that was Rowling’s original intentions. Who knew that there was allusions to genocide, class separation. Who knew that Harry Potter would fit the structure of Romance (Fantasy Romance), Quest, High Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, School Story, Orphan story, Gothic story, and Detective story.
Who knew there was so much wrapped up in one loveable adventure? But too me that’s what it will always be...one hell of an adventure. For 223 pages, a lot sure does happen.
We are thrown into the world of Wizards, where we are actually referred to as Muggles, while a young boy learns who he is, fits the idea of who other people think he is, and accepts himself for who he is. Harry goes from an orphan with no friends whom weird things happen to, to one that was written in Wizarding history books with some rather great friends and adventurous life.
Harry Potter is a book for all ages filled with pages and pages of mischief, adventure, friendship, self discovery, and the teachings of Good vs. Evil, with Evil always losing.
Harry Potter—Humble, good, courageous and curious Hermione—Waking up in the middle of the night to run to your books and get half way through your notes to realize...you’ve already taken that exam. Hilarious Ron—scratch that, The Wesley Brother: (mainly Ron, and Fred and George) the most hilarious characters I think I’ve ever come across. Wish they were real...I’m in love with the whole family Neville--Always awesome. And the idea that he too can fit the role of Hero (especially throughout the rest of the series) makes him even more awesome.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall Rowling manages to put across her meanings and provide a clear picture through few words allowing for an adventure every page that everyone follows and no one questions. She answers every question that needs to be answered in this novel and somehow manages to set up plots for books that will happen far into the future from when this was released, and I can’t help but ask how? Her imagination and planning must have been meticulous, and it paid off