I picked this book up at the Pittsburgh airport as soon as I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I still had an hour before my flight and had aI picked this book up at the Pittsburgh airport as soon as I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I still had an hour before my flight and had a layover in Atlanta to occupy myself. I had seen this book at different bookstores and kept gravitating towards it, but never picked it up. Honestly, I was unsure if I would like a book told from the perspective of a dog but boy was I wrong! I absolutely loved this book and within ten minutes of reading, you forget that the narrator is a dog.
Enzo, the narrator, is a dog recounting the scenes and experiences of his life, as he is nearing the end of his life. This was the fourth book in a row I read that was very emotionally charged, but I could not put this book down. In fact, I read over half of the book by the time my second flight landed at midnight!
I was fascinated by how philosophical and smart Enzo was. There was also a true sense of human emotion (perhaps because the book was written by a human) and I got very attached to Enzo. I kept telling myself to “slow down” and savor the book, but I seriously could not stop turning the pages. I wanted to know what happened next.
The book is very detailed in the descriptions of Denny, his owner, and his life struggles- the loss of his wife Eve, the custody battle over his daughter Zoe against his in-laws, and the sexual allegations pinned against him in the midst of the fight for his daughter.
Overall, I really recommend this book. It makes you think and may make you think a little differently about the “fur baby” in your life.
Finally, this book had one of the most profound quotes I have ever read in a book: “Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”...more
I heard about this book a few years ago, but finally decided to pick it up after watching the movie trailer earlier this month. The movie looks adorabI heard about this book a few years ago, but finally decided to pick it up after watching the movie trailer earlier this month. The movie looks adorable and Emma Watson is playing Sam, so I am definitely excited!
If the previous two books did not stir up enough emotions in me, this one put me over the edge. I read this book an a day and a half (sitting in an airport for 6+ hours helps) and I was constantly flipping over the corners of the pages to write down a quote for later. I honestly did not expect to like this book as much as I did, but it is a book that I will hold near and dear to my heart for years to come.
The main character is Charlie and the premise is simple: what it is like to grow up in high school. The story is told in a series of letters to an unknown person and show Charlie at his highs and lows. Throughout the year, Charlie experiences a lot, either directly or through his friends. The book brings up issues such as sex, drugs, homosexuality, love, depression, and heartbreak.
While I definitely did not go through most of the same experiences that Charlie does, the book definitely stirred up a lot of emotions in me that I have not had to face since high school over eight years ago. Some of these emotions were so strong that I was fighting back tears in the airport terminal that I was camped out at (thank goodness it was pretty much deserted).
As I mentioned above, the book is filled with many notable quotes, but the biggest and most recognized one is “We accept the love we think we deserve.” A very powerful quote in my opinion....more
Dare I say that I liked this book more than If I Stay? If I Stay could have stood alone, without a sequel, but I was pleasantly surprised when I readDare I say that I liked this book more than If I Stay? If I Stay could have stood alone, without a sequel, but I was pleasantly surprised when I read that there was indeed a second book.
This book leaves off three years after the accident and this time, is told from Adam’s perspective. They have since broken up and are living their lives on separate coasts. Mia is in NYC, having just graduated Juilliard early to pursue a career as a concert cellist. Adam is in LA and is a rock star on the rise preparing to go off on an international tour. As chance would have it, Mia and Adam are reunited in NYC for one night.
Throughout this night, they reconnect and analyze what happened between them three years prior. I really don’t want to spoil this book because I really encourage you to pick it up (after reading If I Stay) and read it. The ending may not have been absolutely perfect and neat, but it was very touching and heartwarming.
What I liked about this book as opposed to its predecessor is the raw emotions and pain that Adam experiences. In this book, I felt that Forman was much more explicit with the emotions. There is also more of an emotional arc and I felt like I was being brought along on the journey as a quiet observer. I love books that bring me on a journey like this and force me to really think and this book delivers....more
This is an incredibly powerful book and was very emotional for me. I started reading this book the night before my uncle passed away, so, while the boThis is an incredibly powerful book and was very emotional for me. I started reading this book the night before my uncle passed away, so, while the book was under 200 pages, it was difficult to get through. I read it quickly, but I had to take a few “breathers” because I found my emotions getting the best of me.
The book’s main character is Mia, a talented cellist with an incredible family and loving boyfriend. Mia has it all; she is about to be accepted into Juilliard and has a promising music career ahead of her. She faces the decision to go to Juilliard and follow her dreams or stay home and be with her boyfriend, the love of her life, Adam. However, her entire life changes in the blink of an eye.
Mia is taking a road trip to visit family with her parents and younger brother when they are in a horrific car accident that takes their lives and puts Mia in a deep coma. The book is written from the perspective of Mia who is having a sort of “out of body” experience. She can see what is going on around her, but can not directly interact with the people who are keeping watch as she fights for her life. Throughout the book, Mia focuses and evaluates her relationships with those in her life and also struggles to figure out if she can live with the pain of being the only one of her family to survive the crash.
The book is very touching and does make you think about life and the people who are in it. I think this was amplified for me because I was going through the pain of losing a loved one as I was in the midst of reading this book. I definitely gave all my family members an extra hug and told them how much I loved them.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book that will stay with them for a lifetime. It is a “teen” book, but the maturity of the topic can definitely resonate with adults as well. It is also a short read and can be finished quickly....more
I was not going to read this book originally (because the other three books failed to impress me), but I was interested in the world after Tally rebelI was not going to read this book originally (because the other three books failed to impress me), but I was interested in the world after Tally rebelled.
I really wanted to like this book, but I was less than impressed. As with the other three books, I know that I am not within the target audience this book is written for, so that could be the reason why I did not like this series. I simply could not relate to the characters.
I found Aya to be incredibly annoying at times and rolled my eyes multiple times while reading the book. I only continued to read just so I could get to the part when Tally and the others come into play (about halfway into the book). From that point, the book picked up a bit and I was a little more entertained.
Overall, I was less than impressed with this book and the three previous stories. I thought all of them (with the exception of the end of Specials) to be slow moving and the characters were a bit underdeveloped. If I was a few years younger, maybe I would have enjoyed these books a little more....more