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 a...moreI 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.”(less)
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 adorab...moreI 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.(less)
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 read...moreDare 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.(less)
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 bo...moreThis 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.(less)
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 rebel...moreI 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.(less)
I would not have picked up this book if I had not seen it pop up on my Goodreads feed a few months ago. However, I am glad that I did because the mess...moreI would not have picked up this book if I had not seen it pop up on my Goodreads feed a few months ago. However, I am glad that I did because the message of this book has stuck with me. While I have never dealt with extreme depression and suicidal thoughts, I have had people close to me have these feelings. It is difficult to truly understand the thoughts and feelings of someone who has felt this way.
I could relate to Ryan (the main protagonist) in some ways. His suicide attempt was not sparked by one specific event, but rather his feelings of complete emptiness and feeling as though he were stuck behind glass, cut off from the rest of the world. While I have never felt these feelings to the extremes that Ryan did, I definitely had many of those same thoughts throughout middle and high school. The feeling of being completely ignored by others and unable to find a way out.
I really liked how Ryan and Nicki came together and united. Never once did I question the intentions or validity of their friendship. It astonished me how quickly the two were able to open up to each other and help each other in their own way.
The book definitely addresses a dark and uncomfortable subject matter, but it is just over 200 pages, so it is not a long book. I hope that maybe an independent movie company will come around and make a movie out of this because I think it would be incredibly powerful.
I would highly suggest to pick up this book. It makes you think and learn a few lessons too.(less)
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I actually read this book, but I am a HUGE Brady Bunch fan. Even though I am a 90′s child, I watched re-runs o...moreI am slightly embarrassed to admit that I actually read this book, but I am a HUGE Brady Bunch fan. Even though I am a 90′s child, I watched re-runs of the show on Nick at Nite and TV Land growing up. I did not read this book to be entertained and put into a story, rather, I wanted to find out some tidbits about one of my favorite shows.
The book was ok. It kept me entertained and I laughed at a few parts, but it was nothing mind blowing. I did find Chapter 17 (entitled “One Toke Over The Line”…I’ll let you figure that out) to be hilarious and found the clip in question on YouTube. I was surprised to find out how much tension and disagreements there was on the set between Sherwood Schwartz and Robert Reed.
It was a fun, quick read and I know that I will never watch The Brady Bunch again in the same way! If you like The Brady Bunch and have a little time to read, then pick up this book. Otherwise, just pass on it and move along.(less)
**spoiler alert** First- Do NOT read the author forward. It completely gives away the ending! Luckily I read it when I was half-asleep when I read it...more**spoiler alert** First- Do NOT read the author forward. It completely gives away the ending! Luckily I read it when I was half-asleep when I read it and actually forgot the ending.
I normally do not like Stephen King. His books do not interest me and sometimes, a bit horrifying. However, I could not put this book down! I brought this book with me to Washington DC and when I was not listening to Once Upon A Secret, I was reading this. The book moves very quickly and I was completely drawn in from the start. There are definitely some gruesome and vivid scenes that are still in my mind (a month later).
Ben Richards is a man out of work and trying to support his wife and daughter. When his daughter gets sick, Richards becomes a contestant on the most intense shows the Network Games produced. The concept is simple, run away and stay alive. For every hour you survive, you add $100 to your pot. If you survive 30 days, you win $1 billion New Dollars. However, there is a bounty on Ben’s head and anyone who finds him, receives a cash reward, and Ben is immediately killed. Ben is given a 12-hour head start, $4,800, and a pocket video camera he must use to send messages twice a day to the Network for broadcasting that evening.
Ben travels all across the United States, changing disguises and enlisting other individuals to help him survive. He car-jacks Amelia Williams, holds her hostage to get his demands met. The ending is shocking and disturbing (I won’t spoil it), but it definitely is memorable. However, let’s just say it was not the best book to read while flying in an airplane (as I was doing when I finished).
Overall, I understood the underlying message, and really enjoyed the book. Maybe I will give Stephen King another chance?(less)
Confession- I did not technically read this book. When I went to pick it up from the library, I was presented with the audio CD’s instead of the book....moreConfession- I did not technically read this book. When I went to pick it up from the library, I was presented with the audio CD’s instead of the book. Normally this would bother me (because I comprehend material better when I physically have it in front of me verses it being told to me), but I was going on a trip to Washington DC and needed something to listen to on the Metro.
I normally stay away from books like this, but I watched Mimi Alford’s interview on TV a month or two ago and was intrigued. The book is told from her point of view and follows her journey from first arriving to Washington in 1962 to her current life, and everything in between. To me, it seemed like an honest account of what happened between her and the President. Of course there is no way of truly verifying the facts, but I did not feel like she was making up facts or anything.
The book was not as salacious as I expected, but I preferred this. I would not say that I sympathized with Alford, but I also did not resent her. It seems like she was a naive, young woman who got caught up in the moment. JFK is known throughout history as a womanizer and charmer and Alford was one of his “targets.” I could understand how she became enamored with him.
Overall, a quick read (or listen: it was about 6.5 hours on tape). If you are interested in the JFK presidency or books like this, read it. If not, pass on it.(less)
I know that I am a year behind the times, but I finally was able to read the book. I was on hold for three months at the library, but good things come...moreI know that I am a year behind the times, but I finally was able to read the book. I was on hold for three months at the library, but good things come to those who wait. To say it short- I LOVED this book! It has the perfect mix of action, conflict, intrigue, and a little romance.
This book has often been compared to The Hunger Games and I can see why, but this book is very different. I loved The Hunger Games and I loved Divergent for different reasons, so I can not say that I preferred one over the other.
What I liked about Divergent is that it is very well written. The characters are developed (especially Tris and Four) and their relationships with each other are well defined. I also thought that Roth did an excellent job of “showing, not telling” the story, something I think is missed in many YA books of this genre. I like to be taken on a journey and fully immersed in a story and that is exactly what I got while reading this book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next. This book is definitely a fun read.
I did have some problems connecting with Tris though. Unlike Katniss in The Hunger Games, I was unsure whether or not to define Tris as a “strong, butt-kicking heroine.” There is no doubt that she has the physical strength but mentally, I was unsure of some of her actions. At times, her actions seemed more self-serving than I expected.
Another “issue” I had with this book was the way the chapters were laid out. Now, I come from a very strong theatre/ acting background so maybe this is the “actor” side of me coming out, but I felt that each chapter was a separate scene. There was a definitive break from the action at the end of one chapter to the action of the beginning of the next. The chapters never blended into each other, sort of like a movie. Movies have different scenes and once a scene is over, there is a clean break to the next scene (different action, actors, location, etc). I do not know if this was just me seeing this, but I did notice it. It is not a bad thing, but it makes me wonder if she wrote the book this way on purpose (as she already has the movie rights sold on all three books).
Overall, I enjoyed the book immensely and I am eagerly awaiting my turn to pick up Insurgent at the library!(less)
**spoiler alert** This is the final book in the series (sort of) and I could not put it down. I think I read it in about three days. Like the other tw...more**spoiler alert** This is the final book in the series (sort of) and I could not put it down. I think I read it in about three days. Like the other two books in the series (The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials which I read in February), it had suspense, betrayal, and some romance thrown in. It had a different tone than the other two books (even more serious- if that is possible) but I was constantly left on the edge of my seat wondering what was coming next.
There were definitely moments where I sympathized with Thomas and the other characters, and other times when I was flat out frustrated. I felt the pain Thomas had when he was faced with the decision on whether or not to kill a close friend.
Throughout the series, I was so intrigued by the character of Teresa and latched onto every detail given about her. Maybe this is my actor side coming out, but I kept finding myself trying to get into the mind of Teresa and figure out what she was thinking, even if she was not mentioned in the scene. I know that many readers did not like Teresa by the end of the series, but I had the opposite reaction. Maybe I did not love her character by the end, but I wanted to know more about her.
I have read that there is talks of this series coming to the big screen, but it has not been “green-lighted” yet. I really hope they do make this book series a movie (and have open casting calls because I want to play Teresa…haha…but seriously!). Of course if this series is made into films, it will inevitably be compared to The Hunger Games, but I think, if done in the right way, these books will make a very strong movie franchise.
I am very excited that Dashner is releasing a prequel to the series called The Kill Order to be released on August 14, 2012. It will set up the story before Thomas and the others arrived in the maze and how WICKED came to be. I know that it will be a great book and I am hoping that it answers some of the questions that I have been dying to figure out!(less)
This book was recommended as another dystopian fiction trilogy that is similar to The Hunger Games.
This book was definitely different from The Hunger...moreThis book was recommended as another dystopian fiction trilogy that is similar to The Hunger Games.
This book was definitely different from The Hunger Games trilogy, but also similar. There was the control of the government over its people and the pressure to conform to the rules, otherwise you will be jailed or worse.
It took me 100 pages to finally get into the book. Just when I was about to give it up, the storyline started to pick up and I was hooked! I could not put the book down!. There is such a sense of urgency when Gaia is forced crack her mother’s code, and eventually flee and save her baby sister.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. Gaia and Leon grew on me, much like how Katniss and Peeta did in The Hunger Games.(less)