My Thoughts: Not my favorite Dessen book, but hey, it's Sarah Dessen. It was awesome.
When I picked up this book I was really needing a light, easy co...moreMy Thoughts: Not my favorite Dessen book, but hey, it's Sarah Dessen. It was awesome.
When I picked up this book I was really needing a light, easy contemporary read and that's pretty much what I got from What Happened to Goodbye. I find Sarah Dessen's books are so similar and somewhat repetitive but at the same time, each of them have their unique qualities that make them super special.
Sarah Dessen has a way of making all her protagonists very relateable and loveable. They're vague enough that we can all pull something from them that reminds us of ourselves, but the girls are still complicated and have their issues that make the book so enjoyable. McLean was not my favorite Dessen girl, but I did really like her. The fact that she didn't know who she really was is something everyone can relate to at some extent and yet, with her character it was so extreme. She literally would change her name, style and personality every time she moved, so she didn't even know who McLean was anymore. Her pain over her mother's affair and trying to protect her dad were so raw on the pages and I felt so deeply for this fictional girl. I find in every one of Sarah Dessen's books I have one character where all I want to do is give them a big hug and talk to them for hours. But in this book, both McLean and Dave where those characters. I loved how akward Dave was and how his filter wasn't exactly in proper working order. The relationship between Dave and McLean was sweet and innocent and made me smile, but it wasn't anything super special. Generic contemporary romance, but I needed that for a break from all the dark stuff I've been reading lately.
We all know that Sarah Dessen is a fabulous author and that is still totally true. But I just hope that in her next book she will be able to come up with something a little bit more unique and different than her previous books. I love the way her words flow and the beautiful stories, but I'm needing something more. Of course, I'll read pretty much anything she publishes, but I was even hesitant about this one, because I wanted it to be special. Don't get me wrong, I did really enjoy it. I just hope I'll enjoy the next book, more.
I had been really hesitant about reading Divergent, as there was no real description on the back, but there had been so much talk about it I decided t...moreI had been really hesitant about reading Divergent, as there was no real description on the back, but there had been so much talk about it I decided to purchase it and THANK GOODNESS I DID! This book has everything I love in a dystopia-type novel. It's sexy, it's intense and it has surprises at every turn of the page.
Going into this book I was really hoping it would keep my mind off of other things and I was a little bit disappointed. I'm not sure if it was just because of the situation I was in but I didn't get super absorbed into this book until about halfway through. The beginning was not bad, it was actually really good. It just seemed a bit predictable as to what Tris' choice would be and how she'd react to it. Beatrice was a great protagonist in my mind. She didn't bother me that much at all actually. I really admired her strength and dedication to her family. Four/Tobias was... cool. No. He was amazing. I really loved Tris and him together! This was one of those rare books with no love-triangle... YAY! Don't get me wrong, I love a good triangle, but it was refreshing not to have one for once. But, I'm just wondering... do we know what color hair Four/Tobias has? Because... either I missed it or we never find out. I'm picturing him with dark brown hair right now, but something's also telling me that may not be it. Hmmm... can anyone help me out with this?
In the long run, I really loved this book. It was a lot better than I was expecting it to be, but it also didn't live up to some of the raving reviews I've seen. If you're like me and can't seem to get really into it at first, just keep going! It gets sooooo much better in the second half, and you do not want to miss the ending. It's dramatic and mind blowing and seriously crazy!
I will post a review once I get over the fact that we have to wait until February 2013 for Unravel Me. Because when I saw that date... this was me:
At...moreI will post a review once I get over the fact that we have to wait until February 2013 for Unravel Me. Because when I saw that date... this was me:
At first, I was in shock:
Then I just couldn't take it:
Why, you ask?
BECAUSE I NEED MORE ADAM! I don't think I have ever loved a love-interest so much. Not even Dimitri (VA) can compare. Wow... did I just say that? Okay, so maybe Adam and Dimitri tie, but seriously... FEBRUARY!?!?! D':
My Thoughts: Perfect Chemistry was one of those books that'll suck you into it's world and keep you there the entire read.
Funny, sexy, and dangerous,...moreMy Thoughts: Perfect Chemistry was one of those books that'll suck you into it's world and keep you there the entire read.
Funny, sexy, and dangerous, this book has the same qualities so many of us love to see in our male protagonists. Maybe that's why I loved it, maybe not. What I do know is Perfect Chemistry was incredible and I'm craving the next book like an elephant craves peanuts. The characters were so real and fresh, with both a classic, yet original storyline. The author put a lot of effort into studying the gang aspect and it felt real. I was actually scared for the characters.Some of it was frightening and heartracing, which made the read exciting. I couldn't put it down.
Yes, it was a bit cheesy, but I didn't mind. I was so hooked on the story and what was happening while reading and so never really noticed too much. The relationship between Brittany and Alex was great. I loved the fact that even when they hated each other, they still admitted there was something between them. I can't stand it when two characters have such an obvious attraction to each other and they refuse to even fathom it. This was different. I found their relationship addicting and it kept me reading all day. From their bickering to their kissing scenes, everything was there. The alternating chapters was done really well and I could feel their emotions through the pages as if I were the protagonists, living their lives. I love that feeling so much. The supporting characters were all so great as well. I knew them all,there weren't too many to keep track of. I loved Paco and Isa, Alex's friends, plus Sierra (Brittany's best friend) reminded me of my best friend, so I immediately loved her. Even the teachers were great!
I feel like Elkeles did such a great job in keeping this book diverse, fast-paced and fun, but still serious. With both gun fights and some of the swooniest scenes I've read in a while, it was amazing. I loved how it ended, though that was probably the cheesiest part of the book. But hey, it made me smile and if you end up not liking this book, don't worry. The author concludes in a manner where if you'd like to keep reading, go ahead. If not, that's fine too. I will definitely be reading the next book, about Alex's younger brother. Elkeles' writing was formidable. (less)
Well, this book really surprised me in ways, and in others was totally predictable, but sometimes that's ok. At first I thought it would be similar to...moreWell, this book really surprised me in ways, and in others was totally predictable, but sometimes that's ok. At first I thought it would be similar to '50 First Dates' except... Creepier? But no, not at all. I loved this book! I cried with Christine, I laughed with her, I was scared for her. I wish I had more people in my life that would read this type of book! I need to discuss it with someone, because the ending is so... Frustrating, in a way. But I'll stop there, I don't want to spoil anything. Anywho, this debut novel was incredible in my opinion. I'm so glad I decided to buy It when I did, instead of waiting! (less)
Lauren Oliver is queen of all cliff-hangers! This book was so great. In my opinion, not as good as Delirium but stil...more4.5/5
Some small spoilers... sorry!
Lauren Oliver is queen of all cliff-hangers! This book was so great. In my opinion, not as good as Delirium but still absolutely fantastic. I think I loved the first book so much more because of everything to do with Alex and Lena's relationship and also Lena's struggle to understand what the truth about love, or the deliria . With Alex no where to be seen in Pandemonium, I had a hole in my 'Delirium' heart! Was he dead? No, he couldn't be dead! Lauren wouldn't do that to us! Right? Well obviously, for those of you who have read this, the end both made me extremely happy and also extremely upset because we now have to wait a year until we find out what happens with the Alex-Lena-Julian triangle. Oh the beloved love triangles... aren't they just the best? I'm glad that Julian wasn't a part of the story in 'Delirium' and Alex wasn't present in 'Pandemonium' because I bet you anything 'Requiem' is going to be an applause-worthy love-triangle novel. Did anyone else get the feeling that Alex was extremely mad in the ending of this book? I totally got that vibe... Tell me though. Who will you be rooting for? Alex -the first true love, the one who almost died for Lena's freedom- or Julian -the boy who was captured with Lena underground for days, almost died rather than take the cure, etc.- ??? In my brain, I will always go for the Alex of the story. Yes, Julian's cool too, but ALEX IS THE ONE!
All in all, this was a fantastic read, but I'm now dying to get my hands on the next one! 2013 cannot come soon enough!!!