3.5/5 stars for this one! I read this super quickly and it was such a refreshing read after a bad couple of weeks. This book was funny and fast, but m3.5/5 stars for this one! I read this super quickly and it was such a refreshing read after a bad couple of weeks. This book was funny and fast, but mostly it read like a love letter to LA. ...more
3.5! A bit slow at first but once it got going, I quite enjoyed it. Cute and funny, although the ending was a bit rushed and disappointing in its deve3.5! A bit slow at first but once it got going, I quite enjoyed it. Cute and funny, although the ending was a bit rushed and disappointing in its development, so that's what bumped it down from a 4 for me. I really did enjoy this though, such a cute little summer read. ...more
This book was an energetic, heart-wrenching, honest, funny, sad, far-fetched, random, wonderful celebration of love, of friendship, of growing up, ofThis book was an energetic, heart-wrenching, honest, funny, sad, far-fetched, random, wonderful celebration of love, of friendship, of growing up, of Pride. This book had me gasping for air after all of its truths collided into me and it had me laughing and enjoying its imperfect and incredible depiction of two people who find one another, who need one another, who help one another. This book is about a friendship that grows quickly and intensely and allows the characters for growth they didn't realize they needed. This is not a perfect book, with its unrealistic plot lines and cut-too-short explanations, but it made me so damn happy and touched on so many of my own thoughts and ideas and memories and wounds and continued to be exactly the book I needed to read. This is a book that celebrates people, that celebrates youth, that celebrates love in its complicated, weird, unexpected ways. This is a book that took pieces of my heart and spilled them onto a page for me to read and experience. This book... For lack of another way to put it... Knew me well....more
I've been thinking about this book a heck of a lot since I read it last year and I've decided to just not rate it anymore. I don't want to act as if II've been thinking about this book a heck of a lot since I read it last year and I've decided to just not rate it anymore. I don't want to act as if I didn't enjoy it when I did read it, or at least that it didn't affect me, but it honestly affected me in a bad way, not good like I thought at first. My reaction after finishing this was weird. And I was in a weird place. But I can't have this as a five star anymore because it just isn't. It just took me a while to see that....more
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I have been saying for a while that I wish they had chosen one or the other b**spoiler alert** Please don't read this if you don't want any spoilers.
I have been saying for a while that I wish they had chosen one or the other between this and doing Fantastic Beasts and I always wished they'd just do Fantastic Beasts. Unlike a lot of people, I liked the end of Deathly Hallows and the epilogue, so I was okay with not getting a continuation. I had accepted that. And if we were going to get something that was a continuation of the Trio's story, I had hoped it would feel genuine. So with all that said, I am so incredibly disappointed. I know that this is a script and that we don't get the full effect without seeing the play. I know this is the rehearsal edition. I know this is different from the other Potter books because of it being set 19 years later. But I am still disappointed.
I feel like I just read fanfiction. I feel like I just read something written by someone who has no true knowledge of the characters. I understand that this is meant to be a play and that we need to imagine some backstory for ourselves, but why in the HELL is Ron running the joke shop? Where is George? And more importantly, I cannot believe that Ron was reduced to being a comedic relief in this... I got used to it in the movies, but even they weren't that bad. Ron felt like the bad, cheesy uncle character who was completely one dimensional. His and Hermione's relationship felt forced and that's coming from the girl who holds them as her most beloved OTP. Ronald Weasley is so much more than a silly uncle. Of course he can have that element, of course he's funny and awkward and Ron, but he is MORE than that too. Ron is only one example, but I felt so disconnected from all of the characters. I understand that they're older and not going to be exactly the same as they were as teenagers, but the thing is, this didn't feel like them. Why would Harry have a desk job? Everyone knows he hated homework, so why would he have a job that had so much paperwork, even if it's one that is so high up in the Ministry? Sure, maybe he didn't want to spend the rest of his life running around and wanted something a bit more relaxing after his childhood, but I cannot believe that he would have chosen something so desk-ridden. I don't even know how I feel about Hermione being the Minister of Magic... Sure it's great that she's in a position of such high import and of course everyone would believe that she could get there, but is that really what Hermione, the adventurous, kick-ass, code-breaking, intelligent woman would have wanted? Maybe it's childish to think that the trio would have all wanted adventurous jobs to continue fighting the Dark Wizards on the field, but I just don't see how Ron ended up a shop-keeper and Harry ended up behind a desk. Hermione is the only one I can believe and am semi-okay with, but I would have thought she'd go into something like rune-breaking or... I don't know. Something. Draco was the only character who felt like himself and that is a lot coming from me, because I never felt too connected to Draco, but he was like the saving grace in this.
Now to Albus and Scorpius... First of all, what a fucking surprise that was. And you know what, fine. Fine. It would have been a cliche if they had hated each other too, I suppose, but honestly... I liked that they were best friends. What I didn't like was that they had to both be put into Slytherin to have that happen. Honestly I feel like Scorpius should have been a Hufflepuff due to his loyalty to Albus and his friendship. (Also I love Scorpius. He's such a little nerd) The whole ostracizing of Albus by his siblings and cousin because of him being in Slytherin? The fact that he and Rose were best friends and then because he was in Slytherin she ditched him? Come on, I thought after 19 years at least some of the prejudice against Slytherin would have disappeared, or at least that family could have finally overcome that, unlike with Sirius. Sure, Harry would have a kid who felt like he didn't fit in with the rest of the family. Sure. But the fact that he and Harry became so estranged after what we saw in the DH epilogue, of Albus and Harry talking about Slytherin and bravery and all of that? There was an obvious connection between them there and I cannot believe that Harry would have allowed his son to feel so alone after all those years of him feeling alone. No one can deny that Harry is a bit of a dumbass, but he is empathetic. He is loving. Maybe he wouldn't understand how Albus didn't feel at home at Hogwarts, but the Harry that I grew up with would have at least tried to figure out a solution, instead of saying what he did. (I know he regretted it, I know, but I just can't imagine Harry saying that to his son when he grew up feeling so unloved and unwanted.)
I haven't even gotten to the issues I had with the plot in general, but ultimately it was the characters that made this such a disappointment to me. I did not feel like these were the characters with whom I grew up. I wanted to love this so badly, because it's Harry Potter, and I did for the first few pages, but then it just didn't feel like Harry Potter to me anymore....more