This book helped me a lot. I felt like I had years worth of therapy after reading it. I have lots of anxiety and panic attacks like Anna. When I wentThis book helped me a lot. I felt like I had years worth of therapy after reading it. I have lots of anxiety and panic attacks like Anna. When I went to the bookstore I said I couldn't handle anything sad and that I needed something that would not make me cry. One of the girls suggested this book. When I got home I realized it was book 2. So I had to go back and buy the first book, which I also loved. The book starts out with Anna leaving the mental Institution and the story is her journey to incorporate everything she learned into her daily life. I love that Halpern showed what a struggle it was for her to even leave the house. And how each class was super hard to get through. I loved the amount of details she had. I also was happy that she explained how she got better, not just say that she got better. Her best friend Tracy was awesome. Everyone needs a best friend like her. Her relationship with Tucker was nicely written. All the scenes with Justin were pretty heart breaking, especially the end meeting they had at the coffee house. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially people that have anxiety, depression or panic attacks....more
In general I liked the book. It's about a comic guy fanboy who is writing and illustrating his own graphic novel. He lives with his Mom and step Dad,In general I liked the book. It's about a comic guy fanboy who is writing and illustrating his own graphic novel. He lives with his Mom and step Dad, Tony. He has one friend named Cal, who is a jock. His life is miserable and he gets picked on in gym class everyday by some creepy guy. His life changes when he meets Kyra a goth girl.
I didn't really like the main character Donnie all that much though. He was completely rude, tactless and self absorbed. In some areas he had no self esteem and in other ways he was totally full of himself. He obviously felt as though he was better than most people. He thought everyone was stupid compared to him. He was really mean to his Mom and step Dad even though they were obviously trying. Also being a goth girl I found it kind of obnoxious the way he was so critical of her appearance. Because like everyone knows goth girls are not considered pretty. *rolls eyes* Only tan blond girls with big boobs are pretty. So very typical. And not all goths want to kill themselves. Some goths just like the music, the books, the movies, the style. We actually think we look pretty that way. We are not all trying to push the world away. What was with the flashing? I didn't really understand how that fit in with her character. Where did she get all those cars? Did she steal them? The mean things he said to Kyra were so terrible I don't think she should have ever spoken to him again. When he said he typed "I'm sorry". He thought to himself that he was not sure what he was sorry about or if he was sorry? What was that? He didn't know at that point that what he had said was really hurtful? Everything was always about him. He never cared at Kyra until the last few pages. He also was a terrible friend to Cal. He never even tried to support him in things Cal was interested in. He only wanted to talk about things HE thought were worth while. He really got on my nerves. I don't see why Cal would even bother being friends with him. At the very end when he is finally nice to his Mom I did smile though. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I read it in one day. I just watched a video of the author talking about it. I wish I wouldn't have though. She told the sI really enjoyed this book. I read it in one day. I just watched a video of the author talking about it. I wish I wouldn't have though. She told the story of how she got the idea for the beginning of the book. She gleefully tells this story about Fabio getting hit in the face by a bird while riding a roller coaster. She smiles like it's the greatest thing ever. I found that SO disturbing. Why is that so funny to her? Was it because he modeled for romance covers? So therefore anytime something bad happens to him, it's somehow hilarious? He was a model not a serial killer.
Anyway on to the actual review. I really disliked the beginning of the book. It seemed unnecessarily morbid. I also didn't like Ezra very much. I guess I wasn't supposed to. But his little side comments annoyed me. I had trouble feeling sorry for him. Plenty of worse things could have happened to him and have happened to other people. He is in a car accident in the very beginning of the book. He runs off after a fight with his superficial girlfriend.
I liked the book a lot better once Toby sat next to him at the Pep Rally. I also remember hating those. His transition to a better and more interesting person was nice to read. I always found jock humor terribly unfunny. She managed to capture how lame those people are.
The vapid ex-girlfriend parts were sad. Especially their final conversation about the night of the accident. I can't believe that she wouldn't at least call 911 and wait for the ambulance. She was supposed to be super self absorbed but that seemed pretty extreme. He was technically her boyfriend at the time. And that no one visited him in the hospital? Sure Jocks can be dorks but that also seemed extreme that not a single guy from his team visited him.
I really liked Cassidy. She was all written and funny. I liked the weekend Debate tournament parts a lot. For the most part I really liked. The ending with the dog was horrible. I could have lived without that.
The ending was nice I liked that he stayed close with Toby....more
I LOVED The Apothecary. In fact I read it again a few weeks ago. I was so excited to see that she had written a sequel. I didn't really enjoy this booI LOVED The Apothecary. In fact I read it again a few weeks ago. I was so excited to see that she had written a sequel. I didn't really enjoy this book very much. It started out slow and I was disappointed that the main characters were all over the place. I kept hoping that they would meet up and have another exciting adventure but well it never really happened. Sure a ton of things do happen but everyone stays separate for the most part. I hope if she writes a 3rd book she has then together again. Also it seemed a lot more depressing then the last book. I really didn't like what she did with Janie's character. She starts out head strong and then ends up being penalized for it and just spends the rest of the book doing nothing. I thought the powder that Benjamin invented was pretty interesting but to have some key information always revealed during that minute seemed really unlikely. I didn't like the end at all either. Maybe in a few months I will read it again and enjoy it more?...more