i can see where she's getting at. the ideas are similar. a man kidnapping a girl, thinking that he's doing the right thing, honestly loves the girl, wants the girl to be happy, but clearly went about it the wrong way.
but unlike in Stolen: A Letter to My Captor the man in this book physically and sexually abused the girl, Autumn. the age difference is definitely unreasonable, as the man is in his mid-forties, and poor little Autumn is only 11.
this book was quite confusing and very slow to start. it took about three quarters of the book to actually get to the part where Autumn was kidnapped, and that's what i didn't like about it. i came close to just putting the book down, but i had this feeling that the book was going to get better. i was right. it was worth reading the boring parts at the start, because as the story progressed, the book got better and better. it really is quite a spectacular book, very unique. so if your reading it and your getting bored, please don't put the book down. i promise you it's amazing once you get into it.
i didn't find that any of the characters, except for Autumn, were exactly likeable to me. beauty was too obsessed with herself, too caught up in her own little world, and her CRUSH ON HER COUSIN, was simply disturbing. Mim didn't come into the story enough to get to know her and like her. Stevie was plain heartless. The chapters from Fancy's point of view, i found boring and pointless. and the man? he was just a pedo.
But Autumn, i did like. her thoughts, and feelings were properly explained and i realised are similar to the thoughts i had when i was her age. i really felt sorry for her when she was kidnapped. it broke my heart when she would give in to the man. she was so desperate, it seemed she had already given up hope.
it was disgusting how the man treated Autumn. like she was his pet dog. "good girl" when she did something he liked, and he'd hit her or say "naughty girl" when she did something he didn't like. and he made her sit on his lap, and kiss him. and kissing her feet?? like what the hell is up with that? who does that, seriously?
only an extremely skilled author, like Norma Fox Mazar, would be able to pull off such unique styles of writing, without it sounding artificial and awkward. Mazar should be really proud of her work.
this book is amazing. without a doubt one of the best books i've ever read. when i finished it i kind of wished i didn't read it, because it was SO DE...morethis book is amazing. without a doubt one of the best books i've ever read. when i finished it i kind of wished i didn't read it, because it was SO DEPRESSING. i wanted Gemma to love Ty, the way he loves her. sure i can see why she didn't (until near the end of the book), what with him "stalking" her since she was 10, and the whole fact that he KIDNAPPED HER AND DRUGGED HER. but i could never really see the bad side of Ty. he was so sweet and kind to Gemma, and i hated how Gemma really didn't even try to return his love towards her. Even though it's completely understandable that Gemma was so, well, i guess mean to Ty... some of the things she said were probably really hurtful to Ty, and i guess i kind of hated Gemma for that. Example:
"Eventually you leant your elbows on the railing and let out a low sigh. You talked with a voice so quiet. 'Is it really that bad?' you said. 'Living with me?' I opened my lips and breathed out. I waited at least one minute. 'Of course,' I whispered." page 82-83
Yeah, that's about the last thing Ty needed to hear, when all his life he hasn't been accepted for who he is. And to hear the girl he loves say that she hates living with him? OUCH. :(
I also hated how Gemma kind of betrayed Ty at the end. Ty saved her life, knowing that it meant turning himself in. Grrr that made me hate Gemma even more. I think it's just me, but i never really felt much sympathy for Gemma. I guess i got the Stockholm Syndrome with Ty, too. Seriously, at the end of the book i really, REALLY felt something for Ty. what, like a crush on a non-existent book character? Yeah, i know that that's extremely pathetic. :/
“You said you knew the perfect place to run to. A place that was empty of people, and buildings, and far, far away. A place covered in blood-red earth and sleeping life. A place longing to come alive again. It's a place for disappearing, you'd said, a place for getting lost... and for getting found. I'll take you there, you'd said. And I could say that I agreed.”
OMG I cried soooo much at that bit, i don't even know why but just reading that even now, after about the BILLIONTH time, my eyes are tearing up all over again. *sobs*
Lucy Christopher is a spectacular author, i really look up to her. I actually couldn't sleep last night, thinking about how it ended so sadly for Ty. Something with the way she wrote, i couldn't seem to remind myself that it's just a story, really. This book cuts you deep and leaves a scar.
This book has a very sweet but emotional storyline. Jude, the main character, is in a very tight situation. Her dad is a crazy Elvis Presley impersona...moreThis book has a very sweet but emotional storyline. Jude, the main character, is in a very tight situation. Her dad is a crazy Elvis Presley impersonator, about to have an Elvis themed wedding to his girlfriend, Victoria. Jude's Mum is "forty-four years old, going on fourteen." And Jude's grandmother, who seemed to be the only one holding the family together, now has the 'old-timers disease.' When Jude's mum starts with the alcohol again, Jude's whole life starts to spiral out of control. Of course, she definitely has no time for boys. Well, not until Kevin Carter comes along.
Carter: Cute, determined, romantic. The guy with the floppy straw-coloured hair and hazel eyes, completely in love with Jude -and not ready to give up.
Jude is struggling to look after her messed up family, but things go from bad to worse. It's like she's following a fading rainbow, looking for a pot of gold that's never going to come. But then, perhaps Carter's her pot of gold?
Jude tries to resist her feelings for Carter, as not to further complicate her life. But who can resist valentine sweeties and a cute blond boy who wants to walk you home? Jude soon realises that Carter is not just another obstacle, but, in fact, her hero.
I love this book because the way Cathy Cassidy wrote it, I really got to know the characters. It definitely put me in Jude's shoes, and it even made me fall in love with Carter by the end of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little bit of humour, a little bit of adventure and a little bit of romance.(less)
**spoiler alert** um, wow!! this is one powerful book. it's enticing, gripping, unpredictable and emotional. a real cliff-hanger!!
the plot: Elizabeth V...more**spoiler alert** um, wow!! this is one powerful book. it's enticing, gripping, unpredictable and emotional. a real cliff-hanger!!
the plot: Elizabeth Valchar (Liz) died on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. she wasn't sure about her death, but she was very sure of her life. she had it all set out she had no doubt that she knew everything about it: -she had the best boyfriend a girl could ever ask for -everyone in the school loved her and worshipped her -her stepsister was her best friend and she could confide in her for everything -and liz was so sure that she, herself, was amazing and perfect in every way
after her death, roaming the earth as a ghost, her whole life and everything she's ever known starts unravelling before her eyes, and she quickly realises how wrong she was: -her boyfriend was cheating on her -her friends liked her, but the rest of the school hated her with a passion -her stepsister MURDERED her -and she, Elizabeth Valchar, was responsible for the death of high-school student Alexander Berg.
Jessica Warman keeps you hooked on to every word of this wonderful book. a must-read! :)(less)
how the hell does she do it?? how the hell does tabitha suzuma manage to make the idea of incest not seem revolting and sick?? i mean, before reading...morehow the hell does she do it?? how the hell does tabitha suzuma manage to make the idea of incest not seem revolting and sick?? i mean, before reading this book, hearing about a boy and his sister, like, having a sexual relationship would have made me gag in my throat. and i still find it pretty twisted. just that lochan and maya are an exception. but still the mere thought of me and my brother having that kind of relationship, actually makes me feel literally sick.
lochan and maya, however, shed a new light on this idea otherwise thought of as sick and disturbing and twisted and revolting and frankly, FREAKING ILLEGAL. but i saw the situation through lochan and maya's eyes. i saw how the fact that they are biologically brother and sister should be no barrier against a love so passionate, so strong, so desperate. how 'brother' and 'sister' are only prejudiced labels, the only thing getting in the way of a real, true love. a devastating, forbidden but nevertheless flawless love.
this book, along withStolen: A Letter to My Captor, is the most frustrating, heart-wrenching book i have ever read, leaving you battling with unexplainable emotions and forgetting that it is just a story, made up for our entertainment. the way suzuma writes it makes it so real. captivating, beautiful, devastating book about a captivating, beautiful and devastating love.
P.S. i probably should have read the back, which said 'not suitable for younger readers' before i read it, seeing as i'm kind of only thirteen years old.(less)
LIKE DAYYMMNN this book is amazing!! Yeah, I didn't think I'd like Jodi Picoult either, but she surprised me. From the first paragraph, I was hands-do...moreLIKE DAYYMMNN this book is amazing!! Yeah, I didn't think I'd like Jodi Picoult either, but she surprised me. From the first paragraph, I was hands-down hooked (no, seriously, it starts with the gunshot!). Apparently this isn't even her best one, and to be honest, I can't see how it can possibly get any better than this. It's completely different to the kind of books I usually read -it was in third person, for starters, and I have this thing against third person (especially restricted third person, thankfully this was omniscient. And I couldn't see it written any other way.) It was also my first proper courtroom drama, and one of the few times I've bothered reading adult fiction (I usually can't relate to adult fiction) -in general, it was just an astonishing book, so well written I forgot it was just a story, with an ending so conflicting and unexpected, even now I can't stop thinking about it.
And then I finished it, and I was sitting there aimlessly wondering what there was left to do with my life.(less)
everyone seems to hate this book so much, but i seriously loved it! granted it had a serious lack of plot, but it was sweet, hilarious and down-to-ear...moreeveryone seems to hate this book so much, but i seriously loved it! granted it had a serious lack of plot, but it was sweet, hilarious and down-to-earth. usually i like books that make me think, but this total no-brainer was actually nice for a change. it's the perfect weekend read :)(less)