Alright, so I'm going to give a quick summary of the book as the summary above doesn't do this book justice. However, my summary is going going to beAlright, so I'm going to give a quick summary of the book as the summary above doesn't do this book justice. However, my summary is going going to be a few sentences long because I don't want to give anything away!
Seventeenth Summer is about a girl named Angie who, over the course of the summer, falls deeply in love with a boy named Jack. It divulges into her world, and how she lives her life in her small town. It's really a coming-of-age novel, and is about a girl becoming the woman she is meant to be because of love.
I loved this book. As soon as I saw the date of publication (1942) I knew this was something I would love to read. Anything that is older, displaying a time that I'm not from appeals to me. The way Daly words everything is incredibly descriptive, making you feel like you are there experiencing everything with the characters. She is able to describe the smell of the air, to the way a first kiss feels, to the flavor of salty oceanic air.
Daly has a smooth way of trapping you into this world with all of the characters, and it's almost as though time hasn't changed since then. It doesn't matter that this book was written in 1942 because, despite time difference, love will always remain the same. And the awkward feeling of being in love, not knowing how to admit it, or not knowing if the other person feels the same, will forever be the same. At times, this book can seem a little bit slow because of the intensity of the descriptions, but trust me, it picks right back up.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a love story that will run through your mind for many, many days after the final page is turned. I've found myself fallen in love with each and every character in this book.
Consider yourself warned: This book tugs at your heartstrings, makes you laugh, cry, and smile goofily despite yourself. It makes you angry, and you want to yell at Angie to just please admit how she feels! And you want to just snuggle up and re-read the gentle words said by Jack if only to hold him closer to your heart, and have him leave a permanent impression that somehow doesn't fade easily with time....more
Sarah Dessen has a way of capturing moments in time like no other author I know. The concepts and twists and turns that she comes up with are beautifuSarah Dessen has a way of capturing moments in time like no other author I know. The concepts and twists and turns that she comes up with are beautifully rich with wit and wonderfully crafted. Each and every character is able to be identified with.
You are able to feel everything that Annabel feels--the anger, the betrayal, the love, the devotion, the sensitivity. And Owen, who is charming and sweet and honest, and even vulnerable. Their friendship is beautiful, one anyone can feel intimidated by, but it leaves you closing the book and becoming a better person because of it.
I love how Owen is perceived as being . . . . scary, when really, he's this honest softy who can so easily be fallen in love with. It's almost instant, from his very first line, that he is going to end up caring more than anyone at the school thought he would, because it seems like when Owen is friends with someone, he makes it count. No matter what.
The conflicts surrounding Annabel's sisters, Kristen and Whitney, is also something that I feel is important to address. It is important for girls to feel like they aren't alone through anything, and that it is alright to go and get help for what they need--even if they feel they don't need help at all. And that's why I identified most with Kristen, because she knew something was wrong with Whitney, and she gave her the option of telling her parents or she'd do it for her. I'm sure you can guess which way it went.
There isn't much more to say than this book taught me that honesty doesn't have to come off sounding rude or uncaring. You can be brutally honest without feeling like you are hurting another person.
Powerful. This book is extremely, and utterly, powerful.
Having had time to think over this book some more (i.e., a day and night) I have realized that this story has had an even bigger impact on my than I thought it would. I am much more conscious of the level of honesty I am giving off, as well as I find myself calling "Placeholder, R&R!" (you will understand once you read the book) when something is too vague. And then, when someone is saying something that may be offensive, I find myself calling "I-Lang!"
Woah! I didn't think the effect of this book would be as obvious as it is. It's wonderful!...more
When do I not give a Nicholas Sparks novel five stars? Oh, that's right--Never! And with good reason.
Of course, I'm belittled (in only the good ways)When do I not give a Nicholas Sparks novel five stars? Oh, that's right--Never! And with good reason.
Of course, I'm belittled (in only the good ways) for being such a hopeless romantic, as well as a Sparks lover (he was the man who made me fall in love with reading, and is the man who remains my favorite author).
I don't need to be married and have children to understand this book. As I was reading this, I found myself constantly looking towards my own parents, taking note of what was similar and what was different from the relationship of the characters in the book. From what I gathered--Nicholas Sparks hit the nail on the nose.
The love that Wilson feels for Jane is inspiring. I love how nothing in this book was sugarcoated. The feelings, the fighting, the love--it was all real and believable. They all had their own insecurities that they had to deal with, and it was just beautifully comprised.
I love how Noah played such a large part in the novel. As we all know, it was completely easy to fall in love with Noah in the Notebook--but in The Wedding, we see a different side of him. It was really nice.
I can honestly say that I found myself falling in love with Wilson (obviously) but I was also . . . surprised! I can usually call the shots of Sparks novels, but this one, wow! I had no idea! Wonderfully crafted, Nicholas, wonderfully crafted.
There was something that I found to be different with this book than all of his other ones. I don't want to say that it was missing something, because it wasn't. I guess what I mean is: this one didn't make me cry. Usually, I'm bawling my eyes out when I read his books, but this one didn't do that to me. I think because the topic, while extremely deep and emotive, didn't carry the type of weight(is that the word I'm looking for?) that his other novels do. I suppose that could have to do with the fluffyness that comes along with the whole wedding concept, but still. It was cute and romantic and made me absolutely giddy--but it just didn't make me cry.
With all of that being said, I love all of his work and I'm never disappointed with anything that I read by him. I am so confident that I will love everything he writes that I don't even need to consider buying his books--I just go out and buy them.
The story is beautiful, the word choice is beautiful, the characters are beautiful. What more could you ask for?...more
It was probably my least favorite by Sarah Dessen that I've read so far. Of course, I loved the conceptI don't have much to say about this one . . .
It was probably my least favorite by Sarah Dessen that I've read so far. Of course, I loved the concept of the broken family that Dessen does so well, and I adored the characters. They all seemed sincere and true and dealt with their problems in their own way. But.
It was super slow. I couldn't get into it at the beginning and it wasn't until a little after halfway through that I had begun to really enjoy it. The plot was interesting enough, but it just didn't do anything for me.
Now, if you're looking for a book with wonderfully executed characters, this would be a great pick. Jamie, by a long shot, was my favourite. Cora was a close second. Ruby, though, I found it hard to relate to. It almost seemed like the change in her character happened suddenly, but altogether, she was well developed for what she was going through. The relationships that formed between all of the characters, though, happened smoothly and naturally. It was quite an amazing thing to watch progress.
Don't get me wrong by my whooping three-stars out of five. There were amazing moments, cute moments, laugh-out-loud moments, girlish moments, crying moments, and squealing moments that all made up this story. It just wasn't for me. I love the concept of a tortured teenager who is ridden with the burden of family troubles and abuse of any form. That type of story has always pulled me in. But, I don't really know, there was just something about Ruby's story that turned me off from the very beginning. It did get good, though. And, in the end, I am happy that I finished it and didn't give up.
Basically, this is what it comes down to for me: Will I read it again? Answer: No. Will I scan through and re-read parts that caught my eye and I loved? Answer: Potentially....more
Once again, Casssandra Clare just does it for me. Only, in this one, we get glimpses into characters other than Clary--Jace,Well, that was an ordeal.
Once again, Casssandra Clare just does it for me. Only, in this one, we get glimpses into characters other than Clary--Jace, Alec, and even Valentine. It's quite shocking when you get to see into the other characters minds. From the first book, we've grown used to ready about Clary's head-stronged-ness and the way she doesn't want anyone to suffer because of her, but this time, we get to dabble into how some others see the situation they are in. It's wonderful.
There's really not much else to say other than the tension between Clary and Jace is driving me mad, I'm absolutely in love with Alec, I didn't see that coming with Simon, Valentine is an asshole, Jace will forever remain my hero, Magnus is juust the right about of annoying to be amazing, whatever is to come with Maia is going to be wonderful, and the whole story was full of action, love, pain, heartbreak, protection, and phenomenally created characters who will tug at your heartstrings and have you rooting in everyone's favor at one point or another. ...more
That doesn't even cover my thoughts and feelings about this book.
The characters are all relatable, one way or another--even the bad onOh.My.Gosh. !!!
That doesn't even cover my thoughts and feelings about this book.
The characters are all relatable, one way or another--even the bad ones. From the very first words, I was captured in the world that Cassandra Clare has created, and what a magnificent world it is. She has incorporated many, many story lines into one book, with so many loopholes, twists, turns, and--I mean it when I say this--surprises.
There are so many things that I could say about each character in turn--Clary who is a fighter that will do whatever she can for those she loves, Jace being a martyr who loves and cares more than he ever wants to let on, Alec who is protective of everyone and has his own insecurities, Isabelle who is beautiful and wise beyond her years, Simon who, despite everything, will never turn his back on someone he loves, Luke who will forever be blinded by his love, Magnus who is so annoying that you love him instantly, Jocelyn who has sacrificed all that she is for her daughter, and Valentine who does whatever it takes to get what he wants, even if it means hurting those whom he has loved dearly in the past.
And that's not even the half of it! Everything about this story pulls you in so quickly, and so completely, that you'll find that you need to spend time with all of the characters long after the final page is turned....more