Okay yes I know two stars. That doesn't mean I want to take it into the woods in shoot it. It was a fun read! I was confused on whether give this fun...moreOkay yes I know two stars. That doesn't mean I want to take it into the woods in shoot it. It was a fun read! I was confused on whether give this fun book three or two stars. I'd give it a two point five.
The good: I found the story to be rather silly, cute and doused in pink glitter. I loved the descriptions of the dresses, the hair the food. I loved the little circle of ladies playing cards. For a redeeming point, I liked blonde Sugar Ditch bred Celia and Handsome Mister Johnny. I loved meany evil Ms.Hilly. I liked the revenge with the pie.
The Bad: Stereotypical characters , awful narration from the African American Characters and painted with cotton candy fluff.Kathryn, put her ideas and needs into the book. It was how a black maid should think. I know it's hard to write from a different point of view but it was lacking for me. The reactions in the heat of the Civil Right's Movement wouldn't have been so cutesie and glittered over. I get it, it's a novel but it was unrealistic.
Just imagine yourself in the maid's feet. The author seemed to forget that mothering someone else's child was a JOB not a HOBBY, that many woman who went through the tedious work of this had their own children. African American woman didn't have many job choices so they were practically forced to become Help if they wanted to survive in life. Raising someone else's child but never seeing your own! Wouldn't it be as if it were teasing you? Something in the back of your mind, wanting to raise your kids, see their first steps, hold YOUR child instead of another child who will be taught to hate you in a few years?
The Ugly:I wished Stockett didn't use stock "Mammy" characters. Yes, "Mammy" characters - they were predictable in their behavior and looks. This women were the epitome of the "Mammy". I was expecting a bit of diversity throughout the women but I didn't get that. I got a rack of stereotypes.
Stockett's narration: :(. God, that terrible narration. It was practically illegible - bad chopped dialect slowed down every sentence. I understand giving the dialogue, a bit of personality but Stockett turned it into a joke. Another question, I have for the author is how was Aibileen supposedly great in school but she can barely speak a proper sentence? It doesn't make sense. Why do all of the black maids speak a like, aren't they different people?The author should have studied African American voices and stories from that era.
"I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go on the toilet before they mamas even get out a bed in the morning.(p.1)"
If this was just once sentence to give me a picture of the character, I wouldn't care but ALL of the African American narrators spoke this way which I found pretty bias. If you interchanged the characters, and scratched out the names, you would have no idea which maid was speaking. They had the same thoughts, seem speech patterns.It was a relief to get to Skeeters section. I was very disappointed in the stereotyping by this author. She could have at least picked diverse characters with diverse personalities. Every African American female in that book spoke downright terribly except for Yule May and Gretchen (The "uppity" African Americans).
Skeeter had something to say which I found quite interesting.
"She [Gretchen, the African American Maid] was trim in her uniform dress. she wore lipstick , the same color me and my friends wore. She was young .She spoke evenly 'with care, like a white person'. I don't know why, but that made it worse. (p.305)"
Oh dear Skeeter.... Aren't you supposed to be the "stereotypical liberal" here? How should Gretchen speak to make you feel at ease? Maybe like the rest of the stereotypical maids - like a "Mammy." I thought Skeeter was the helpful open-minded liberal female.
To much of "Stereotypical Mary Sue" Skeeter and the maids didn't get to shine. This book was called "The Help" might I say not "The Skeeter". I was looking forward to hearing the maids perspective , all of them just - not 3 or 4.
Overall. I did not hate the book. I thought it was fun and cute. And I'll read it time to time. I have read it from time to time. For pure entertainment purposes it's nice but any other aspect, not really.
Genre:Kick Ass. You may be asking , gee, Elle! is that even a genre?
I'm very lazy. I grabbed the first video I found. I do not enjoy his music....Any...moreGenre:Kick Ass. You may be asking , gee, Elle! is that even a genre?
I'm very lazy. I grabbed the first video I found. I do not enjoy his music....Anyway....
Elle will answer: Yes. It. Is. And a good one at that. The Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins is one of those books that made it's own genre hence the term(Kick Ass) unlike the singer below me. Yes, it's another one of those books I took forever to get to . Yes those books. Those kind, the popular kind that makes you think you'll get Twilight 2.0. The over inflated kind where everyone is cooing and your the only person sneaking your copy into the garbage disposal, so I read this novel and this is one of my favorite novels (I did the same with HP). So I have to give some of the masses credit in their taste. Fine you freaking win.I'll keep my review short nd sweet since there are so many. This book is GOOD as well as innovative.
POV:It's written in first person though Katniss isn't as rich in character as I would have liked. She is very driven and strong. It could be edited better and the first person choice was odd, you know she'll make it. It's first freaking person. Unless she turns into ghost girl.
Content: Lots of murder, blood and false pretenses. All the makings for great YA fiction!
Summary:This book had me gasping, crying (yes even crying). This book is about the future and a girl Katniss E. is thrown into the Hunger Games, a reality tv show where all the children from different districts will kill each other to keep stiffling a revolution. It has some humor, Haymitch (he was such a drunk slacker) and Effie Trinkett (I wanted a pinkw ig after this)and there are quick quibs and pure tension. The novel is split into parts, the build up and the training and the games (the best part). Now I was a little disapointed by the STUPID YA LOVE TRIANGLE but the redeeming part is the Hunger Games doesn't dwell on it like a possum in a hole (wait possums don't dig holes, I'll look that up). It's a book that both boys and girls can enjoy a like - without being bored to death.
All hail creativity!!!!!!!! YOU SEE THIS? THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT COPYCAT YA WORLD. THIS IS A CREATIVE BOOK. A REAL CREAITVE BOOK, YOU CAN TAKE YOUR POORLY DONE ELF TYPED KNOCK OFFS AND SHOVE THEM RIGHT UP YOUR ....Insignia , Harry Potter and Witch and Wizard are not included in my rant ,they are to very very creative(less)
Well written! I actually screamed during the ending. And who dosn't like to scream when reading a book? Except in public maybe. I actually teared up an...moreWell written! I actually screamed during the ending. And who dosn't like to scream when reading a book? Except in public maybe. I actually teared up and had to wipe the tears snaking down my cheeks.
"Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: it kills you both when you have it and when you don't.”
The words were like poetry to me, they flowed, the descriptions grabbed me from the first chapter. Emotionally, I was attached by the second chapter. I give this book five stars, it was a solid great Dystopia. One of the better of the genre. Ever since Dystopia became the new fad, I've noticed the lacking in the stories.
Ahem..."Matched , Scorch Trails, Divergent , The Other Life etc..."
This is a ripe action packed Dystopia which actually feels like it has a love story tucked into it, not the other way around. I actually LOVE this book, and I never give good reviews, I'm picky about my books. The ending scene was amazing and suspenseful.
This is a heavier read. Love is considered a disease and you must undergo an operation to stay away from it. If you like lighter reads and love happy endings.This is NOT for you. I think a lot of lower reviews are ppl expecting Matched 2.0 etc with a perfect ending....Honestly this book puts Matched and the other knockoffs to shame. I will put this novel on the same shelf as The Legend/ The Hunger Games.
As you see, I just hate chick Lit dystopia (Matched, cough cough). This is more for the true action loving dystopia crowd. Honestly, I will stop reading Dystopia's after this one, the trendy pumped out ones are very dull and poorly written. The I-can't-date-you-because-something-is-holding-us-apart.... is tiresome. I love this book but I will not read the second. It can't compare.
Two stars. A star for the pretty cover and the other because my book HAPPENED to be shipped with the proper amount of pages...
Ally Condie is clearl...moreTwo stars. A star for the pretty cover and the other because my book HAPPENED to be shipped with the proper amount of pages...
Ally Condie is clearly a fangirl/woman of The Giver, and basically ripped the plot away and smashed it with the notorious teenybopper love triangle.
"Now that I've found a way to fly, which direction should I fly into the night." Are you freaking kidding me? Read that in a nursery and you have 100 sleeping toddlers, instantly. Boom! Eyes closed,thumb in mouth, sleeping.
So I'm thinking "Well okay, was that an attempt at being haunting and dreamy?" Clearly so.
SO LETS WRITE A DYSTOPIA TEEN NOVEL 101
TAKE YOUR SEAT CLASS.
1. Create a flat boring obsessive character, Flat Stanley must have more dimension than your girl. Make her weak willed and easily influenced and you have a great product. Now your protagonist can abide by the rules and one day randomly wake up and "WELL I BE DARNED...Society, hate it" in the middle of nowhere without being tossed into a Funny Farm. Why? Because every teen hates society, throw it in a novel and that is just screaming for a bestseller.
2. Grab two boys. What is better than one boy. TWO! You can never have enough these days. Create two sexy boys out of your wet dreams with a pencil and a piece of paper. Give them no imperfections, make them literally impossibly as perfect as a grade A egg. Thinking of giving him a scar or a bad side. Shut your mouth, that is unspeakable. One hunk of sexy man boy must be mysterious and bland and the other must be sexy, mysterious and bland!!!! When you get that fuzzy feeling all over, you know you are getting it right. This is amazing... Yeah?
3. Create a Love Triangle. Cause face it , nothing is hotter than two perfect guys tugging at a girl like she is a jump-rope. Now your Mary Sue can unleash her hormones into the air like a bat out of hell and your story now has a point! Shall I choose sexy beast number one or sexy beast number two!
4. Make a Society and Poop on it. Yup, just find a world and government and now kill it until it sucks.Make them wear white from head to toe. Ever notice how all the good futuristic Dystopia's involve white suits. Now throw a bland name like the Society or The Establishment. Not cliché at all! Now the plain Mary Sue can find the courage to plainly break the world into two for her lover!
5. Make Something Keep the Lovers Apart. Oh oppressive society is keeping us apart but we must preserve to explore our puppy love. Let's fix society because I get a few butterflies in my stomach when you lend me your shoe. -.-
6. Write poorly. Make flat characters and stay away from setting a background. Whatever you do, don't create a background. God knows people don't want to read how something has started. Make sure, to make your character talk in bland prose! Great!!! Now we've got it , you just made a best seller.
Matched is more of an freaking stupid incoherent obsessive love story than an actual filled Dystopia. Matched is a poorly written Twilight hurled into the 22nd century with a take on the Dystopia trend.
Matched # 1 starts with the protagonist named Cassia traveling to a banquet to meet her Match (who she will marry for the rest of her life). Ally Condie's writing skills did not draw me in.
Her details were pointless and lacking depth. It lacked passion. As if my face was pushed against the glass window viewing the banquet but never invited into it. I never fell into the story. I only grazed the surface.
By the end of the chapter - Cassia is matched with her Xander, her best-friend since childhood. Shocking! At that moment I wanted to nuke my novel to bits (not condoning the use of bombs).
Cassia's chip (clearly a prettier flashdrive) shows the wrong face which is NOT Xander, the boy she was intended to marry but a boy named Ky!!! That Cassia already is acquaintances with.In that moment the pathetic girl develops an unhealthy obsession for his face and his "story" - which is lacking. Cassia spends the story haunted with the picture of scary Ky. He is "untouchable" but he lives within society, hanging out with the children, talking with them , laughing with them - everyone is friendly toward him. So the whole invalid boy ordeal makes as much sense as Ann Coutler.
Cassia suddenly shoves away from Xander (obviously the right guy) and showing girls that love should be an unexplainable random obsession. Ah! The story unfolds, the story revolves around Cassia and her scary need to be with Ky as the glitz of Society falls from her very eyes. Why is society keeping her apart from her puppy lover? Sexy flat-charactered Ky and whiny Cassia develop a scary-intense relationship within a matter of weeks that involves craggy poetry and meetings in the woods during hiking. Suddenly Cassia is now the key (in her world) to debunking the Dystopia to be with her lover.
Wow!!!! What a sexy idea of a novel.
Cassia seems so wrapped up in her head with "deep" thoughts that it comes off as "woe is us - so I shall ponder for the sake of pondering". Her sudden dislike for how "Society" is ruled (yes so creative, 'neato') is uncalled for. It did not build over time like anyone with a normal brain would react. It came in one big rush, sort of like "I went to sleep happy and woke up that following and suddenly I hated earth."
Well okay Cassia!
So you hate society now!
Now the stories moves on.
Using unrealistic love for power to her gas tank!
Go Cassia, go, go!
I mean really?
REALLY.... The prose and storyline is just awful...-.-
This silly YA Fiction is obviously crafted on some agenda. One, to deprive teens of literary value and two .... become a Rockefeller by using a trend. Well, I've decided there is only thing left to do with my copy of Matched.
Haunting book, I read it years ago but I still remember that cover and its story inside. I think everyone should read it.A story of a kidnapped girl,...moreHaunting book, I read it years ago but I still remember that cover and its story inside. I think everyone should read it.A story of a kidnapped girl, how sad can you get?(less)
A Life Revealed, is a combination of dizzying flashbacks and a girl whirling a traumatic experience of...more It could have been terrific, but it wasn't...
A Life Revealed, is a combination of dizzying flashbacks and a girl whirling a traumatic experience of parents dying in a car crash. Suddenly she learns that the accident was planned. 17 year old Chloe Jacobs is being watched and under the care of the Witness Protection Program.
Sounds great at first, but it only goes downhill.....Oh it does.
Chloe/Caiden Jacobs falls into a unrealistic loving romance with the 24 year old man hired to protect her and a kid named Sebastien. It is clearly Hero Syndrome and any guy who is in the Witness Protection Program would know this by profiling but the author seems to leave that part out. Handsome Chris falls in love in the blink of an eye. In a nutshell, melodrama possesses the author like Emily from the Exorcist of Emily Rose, everyone almost dies once, screams loudly and sobs up a storm while lying on the floor.
NOOOOOOO!!!! CAIDEN/CHOE......Are you crying again? I thought you were....You are going to make me sad.
At the middle to the end of the story, it blossoms into a weeping porn novel (which I recommend for the late teens and adult crowd).
Are you serious?
Yeah I'm serious.
There isn't a day that goes by where this girl - Chloe/Caiden (yes Chris chose it for her because it means something deep -.-) isn't crying, sobbing or weeping! She is practically a Mary Sue locked away from men all her life who discovers men for the first time...Seriously , slow down Tiger.
When Chloe is not having sex with Chris or leading on poor needy Sebastian - she is screaming and crying. This character does nothing, she is a Mary Sue, if she was a kicka** female lead who did all of this on the side while leading an awesome action packed thriller life. I would have loved it! But no... I didn't get that. I got poor old tired Chloe. Her escapades last through her Senior year to her Freshman year in College - where she goes back to the city where (view spoiler)[hit-men are supposedly lurking to kill her all for the sake of going to an art school she was accepted in before "The Accident"... dims melodramatic lights here. (hide spoiler)]
Not to mention the cover looks like a dead girl's photos. I literally kept it covered because those eyes looked like they were stolen from a corpse.The print was hard to read, because it was printed in thick , jet black Ariel! My book was printed with plenty of errors. I wanted to grab my red pen and give it a few swipes.
The only redeeming section is when Chloe/Caiden etc... does something quite abruptly during the end even though it was uncalled for and ridiculous. Why did she do it? It doesn't make sense, she was "happy" - when she wasn't sobbing on the floor.
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I recommend this read for mature upper teens and adults.
Well, judging by these comments, some , not all of the younger people aren't grasping the...moreI recommend this read for mature upper teens and adults.
Well, judging by these comments, some , not all of the younger people aren't grasping the point of the novel.
Forbidden is merely a look into a brother and sister who took their affection and comfort to another level living in a world of abuse ... It is not an agenda to push people into accepting incest relationships and making them the "norm", it is merely showing how they have started and the mental aspects behind it. Which could have been written better , honestly.
Despite that it was an engaging read for the more mature crowd. I would not recommend a young "easy influenced" teen to read this novel unless they are mature enough to handle this book and process it more than the average child. I give Forbidden 2 stars.
To me the writing was a bit fluffy, I did not feel the emotion in the novel but I saw the flowery purple prose. Forbidden seemed as if it were an emotional gimmick to stir up controversy to get on the bestsellers list. I know this author can do much better, I can see it in her work but her "edgy" novel, did not do it for me. I was expecting something else, not to play the overdone sympathy cliché card to get an emotional reaction at the end. It seemed very dramatic and the plot has been overdone decades before this story. Check Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews, kids or no....Don't check it out.
People who comment so lightly on this novel saying "Oh, just accept it, it is love - the age we live in" need to understand this read is NOT pushing incest nor should incest be romanticized. How on earth can we compare incest to a happy gay couple minding their own lives? Why someone would try to compare the two - I find that highly offensive.
But teens love melodramatic stories that make them feel "controversial" so I can see why it has high ratings. Forbidden events is what every teen dreams about. But for me, this novel didn't do it for me. Meh, if fell flat and cliche.
Variant is one of those books that takes off during the first chapter. I'll keep this review short and sweet. Lots of people would call it a Dystopian...moreVariant is one of those books that takes off during the first chapter. I'll keep this review short and sweet. Lots of people would call it a Dystopian. This is sort of happening now. Anyway this is a SCI FI read that sort is like Lord of the Flies combined with one creepy school and science. It's the survival of the fittest and the plot is seething with twists so violent they will break your back just looking at them....or make you feel like a pretzel. Does that interest you? Read on.
First Sentence:This isn't one of those scare you straight schools. Is it?" I asked Ms. Vaughn , as we passed through the heavy chain-link fence.
Summary: Benson. Age 17 is slam packed into a school and notices something is up. No one is allowed out of the school ever.The school population of one hundred twenty five is broken into three gangs, Havoc, Society and Variant, there are no teachers, no one to monitor the students except cameras and strange occurrences that are life threatening. Deadly.
I'm stuck between giving this book a 3 or a 4. Some parts dragged Ahem *cough cough* the part where Benson goes and plays paintball with the other groups to save his group from being starved for two days. The 2nd half when I started enjoying it. It was like bam sh*t happened! The characters in this novel aren't as well crafted as I liked them to be but they are pretty good. I wouldn't compare this book to Divergent because Divergent ain't all that to began with. I could see why people would say that with the groups and all but it seemed more like Insignia(one of my most favorite books!) to me. Divergent was a knock off but tis' is a bit more creative.If you like action read this. No whiny romance seeping girl who looses are personality and obsessed over a guy will molest the pages of this whole novel. With that being said...I will read the second novel. Feedback!(less)