Two things,well three, stand out to me about this book. 1. It is really quotable. 2. Lauren Oliver delivers a really beautiful, fluid writing. and 3. I d...moreTwo things,well three, stand out to me about this book. 1. It is really quotable. 2. Lauren Oliver delivers a really beautiful, fluid writing. and 3. I do not like 1st person narrative.
The thing about this book, is that I found the first 100 pages tedious, but I know they were necessary to describe this world. It took me a lot of time to get through those 100 pages, I read The Book Thief in between the first 100 pages, and that book is almost 1,000 pages. Once the real action begins, it is almost impossible to put this book down.
Our heroine, Lena, lives in a world that fears love and has a cure that alters the brain to numb the brain towards love and affection. They call it the cure. Every boy and girl is ought to have the cure when they are 17 and every boy and girl already have their match picked out, a person with a similar score on their score test. The state has everything in set for you: the person you will spend the rest of your life with, your career, how much money you will earn and even how you will feel about your future family.
For Lena, the cure is something long awaited, a save haven, an escape from feelings. She longs for it, until she mets Alex, a mysterious boy who shackles up her thoughts.
It is a very interesting concept. Lena is an interesting, complex character, with relatable emotions and an intriguing background. Alex is mysterious, charming and courageous. Hana, Lena's best friend is joyful, brave and delight to read about.
The ending of this book is great, because it leaves in a cliffhanger that makes you want to take the next book right away. (less)
Meet Pat Peoples, a guy that believes that life is a movie, he also believes in Silver Linings. Something he learned in his stay in neurology hospital...moreMeet Pat Peoples, a guy that believes that life is a movie, he also believes in Silver Linings. Something he learned in his stay in neurology hospital, he thinks that via silver linings the world would be a better place and that good things would happend to him. During his time in the hospital, Pat longs to be reunited with his wife Nikki, who has set a restraining order against him.
In a dinner Pat is introduced to Tiffany, a young widow that's mentally unstable. Soon they befriend, in a very strange way. Pat tells Tiffany everything about his stay in the bad place,as he calls it,his wife Nikki and how his silver lining to be reunited with her. During this journey, he has ups and downs but Pat learns notions of true love, friendship and family.
I really liked this book, just as much as I liked the movie. I felt bad for Pat in several moments, because I think that his bipolarity is something he inherited from his father, someone who regularly treats his family like rubbish if his favourite team loses a game. His mother is a pacient and very kind woman that does everything for him. I think that Pat would had never moved on without his mom.
In the end, this book helped me see the different ways people deal with mourning and how someone disease doesn't rule their hearts. I don't think Nikki is a bitch, like many people say(because I can understand why she was scared), but I do believe she should have been there for Pat, at least go to visit him or something.
It was really entertaining to read the dynamics between Pat and Tiffany. They were pretty comical together. If you liked the movie, you'll like the book, but I warn you that not everything is the same. (less)
Fuck you is the first line of Savages. A catching line, that makes you curious about what is about to happend next. It is also the beginning of a ad...more Fuck you is the first line of Savages. A catching line, that makes you curious about what is about to happend next. It is also the beginning of a adventurous ride. Savages is a novel that fuels you with adrenaline and a sense of dread, you know bad things are coming, but you are still rooting that the novels takes on a cliché ending. It doesn't.
Savages revolves around Chon,Ben and Ophelia(O), three very different individuals that have one thing in common, they love each other. They also run one of the most successful marijuana business in Cali. Everything is running smoothly for the trio until the Baja Cartel from Mexico wants in on their business.
Things turn sour when Chon, an ex- navy seal and Ben, a botanist try to evade the Baja Cartel. The rest is (pun-intended), savage.
Savages is a great read, fueled with an amazing narrative that combines different styles in a masterful way. It deals with nowadays problems in a unique angle, without giving us the usual suspects, nor the same heroic characters. The people in this book are deeply flawed, and that makes them even more human.
I loved this book. It has an original plot and it was better than the movie, in very ways different. Does this mean I would recommend this book to any...moreI loved this book. It has an original plot and it was better than the movie, in very ways different. Does this mean I would recommend this book to anyone? No. I feel like not everybody would understand the gem that this book is. But, I've been wrong before.
I enjoyed Palahniuk's writing, it just flows without dragging on and it keeps you wanting to know what comes next. And even if this book deals with dissociative identity disorder, you don't feel like you are reading two, or three people.
In conclusion, Chuck Palahniuk is a great writer and this books is proof of that.(less)
it is difficult to review a book so well known like this one, there is much that I would like to say, not so much about the book, but about the charac...moreit is difficult to review a book so well known like this one, there is much that I would like to say, not so much about the book, but about the characters that I'll try to wrap up. Loosely based on Alcott's family and set in her home in Massachusetts, Little Women is the story of Meg,Jo,Beth and Amy March.Four sisters with very distintive personalites.
Given that this book was written in a time when women weren't treated as equals, I didn't expect the sisters to be so independent and ahead of their time. Meg, the most motherly of all the sisters who seems to lose part of her identity in the second part of the book; Jo, perhaps, the most loved character in Little Women is based on the author herself. A tomboy,independent, blunt and talented Jo is very lovable in her attitude towards her sisters and her altogehter vision of life. The next sister is Beth, a sickly girl that loves music. she is sweet and unselfish, in the end her contribution to the family is one of the most heart warming chapters I've read. Amy, the younger sister, loves art and is quite into vanity at the beginning of the book. Amy can be read as spoiled, but as you read on you get to know that she is very kind and smart, which seemed to be a quality of all the March sisters.
I was so impressed,so to say, with the female characters because Jo,Amy,Beth and Meg living in that time, have more personality than a lot of female characters living in the 21st century. I believe that's why Little Women made such an impact, because the characters go beyond their time and leave a lasting impression of honesty and warmness.
You could tell that Alcott took inspiration of her previous publishing experiences when she was writing Jo's publishings adventures when
Leave out the explanations, make it brief and dramatic, and let the characters tell the story"
and her view of marriage Don't be alarmed. I'm not one of agreeable sort. Nobody will want me, and it's a mercy, for there should always be one old maid in a family . Unlike Jo, Alcott never did marry but as she also said in this book, that her family would be a family of stories. She left us,readers, quite a lovely family.(less)
I loved this book, for a while, I haven't read a book that enchanted me so. The narration, the characters and the story itself make a digest of beauty...moreI loved this book, for a while, I haven't read a book that enchanted me so. The narration, the characters and the story itself make a digest of beauty.
Inspired by a kid's story, and it is a kid's story itself, The Princess Bride travels through a variety of fantastic situations and feelings. Being the first of those feelings, is love, a love that goes to such deeps that survives even the worse of enemies. Then we have Revenge, which is also motived by love, one of the noblest love there is: the love a son has for his father. Finally, we all greed and jealousy, the final elements to make this history into a lovely tale of second chances, love and friendship.
Since I watched the Sofia Coppola movie I fell in love with this story, not only because I have a soft spot for sad and depressive stories, but becaus...moreSince I watched the Sofia Coppola movie I fell in love with this story, not only because I have a soft spot for sad and depressive stories, but because the way it the events flows in a captivating way. Then I got a hold of this book and god, it was really more than I expected. Captivating, sensual, innocent in a way, dramatic, sad and definetely addicting, The Virgin Suicides is a must read.(less)