Well, this is the first book review I’ve ever written, so hopefully I don’t screw up somehow here. I know people don’t tend to take five stars very ser...moreWell, this is the first book review I’ve ever written, so hopefully I don’t screw up somehow here. I know people don’t tend to take five stars very seriously. I don’t take five stars very seriously. I always think that the reviewer is someone who doesn’t really delve deeply into a book, someone who either really hates a book or really loves a book. As with everything else, that’s not always true, but it’s something that I’ve observed from the general population. I don’t give out five stars, though, unless it’s a book that has caught my attention entirely, and Wuthering Heights is definitely a book like that. I haven’t felt so passionate about a book in so long, and I can’t remember a time when I’d wished so fervently for the death of a character. I hate Heathcliff. I ABSOLUTELY HATE him. And I understand why so many other people would hate this book. While reading the book, I flipped each page in total anticipation of Heathcliff’s death, knowing that I will relish it when it does come. **SPOILER** I literally flung the book down and vented about how much I’d hated him and how happy I was now when he finally did die. **END SPOILER**
Wuthering Heights, to me, was not so much a love story as it was an account of the true nature of human beings. At some point or another in the book, I was annoyed with every character (except maybe Mr. Lockwood, because he was barely involved in the actual story in the first place), wishing that they could all just shut up or something. After thinking about it, though, I realized that if someone were to document my life or the life of any other average human being, readers would be exasperated with me (or whoever else is involved) throughout a good portion of the story, too. After that, the story felt more realistic and meaningful to me (I was never one to really enjoy cheesy love stories, though I do read them occasionally). I truly enjoyed the entirety of the novel (except maybe the overly descriptive beginning), in spite of how angry and worked up I got over it.
Wuthering Heights isn’t an easy book to like. It really depends on your own personal tastes. If you absolutely can’t stand to read a book in which every character has a detestable quality, this is not the book for you. But if you like to look at humanity as it really is, you should definitely read this. (less)
I couldn't stop reading this from the moment I started, even though I have so much homework to finish today. I couldn't stop crying either. It was jus...moreI couldn't stop reading this from the moment I started, even though I have so much homework to finish today. I couldn't stop crying either. It was just a wonderful book, and unlike most of the other books I've read, this one actually has meaning.
This is a book everyone should read, and I really mean that. I don't know what else to say about it.(less)
The exact rating for this would probably be 4.5. I could barely put this book down after I started it. I love the subtle humor (not many books have ma...moreThe exact rating for this would probably be 4.5. I could barely put this book down after I started it. I love the subtle humor (not many books have made me laugh out loud like this one did), the clever and realistic protagonist and just about everything else, except maybe the writing style. I'm so glad my friend recommended this to me, and I would eagerly recommend this to everyone else.(less)
Surprisingly, I actually preferred Catching Fire over The Hunger Games. Maybe it’s because I was expecting so much out of The Hunger Games and so litt...moreSurprisingly, I actually preferred Catching Fire over The Hunger Games. Maybe it’s because I was expecting so much out of The Hunger Games and so little out of Catching Fire, or maybe because I was finally able to feel attached to the characters in the middle of Catching Fire. I’m not sure. Either way, I wasn’t able to pick out what exactly it was that people disliked so much about the book that wasn’t in the first, unless it was Katniss’s shift in personality—which makes me want to ask if that was just me, or if anyone else noticed it. She seemed very . . . off to me.
But that’s a bit beside the point. The point is, I did enjoy reading Catching Fire. There seemed to be more emotion, more pain, more at stake in Catching Fire than in The Hunger Games. In The Hunger Games, it was mainly a story of survival (and of course, sacrifice) on Katniss’s part, but in Catching Fire, you can see more clearly the hardships and the injustices that the districts have to suffer, see the ingratitude of the Capitol people and how they take what they have for granted. You can see the cruelty of the tyrannical Capitol and think that, in the world we live in right now, there are people who still have to live under such diabolical governments. Maybe that image struck me so hard just because my parents have lived in such conditions and because the rest of my people are still being oppressed (maybe to a lesser degree) in our homeland. (less)