So not impressed by this book. It wasn't even the ending, which I understood going in that a lot of people disliked. On the contrary, I thought with t...moreSo not impressed by this book. It wasn't even the ending, which I understood going in that a lot of people disliked. On the contrary, I thought with the direction this book went, diverting entirely from the original perceived premise, it was the only real ending. Although to be fair I thought the casualties would included more off a Romeo and Juliet thing really.
So hate me if you like, but I found the ending to be quite good with the situation, characters, and the writing presented within this book.
However, Allegiant stands alone. It seems completely apart from the rest of the trilogy abd fit that reason alone I dislike it. Had there been hints that this was the direction the series was going in from the beginning, even if the reader couldn't keep up with or notice the foreshadowing that would have been okay. Instead it was like Roth just switched gears entirely and had this whole other story idea she wanted to enter. It would have worked well as a spin off story or perhaps as second set of triologies. But it seemed as if she concentrated too much on the new plot without doing the old plot any justice. Then she realised that she had a second plot to wrap up and did it quickly and too neatly. I even would have accepted them leaving the city at the end of the third book and finding out the second plot and making that it's own trilogy.
I spent a good amount of time wondering why characters did done of the things they did. Side of it just seemed nonsensical and only happened because Rothb needed them to do it for plot reasons. As if she was ditching them into her predesigned plan without any regard to their personalities and individual character growth.
Needless to say, I found myself getting bored a lot while reading and wondering why I was reading it. But then I remembered I wanted to know how it ended, and hell, I'd come this far, why not finish it out, ride this story out to the end. And I have to say I'm glad I did because I think the ending was the only redeeming factor about it. Although, I could have done without the epilogue.
Ps: I liked what happened to Peter in the end. (less)
Eh not impressed really. Sucked in, yes. Intense need to read the next one, if course. Story.... not much.
I'm a bit of a dystopian book junkie. Have...moreEh not impressed really. Sucked in, yes. Intense need to read the next one, if course. Story.... not much.
I'm a bit of a dystopian book junkie. Have been since before it became a fad. And reading this one was just shirt off "eh" for me.
butFirst problem: Ever see the second two pirates of the ICarribean movie where it was hard to tell who was on which side? Reading this was worse. I couldn't keep up after a while. Gave me whiplash and for the second half I couldn't figure out why Tris and Tobias were having problems. I also wasn't sure why there was so much bouncing around from place to place besides obvious setup. Why didn't they just go back to their own bacheadquarters sooner?
Third or fourth major problem (I lost count above.): Yeah that big reveal of information? I guessed it like a they'd of the way into the book if not sooner. Not a new plot piece. It was riveting the first three or four times I encountered it but not so now. To pull something like that off well, you need a stronger background and sherry than Roth put together.
Why am I giving this a 3? Well like I said, I enjoyed reading it and it drew me in and I like the premise. I just think that Roth tried something too big fit her britches with the ending bit.
Also did anyone else notice that in dialogue almost every tag is "says"? Or was that just me? (less)
I got this book at BEA where I saw Veronica Roth speak and I finally got around to reading it. First I held off because I wanted to wait for the third...moreI got this book at BEA where I saw Veronica Roth speak and I finally got around to reading it. First I held off because I wanted to wait for the third book to come out and then I wasn't in the mood and then I didn't have time. Now I finally got around to it. It was good. I liked it. Perhaps not the greatest thing I've ever read but it kept me engaged and I enjoyed it. I'm not sure if it deserves all the hype it's gotten but it is a really enjoyable book.
I'm not sure what else I can say about it that already hasn't been said though. I will say that while I was hooked on reading it, the whole world didn't fall away for hours on end so that's saying something. However, every time I had a moment to read, I picked it up and kept going. I even became one of those people on the subway to reads a nook. It felt wrong to be one of those people. Even though the book was good. :)
The writing wasn't as strong as it could have been and when I saw Roth speak she did say she wrote this while in college in her 20's and she has grown as a writer and now I can't wait to see where she takes the series. (less)
I picked this book up on a whim at work. I saw "Fangirl" and that it was a girl thinking about what looked like two male characters. Upon reading the...moreI picked this book up on a whim at work. I saw "Fangirl" and that it was a girl thinking about what looked like two male characters. Upon reading the inside flap I found out it was a girl who was obsessed with fandom, fanfiction, and specifically, slash fanfiction.
From that moment I had to read "Fangirl."
To understand why I love this book so much, let me tell you a little biography of me. I was about 14 or 15 (1998/99) when I discovered fanfiction. At the time it was all Mary Sue stories and after a while they got dull. Real dull. So I began writing my own stories, setting the characters in Space, or in a Fantasy World, etc. At the time, the term "AU" or "Alternate Uiverse" didn't exist, so I called it "different fiction" because I was one a very select few writing it. By the time I was 16, I was one of the forerunners of the fandom, and would get mail from people twice my age or more complementing me on my stories. Now, 15 years later, I have discovered one of my stories has been considered a "classic" and has been preserved on an archive of other classics before they're lost for good. Don't ask, I won't tell you the fandom, what name I wrote under, or what the story is called. I can say that even now I run into people who read fanfiction in this fandom and have since become friends with some who apparently used to be big fans of mine back then. It's a little weird.
Anyway, I sought out other authors who wrote AU's in that fandom, and I friend recommended one with magic and told me it was awesome, only the characters were all gay. I gave this story a shot. I have never looked back. I then spent a good chunk of my college years holed up in my room, hooked to my computer, obsessed with fanfiction, and in most cases, slash fanfiction. Looking back on my college years, I wish I had gone out more and branched out a bit more, particularly the year I studied abroad in England. It's my one regret of college.
To say I can relate to Cath is an understatement.
I have never been a twin, so that part of her story is foreign to me. But the rest resonates deep. It was like me in fiction form. Well a version of me. It made me realise that other people did what I did in college. Other girls (and some guys) were just as introverted and stuck to their laptops reading and writing fic. Slash fic. That my friends and I weren't alone (even though in real life we felt a bit like that.) Now that the internet is so huge, as is now Harry Potter and other fandoms that are heavy in fanfic, I think it's great there is a book out there that lets girls know they really aren't alone as we felt back then.
I don't have Cath's anxieties about new places but some of the internal monologues rang true to me, the computer and fandom being a safe haven. The fact that people on the internet are actually friends. (Hell, one of my internet friends eventually became a roommate of mine!)
To add to the concidences of how I connected with this book so thoughly, is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) just started and someone posted a list of published books written during NaNoWriMo, and this book was on that list. I found "Fangirl" on November 1st, and going against my better judgement, I picked it up and on my first real day of writing for NaNoWriMo (Nov 2nd) I got sucked into Cath's world. I couldn't put it down.
Then on page 204 I came across this:
"-but I'm a writer, too," The professor said. "I know what it's like to be distracted. To seek out distractions. To exhaust yourself doing every other little thing rather than face a blank page." She smiled at one of the boys, "A blank screen...
"So if you haven't finished - or if you haven't started - I understand, I do. But I implore you ... START NOW. Lock yourself away from the world. Turn off the internet, barricade the door. Write as if your life depended on it.
"Write as if your FUTURE depended on it."
Message recieved universe.
I managed to put the book down (with great effort) and go back to my nano.
I think "Fangirl" speaks to all of us writers in some way, and even just readers of fandom. Or those who are just fans. It struck a chord with me. I'm told my a friend that tumblr is blowing up with this book. I'll take her word for that. I have Archive of Our Own, Facebook, and Goodreads, I don't need another crack.
I know this isn't a traditional reveie, but I figure if Tumblr has exploded then chances are someone else has done a proper, more cassic style review, telling a bit about the plot, the characters, the use of point of views, things the author did well, that sort of thing. What was important to me was how this book touched me in a way most books haven't; by being a bit like my own life. TV shows have in the form of "Daria" and "Dead Like me" but not as many books, and none that would have the fannish side of me. And being a fan and a writer, and occasionally a writer of fanfiction (although I'm mostly retired now) I like seeing a book that has that.
I will say this, and I'll put it at the end since it doesn't really fit anywhere else in my review; I really didn't care much for Wren. She was really shitty to Cath. And I understand why things panned out the way they did, but I still can't bring myself to like her at all.
Also, I want to give this book a 4.5 but it won't let me. After debating a few times I settled on a 4 as it's not one of my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER, but I enjoyed it A LOT. Hence 4.5. (less)
I enjoyed Both "Throne of Glass" and "Crown of Midnight." However, I found them a bit contrived. Like sometimes events happened to force characters to...moreI enjoyed Both "Throne of Glass" and "Crown of Midnight." However, I found them a bit contrived. Like sometimes events happened to force characters to behave in a certain way and that it could have been cleaned up a bit.
Also, there is a big reveal at the end of the book that I saw coming from the beginning of book 1. One of the first scenes in "Throne of Glass" has Celaena in the woods and she wakes up with flowers around her and there are small footprints. I figured something was up then. However once the mark appeared on her forehead later on I knew something special was going on. By the time I got to the big reveal, I was expecting it. Maybe not necessarly the reveal that happened but something like it so I wasn't as surprised as Maas probably intended me to be. (less)
I'm not sure what I expected going into "Ender's Game," but I enjoyed it while reading. I had something spoiled for me by my now ex since it was his f...moreI'm not sure what I expected going into "Ender's Game," but I enjoyed it while reading. I had something spoiled for me by my now ex since it was his favourite book so he let me know the twist (if you can call it that as it gives it away on the back cover, which is lame if you ask me). Maybe I would have gotten more out of it had I read it when I was 12 and first getting into sci-fi but I found it interesting regardless.
I liked the psychological tactics employed and the hard look at what really goes into becoming a commander. I read somewhere that military personnel suggested to read this book. I'm not sure how true that is considering I think I saw that on Wikipedia but I could see the implications and the mindset.
Without doing any research on the topic, I get the feeling that Card was influenced by "Starship Trooprs." But it could be the whoel military thing with the alien enemy being bugs.
I'm not sure what else I can say that hasn't been said by so many people before me. So I'll just stick with that I liked it, that I found it engaging and I felt bad for Ender and what he had to go though. However, I felt that "The Speaker for the Dead" chapter seemed out of place. I understand why it's there it just doesn't seem to fit. I guess it's to set up the series or larger world or perhaps for Ender to make piece with himself, I'm not sure. Either way, it felt odd after the story.
I will admit that "Ender's Game" has been on my to read list for years (even if I didn't put it on Goodreads, and I am finally reading it now so I can read it before the movie. Also, if I read it any later than now, the it would have been too close to the movie's release in order for me to enjoy it. I will also say I saw the trailer for the movie before reading the book and despite knowing Harrison Ford was going to be in the movie, I didn't know what character he'd be. (All I knew was Asa would be Ender) And from the moment I got a sense of Graff's cahracter I could just HEAR Harrison Ford saying the lines. So he seems to be a perfect choice in my mind. I can't wait to see what the film will do to it, but I hope the story isn't ruined. A lot of the book is psychological stuff and playing games over and over again and I'm not sure how that will translate to a movie plot. I shall reserve judgement until I see the movie. (less)
I'm going to start off by saying I'm somewhat concerned because I have a friend James who's too smart for his own good and he quite frequently takes t...moreI'm going to start off by saying I'm somewhat concerned because I have a friend James who's too smart for his own good and he quite frequently takes to mumbling to himself and writing hastily in journals while making connections the rest of us don't understand. Once the idea is down, he'll look up and blink and realise the rest of us are still there with him. I'm going to count myself lucky he seems content with writing scifi stories. But he does work with numbers so I'm not sure....
Better review to come when its not 1:26am and I'm on my computer instead of my phone.(less)
I picked "Relic" up at BEA 2013 after overhearing someone at the soho teen book describe it to someon...moreWow. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but wow.
I picked "Relic" up at BEA 2013 after overhearing someone at the soho teen book describe it to someone else. And man, am I glad I did. I couldn't put it down!
Eva's twin brother dies and she then takes his place in the Testing to find Relics of the forgotten past, from before the "Healing." I was expecting this to be like other "Hunger Games" inspired dystopian YA novels out there. Only, it wasn't.
"Relic" is a good read after finishing "Hunger Games" as there is that element of survival because Eva must survive the Testing. Yet, it has a completely different feel. Where other dystopian books focus on either the oppression of the society / breaking free of it, or the quest to oncover secrets, "Relic" is much more. Yes, Eva is searching out things from the past but what she finds won't be what she expected. While her world will get turned on its head, and she'll have to go against everything she believes in, it's realistic.
I particularly liked the religion of Lex in "Relic." At times it was annoying but it's something Eva stays steadfast to. It grounds her. When she gets presented with something that goes against the teachings, she still clings on to her beliefs. It's this aspect that I think makes her journey believable. That and when she acts out against the Lex, she's doing so to save herself or someone else. She has to be able to justify her actions.
While there is a bit of a love triangle in the novel, it's carefully crafted and a smaller portion, almost akin to the first "Hunger Games" book. At no point did I want to scream at it. It, like the rest of the book, flowed naturally.
I'm afraid I can't say more because that will spoil what happens to Eva and what she uncovers. But I can say this, "Relic" joins the ranks of books where if the plot was described to you, you'd shrug it off thinking 'Oh, that's been done' or 'that sounds boring.' But you would be surprised in its execution and world building.
I love the Apple god. Holy double metaphor Batman. In addition, the other references to things gone past and how Eva and her society view them. All beautifully crafted.
If it's before October 2013, add this to your "To read" list. If you're reading this after October 2013, trying to decide if you should read "Relic" or not, then stop reading reviews and go out and get the book!(less)
**spoiler alert** I picked this book up on a whim at BEA 2013 and I ended up being blown away by it. I'm not saying it's my favourite book of all time...more**spoiler alert** I picked this book up on a whim at BEA 2013 and I ended up being blown away by it. I'm not saying it's my favourite book of all time, but I highly enjoyed reading it right to the point where I lost track of time because I got sucked in. So I mark that as a good quality of the book.
In "Taken," Gray lives in a primitive town of Claysoot. There is no specified year talked about but it has a feel of the mid to late 1800's. There's talk of livestock, carrying water, shooting with bows, etc. Blaine, Gray's brother, is a blacksmith. Maude even has water that comes into her house, which is considered amazing. Yet, there are picture frames in the houses and later on Gray is confused by what glasses are.
From the moment the Wall was mentioned in "Taken," I was reminded of a book I read in my childhood, somewhere in the mid '90's. I don't recall the title but the plot was a family in the late 1800's and people in the village were getting sick. The adults put up a sign "quarantined" which was later removed. The main character, a girl, was sent for help. Her mom explained to her that they moved there 20 years ago or so and gave the daughter odd clothing consisting of what I knew to be bellbottoms and a shirt. When she left the village, she found out that she was in a modern museum and the year was actually 1990-something. Her whole village was a living museum and people would come and watch them and see how they lived.
Because of this book I read some 20 years ago, I had an idea where "Taken" was going. Yet, it didn't end up going where I expected it to. So huge props for Bowman for pulling that off.
By the time Gray starts training in Crevice Valley, followed shortly by the mission into the city, I had a feeling about this book. "Taken" was everything I wanted "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins to be. I recently reread "Mockingjay" and was unsatisfied (again) by it. Oddly enough, "Taken," despite being its own story and having nothing at all to do with the Hunger Games franchise, gave me closure to "Mockingjay."
I'm a fan of social critiques in fiction, which is why I like dystopias so much. One of my favourite bits of "Taken," is when Gray reads the journals. To me it harkened back to the part in Orwell's "1984" when the main character reads the manifesto. (been a while since I read it so details are sketchy at best.) Not sure if that was intentional or not but it was a nice nod. Also, I liked how the different areas reacted in unique ways. I don't want to say too much due to spoilers (I know I marked this as having spoilers but I don't like to do too much regardless), but I found that to be particularly interesting. Although, I'm unsure of why they were surprised by a female leader in one.
"Taken" takes some unique concepts and then keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to bring you to the next secret. Reminds me of a theme on Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn" of "There's always another secret." But it did fall fault a bit to me on two points. Despite it's unique approach, it did feel a bit like most dystopian novels out there. I get that Frank's regime was supposed to feel ultra totalitarian, but it was flat there, nothing new, no flavour (however that may have been intentional so I'll reserve judgement until I read the following books). It also fell dystopian wise with the unknown "other" that is the enemy as well as the rebels. Reminded me more than a bit of "Prodigy" by Marie Lu, and not necessary in a good way.
And then there was the love triangle. Oh My God, what is it with YA stories and love triangles?? Seriously! They're getting old. Well they were getting old a few years ago. Now it's like beating a dead horse.
On another note, I did find it hard to figure out who was actually the one telling the truth. And despite the fact the rebels have proof against Frank, I still am leery of them and if they are actually the good side Gray needs to be on so I can't wait for the next book where they get even more answers. For all I know, the next one will have AmWest actually be the good guys, so who knows?
I'm not sure what to say about the actual book though without giving too much away. All I can honestly give is some of my impressions. Does this make me a bad reiewer? I'm not sure.
I can promise you, dear reader, that I did like it a lot. Not the best thing ever but a good read for something light. So if you've read "Hunger Games," and "Maze Runner" and you're itching for something like that or want a fun book for a plane ride, here's your book. It's standard and unique all at the same time, and that was enough to keep me enthralled. :)(less)
I picked this book up at Dragon*Con 2012 when I stumbled across a Brandon Sanderson signing and I was kicking myself for leaving my other books of his...moreI picked this book up at Dragon*Con 2012 when I stumbled across a Brandon Sanderson signing and I was kicking myself for leaving my other books of his at home.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started "Legion" but I wasn't all that impressed with it. It's got some interesting ideas about if Stephen is actually crazy or not, I'd like to think he's not. However, I like the way "Legion" leaves you guessing on that aspect. I'd like to think there was a magical element to it, but it's hard to tell. I also like the hints that he might not be able to handle his own genius and that he needs the hallucinations to do it for them.
One thing I did find particularly interesting is the religious aspect of "Legion." The fact that Brandon Sanderson is a religious man himself, the fact he took the POV of the scientist in this one was intriguing. I also liked watching the characters discuss the implications of the camera in terms of religion if it fell into the wrong hands. While I'm not a religious person myself, I do enjoy the sociological aspects of religion and this just slid into that category.
However, overall "Legion" fell short for me. The concept was grabbing but I'm not sure Sanderson took Stephen to his potential or fully looked into what he could do. As for the plot with the camera being stolen and having to track it down, that was flimsy at best.
So a quick read, and somewhat enjoyable, but I did not care for it. And this is coming from an avid Sanderson fan. Prior to reading "Legion," I considered "Warbreaker" his weakest work, now I need to revise that and say that title goes to "Legion." Yet, when looked at this as I side project, it's well done, but not, perhaps, ready for publication by itself just yet. (less)
**spoiler alert** I picked up this book at BEA 2013 and was excited as it was hailed as a the best "to read" book for a Joss Whedon fan and Browncoats...more**spoiler alert** I picked up this book at BEA 2013 and was excited as it was hailed as a the best "to read" book for a Joss Whedon fan and Browncoats especially. However, "Entangled" failed to make the cut for me.
What I found lacking though was the story itself. There is the basic girl finds out about a missing half who's in danger and she MUST get to him to rescue him before he dies. This is a good motivator to get a loner girl like Cade to move. It's an old trope but can be done quite well. But She's such a strong character it's a little jarring that she drops everything for a boy she's never met. She knows they're entangled and that means their minds are linked across the universe. I'll go with that in the beginning, figuring what it means to be entangled will be explained along the way. Only... it never really is. Or if it is, I missed it. So for more than half the book it seems like she's just acting for a boy. I'm fine with the mental connection but I'm not sure later why she's embarrassed about kissing Rennik while Xan is unconscious. I got the feeling that entanglement didn't mean they were lovers. It felt like it was more than that. Only, I never got the explanation of what it was and what it REALLY meant to the human race. I can see the implications music had and how the link kept her grounded, but what did it REALLY mean?
Cade is a strong character who is self sufficient, streetwise loner character with a gift of music. We get a good look at her world in the beginning and how humans are seen as less than worthy. I'd say Capetta's greatest gift in writing boils down to the diverse world building she's created. We not only see physical worlds that differ greatly from our own but the aliens that populate it are distinct and unique. Each one has a different way of viewing the world, my favourite being the Matalan, "a species of women who had some qualities of plants. They could photosynthesize and wore clothes spun with treads of sunlight over birch-pale, paper skin. This one rustles as she swept the floor. She grew purple flowers in her hair" (pg 30 ARC copy)
Capetta also has a gift of insinuating foreign words into dialogue without having to stop to explain what they mean. Examples of this are "dregs" and "spacecadet" this is something that's hard to do but she manages it quite well. The same goes for some of the science.
I also enjoyed the combination of music and science as the two are somehow linked with being human.
All in all, the scattering of humans across the universe and the fact that they're less than dirt reminded me more of "Titan AE" as opposed to "Firefly." It was only after considering this realization, that Joss Whedon wrote the screenplay to that. Joss' strengths have always been in unique worldbuilding as well as strong characterizations, both of which Capetta has in spades. But while Joss' stories are good, they aren't always the best, but we're willing to overlook the physical plot in exchange for the rest of the good stuff surrounds it. (For an example of this, think how much you liked "Avengers" and called it a good movie, and then sit back and think of what the actual plot of that movie is. The plot is really weak but we're willing to go with it because the characters are funny and awesome stuff happens. "Puny God" anyone?) The problem with "Entangled" for me was that it didn't quite make amazing enough characters and situations to allow the pitfalls for the plot to fade into the background.
I also found the action scenes muddled. One minute Cade is distraught about having to chuck Cherry Red, the ONE thing she owns and cares about, and the next minute she's willing to toss it without a second thought? What's the motivation here? And let's not get into the fact a second after that she seems to get away from her attacker and get on the ship. I found myself rereading this, and other scenes like it, over and over again wondering when we went from point A to point D.
I really wanted to like "Entangled" and I can see it's potential. For most of the book I was between 3 stars and 4 stars on it. (Shame I can't do 3.5 stars, that's what I would have given it.) I was set to give it 4 stars until I got to the end. The double, triple (not sure how much) deception with Xan and the Unmakers just got too muddled. We didn't know enough about Xan or maybe we knew a lot about him but not enough of the important stuff. His personality and who he was never got explained to us. Which is fine, Cade didn't know it either. But her reactions to Xan didn't seem right to me. I guess the entangled part of her made her latch to him, but again, without understanding truly what it meant to be entangled, how could I understand their bond.
I wish Amy Rose Capetta best of luck with this book,and future books. It's a nature of a person, to continue learning and this is only her first book. She has a lot of room to grow and I look forward to seeing it because she has the world and the characters, the exposition and plot just need some tweaking and it'll be great. (less)
I had the great privileged to attend school with Sara at Lesley where I was part of a workshop that covered two chapters of this book. It's wonderful...moreI had the great privileged to attend school with Sara at Lesley where I was part of a workshop that covered two chapters of this book. It's wonderful to see how much the story has grown since I first saw it two and a half years ago.
Sara manages to paint a vivid picture of modern day Iran and what it is like to not only be gay there, but what it is like for a teenage girl day to day. I have never traveled to the Middle East and I will admit to being quite ignorant about culture there beyond what most stereotypes that circulate around America, but it seems to me that Sara put me right there on the streets walking along with the characters and allowed me to see their world. See their love, their joy, their fear. The small details are what grabbed me the most, comments about illegal satellite feeds, and the visual censoring that goes into something as simple as an episode of "Lost," which we take for granted here in America. I also liked the detail on how certain characters wore their scarves.
While I believe Sahar acted a bit foolishly in places, she had some wonderful friends to guide her along the way and set her on the right path. She's a 17 year old girl blinded by love, and who hasn't tried to do something stupid as a teenager for love? She is faced with a hard decision and forges her own path and along the way has to learn the price that certain things have.
Despite having gay and transsexual friends, I have not been involved with their world directly. And as an outside, I think the portrayal Sara puts on paper regarding the aspect of the transsexual community is done beautifully. She shows the ups and downs, the happy people and the depressed. Other than Sahar's and Nasrin's love there is nothing, pardon the expression, straight forward, and multiple sides are presented at every turn. I think that's one thing that makes "If You Could be Mine" more realistic and touching than some of the other LGBT teen fiction I have come across. There is nothing preaching here, no direct road, just an honest story of a teenage girl trying to find her footing in the minefield of love.
I also had a wonderful experience while reading "If You Could be Mine," where I was at the dentist office and the book was sitting on the counter next to me as I settled my bill. A hygienist came over and commented about it, mistaking it for another book out with a similar cover. I regrettably had to inform her that she was thinking of another book and this one wasn't out yet, but it would come come out in August. She asked me what it was about, so I told her. By the end of my description, the hygienist and the receptionist were staring at me, entranced and practically begged me to leave my copy there so they could read it. In addition to this, I have several friends already on a waiting list to borrow my copy.
I'm proud of Sara and the work she has accomplished with her first novel. I hope once it's officially released, it continues to touch as many people as it seems to be reaching before it's publication. Congratulations on a job well done!(less)
I found "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan to be a beautifully written novel. It touched upon several different aspects of relationships across the...moreI found "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan to be a beautifully written novel. It touched upon several different aspects of relationships across the board and could have audiences, straight and gay relating.
*more later when I'm not falling asleep at the keyboard*(less)