Or Oliver was Raped and all of the people talking to him about his rape cohered him into believing he wanted it. (which would be very F-ed up)(less) (hide spoiler)]
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...If you like pretentious asshole hipsters and rapists this book is for you.
Did I just say Rapist? Spoiler Alert - Fuck yes I said rapist! In fact I don't think this is a spoiler, It should be some sort of disclaimer when you start the book that says something along the lines of "Althea makes the worst bad decision ever and that decision is to RAPE her fucking best friend." There is no argument, there is no gray area and I am not using this word lightly. The bad decision mentio...more
I should have run away when I heard this book is similar to John Green and Rainbow Rowell's work but guess what?!? I am ambitious and thought I would genuinely like it.
The start is really impressive. I love it. Althea and Oliver are such a great characters who have so much chemistry together. Where did it all go wrong?
I think, I will need a strong dri ...more
This book is an unbelievably sexist mess. Moracho tries to make Althea seem like cool, angry, confused badass but only successfully creates a whiney rapist. RAPIST.
Because what’s described in the synopsis as “t ...more
Althea & Oliver is a different take on the best friends-to-lovers trope. A very different take. I’m not going to waste any time or words on dealing with anything other than . . . .
The story here is that Althea and Oliver have been best friends since their first game of Candyland when they were six years old. When Oliver develops a strange illness . . . .
A line gets crossed that can never be uncrossed.
Bottom line is: Althea rapes Oliv ...more
Well, it's not, really.
It's about a girl whose best friend from childhood comes down with a rare and life-changing illness. Althea has to face both the difficult time Oliver is having, and the normal strains and stresses about how relationships - and one's sense of self - change as one grows up.
Yes, as part of growing up, Althea ...more
Do not expect the mushy cheesy type. Do not expect swooning and gushing. Do not expect for the typical love story. Expect what real raw love is. Expect the unconventional affection. Expect that reality isn't always as beautiful as you hoped it to be, that reality is reality and most often than not, it is ugly.
From the moment I read the synopsis, about two best friends, one wanting more than friendship and is set in mid 90's with mix tapes and whatnot - I wa ...more
1) Althea and Oliver's relationship is deeply unhealthy. They're overly dependent on one another. They're mean to each other. They're looking too hard for the other to fill all the holes in their lives. Such relationships almost always end in tears.
2) There's a violence to their relationship that is uncomfortable. The language they use with one another can be harsh and the physicality ...more
Althea is a fighter and Oliver is not. Except, when Althea fights it's for her feelings and Oliver can't requite them. They've been best friends for years -- for a decade and some change -- but Oliver doesn't want more and Althea does. For all she pushes, the more he pulls away.
Which is convenient when he begins suffering with a sleeping disorder and is out for weeks at a time. In one of his more lucid moments, Althea (view spoiler)[ and Oliver sleep together, and whether or not it's sleep ...more
**I received Sneak Peek: Althea & Oliver from NetGalley via Penguin Young Readers Group (Viking) in exchange for an honest review.**
3 stars - This is based off of what I've read (aka, it's going to change)!!
What a lovely and interesting ...more
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Althea & Oliver is probably the YA that the naysayers don’t realize exists. It’s literary, it’s layered in its storylines and the emotions build up in all of them, and not even close to fluffy. In fact, I would call the general feeling of this book melancholy.
If you haven’t guessed from the above description, Althea & Oliver is not exactly a story you are going to fly through. I was unsure if I was actua ...more
Althea & Oliver felt really unnatural, while also feeling completely expected.
I felt no genuine connection between our two title characters. They grew up together, became great friends, and have stuck together ever since. Okay. Fair enough. But, if these two are going to be written as best friends, I want to be able to believe it and I couldn't. Despite having some so ...more
I don't even know what I just read. This book is a disaster after the first few chapters. Disaster.
Everything's alright, every thing's merry and then, thunk! everyone becomes an idiot, how convenient
Then again, if you don't like JG, you also might. I don't know.
The book stars Oliver, one of the blandest characters you'll ever meet, and Althea, who's almost-but-not-quite one of those manic pixie dreamgirls that have saturated the market these days. (Hey, still better than a Mary-Sue.)
From that sentence, this sounds like a book that I would hate, and I should. But I didn't, because the tropes were played well. Cristina Moracho has a gift for writ ...more
So much ache. So much love. To quote the book:
"It feels good, and it still hurts."
That's exactly how I felt. I'm so glad I read the book and it blew me away but it really broke me too at five in the morning when I finished it. Cristina Moracho, you owe me a night's sleep (But who cares? Definitely not me.) but I'd gladly give it to you all if you keep on writing books like this.
Grittily beautiful - that's how I'd describe this under the radar gem (well, ...more
I was excited to read this book because it was supposed to be a coming of age story about punk rockers. Instead I got a friendship story about two kids in North Carolina that reminded me of Dawson's Creek. Althea & Oliver are an unlikely pair, like Joey and Dawson, that have been inseparable since they were six. Like Joey and Dawson both have feelings for each other they don't know ...more
Sadly everything fell apart after that. I don't even want to get into it but this book had some major, major issues that are inexcusable (concerning what Althea did to Oliver with NO consequence) that were never discussed, never addressed and never dealt with. If the genders had been reversed wit ...more