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message 1: by Savina (new)

Savina M. Sounds like everything I hate about YA literature mashed into one. Can't wait for your review:)


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Savina wrote: "Sounds like everything I hate about YA literature mashed into one. Can't wait for your review:)"

That's actually one of the first lines of my review :\


message 3: by Savina (new)

Savina M. Mwahaha. I can peer inside your mind and know when you're thinking dirty thoughts. :D


message 4: by Kribu (new)

Kribu This does not sound promising (in spite of the serial killer in the blurb). At all.

*waits for the review*


message 5: by Navessa (new)

Navessa Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh


message 6: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine ... I still can't get over the fact that there's a four year old with some serious sass in a claimed "serial killer" book.


message 7: by Savina (new)

Savina M. I'm getting a headache just by reading your review. Funny how the author mocks Twilight, but the book sounds as bad as Twilight.


message 8: by Basuhi (new)

Basuhi Are these supposed to be teenage characters ? *screaming profanities*


message 9: by Kribu (new)

Kribu Yeaaaaaaauch.

Unless they're the main character. Then it's totally OK to wear a bathing suit and show off your ass and have a cute guy rub sunscreen on you when you're in a bathing suit.

This is one my big problems with this trope. It's never, ever, ever a protagonist who is genuinely Not Interested In Boys (whether she's asexual or just hasn't had her hormones kick in yet or just simply hasn't met any hot boys yet) and confused over why other girls act like this with boys - no, it's always a girl who has just the same hormonal desires and goes around drooling over the same hot boys but somehow it's okay when she does that and totally not okay (and skanky and ho-ish and what not) when other girls want the same boys or, even worse, dare to act on their desires.

That's slut-shaming and perpetuating the self-centredness, the idea that it's bad when other girls/women do X but okay for you to do the same thing - slut-shaming and hypocrisy all in one neat package.


message 10: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Monroe "Despite how rude he’s just been to me I have been conditioned by my mother to be polite at all times and so I smile at him in apology."
Rape culture strikes again.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Helen: the problem with having such a young character is that it is completely unbelievable when they start talking so adult-like. It doesn't work.

Savina: that's exactly it.

Basuhi: yes, they are 18 and about to go to sone very prestigious US universities.

Kribu: DOUBLE STANDARDS! We haz it :( I can't tell you how many books perpetuate this.

Natalie: yep. I hate it.


message 12: by Basuhi (last edited Mar 22, 2014 06:33AM) (new)

Basuhi Most of my friends are already eighteen and I'm going to be soon, so I fail to understand how authors write about teenagers as if they crave boys like drugs. And the guys either. Most of the guys are too shy to even flirt but no, books have to make guys look like swoon worthy hero and its a wonder you come across slut shaming so much when I don't think I've encountered a single instance. My luck.


message 13: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Khanh: You'd really think the author would have some sens as to make her four year old character to sound like a four year old instead of a fifteen year old. :/


message 14: by Rebeca (last edited Mar 22, 2014 09:00AM) (new)

Rebeca Woah. This book is gonna be hell-a outdated in just a few years.

(I mean...Facebook? Urban Dictionary? Robert Pattinson/Edward Cullen? Christ, it's almost like the author got paid for product placement/name dropping).


message 15: by Madeline (new)

Madeline Mcdonald It didn't sound like there was a plot besides romance, so you threw me off guard mentioning a serial killer. Really girl? You're worried about two guys and carb-shaming and not about the chance you might get murdered?


message 16: by black lamb (new)

black lamb the carbs thing is SUPER outdated, yeah. atkins was really huge like... i wanna say 10 years ago? and yeah weight-conscious people will still watch their carb intake but carb hysteria really peaked like a decade ago. can i just mention how much i hate the romance/na/ya trope of "EVERY GIRL HAS AN EATING DISORDER EXCEPT MEEEEE!"?

i hereby ban any young adult author from trash-talking twilight unless a committee of 20 critics have read their books and agreed they are nothing like twilight, because everyone who thinks they're writing a book that's SO TOTALLY NOT TWILIGHT YOU GUYS is just writing twilight.

also lmao this author can freaking FIGHT ME over the use of the word "like." it has evolved with a genuine linguistic function, don't be a pretentious prescriptivist jerk.


message 17: by Alma Q (new)

Alma Q I wouldn't say carbohydrate hysteria is totally over, it feels like it's been slowly coming back... but that might be just here.

Mocking and stereotyping are always such a good ways to make the story (or person) seem better!


message 18: by Sam (new)

Sam I wish she would have at least given a legitimate reason that the characters are all carb-obsessed. Like, maybe diabetes runs in their families so they're more aware of overdoing it on carbs or something. I also hate when blanket generalizations are just tossed about haphazardly at groups of people that are meant to be scoffed at. Hello, they're ALL people, likely there is at least one interesting thing about each and every one of them. Unless they're cardboard. Maybe they're cardboard. I want to find out, lol


message 19: by Soumi (new)

Soumi I'm so sorry Khanh that you had to go through this book. It was torturing, and there is no sense of "murder-mystery" in this book, other than a few occasional mentions.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Basuhi: I didn't even date anyone until I got to college, neither did most of my friends. We had better things to worry about. So many authors make romance the focus of teenagers' lives when it is not true at all.

Helen: It drives me fucking nuts to see children in books who do not act like children. So many kids act and talk older than their age. A 4 year old talking like that is ludicrous. I would believe it if she spouted off the occasional "fuck" but entire sentences like that? No.

Rebeca: Yes, the trouble with inserting so many pop culture references is that they will be completely outdated very soon.

Madeline: There is a subplot of a serial killer killing nannies on the Nantucket Sound and it wasn't terribly exciting.

black lamb: Ha, I think the carb thing is replaced by Paleo now, and I'm doing a mostly Paleo diet, so I can't say anything. I would never judge someone for what they eat, though. Most of my friends don't follow Paleo at all, and we never comment on each others food. Like, totally, right? I'm guilty of using like in my everyday speech too, but trash talking it as a stereotype then showing teens using like is just silly.

Aavis: Nope, it's still pretty big =_

Sam: Lol! Diabetes, no. It's just stupid slutty bitches wanting to be thin :P

Soumi: Pretty much, if the character had been more focused on the murder instead of hating on other girls, I would have loved this book.


message 21: by Tandie (new)

Tandie I didn't know about he Bechdel test, but I will now be looking for non-boy conversations from my female characters.


message 22: by Summer (new)

Summer Oh, poop. I'm also reading a book about a hipster who thinks she's sooooo much better than all the other kids her age. O_O


message 23: by Kuroi (new)

Kuroi The Bechdel test...interesting. Poor Khanh. Hope your headache gets better - it will probably go away after your sister gets home :D


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies My sister spent our entire car ride catching up and talking about books. BOOKS. I am so happy right now =)


message 25: by Savina (new)

Savina M. I really don't understand when a female author writes a book which utterly fails the Bechdel test. I mean, don't they have girl friends? Surely they don't only talk about boys o_o


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies I think they write it because they feel that's what the audience wants. Clearly that's not always the case, because I know so many who hate it.


message 27: by Shwey (new)

Shwey This book sounds painfully like Marked. And I swear, for all that mockery of Twilight and clichéd bad boys, this book is written like Twilight with a bad boy. Could the author have been a bit tired when she wrote the book, and didn't realize what she was writing?
And the four year old girl! Darn. When I was four, I couldn't even read much less yell out deluges of profanity. It is probably medically impossible to form sentences like that when you're four.
And girls don't always talk about boys. Me and my friends talk about general topics. Such stereotypes, so awful.


message 28: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Wrona I've read Sarah's 'Hunting Lila,' and I thought that I was the only one who really disliked it. I never knew that Sarah released another novel from a different series, but you judge books similar to the way I do, so I don't think I'll ever pick this one up. I felt that 'Hunting Lila' had so much potential in it but it never showed it or improved throughout the plot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


message 29: by Brigid (new)

Brigid CAN I CALL SEXIST YA SHIT ON THIS BOOK KHANH? i'm so fucking insulted by this book and I haven't even read it. It's like the author intentionally puts people into categories and stereotypes that are sexist and insulting. I show off my body, does that make me a slut?! does the fact that I like to wear short skirts make me a ho? Because if so, just marker it the fuck up on the door of my dorm room! God! I hate crap like that. Can we please get rid of women hating on other women? Lets also get rid of pre-judgment of men before we actually know them. On a side note, I wonder if the author was trying intentionally make her book the anti-thesis of Twilight. But, according to your review, it looks like she made it into some judgmental stereotypical sexist crap. ANGRY!


message 30: by O.R. (new)

O.R. Ew.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Astoria: *shudders* Marked was by far the worst vampire book I've ever read. Same with me, when my friends and I get together we talk about life, friends, boys barely make it into the conversation unless one of us is having relationship drama.

Michelle: I think authors tend to write pretty much the same character in all their books, for example, Richelle Mead with her strong heroines. Based on this book, I'm not inclined to read Hunting Lila.

Brigid: YES. Too many books are like this. I wear miniskirts and booty shorts, I also watch what I eat, and anyone who thinks I'm a slut can go fuck themselves. Just because I dress in a certain manner doesn't give people the right to judge me. It's like the "you're asking for it" stupid excuse for rape.


message 32: by Yzabel (new)

Yzabel Ginsberg Kribu wrote: "This is one my big problems with this trope. It's never, ever, ever a protagonist who is genuinely Not Interested In Boys (whether she's asexual or just hasn't had her hormones kick in yet or just simply hasn't met any hot boys yet) and confused over why other girls act like this with boys - no, it's always a girl who has just the same hormonal desires and goes around drooling over the same hot boys but somehow it's okay when she does that and totally not okay (and skanky and ho-ish and what not) when other girls want the same boys or, even worse, dare to act on their desires."

Exactly the same here. It just feels like a cheap ploy to make the MC look like the Best Person On Earth, and it reeks of double-standards to boot. Of course, the contradiction spirit never being far, this in turn makes me dislike the MC.

And ditto on the "you're asking for it" shite. I like booty shorts and high heels, I have large boobs so of course anything I wear short of a turtleneck (and even then) will emphasise them, but why should this make me a slut? (As for the crap excuse, well, then I might as well say, "if you can't keep your dick in your pants, you should be locked somewhere, because you're clearly out of control and dangerous for society." Right? *wiggle eyebrows*)


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Just for the record, I am so jealous of all you large-breasted ladies. ;_; Even if I were to wear a corset, my boob never goes anywhere higher than my...boobs.


message 34: by Yzabel (new)

Yzabel Ginsberg Don't be too jealous. Big boobs too often mean sagging boobs, and early in life. Also, they more easily hurt when you make vigorous moves. (But yeah, I agree they look nice in a corset. ^^)


message 35: by Mei (new)

Mei Great rant, Khanh! :D
Maybe you should stop reading YA books... *wink*
... just a suggestion... LOL


message 36: by Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies (last edited Mar 24, 2014 01:57AM) (new)

Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies I've read my share of adult contemporaries/PNR/fantasy, and honestly, they're just as bad. What makes it worse is that they're grown ass women who should really know better.


message 37: by Mei (new)

Mei Hahaha!!! That's the absolute truth!
My problem is that recent YA main characters are really immature for me... I just can't understand them. Their reasoning is almost always so wrong and often plain stupid. I loved Graceling, and the Poison series, but not much more... :(


message 38: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Sounds like the author mocked all the stereotypes in the hope that it made her more edgy, thus nobody would notice that she included them all anyway?

I found this review amusing up until you revealed the MC is a Brit and suddenly I AM SUPER OFFENDED. As a Brit myself, I want to protect us from such portrayals :P


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Natalie: I try not to stalk my British friends because I'm creepy enough already. I read the Daily Mail for fun. Please don't judge me.


Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell This sounds pretty awful. :|


message 41: by Ally (new)

Ally Wow - this sounds epically bad. Thanks to your suffering you have saved the rest of us from the same torture so for that I salute you !! :D


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Always happy to take one for the team, Nenia & Ally =)


message 43: by Hira (new)

Hira OMG, that bad??? >_< Man, I was really looking forward to reading this but now im really disappointed :( :( :(

But don't write off Hunting Lila because of this book. I totally recommend Hunting Lila, it is actually really really good and i think you will like it (or at least i hope so). The main guy is definitely NOT a douchebag/stalker/serial killer/bad boy and nor is there really insta-love. And there isn't a love triangle :) Ooooh and there is actually a plot in this book and its super interesting and not cliche. So im really hoping you will give Hunting Lila a go im hoping even more that you will love it *fingers crossed* :)

Thanks for the review for this book though, definitely coming off my TBR :(


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Ok, just as long as there's no douchebag =)


message 45: by Hira (new)

Hira Definitely not, Alex is an utter gentleman :D I can't wait for you to read it!!!! ^_^


message 46: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Is there even a serial killer in the whole damn book? Sounds like self-published, un-beta'd, wannabe-hipster trash.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Lauren: Yes, there's a serial killer, but it was hidden under the pile of annoying that was the plot.

Skyla: Me, too. *sigh* I love the place where this book takes place, but it just didn't deliver.


message 48: by Holli (new)

Holli thx for saving me from yet another horrible book! love the review!


message 50: by [deleted user] (new)

You say that Sarah is mocking how British Ren is, but in Britain we actually use these words/speak like this/act like this. Sarah is not making a stereotype, but just as an English woman, writing as a normal English teenager,


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