This story starts off with Suzy tragically losing her best friend in a drowning accident and struggling to cope with it. It follows what happens afterThis story starts off with Suzy tragically losing her best friend in a drowning accident and struggling to cope with it. It follows what happens after the event, as well as a few years or so leading up to it. The story captures Suzy’s emotional state perfectly and you can’t help but feel for her. You even root her on when she decides that Franny couldn’t just have drowned and that there must be another explanation.
Suzy embodies quite a few qualities that I admire in people. Tenacity, curiousness, research-orientated and the ability to believe that not everything is as straight-forward as it may appear. Her whole story is written as a research paper, starting with a hypothesis and ending with results and a conclusion. I really loved this way of telling a story, as I am working on my dissertation. It was masterfully incorporated into the story line!
The book gives a lot of facts about things Suzy encounters or even things she doesn’t. She loves facts, loves learning and loves to tell people about it. But mostly she talks about jellyfish. Jellyfish have always fascinated me and the book details so much about Jellyfish that you will also probably be fascinated by the end of the book.
Another aspect I think the book embodies very well was young girls being desperate to fit into the construction society often encourages. How they can be mean and not consider their actions. This is why Suzy was a breath of fresh air. Even though she was mean herself, you could see all these confusing situations happen to her. She felt out-of-place in a world that was changing around her. I think many of us can relate.
What a beautiful and heartfelt story! A must buy for any Middle Grade kids you know....more
This book starts out with Bianca, a cynical but smart teenager who doesn’t have the easiest life, being told that she is a DUFF – Designated Ugly FatThis book starts out with Bianca, a cynical but smart teenager who doesn’t have the easiest life, being told that she is a DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend. This combined with her absentee mother and on-the-verge-of-a-breakdown father makes her spiral out of control and do things she never thought she would, with someone she never thought she would even touch with a ten foot pole!
Bianca was a fun character to read about. Sure she is a bit crazy, but her life sort of demands it. I only wish she treated her best friends better – especially Jessica. I felt sorry for Jessica, even though Bianca make friends with her, she still kept her at arms length. Casey, her other friend, was also great and they had a much stronger connection. I feel like Casey and Jessica should have featured more in the book, but I guess Bianca isolating herself during her spiral makes sense.
This book talks a bit about Wuthering Heights, which I just want to say was probably the worst book I have ever read – so it didn’t foster any good memories. However, Toby, the character which introduced the Wuthering Heights talks was a very endearing and likable character. I really liked Toby and the way the book made his story end really worked for me. Oh and let’s talk about Wesley, the man-whore. I really liked Wesley. I think he was a very well rounded character and added a lot of fun to this book! Obviously he has his own issues that need to be sorted out, but it made him complex.
Overall this was a very fun and quirky book, that touches on some very heavy issues. I really enjoyed it and will definitely read more books by Kody Keplinger!
This movie review is going to be a bit more of a comparison list than anything else. First, I think I enjoyed the movie more than the book! The movie had me laughing really hard!
What I liked more about the movie:
Bianca and Wesley’s relationship develops out of friendship. The book’s relationship is very instantaneous and the love comes last. Does anyone else think that a relationship born out of hatred, confusion and distraction doesn’t seem like the most healthiest of relationships? Sure I like them together, its just a bit unhealthy. Also someone needs to tell book Bianca she doesn’t have to have sex with a boy right away – or is that too prudish? The way the movie handled it seemed more natural. *shrug*
I like that there was a dad in the book, but the committed loving mom in the movie was much better. I wonder why they swapped it around? Maybe to make the move more lighthearted? Oh and of course book Toby was muchhhhh better than movie Toby.
All in all I liked the book. It wasn’t a game changer, but it was still a good book. And I will definitely watch the movie over and over as the years go by!
“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”
After recently watching Insurgent I felt a renewed vigor to finish this series. So I picked up Allegiant. I expected excitement and revelaMy Thoughts:
After recently watching Insurgent I felt a renewed vigor to finish this series. So I picked up Allegiant. I expected excitement and revelations, and at first I was hopeful, but it felt like the story took too long to get to a point, and soon I was bored. The booked picked up in the middle and I felt like I was reading what I came for. However, even though things picked up at the end, it still left me puzzled about why the book had to go this direction. I feel like Allegiant is completely different from Divergent and Insurgent, and not in a good way. It wasn’t bad, I liked it, but I wanted to love it, just like I did the first two books in the series!
Don’t get me wrong, Tris and Four were still awesome, and so where all the other characters. I just felt they were played out and I expected more of them. Caleb never evolved the way I thought he would, and there was a general stagnant feeling.
This book could have been 200 pages shorter to be honest. Maybe it would have been less boring.
I just can’t with the ending. It just didn’t suit this series. I don’t even know what to say.
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”