I'm not unreasonable. When I read an expletive, I don't grab the book, go outside, start a fire, burn the book, and then snatch it out of the fire, buI'm not unreasonable. When I read an expletive, I don't grab the book, go outside, start a fire, burn the book, and then snatch it out of the fire, burning my hand, so I can make sure that indeed, fire does burn things and will burn the book.
When I read a TMI scene, I don't take the book and throw it at old ladies saying, "SEE WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT THE NEW GENERATIONS!" until cops come. Or at least, I don't do that often.
When I read something gory with tons of violence, I don't start watching My Little Pony until I forget that violence is a thing. Too many questions.
When I read something so cheesy and stupid that I lose brain cells, I don't throw up physically. Physically.
Yet when curse words show up every other word, to the point where a line of dialogue is only made up of variations of f***, I begin to question my sanity. What happened to subject-verb agreement? How come I'm not reading a single word that wouldn't be bleeped out on CNN? I go back to the title. No, there's nothing wrong with my vision. I can read "The Child Thief." None of Brom's favorite word there.
I counted how many f-bombs (I feel like a stupid 6th grader, but yes, I use the word "f-bomb") were in the first chapter. There is approximately 29. Chapter 1 doesn't even have 29 pages. I rest my case....more
I hate being condescended and patronized. I loathe it. I still remember when I was 13 and the eye doctor asked me what "squiI'm twitching.
I hate being condescended and patronized. I loathe it. I still remember when I was 13 and the eye doctor asked me what "squint" means. I still remember when I was 11(?) and people thought I didn't know what "testimony" meant. The reason I quit sports in middle school is that if felt I didn't belong and people treated me like an athletic dodo (which, by all means, I was, but still acutely hurt).
I started to read this biography, knowing that I was reading an account of Jesus from a non-Christian perspective. I knew it, but I thought that if he was respectful, it would be eye-opening for me to read about this new perspective of the man I see as Messiah.
I enjoyed reading about Jerusalem's early days, the groups of bandits that stole from the rich in order to rebel against Rome, and how much the Jews hated to be Rome-ified. Interesting.
Then we got to the birth of Jesus. I saw the man who wrote this first start to contradict the Bible, but I was okay. It was when he elaborated on how "scattered" and "contradictory" and blah blah blah he found the New Testament, I was just like, "I want to hear how you think Jesus' life was like. Not how much you don't think it was like the New Testament." In the end, I put it down before finishing.
You know how some soap operas are HILARIOUS when they try to be dramatic? Like, it's so obvious how much they fuse drama unnecessarily in there? MostYou know how some soap operas are HILARIOUS when they try to be dramatic? Like, it's so obvious how much they fuse drama unnecessarily in there? Most of those TV dramas have characters that consist of: 1. "Oh no! I'm pregnant!" *struggles over whether to get an abortion* 2. "My family members are having a feud that has either involved murder, disease, death, or abusive boyfriend number four!" *cries into pillow* 3. "Hi. I'm best friend's brother." *dashing smile* *audience sighs* This felt like that. The characters in Burned Bridges are *spoiler*: 1. "Family feud! I feel abandoned!" *rushes over to friend's house* 2. "Me?" *blushes* "Pregnant with noncommittal boyfriend." 3. "I'm a doctor who was an alcoholic and passed out while operating! And I'm into the main character!" 4. I forgot who this one was, because I started zoning out around here somewhere. I got to around chapter 3 and a half? Ack, and I already knew all of these problems. It's realistic if you're on a TV-14 show with Once Upon a Time shed-a-tear actors, but in real life? It's more like: 1. "My life's okay, but my parents are divorced." 2. "My life's pretty good, but I have OCD." *shrugs and takes medication* 3. "My life's pretty terrible, because I'm crippled." *looks down and frowns* NOT: "My life sucks bad because my parents divorced while diagnosing me with OCD, crippling me for life." But that's what it felt like here. Only a couple chapters in, I've put it down and decided that I'd only recommend this to people that have such terrible, horrible lives that reading this makes them feel better about themselves....more
I absolutely hate wasting money. But that's what I did. I am furious. I almost never buy books. Most I get from the library or my friends. Yet, I letI absolutely hate wasting money. But that's what I did. I am furious. I almost never buy books. Most I get from the library or my friends. Yet, I let myself buy this novel, and look what happened. I absolutely hate wasting time. But that's what I did. I thought it would be interesting to read something more different, a Japanese book! Yet, on my Thanksgiving holiday, instead of talking to my relatives and laughing at a turkey cartoon, I thought, "Why not do something productive? It'll be fun to read!" Little did I know that what awaited me was characters that are rather typical (bookish silent girl, girl who seems different and isolated, boy who thinks he's as normal as can be, and girl who is only there to be sexually abused over and over and over). The plot line was okay, but I grew tired of scenes that just made me feel weird as one girl was forced into sensual situations repeatedly. I do not read books for these scenes and will put down books solely because of them. Maybe you think you are immune to the discomfort and guilt of the scenes. Nevertheless, you may grow tired of them and put the book down simply out of irritation. Oh, and one more thing: why do all of the characters have to be pretty?...more
Okay, from what I've read of it, I actually like the movie better. So most are going to disregard the rest of this review because it is nearly impossiOkay, from what I've read of it, I actually like the movie better. So most are going to disregard the rest of this review because it is nearly impossible to ever find a movie better than its book. I didn't like it. Not only did I find it too inappropriate too quickly for a YA novel, but... Okay, so he looks at her a gazillion times, calls the photos something about how perfection stands still with mortals. He's lovesick. That's okay too. But, I kind of need more of a reason than she's a legend since she rejected hooking up with a famous band member and at one point joined the circus. Legends are great, but they cannot be loved, only worshipped. But he loves her. And only other reason I was getting was because she was awesome in a literal way (but he points out it's not because she's hot (which is a reason that would at least be realistic coming from a highschool boy)). That doesn't mean that John Green will cease to be a role model, but I'm going to stick with his YouTube videos from now on....more
There are certain books I cannot force myself to relate to. When a girl told her best friend that she walked in on a shirtless man and the friend saysThere are certain books I cannot force myself to relate to. When a girl told her best friend that she walked in on a shirtless man and the friend says that she would've passed out from shock, I realize this is one of them. This isn't a bad book, from what I could tell. If I were part of the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel community, I may find this book enjoyable. As someone who's been to a public pool, I am putting it down....more