There was a short while where I thought this book wouldn't make me as angry as I wanted to be due to the author and her agent's deplorable behavior. TThere was a short while where I thought this book wouldn't make me as angry as I wanted to be due to the author and her agent's deplorable behavior. That short while did not last. I have a lot of rantsthoughts about this book, but for now, I'll sum up my feelings thusly: SERIOUSLY?!...more
Because that's a happy alternate ending to FEED . . .
Yes, I feel like I must resort to some sort of humour and gifs to counteract how depressing thisBecause that's a happy alternate ending to FEED . . .
Yes, I feel like I must resort to some sort of humour and gifs to counteract how depressing this was. Depressing in a good way! A good way that broke my heart and pretty much destroyed me! But good!...more
I am not a fan of The Da Vinci Code, I'll just get that out of the way quickly. Don't get me wrong, it has a decent plot, a fun plot even, but it's evI am not a fan of The Da Vinci Code, I'll just get that out of the way quickly. Don't get me wrong, it has a decent plot, a fun plot even, but it's everything else that I can't handle.
For one, the writing just did not hook me. Brown writes in a style that I'll diplomatically say is "simplistic." Overly so. That's not to say he didn't give descriptions of things, but it all felt bland. YMMV, of course, but I found his style to be rather forgettable, all said. It seemed like Brown had an idea of the novel he wanted to write, but no idea about how to actually write it.
The same could be said for his protagonist, Robert Langdon. He simply didn't feel like a real character to me. He was too perfect, too well-equipped for everything, and just bland. It seemed like every single aspect of him existed only to further the plot of the story, and I could not connect to him. It is rather difficult to enjoy a book when you're utterly disinterested in the main character.
My last issue is the plot twists. For a book that relies so heavily on a twisty-turny plot, it was surprisingly predictable. I had heard so much about how I'd never guess what would happen, but then I . . . guessed it. Yeah. I don't mean to paint myself as a special snowflake in this, but I just happened to be lucky with my guesses. Consistently. As in, my mind would go, "Oh, hey, what if THIS happens? Oh, I bet that won't happen; that'd be too predictable." And then it would happen. Clearly this book just wasn't for me....more
If I Stay is a rare book in a couple of ways. First of all, it's both beautiful and painful. Second, the transitions between flashbacks and current evIf I Stay is a rare book in a couple of ways. First of all, it's both beautiful and painful. Second, the transitions between flashbacks and current events are flawless. And, not least of all, it made me cry.
If I Stay is about a girl, Mia, who is grievously injured in a car accident and is teetering between life and death. While her body's in a coma, she is able to view the actions of those around her, all while reflecting back on different moments of her life.
It sounds so saccharine and cliche when I put it like that, but really, the book is anything but. The desription draws comparisons to The Lovely Bones, which I thoroughly did not enjoy, so for me to enjoy this so deeply should tell you that this book is nothing like The Lovely Bones at its core. We, through Mia's eyes, get to see parts of her life growing up with her lovely family (seriously, can they adopt me?) and falling in love with her rocker boyfriend, Adam. Everything I say about this book makes it sound overly sentimental when really, it's just heart-breaking and honest and wonderful.
The strength here lies in its characters, for this is not a book that is particularly focused on plot. It seems to me that what you're supposed to care about is these characters, which is why Gayle Forman takes such pains to show you the background of these characters through Mia's flashbacks. It works. I completely empathized with Mia, I felt her pain - though not, of course, as strongly as she would feel it. The supporting cast - Mia's parents, her little brother Teddy, Adam, and Kim - were all wonderful and felt fleshed out like real people.
Despite a subject matter that could easily become overwrought with sentimentality, If I Stayis an absolutely beautiful book with characters that you can't help but feel connected to. Easily one of my favourite contemporary YA books - one of my favourite YA books, period....more