Very sweet, genuine story. Although the story focuses on the life of one main character, it touches upon lives of several[Original review on my blog]
Very sweet, genuine story. Although the story focuses on the life of one main character, it touches upon lives of several people. What I mean by that? The story does follow A throughout his life and his love story and his perceptions, however, the bodies of people he enters are another story altogether. I love that whomever A’s life touches, we as readers get a glimpse of how that person lives his/her life. We see through the eyes of A, but his mind battles with the person’s mind. So we essentially can “feel” how it feels to be a druggie, to be obese, to be a twin, to be loved or unloved. It was interesting to read how A battled with the thoughts and instincts of the bodies he was temporarily inhabiting.
A’s character is very sweet and genuine, just like the story. The reader can instinctively know he is a good person, just through his actions and what he says to other people. His “insta-love” with Rhiannon starts out cute and sweet, however, I feel that there was a little too much trying-to-get-to-her and not enough getting-to-know-her in the book. That said, that did not take anything away from the story. I think it just shows A’s need to be close with the person he loves.
Levithan did a wonderful job of using this concept and executing an engaging story worth reading. It is a great contemporary novel that young-adults will enjoy and find meaning in. Definitely recommended!...more
I didn’t particularly dislike the book, nor did I particularly love it. The chara[Original review on my blog]
In a sentence: fun, mindless, light read.
I didn’t particularly dislike the book, nor did I particularly love it. The characters were okay, the story was okay, and the pacing was… okay. Overall there wasn’t really anything unique or capturing about the novel. No real love for many of the main characters. They were typical teenagers, and although they were somewhat realistic, I found them quite annoying at times (maybe the realism is why I found them annoying; no offence intended to teens reading this). The only character I suppose I liked from the book was Hudson – nice, mysterious, quiet guy.
The plot is relatively simple and stays simple throughout the story. I found there wasn’t really a point in the story where things picked up and happenings started happening unexpectedly. We get glimpses into the main character’s past through flashbacks, but I found these too short or irrelevant most of the time. The book was too long and by at least the halfway mark, I found I was just reading it so I could see what happens in the end.
The concept of the story was definitely unique and for that, I’m glad I picked it up. Overall good book, but not amazing....more
A typical high school. There are bullies, cheerleaders, nerds, goths, popular, and not popular. There are problems ranging[Original review on my blog]
A typical high school. There are bullies, cheerleaders, nerds, goths, popular, and not popular. There are problems ranging from family to friends to relationships and lovers. Keplinger writes this book as a teenager for teenagers and it is a story that many can relate to.
Going through Bianca’s life with her as it happened was well-paced and very interesting. Her character was likeable (I like the sarcastic, going-against-the-grain personality) for the most part, however, there were some instances where her pride takes over. And although this is typical of many girls/humans in general, I just found it annoying. Wesley Rush is the typical hiding behind a facade type of guy. He’s a womanizing jerk who picks on Bianca in the beginning, but throughout the novel, as their relationship develops, we get to see a glimpses of his true self. Loved the dynamic between the two, their quips and conversations are entertaining and genuine. Bianca’s friends Casey and Jessica are also great characters. I’m glad they weren’t the typical back-stabbing jealous girlfriends that many blonde characters seem to be. They whole group’s friendship is realistic and straightforward; the events they go through together help the reader see that.
The overall story of Bianca’s life and the struggles she goes through are easy to relate to. Everyone has these types of issues and reading this book brings a positive light to the end of any aspect of life that seems difficult at the moment. This book is a great, fast read and draws you into the life of this teenaged girl and her friends....more