The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is another example of great premise going to waste. Whoever writes blurbs at HarperTeen should get a raise becauseThe Loneliest Girl in the Universe is another example of great premise going to waste. Whoever writes blurbs at HarperTeen should get a raise because every time I finish a book by HarperTeen I vow to never read anything by them again only to break this resolution as soon as I come across some of their amazing blurbs. Unfortunately, as in the case of this book, great blurb does not guarantee great read.
Storytelling - 1 STAR Setting of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was flat. No wonder since it took author two short chapters to reveal some background information and then I was thrown into the plot without further detailed introduction of main character. Those of you who like to be thrown headfirst into the action, you will be pleased by this book. To me, it felt like nothing more but prolonged summary with zero real feels to help me build some relationship with narrator or make me feel connected to her before story picks up.
Characters and storyline - 2 STARS But even though I found MC superficial (she thought/acted/behaved like the most ordinary teenager which was highly unbelievable for a girl born and brought up on a space ship billion miles away from Earth only by her parents with no real human interaction for last 5 years), I was still hoping that exciting and unique storyline would save this story for me. However, tremendous potential that this story had was not met at all. I know that this is YA novel meant to entertain not to lecture, but being YA novel is not an excuse for storyline to be shallow and for characters to be underdeveloped, is it?
Twists - 3 STARS Fortunately, there were flickers of greatness when it comes to twists and those flickers kept me entertained enough to finish this novel. Nevertheless, it was not enough to make this book memorable for me in any way and I am afraid that in couple of days I won’t even remember the name of the main character...
*ARC provided by publisher as an exchange for honest review*...more
7 days of reading and I read only 50 pages. I’m huge fan of Bernard Cornwell but I couldn’t get into this book and found it incredibly borinDNF at 17%
7 days of reading and I read only 50 pages. I’m huge fan of Bernard Cornwell but I couldn’t get into this book and found it incredibly boring. Fortunately, I have a copy from library so I can simply return it without feeling guilty about not finishing it.
If you want to try something by this amazing author, definitely do not start with this book. Rather go for his The Last Kingdom series or The Arthur Books series. I highly recommend those! ...more
Raw, intense and honest; Educated is engaging retelling of an extraordinary upbringing. I could feel from every word, from every sentence how personalRaw, intense and honest; Educated is engaging retelling of an extraordinary upbringing. I could feel from every word, from every sentence how personal and authentic this tale was. It has been a long time since I read such a straightforward and shocking yet gripping and powerful book.
Untraditional childhood with no birth certificate or public school, being sheltered from world happenings and having almost zero knowledge of history, dealing with volatile family and their unconventional lifestyle... I couldn’t stop reading once Tara’s sheltered world clashed with the world out there when she entered school for the first time at the age of seventeen. Author didn’t take any shortcuts while writing her memoir and I ate it all up.
„I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the heart of what it means to self-create.“
For a debut, Educated has not only engaging content but also surprisingly beautiful prose. The writing flows easily and makes this book readable in the best way possible. I’m not sure if this book was a one time thing or not, but Tara Westover is definitely and author to look out for and I truly hope she tries her hand at writing a fiction as well.
I rarely read memoirs, mainly because I struggle with the lack of storytelling in them since memoirs are usually full of only-telling-no-showing writing style. However, this memoir reads like a novel and the fact that it describes real events only strengthens the reading experience. So even if you are strictly a novel reader like me, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you even though it is a nonfictional one. You won’t regret it!...more