i really want to scoop up all my internet book buddies build a blanket fort with them and read all day, drink coffee, have some literary discussions and not worry about anything
excuse me you left out the hummus tasting
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
Date Finished: March 3 2014
Date Published: April 1st 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Age Range/Genre: Young Adult/Realistic Fiction
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Since his parents’ divorce, John’s mother hasn’t touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It’s no wonder John writes articles like “Interview with the Stepfather” and “Memoirs from Hell.” The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a self-proclaimed “Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian.” Haning around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born.
While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.
- Story-line: My friend Beatrice recommended this book to me. I am SO GLAD that Beatrice chose this book to give me because I loved it. This book was one of those that wasn’t perfect but wasn’t meant to be perfect from the beginning. It was oh so very different from anything that I have ever read, but the premise of the story is something that I’ve seen happen to friends of mine. It’s so wonderful to see someone writing about it. Everything about this book gave me chills. Especially the font of the different texts. (I know it sounds weird.) But the change that occurs when a book changes text to show a change in atmosphere or feeling. It’s almost like a song changing in the middle of a transition in a movie. I love that.
- Characters: John and Marisol were very interesting characters. Their personalities were very distinct, but the idea of them was general. (I’m not sure if that makes sense.) Let me put that into english. I know that I will be able to remember these characters for a long time but I don’t know if I will be able to remember their names. It’s wonderful and tragic in the same feeling.
- Writing: Ellen Wittlinger has a way with words that makes me want to cry. I don’t know what it is. She makes me think and to me, when an author and make me think, it’s almost like exercising my mind. I love it.
- Ending: I enjoyed it :)
- Extras: I’m picking up the companion book ASAP.
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Date Finished: March 23 2014
Date Published: August 27th 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Realistic Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.
No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.
But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?
- Story-line: I remember that when I put this book into my ‘to-read’ shelf, I was super excited about it. However, when I picked it at random, I had completely forgot why I had been so excited about it in the first place. The story still sounded interesting, but there was nothing that was pulling me out of my seat making me want to read it that very second. Well, it took me a month to read this book, so I’m sure you all can tell that it wan’t my favorite book of all time. One thing that frustrated me about this book was that the premise seemed unrealistic to me. I’m not sure if it’s just because of the place that I live, but if one of the biggest sport persons at my school got hurt, I am almost certain that everyone would try their hardest to help that person. It really confuses me in books when characters get hurt and all their friends leave them. Does that really happen? I think that I would have felt better about it if there was a part in the book explaining that Ezra was pushing away his friends, or even a little dialogue about they had never liked him. But that didn’t happen, and I was left a little frustrated.
- Characters: The secondary characters in this book were not very memorable. In my opinion, if you have a group of friends that hand out all the time, you have to develop them enough that the reader would be able to tell them apart from each other. And for me, that didn’t happen. There were so many times that I had to go back to the introductions of characters to remember who was who. It got quite frustrating. The people in this book were overly dramatic about everything. I felt like this book was one of those dramas that you can watch on ABCFamily. If something happened to Ezra, the one who everyone was supposed to have not cared about, everyone at the school knew about it. It was so weird The romance in this book was one of the reasons I kept reading. Towards the middle, it was a huge bucket of cute. But, towards the end, I kind of got irritated.
- Writing: When I read a book, I like it when the first couple of lines or the first chapter grabs my attention and makes me want to keep reading. Well this book did exactly that. The first chapter was phenomenal. Probably my favorite part of the whole book.
- Ending: Honestly, I kind of was ready for it to be over.
- Extras: It was a good book, but I think it’s one of those that I’m probably going to forget that I read in a couple of years. It wasn’t very memorable.
I don’t know whether you’ve heard the news or even care about them, but Russia about an hour ago declared war against Ukraine, as if the death of 86 people in the past weeks wasn’t enough . I live in Ukraine and all the recent events have been pretty shocking and sad. I usually don’t ask for things, but please if you’re religious pray for peace in Ukraine, if not, then please wish for it. Thank you
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Date Finished: February 24 2014
Date Published: 1979
Publisher: Pocket Books
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Thriller
Series: Dollanganger #1
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!
It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake—a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.
So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.
Just for a little while.
But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work—children who—one by one—must be destroyed….
'Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive….
- Story-line: I was intrigued by this story the first time I thought I was going to read this book. But, after I thought about it, I put the book down. I picked it up again a few weeks ago because I found out that there was going to be a movie of this book. So, I decided to read it because I knew I would want to read the movie. I knew that this book was going to be weird, but I was not expecting what I read. This book was REALLY WEIRD. I also felt like the pacing was a little slow. I wanted more t happen in the time span that was given. This book was almost 400 pages long and I feel like it could have been 200 easily.
- Characters: The main character, Cathy, was probably one of the most annoying people I have ever read about in my whole life. I get why she would be whiny, the girl was locked in an attic, but honestly, it was really bad. I couldn’t take it. The only reason I kept reading was because I was intrigued by the story and I wanted to see what was going to happen to the characters.
- Writing: Meh, it was okay.
- Ending: Meh, it was okay too.
- Extras: I’m not going to continue with this series. I feel like it would be a waste of time in the end. I enjoyed reading this book because I wanted to know what happened in the end. But now that I know what happened, I don’t really care to know what happens next.