Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
- Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
- The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle
- Gilt by Katherine Longshore
- Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
- Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
- Blindspot by Laura Ellen
Thursday, April 12, 2012
“It was nice - in the dark and the quiet... and her eyes looking back, like there was something in me worth seeing.”
Summary from Goodreads:
The title is appropriately named; Margo had told Q that Orlando was just a "Paper Town" with "Paper People", where there was no depth or dimension and everything was fake. She later mentions
If you read the book without knowing the author, one would most likely guess it was John Green. The charming wit and emotional intensity he puts into his books is definitely a trademark for Mr. Green. I have only fully read 2 of his books, this one and The Fault in Our Stars (which I thoroughly enjoyed), and although this was a good story, it did not and could not compare to TFiOS. I literally could not put TFiOS down, but for this book it seemed that it got boring around the middle. Before starting it, I expected Margo and Q's midnight adventure to last at least half of the book, but it only took up about 80 pages, which was pretty upsetting. The next 150 pages of the book is just about Q & Co. finding clues that would lead to Margo. The ending was extremely abrupt and a bit confusing. I didn't feel sorry for Margo and I still don't understand her intentions.
On the bright side, as with other J.G. novels, the characters were very round characters, and you felt what they felt and thought what they thought. You feel like you really know them as you read about them. Many parts of the book made me laugh, but I can safely say that I did not feel dismal when reading this. It just didn't reach me as TFiOS did. I'm not exactly disappointed, but not content either.
My favorite part of the book is the beginning, a.k.a. the "midnight adventure" with M & Q. I believe that was the strongest and most engaging part of the book, because it showed Margo in a different, better light. And of course, I was really interested in learning about the 11 things on the list. ;)
Wonderful writing, but not as emotionally gripping as other books I've read.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
The main character, 17-year-old Ronnie Miller, became rebellious and extremely angry when her dad left her family. She blamed everything on him and she absolutely hated him. When Ronnie and her brother Jonah visit their father for the summer, Ronnie slowly matures and evolves into a loving, mature girl who sees the world from a different perspective.
This is one of my favorite books. Some people said that it did not hold their interest long enough, but that's not the case with me. This book was so intriguing for me. The second half of the book kept me turning and turning the pages until the end. Of course I knew what would happen, since I saw the movie before.
Ronnie also falls in love with a local Southern boy, Will Blakelee. I have to admit, Ronnie's constant mood swings in the movie were very annoying (get mad at him, fall back in love, get mad, etc etc), but it was different in the book. There were a lot of different things in the book and the movie.
The story seems so real, as if I know all of the characters personally. Sparks' intimate writing just makes you want to reach out and hug Ronnie, Will, Jonah, and Steve simultaneously! The beach setting was also so beautiful. Another wonderful thing to witness was how Ronnie goes from a rebellious teenager full of hate into a loving person who doesn't take anything for granted. This book is very emotional and made me cry at some points. It is full of so many different emotions and feelings, but most of all it is packed full of love and tragedy.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
However, an incident occurs and Stephen finds himself with nothing but his father who is in a coma. He must find a way to recover his dad, but he also must find what he really wants in HIS life.
The idea is not entirely creative, but it was still very engaging. My favorite character was Jenny, because she had a lot of wise things to say and she knew what she wanted, rather than following what others wanted. She was a strong character and it showed through her actions and words.
I also liked the development of Jenny and Stephen's relationship. Here was Jenny, a girl who was misunderstood and who did not belong, who, despite her callous attitude towards others, decided to befriend Stephen, the reserved "new" kid in Settler's Landing. It was an interesting thing to read about.
The ending seemed very rushed and the sad moments weren't entirely convincing, but I still enjoyed this book a lot because it makes you think a little bit. The only part I didn't like was the ending. It didn't really make sense and I was trying to figure out what was going on, and by the time I did, it was over.
Overall, this book deserves 3 stars for me. It was an okay debut novel.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I was assigned a research paper (4-6 pages long) about a theme or issue shown in 2 or more works by the same author. I chose to do the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Here's a sneak peek at my paper:If the time should come for our society to transform to one similar to Tally’s, then we should question ourselves before doing anything irreparable: Do the bad things in our life really outweigh the joys that perfection would disable? Shay, another pivotal character in Uglies, shows her views about the operation towards Tally:
“Or maybe when they do the operation- when they grind and stretch your bones to the right shape, peel off your face and rub all your skin away, and stick in plastic cheekbones so you look like everybody else- maybe after going through all that you just aren't very interesting anymore.” (goodreads.com)
If perfection “fixed” every bad aspect of our lives, would there still be value in the good things, or would they just be considered normal things?
Opinions? How do you view this subject? Thanks!
Monday, April 2, 2012
This book wasn't really that exciting. Most of the book, the two protagonists are trying to find their friend, who was apparently kidnapped. That was the reason that kept me reading, to see what would happen. Westerfeld used many metaphors that were very mind boggling. I didn't understand the ending at all. This book takes weird to a whole new level. I usually like Westerfeld's work, but this was definitely not a favorite.