This was the cheesiest, cutest, happiest book I have read in my entire life.
The title says it all, really. Hadley and Oliver fall in love at first sight. They meet in an airport where they are travelling to the same place in the same row. They are both travelling to events that neither of them want to go to, and they share a love of wit and sarcasm.
There is naturally an instant connection between the two of them. They spend the evening and the early hours of the morning talking and quickly falling in love.
One of the things that I really liked about this story was that there was actually a lot of back story to tell, and Smith told it over the course of the story. Instead of jumping right in with all the events that took place in Hadley’s life until this trip to London, she would have her reminisce or dwell on a moment of her past, which helped strengthen the story.
It also featured some great little plot twists and even a few moments that made me cry.
BUT despite the tears, it is a very happy book that I highly recommend to anybody looking for a fluffy afternoon read.
I thought it was adorable and hilarious and nobody was sad for any long period of time!
I recommend this to fans of The Cardturner, Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, and Beastly.
There are so many feelings associated with these books. I had a hypothesis for what I thought would happen, and that’s not how events ended up playing out. At all.
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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a truly compelling read. It explored two different sides of the same story. It made me question everything I have ever believed about criminal justice and gave insights to the minds of the murderers. Capote starts out describing the Clutter family. They are celebrities of Holcomb, Kansas, and known for being social and kind people. He then switches sides to the murderers, Smith and Hickock, and begins describing their journey. The plot is immediately set off by the killing of the family. However, Capote, meaning to describe the story like one would write a novel, did not describe exactly how they were killed and the motive behind their murders until much later in the book. He follows the journeys of the detectives hired to investigate the case, as well as Smith and Hickock’s run from the law. The story kept me awake at night and made me afraid to leave my house (in the good way). Capote goes so in depth with this story it is absolutely mind-blowing. The inside flap explained that the story would make me feel like I was living in Holcomb with the family, but I now feel like I was detective in the case, trying to solve an unexplainable murder. I felt as though I was there, awaiting the sentence of the two men, and I finally was able to exhale when at last the men were sent to the gallows.
This book was truly one of a kind, which is probably why it is considered a classic. No book I have ever heard of wrote a real story in quite this fashion. It was fiction but also… not. It was reading a novel that actually happened. Also, the casual nonchalance with which he wrote; He wrote about the murder like it was just another Monday night for him. Everything about his style was something that I liked. It just made it all the more feel like I was a witness of a crime that actually happened, and that any moment I could be called the witness stand. His style was magnificent; I loved the way that he was writing in a factual, yet creative way. Managing to include similes and metaphors into what could have been a newspaper article.
I recommend this to fans of Agatha Christie, Alan Bradley, and Stephen King.
There were so many girls in my class that had a bone to pick with this book but I liked it a lot.
I thought it was a beautifully written story about human nature, a man that made a mistake, and there is a way to be good again.
Amir made a mistake. He knew as it was happening that he made a mistake.
Unfortunately it was one of those mistakes that changed his life in the most dramatic way possible and was not able to redeem himself until 26 years later.
That kind of mistake.
That kind of mistake is hard to fathom, I know, but Hosseini squeezes as much guilt as he can out of Amir, so much so that the reader feels guilty.
I think Hosseini did an amazing job capturing the social division in Afghanistan and really illuminated the horrible state of Afghanistan.
In addition to being a really great and quick read, I learned more about the situation in Afghanistan through this book than anything.
I find it hard to keep up with what exactly is going on in the middle east, and this book was really illuminating in that way.
So the story follows Amir in his life, but he always relates back to the events of his childhood. When everything changed. I thought it was really important that he was able to adhere so closely to those precise events, and he did a great job showing the agony that Amir went through for nearly 3 decades following these events.
It was a really quick read, it gave fascinating insights to culture and social division in Afghanistan, and was really thought-provoking.
I recommend this to fans of The Outsiders and The Shadow of the Wind.
THIS BOOK WAS weird.
It’s like I read the first two books and never fully realized that they would actually make it this far but then they did and then I got thrown off. I felt like a lot happened in it and everything was very jumbled but I do think it tied everything together very nicely.
Basically they land on the planet. I know, right? And then they wake up Amy’s parents and the rest of the group, and it turns out that Amy’s Dad is kind of a territorial dictator and essentially takes over and kicks Elder out of power, even though the shipborns are definitely more loyal to him.
even before they can begin settling and get there shit together, people start getting murdered. Just their luck, right?
So it is up to Amy and Elder to discover who or what is killing everybody, and most likely stop it.
I liked this book a lot, don’t get me wrong, but there were some elements of it that felt so random. It’s like they would have tied in really nicely if there had been some mysterious allusion to them in the previous books, you know what I’m saying? Great ideas, weird place to bring them up.
I recommend this to fans of The Maze Runner, Divergent, and The Roar.
I have never read anything like this. It was like watching somebody listen to an audiobook. But it was an audiobook that narrated how someone’s life fell to shambles.
Clay Jensen is one of those ordinary people that lives an ordinary life and nothing out of the ordinary happens to him. But that’s up until he has the most unpleasant night of his life.
One day he finds a box of cassette tapes laying on his porch, addressed to him, and lacking a return address. So he starts to listen.
To his grief, he finds that he is listening to the audio-story of a girl that was in his class that had killed herself two weeks earlier. He spends the entire night listening to the story of how the end of her life began, and how one single thought snowballed into the ruining of her life.
The entire book is her journey, as well as Clay’s journey. I found that interesting. For Clay (and also the reader) this is all a single night. But the reader (and Clay) are reliving Hannah’s past 2 years.
This was one of those books that I couldn’t believe the author that wrote it did. It was written by, like, a thirty-year-old man.
But he was able to tell Hannah’s story so well. It blew my mind.
Hannah story is so tragic. I felt like I was right there beside her, seeing everything and living everything she did. It made me realize how the smallest detail in a person’s life can change them forever. Commonly known as the “Snowball Effect”.
It had such a powerful effect on me I swear I will never say anything to or about a person without giving it serious thought. I’ve heard that rumors spread like wildfire, and while they generally die down, they live with the person at the heart of them forever, which is what scares me. We can’t take back what we say. I’ve heard that for every mean thing a person says, they have to make up for it with 20 nice things, because it has such a negative effect on the brain.
This book was extremely moving, and an excellent lesson for all ages on the power of words and actions.
I recommend this to fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and Looking For Alaska.
The idea for this book was SO GOOD. Writing a zombie story from the perspective of the zombie? THAT IS SO GENIUS.
When I was reading it I kept trying to flip the sides, like see what it would have been like being narrated from the people side, and it got like 10000x scarier.
R just wants to understand and be understood. He doesn’t really belong with his fellow zombies. Of course they don’t know that, because they just hobble around and grunt.
The initial event that sparks the novel’s plot (as my old English teacher would say) when R eats the brain of Perry Kelvin, and his brain is flooded with memories of a girl. It is nothing out of the ordinary to visualize memories of the person whose brain your eating, in fact, that is customary, but Perry had vivid memories. He had memories that R wanted to cling to. He saves Perry’s girlfriend, Julie, from his fellow zombies.
R finds himself falling for Julie and yearning to live her life. R’s main problem is that he has the most beautiful, existential thoughts, but zombies have a very short syllable capacity, so he has trouble voicing what he wants to Julie.
The end is where things take a turn for the weird. The one thing I didn’t approve of was the role of the “Boneys”. The Boneys are the zombies that are so old they are nothing but bones, no tissue, no flesh, just bones. They have some sort of a vice-like grip over the zombies, and when some begin to branch up and start to act human, they attempt to intercede. It was never very clear why the wanted to intercede so badly. I liked the idea of them, but they weren’t given enough of a back story. By the end, when they actually became a problem, I had already forgotten what role they had in zombie society.
The idea of un-zombifying was unbelievable. That was a major driving force in this story because R’s greatest wish was to become living again. I liked the idea of un-dying and a fresh start.
If the zombie apocalypse does happen, this will be my source of hope.
I recommend this to fans of Zombies vs. Unicorns, Peeps, and Gone.
I can see how JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis were friends.
THIS IS A REVIEW BY SOMEONE THAT HAS NOT (YET) READ THE LORD OF THE RINGS
I have been told that the contrast between The Hobbit and LotR is INSANE because The Hobbit really was written for children, and even though there are parts of it that are fucking creepy, The Lord of the Rings is much darker and more adult-centric. Alas. Earwax.
Bilbo Baggins is a simple hobbit living a simple life in a simple hole in the ground. He is completely satisfied with his life and would have no qualms if it stayed this way forever. Unfortunately, all good things must come to end. One day a wizard name Gandalf shows up on his front porch, explains to him that he is to be a burglar on an adventure, and leaves.
Bilbo is confused.
The next evening, he is unpleasantly surprised by thirteen dwarves that he has never met before and Gandalf showing up for dinner.
He is given extremely vague information about said adventure, and his pantry is cleansed of food.
Despite his frustration with the dwarves, the Tookish side of Bilbo simply cannot resist the adventure, and adventure it turns out to be.
I loved this book because, while the writing style reminded me much of The Chronicles of Narnia, it was such an unbelievable world. I know he just goes on tot further expand it in LOTR, but Tolkien created a language, several species, entire bloodlines and about a thousand characters to explain how who is descended from who. It was also interesting for me to see a name appear and go: Ohh! Lord of the Rings character! So I get a little taste of them before moving on to that big project.
Reading it honestly just made it feel like a classic. It’s just one of those stories that will never get old. The story of how Bilbo Baggins of Baggend, who never ventured more than a mile from his hobbit-hole, went on to battle trolls and bizarre creatures in caves, and steal from dragons.
He made it feel like it could have been anybody. Like Gandalf had walked up to my door and told me that I would go on an adventure. Bilbo was so realistic in that he spends most of the journey wishing he wasn’t there, and just wanted to be accepted by the band of dwarves.
I really see why this book is definitely a classic. I loved it.
I recommend this to fans of The Chronicles of Narnia, Artemis Fowl, and Harry Potter.
I liked this. The title is also very clever.
The main thing that I liked about it was that at first glance, it looked like a depressing teen drama, but the inside was actually a well-written novel that took very strange turns right when things look like they’re going to be okay.
The book centers around Naomi Porter, who is said amnesiac. She was walking down the steps of her school one day when she slipped and fell and hit her head. After that, she couldn’t remember anything personal after 6th grade.
It turns out that after 6th grade, her parents got divorced, her mother had another child, her father is engaged, she took up tennis, became co-editor of the yearbook, and got a boyfriend. Her whole brain is just sort of like
The story follows her on her journey to rediscover herself and her friends.
The problem though, is that the new Naomi Porter doesn’t like the old Naomi Porter. The old Naomi Porter had a pretty hard and miserable life. Why would the new Naomi have to go through that? Why can’t new Naomi have the life she wants to have?
I really like this book because it wasn’t one that was dragged out. It was a quick read, and it felt like it was just the perfect length.
I liked the story because her character was so relateable, despite having amnesia. She was basically on the outside looking in at her life, and she could see how unhappy she had been. It also seemed pretty realistic that an amnesiac would reject any new concepts. She did.
I also wasn’t one of those crazy depressing teen dramas. It seemed that way partway through the book, but the ending was hopeful, and Naomi finally felt comfortable in her own skin.
I recommend this to fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and Papertowns.
I’m sure this is one of those books that once thought long and hard about teaches me an extremely valuable life lesson and that it’s a story that I will never forget because it is such a classic coming of age novel…
But I’m pretty sure I will read it for school at some point in my high school career, so this review is going to be very narrow-minded and not deep in ANY WAY.
Basically (as the Nerdfighters say) Holden Caulfield thinks you’re a phony.
But he also thinks EVERYBODY is a phony.
Holden also hates more or less everyone.
It starts when we find out that Holden got kicked out of school (again), and instead of sticking around until he is politely asked to leave on Wednesday, he decides to take off early, on Saturday, right after yelling perhaps my favorite line in the book: “Sleep tight, ya morons!”. He then spends the next couple days wandering around New York City, avoiding going home, trying to pick up girls, and hating everybody.
(let me be clear that I am certain some sort of psychoanalysis can be done here but it is really early, okay?)
Holden gets very drunk, and screw up a lot of times, and eventually goes home to talk to his sister who makes him feel much better about his life because she is basically the only person he doesn’t hate.
He also doesn’t hate his brother DB, who is in Hollywood, or his brother Allie, who is dead.
I think my favorite parts were when he was talking about Allie because he stopped sounding like he was mad at everybody. I could just see how sad he was on the inside. (I think I’m getting deep. Wait for it)
Maybe his brother’s death affected his actions more than realized. Perhaps he was looking for solace in the comfort of strangers or people from his past. I like to think he got a lot of help at the end of the story because Holden was really depressed. He even kept talking about what made him depressed, and while depression was not a diagnosis that existed at the time that this book was published, the sheer amount of things that depressed him was depressing. Holden had a lot of issues.
I actually really liked it, and I look forward to whenever I have to read it in school so that I can really get in-depth while talking about it.
I do really wish that he called Jane Gallagher.
I recommend this fans of The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Separate Peace.