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Author: Stephen Chbosky
Source: Library/ Nook
Pages: 213 Pages
Genre: YA Fiction
Publication Date: Feb. 1st 1999
Publisher: MTV Books
I bought this book about a year ago, planned to read it, never did, lost the book, didn’t read it, borrowed my sister’s nook because SHE read it before me (doesn’t happen often), she asked for it back, Taylor got it from the library, and then FINALLY I finished it. What a journey.
I can’t say that this book altered any of my major thoughts on life or changed my opinion of people, but it did confirm a truth: we are all, at least a little bit, messed up.
Charlie was honest and good and kind, but he was also depressed, abused, scarred, in love, angry, happy, drugged out, confused, and so on and so forth. In many ways I believe this book was just an explosion and magnification of teenage angst, but it was also representative of at least one major issue I think every teenager is at least moderately involved in at one point or another. Maybe we all don’t go through the extremely intense things Charlie went through in one school year, but we do go through things. That’s life. It can hurt.
My favorite relationship in this book was between Charlie and his sister. No, everyone, I haven’t seen the movie yet. But I really hope this is explored.
Second favorite relationship: Charlie and his teacher, Bill. PAUL RUDD, I’M SURE YOU’RE PERFECT. Don’t let me down.
Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Pages: 550 Pages
Genre: YA Fiction/ Historical Fiction/ Experimental
Publication Date: March 14, 2006
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
This might just be one of my new favorite books, ever.
It took me a while to finish it. I think most people (or at least the people who are on Goodreads) couldn’t finish it quickly either because it’s not a quick read. It’s heavy.
The main character, Liesel, isn’t your average girl. She’s poor and alone, but she’s also tougher than she looks. It’s hard not to feel what she feels. Her misfit friends and family are some of the best characters I’ve read in a while. Who couldn’t love the boy with lemon hair? Or the gentle, accordion-playing Papa?
Her love and fear of words and books drives the story. You see power and destruction, love and hate, death and life. All by words.
I should also talk about the narrator, huh? I don’t want to give anything away, but if you pick up this book and start to read…it’s probably not going to be what you expect at first. But keep reading, because the narrator keeps an open perspective. You learn about Life through Death.
Like I said, it’s a heavy book. But it is also beautiful. You can’t go into a book set during Holocaust time during Germany expecting happy endings all around. But you’ll gain much more, I think.
Author: Robison Wells
Pages: 356 Pages
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Mystery
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
This is a Weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
I read the first book in this series, Variant soon after it came out. I’m not sure what I was expecting but this book majorly took me by surprise. It was CRAZY. And that ending… wow! Can’t wait to find out what happens in this sequel!
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Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Pages: 549 Pages
Genre: YA Historical/Action Adventure
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Main Idea: AHHHHHH! That is the only way I can think to put my excitement into words as I sit down to try to write a quick review.
First of all, freaking historical fiction for the win! I think we as an entire YA community do not read enough/have enough historical fiction. I absolutely loved being transported into a completely different time and place- one that was very real at one time in history!
Our main character, Ismae (love that name), has dealt with some MEAN, rugged men in her life, namely her father and her “betrothed.” So, when she mysteriously gets swooped away to a convent involved with the dealings of death one night, she is not opposed. In fact, Ismae learns that her dance with death in her mother’s womb (her mother drank poison when she was pregnant with Ismae to try to “expel her from her womb.” yuck.) was not just a coincidence. Apparently, death would not allow her to die and “sired” her in order to do his work. It is revealed to her that she has special abilities in order to help her deal death more efficiently. Example: she is immune to all poison.
Towards the beginning of the book, Ismae literally JUMPS at any chance to do st. mortain’s work by killing one he has marqued. However, quickly after her first kills, Ismae is assigned a job that will change her life forever.
The romance is amazing. The love she gains for unexpected people is touching. And the mystery, action, and excitement is amazing. Even the longer parts in the middle did not bore me. I was glued to the book the entire time I was reading it and just LOVED it.
Go read it. Now.
Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Pages: 290 Pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: June 1, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Main Idea: Anna and Frankie have to deal with their loss out loud instead of ignoring the truth, and the way Sarah Ockler writes the girls through their heartbreak and confusion is beautiful.
I certainly was expecting a LOT from this book as I went into it. I have been hearing so many good things about it. How it is heartbreaking but still so good. Well, I agree! (for the most part).
One year after the heartbreak of the loss of Frankie’s brother and Anna’s secret love, the girls head to California for a fresh start with Anna’s parents. After her brother’s death, Frankie has become completely self obsessed and tries to win the affection of any boy that turns her way. Anna is still dealing with the heartbreak of losing the one she loved and keeping it a secret from Frankie. They go with a mission to meet and flirt with twenty boys while hopefully losing Anna’s “albatross” (virginity) along the way
Frankie’s character really frustrated me as she was self obsessed and boy crazy. But apparently this is the “new frankie” and not how she used to be before Matt died. Anna was a pretty good character and acted as I think I would if I lost someone that special that suddenly. I just don’t get going on a mission to seduce boys and lose your “albatross,” but then again, I am very different from our main characters!
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The plot moves along quickly with plenty of heart-pounding late night sneak-outs, make out sessions, and boys. But the book goes deeper than that. Anna and Frankie have to deal with their loss out loud instead of ignoring the truth, and the way Sarah Ockler writes the girls through their heartbreak and confusion is beautiful.
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