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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.
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Taylor and Rebekah
Main Idea: Wow! What a fun contemporary with a spunky, very likeable main character! Definitely one to pick up for a quick, enjoyable read.
One of the big things that can keep me from loving a book is the main character. Is he/she whiny/stubborn/stupid/etc.? If the answer to one or more is yes, then I am annoyed and very likely to be frustrated with the book. But Chloe? Chloe is none of the above. Chloe was fun, determined, spunky, and had a great attitude. I absolutely loved her!
When Chloe’s friends desert her, her Junior year independent study project is rejected, and her mother and grandmother’s relationship falls apart- Chloe refuses to do the same. She jumps on board with the school’s radio station she (and the rest of the student body) didn’t even know existed and decides to start her own talk show. Hilarity, heart-break, and heat (in some cases even literally) ensues.
I would definitely recommend picking up this cute contemporary as soon as you can get your hands on it! An adorable read!
Author: Sophie Flack
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: October 10, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Reader
I took ballet.
And no, I don’t mean until I was 7.
During my high school years, I spent at least three days a week at the studio (usually more during performance or recital season). Looking back, I realize that was kind of a lot considering…
A. I am not a ballerina.
B. Like, I don’t even take a single, crappy ballet class in college.
C. I wasn’t even that good.
But the truth is, I loved it. Still do.
So my point it is, I wanted to read this book.
And I really liked it! I probably won’t read it again, but I definitely enjoyed the story. The main character, Hannah is decent, but not just oozing in the personality department. But that kind of makes sense. She’s overly disciplined. Her life is rigid, she works full-time, all the time, she lives alone….and she’s only nineteen.
It’s a simple enough story. Girl loves to dance. Girl dances all day, everyday. Girl wants to be promoted. Girl works her butt off. Literally. Girl must decide.
There’s a cute boy. Another rich boy. A triangle? sort of.
Lots of dynamics with characters. You see the “best friend” the “friend you love but hate” and the “annoying friend.”
But really, the book is about making choices for yourself. It’s about figuring out what is actually the best thing for you. It’s about deciding who exactly you want to be down the road. I was definitely satisfied in the end, even though it is somewhat bittersweet.
So yes, even if you don’t know the difference between a plié and a posé, I think you should read it!
Main Idea: All in all, I would definitely recommend reading this book. While there is not much Alex, at all… which is a total bummer, it is still a fast-paced, action packed read definitely worth your time!
However, I did really enjoy this book, hence the four star rating. I am all about a book with action and fast pacing, and save the first 50-75 pages, this book totally had that. I also loved the changing timelines aspect of this book- the way it switched from then and now. However, the “then” part always bored me a bit. I liked the “now” part much better!
A new person was also introduced, Julian. Although, I can’t tell you how he fit into the story. That would be a spoiler… But the adventures she and Julian find themselves in were definitely very exciting!
For the most part, I saw all the major plot twists coming as most people have expressed which was kind of a bummer. There were a few smaller ones that I didn’t see coming though, so those were always nice surprises!