Incarnate – Jodi Matthews

15745753Title: Incarnate
Series:
(Newsoul, #1)
Author:
Jodi Matthews
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 3

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NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

 

MY REVIEW

“Im not going to waste time being angry about things I cant control. If I only have one life, I should make the most of it.”

Ana is a newsoul, the first born in five thousand years. And since the day of birth, she has been both hated and feared. Other souls have been reincarnated over and over for the last five-thousand years, and Ana’s appearence and the disappearence of Ciana instills fear into many that she may be the beginning of the end.

Raised by a bitter mother who believed she was a “nosoul”, incapable of true emotion or feeling, Ana sets out on her eighteenth birthday for a journey in self discovery. She wishes to travel to Range and implore the library for any explanation there may be as to why she was born and replaced Ciana. Along her path to self-discovery, she meets Sam, who shows her that she isn’t the nosoul her mother claimed her to be, but a newsoul. Tensions rise when dragons attack, and everyone knows that one attack will lead to others. Many blame this sudden attack on Ana’s arrival in Range.

Overall, I had mixed feelings about Incarnate. There are many aspects I found creative, such as the world building and how Ana is the first soul born in five milennia. The narrative flowed well, and Ana is a fighter, but there were things I had a difficult time accepting. If these thousands of humans have been reincarnated and remember everything from their previous lives, why haven’t in five milennia have they came up with ways to dominate over the dragon and sylph that attack them so frequently? Even Sam has died thirty times by dragons, but no one has developped much of a defense system?

Not to mention, I often worried about the romance between Sam and Ana. No, not the fact he’s technically five thousand years old to her meagar eighteen years of existence. He’s been reborn over and over, and many have stated that he had lovers in the past, even Ciana, whom Ana replaced. It made me wonder if he only loved Ana because she’s the first new thing thats ever happened to him in several lifetimes. I won’t even go into the fact that reincarnation isn’t gender specific and Sam has been a woman in several lifetimes and everything is all wibbly wobbly.

Most of the book is spent on the romance building between Sam and Ana, rather than her trying to find things out. And the end was lackluster, as if that was the big reveal? That’s it? It feels like Jodi freaked out about her ending and had no great idea as to Ana’s background so she made it as simple as possible and leaves us with a boring resolution.

I grant this three stars for the world building and the beautiful cover. But honestly, it didn’t make me feel anything at all, really. I’m not sure if that’s worse than raving mad and hating it, because at least then I feel something toward it. It’s okay. I won’t be screaming in joy to read the sequel nor will I be ripping my hair out raving stark mad about how much it annoyed me.

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

15745753Title: The 5th Wave
Series:
(The 5th Wave, #1)
Author:
Rick Yancey
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 5

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

MY REVIEW

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

Do you like alien invasions? What about intense action and mild romance? Or maybe you like apocalyptic novels? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions (or all of them), then this is the book for you! Told in multiple pov’s ranging from protagonist Cassie to a broken soldier nicknamed Zombie, this story is compelling from each.

1st wave: Goodbye cell phones, cars, planes, television and electricit.
2nd wave: Adios coastal cities that are now underwater.
3rd wave: Sayonara to a hefty percent of whats left of the world’s population. Birds are spreading a horrific, epidemic disease.
4th wave: Trust no one. How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
5th wave: Well… Read to find out?

Cassie Sullivan believes she very well may be the last person on Earth. She hasn’t seen another human being since her first kill of a gutted, dying soldier in a corner store outside of what was once civilization.

Unbeknownst to Cassie, she’s being hunted, stalked, by someone she called a Silencer. Silencer’s are those that were once as human as you or, well, you, (don’t stare at my third eye and tentacles, please), who were invaded by a silent intruder in the womb. A Trojan Horse, if you will. This Silencer has been waiting to pick off Cassie for a long time, hoping that her human survival instincts compel her to seek out other survivors.

Elsewhere, we have Zombie, whom once was just a teenage boy that harbored guilt that he left his baby sister to die. Now, he’s a soldier, training to eradicate the infected on the eve of the 5th Wave.

Other mentionables are Sammy, Cassie’s younger brother, who was taken, and sweet farmboy, Evan Walker, who nurses Cassie back to health and may be hiding a deadly secret.

The characters are so real and flawed, trying to survive and willing themselves to find something to live for, and none of them are willing to lay down and let the aliens win. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy or check this out at the local library! It’s even being optioned for a movie!

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

15745753Title: Eleanor & Park
Series:
Standalone
Author:
Rainbow Rowell
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 5

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Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

MY REVIEW

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

1986. The Space Shuttle Columbia is launched. Voyager 2 makes its first encounter with Uranus. Eleanor, an overweight redhead steps onto a school bus and sits next to Park Sheridan.

Park is a half Korean boy who lives a fairly nice life, with two loving parents and doesn’t know what its like to go to bed hungry or share his bedroom. Eleanor Douglas shares her room with her three brothers and younger sister, living in a highly dysfunctional family in a small, run down home with no bathroom door.

While these two may live within walking distance of another, they come from different words. From the moment Eleanor stepped on the school bus for the first time, she was already an outsider, with her flaming red hair and odd thrift store clothes. When no one offers her a seat, Park angrily tells her to sit down next to him, and proceeds to ignore her for the duration of the trip. For days and weeks, the two ignores each’s existence despite sitting six inches from one another to and fro. One day, Park catches her reading his comics over his shoulder, and begins to lend her his comics. They bond over music, with Park making mixtapes for Eleanor to listen to. Eventually, they even begin holding hands on the bus.

That’s whats so great about this novel – there isn’t some insta-love between the characters that you find in your typical high school romance novels. These flawed characters are very much opposites and over time, develop an reluctant friendship that eventually leads to love. And even then, everything is not all lovey-dovey and cutesy, and the two fight and argue a lot and kiss and makeup, just like almost any other teenage couple.

Overall, I liked this, even if it didn’t have more plot than two teenagers falling in love despite all their differences and the world trying to keep them apart. If you’re looking for a realistic romance of high school and first love, look no further.

Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson

7719248Title: Tiger Lily
Series:
Standalone
Author:
Jodi Lynn Anderson
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 5

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Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

MY REVIEW

“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve ever heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win.”

Oh my. Where do I even begin? Jodi Lynn Anderson, you deserve all the awards. This novel is sheer brilliance – a novel in which we hear the tale of Tiger Lily, as told by Tinker Bell. While Tink herself cannot speak, as faeries have no language, they can sort of read minds and emotions. Tiger Lily has been part of Tinker Bell’s life for a long time. Tink is viciously loyal to Tiger Lily, even if she cannot speak and the outcast Tiger Lily never really acknowledges her, there are precious moments in which Tink is surprised by how Tiger Lily cares for her, even saving her when she becomes waterlogged.

When the lonely Tiger Lily meets Peter, the story delves into their friendship and eventually, their romance. After all, before Wendy came along, he belonged to Tiger Lily. This isn’t the cute rainbows and sunshine Disney Peter Pan, and there are instances of murder and suicide throughout the work. To the others in Tiger Lily’s tribe, Peter is a murderous and ruthless killer. Tiger Lily sees that these stories are in fact just that, stories. After their chance encounter, Tiger Lily seeks him out and the pair quickly fall in love. During the day, she lives her life in the village, where her impending marriage to Giant taunts her, while at night, she lives the life of the lost boys in the burrow.

As I hungrily devoured this book, I was led through a roller-coaster of emotions. It’s happy and sometimes joyful, but others make you cry and hate certain characters for being human and changing their minds. This isn’t the cutesy happy ending in fairytales. The characters you root for don’t get what they want, and people get hurt and people die.

Anderson’s Neverland is magical place, but it carries its weight of darkness that is filled with pain and heartbreak. However, happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Yes, I just went Dumbledore there. Sue me.

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

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Rating: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

I love this book to pieces. I want to hug it and love it forever.

Anna and The French Kiss has to be one of the best contemporary novels I’ve ever read. Perkins delivers a believable romance and amazing characters to create a novel that was so good I didn’t want part with it until my eyes were so tired and blurry I couldn’t see the page anymore. If this novel doesn’t make you laugh, swoon, and want to shove St. Clair and Anna together like barbie dolls and say “NOW KISS”, then you’re doing it wrong. While the name is a tad bit cheesy, don’t let it fool you. This book is fabulous. A gem. If I hadn’t promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything until I read the books I had, I would be scouring Amazon for the second and third.

The writing is so beautifully descriptive that I could see myself through Anna’s eyes, taking in this wondrous, beautiful foreign country. The characters are all flushed out and realistic, even down to the secondary characters we hate, like Dave and Toph. I adored Anna and St. Clair, Josh and Rashmi, and Meredith.

Etienne St. Clair. Gah, if you need a new book boyfriend, this is where you’d look. He’s so easy to fall for, and I was with Anna when she was crushing on them, and her feelings began to gradually deepen. I’ll admit, I primarily liked him in the beginning because he’s British and I am a HUMAN GIRL, and we are not immune to British accents. St. Clair is sexy without trying, and he’s not the most popular best looking guy in school, or so perfect looking it physically hurts to look at him.

And Anna! I usually don’t care much for the lead because she’s usually insta-love and gets annoying fast, but I loved Anna. And not because my name is Anna and I’m from the South and it was too easy to pretend I was her. But because she was funny, with a wicked sense of humor. I loved that she was a stranger in a foreign land and suffered the trials and tribulations of an expat. I, too, would’ve wanted to forgo dinner if I had to butcher a language or point and hope that they understood my three year old actions. Seriously, once you read this, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is go book a flight to Paris. I had never cared much for France, wanting to go to Croatia and England instead, but now this is definitely on my list of places to visit.

All in all, Anna and The French Kiss is a easy, fun, laugh-out-loud, full of heart novel. I’ve been going through a reading slump lately disliking everything I read, and this book rejuvenated me and gave me hope for YA fiction.

The Elite – Keira Cass

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Author: Kiera Cass

Rating: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

America Singer is back, and only six girls remain. America is as torn between Maxon and Aspen as ever. Whomever she chooses will change her life drastically. If she chooses Maxon, she chooses the life of a princess. Aspen, she goes back home and lives almost same as she was before.

I have to say, I’ve always cared for Maxon more. And this book just drives it home. Aspen spends his time belittling Maxon to America in order to make her choose him. America is all but ready to choose Maxon when something horrific happens that sends her flying back into Aspen’s arms.

When she finally realizes Maxon isn’t the cruel person she now sees him as, it’s almost too late. While she was ignoring and avoiding him, he’s kind of fallen in love with someone else. He’s still in for America, but now he has alternatives.

I liked that. I liked that Maxon’s choices reflect his country and he doesn’t just wait around forever for America to go back and forth. That’s what makes him all the more realistic to me. You can love two people at once – America does.

This delved into deeper with the royal family, and while it’s darker than the first, it gives it more realism. Loved this to pieces, and can’t wait for the third. And just look at that cover. It’s glorious. I love pretty dresses, sue me.

Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

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Author: Cassandra Clare

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

*weeps loudly and awkwardly, clutching book to her bosom*

THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT PITY.
THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT REGRET.
THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT NUMBER.
THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING.

The final battle begins…

And ends, as I sob relentlessly. Gah. *shakes fist at Cassandra Clare* WHY.

I’m overwhelmed, ignore my psycho banter. Really. I haven’t finished a series in years, and I’m terribly heartbroken. I’ve come to love and adore these characters, who might just be words on a page, but they all hold a special place in my heart.

I just got my hard copy in the post today, but I have already read the eBook, since I could not wait. I did my waiting! Twelve years of it! In Azkaban! And I shall wait no longer!

There is no wrong that can be put against Clockwork Princess. It was wonderfully wrote and is a very well wrote ending to the trilogy, but I felt the Mortmain bit was rushed. Clare spent this entire trilogy building up this fantastical villain… first, leading us to think it was de Quincey, and having simple Mortmain be the true villain in the background. Mortmain and his clockwork army, perfected at last… and -SPOILER ALERT- Tessa just shifts into Ithuriel and crushes him like a gnat. All that building for that? I felt that could’ve gone on longer. By the time that was done, there was still like 20 percent left to the story, working out all the love and couples who ended up together and whatnot. I’m glad of the resolution of tiny things that have popped up in the TMI series, such as the Herondale scar.

Tessa has grown, as a woman and as who she is. We finally find out where she comes from and her purpose in it all. Jem, oh Jem. My poor Jem. This has got to be the ONE series in which I rooted for both sides in a love triangle. Mostly Will, though, but Jem is so fragile and strong and loving that you can’t help but to have your heart broken by him.

Everyone gets their own happy ending. Sophie and Gideon, Cecily and Gabriel, Charlotte and Henry and their Charles Buford Fairchild.

I’m hoping Jem and Tessa pop up in Clary or Jace’s life again (I saw you, Tessa, in City of Glass. You can’t hide from me.) or Jem’s ancestor, Emma in The Dark Artifices.

The epilogue, oh my. That killed me. Tessa, living through the century, untouched by age, forever young while Will grew old… and their children had children and grew old. Everyone you love, just a tiny blimp of time before their gone. I don’t know how Tessa did it. Or Magnus, whose done it so many times. Jem and Tessa still alive in 2008, and Will being dead for over seventy years now, so heartbreaking, I’m tearing up again just thinking of it. Now Jem will grow old now that he’s human again, and she’ll suffer heartbreak all over again. There should be a small novella, or some entrance to them in the future Shadowhunter books, where Tessa finds a cure to her immortality and somehow be with them all again – Will, Jem, Charlotte and Henry, Cecily and the Lightwoods, even Jessamine.

I’m just mindblown.

Go, read the book. Read the series, first, if you haven’t. You won’t be disappointed, but warning: your mental health may deteriorate.

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

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Author: John Green

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

This is the first book I’ve ever read about John Green. I have seen his quotes and watched his videos and seen this exquisite fanbase and told myself, “hey, I gotta see what the fuss is about.” which was my akin to Harry Potter when, even in the beginning of its days, was something everyone seemed to love.While John Green is no JK Rowling (and how could he be, no one is a JK Rowling), he is an amazing author of his own.

Meet Hazel. She’s a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at the age of 13, she was prepared to die. A year later at age 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs, and she survived. Not to say she’s cured, far from it even, but it prolonged her life.

Now at age sixteen, Hazel is still breathing, tethered to an oxygen tank and entirely sick of how her life is being lead, never knowing how much time she has and how she is, to quote, “I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to 160 over 488 blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”

Until one day at Cancer Support Group, she meets Augustus Waters. They hit it off. They try to make the best of the days they have left. They fall in love. But all good things come to an end. Let me just say this.

Sometimes things find you when you need them to find you, I believe that. And for Hazel, it was Augustus.

Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks

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Author: Nicholas Sparks

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

ove hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

Everyone has heard of Nicholas Sparks, right? The writer of soul-crushing-cant-breathe-from-sobbing novels, yeah?

This one doesn’t disappoint. I’ve made it a personal goal to get around to reading all his novels eventually. So far, I’ve read A Walk to Remember years ago which really was a bad idea to read IN SCHOOL, because I kept having to hold back sobs and press my fingers into my eyes to not cry and look like a looney tune bleeding mascara everywhere. The second one I read was Dear John, and clearly, I had not learned my lesson about the in school thing, though I was in college at the point of reading that one. The book was so much different than the movie, letmetellya.

And I’ve read The Last Song, which is one of my favorites, because I’m closer in that age group than with the other novels I’ve read. I have The Lucky One, The Notebook, and A Bend in the Road on my shelf, but I try to space out reading Sparks because I hate crying and I usually take my book places with me, and everyone thinks a girl crying over a book in public should be committed.

Anyway, back to SAFE HAVEN. Safe Haven is a very passionate and mysterious story written about a girl named Katie moving to Southport, NC and basically restarting her life. She meets a store-owner, Alex, and his two children and builds a relationship with each of them. She has a mysterious past that is revisited throughout the story. She was married to a detective, Kevin, who had abused her for years during their marriage. You even read Kevin’s POV, and boy, he is not the type you want to mess with. His thoughts on bang, bang, mentally shooting random people in his head reminded me of a terrorist. In one thought, he loves Erin (Katie’s real name) and the next, thinks about killing her. Sparks did justice to his character and how mentally f-ked up Kevin was. Jeez, if I was his wife, I’d run far, far away.

The end of the story was riveting, and I was thinking the entire time Alex was going to die. Because that’s what happens in Sparks, right? Someone good dies.

And the whole Jo thing, gah! I did not see that coming until Katie was dreaming of the ferris wheel and the scene ended saying, “It was Jo.” and Sparks only ends scenes at a pivotal moment, so I was mentally going back and thinking that Jo was Carly, and wow, was I right! The untouched wine, how no one knew about Jo but Katie. Crazzzzzy.

All in all, I loved this book. Great story, writing, suspense, and romance. It’ll leave you trying to read through a heavy cascade of tears. And hey, go check out the movie coming in theaters on Valentines Single’s Awareness Day! I know I will.

Check out the trailer for the movie if you haven’t already seen it on telly!

The Perks of being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

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Author: Stephen Chbosky

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Perks already, especially since Emma Watson was in it, and it was a pretty a big deal last year.

Charlie, after losing his friend Michael to suicide in middle school, is starting his freshman year of high school. He begins a journal documenting his freshman year, using his experiences of the year as a plethora of letters to some mysterious person he calls, “dear friend.” We never know who he’s writing to.

If you’re a frequent tumblarian, you’ve probably have found many quotes from the book while scrolling down your dash. Maybe you’ve even reblogged them, whether or not you’ve read the book.

I realized about halfway through the book, if it was set today, in 2013, Charlie would’ve been tormented by his peers. He cries a lot, and it’s pretty weird. But at the end y0u find out why he’s so strange, and it makes sense.

The book is an emotional roller coaster. A real coming of age story. I’m sure we all remember our awkward teenybooper days, and can relate to Charlie as he tries to get the human experience. You sort of see something of yourself in him. He has his ups and downs, his first love, and partakes in many experiences in which he otherwise wouldn’t if not for the friendship of Sam and Patrick.

It’s a really good book, for all ages, but those who remember their childhood pretty vividly would probably relate better to it. Some of my favorite quotes, as follows, are:

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”

“I don’t even remember the season. I just remember walking between them and feeling for the first time that I belonged somewhere.”

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