Review: Everything, Everything

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating 4/5

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. 

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 

Okay, I’m going to be honest here; I bought this book because of it’s beautiful cover.  Do you see that?! IT’S BEAUTIFUL.

Anyway, this book was a perfect pick-me up and a really quick read.  The concept was really interesting and I really enjoyed it.  This book really got me thinking about all the things we take for granted, and not just a roof over our heads and food on our plates but the simple acts of breathing in fresh air and feeling the ground under our feet and the sun on our faces.  It’s the little things that count too.

And the little things were things Madeleine couldn’t do.

I love the way she describes everything after experiencing it for the first time.  It really made me rethink.

I also love the little cutesy romance in this book.  The relationship between Madeleine and Olly is so adorable, especially their e-mails and chats.

SPOILERS:

The plot twist:

Honestly, I don’t know what to think of it.  A part of me knew all along what was going to happen, but another part of me really thought she was going to die or they’d break up and she would go back to her life or something equally depressing.  I’m happy she didn’t die and ended up with Olly but it doesn’t make sense.  Surely someone should have noticed that Madeleine didn’t actually have SCID.  For instance, Madeleine should have been visited by a real doctor at least once a year right?  I don’t know, but aside from that I loved this book and it’s perfect to get you out of a reading slump.

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Review: Sense and Sensibility

Title:  Sense and Sensibility

Author:  Jane Austen

Publisher:  Penguin Books

Rating:  3/5

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo.  Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Though their parallel experience of love— and its threatened loss—the sister learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this book.  It took me ages to read and I was just dragging myself through it.  That being said, I did enjoy the book, but there were parts that were just endless paragraphs and they bored me to death.

The first chapter was really confusing and I’m actually happy I saw the movie first, as it allowed me to somewhat understand what was happening.  Otherwise, I probably would have given up on this book on the spot.  I did love the movie.  Especially Alan Rickman (more on that later).  Maybe that was the problem.  I should have waited until I read the book to see the movie but oh well.

I absolutely loved Pride and Prejudice but this book just didn’t have the same appeal.

SPOILERS:

The thing with Sense and Sensibility is that you have to pay close attention to every word you read because otherwise, you’ll miss something important.  I let my mind wander for five seconds and I missed something about Sir John.  So I spent the rest of the book wondering who the heck Sir John was.

I love how real the character feel to me, and how I have such strong attachments to them, both good and bad.

I love Colonel Brandon.  He’s so cute and sweet in the book but I wouldn’t love him as much as I do had it not been Alan Rickman playing him in the movie.  All I could see was Snape and his unrequited love and it broke me to pieces.  In case you haven’t noticed, I love Snape.  A lot.

I hate Marianne for completely ignoring him throughout most of the book.  He was clearly so much better than Willoughby.

And Edward.

What. A. Doofus.

Honestly, I feel like both Marianne and Elinor made really dumb choices.  Sure, Edward’s better than Willoughby, but not by much.

They both messed around with them even though they knew they shouldn’t.  Edward was engaged the whole time and Willoughby knew he’d never marry Marianne.

I also hate the stepbrother (I forgot his name) who takes over Norland once the dad dies.  If he were truly good and sensible, he wouldn’t have let his wife persuade him not to give the girls any money.  Which lead me to Fanny…I hate her so much.

Anyway, three stars for strong characters, but that’s it.

Top 5 Books To Read Over and Over Again

5.  The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling: Come on, this was a no-brainer.

4.  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins:  This is one of those books that even though you know that they get together in the end, you can’t help feeling super nervous.

3.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:  This just gets better with every reread.

2.  I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak:  Okay, so I haven’t exactly reread this yet, but I love it so much and I know it’ll be even better the second time around.

1.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:  You had to know this was coming.  I’ve already read this about seven times and it still doesn’t bore me.

Sorry guys, no review this week.  I’ll try to have one up next week.

Review: An Abundance of Katherines

Title:  An Abundance of Katherines 

Author:  John Green

Publisher:  Dutton Books

Rating:  3/5

Katherine V thought boys were gross

Katherine X just wanted to be friends

Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail

K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine.  And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped.  Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram happy, washed up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines.  Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.  Love, friendship,and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.  

I found this review particularly hard to write, I just didn’t know how to put what I felt for this book into words.  But I tried, so here goes:

I love the intelligence with which all of John Green’s books are written and this one is no exception. But perhaps it was too intelligent.  At least for me.

An Abundance of Katherines just didn’t grip me.  In all honesty, it was kind of predictable and I knew the direction it was going to go.  Though I didn’t expect Hassan and Colin to end up in a small town in Tennessee.  I don’t know–I thought they’d end up back in Chicago after a couple of days on the road.

The rest, however, was just too predictable.  It’s not really a bad book, just not extremely interesting.

SPOILERS

I can’t relate to Colin at all.  He’s whiny, spoiled, and self-centered.  He spends his days obsessing about whether he’ll matter and why he can’t be a genius.  That alone really bothers me.

Then comes that thing about his obsession with girls named Katherine.  Anyone else think that’s strange?  How did that work? I know he said it was a coincidence but really? How many Katherines can there be in Chicago?

This leads me to his last night with K-19 just after they’d graduated.  They have a little squabble at the restaurant, and Colin starts to obsess about whether or not she still loves him.  Seriously Colin? He’s so obsessed with not being left behind, that he forgets to live.  That’s why I think they all dumped him.

Anyway, as soon as I found out Colin only dated Katherines and was in the process of writing mathematical equations to predict relationships, I knew what would happen.  He’d date someone who’s name wasn’t Katherine and figure out no relationship is predictable and each is unique.

And I was right.

Another issue I had with this book, aside from the predictability and Colin, was that nothing really interesting happened.  Colin’s moping about his latest failed relationship and he and Hassan go to a small town in Tennessee.  Colin try’s to plot relationships.  That’s it.

I did like Lindsey and Hassan.  They were good characters.

So, not a bad read entirely and I don’t regret reading it.

August Wrap-Up

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith 
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Every Day by David Levithan
Alienated by Melissa Landers