By: Sarah Dessen
Rating on Goodreads: **** of *****
This felt a lot like Anna and the French Kiss, only with a bit more raw depression mixed in. I appreciated that Dessen took on the pressure to be perfect in light of a tragedy and how distorted things can be when striving for that perfection.
It was a good fast read, cutesy (like Anna) at times. There were a few redundancies that bugged me (like the word innocuous, and the breezes...) but it was a good quick read.
Plus, the writing was beautiful, that helped :)
Rating on Goodreads: *** of *****
Wow. This is right on par with If I'm Missing or Dead, and other memoirs where the parents just suck. It seriously makes me sick to know that parents treat their children like this (though my memoir can relate a lot, because my parents sucked, too.) It's truly heart breaking, even as an adult when they don't change, and you can look someone in the eye and say, "They never loved me."
If you're looking for depression, and sickening amounts of what I deem animal cruelty, this is a read for you. But brace yourself. It's not pretty.
By Lauren Kate
Rating on Goodreads: ** of *****
I debated putting this one up here. My sister said to be a book blogger, I should put up books I didn't like, too...so... here it is.
The writing in this was good, I'll admit that. There were some sentences where I thought, "This is so pretty!" but after 400 pages, and wondering when the plot was going to get good, or wondering what the point was, I just couldn't get into it. Pretty writing cannot account for missing plot.
There were a lot of things in this novel I've seen in a lot of other novels, so most of it felt cliche. (Boarding school, love triangle, unrequited love, etc). Even when death became a factor, I wasn't emotionally involved in any of the characters. Sorry to say, I didn't like this book.
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Also, stay tuned. I also read the Hunger Games trilogy, and will post those reviews in two weeks!