Sunday, June 3, 2012

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey (goodreads).

Where do I begin? Seriously, if any of you have read this novel, you know exactly what I mean. I don't know for sure what I expected when I picked up this book, but it sure wasn't what I got. Usually, I go through and underline the phrases that I like, things that catch my attention a certain way. I didn't even bother to do that. If I would have, whole pages would have been highlighted and marked up!
It isn't a quick read, but I was sad when I was done. It was so creatively done, so intriguing. It always had my attention. It's a serious book, not much humor involved. But that's a nice change.

This book isn't young adult, so I don't recommend it to you if you're looking for some light fluff to read poolside. But it will get you thinking and it will captivate you. Jonathan Safran Foer is a genius.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hello, All! I just want to apologize for being so incredibly absent for the past...year. I always knew that life is crazy, but I just started learning exactly what that meant! Things should be slowing down a bit in the next few summer months and I am anticipating posting more!


What My Mother Doesn't Know


Sophie's mother doesn't know about the boy who's pressing Sophie to go further than she wants. Or about the boy she chats with online. These sharp, funny, and tragic poems tell of Sophie's sometimes painful but always passionate journey of self-discovery (Goodreads).

This book is probably a bit below the level that I’d usually read, but I think it was worth it! Quick, light hearted, and at times, laugh out loud funny.
I didn’t actually know what to expect when I started this novel. I tend to enjoy books written in verse, and this was no exception. There wasn’t anything deep or philosophical about it, but it was still a nice way to pass the time.
There’s no beach scene or any hint of summer, however, to me it felt like a nice beach read. Something nice and fluffy for a carefree summer day.
The characters were lifelike, and some even reminded me of my own friends!
If you’re looking for a quick read that will leave you with warm feelings, this is the perfect match for you!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Maybe - Brent Runyon

I really don’t know where to start. This book was amazing and profound on so many levels. It may even be my new favorite. However, it’s not a novel that I’d lend and rave about to everyone—there are some mature moments, and many filled with profanity. But it’s so worth it. It definitely isn’t something I’d recommend to my grandmother, but to my closest friends? Of course! This novel pulls in some really deep and real issues and brings them into perspective.

It’s so realistic compared to the actual high school experience, I was really able to relate. The movie The Breakfast Club changed the way I thought about life, high school, and various social situations. This book is a lot like that movie is to me. Harsh. Real. Honest. Heart-wrenching.

I don’t usually sit down and read a whole book in a day. I get too anxious, feeling like I should be splitting my time. However, I plopped down and plowed through this book! It was that fantastic!
I highly recommend for anyone looking for a fresh, realistic take on the world of teenagers.