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Book Review- Anna and the French Kiss

Dear Stephanie Perkins,

Thank you, thank you, for giving the world a book that has charmed girls of all ages, including me. I will read it hundreds of times, I can already tell. I love it. You are amazing. *hugs*

 

I don’t even know where to start, really. I was glued to this book after reading just a paragraph. I read it between taking notes for the entire school day, between studying, under the table at dinner… you get my point. I literally couldn’t put it down. The plot is amazing and so realistic! Not to mention hilarious. This book took me away from everything I didn’t want to think about and wrapped me in a story spun of gold, of France, and of true love.

The writing is gorgeous, and totally captured my heart. I’m sort of convinced that Anna is an actual person. (and Etienne too, but if he IS real I’m taking the next plane to HIM, thankyouverymuch) Part of the reason I love her so much is that Anna is my twin. My book twin. We have the exact same shyish-funnyish-smartish-sarcastic-slightly-neurotic-definitely-OCD personality. It’s quite creepy, really. Nah, just kidding. It’s amazing.

Etienne, as I said above, is totally drool worthy. I can’t even… it’s hard to describe. I would call him perfect, because like Anna, he’s not. That’s why I love him! He’s just so broken sometimes. The chemistry and angst (great combo, right?) between Anna and him was amazing.

I even fell in love with the minor characters! That’s quite the feat. There is so much detail, I feel like I know them. Like I know what SOAP looks like, heard Etienne’s accent, seen the Notre Dame and the Seine and everything!!

My favorite part was the ending. *faints* It was so good, so perfectly planned out but I didn’t expect what happened AT ALL.

If you want some negative thoughts on this book, well, sorry. You won’t find it here. I am in love with this book, I will buy ALL Stephanie Perkins’ books, and the fact that I might get to meet her at YALLFest just blows my mind. I feel so lucky.

This book made my month! Recommended to EVERYONE, even the dudes. Despite the cover/title*, this isn’t chick lit.

Olivia

*Note that this book is about a girl named Anna who kisses a boy in France. Not as much about a french kiss. I was confused by this myself.! 🙂 Since I didn’t really summarize the book, here’s the GR page.

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Book Review- The Fault in Our Stars

As you all know, I was extremely excited to read this book. I guess I judged it based on all of the hype surrounding this book. EVERYONE loves this book. Most of the time there is a reason for such a strong response, and no doubt this hype is not entirely unwarranted. But after reading this book (and liking it, for the most part) I have decided that while it is good, it is most certainly not the best book ever that fell from the sky streaming glitter and rainbows.

This book is about a boy and a girl who meet at a cancer support group. The girl, Hazel Grace, had lung cancer and breathes through a cannula (one of those oxygen-puff things that goes through your nose). She survived thanks to a ‘tumor shrinking miracle’ that has bought her a few years. When she meets Augustus Waters, everything changes. Augustus had bone cancer (I think.. sorry) and has a prosthetic leg. Even though Hazel has very poor health and Augustus is mostly healed, they fall in love. Hazel resists Augustus at first, trying to ‘minimize the damage’ that she will cause when she dies. But she can’t resist forever.

I actually didn’t cry at this book! The end was very sad, but since I didn’t connect very much with the characters, it didn’t affect me as much as it did some other people. Before I start naming all of the things I disliked about this book, let me just say that I really did like it! No matter how many bad things I have to say, it was good! I can’t see myself reading it over and over, or even adding it to my Favorites! But it was an interesting and engaging book!

Now for the negatives. This book is notorious for being quotable, and that it is. There are some very fabulous quotes in this book! The thing is, I find it hard to believe that the people in this book actually SAID these things. Just like in the Weird Sisters, how it was a little unbelievable that their father spoke in iambic pentameter. I just find it very hard to get past the unrealistic-ness of these characters, as far as the dialogue goes anyway. It was also very short, which was a little annoying. I also wish I could say that this book made cancer less depressing, but it didn’t! It was harshly real, with nothing to cushion the sadness. It was pretty rough to read. The Weird Sisters was easier to get through.

Do I recommend this? Yes. I think everyone should read this. It seems to be more enjoyable for some people than others (aren’t all books like that?) and in this case my slight cynicism got in the way of liking this too much.

Have a great weekend, guys! 🙂

Olivia

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Coming Soon!

I had to change the name of these lovely hauls…. at Library Awesomeness Haul no. 7, I am getting a little worn out of that name. I figure if I am getting tired of typing it, you’re probably getting tired of reading it, too. (if this isn’t true, please comment!) I happened to be at the library today for a volunteering orientation- my first day is this Tuesday! It was really cool to meet some fellow bookish teens and discuss books during a few spare minutes! I got into a really long conversation with the librarian about Divergent, and convinced several other teens to check it out. YAY! 😉 ANYWAY, I was wandering the teen section before it began (a very dangerous thing for me to do) and ended up choosing 1… or 2… or a lot. In this haul, I’m also including books not from this library trip and books I’ve recently purchased.

I bought this for my Kindle when I saw that it was on sale for 1.99! That is so inexpensive, and I’ve wanted to read it ever since Gaby started glowing about it on her blog!

I got this at my last library trip, and I am forcing myself to read it first, no matter HOW MUCH I want to read a specific other book in this group!!! Pride and Prejudice is taking me so long to read that I haven’t gotten to this one yet!

This is on my summer reading list. I’m slowly plugging through, but I’m putting it down until I finish all of these.

I was innocently perusing the classic section when I realized I should get more Jane Austen! Pride and Prejudice is the first thing of her’s I’ve read, and I’m LOVING it! When I was searching for the book cover I noticed pictures of Alan Rickman in the movie! I did a double take! I said: “Wait, Snape? In Sense and Sensibility? What?!” 😀

I know absolutely nothing about this, except that it is dystopian and Chew Your Lipstick raves about it. Why not?

I loved Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, so when I randomly spotted this I snatched it up. It’s been a to-read for a long time!!

I know little about this one as well! But it is Goodreads recommended for me, and Shannon reviewed it positively a few days ago!

Now for the two I’m SUPER excited about!

I’ve been waiting and waiting for this to come in for me! I love the idea around this book…. and the fact that the author could take a plot so overused like this and make it a hit!

All I have to say is, it is about time! I’ve been anxiously waiting for months, and it is finally here! I am scared, a little. Scared of sobbing (because I love hate can’t make up my mind about sad books. But I love a good love story, and this sure seems to fit! You can definitely count on a review of this one!!

Hope you guys enjoyed this! I can’t wait to read these and review! 🙂

Olivia

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Book Review- An Abundance of Katherines

I loved this book so much! It was the first book that I have read by John Green! I was so excited to read one of his books because everyone seems to love his books, and I am a fan now too!

This book is about a child (well, he is 19) prodigy who has dated and been dumped by 19 girls, all named Katherine.  After Katherine XIX dumped him on the night of their high school graduation, he feels lost. To find himself, he goes on a totally random road trip with his best friend Hassan. Well, sort of a road trip. They make it all the way to a no-town place called Gutshot, Tennessee, and then a couple of things happen that I can’t tell you about. But everyone ends up changed!

This is a very funny book. Looking at it, it looks kind of lame-ish and like a science/math book. But really, there are many useful tidbits of information in it along with hilarious jokes. The plot is interesting too! If you have issues with romance books that seem to occupy teen fiction these days (don’t get me wrong, I love teen romances) then this is OK for you. There is some romance, but not a nauseating amount.

I really enjoyed this book. From what I can tell so far, John Green writes very, very well. It is easy and relaxing to read. If this is most people’s least favorite of his books, then I can’t wait to read some of his others! I totally recommend this!!

Do you like John Green?

🙂 Olivia

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Reading Update and a couple of book reviews!

Hey guys! So, I have been pretty bad lately with reviewing the books that I finish.  But I am about to fix that! 🙂 I’m going to make “mini-reviews” within this post of the two books that I finished recently, plus some news!

As I have said many times, this book was recommended to me by my dear friend Cara! Wow, I loved this book so much! It is a retelling of the “bedtime” story, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.  This was my favorite book as a little girl, and I still have my copy(that happens to have some BEAUTIFUL illustrations in it!). Cara told me that she hasn’t read the original, so she can’t compare the two. But I can say that they are very similar! I totally recommend this to ANYONE! I particularly loved the knitting references and the pattern in back- and I am currently knitting Rose’s Shawl from the book! (I’ll let you know how it turns out!) Despite the “girly” cover, this is NOT a child’s book, but a timeless classic that everyone should read!

I had a lot of people comment on my Library Awesomeness-Haul and tell me that I was going to like this, so I had pretty high hopes. I am a little in the middle on this one, I thought it was OK.  The concept that the book was centered around was quite interesting, but I didn’t like the way the author carried it out. I felt it dragged on a little bit(OK, a lot), and one of the main characters was drunk or with a new girl like every single minute.  However, the ending did suit me, even though it was sad.   Would I recommend this? I gotta be honest, just go check it out on Google or Goodreads for yourself if you’re considering it, because it’s not for everyone.  I bet the movie will be good though!

And lastly, some news!

1. I checked out two books from the school library today! Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines, both by John Green. I am reading the latter now, and it is my first ever John Green book! I am very excited about reading his books because all of the book bloggers seem to love his work. That isn’t to say I’ll like it, but I think there is a pretty good chance I will. I know I want to read The Fault in Our Stars but it isn’t in paperback, and there are like 80 requests for it. I can wait. But I am still super excited, I’ll keep you folks updated!

2.I am also reading a free book on my Kindle called 44.  So far it is pretty good, especially because it was free! Check my Goodreads on the sidebar if you want more info.

3. My local Barnes and Noble just called to tell me that my copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth is in!!!! Yayayayay! And I didn’t even have to pay shipping, I called to see if they had it in paperback and they offered to order it for me! It is all I can do to put down everything and read it! But no. No, Olivia. You must finish the books you have first. Be a responsible reader! 🙂 But I’m excited! Has anyone read it yet?!

Hope you enjoyed this multi-tasking post! Stay tuned for more reviews and Book Challenges! (and I am having so much fun with the 30 Day Book Challenge!)

🙂 Olivia

 

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