40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers

40 things i want to tell youI’m going to start by saying that there is no way (ever), that I would have picked up such a book like this.

I find these types of books extremely dull and unrealistic. I will always prefer fantasy over this.

I can imagine preteen and teenage girls picking up the book and reading this at the back;

Amy (a.k.a. Bird) seems to have the perfect life: loving parents, a hot boyfriend, the best friend ever. She even writes an online advice column, full of Top Tips, to help other teens take control of their lives. But after a new guy shows up at school, Bird can’t seem to follow her own wisdom.

Pete is the consummate bad boy. He’s everything Bird is not: wild, unambitious and more than a little dangerous. Although she knows he’s trouble, Bird can’t stay away. And the more drawn she is to Pete, the more cracks are revealed in her relationship with Griffin, her doting boyfriend. Meanwhile, her parents’ marriage is also fracturing, possibly for good.

Bird is way out of her comfort zone. All it takes is one mistake, one momentary loss of control, for her entire future to be blown away . . .

And drooling all over it because it is something they could only hope for. Amy is a very relatable character to these young girls who wish to get into university and get the perfect boyfriend no matter if it’s the boy next door or the badass new kid. This is what gives these girls unrealistic fantasies. At least when you’re reading about vampires, witches, or werewolves you know they’re not true.

So how did I get this book and why did I read it?

Well, my friend was a fan of these types of books and then she grew out of it. During the summer she was getting rid of her books because she no longer reads and that’s where I came in and took her books. HAHA Never say no to free books!

Anyways, this book has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while and it finally caught my attention.

I read a book two weeks ago  and it reminded me how much I love reading so I decided I wanted to try to read more often.

Obviously, I have better things to read than another YA novel especially in a genre I don’t like. But the cover captured my attention and I thought why not, it’ll do.

I started reading and could stop laughing or rolling my eyes how annoyingly predictable it was.

I know, I know how so many people say such great things about this book and how it isn’t predictable, blah, blah, blah. But I did find it predictable at first!

Now I can’t keep on writing without any spoilers so SPOILER ALERT!!

I did not like the Amy’s character at all. Her advice column wasn’t that great, it was the typical advice you see everywhere.  She was that typical girl until this new guy came and la la la. In fact I really don’t think the new guy influenced her a lot. It’s not like they spend time together or got to know one another. They shared a kiss and had sex and that was it. The guy tried getting to know Amy better but she kept pushing him away. He never had the chance because she believed all the rumours about him. Now the fact that she has sex with this guy is very scandalous since she still doesn’t want to break up with her boyfriend who is waiting for their first time together. Also it is evident that Amy thinks very highly of herself and how she is better than most people. Amy is the perfect example of a teenager who thinks they have their life figured out until she gets a shocking surprise. So what happens when you decide to have sex with a guy you barely know at the park one fall night? Well, you get pregnant, surprise! Now we were not told if Amy and the guy used protection at the time of this occasion because that would have given away the big surprise. This is where the book gets interesting. There are not many books written about teen pregnancies and I didn’t think this book would take that turn. I was expecting something in the lines of Amy breaking up with her boyfriend to get with the badass guy but then getting in some kind of trouble and finally realizing she is in fact in love with her now ex-boyfriend, who obviously forgives her and they have their happily ever after. With teen pregnancy this book becomes very realistic. Amy’s whole world turns around. Not only is she pregnant but her parents separate, she starts having difficulties with school, her boyfriend breaks up with her, and everybody starts to hate her. The guy she had sex with doesn’t even know it’s his baby since she refused to tell him, he finds out when her boyfriend confesses that he never had sex with her. At the same time, Amy’s dad kicks her out of the house because she is a “very stupid girl”. Amy has no one and I’m sure many other teenage pregnant girls feel the same. Amy struggles with the decision if she wants to keep the baby or get abortion. If she gets an abortion obviously everything could go back to normal and she would have her future but she decides to keep the baby. I am actually happy she kept the baby but I don’t know why she decided that once she has it, she cannot pursue her dreams.  Amy’s father forgives her and lets her move in again.

This is a great story that exhibits that life does not go the way you plan.

I love how once the baby is born, the book is addressed to the baby and how she wrote 40 rules for him to live by. When authors do this, i find it very creative since it engages the readers more.

The book was not the best but it was surprisingly good.

I give it 3/5

P.S. I always have a tendency to apologize for my writing and my opinion since I feel like I shouldn’t be judging someone’s work when I haven’t done anything myself. I like writing these reviews because it gives me a way to express my feelings and that’s what blogs are for.

Love, Maryana

Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter

huntedThis is the first book and the first review I am doing this year. I haven’t been reading that much lately because of my studies.

For the past three months I’ve been reading A Clash of Kings, I’ll probably finish it in the next month, HOPEFULLY. It’s saddens me that I don’t have the luxury to read as much as I want to now.

Anyways, I’ve been very much stressed recently and to calm myself down, I decided to do what I did in high school (on daily basis :P). I went to Target and picked up a random book. Usually it would have been some YA novel but considering that I am sick of reading about the same thing over and over, I picked up Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter. It was actually hard picking a book at Target now since most of them were paperback romance novels and children books. I thought that Hunted was one of the YA novels when I first saw it because it had a similar cover to other YA novels but when I turned it over it turned out to be a thriller/suspense novel.

Hunted follows the life of a FBI profiler named Evelyn Baine. Evelyn is very dedicated to her work and will do anything to help catch the bad guys. She didn’t have a great childhood and she lacks the ability to socialize well but she has the ability to understand how a serial killer thinks. Evelyn is assigned an interesting case where the murder half buries his victims in the woods. This case becomes life threatening when Evelyn finds out that she is next on the murderers list. She must do everything she can to save herself and other possible targets.

I usually do not read these kinds of books but another reason why I picked it up is because it has simple writing and I could finish it within a day. The book wasn’t that great but it wasn’t bad either. It reminded me of an episode of Hannibal, where the killer didn’t fully bury his victims because he enjoyed looking at them. I am sure this book is similar to a lot of other crime solving books and tv shows. For me though, it was nice to read since as I said, I usually do not read these kinds of books, and this was just what I needed. I enjoyed the pace of the book and some of the scary moments as well as the ending. It was predictable at some parts and the author did not try to make a connection between the readers and other characters which was unfortunate. I wish the book had more of a twist to it, maybe if the killer was in disguise as an FBI agent the whole time and Evelyn did not recognize him. That’s predictable too but I’m not trying to write a novel here. Spoiler alert. I liked the ending where Evelyn became worthy to the killer and he refused to speak to anyone but her since he saw her on the same level as himself. This was a great ending because the killer saw his victims, especially women, as below him.

If you enjoy a lot of FBI types of novels I wouldn’t recommend this book since it doesn’t bring anything new to the table.

If you are looking for an easy and enjoyable read and you never tried crime novels then this is the book for you.

I rate this book 3/5

I am sorry for some of the bad grammar and sentence structure. I can’t even tell sometimes since English isn’t my first language.

he’s Gone by Deb Caletti Review

ImageHello everyone,

So I am currently reading Emma by Jane Austen and it is taking a while. I am only half way through but I intend on finishing it in the next week, hopefully.

As a breather between reading Emma, I read he’s Gone by Deb Caletti.

This is the first novel that I read by this author but I’ve heard that she has many YA novels.

Also this is not the usual fictional book I read because it does not have anything supernatural or extraordinary.

The reason why i picked up this novel is because the cover appealed to me and the story caught my attention since it is not what i usually read.

It follows the life of a middle age woman, who one day wakes up to find her husband missing. Throughout the book, the readers are introduced to her life, her relationships, and the events leading to her husband’s disappearing. Sounds kind of typical but I was still flipping through pages to find out what actually happened. I am going to admit that the ending was disappointing because the author did not want to make it a typical story following the circumstances. There was this big build up and then nothing.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book even though there was nothing special about it. It was boring and uneventful at some parts and obviously I couldn’t relate to the protagonist. I enjoyed reading it because I like to change perspective sometimes. The protagonist in this novel was the mother of a girl around my age.  I was satisfied reading about this woman, who is in love already, has a family and a career contrary to a teenage girl who falls in love with some you-are-too-good-for-me boy, has some special ability and has to save the world.

I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone because as I said it is nothing special. It is written well though.

I liked the book-3/5

The writing is 4/5

I give the plot 3/5

One last thing; I know that I said I am reading Emma and that it is already different from the typical YA novel but I still wanted to take a break from it and read something else. I usually do this when I read classics. When I was reading Anna Karenina, I read Eve of Darkness by Sylvia Day. I never did a review on it because I didn’t have this blog at the time but since I am writing about it now…it wasn’t great, waste of my time.

Kisses, Maryana