‘The Hate U Give’ : A Darn Good Book Review for A Darn Good Book

“You can destroy wood and brick, but you can’t destroy a movement.”
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

 

I’ve heard so much about this book it’s unreal. Everywhere I turn on social media, I hear about how amazing this book is. I would have read it before now but it turns out I’m really stingy – even when it comes to books. So, I’m walking through the library one day and I pass the new arrivals section and I see this book and I almost scream. Out loud. Yes, I know I need help.

A week later, I’ve jumped onto the bandwagon.

Starr Carter is one of the best literary characters in Young Adult fiction. She’s 41tdlloETWL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_always keeping it real. She’s got an attitude like you wouldn’t believe and has the common affliction of the teenage identity crisis. (Relatable to me, anyway.) Many other characters that I’ve read of are super fake and overdramatic. Not this one, though. She’s pretty cool. Starr lives in the ghetto and one night she witnesses police brutality firsthand by as friend Khalil gets shot multiple times by a police officer. This horrible experience leads her to question herself, Khalil, and the others around her. It also leads to national controversy and tests her bravery as she learns to speak up for the people that she loves dearly.

In light of the craziness of 2016 and 2017, this book is amazing for bringing up one of the most troubling and controversial topics of the past year-and-a-half. I love the themes of this novel (yep, there’s multiple), and the message it gets across. It’s a fiction novel that’s educating in its own way. “The Hate U Give” is a novel that opens your eyes to the world’s problems that are still around us today. Obviously, I read this book from a white person’s perspective. I have to say that doing that made me somewhat understand what the Black Lives Matter movement was about, and why people of color are so angry. Unfortunately, I say somewhat because I know that just seeing it through a fiction novel is not exactly like seeing it firsthand.

Despite the seriousness of this novel, Thomas makes sure to bring some smiles and laughter into this novel, making it even more delightful to read. It’s very comical, and the ships in this novel are definitely real. I mean, come on, Starr’s parents? CUTE!!

I don’t think I could tell you guys how much I loved reading this book. It was beautifully written, hilarious, cute, and eye-opening. I don’t care who you are or where you come from, you must read this book. The hype for this book is definitely real and the time spent reading it is, too. You won’t regret it.

 

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If some of you have read this book already and have some thoughts, leave a comment because I’d love to read them! In the meantime, happy reading!!

An Over-Due Book Review

“Like, oh, hey, great, here’s the rest of my life and it’s all still laid out in front of me.”

I’ve sincerely abandoned you nerds for a while, and I am so sorry. For a while I’ve been struggling with some things and so so busy and it’s been hard to keep up with this blog or even reading. I’m back now, though, and I hope I can pick it back up again. 

A book I recently read was What you Need by Andrew Forbes, which was an absolutely delighful book.

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“What You Need” is a collection of short stories involving a variety of characters in a variety of situations. In includes 16 beautifully-written shorts that are just… well, pretty great.

Overall, I think these stories are definitely stories that affect how you see people. Each short in this book have unique characters from different places and backgrounds. That’s what makes this so special. The personalities and backgrounds of the characters created by Forbes made me very intrigued and interested in the stories. It makes it an enjoyable read.

The author’s writing style is really nice, too. It helps convey what Forbes is trying to in these writings very effective. His writings are filled with a bit of tragedy, but mixed in there is a nice amount of humor. The style is interesting – a good interesting.

What I love, though, is how he makes humanity seem so mundane and yet extraordinary, in such a way that isn’t too sappy or over-romanticized/dramatized. With the characters, plots, and writing style, the stories are so entrancing that it’s actually not annoying. That’s a really nice thing if you don’t like books that are super dramatic or romanticized.

Do I recommend this book? Heck yeah. This book is just such a pleasant read. It presents humanity in such a compelling way and shows how people can come from such a vast variety of background. Yet it also shows how imperfect humans are, and how that can be such a beautiful thing. If you like that sort of thing (like me!) then you need to read this book.

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Everything, Everything

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In this novel, Madeline Whittier is allergic to everything. So allergic, she never leaves her house. After  she gets a glimpse of a moving truck outside her window, and a boy named Olly, her life drastically changes.

Everything, Everything is just plain beautiful. The writing style is beautiful. Madeline Whittier is beautiful. Olly is beautiful. The plot is beautiful. I think you get the idea.

While this book was highly predictable (though I’m not so sure actually considering the fact that a friend kind of spoiled it by giving me a hint about the ending), it was an exceptional read. I loved every bit of it. This book actually reminds me a little of The Fault In Our Stars except for the fact that it’s not about cancer and they don’t travel to Holland. Still, it’s fantastic.

The romance for me actually wasn’t that excessive and actually added to the beauty of the book. Nicola didn’t seem to romanticize anything and made the story seem realistic, which is really important to me because I don’t like romanticizing illnesses in any sort of media.

With that being said, I’m in love with this book and most likely you nerds will be, too. It’s a wonderful read and hopefully you guys will read it and agree.

My rating:

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If you’ve already read this, feel free to leave some thoughts in the comments. I’d love to read them.

Happy reading!! xoxo

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This novel is set in France during World War II. It begins in Carriveau, where Vianne’s husband is sent to war. At the same time, her sister, Isabelle, is sent to Carriveau to live with Vianne to avoid trouble. Although, trouble is exactly what both Vianne and Isabelle find. 

I honestly had mixed feelings about this novel in the beginning. I enjoyed it, but at the same time, something was lacking. I wasn’t as connected to the characters, and I definitely wasn’t sucked into the story as I would have liked to be. At first, it was kind of a letdown. 

However, as the story went along, all the pieces of the puzzle came together. 

 

 This book is fabulous, and although I didn’t get exactly what I felt like I should, it was still a delight to read. It’s a tear-jerking story of the strength of women and perseverance. It shows how people hold on to other people to get through life. 

I kind of regret telling my English teacher that I didn’t enjoy reading it. (Yes, I said that. Sorry!!) To be honest, the whole novel made perfect sense one I reached the end. (And yes, I cried.) I also thoroughly enjoyed that it wasn’t too heavy on the romance. I mean, I love romance, but I need a break every once in a while.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. It’s definitely a story that needs to be shared. Although it was a tiny but slow, it’s so worth it!

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If you nerds have already read this book or want to, let me know what you think of it in the comments

Happy reading!! xoxo

Blind Date With A Book #3!

When I found out that I won this book from Goodreads, I was thrilled. I had such high hopes for this book and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

Let me just say:

It did NOT disappoint. Crenshaw_Final

Crenshaw is a novel by Katherine Applegate, set in modern-day. It’s about a young boy (about eleven years old) and his family who’ve fallen on hard times financially. Crenshaw, a cat, and Jackson’s imaginary friend, comes back into Jackson’s life to help out.

This book honestly is just magical. Absolutely magical. I read this book in three hours and I don’t regret it. AT. ALL. It’s extremely charming and has a great meaning behind it. My favorite thing about this book was really just how it portrayed the child’s view in all of this. It kind of brought back a sense of the child’s innocence and showed how hard it is to be a kid – especially a kid in a situation similar to Jackson’s.

Crenshaw was just a very well written book about being a kid and having to learn how to survive through hard times. It shows how friends always matter and are important. It shows that sometimes it’s best to just be honest with people about what’s wrong. Most importantly, it shows how hard life is and how if you and the people you love stick together, you can always survive.

 My rating: five-stars-rating

Nerds,  I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone out there that needs a good book to read. I know, I know, it’s not YA and it may seem like a book for kids, but it’s worth it. Seriously.

If any of you lovely nerds have read this book, definitely leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’m curious as to what you guys think of it.

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Review

I remember first falling in love with Khaled Hosseini after reading The Kite Runner. It was an amazing book and made me fall in love with Khaled Hosseini’s beautiful writing. (Review: Here) When I found A
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in the school library last week, of course I grabbed it.

This book was a little disappointing at first. I couldn’t quite get my head wrapped around it. For most of the first and second parts of the book I wondered what Khaled’s purpose was in how he introduced the characters. Yet, as the story unfolded, it made perfect sense.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a novel about two women’s fight for survival; in the light of war, famine, drama, and abuse. It begins as two women are introduced to the reader, both coming from the total opposite of places: one, from a city called Herat, A_Thousand_Splendid_Sunswhere she was raised by only her mother, and was known to all the people that knew her as a “harami”; the second, from a city where she was brought up by a loving family and Both end up in the same place. Together, they fight the battle of being a woman.

Still, this book didn’t just show me how women can inspire each other and motivate each other through life, but it also showed me the power of love and sacrifice. I learned that through pain, there is peace. Through sadness, there is happiness.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a beautiful book. It’s inspiring and amazing. However, I rate it four stars because I honestly wished that it had a bit more. As said earlier, this book definitely disappointed me at first. The characters were a little complex, though I’m sure that without their complexity, the impact of this book wouldn’t be as great. Even though that was the case, the question of, “What is Khaled planning now?” honestly pushed me to read more to answer my question.

Rating:  4stars

I do recommend this book to anyone who really enjoys a complex story line and though-provoking endings. Nerds, it’s such a beautiful and heart-breaking story. But be aware guys, THIS ONE’S A TEAR-JERKER. I suggest setting a box of kleenex next to you before you read the last chapter.

If you have already read this book, definitely tell me how you like it in a comment below. I love book discussions!

Happy Reading!!!

Book Review: “Paper Towns”

Being a binge reader sucks. It’s like, going two months before finally picking up a book, finishing it, and then in the next three days you read like four books.

One of those books, happens to be Paper Towns. 

You guys know by now that I’m not one for following book trends, but this one seemed to be impossible to pass up. EVERYONE was reading it. So, I decided to give it a try.

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I loved this book. It was magical. There were so many things in this book that allowed me to look at life differently and made me realize so many things. I laughed, I got angry, and yes, nerds, I cried.

Paper Towns starts as Margo Roth Spiegelman climbs through her neighbor’s, Quentin’s, window and takes him on the night of his life. The next day, Margo goes missing. This sends Quentin on a quest, to find Margo, and to find himself.

I feel like this book says a lot of things. It says that people are ordinary. It says that people are complex. It says that we, as people, like to think of others as how we like to think of them, instead of how they really are. It says everything that a book, in my opinion, needs to say.

My Rating:

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Seriously, nerds, read this book. It’s fantastic and needs to be read. When you finally put it down, it’ll leave you looking at the people around you differently. If you’ve already read this book, go ahead and comment what you thought about it. I’d love to hear it.

HAPPY READING!! XOXO

Never Take Me To A Bookstore (Or Anywhere Around Books)

I know, I know. I kind of went back on my promise and went incognito (AGAIN). But I’m back (AGAIN).This time, I actually have a good excuse.

After my last post, a lot of things started going on. It started with some personal things that were going on, then slid to vacation. At first my mom and I planned on going to someplace like Gatlinburg, Tennessee or the beach. Well, plans changed and we ended up going to visit relatives in Michigan with my grandmother tagging along- oh, and don’t worry, it was still fun.The whole week we visited family member after family member. It was fun, don’t get me wrong. Still, AN INTROVERT HAS TO BREATHE. In order to do that, I went to my safe place:

Books.

Despite the fact that I already have two bookshelves full and several stacks of books in my closet, what else was I supposed to do but go book shopping?

Total count: 40

Of course, there were other things that I got and collected, but mostly what I got is obvious.

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Once I got home and spread the books out to go through my titles, I realized: I have a serious problem.

When I first began learning how to read mom and I would go to the library every month. We’d come home with only a few books that mom would read to me every night before bed. My book pile started small; two or three books here and there, nothing big. But then, it grew. I’d take home fifteen to even twenty books sometimes. It went on a year or two, until we weren’t reading the books fast enough and started missing the return dates. Then mom started taking me to bookstores. Of course, that was a mistake.

Another instance was in elementary school. We had these events called book fairs, and it was like a mini book store that students could go to and buy books. It lasted about one week out of the year and it would always include a family night at the end of the week for the families to come and walk around with their children and check it out themselves. Every year for five consecutive years would my mom and I attend this book fair. That’s when the problem got worse. I personally think it was mom’s fault, and let me explain to you why.

So, mom and I would be walking through the school library (where the book fair was held) and mom would browse through the books while I would wander off to find the books that I liked. No matter what genre it was, mom would come up to me on several occasions with books in her hands and let me read the backs of them. Here’s the problem: I hated reading synopses. Absolutely hated them. Hence, when mom would give me a book to read the synopsis of, I’d pretend to read it, then say: “Sounds great!” and place it in the bag.

We’d end up going home with about three bags of books and an empty wallet.

And on this would go. Even now, as I’m older and in high school, I just pick books off the shelf that look cool and put them in the basket. Occasionally nowadays I’ll read what it’s about, but, now that I’m obsessed with books, I still can’t stop buying. Like the other day when I came out of Salvation Army (or Salvo’s as my wonderful aunt calls it) with eleven books. Hey, but don’t blame me, when there’s a sale, you know you gotta have ’em!

In conclusion: never take me to a bookstore.You never know what I’ll find.

Happy Reading!! xoxoxo

11 Things Book Nerds Go Through Everyday

Hey nerds! Hope y’all are doing great! Me? Just dandy!

Reading for nerds (especially book nerds, of course) is like the highlight of one’s day. I mean, what’s better than coming home from a long day of school or work and just picking up a book and reading for about nine hours? Absolutely nothing. Still, reading can come at a price. So, for you people who don’t know exactly what readers go through, here’s 11 struggles that readers go through almost. every. single. day. 

1- People who say you read to much 

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2- “Why do you read? Books are boooring.” 

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3- People spoiling the end of the book 

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4- Finding out your new best friend doesn’t read

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5- Deciding which book to read next 

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6- “Just one more chapter, I promise” 

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7- Making a book reference that unfortunately no one gets (oh, and they look at you weird while they’re at it)

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8- “Ugh, I’d rather be reading.” 

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9- When the character you shipped with another character gets involved with a character you don’t like

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10- When a book makes you cry… and you’re in public 

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11- “Hey, how’s the book you’re reading?” 

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Happy reading! xoxoxo

In The Land Of Blue Burqas

After turning the last page, I can’t even tell you about the smile that this book had placed on my face.

Kate McCord has spent five years in Afghanistan, working with an NGO (non-government organization). During these five years she conversed with the Afghan people, laughed with the Afghan people, helped them, and learned to love them. In this book,  she shares the stories she’s heard with us, in her attempt to show us the way Afghans live and how we can impact their lives.

As I read this book, I learned so much about Middle Eastern Culture and how their religion impacts their culture. I also learned how much Jesus impacted the world He lived in.

I was so inspired as I read this book. I cannot truly tell you how much it affected my spirituality and helped me become a better Christian. I couldn’t have began the year with a better book.

The only problem I had with this book was that it was repetitive. It repeated several facts and stories throughout the novel. However, it barely affected my overall feeling about this book.

This book was truly amazing and is definitely educational. Therefore, I recommend this book to everyone.

If you’ve already read this book, leave a comment below because I would love to know what you think.

Happy reading!