Faking Normal: A Review

 

I stayed up until 2:36Am to finish this book and I don’t regret it.

I use the phrase “painfully beautiful” a lot. I guess I’m pretty lucky when it comes to the books I read. Almost all of them are absolutely fantastic. But this one… oh my gosh.15726915

Alexi has a secret, and she will tell no one. However, when Bodee, a.k.a. the “Kool-Aid kid” moves into her house after the death of his mom, things change for the both of them.

My heart hurts for Alexi, but it’s also swelled with love for her as well. I feel like this novel has such a strong message and I’ll never be able to shake it away from me. It’s one of those “feel good” books, that leave you smiling and squealing at the end, but it shows rape in one of its many forms (although, there’s only one definition), raw. It’s not romanticized, it’s shown how it is. I love that about this novel.

I cried through a lot of this. I’ll probably cry after I write this. I smiled. I laughed. I’m giving this novel 5 stars because it deserves it. Truthfully, it’s one of the best books I’ve read yet, and I’m glad I picked it up. I actually heard about it in the book club at my school, and although they spoiled it for me, I tried so hard to forget it so I could read this. I’m so glad I did. Yet, I’m so upset that I had to wait.

Ugh. You nerds have to read this. I’m totally heartbroken yet happy. I don’t even know how to explain it. I’m not even going to try. Just read this, okay? You’re not going to be disappointed. It’s too perfect to pass up.

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The only problem I may have had with this book is the fact that I’d love to know what happened to Alexi after the end. Still, this book is fantastic and I definitely recommend it. Just make sure you keep some tissues nearby.

If you nerds have read this book, leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts about it. I’m really curious about what people thought.

Bye nerds! Happy reading!! ♥

What Type Of Reader Are You? …with GIF’s

So, once again, I am suffering from a severe case of writer’s block. This is especially since I have had to write a history paper AND a letter for application I had to fill out. With those two combined, I’m honestly sick of writing. But, fortunately for you wonderful book nerds, I’ve decided to tough it out, grab a bowl of ice cream (with tons of caramel syrup. Thank God it’s a snow day tomorrow.), and write.

I’ve realized that there is a huge variety of readers out there in the world. Some of us are strictly one type of reader, and sometimes we all fit several categories. So, I did some research, and have discovered several different types. I then proceeded to make a list of ones that seem most common. Here, I matched the type of reader with a specific GIF that would most likely match that type. Enjoy!

 

#1- The Impassioned Reader:

tumblr_inline_mlbxw70bSk1rnvwt1  This is the type of reader that gets way too involved in what they read. I’m talking, whether their favorite character dies, or the capitol is overthrown by the rebels, this reader is hanging on for dear life, and is overdramatic about EVERYTHING. I guess we’re all kind of like this one.

 

#2- The Binge Reader:

Big-Bang-Theory-I-need-help The Binge Reader loves to read. Absolutely loves to read. This person reads for hours at a time, consuming book after book. They are the readers that stay up until 4 o’clock in the morning so they can “just get finished with this chapter.” This reader goes through 5 or six books in a week, and spends all the free time they have just finishing the next book.

 

#3- The Over-Emotional Reader:

anigif_enhanced-buzz-30992-1365390009-11 Ahh… you gotta love the over-emotional reader. They’re the type of reader that will call you up in the middle of the night. Why? Because they just need to talk about that book they just read. This is the type of reader that really only needs a good cry, so they probably pick some of the most heartbreaking books and then sob for hours.

 

#4- The “Know It All” Reader:

200_s This type of reader is probably the most annoying. They go through book after book and then flaunt every bit of knowledge they have. Most of the books they read are non-fiction. This is because knowledge is power to them.

 

#5- The Compulsive Buyer Reader:

rapunzel-books Bookstores love these readers. They go from store to store, taking books off of shelves, only reading the synopsis of one or two, and buying them. At the end of the day, they probably spend a hundred bucks on books. They’ll also known for judging books by their covers. If the book looks awesome enough, of course they’re going to buy it!

 

#6- The Hard To Please Reader:

tumblr_m7eq4t1nb31rziwwco1_1280 This is the reader that almost everyone hates. Why? Because all they do is complain. Don’t get me wrong. They love reading. Books are they’re life. But, when it comes to picking out a book, the bar is set extremely high. The books they read are never good enough. If, however, they finally find a book that reaches their standards, they turn into reader #3.

 

Now that I’ve gone over the list, maybe you should comment, below and let me know what type you are. I’ll have to confess, I’m a combination of  the first five. So, let me know what you think.

 

Happy reading!!

 

Gone Girl

Hey everyone! So, apparently school has taken over my life. Literally. Almost everyday I have an assignment to do that takes all day, or, if I don’t, I basically spend my evening doing nothing because sitting and doing nothing is rare in the life of  the nerdy book girl. So, it was amazing to actually get a full week off due to the weather, which means that I actually got a week to catch up on assignments, finish my history project, and finally return to reading books and writing book reviews.

Before I begin this review, I just want to say one thing: Gillian Flynn is a genius. The fact that someone could come up with a plot so intricate and full of crazy surprises actually thrills me. We need more authors like her.

This novel begins with Nick Dunne waking up on his fifth year anniversary. He’s dreading it, not just the day as a whole, but mostly one thing in particular: his wife’s annual treasure hunt. In these treasure hunts, she usually quizzes him on useless stuff about her that he has obviously failed to pay attention to throughout their relationship. So, typically, the day ends with both husband and wife getting frustrated. In order to avoid this catastrophe, he goes to the bar he owns, downs a few drinks, converses with his twin sister, then heads home. Where is his wife? Gone.

I’m going to have to stop there with the description because if I went any further, I’d have to spoil the book. Still, if you know how it ends, congratulations. I just hope you didn’t feel the pain that I did because I seriously did not expect the turn of events. (Yes, I do live under a rock, if that’s what you’re asking.) Despite the ending, however, and the enormous amount of pain that I had endured throughout the whole thing, I seriously loved this book. It was amazing, and if you’re a book nerd like me, those are hard to come by after you’ve read plenty of good books. Once your standards have been risen by other great books, it’s hard to find novels that actually fit the requirements of an actual good book. The awesome thing is: Gone Girl does that.

I can’t even find anything wrong with this book. That’s the problem I have. It was fast-paced, witty, and full of surprises. Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

If you have read this book, I’d love for you to comment below and tell me if you liked it. If you haven’t read it, DO. It definitely is NOT a waste of time.

 

Happy reading! 😉

How To Kill…

…a fictional character.

(Haha, got you, didn’t I?)

 

Don’t you hate when you read a wonderful novel by this magnificent author and this “magnificent” author kills that person (character) that you just love so much? Yeah, me too.

Well, today, I’m going to show you how it done, so that when you spot these signs of trouble in your book, you can avoid having your heart broken by a small stack of paper binded together. Yes, book nerds, I have found a cure to the illness of heart-breakage by books.

 

How to kill a fictional character:

1.) Create a gripping and fantastic storyline that hooks your reader.

2.) Then, introduce your main characters in a way that the reader cannot help but fall endlessly in love with them. ♥

3.) Now you need a conflict. This conflict needs to be super intense, so that the reader can now be truly engrossed into the story. This is the bait.

4.) In step four, the conflict needs to become even more intense, by adding small little bits of obstacles in the paths of your characters.

5.) Gather all of your characters and make sure that before you “off” this particular character, a love story ensues. That just makes everything better.

6.) Finally, the time has come to kill your character. Carefully choose the timing of the death. If it’s too soon, it fails. If it’s too late, it fails. Make sure you perfectly time this death, so that you can truly hurt that reader in the feels. Now… KILL.

 

 

I Am The Messenger: Book Review

So, finally, after all this holiday craziness, I finally got to sit down and read. I couldn’t have picked a better book to end the year with.

 

In “I Am The Messenger” by Markus Zusak, Ed Kennedy is an underage taxi driver who honestly has no plans for his life. And he’s okay with that. Yet, when he prevents a bank robbery right in his hometown, things change. Soon, Ed Kennedy begins to get these “messages” which are more like riddles on the Aces of ordinary playing cards. Throughout this book, Ed goes through an Ace of each of the four suits in a card deck, and as he does so, he learns an important lesson: even the smallest thing can impact a person’s life.

 

I officially have a new favorite book, and here’s several reasons why:

 

1) Markus Zusak teaches us one of the most important life lessons and the most subtle way possible.

2) The language of this book and the way it was written is just fantastic.

3) From the first page, you’re literally swept away by the beauty of the writing and the really strange but awesome plot.

4) This book is basically some kind of therapeutic experience mixed in with this crazy emotional roller coaster that totally can remind you of the mood swings of a teenage girl.emotions-46863

5) The plot kind of reminds you of Charlie’s Angels, but with a guy and it’s less… you know… provocative.

 

But, to be honest, nerds, if you want to really know the reason why I love this book so much, pick it up and read it. It’s worth it.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this review! Any book suggestions, go ahead and comment. Have a great New Year’s nerds!

 

Oh… and happy reading! 😉

 

 

 

Ellen Hopkins, you did it again.

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Almost two months after her most recent book, Rumble, was released, I finally got my hands on this book. It was definitely worth the wait.

The book itself justifies exactly why Ellen Hopkins is my favorite author. Her beautiful writing pulls you in, breaks your heart, then leaves you smiling or crying by the end. Her books are magnificent, and if you haven’t read at least one of them, you need to. And you need to read this one:

The story begins with Matt. It’s only a few months after his younger brother’s suicide. His relationship is falling apart, he’s losing his friends, his parents’ marriage is falling through the cracks, and life pretty much sucks. This story addresses pretty much everything a teen goes through: bullying, uncertainty about life, and well… you get the picture.

This is one of those books that you can’t possibly regret picking up. It. Is. Just. That. Perfect.

So, nerds, I challenge you to read this amazing book, then comment and tell me how you liked it. And if you want more book-related posts, follow!

The Replacement

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When it comes to reading, I read all the genres I can. But, I do have a favorite, actually. And yes, it’s horror.

As mentioned in another post, my addiction to the genre of horror began with Darren Shan, who inspired me to write. But lately, I’ve been going through withdrawal and finally picked up “The Replacement” by Brenna Yovanoff.

Am I happy I did? Heck yeah!

This book was set in a town called Gentry where they depend on an underground society (unknown to some or most people) for them to thrive. Every seven years a child in taken from their home, and replaced with a “castoff” or young child from this unnamed society below ground and becomes sacrificed.Usually, the castoffs end up dying in the mortal world, but Mackie Doyle didn’t. When Halloween arrives, Mackie Doyle ends up discovering where he’s from. That’s when things get crazy.

This book was really good. Amazing, in fact. But it wasn’t as creepy as I expected. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. It flowed nicely and I had this deep attachment to the characters. I do recommend this book, and, if you’ve read it, comment and let me know if you liked it. Also, if you liked this review and want more, don’t forget to follow. I may even follow back!

Top Ten Thursday: Character Edition

What I usually had in mind when today came was my top ten favorite book quotes, but as I sat down on my couch and pulled out my tablet, I thought of something better.

As readers, we tend to fall in love easily. Not with people. But with characters. Fictional characters. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’m extremely guilty. And I’m not afraid to admit it.

So as I prepare to write this post, I think about all of my favorite characters, and I picked ten:

10) Four: Tobias Eaton (or Four) is an amazing guy. He’s funny, smart, sensitive, and (I know you can’t argue with this point) gorgeous. But (hehe…you saw that one coming, didn’t you?), he can’t be my favorite, and read on and I’ll show you why.

9) Jace: If you haven’t read The City Of Bones, you need to! Jace is the best character. I’m not saying anymore because I can’t. He’s that awesome.

8) Hermione Granger: Trust me, this isn’t the only Harry Potter character that will be mentioned on this list. But I love Hermione. Throughout the series, she reminded me of me a little bit…

7) Alaska Young: I love this character (from Looking For Alaska) and her rebellious nature. She’s amazing. Absolutely amazing.

6) Peeta Mellark: I think the name just says it all…

5) Johanna Anglicus: Pope Joan is the best book I’ve ever read. It’s beautiful and amazing and one of the best books I’ve ever read. I love Johanna because she’s such a strong, persistent young lady that isn’t afraid to work hard to get what she wants.

4) Pattyn: If you’re a fan of Ellen Hopkins like me, then you have most likely read this book. Pattyn is one of my favorite females in teen fiction. Why? Because just like Johanna (above), she’s not afraid to fight for what she wants.

3) Augustus Waters: I’m not sure I even have to say anything except for this: if only all men could at least have the heart like him.

2) Luke Castellan: Okay, guys. Agree or not, he’s amazing. I don’t care if he’s a villain, or was a villain, in the end, he was good. And he had the right intentions… If only he had thought of a better way…

1) Severus Snape: Yeah. That’s right. I have a slight fan crush on Professor Snape. Just like Luke, he had a huge heart. And… Well… I don’t even know why I love him. But I do.

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this post, how about you like it and follow? 😉 I may even follow you back! And with that, my fellow book nerds, I leave you with this:

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