‘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!!

One Flew East, One Flew West, One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest – A Review

Well, that was an adventure.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a novel narrated by a man called Chief as he tells his story about the many battles between McMurphy and the Nurse Ratched in an asylum.

At first, I had mixed feelings about this book. The excessive details and imagery in the very beginning turned me off almost immediately. It was a tad redundant, and it made it a little difficult to get into, which was a problem since it held so much key information. The writing style was unique, as well and I found it hard to get around it. It didn’t help much that it moved kind of slow. Until halfway through, I was pretty lost. Once the plot took off, though, my feelings changed.
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Now to the good stuff:

First things first: Billy is a gift from heaven. I love his character so much. Read it. Just for him.

Second: This novel really brought to light a lot of heavy subjects that had to do with the mental asylums in the 60’s and 70’s. I have a high respect for that, as I’ve read other novels that didn’t really do the job.

Third: THESE. CHARACTERS. They are so well-written and well-introduced – it’s great. Kesey did a very well job in bringing them into the plot and introducing them to the reader. I also just have to say it’s great to read a book where the characters are complex and aren’t …well, good.

Fourth: It was just. So. Put together. I really enjoyed that. It was kind of a pain because I knew that almost every detail was key in the very beginning. Still, everything in this novel meant something and it was really nice how complex it was. I think that really added to the overall meaning of the novel.

I wish I could have had the relationship with this book that I feel like I should have. Overall I enjoyed, but there were just moments that I just kind of wanted to put it down. Those great elements of this novel is what pulled me through (and the fact that I read this for English).

Oh, wow, I still have mixed feelings about this book.
But, seriously, I have to give this book credit where it’s due. This is such a good novel and I still recommend it. Once it really kicks off, it’s worth your time. Kesey did a really good job in writing this and I really enjoyed most of it. It had a few hang-ups, which is why I rated it what I did. But the rest is good! So, read it.

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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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Books That Changed Our Minds

Nerds! I’m back! After an extremely long semester and an exhaustively busy Christmas, I finally came back to you guys. [insert applause here] It’s honestly been a stressful, yet fun month, but it’s 2016 and I’m happy to be back!

Every once and a while we come across a book that changes our life. Usually this kind of book changes the way we perceive the world around us and helps us grow in character. I’m sure we’ve all read several of these, but there are definitely a few specific titles that have definitely affected me. These books aren’t in any order, I just compiled five that I’ve found to influence a lot of book nerds.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I think we all understand how amazingly screwed up this book is (in a good way, of course). It really changes a person’s perspective on the world. To Kill A Mockingbird tells an absolutely wonderful story about equality and childhood innocence. It’s definitely an eye-opener, and a tear-jerker (says the person who almost started crying in her English class one day because of it) and it really can teach someone that it’s the people around you that really can help a person grow.

2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky 

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower is my all-time favorite book. I don’t think I’ve ever expressed that enough on this blog, so I’m telling you now. I love this book. I love it too much. It teaches us about teenagers and the real struggles that they face.  It’s not romanticized. It’s raw. I love that about  this novel. It puts into words how a teenager feels during that time of their life and it definitely puts it into a good perspective. It’s beautiful, okay? Just plain beautiful.

 

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

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Written about two Muslim women surviving together in a marriage, it is an amazing book about the strength of women who work together. If you guys haven’t read my review on this book, you can view it here. It is an honestly fantastic book that is eye-opening and shows how a task that may seem daunting can be achieved if two people work towards it together.

 

4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling 

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Overall, this series was one of the most influential book series I’ve ever read. Harry Potter is full of acceptance and friendship. I feel like the fandom associated with this series is probably the most diverse and the most amazing out there. Therefore, I feel like this series tops all the books that mean a lot to people. You can tell how Harry Potter has influenced a vast number of readers and it’s purely amazing. I think the fans is what makes this series even more special than it is alone.

 

5I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

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If you’re a fan of Zusak’s The Book Thief, you’ve probably either heard of this book, or you’ve read it. Hopefully you’ve read it, because it’s a darn good book (book review here). It’s perfectly amazing and teaches the reader of how good deeds can help people. In this novel, Markus Zusak’s plot and writing style mixes very well to create a book that is way too amazing to even begin to describe. It’s gripping and just overall fantastic.

So, nerds, those are the five books that’s changed our minds. They’re truly amazing and I recommend them all.

Happy reading!!

(Oh yeah, and Happy New Year!!)

 

 

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

The 5 Symptoms of Binge Reading

We’ve all been there.

Staying up all night just to finish “this chapter” or just to finish the book in general. Going through a good 5 or 6 books in a week. Sleeping all day after a two-week-long binge reading episode because we haven’t slept in only God knows how long.

We’ve all been there. 

There’s no cure, no way to ease the pain. The best thing to do is just ride the waves and let it all play out. But, what is binge reading?

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Yet, when book nerds refer to binge reading, it usually goes like this:

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How do you know you’re having a binge reading episode?

Welp,  if you’re asking me, you’ve come to the right place.

Symptom #1: You haven’t slept in days. 

As a fellow binge reader, I totally understand the whole: “‘I need to finish this chapter before I fall asleep’ and then waking up on the floor 5 o’clock the next day with your book on the floor next to you'” thing. It happens.

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Symptom #2: You haven’t stepped out of your room in a week. (Or longer.)  

Book nerds need two things to survive:

  1. Food
  2. Books

No people, no technology. Just those two things and we’re good. No joke. rapunzel-books

Symptom #3: Yet, despite the need to survive, you can’t remember the last time you even SAW food. 

I mean, who needs food anyway, right?

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Symptom #4: Although, when you did eat, you gulped it down so you could go back to reading. 

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Symptom #5: Your family is highly concerned about your health. 

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So…

do you guys show any of these symptoms?

(By the way, nerds, add me on Goodreads here!)

Happy reading!! xoxo

Blind Date With A Book #2!

Jack Sommers just disappeared with eighty-eight million dollars.

That’s how this novel begins. Honestly, I was shocked. From looking at the title page when I first received this novel, it looked more like a WW2 novel. Yet, as the plot unraveled, it all made sense.

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Alina and Jack Sommers lived in Chicago with their dear daughter Sophie. After the mysterious death of Alina, her parents make a plan to kidnap Sophie and take her to their home in Palestine. In order to save his daughter, Sommers decides to take part in an embezzlement plot, stealing eighty-eight million dollars from his employee. This book follows Sommers and his fight to rescue his daughter and fix the mess he made.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was fun and entertaining and had a great idea behind it. I also really enjoyed how it ended on such a ___________ note. (You thought I was going to spoil it, didn’t you? Nah, I wouldn’t do that to you.) Still, when it comes to the writing style and the pace, it fell a little flat for me. I honestly felt like the pace could have picked up a little bit. Also, the writing wasn’t as good as I have witnessed before, and it made the novel a little less enjoyable than I expected. 

Overall, though, I consider this book to be really good and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book with a love for action and has a good interest in current-day issues.

My rating: 4stars

I got this as a win from Goodreads but this book just released today! Go check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

August Book Wrap-Up!

Hey nerds! August is now past us and so I guess it’s time for a book wrap-up! In August, I read eight books. (Yes, you read that right.) Let’s just say that August was a good month for me. It was a great month for reading, laughter, and of course, tears. Overall I got a lot of reading done before school and life picked back up. Let’s get started shall we?


Books I Read Last Month: 

World Crash by Michael R. Worthington

Fall Of Giants by Ken Follett

The Woman In The Photograph by Dana Gynther

Paper Towns by John Green

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Every Day by David Levithan

Across Dreamlands by Lara Hassan


World Crash by Michael R. Worthington 

I won this book through Goodreads First Reads last month and I featured it as my first “Blind Date With A Book” (More coming soon!). I didn’t really like this book and it was kind of a let down for me. The ideasdownload
behind it were great. I could tell that Worthington put a good deal of thought into creating this novel, but it just didn’t do for me as other books I’ve read in the past have. This books begins as Sarah wakes up in the hospital and finds that an alien spacecraft is orbiting Earth, and has sent a cyber-virus and broke down the Internet and electricity. In this book, Sarah works with the government to try to fight the aliens and save Earth. As said before, the read isn’t that great, but the ideas are definitely there.

My rating:

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

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Fall of Giants blew me away in this fantastic historical fiction novel. It was mind-blowingly amazing as it took me back in time to World War I. In this novel, Ken Follett created vivid pictures of the issues just a few years before the war, during the war, and post-war. It’s a great book, and I absolutely recommend for my history-loving book nerds to read it!

My rating: five-stars-rating


The Woman In the Photograph by Dana Gynther

This is another book that I won through Goodreads First Reads. the-woman-in-the-photograph-9781476731957_hr

I loved this book. It was gripping and definitely kept me hooked. I loved the pace and setting. The only problem I have with this book was that you kind of have to have some background in the French language (which, luckily, I have) in order to understand some of it. Still, the language wasn’t used very often so you could still understand what was going on.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes romance or art. This was a wonderful book and I enjoyed it immensely.

My rating: 4stars


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I think after you read my book review on this book (here), you nerds know how I felt about this book. If you didn’t, I’m getting ready to tell you.

Paper Towns was magical, in every sense of the term. It really helped me view life differently and really try to find out more about the people who are around me. I absolutely adored this book. I recommend this book to anyone, whether you like romance novels, YA, or the classics, this is a book for everyone to read. The world would definitely be a different place if they did.

My rating: five-stars-rating


The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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I felt like this book was a pretty good book. This book disappointed me, though, until about chapter 35. Then things got interesting. Still, it was a really good book and I do recommend it to anyone who really enjoys dystopian fiction
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My rating: 4stars


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I’m pretty sure you guys have read my review on that by now. If you haven’t, check it out. A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns

“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.

I do recommend this book to anyone who really enjoys a complex story line and though-provoking endings. But be aware guys, THIS ONE’S A TEAR-JERKER. I suggest setting a box of Kleenex next to you as you read the last chapter.

My rating: 
4stars


Every Day by David Levithan

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This book actually wasn’t my favorite. I liked it, yes. Still, there was just something about it that kind of turned me off. I think one of the reasons was how fast the main character fell in love with Raven. I know, it sounds silly, I like romance, but how it was timed really threw me off. However, it was still a great book.

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Across Dreamlands by Lara Hassan

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads…

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…and I loved it. This book is full of poetry. Poetry about love, life, sadness, darkness, and prevailing through dark times. It’s painfully beautiful in a way that I can’t describe. I loved this book with a passion and I recommend it to any hopeless romantics, romantics, or people who just love poetry in general.

My rating:4stars


So August is a wrap! I read such a great variety of books this month and I regret nothing! If you nerds have read any of these books or plan on reading them, feel free to comment below and tell me some of your thoughts.

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!!!

What To Read From A-Z

When deciding on what thing I wanted to write about today, I was at a loss. Writer’s block is no joke. Yet, I knew I needed to write so I decided to challenge myself and see how it panned out. Here’s what I did:

I decided to take some of my favorite books and place them in alphabetical order to find you guys a list of books that I recommend, with titles starting with the letter A through the letter Z. For four hours I sat at my computer looking my booklist on Goodreads until I finally created the list. Hope you guys enjoy!

After by Amy Efaw

Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo

Cut by Patricia McCormick

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Easy by Tammara Webber

Fade by Lisa McMann (The second book in the Dream Catcher Series)

Grief Girl by Erin Vincent

Harry Potter (The entire series) by J.K. Rowling

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

Looking For Alaska by John Green

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Outside by Laura Bickle (The sequel to The Hallowed Ones) 

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk 

Etched On Me by Jenn Crowell

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Under the Dome by Stephen King

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

World Without End by Ken Follett

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible by A.J. Jacobs

Zomb-B by Darren Shan 

Granted, not all are matching their respective letters, but it was hard to find books by certain letters that I had read. None of the books that I have read start with the letters Q, V, or X.  Most of them do match their letter,though. I hope that you guys enjoyed the list. If anyone has read any of the books above, why don’t you just leave a comment below telling me if you liked them or not and why.

By the way, if you guys haven’t checked out my Goodreads and/or my Twitter account, I’ll try to leave the links to my profiles in the comments below. If I don’t get to (in other words I forget) then make sure I do it next time by leaving me a message or comment.

Bye for now

Happy reading!! xoxoxo