Posts Tagged ‘LOVE’

The Sun Is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***Loved Loved Loved.***
As with many people, I loved Nicola Yoon’s first book Everything Everything and had very high expectations for The Sun is also a Star. I am happy to say those expectations were exceeded. After I started this story it didn’t take me very long to realise that I had fallen in love with both characters, and the story, and was reading something that I suspected would end up on my best books list! Natasha, who started the day with a final attempt at finding a way for her family to not have to be deported back to Jamaica that night and Daniel, who was on the way to his father’s shop and contemplating if he could crush his parent’s hopes by not going to college to become the expected ‘reliable, stable and successful Korean doctor,’ but instead to follow his dreams of being a poet.
They somehow run into each other and the rest of the day is spent following them around and discovering if two people really can fall in love in one day.
The writing was fantastic and for the few hours that I was reading this, I felt like I was right there in the story with Natasha and Daniel. These two characters certainly clicked and had the perfect amount of sass and cheekiness, combined with kindness and hope. (Have I mentioned I fell in love with both of them!)
The extra little thing that I absolutely adored about the story was all of the short reflections of the minor interactions with other characters, whether it was Irene the security guard, or the lawyer. Natasha’s dad or Daniel’s dad. Simply including a paragraph or two from their point of view had such a great impact. I also loved the two endings…. when I reread, which I definitely will be doing many times, I can choose which ending to read depending on my mood!
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a story about love – falling in love, love for your family, love for your dreams.

There were many beautiful words and sentences in this story that made my heart crinkle with love and happiness….here are two examples:
‘he kisses the corner of my palm again, and I sigh. Touching him is order and chaos, like being assembled and disassembled at the same time.’

‘He thinks my hair smells like spring rain. I’m really trying to remain stoic and unaffected. I remind myself that I don’t like poetry. I don’t even like people who like poetry. but I’m not dead inside either.’

Review copy received from Penguin Random House UK Children’s via Netgalley.

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I'll Give You the SunI’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At this moment, I don’t really have the words to describe this book, or actually, the way that this book made me feel.
I am so in love with the writing, to the point of feeling like I should never write another word because it will be a waste of words, but then I also I am so in love with the writing, to the point that I want to lock myself away and scribble as many words as I can.

The writing, the story, the characters…. they blew my heart to smithereens, and then gently placed me back together, before once again breaking my heart. The love that was in this book was so strong. Brothers and Sisters, Parents and Children, Friends, Lovers. So many types of love that were all powerful yet vulnerable.

I loved reading the alternating chapters of Noah and Jude equally and after the story, after the broken pieces and the false truths, the ending was perfect. Some words to sum up, ‘You can’t help who you love, can you?’ pg. 291

Extra special moments were Noah’s ‘art titles’ and Jude’s wisdoms from Grandma Sweetwine’s bible

‘Self Portrait: Last sighting of Boy and Balloon blowing West Over Pacific’
‘Portrait, Self-Portrait: The Boy who watched the Boy Hypnotise the World’
‘Portrait: Mom Sleepwalking into Another Life’

Tears of mourning should be collected and then ingested to heal the soul.
Nothing curdles love in the heart like lemon on the tongue.
To reverse destiny, stand in a field with a knife pointed in the direction of the wind.

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All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I didn’t really read the blurb of this one before i started and so wasn’t sure exactly what it was about. I started it and was enjoying it – the characters, the dialogue, the family interactions and the school setting. I liked Violet (not so much at first but she soon grew on me) and I really liked Finch and I totally fell for the way their relationship developed – it gave me all the good feelings. And then all of a sudden I realised I loved these two characters and their relationship and I was invested in them, I felt like I was inside the story, feeling what they were feeling…. and I can’t even say anything more at the moment, except I wish I had been of been concentrating more on Finch while reading the book, but instead I was going on this ride with Violet and so everything that happened to her, it felt like it was happening to me.
I love it when a book can make me feel so much and I hate it when a book can make me feel so much.

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FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Woah…. First thoughts, loved it and now that I have finished I feel like I have said goodbye to a friend who I may not ever see again.

I absolutely loved Eleanor & Park and had heard so many good things about Fangirl that I had no doubt that I would love it, and I did! As soon as I started reading I was instantly transported into the world, the first year at college, the nerves and awkwardness. I know it is a good book when I read for a few hours and have not even notice the time slipping by.
There were so many things that I enjoyed about the story, I loved Reagan and Levi, I think they were my two favourite characters and listening to them talk throughout the story was a definite highlight.
And the fan fiction element – I loved this as well! I loved reading the snippets from the Simon Snow books written by Gemma T Leslie but I loved reading the fan fiction written by Cather so much more. I am not the first to say – Simon and Baz…. I want more!
Reading this book brought back all the memories of the various book obsessions I have had and it really reminded me of the feeling when you are in love with a book or a series and it ends and you will grasp onto anything that you can find to keep you in that world for a while longer.
I also realised that i didn’t really like Cather, or Wren, very much at all until the end of the book. I understood Cather and what she was going through with being away from home for the first time, her social anxiety, worrying about her father, the anger at her mother but I didn’t think she was a very nice person.
She grew on me by the end and I am pretty sure this was all to do with Levi, who helped to knock down some of the blocks she had put up.
A great story about friendship and family – both the good and the bad, and of course also about falling in love with people and falling in love with books.

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Something Like NormalSomething Like Normal by Trish Doller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Updated 28/4/2012 I can’t quite explain why I love this book so much and I can’t seem to find any words strong enough to describe the book, or how I feel about it! I have read it three times now and it is one those books that is like, when you read it you are catching up with old friends (Jellicoe Road and Saving June are also like this for me). Travis, returning home for a few weeks after being in Afganistan meets up with Harper, a girl who he once kissed when he was 13. Their developing relationship is great to watch – there is no instalove involved, it isn’t all doves and roses, it is just so believable and so real. I love Harper, she is strong, independent and basically knows what she wants. She is a good person.

And now Travis, who is the voice of the story…what can I say about Travis. He is…very normal. He has made/makes a few mistakes but he is honest and sweet and a bit scared and a bit broken. (He has been fighting in Afganistan so this isn’t surprising). There were so many times that I just wanted to wrap Travis up and try to make things OK for him, but this was the beautiful and heartbreaking part of the story, watching him go through that journey…re-living memories of his time in Afganistan and then wondering if things will be normal again, if he will be normal again.

Travis, and Harper..(but mostly Travis) have firmly lodged themselves in my heart. The only other thing I can say is…READ THIS BOOK!

Updated 25/4/2012 Ok, well i cant help myself and i have to read this again!! I need me some Harper and Travis…..

17/3/2012 OMG. Loved this story so, so, so much. So good, so beautiful, so heartbreaking. It is now in my list of fave books……sigh……..

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