Review: We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

This book was June’s hottest item. I remember seeing it being praised on every other blog I visited. I wanted to read it so bad that I went looking for a copy at three different bookstores. I finally got a copy a week or so later. I devoured it in a few hours. The way this book is written, with its short, poetic sentences, definitely lends to quick reading. I know some people hated it but I actually quite enjoyed the writing style.

Having seen this book reviewed pretty much everywhere, I knew there was a twist coming, and I have to say I pretty much figured it out halfway through the book. I thought it was pretty obvious, but it’s most likely because I knew to look out for it — and I know enough psychology to know what sorts of terrible things could happen to you following a terrible thing that happened. That being said, the actual terrible thing that happened wasn’t quite what I thought happened. There was no way I could’ve imagined that was what happened, so that was still a surprise. Sort of.

Other than that I really don’t have much to say about this book. It’s a quick, enjoyable, fulfilling read — unless you get annoyed by (a) the writing style or (b) the narrator’s personality, because she is kind of annoying… except I felt terribly sad for her and so I tolerated her annoying-ness. Which is probably what everyone else in her family thought of, which is probably why she ended up being so annoying in the first place. Hmm. Anyway.

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Review: If I Stay (Gayle Forman)

I had seen some reviews for this book around but wasn’t really interested to read it, until I got a copy from my subscription to Literary Box, a local startup where you get a surprise book package every three months (or so). It was there and it looked interesting enough so I read it.

The problem I had with this book was that the premise of the book was all laid out beforehand. Reading it, I knew there was going to be an accident, I knew Mia’s whole family were going to die. I knew Mia will have to decide whether or not she lives, and in a way I sort of knew what she was going to choose because… well, there’s a second book!

That being said, I did enjoy the book — after the accident, that is. The first few pages leading towards it was just filler in my opinion. It was so boring I almost didn’t go on reading. Anyway, once I went past that part, a lot of emotions were in play, and it was weaved together expertly that you actually feel everything Mia felt. Except that now as I finish this review, which is almost six months after reading it, I realize I don’t remember all that much about it. I even considered lowering down my rating, but I guess I must’ve liked it more back then. It just didn’t stay (haha).

One last thing: I still don’t get why she ends up leaving Adam (I know this because… second book, despite not having read it yet). I mean… is it her love for music that makes her stay and decide to go to Juilliard? Because I was convinced it was Adam’s love that made her stay. I guess I’m a hopeless romantic or something… but I really, really don’t get it. I personally would’ve left this book as a stand-alone, but I haven’t read the second book. Maybe it’s good? Maybe I should read it. Maybe.

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Review: The Survival Kit (Donna Freitas)

 

One of my friends on Goodreads was my best friend back in high school. We haven’t spoken to each other for a long while but she’s quite an avid reader with tastes similar to mine, so every now and then I would stalk her Goodreads shelves to see if something catches my interest. This time around, I saw that she had created a shelf called “Death and Dying” which contained books that were somehow related to death and dying. Notable examples? The Fault in Our Stars, A Walk to Remember, If I Stay. And then there’s The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas. Read more