gday to all! i know a lot of you enjoy book reviews, so today’s post will be a mix of all the books i’ve recently read and my thoughts on them. be warned, book rants ahead.
currently reading: numbers by rachel ward.
summary: jem lives with a curse- whenever she looks someone in the eye, she sees a date on their forehead-the day they will die. jem isolates herself to avoid the awfulness of her situation, but she meets Spider, and they plan a trip to the city. as they explore, jem finds that each of the tourists has the same number-the current day. they are all destined to die…unless they escape. but which of the consequences will be worse?
opinion: i’m not done with it yet, but so far it’s pretty action packed. i like the idea of the book and i find it interesting, but at the same time a little hard to follow. also, i don’t like jem at all. she’s kind of a whiny brat, and if i knew her in real life, she wouldn’t be someone i’d want to be friends with. also, she can barely go two sentences without swearing. i mean seriously, page 7 and i already see a “fork off” (except she didn’t really say fork ya know). occasional swears are okay in a book, okay for a character who is mad or upset. but if they’re there over and over again, it’s repetitive and unnecessary. it’s like jem didn’t know how to talk to people other than telling them to fork off. also, her and spider’s romance- ugh. really? it was cliche and just plain stupid. honestly, i’m getting reallllly tired of the ‘girl falls in love with best guy friend’ scenario in books. if you’re going to write romance (which was also UNNECESSARY) into an action novel, AT LEAST THINK OF SOMETHING CREATIVE! AND DON’T TEACH YOUNG READERS STUPID EXPECTATIONS AND THINGS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS! also why does jem feel the need to clarify that spider was black every two seconds? (in the beginning of the book) like i get it jem, calm down. i won’t abandon this book, but only because i want to see how it ends. (without reading spoilers) i will NOT be reading the sequel.
book: willow by julia hoban
*taken from goodreads*
summary: willow’s parents ask their daughter to drive them home after drinking too much wine, but the rain made willow lose control of her car, killing her parents. then willow resorts to cutting herself, and then yay! guy saves the day!
opinion: okay, if you can’t tell from the halfhearted summary, i did not like this book at all. in fact, i disliked it so much that i decided it needed a terrible summary to match its terrible content. buckle up, i have a lot to say about this book. first of all, i don’t even know why i checked it out. the summary on the back made it seem boring, the cover was ugly (we all judge books by their covers, don’t deny it) and looked like it had been made on pic collage, and it looked like it had never been checked out before. i managed to read the whole thing, and while i was reading it, i was like “oh okay, it’s not horrible! i’m intrigued!” but i also couldn’t help feeling like i was doing something wrong the whole time i was reading it. after reading what other people thought about it, i realized why i felt so horrible and found that i 100% agreed with them saying that willow was totally ungrateful, and guy (yes, that is his name) didn’t seem to understand that if willow was cutting, he should have TOLD SOMEONE, even if willow told him not to. and the romance- oh my god, please. “i’ll be your lover now, willow. those razors can’t be your lover anymore.” GUY. PLEASE DO US A FAVOR AND GO. AWAY. as “charming” as he may be, he can’t cure depression, and he is certainly not a replacement for her parents. the last thing willow needs while she’s feeling so guilty and awful is a boyfriend. guy really seems like a nice…well…guy, and it was sweet that he wanted to help, but honestly, how did he know he was going to fall in love with willow JUST BECAUSE SHE HELPED A GIRL IN THE SCIENCE LAB? stalker much?? willow is portrayed as a helpless girl who was like: “oh poor me, pity me, i cut myself, i need someone to save me” and guy is like “I’LL SAVE YOU PRINCESS DON’T WORRY JUST LISTEN TO ME I’LL FIX EVERYTHING!” falling in love with someone doesn’t take away their depression, and stopping cutting isn’t something that’s easy to do. also, the fact that willow cuts was the whole basis for the book, and i feel like the way the author wrote about it wasn’t accurate. willow treated cutting like a hobby, or something to do when minor things went wrong. here were some of the things she said: “i’m very systematic with my cutting, i take precautions to make sure they don’t get infected, i cut because i have to, oh don’t worry, i only cut on my arms” and it was just so WRONG. it’s not easy to talk about it, so how it’s a common discussion topic for her and guy is strange. i get that she was feeling extremely guilty. i understand that it can lead to depression and even this extremity of cutting yourself. but the way cutting was portrayed, even for someone who doesn’t know much about it, was just really annoying and wrong. willow needs therapy or some other help, not a boyfriend.
i think that’s it. i really hated this book. words can’t describe how TERRIBLE it is.
book: snow flower and the secret fan by lisa see
*taken from goodreads*
summary: set in 19th century china, a girl named lily and a girl named snow flower are paired together as ‘old sames’, otherwise referred to as laotongs. as the years pass by, the girls become women and grow closer and closer together, embroidering together, sending each others letters written in nu shu (a secret language used by women, away from the influence of men) on fans, sharing their joys and tragedies of motherhood and arranged marriages. their bond seems unbreakable- until a misunderstanding threatens to take away everything they’ve had together.
opinion: this is a pretty obscure book, but i just loved it. seriously, it was one of the best books i’ve read in a while. it’s not something i would have seen myself reading, but i ended up looooving it. to start: don’t get me wrong, romance is great. and there was a little bit in this. but that’s part of what made this book so good- the plot wasn’t completely focused on romance. it taught me a lot about china in the 1800s, and how laotongs work, what they are, and how they show the beauty of friendship between women. snow flower had really good themes, was incredibly sad at some parts, but incredibly pure and beautiful at others. if i had any emotions, i probably would have sobbed my eyes out- and that’s how you know it’s a good book. i loved the characters (snow flower could be a bit annoying sometimes but in in the end, she’s pretty great), too. i hated the idea of footbinding and the mindset of “if a woman can’t have sons, both she and the daughter are worthless”, but those aren’t problems with the book, they’re problems with history. i also loved learning about nu shu and the idea of a secret language developed by women. i loved that the friendship between snow flower and lily was more important than any of the romance. this book was so unique and interesting, and it’s by far one of the best, most informational, beautifully written, historical fiction books i’ve ever read.
thank you so much for reading! at 1347 words, i think that’s enough for today. 😛
P.S. THE TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT IS TODAY I’M SO EXCITED ASDFGHJKL I’LL POST ABOUT IT SO I CAN FANGIRL AND AGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH IM SO EXCITED I GET TO BREATHE TAYLOR’S AIRRRRRR ❤ ❤ ❤
P.P.S. 1389 words.
P.P.P.S. okay, i’m done now. byeeee. ❤