Book 62 is a book I have heard about and so I picked it up when I saw it at the library. It’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. Han was at a book festival I went to a couple years back, so that I how I first heard about the book and then I kept seeing the book and its sequels being advertised by book companies that I follow on Facebook. Because of this, I decided to give the book a try knowing that it would be a typical teenage love story. Didn’t know it was a series at first, because the book covers look all the same, but I figured it out real fast.
So this book is a Korean drama. If you don’t know or haven’t seen a Korean drama before, I will give you the basics of every Korean drama love story. Girl meets boy who is an ass and another boy who is sweet. For whatever reason, she starts to like the asshole boy and friend zones the sweet boy. Drama ensues. Now you know how these dramas work. Lara Jean has loved only 5 boys her whole life and she is now a junior in high school. For every boy she has loved, there is a letter she wrote to them to give them the figurative break up. These letters are addressed and everything but she never means to mail them. That’s her first mistake. Somehow (and it’s easy to figure out how it happened, I guessed at it in the very beginning) these letters get mailed. No big deal, you would think, but Lara Jean is too embarrassed to admit that she liked her big sister’s boyfriend. So instead of owning up to her letter and facing Josh, the sweet boy next door, she pretends to date another boy she wrote a letter to, Peter the asshole.
While reading this book, I literally thought I was reading a Korean drama. The reason I make that parallel is because Lara Jean and her sisters are half Korean. So of course I made the connection. There are a lot of stories out there that are similar to Korean dramas but I don’t usually draw the connection. I guess because this had the duality of the good boy versus the misunderstood bad boy that it was easier to do.
Now because I make this connection doesn’t mean that I don’t like this book. I found it cheesy and a little easy to guess but entertaining. There is a reason I made the comparison to Korean dramas; I like them. The ending, however, doesn’t have a resolution because there are two more books in the series. Don’t know if it will be the end of the Song sisters but it will be the last Lara Jean book. Personally I don’t like Peter and wish that Lara Jean would pick Josh but I know why she can’t.
Also, I really didn’t like Lara Jean’s sister, she kind of mad me a little mad. She chose to move to Scotland to go to college, that’s awesome, and she breaks up with her boyfriend of 2 years, that’s Josh, so she wouldn’t have to do long distance and everything. She comes home at the end of the book for winter break and she is all but hurt that everyone is doing fine without her and she has missed out on things and that Josh has feelings for her little sister. Not only that but she thinks she knows everything because she then precedes to tell Lara Jean that Lara Jean and their youngest sister Kitty are not responsible enough to have a dog. Excuse me, they were doing just fine while you were gone, sweetheart, I think they are more than capable to handle a dog. That one really got me mad. Don’t think because you were the head of the household before you left that your place was saved, someone has to step in and take over when there is a leadership change. Sorry, didn’t mean to rant so much, I just really don’t like no-it-alls.
Anyways, that’s it with this book. Honestly have no idea what I am going to read next because I haven’t found what I am interested in right now. Happens when I get in a reading slum. I want to read but I don’t know what to read so I just try to read and I am not interested. Joy! Not really. Well, you lovely people, see you next book.
So I have finished book 61 and it was definitely a doozy. Dan Brown started off with his books showing connection with the past to the present and future. His first two books dealt heavily with the Christian religion and it’s symbols and history. The last few books have started to deviate from that and bring history and technology close together. Reminds me of James Rollins books that combine history and science. Anyways, in Origin, Brown has decided to answer the question of where humans came from and what the future has a hold for us. I have read other fictional books in which authors use fiction and research of science today to help answer that question. This is Dan Brown’s attempt.
So I have always wondered about Dan Brown’s few of religion is. He seems to respect religion but doesn’t necessarily believe in it. At least that is what I have gotten from his books. This is also present in Origin. Even though Brown’s character finds this answer with his super technology, it seems that there is some respect for religion left in the end. Religion does not hold all the answers but it does help those that need it. If you read the book, that statement makes sense. Now I know there are haters out there that says Brown’s book are getting boring and ridiculous but I found this book fast pacing enough. I will say this, I was super frustrated to have to wait until the end to find out this discovery about humans’ origin and where we are going in the future. Now, I have never wondered about where humans are going. I always thought that we were just merely here to live, with no actual derived purpose of the race as a whole. I never asked where humans were going to involve. So when this book brought that question up, I kind of got a little uncomfortable. This isn’t a bad thing. There are things in this world that are fact that I don’t think about because they don’t affect me personally and they make me uncomfortable. Things like the infinite space of Space. So when the whole future of the human race thing came up (which was kind of touched on in Inferno) it made me a little uncomfortable but I read on and it made me think about our future. Sad things is, the future that Brown hypothesizes in his book is something I could see happen. Now, I know that this a work of fiction and this doesn’t necessarily reflect Brown’s actual belief of the future, I can still see the future his fiction hypothesizes, if that makes more sense.
In the end, there really isn’t a definite way to really talk about this book unless you have read it. I can’t just go through and rant about likes and not likes because it’s hard to really talk about what I like or don’t like with this book. Everything works together so perfectly that I just can’t really pick it apart. That or I am just a little to tired to try to think to closely. I will say this, I didn’t know that Spain still had a monarchy, so that was interesting to find out and there is a little twist in the end that made me sad but I should have seen it coming. I say that because I have an extreme distrust for a certain thing Brown brings into this story. I am not going to tell you or it will give it away and I think that twist is something that every reader would love to figure out on their own.
Anyways, I have no idea on what I am going to read next so wish me luck and I will see you next book.
Book 60 is one of my favorite books, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It is my favorite in the Harry Potter series and I decided to re-read it after I started reading others of the Harry Potter series (if you had read my last post, all of this is not new to you). Why is the Goblet of Fire my favorite? Well I just love the story. You get to see more of Sirius and you get more about the wizarding world and I believe it is the threshold of the series, taking Harry from the young hero into the traditional hero, giving the series its villain in full power and really showing the complexity of JK Rowling’s world. The first books don’t really have all the complex back story and theories because each book seems to be just a stand alone book that doesn’t seem like it will have to have the next book to continue. Well at the end of the Goblet of Fire, the second wizard war starts. The reader sees the connections and starts to see the little clues that Rowling leaves to help the reader figure out what is going to happen in the end. After re-reading the book and having watched the movie just a few days ago, the movie is a really horrible representation of the book. I now understand why many people said it was the worst of all the movies that were created. I get it, there is a lot in the book and not needed for the movie but there was some things that were needed to make the rest of the story make sense.
First, Sirius is more involved in the books. In every chapter it seemed Harry was reaching out to his godfather for advice and you genuinely see Sirius’s affection for his godson. The movies miss that. In fact, the movies make it seem like Sirius is distant. The books make it better for the reader to understand Harry’s grief in the 5th book. With regards of Sirius, remember in the third book/movie everyone, other than Lupin and Dumbledore along with the Trio, thought Sirius Black was this murderous person. In the Goblet of Fire, you get to see Sirius being introduced back into the Order of the Phoenix and meeting a couple of the newer members. You actually get to see the beginning of the Order of Phoenix start. You get to start seeing the hints that will play out as part of the plot in the books to come.
The mystery of Mad-eye Moody being an imposter also is a surprise in the book, you actually think Barty Crouch Jr. is dead, not alive. This means that when you learn the truth, you are completely blindsided. I think Rowling does this so that her readers will now start looking for more clues. Granted I have watched the first two movies so many times and could see the clues very early on in the books when I re-read them.
Now, another thing I am disappointed in is the lesser role of Rita Skeeter in the movie. She plays such a vital role in why no one believes Harry Potter in the 5th book/movie. She writes an article, along with many other mean and horrible articles, about how Harry is unstable and points out all of the similarities that Harry has with Voldemort. She makes it seem like Harry does things all the time to get attention and that is particularly attracted to the Dark Arts. Basically discrediting Harry. This plays such a vital role because this means Fudge, the Minister of Magic who is scared of Voldemort and doesn’t want to acknowledge that fact that he is back, can now discredit Harry even more in the press, making it seem like the Dark Lord isn’t back as Harry says. He also uses the fact that Dumbledore wasn’t that forthcoming about these qualities that Harry possess as a way to discredit the Headmaster. This leads to one of the biggest problems Harry has to deal with in the Order of Phoenix, making people see and understand the truth that Voldemort was back. And the movie has nothing of this. You see Rita Skeeter once in the whole movie, and she doesn’t do anything really for the plot. Honestly the writers of the screenplay and the directors should have just written her out all together the way that it plays out.
I have so many other things to say about the differences between the book and the movie but not enough time or room to write. I am disappointed in myself for thinking the 4th movie is was great representation of the book. I should have known that it wasn’t because I didn’t like watching it compared to some of the others. This doesn’t mean I hate the movie, I just understand why I am not as interested in it like I thought I would be, considering I always told myself that the Goblet of Fire is my favorite book of Harry Potter.
Well, seeing as I have finished this book and am still in a Harry Potter mood, I may read the 6th (since I read the 5th Order of Phoenix earlier this year) the Half-Blood Prince. I don’t know as I am getting the next book of an author I like today. I may read that instead. We shall see I guess. See you next book.
Book 59 is part of one of my all time favorite series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Now if you have been following me all year, you already know that I have read 3 of the Harry Potter books, though a little out of order. I started with the order of phoenix but decided to go back and read the first two. I would have continued but there were a lot of books coming out that I wanted to read so I didn’t continue. Not that that was the only reason. There are very few people who know this but I actually never finished the third book in the series before. This is the first time I have read the book from start to finish. There is a reason behind it and I didn’t like that I didn’t finish the book but I was always hesitant to go back and read it until now.
When I was in high school was when the Harry Potter books started coming out. Didn’t know about them until my neighbor decided she was going to be Hermione for Halloween and I had no idea who that was. Mind you, I was heavy in the romance novels at this time and wasn’t reading anything young adult because that genre hadn’t really been popular at the time. So I watched the first two movies and then the third when it came out in theaters. I remember going with my mom to see it, one of the few times me and my mom had gone to the movies just us girls. If I am correct, my friend Charlie (yes, Charlie is a girl) was with us but I could be confusing it with another memory of us going to the movies. ANYWAYS, I started reading the books after the third movie because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Sirius and Harry. So I read the fourth book and then the fifth and had to wait a couple of months for the 6th book to come out so I decided to read fanfiction and read the first three books. Well by the time I got to the third book, I just couldn’t get over the fact that everyone hated Sirius, especially since I liked reading fanfiction about the Marauders and I liked Sirius. Of course my teenage self was more involved emotionally and thus I could not stand the heartbreak of hearing all the bad things about Sirius when I knew the truth, so I stopped reading the third book and concentrated on fanfictions. The rest is history, really.
I know you came to hear my thoughts on the book and it is mostly this, this book is not a traumatizing as I thought it was when I was in high school. Honestly, I loved reading it. I will say that I am upset with Hermione’s character and the grief she gets from her friends is self-inflicted. She is more of a tattle tale and goody-good shoes in the book then in the movie. I honestly got made at her too. Granted I am sure that I will feel upset with Ron in the next book since he pissed me off in the 4th movie as well. I am sure the book will make his stupidity even worse. Back to the Prisoner of Azkaban, I did like that there wasn’t a scene of Harry and Hermione battling out with Lupin in his werewolf form, it is one of my least favorite scenes in the movie. Glad to know that it isn’t in the book.
Well, the fact that I have read 4 of the Harry Potter, might as well read the rest of them this year. I haven’t read most of them since I read the first time so it will be interesting to read them after I know all the theories and all the small reveals. Lets see if how long it takes me, shall we? Also, just because I am going to read the rest of them doesn’t mean I will do it all at once. I figure two at a time will suffice. See you next book.
I have been lucky enough to be able to read two really good books right after each other. The 58th book that I read this year is called the Waking Land by Callie Bates. This is Bates first book to be published and it is really amazing debut novel. This novel really pulled a lot of allusion to the history of Isle of Britannia, after Rome conquered it and withdrew. The south was like England in that it changed to model the Roman Empire but still had some bastard customs of the Celts. The north was like the Scotland, mainly the Picts, who were true to their roots for as long as possible. The interesting thing in this book that didn’t happen in history is that the land was united. Scotland and England were not united until much much later.
Now I don’t want to butcher the names of the book because I don’t remember their spelling very well and I don’t have that much time to go back into the book to find all the correct spell (it’s nighttime and I have to get up early in the morning for work) so I won’t be too specific on people and things that happen.
There is only one issue I had with this book and it was the protagonist. She grated on my nerves in the beginning because she was so stubborn in her thinking when it was quiet obvious that she was wrong. Not only that, I could never trust a person completely and turn my back on my family so completely after the said person held me at gun point when I was a young child and my parents could literally do nothing to safely save me. I do understand where her father came from in wanting to use her ability to free his people so I do understand her resentment there but that doesn’t depict all of her people or her family. I just don’t understand why she showed such loyalty to a king she knew would kill her if she lost her purpose of keeping her dad under control. Also, I don’t like her mom. That’s all I am saying on that. So not only does she grate on my nerves in the beginning but in the middle of the story she makes a bargain with someone from the mountain tribes. This bargain was that if the mountain tribe girl would help our heroine rescue a friend, then our heroine will go to the mountain tribes with the girl because the Dying Days (or something like that). Our heroine gets captured and isn’t rescued until the day before she needs to be in the mountains, so instead of listening to the mountain tribe girl, she disregards her and decides she is in the right because she is the all powerful person who can awaken the land. It doesn’t matter that she has no idea how to do anything she is supposed to do and doesn’t the history or customs of her people. It doesn’t matter that all the information is within the mountain tribes or that she desperately needs the mountain tribes’ help to win her revolution. Can anyone else see how flawed her logic is? And her only defense is that they need her where she is at. Ummmm, can’t help people if you don’t know what your doing, idiot! But seriously, that is the only thing I had a problem with in this book. Now if this was intentional, to show more character growth and so on, then kudos but if it wasn’t, maybe look at the logical reasons a character would something when editing so it doesn’t seem so frustrating. Granted that is my opinion and doesn’t mean I am right. I haven’t published a book so I really have no authority to say was should or shouldn’t be done. I am just giving my opinion as a reader. The main character did frustrate me but no so much that I gave up on the book. And yes, I have given up on a book before because the main character frustrated me so much. I hope authors understand that there is a balance in making a main character frustrating.
Anyways, that is all I am going to say about The Waking Land by Callie Bates. This book is defiantly high fantasy so if fantasy isn’t something you like, I wouldn’t recommend the book. If you like a mix of fantasy and history or just fantasy by itself, this would be a good try for you. Well, I am going to move on to my next book. I am on a role and want to keep it up. That way when I hit my reading slum, and I always do after having a high on books, I don’t fall behind on my reading challenge since I am ahead right now.
Well see y’all next book.
So book 57 is a book one of my best friends told me I had to read and OMG! The book is called We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and this book has taken me by surprise. Now I understand why my friend told me to read this book. I now wish I had bought her newer novel when I was at the bookstore this past weekend. I think I have found another favorite author. It takes a lot for an author to surprise me with plot twists because I try to pay so much attention to the foreshadowing and the hints that they usually leave in their stories. E. Lockhart had the hints but I interpreted them wrong which is why when I learn the truth of what happened, I was so completely surprised.
So the book is about Cadence Sinclair Eastman and her missing memory. Don’t let the official synopsis confuse you. There are four of them that are called the Liars and yes Cadence does talk about them and their relationships with each other. There is something that happened and Cadence can’t remember what it was. She suffered from memory lose but she doesn’t know if it is from a brain injury or what. She doesn’t know what happened at the end of the summer of her fifteenth year and now she is seventeen. She is visiting the island her Grandparents own, the same island that she lost her memory on. She just wants to see the Liars again and understand why they ignored her for the past couple years while she has been suffering so much. She just wants to have that closeness that her and the Liars had when she was fifteen, before the accident.
Now what is the accident and what happened to her, you have to read to find out. When I started the book, I wasn’t sure what exactly I was getting into because Cadence skips around at the beginning, explaining the life she knows. Once the narrative steadies, the book gets interesting because you come to realize it is Cadence’s memory you want to know more than anything. Just word of warning, E. Lockhart will be completely blunt on telling you what happens after all her clues are revealed. I was thinking something completely different happened so my mind was blown that I didn’t get the hints like I was supposed to. Now I really want to read the other books by E. Lockhart. I have heard that she is a great author and I have one of her older books on my to read list so I am so happy to understand now how much an author she really is.
Well I am going to process this book hangover and try to move on. This one left me a little emotional. See you next book.
Book 56 is a book called Beautiful Creatures. If you know this title you have either heard of the book or the movie it is based off of. From what I remember of the movie and by now reading the book, the book is better and the movie is kind of bad. That is if you make the comparison. You can watch the movie without knowing the book and think it is okay. Anyways, this is a young adult book that came out when most authors that were popular were going through their vampire phase. This book isn’t about vampires, thank god, but about a new version of witches with different rules. Kind of like the vampires of Stephanie Meyers in her Twilight novels. Now you kind of understand how the book is going to go. Girl and boy, but there is something fundamentally wrong with their relationship and something that makes them different from each other. But no worries because true love will conquer all and things will be different for them.
Ethan is part of a small town in South Carolina, where everyone fits in a mold. He is sick of where he lives and he wants to do nothing more than move away and go to a college away from there. He hates how fake everyone is and hates the fact that he follows the same rules until he can leave. This changes when Lena shows up, the mysterious new girl that breaks the mold his town cherishes so much. But there is more than meets the as the reader finds out that Lena and Ethan are connected by a curse. Sounds interesting, right? Well it was an interesting book but I feel like there were parts that were dragged out a little. I guess that is meant to make the love between Lena and Ethan more real and to make the story seem more plausible. I mean, everyone knows that things don’t happen as fast as they do in books so some authors tens to add more and more to make the sense of time seem more plausible. Rowling does it in the Harry Potter series, especially in the later books. There is a sense of very small things get figured out little by little, making the sense of time real and to keep the reader intrigued. The authors of Beautiful Creatures did a good job with creating that sense of time but I still felt the drag. Granted I feel it now in the Harry Potter books now that I have read them before. Since I don’t need the intrigue to know what happens next, I feel the drag of getting to one major plot device to the next. Doesn’t take away from the creativeness of the authors, just a general statement. I guess I felt the drag in this book because I have seen the movie, so I knew the major plot twists already.
Ethan is my hero in this book. Everyone is against Lena merely because she is different and he won’t let himself fall in that mold this time around. He mentions that he has just watched as his fellow students bullied people before but he wasn’t going to stand by and let that happen to Lena. At that statement, I don’t know if it was the general sense of his sickness of the stupidity and ignorance of his community of if it was the actual connection between him and Lena that made him make that decision. But Ethan continues to stand by Lena because he knows she isn’t a bad person. Granted he learns the truth about all of it but seriously, that takes a lot of courage. On top of that, Link, Ethan’s best friend, also befriended Lena later in the book. He wasn’t going to let other interfere with his friendship with Ethan. I loved that there was this display of courage towards stepping up against bullying.
I don’t have much to say other than that. The whole Casters (witch) thing that the authors came up with were a little hard for be to get. Not that it wasn’t explained but usually when magic is involved, I think a one book is something that wont do for someone to understand fully what they are reading or understanding. I know there are other books in the series but I am not planning on reading them. Not that I didn’t like the book but I didn’t feel an urgency to continue. The ending had enough for me to be okay to let the series go. The other books are just as thick as the first book but I don’t really like books that a have love story between the main characters and that have many books, especially bigger books. I just feel like the couple will be pulled away for one whole book and then they get back together but there is something keeping them from being somewhat happy or a love triangle forms or they are just get ripped apart again. Love stories in a series just have too much drama to me, especially when the relationship of the main characters are part of the main plot (*cough* Twilight *cough*).
Anyways, I am on to the next book. See you later.
So book 55 is a favorite classic of mine. Pride and Prejudice. I fell in love with the story before I read the book back when Keira Knightly’s movie came out. I love that movie so much. I absolutely love the love story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet but the movie leaves the falling in love part in my opinion. You don’t really get all the little times that Darcy and Lizzy spend together like in the book. The characters are more developed in the book and the language is higher than present-day books. Many forget that the Pride and Prejudice was written in the early 1800s, and language was different them. There are words that I had to use my context clues to figure out, which doesn’t happen that often.
Honestly, the first time I read this book was in college. I had seen the movie several times before I took a class on Jane Austen and had the pleasure of reading several of her book, including Pride and Prejudice. It was the one book that became my favorite out of all of the ones I read. So when I watch the movie recently, I wanted to read the book again. The language was different then I have been reading lately so it was a little harder for me than before. I have also been super busy so I have been tired and that didn’t help but I got through it again and was really happy with my pick.
As stated before, the movie doesn’t do the book justice in regards to the actual falling in love part between Darcy and Lizzy. In the movie, it may seem a little unexpected when Darcy changes his mind about Lizzy but in the book, you see it clearly. It really showcases the fall on both ends and makes you really feel for Darcy when Lizzy turns him down the first time. You also see who much Wickham tries to influence Lizzy in getting her to distrust Darcy and how hard it is for her to understand her mistake when Darcy corrects her in his letter. I know there are other stories just as the whole scandal with Lydia and of course the whole story with Jane but I also seem to concentrate on Darcy and Lizzy. There is so much to learn from their relationship. So much about history as well as the whole concept of not judging someone because of their circumstance.
I know there isn’t much here as to criticism but I don’t think there is much to criticize as many professions have done that for some time now. I just merely want to point out to people that if you really love the story of Darcy and Lizzy, you don’t do it justice unless you read the book at least once. It is really different from modern day books so it can be a struggle for those who aren’t used to it and who aren’t patience enough to fall for the classics.
Well that is all I have for now. See you next book.
Book 54 for was quick read for me, and I think that’s because it was so fast paced, not because the story was lacking in anything. The book is called Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys. This is the first time that I have read one of Krys’ books and I did enjoy it. It was interesting to say the least and it really does kind of bring up some issues in society that we, as a society, should address.
So the book is about Hope, a girl with cystic fibrosis (really bad lungs) who gets a mysterious email that states to meet at a mysterious location. She takes the bait and ends up in a warehouse with these other girls. Each one received an email. They must compete in dares to win a grand prize of 100,000 dollars. Not only that but they compete to keep their dirty little secrets secret. Hope is in it for the money. Her medications cost her family more than they can afford sometimes.
SO the big mystery in the book is who is the one orchestrating these dares? Seriously, I couldn’t figure it out. I mean, if I was paying close enough attention, I would have seen the hints, but alas I didn’t and thus was surprised at the end. As to who is doing it, you will have to read to find out.
The issues that come up are things like clique, and how we treat those who are disabled or have a disability. I’m not saying that we treat people with disabilities wrong; we just tend to baby them and pity them. They aren’t treated as people completely because there is something wrong in them that make them somewhat less. I am not saying I believe that but that is how society tends to address them. Hope knows that her illness will kill her one day but she wants to live the most that she can while she is alive. Not the first time I have seen this mentality in a book.
There is also the issues of bullying, stalking, and suicide that are kind of hit on in the book. You will have to read to understand more why it is brought up. And Krys also points out that too many times the rich and influential get away with crimes because of their money. That is something that I strongly agree with and like how Krys addresses it in the book. Teens can’t expect to get away with something just because mom and dad throw money around. You do the crime; you must pay the price just like everyone else.
Well, all in all, that is all I have to say on this book. I have read enough fiction and going to go back into some fantasy for the next book. See you then!
Book 53 is a cute little novel called Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. I found this book originally because the author is going to be at the teen book festival in Austin Texas and its one of my favorite things I like to go to. I have found a lot of good authors by just going and meeting them and hearing them talk about their books. So when I saw the list for this year’s authors, I had to go looking at the books since there is still a chance I might not be able to go this year (sad!).
So this book is about Lina, a girl who looses her mom because of illness and is sent to live with her “father” in Florence, Italy. But the thing is, Lina never knew her father or that he even existed. Why didn’t her mother tell her about him while she was alive? Well, there is luck because an old journal of Lina’s mom’s shows up from the time her mother lived in Florence too. Now, with the help of a new friend, she will finally find out the secrets her mother hide from her all this time.
The story is really this straight forward. There isn’t a twist really, just this sense of finding out the truth and finding out something about yourself. Italy has that effect on people. I learned a lot about myself while I was there, both times now, and I only want to go back. I miss the beauty and simplicity and definitely the food. Not to mention, I really miss the leather shops. Wish I had more money the more times I go because I want to go everywhere and eat everything. One of the best meals I have ever had was in Italy. But all of this is beside the point. My personal experiences are not the reason you should read this book or my thoughts on the book, just reminders of memories the book brought back.
I will say that some of the dialogue and situations kind of seem cheesy and a little unbelievable. The is an international school that Lina will be put in once school starts (this takes place over the summer) and she meets the small of group of kids that would be in her class. There are only so many of them. Within minutes it seems everyone likes Lina, except the prettiest of them who is also the girl that Ren (Lina’s new friend) is dating. I don’t think everyone will like people right away though, from experience, people are generally nice when meeting someone in similar situations. Lina is just accepted and everyone plays nice, even the super hot British boy. Just seemed a little Mary Sue to me. But it doesn’t take away from the story. Lina figuring out her mother’s past and how that affects her is the true purpose of the story so it is insignificant overall.
All in all, this was a great book and I am happy that I read it. See you next book.
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