Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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From Goodreads:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Review:

My heart was still pounding after I’m done reading this book.

Okay, I did not exactly got the hype of this-is-so-damn-good-i’m-exploding feels, but I did got the “Mom, I think I’m getting a heart burn?” feels. Guess they were both the same. But, either way, Thirteen Reasons Why was a really nice book.

I honestly felt that things that has anything to do with suicide is out of feeling all alone eventhough they were not. I mean we feel alone several times in our lives, but it never dawn on me or to some of you, that out of complete helplessness and some self-centered thinking, you’d commit something bad to yourself. To put periods to all the questions left unaswered. But, like I always tell myself, we have different ways of coping with our own inner conflicts.

And Thirteen Reasons Why enlightened me with that matter. At the age so young and surrounded by minds of people with different goals and ways of proving themselves to others, I did understand that someone like Hannah Baker can’t take all of it. I now understand that not all people just get along with the flow, or do something about it right away. Sometimes, there are people who stop and look at it the way we never saw. Sometimes, it’s just too much for them when we think we can hanle it if we are in their shoes.

Okay, enough with my reflection paper.

Jay Asher, you got me first with your book “The Future us”, which was completely different with Thirteen Reasons Why. But, you got me once again. Just like any other authors that I’ve admired, you had a way of touching someone’s life with your words. You had me gripping and waiting for what will happen next. How I wish I could have that magic of yours too. Haha!

I must say this book is a must-read! It’s an eye opener and a way to understand what we thought was an act out of complete selfishness.

Jay Asher, I love you two times now. Waiting for you new books to be released!

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Book Review: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

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Goodreads:

“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“Okay.”
“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”
“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

Review:

Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer broke my forever broken heart. And that’s what I told her.

It was all at once heart shattering, witty, and one of the most life altering book I’ve ever read. Another book that 1) I couldn’t put into words how much I’m enthralled and fascinated 2) made me realize how boring was my summer for the last years.

Sarah Ockler’s story telling skills was way too awesome that I can imagine myself wandering in Zanzibar Bay, California without even noticing it.

I took a deep breath, look around my room, felt my chest rising and falling slowly, and cried silently. It was hard to tell what’s real and not nowadays. It’s like a friend told me what happened to her last summer.

What really got me hooked with this book was how beautiful it was described and how the author played with her words with this book. Imagine the heat of the sun and warm breeze of the air all around you and how the water would splash in your feet like some enigmatic entity- Ockler really nailed it Though I’m a bit sensitive about the V part. They are only sixteen year old teenagers, helloooo Mother Nature.

But, all in all, I’m totally recommending this book for a summer escapade feeling or if you’re not feeling like it.

This is my I’m-back-after-sucking-my-life review! Hahahaha!

Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill

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From Goodreads:

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

 

Review:

 

I think Jason Lippincott was really meant to be mine. Or ours. I don’t mind sharing with you fellow fangirls. Hahaha! Not only did Lauren Morill made me squeal like a highschool girl while reading her book but, it also made me strong-willed (if this word really exist) enough to pursue my dream- to write something as witty and wonderful as this one.

Oh well, this is not unlike those stories you’ve read about two persons who definitely hate each other and then in the end of the story will become the best lovers. Ever. Well, Mean To Be belongs to those kind of stories. BUT, different in so many friggin’ ways.

1. Jason Lippincott is one of the most exasperating yet so adorable I could put him in a cage and stare at him all day long male character I’ve ever read. A boy who have lost the word ‘still’ in his vocabulary.

2. Julia is… well Julia. I actually can relate to her which is why I really like this book. It’s like we think the same way in different things in life. As well as the MTB part. Just sort of.

3. The narrative was good. Eventhough the description of what’s happening or where they are are quite too long to comprehend. But, nevertheless, I am really impressed. It’s like walking to London myself! Thanks Lauren!

4. This book is realistic enough I could imagine it happening before. No exaggeration whatsoever. You’ll just ought to love this book because of the characters themselves.

Should you read this one? A YES. If you want an instant tour to London, here’s the book that will eventually take you to different eye-oogling sceneries in United Kingdom. I bet you might as well trade Paris for this place after reading this.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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From Goodreads:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

 

Review:

 

When all you want is A LOT MORE of Georgie’s wonderful story. When all you know is that Neal and Georgie and their kids are REAL and not just any kind of contemporary book you’ve read.

 

When all you know that Rainbow Rowell did an excellent job (AGAIN) in making such a BEAUTIFUL NOVEL. I love this as much as I love Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. It’s so good I want to cry- you know the I’m-so-happy-can’t-get-over-it cry.

 

At first, I was kinda afraid to read this book because well, it’s not in the line of my age. I am afraid that this won’t be as good as any other of her books and I’d be disappointed in the end.

 

 

 

But, I was wrong.

 

Like really, really wrong.

 

 

Rainbow Rowell nailed it once again. The narration, flow of the story, and how realistic the novel was told- I AM IN SO MUCH AWE. Now, I don’t want to spoil anything about this book because I want you guys to feel and know how much feels you’ll eventually feel after reading this. (Literally to many feels in this sentence. Hahaha)

 

 

 

 

One more thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the best magic ever.

 

 

The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner

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From Goodreads:

Thomas knows that Wicked can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.

What Wicked doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

 

Review:

 

ONE WORD for this amazing trilogy: NOTHING.

Words can’t express or it wouldn’t be enough to tell how much great The Maze Runner Trilogy is. James Dashner, after reading this series, is one of my all-time favorite authors now. Words are still rumbling in my mind because I can’t exactly put into words how to praise Dashner’s work! I like to hug him personally as much as I want to hug and cry if ever I get to see J.K Rowling, Marie Lu, Kasie West, Stephanie Perkins, and Kelly Oram. James Dashner deserves an infinite thumbs-up for making a unique and exquisite way of establishing a Dystopian book.

Well, I have to thank James Dashner for giving me a break from too much twists. Too. Much. But then I must admit that as much as I loathe reading too much twists, I thought that The Death Cure would be such a blast that my heart and mind would do nothing but to bleed because of many revelations. It was the end of the trilogy and the first chapters were not that good especially the part where in Thomas was caught by some Red Guard- we all do know that Thomas is way too intellectual to do petty things for the sake of curiosity.

BUT, all through out the novel was full of actions and emotions. And I find it really awesome that James Dashner left us readers intrigued and mystified about where in the world Thomas and his company had gone and where’s Chancellor Paige? And what’s with all the memorandum? I like it also that Dashner really focused on the goal of the book rather than making some lovey-dovey scene between Thomas and Brenda or Thomas and Teresa. Well, it seems realistic thay in a crumbling world we should focus on surviving and not effingly choosing who’s the right one to love. It’ll just come in the right time.

READ THIS TRILOGY BEFORE IT HITS THE BIG SCREEN! xoxo

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

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From Goodreads:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

 

Review:

Can this series could get any crazier? My mind was totally messed-up while reading The Scorch Trials. There are even times when I want to talk to James Dashner using my inner telephathy skills and say, ‘Man, I could only digest little twists. And this is TOO. MUCH I feel nauseated.’

Thomas and the rest of the Gladers thought that their miserable and traumatic life at the Maze was the end of everything- that there is something good after all the awful things that they have been through. But, they are nowhere close to the end. As soon as they wake up and realized that they were once again put up in another Trial to test their behavior and reactions to find the cure for the Flare- Thomas and the rest of them know that the rest of the worst things they could imagine is just starting to come in their way.

So, the first chapters of the book were like bombs exploding right in front you that made you felt like your heart had jumped somewhere. Then, the middle part of the book was… okay. Well, there are parts where in the dwell between moving forward or taking a catnap was very strong.

Thomas is always sleeping. Well, it’s so freakin’ normal that they need a break or what, but can we quit on telling him that he slept? It felt like I want to sleep too.

BUT, what I freakin’ love and hate and feared about this book are the Cranks! After the deadly Grievers, viola! here comes the people who were out of their sanity and way beyond insane (eating people and what), with creepy looks that did scared me while reading in the middle of night. James Dashner deserves a two-thumbs up for creating such good creatures. Creatures that made you cringe eventhough you know for sure they won’t even try to come out of your book. Hahaha!

Over all, The Scorch Trials WAS SUCH A CLIFF HANGER. Eventhough I’m completely satisfied with the twists, sleeps, actions, deadly and beyond awful creatures, I am still intrigued and there are lots of mysteries left hanging in the air waiting for the Berg to catch it. Hoping The Death Cure has all the answers.

Add this on your to-read list peeps! xoxo

A is for Abstinence (V is for Virgin 2) by Kelly Oram

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From Goodreads:

Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence.

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under his skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants.

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.

 

Review:
WARNING: This review might contain nothing but complete obsession over Kelly Oram and Kyle Hamilton.

So, there’s a book two for V is for Virgin? And it’s going to be in Kyle Hamilton’s point of view?

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*INSERT SUPER DUPER HEAVY BREATHING*

I’m fine. Yea, I am. Well, all I did was to squeal and be an ultimate number zero fan of Kyle Hamilton!

“Well, I’ll be damned. Virgin Val strikes again.”

WELL, I’ll be damned. I was Kelly Oram-ed all over again! K is for KELLY ORAM and her awesomeness and cool works!

KYLE HAMILTON and VIRGIN VALERIE JENSEN is reunited once again, guys! Now, if you haven’t read V is for Virgin or any book written by Kelly Oram, I am telling you, THIS. IS. A. MUST. Well, this book is a must because 1) Guys, it’s Kyle Hamilton’s freakin’ part to share his thoughts (even the naughty ones, Hahaha!) and 2) Well, the long wait is long overdue for all those readers who are more than anticipating what will happen with the ValXKyle love story.

I hate to admit it but, there are times that I want to strangle or even have a cat fight with Val. Sometimes, she’s such a hard to get lady even if Kyle had done everything just to prove that he has changed and his sincere with his feelings for Val. Well, I understand her stand at some point, she preserves herself to someone worth waiting for and she has a reputation to protect. And I know that she’d been through a lot of heartbreaks that Kyle Hamilton’s sudden return scared the crap out of her.

“I’m going crazy because every time I try to get close to you, you push me away. Our relationship is completely surface. Superficial. I keep trying to dive in and you’re not following me. I’m afraid you aren’t in this as deep as I am, and it has me completely lost.”

I never thought that rock star Kyle could be a sappy dude. Hahaha! But then this book, even if it includes a lot of sappy moments that bring out the feminine side of mine, even if I’m sometimes annoyed with the characters because they were so inlove with each other they couldn’t even admit it to themselves, the real score in this one was that Valerie waited for the right moment. And that’s what I think the essence of the book is. Even if someone as hot like Kyle Hamilton laid himself in front of you, don’t get too tempted and use yer mind. Well, everyone has a say on what’s necessary and what’s not in having sexual intercourse. But I think preparing and conserving yourself to someone is really worth it because you know that you are his/her once you surrendered yourself to that one person.

NOW, that’s some kind of a pep talk. Hahaha! Hoping you like this review! Ciao (:

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

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From Goodreads:

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.” 

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

 

Review:

Minho looked at Thomas. “I nominate this shank to replace me as Keeper of the Runners.”

It was nerve-wracking, breathtaking, and fast-pacing! The plot and the idea of the story was so shuckingly fantastic and awesome! I always find myself breathless chapter by chapter.

I’ve read a lot of dystopian novels by well, ofcourse, female authors. It was my first time to read a dystopian novel from a male author. And as you could guess, I am so mortified that I haven’t read this before. It was so good that it beat the shuck out of me. Hahaha!

I am still quite clueless about what really happened in Thomas’ world aside from the fact that their home was never the home they used to have because of some devastating things that was cause by the sun. So, basically the story’s theme was all about what we used to read in a typical dystopian novel- destoryed Earth. BUT, what sets this apart from every dystopian books that it deserves to be in the big screen (soooooon) is the fact that the lead characters were trap in a maze with no memory to grasp why they were there in the first place. They only know their name and basic things about the world they used to live before the maze but another than that, they were definitely clueless about the life they used to have. They have to find a way to escape from the Maze that seems to hold nothing but puzzlement among the Gladers. They are desperate to go home and find a solution to bring back their memories. And have I told you that they were trap in a maze full of Grievers? Monstrous creatures that could scare the crap out of you even if you’re as brave as Minho or Alby?

The Maze Runner is as beautiful as the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. The smallest details of the story was worth keeping and you wouldn’t get bored reading it to the point that you might want to bring this even if you’re in the washroom. Hahaha!

Might as well read this one before its release in the big screen! Hoping this review help you to find out what’s the next book to read! xoxo

The One by Kiera Cass

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From Goodreads:

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

 

Review:

The One, the last book for the Selection Trilogy, as I have read and finished can be sum up as; totally worth swooning, quite worth waiting and, a bit disappointing (for about 15%).

But first, I am in total awe of Kiera Cass! You really rock for creating another way of introducing Dystopian novels- caste system. Never have I imagine a future world having a caste system, which makes your work unique, elegant and classy and full of angst. The characters in this story were consistent all through the end though I’m quite surprise that there’s an AspenXLucy affair going on (needs some justice I think), which made me kinda resent Miss Kiera because I am a pure blooded Team Aspen. Hahaha!

But, I have to be honest that most chapters of the book focused on the whirlwind relationship between America and Maxon, which was kinda disappointing (because it was supposed to be a Dystopian novel and not some teenage love story) and drooling. LOL. I have to admit that I really like their fights because I’m really rooting for Aspen guys! Hahaha! And the love triangle between Maxon, Ames, and Aspen ended up like ‘Okay, that’s it’ way. Though I am not a fan of too much confrontations and whatnot, Cass could somehow did a little bit of justice in Maxon’s part. It’s not like men could forgive something like that so easily. They are men, duh. Like for a few hours he was so mean and then in just a blink of an eye he was the old Maxon whose willing to die for America. And then in the end, it was Aspen who walked Ames in the aisle- like what the fish? That’s it? No clarifications or what? Are we in a race?

And I think it kinda lacks action- you know that moment when your heart beats fast and after reading that part you’ll realize that you are holding your dear breath. Though I kinda felt it in the end, I think it was still not enough.

It was cliff hanging indeed. Eventhough it’s the last book, I still crave for it. Maybe some short series or what. But, nevertheless I enjoyed reading this book. As I’ve said it’s way too different from other Dystopian novels so you better grab this book and spend the next hours of your life drooling, swooning, and giving Kiera Cass two thumbs up with matching teary eyes. Hahaha! xoxo

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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From Goodreads:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Review:

Love is scary; it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore. I want to be brave, like Margot.

JENNY HAN, I love you and your works that I couldn’t get enough of it so I ended up crying all night wondering how in the hell I feel so happy yet so sad about this book. And I mean all the emotions I’ve felt in a really good way. I just hope that you would give this book a sequel because Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean Song Covey deserves a second shot!

So, what’s to love about this book?

A. The story and the it’s flow was realistic enough to believe that Jenny Han’s characters in here really exist and inhaling oxygen as much as we do. The characters each have distinct traits that you can relate to. Like, I really feel Lara Jean’s position that she would rather choose to keep all her letters to all the boys she have loved before than giving it a shot. Not that I’m a coward, or maybe I am, I just like to imagine a lot of what if’s with someone I like rather than making all of those what if’s into real.

B. This is not all about getting smitten and whatnot, it is all about family. And that’s what I like about this book. In real life, we don’t just consume our 365 days by thinking if you are falling in love with someone and all the sappy craps about love- we have family, friends, LIFE that didn’t just revolve about who is your flavor of the day, month, or year. I like that the story shows how family and our unconditional love for them is the most important thing in this world. I must admit that I kinda relate with Lara Jean and Margot’s life because I also have two sisters and I always have to act as an example to them.

“You’re keeping me going, Lara Jean.

C. And lastly, what’s not to love about PETER KAVINSKY and JOSH SANDERSON? Though I am Team Peter all the way, I must admit that Jenny Han really did a good job on executing two adorable and swooning male characters in one book! Hahaha!

 

So, I’m not just hoping but eventhough my review isn’t convincing enough, I am not denying and I am proud to say that this book is a must-read and definitely one of the best book I’ve ever read this year! xoxo