Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Future of Us
By Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

2.5 out of 5

The year is 1996, and Emma Nelson just got her first computer. With her best friend Josh Templeton, she turns it on for the first time and discovers an amazing website: Facebook! This mysterious web page seems to be about Emma, 15 years in the future! As Emma discovers more about her and Josh's futures, she realizes that she is not happy in the future. Emma wants to make changes to her life, but Josh doesn't think that it is a good idea. But what if just discovering website has changed their futures. As Emma and Josh struggle with this new source of information, they must make decisions about their lives that effect not only their reality, but their entire future.

This book was ok. I read Thirteen Reasons Why, and loved it so that's why I was interested in other Jay Asher novels. However, I didn't think this one was as good. For the first 300 pages, I find Emma to be a whiny bitch, who does as she pleases without thinking about how it will affect others. Emma finally gets her shit together and becomes real just in time for a happy ending, but I still find her  annoying. I found myself relating much more to Josh, who is a conflicted teenage boy with a wide range of emotions and conflicts. What I do love about the book is that it is very 90s. They talk about video recording Seinfeld, and Emma connects to the computer through dial-up. I love the 90s, but the book was just ok. Not bad, but not great.
Insurgent (Divergent #2)
By Veronica Roth

3 out of 5

Dauntless is in shambles. Half of the Dauntless have allied themselves with the Erudite while the other half is desperately trying to find other followers to help them. Tris and Tobias contact the factionless in hopes of their support, but will they get what they want? Candor and Amity and still standing, as well as Abnegation, but will they be willing to help the depleted Dauntless or will they stand by and let Erudite collapse the entire faction system? And on top of all of that will the secrets Tris carries ruin her relationships with friends like Christina, and her romance with Tobias?

So sorry!! I finished this book like a week ago and I just completely forgot to write a review. Well that's my summer mind for you. Anyway, Insurgent. I thought that this was a good second book. It was interesting and it developed the story instead of just setting things up. Tris can be a little whiny at times, and she unnecessarily keeps secrets which only leads her to more trouble--we know she doesn't have an aptitude for Candor but seriously girl, lets not lie to absolutely everyone. But its a good book, bad versus evil, love overcoming all, friendships tested, small trips into family history, this book is all encompassing, and it does it well. Also just found out that the third book, Convergent (unofficial title), is supposed to come out in October 2013. Can't wait!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Why We Broke Up
By Daniel Handler

3.5 out of 5

Min Green writes a very long and detailed letter to her ex-boyfriend, Ed Slaterton, about the numerous reasons for why they broke up. Min has a large box of things, each one related to Ed, and a reason for why they broke up. Ed, being the super star co-captain of the high school basketball team, and Min being, not arty, but different from Ed's popular typical friends.

This was really, actually, a very good book. The writing style is different from any other book I have read, I really liked it. It was refreshing to read something that does not fall into the typical vampire, love triangel, dystopia style that is so prevelant today, and this book is really good too. However, Min and Ed's relationship is less than two months long, so I don't know how many things could have really been reasons for why they broke up. Other than that, really good. Also the book was mad heavy. I don't why, the pages were thicker or whatever, but I got a workout reading this book.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Silence (Hush, Hush #3)
By Becca Fitzpatrick

4 out of 5

Third book in the Hush Hush saga. Nora wakes up in a cemetary, with no memory of how she got there. Later she finds out that she has been missing for three months, but that's not it. The last thing Nora remembers is April, and now it's September. Trying to figure out what happened to her, Nora is plagued by the feeling of being completely lost and on her own. But she might not be as alone as she thought. And her enemies may be closer than she thinks.

I really liked this book. The first one is still my favorite, but this one stole second place from Crescendo. Due to her memory loss, Nora kind of reexperiences or relives meeting Patch and learning to trust Patch, and I really like that. And the fact that Patch is wholly on her side this time.