My Sister’s Keeper Book Review

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult is about a girl named Anna whose sister has cancer (I know, I know, another cancer story, but stick with me here). Anna was born to be a perfect donor for her sister and this book follows Anna through her journey of trying to get medical emancipation so she will not be forced to donate a kidney to her sister. (The book is much more complex than that, but that’s the general gist.)

This book is absolutely wonderful. I wasn’t expecting all that much from it, as I’ve never heard anyone talk about it. I also picked it up at a used book store and the used books I pick up never tend to that good. Well I’ve got to say, this definitely broke the stereotype. It is so well written and beautiful and by the end of it I was crying. Guys. I NEVER cry because of books or movies. The only other book that has ever made me cry was Where the Red Fern Grows and that was 5 years ago. If you haven’t read this book, you really need to because it’s a wonderful book, it really is.

What wonderful books have you read lately?

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Girl Online Book Review

Hey guys! It’s been forever since I’ve posted, but March has been crazy for me (post on that coming soon). I thought though, in honor of her birthday, I would write a review of Zoe’s book, which I just finished recently. It’s unbelievable that I’ve found any time to read in the midst of all this madness, but somehow I’ve managed it!

I really loved the story of this book. Although it was a bit typical in the whole “boy meets girl and they fall in love” thing, the rest of the story wasn’t something I’d seen before. It didn’t feel too predictable and I think it touched on some real issues that many big name YouTubers go through, which I think is important because I don’t know if people always understand how hurtful it is to say mean things on the Internet. The book just felt so real and heartfelt to me and I really loved that.

The writing itself wasn’t the best in the entire world (I definitely know better writers who don’t have their own books), but it wasn’t bad writing and it didn’t distract from the story. I wish each chapter ended a bit better though. It seemed as though Zoe tried to put in a bit of a cliffhanger, but she didn’t exactly pull it off and it ended up sounding a bit cheesy.

Overall, I think this book is perfect if you’re looking for a fun, light read. It didn’t take me very long at all to read it. Also, I just wanted to add that despite what people say, I think Zoe 100% deserved this book as she’s worked really hard to get where she is and she worked really hard at something she’s always wanted to do.

What are your thoughts on this book and other books YouTubers have written?

I love you guys and I hope you have an amazing rest of your weekend! xx

Shiver Review

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This book has been on my TBR list for so long. However, I thought it was going to be one of those hyped up books that weren’t actually that good (Matched, I’m looking at you). Hey, but I gave in to the hype when I needed a book to read and this was in a friend’s library.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is about a girl who is in love with a wolf. The wolf (who turns into a human during the warmer months) is in love with the girl as well. The book follows their love story and the hardships they must overcome (TYPICAL). It’s romance with a little bit of supernatural (What book isn’t these days?).

I’m having mixed feelings about romance books lately, but I really liked this book. There was always something happening that made me want to read on (You would think this is a given for authors, but that’s not always the case). The romance can come off as a “typical” romance, but for some reason it just feels more real to me. I don’t know if it’s because of the head over heels infatuation or if it’s the little fights that never go any further, but I am in love with the love. Another great thing about this book is that I can imagine everything the author describes. It’s how books should be, but sometimes some books are more descriptive than others.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

First Love Review

First Love by James Patterson (click on photo for image source)

This book is about a boy and a girl who run away and have an adventure. Honestly, it’s a pretty awesome adventure. However, I have mixed feelings about the book. I love the whole adventure thing, but I think the romance is so cliche. Yet, at the same time, I feel like I can relate to how the girl in this book feels. I don’t think her feelings are wrongly expressed. So why don’t I like it? Who knows. I also feel like this book’s missing something. I don’t know what it is though… Would I recommend this book? Maybe. Like I said, I love the adventure, but it feels like something’s missing.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Along for the Ride Review

I liked this book. It wasn’t one of the best books I ever read, but I liked it well enough to keep reading it. The best thing about this book was the fact that it wasn’t all about the romance. It was about how the main character, Auden, changed over time. The romance was just a part of that story of change. I also loved the way Sarah Dessen used riding a bike as an overall metaphor for the book. I like how it’s evident in her title as well. Basically, there becomes this running theme in the novel that if you fall your bike, you just have to brush off the dirt, and get right back on again. Sarah Dessen is a good writer, there’s no denying that.

It seems I liked this book more than I thought I did. Funny how that happens when you write a review. Overall, I think it’s a good summer read.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Wicked Book Review

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

What It’s About: The title really says it all. It’s the background of the Wicked Witch of the West and we read about everything you don’t see in The Wizard of Oz. I don’t want to give too much away, but you see that Elphaba isn’t really evil, but rather she has a set goal and is just really irritable to everyone in the process of reaching that goal.

What I Think: To start off, I loved the illustrations in this book. There’s a map in one of the first few pages which I love and each of the sections of the book have an illustration before the start of it. Here’s a picture from the map:

Okay, starting on the actual story. I like when you just get carried away by books and you really have to force yourself to put the book down. I didn’t find that in this book. It’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the story, but I had no problem setting the book down when I got up to do other things. I think this largely had to do with the fact that this book was quite philosophical. This book talks about the evils of men, dictatorship, revolution, hardship, etc, all things we see in our world today. You say, “Well Gwen, of course there’s going to be evils and hardship. Many books have that theme today.” Well, let me explain it this way: this book is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West with a heaping of philosophy and religion, which is fine, I’d just rather spend my time reading something less philosophical over summer break. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book to someone, but I think the story under all the philosophy and religion is very interesting.

Here’s one quote that I really liked:

― Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

― Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Have you read this book? Have you seen the musical? What did you think of them? How similar are they?