Friday, December 19, 2014

Flipped

FlippedFlipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss...
But every once you will find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.


The movie was highly-recommended and I loved it. It was almost identical to the book.

This story is written from the points-of-view of Bryce and Juli, with overlapping events. It showcased the characters' personalities. The author wrote it in a way that I can feel when the characters start to mature. It's funny and entertaining. It made me want to fall in love again. Ah, to be young and in love! :)


I wish people could see both sides of the story in real life. There would probably be less misunderstandings and more happy endings.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

People need quality information, the leisure to digest it, and the freedom to act on what has been learned.

There's something about dystopian novels that attract me as a reader. I thought I had to adjust myself with the fact that this book was published in 1953 and it's describing today as a time where books are banned and burned. Oh horrors! Well, I need not adjust because most of what was written here stays true and still applies to current society, even symbolically speaking. Thus, we consider this a classic.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary.
And your mind will punish you for believing both.


This is not just some young adult, coming-of-age, fairy tale-ish book. It is beautifully written with a profound plot. Yes, Patrick Ness ripped my heart apart again. The book is not only about tragedy and loss, but it is also about strength and love.

We have monsters in our nightmares. We also have them in real life. We have to run away from some of these monsters. On the other hand, we have to face some of them.

You do not write your life with words... You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.




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Friday, October 31, 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I remember reading this book when I was younger. Years later, I reread the book and it felt like I'm reading it for the first time.

There are reasons why a book is called a classic. This story has ideals way ahead of its time. It is also beautifully written. I even read it with a southern twang in my mind. The characters evoke an array of emotions. The scenarios touch sensitive topics.

I'm just glad Harper Lee did not end up destroying this book or else literature will never be the same.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scheherazade

ScheherazadeScheherazade by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story is the perfect distraction. It's long enough to be interesting and short enough to leave something for my imagination. Albeit short, this story still contains the signature Murakami style of writing with intrigue, sex and hints of sadness. Every once in a while, when I need an escape from reality, I will read a short story by Haruki Murakami. :)

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