This second book was a little slow to start, but took off and left me downloading the next book immediately. Wasn't sure who Katniss would end up with which is refreshing. Can't think of anything else to say that hasn't already been said. Great trilogy.
Subjective narrator following each possible cause for the outbreak taking you inside the minds of the girls. Needed more connection and details as opposed to repetition.
Fascinating idea, loosely based on actual events, girls become sick from unknown ailment. Author minimally explored possible causes: was it teenage hysteria, waterborne virus, STD? Repetition runs rampant and frustration increases knowing this book could be much better. The narrator is detached, floating above storylines, causing a feeling of disconnection to characters motives and emotions. Near the end when we're allowed into more interactions and explanations, it's too late.
The female narrator was pleasant, while Kirby Heyborne was an awful choice and Joe Barratt's fatherly voice was unbearable. With the semi-erotic undertones of the girls, the dad's voice seemed perverse and gave me the heebie jeebies.
Audible...why is it so difficult to find and or cast appropriately sounding young male narrators? Is the pool that shallow or is a new casting director needed? May I submit my application?
Disappointment at potential unmet.
Save your credit, check out at library and skim if you're interested in the storyline.
Jennifer to Beth, Beth to Jennifer format of emailing friends who never seem to meet face-to-face grates on the nerves. Both friends wonder if the grass is greener and mysterious boy hired to read company emails falls for Beth. Predictable and frankly a little silly. Enjoyed her other two books; seems to have her finger on the pulse of teenage angst. I paid $3.95 on sale for this one, so don't feel like I wasted a credit.
Amy and Matthew find each other through odd circumstances. Matthew is one of a few paid peers who assist Amy with her daily needs in her last year of high school, as she has cerebral palsy. The goal is for her to excel socially as she currently does academically.
While she's being challenged, Amy also encourages Matthew to face some of his issues and together they develop a deep friendship over the span of a year and a half. "Say What You Will" is not a woe-is-me sad melodrama where the cool kid falls for the wallflower. Both characters navigate their strengths and weaknesses with honest gut-wrenching interactions.
This is a smart, lovely story with winding dialogue keeping you glued to your earphones/speakers to see how it ends. McGovern is being compared to John Green, but this book is more akin to "Wonder". Excellent read if you haven't yet.
This is an easy, enjoyable listen, not just for teens and Rebecca Lowman is a fabulous narrator.
After devouring Eleanor and Park, sought out another Rainbow Rowell novel. Did my best to let go of the previous characters and give this one a new focus and attention.
Cathe's twin is moving in a different direction as they enroll in college. Alone, nervous, a little odd, she spends most of her time writing fan fiction in a Harry Potteresque world; Simon Snow and Bas. She has a huge fan base yet can't seem to devote the same amount of attention into her fiction assignments.
Some of the characters are predictable and some surprise you. Took me a little while to adjust to the Simon Snow pieces (as narrated by 80's hottie, Maxwell Caufield), but found the ending of both storylines tied up nicely. Rebecca Lowman is superb as Cathe, who is awkwardly searching for a foothold in friendship, possibly love, and her future in writing. Worthy novel for an entertaining read.
Trish, a Sleep Corp Recruiter, searches and secures good dream donations for those suffering from terminal insomnia. The style is more of a diary entry or report from her singular, almost detached point of view. Fantastic idea is filled with scientific explanations and a mysterious Baby A donating blissful sleep to the needy and Donor Y spreading nightmares.
Short and simple recount is filled with rich analogies; admired her ability to paint a picture with just a few words (e.g. "he wrote his name on the donor form in small upper case print as if he was shouting through a window, turning into a whisper"). Missing was a strong connection to Trish; other characters to relate to; deeper exploration of themes; and a more fashioned ending. I'm happy I listened to this beautiful, melancholy dream, but it could have been better. I would try another book by Russell, and may check out the much hyped, "Swamplandia" book.
Finally, after wading through lots of simple, boring teen books, this little gem arrives. Without my Entertainment Weekly Bible, I wouldn't have discovered this fantastic teen love story, coming to a movie screen soon near you.
Eleanor is back with her Mom, step-Dad and four siblings in a miserable household attending a new school in 1986, finding an unlikely friend in Park. Both points of view shine light on the loneliness, isolation, bullying, and the dare to hope and connect in the world of teenage angst. When Eleanor thinks she's fat, Park describes her as beautiful. Couldn't wait to hear what the other had to say about the same situation.
This book is well-written, almost like Rowell popped the top on the teen brain with all the first, raw emotions spilling out into a funny, lugubrious, intense singular story line with the perfect ending. Just bought his newer book, "Fangirl" and am excited to see Rebecca Lowman is narrating as well. She and Sunil Malhotra were fantastic in "Eleanor and Park". This was an excellent read.
On the run and searching for answers, Tris and Tobias explore other factions in this dull, formulaic sequel. The movie was well done, suspenseful, casting was spot-on perfect, and the director took the time to introduce and explore the characters' personalities. Against my better judgment, I downloaded book two to keep the story going. Since I didn't love book one, don't know why I thought book two would be better (although Emma Galvin is excellent).Don't spend your credit, wait the 11 months for the next film.
Lila came to Henbane under duplicitous circumstances, disappearing from a seemingly happy life. Present day daughter Lucy searches for clues to her friend's murder and mother's past. The characters in this backwoods, gritty story are well drawn out and McHugh's writing style is fluid and easy. The first 3/4 of the book kept my attention and enjoyed the narrator for Lila (Shanon McManus?). Lucy's story was mildly immature and didn't care for the narrator's voice. While waiting for the final big reveal, the book ended. Oops, hate it when that happens. Found this entertaining, but cannot hold a candle to "Winter's Bone".
This book begins strong with Tawna waking up post party in a barn finding out all her friends have been eviscerated by vampires. Her backstory sheds light on her current beliefs about vamps and the beginning of her journey is interesting, with promise. Unfortunately what follows is a banal walk through the usual teen book layout. Pity, this author probably could have done better.
Predictable and formulaic sum it up. Moyes wrote the moving and powerful, "Girl You Left Behind" and penned the entertaining, yet doomed relationship in "Me Before You" and this offering is only one step above a romance novel. Main character, Jennifer never showed why the men in her life were obsessed with her, other than her blonde hair and perfect posture. Stayed with it out of respect for her other works, but the more I waited, the less I was rewarded with tired, regurgitated details and banal ending. The narrator had a lovely voice, but her performance couldn't save this fluff. I would still try a new book written by Jo Jo Moyes, but this one was disappointing.
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