Seneca Falls, NY | Member Since 2012
A great, feel-good story about a young woman with a mental handicap, and her struggles in and out of a "school" for the disabled. A bit of history about the 70's and 80's institutions for the disabled, a bit of a coming of age story, and a lot about love in all it's forms.
I teared up. A lot.
Yes, and I've read other Lauren Oliver books that I liked much better. I just think the concept of this was not well thought out or entirely convincing.
No. I mean, trying to cut love out of your brain as the concept sounds cool until you think too much about it, and then you're like, "uhhh, what?"
Not a bad story, just didn't hold my attention. I feel like there was a ton of backstory and history that writer maybe wanted to inlcude, but didn't end up having the space for it. And knowing more of how and why this world came to be would have been really helpful at creating more tension. As readers we all know that love can't be chopped out of your brain, but this world of people believed it was possible...and I just couldn't connect with that.
I loved that both Kat and Tayg were forced to be people they didn't want to be by circumstance and family, but when they came together they were able to drop the titles of "shrew" and "hero" and just be themselves.
The setting was fantastic. I really got a sense of the Highlands in that famous era, and the terrible weather!
The scene in which Tayg the Bard makes up an accidentally humiliating song about a homely woman at Kat's insistence.
The ending :)
The narration really made this fun. I can't do the accents half so well in my head, you ken?
I think it's a unique a valuable perspective.
The moment when Ever decides she wants to be both less (thinner) and more (happy, involved, full of life) than she is...the dreaded chair moment.
The narration was SO slow. I had to speed it up, otherwise I got really frustrated. Ever is so smart and snarky, a bit angry, and the narration just did not match.
No, I like how it ended. It's like Ever got through the hardest part and was now free to live her life as she chose.
Anne Flosnik always does a fantastic job! The dialog in this novel was especially entertaining.
Sure - if they're desperate for a bit of fluff.
She really brings Madelyn in all her clumsy, hot-headed, contradictory glory to life.
Lev was my favorite character. He changes the most from beginning to end. From Tithe to Terrible.
The Unwinding scene was my favorite - really well done, and well read. We've been hearing about Unwinding for hours, but at this point you get a first person account of what it's like to actually be "unwound."
You'll Rest in Pieces.
It's a great concept - the biggest gossip in school taking a vow of silence. Full of Chelsea's snarky internal dialog, which comes across perfectly in the audio-book version.
A little bit like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. But much more lighthearted.
Again - the snarky inner dialog of the main character, Chelsea, was almost written to be read into your ears. Emily Bauer did a great job bringing the sarcasm, compassion, and insecurities of Chelsea to life.
Vincent - he's so romantic ;)
She did a great job with the accents! Brought the characters to life for me, and even made me laugh out loud.
It's not really that kind of book...despite being about death and war, it's pretty fluffy and lighthearted.
Maybe - it's not a super complicated book, but it was a lot of fun to listen to.
The setting - a boarding school for naughty supernaturals.
If I ever read the book, I would still hear Dukehart's voice in my head as Sophie.
I may have snickered silently to myself a few times - a bit too fluffy for anything more.
All of the female characters were either conniving or weak, completely unlikable or completely pointless.
I liked the talking raven story line, and the book had a nice build in terms of the plot.
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