Getting ready to start a new book - stay tuned for the first edition of my review tomorrow!!
In the mean time, let me know what you think of the book trailer!
I know I usually don't like the trailers, but this one is pretty good since it doesn't really picture the characters. What are your thoughts?
After reading the first third of the book, I have come to realize that I read to escape reality - not to read about it. I went through high school, I know what it is like to not fit in. Although in this book, not fitting in leads to a very horrific school mass-murder, that feeling is still the same. In school right now we are talking about YA books including what they look like and why teens (or whomever, I'm def not a teen) like them. I don't love to read about something this real and terrible, but I remember loving Go Ask Alice when I was in the 9th grade. The book scared me straight (I was not willing to try any sort of drugs) and I think that this book could possibly do the same.
As for the book review, right now the characters feel distant because the focus is on the event. I don't feel like I know Valerie or Nick, which makes it hard to attach myself within the story. More updates to come!
I drug my feet finishing this one. Maybe I'll give the author more credit than she deserves, but I think that not knowing the characters, the pacing (slow at the beginning, quick toward the end) all give way to what the book is covering. At the beginning we don't know Val because Val doesn't know herself, as she starts to find out who she is, we also discover who she is. At the beginning the pace is slow, like taking one more step is painful because that is how Val feels. The last few chapters read in a rush, like endorphins crashing in. If you think about it that way, it really is a great read. If you think about the content and the characters, it is something I could have related to and enjoyed when I was a teenager. But now? Now I just feel too old to really like it. When teenagers say that grown-ups don't get it, they aren't lying ... I just want to know when I started to fall into that "grown-up" category.
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