Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Read: May 18, 2013
I want to read the next book now! Curious about what’s gonna happen next.
I think the concept’s interesting. It reminds me of Delirium and the amor deliria nervosa. At a certain age, you’ll have to undergo an operation. After your operation, things will change - the way you think and your behavior. And the protagonist got this bff who’s really wild and crazy but, after all, will decide to do the right thing instead - leaving the protagonist behind (talking about Hana from Delirium and Shay from Uglies).
I think David and Tally’s relationship is premature. Too fast.
The writing style’s good but the flow and pacing is my problem. First few chapters are boring, then goes the very exciting part, then dull, then cool, then dull again, then surprising. You know, like it’s inconsistent. I liked the story though.
Thank you @_fullybooked! Thank you thank you thank you! New books to read before summer ends. :-)
I, Irish and Mikko (the one who allowed me to borrow his TFIOS) went to Fullybooked, The Fort because they had this weekend sale - books at 20% off. Actually, I really want to get a copy of Pretties (Uglies, #2) by Scott Westerfeld because I just finished Uglies. I didn’t because there’s only one copy of Pretties and that copy isn’t in the best condition. I wanted to buy John Green’s but I thought I can borrow copies from my friends. Buying a copy of A Million Suns was another choice but they don’t have it in paperback yet. Or maybe they will never have paperback copy. Saw popular books like Sarah Dessen’s - but didn’t buy because I still have 2 Sarah Dessen’s to read - Meg Cabot’s, Judy Blume’s Forever, Marie Lu’s Legend and Prodigy and more but didn’t buy any because of this weird feeling inside me. After exploring all the shelves (and even the cd racks), I went back to the YA area and I found copies of The Chronicles of Narnia bottom shelf (below the copies of HP and The Lord of the Rings). I bought #2, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and #3, The Horse and His Boy. Weeeeee! I also bought Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford (actually Irish found it but didn’t like it that much).
Yehey! I’m really happy to get new books!
OMG OMG OMG
OMG. WHEN THE F IS IT???
An Infinite List of Amazing Books: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
A quote from TFIOS by John Green. Thank you, S Note! #books
Promised myself to finish this before I leave Aklan. And hey, I did it!
Date finished: May 5, 2013
I really want to make a review that will contain all my feelings during and after reading this extraordinary novel by John Green. I guess I will not find the right words to describe everything. I don’t know where to start. I think it’s because, “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
This is my first John Green novel and whoa it’s amazing. It’s unforgettable.
Hazel is a strong cancer patient/survivor/patient. She’s just like a normal teenager. Oh, sometimes she’s not - clever, funny, smart, enjoys reading. She met Augustus at Cancer Kid Support Group. This is a weird love story of joy, hope, living, dying, remembering and more. I never imagined a cancer-related novel to be this good and not mournful or too painful (like My Sister’s Keeper). I wanna met someone like Augustus. Not the cancer-patient Augustus, because I don’t want him to leave me like he did to Hazel, to his family and his friends. I want the Augustus who granted Hazel’s wish to meet her favorite author, he who worriedly watched her in the ICU, who brought her to Funky Bones to have a picnic, who’s smart and very interesting, who loved Hazel like they aren’t waiting for their deaths, like they’ll live forever. Hazel, I understood that you didn’t want to fall for Augustus because he’ll be another casualty in case of your death. You don’t want to hurt anybody through your death. But I like you because you allowed yourself to choose love over death without falling in love. You’ve let Augustus love you, and loved him back.
Van Houten reminds me of Haymitch, both alcoholic and mad because they lost someone very dear to their hearts. Van Houten is a great writer because his basis for An Imperial Affliction is his life, his daughter, her death. We’re all excited to meet our favorite authors but we don’t know what are the stories behind their wonderful stories.
Nicholas Sparks wrote about men who joined the army falling in love, long distance relationships, love letters.
Veronica Roth created a series about a futuristic Chicago, nation divided into factions, nobody should be different.
John Green gave us The Fault in our Stars, the undying love of dying Augustus and Hazel, hopeful people in a hopeless place of disease.
This book is perfect. Mixed with humor and joy.
I’ll give it 4.99 stars. I kind of predicted that Augustus would die (after reading about Augustus’ ex dying, I said, “feeling ko this time siya naman”) but no, I don’t want Gus to die. I didn’t. But that’s the sad fact, the painful truth. Life’s like that. Or maybe, dying is like that. Nobody can’t stop it. Sometimes, I think they’re lucky - they know their expiration date. Sometimes, I think they’re too unlucky - they have to undergo painful things to survive. Maybe they’re right, there’s no way to survive (because “we will not survive forever”). Doctors are just doing their tasks to extend the lives of their cancer patients but not heal them completely. Because in that war, cancer won/will win and we’re trained to expect that and accept it. But inside us, we build hope. Cancer can make people stronger, and cancer can make people weak.
This book made me realize more the strength of cancer patients, their families trying to forget that their loved ones are suffering so that they can give them normal lives, and their lovers.
This book is exceptional.
BTW, thanks to Mikko Gruspe for this copy.
The Fault in Our Stars notes
Okay, I have read 47% of this amazing book. It is really hard to lose someone because of cancer (or because of other causes) and the weight of pain is based on the experiences you have shared with that person. The metaphor (now I find metaphors more interesting) of Hazel’s Disneyland’s-Epcot-to-meeting-her-favorite-author-living-in-Amsterdam wish is that sometimes we think that we know what we want but actually we don’t. And when our turn’s over and we can never go back, we will regret our decisions and realize that there’s a better thing we could have wished for. It’s crazy, right? And sometimes we wanna exchange our things for better things but we can’t, we just can’t. I think we should really live like we’re dying. Because if we live by that “live like we’re dying” thing, we would do whatever makes us happy. We would enjoy life and whatever it can offer us now and not what the future can promise us.
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
“Now anything and everything could start me bawling. I wanted to talk it over with God. But I wasn’t about to let him know that, even though I missed him.”
Short but entertaining. Funny. I really enjoyed it. I was supposed to read TFIOS but we turned off the lights early (earlier than we do in Manila) so I read an ebook instead. :-)