Where She Went by Gayle Forman

A lot of reviewers preferred this more than the first book, If I Stay, so now I know why. It may be because it gives justice to the love story everyone’s been waiting for. But no matter how i look at it i still think that the first book is way better.

Where she went is told from the point of view of Adam after Mia’s miraculous recovery from her coma. So i know girls would like to know what goes inside the mind of the oh-so-cool-emo-rockstar Adam Wilde. As expected, Gayle Forman’s writing didn’t fail to capture the hearts of the readers.

We witness how Adam reaches the peak of his career and at the same time how his interest in it plummets down. It is heartbreaking to see Adam wallow in misery of letting Mia go when they took their separate ways, as if she is all he’s ever wanted in his life. However, the story lost its spark after this. Gone were the scenes that almost made me cry and made me rethink my life. Replaced by the scenes of how a rockstar led a crappy life and my hatred for the girl who left him out of the blue.

So what happened? It’s probably because the story focuses more on  the love between Mia and Adam. I mean there’s not much to write about because her family is already gone. I’m not against their love, actually, I was kind of glued to them, my heart flutters with Mia while reading if I Stay. But what i didn’t like is how the story unfolds, there’s not much conflict. You’ll sympathize with Adam but that’s just it. They were both just reluctant to admit that they love each other no matter what the circumstances are.

Well, I must say the sequel is good in its own way and didn’t disappoint me because I didn’t expect it to have a part 2. After Mia squeezed Adam’s hand, I just assumed that they’d live happily ever after. So I didn’t expect anything. But hey, a closure to their love story is better than an open ending.

 

 I give this book 3/5 stars!

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I think i’ve been infected with amor deliria nervosa for a while now.

I kept on thinking how lauren oliver came up with a beautiful concept. Love as a disease sounds impossible and absurd at first, but it was introduced in a brilliant way with all the poems and paragraph from books oliver created. It added to the dystopic atmosphere during their times. I even found myself anticipating the beginning of every chapter. Plus the incredible writing skills of the author, her writing is just pure and heartfelt that i didn’t get tired reading how the story unfolds. I’ve been very much into dystopian novels nowadays so reading one is a pleasure to me. I wouldn’t compare it to the hunger games because i clearly understand that the author steered clear from the kind of story the HG is famous for. it is not as action-packed but it focuses more on the love story, of course it’s natural for it talks of love being a disease. And i think it’s emotional inclination to the readers is what made the book more interestng.

The plot chronicles the development of the forbidden love and as all forbidden love goes, there will come a time when people will try to tear it apart, which brings us to the ending. Well, it was touching and heartbreaking. I was impatiently waiting for the big climax when the there will be a great battle or something similar but it was rather different. After reading the last few paragraphs, i stared at the remaining blank pages and can’t believe it ended that way….

I wanted to go inside the book and throw Alex to the other side of the fence because i didn’t want to see sacrifices or even Romeo and Juliet references. The sight was just too unbearable. It’s very emotional, and i would recommend it to any sappy love story/dystopian fanatic out there. So now i can’t wait for the next book, pandemonium!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I finally read Divergent after hearing quite a buzz about it lately.It was often compared to the Hunger games so i got even more excited. Although I would still consider HG as the best dytopian novel, Divergent missed by a few points.

The society veronica roth pictured as  dystopia was strange at the same time genius.The atmosphere seem oppressed and dark. The five factions: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless,Erudite and Amity are great representations of what personalities of people in the real world are. I liked the heroine, Tris , because she is fearless and doesn’t act like a damsel in distress like someone i know ( uhhem!! Be-lla!). Four or Tobias(I really wanted him to go back to being Four, Tobias sounds funny and weak for his personality) , was cool that even though he’s not even trying to be overly heroic or handsome,you can’t help but to admire him. The other characters have great attributes as well, it’s exciting to watch them interact. There are times when it gets too violent and sometimes i think “Was that even necessary?” but roth  was just probably doing something new that we don’t normally read from a YA novel. The story was even made interesting bacause of the trainings they’re having.

The ending was okay to me but i wanted more actions because that’s what i was expecting. I also liked the look of the society, the way i imagined it is believable. I liked how the dauntless rides the trains, or how each person acts according to their chosen faction. It reminded me of the song from High School Musical, “Stick to the Status Quo”, where everyone are grouped to their own personalities. Anyway, it’s a great book and i can tell why so many people compared this to the Hunger Games. 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If you were to reminisce your past, would you be frustrated or satisfied? If you had a near-death experience and be given the chance to choose, would you leave the world or endure whatever comes?

The answer may be crystal clear to us but not for mia. She was grief-stricken after losing her family in a car accident. She went into a coma and is looking at her life once again, she’s in what we call the “in between”,so she has to make the most crucial decision in her life. “If i stay” is a poignant novel that would definitely tear the readers apart. I, for one, was moved by the problems and situations presented in the book because it’s something that everyone wants to know but no one wants to experience. At first, i was a bit hesitant to read the novel, it made me think to myself “why would i want to read this, it’ll only make me depress over something i’m not supposed to?” I guess i was being cynical after reading thirteen reasons why by jay asher because it didn’t give an impression to me. I thought they would generate the same feeling, but if i stay turned out pretty good. It’s amazing how a simple plot could be meaningful just by the way the author develops the story. The flashbacks helped a great deal in building up the emotion it gives the readers. It’s like reading one of mitch albom’s novel, for one more day.

Yes it was depressing , sad and it didn’t offer some shocking twists , but there’s more to it. It will make you think twice about you life. Have you done things you truly want? Have you said what you wanted to say to people? I’m glad it ended how i wanted it to end. I love how Adam, her boyfriend, made it happen. I love how kim, her bestfriend, assured her that she still has a family, that she’s not alone.

It will surely resonate to anyone. I did not cry a river just like what i read from the other reviewers. But i would still recommend it to anyone who’s been missing out a lot on ths topic. I admit i’m glad to have read this because i’m kind of tired of the Cheesy vampire/fallen angels novels i’ve been reading quite a lot lately.

Anna and the French Kiss… <3

I just finished Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and I’m already itching to write a review!! Because reading it was a wonderfully satisfying experience!! While it’s an easy read and has a simple plot, I can’t help but admire the author for she has the power to leave the readers enthralled and breathless!!! I did read lola and the boy next door before reading this one, so i’m glad to finally discover the story behind Anna and Etienne. The fact that its romance takes place in Paree! where love is always in the air ,makes the novel’s atmosphere compelling, stunning, and perfect! Also, the characters are so lovable. Anna Oliphant is interesting, funny, and not annoying like some chick-lit heroine i know. Let’s talk about Etienne St. Clair, or as I would like to call him- the literary embodiment of perfection! He’s nice, popular, handsome, and of course the English accent! ( Bollocks! HA!) I loved loved loved it! The character are great as well esp. Meredith, Ramshi, Josh and Bridgitt.I also liked that they’re going to school, having classes, detention, and staying at dorms, everything feels so light, familiar, and high school drama-ish. Although I’m not a French Savvy like Anna, or maybe even worse, I realized it doesn’t matter. And because of the irresistible story, I loved it anyway. So I toured Paris with the same delight and fascination as Anna. Everything about this book is BEAUTIFUL! Stephanie Perkins has only released two books and I’m already considering her as one of my favorite authors. I’m so glad stumbled upon this beautifully sweet and entertaining novel. I would recommend this to all romantic souls out there. I now believe that it’s possible for home to be a person and not be a place…Etienne St. Claire made me see that…