In this novel, Lena is seventeen and is looking forward to the day she turns 18, although not for the usual reasons a teen is excited to turn 18. In this newly improved United States, when teens turn 18, they are given the cure.
Scientists researched and researched to end the cycle of hate, murder, and war and, in doing so, found one common connection between them all: love. Love has been deemed a disease, which needs to be cured by the time a teen enters adulthood. The cure is a medical procedure in which doctors enter the brain and remove parts of the brain where emotions associated with love are stored. The cure allows people to live emotion free, providing a false since of calm and happiness.
Lena is looking forward to the day she gets the cure. She's been preparing for it her whole life. She understands that love ruins everything and that the cure is the only way to achieve happiness. Then, she mets Alex, and everything changes.
Usually, when I read a book, I can figure out the ending pretty quickly. It's an irritating skill. But, not this time.
Before I Fall begins with Sam, the main character, explaining about how she died with her friends on a Friday night. Then restarts the next chapter by explaining the day leading up to when she died. But, this book is sort of long, so I knew there had to be more to the story.
Sam is having a Groundhog's Day moment (it's an old movie from the 90s). She keeps reliving the last day of her life, and dying at the end of it. Then she wakes up again and lives the day again. At first, she has fun with it. She messes with people, says mean things she's always wanted to say but didn't have the guts to say. Then, she realizes she has a mission. That's where the real story kicks in.
If you've read If I Stay, this is definitely another book you will enjoy.
This book was great. The Absolute True Story of a Part-Time Indian has gotten a lot of attention lately as far as book awards and stuff, and now I understand why.
Junior (plainly named Arnold Spirit) is a 14 year old native american boy who lives on a Spokane Indian reservation. He explains that the reservation is poor, dirty, and all the adults are in different degrees of drunkenness. He gets beat on by most everybody because when he was born, he had extra water/fluid in his brain and had emergency surgery. On top of that, he's scrawny and sort of weird.
Junior is tired of the rez (reservation). He's tired of being picked on, being surrounded by poor people who don't want to do anything other than get drunk. So, he decides to transfer to the nearby white high school. Everything changes. He's treated worse by the indians because he's abandoned his reservation, and he's treated terribly at the white school because he's a poor indian.
Yet, as all these terrible things happen (and way more terrible things happen), Junior takes things with such a dark humor, you can't help but root for him.
This book was awesome. I think I'm adding it to the small group reading list.
I recently finished an older story, Something Wicked This Way Comes by the famous Ray Bradbury. I chose this from the library because my husband sad he remembered seeing some kind of tv movie as a kid and thought it was pretty scary.
Two best friends, Jim and Will, live next door to each other. They're very close; in fact they were born one minute apart. They are adjusting to the routine of a new school year when a carnival comes to town. This carnival isn't like other carnivals. Sure, it has a house of mirrors, a carousel, cotton candy, and lots of rides, but this carnival has Mr. Dark.
Jim and Will quickly suspect that Mr. Dark is up to no good--and they're completely right. All the sinister things Mr. Dark wants to do is tied up with his creepy carousel.
This was definitely an interesting book. It got a little boring in the middle, but got really good quickly after.
Ok. I got excited and carried away. It's been a busy Spring Semester of school and I am thrilled that I read my first book of summer vacation (and, it's not even my school summer vacation, because I still have two weeks of my own class left!)
The first book I selected is Hollow City, the second novel in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. I read the first book, Miss Peregrine's Home of Peculiar Children quite some time ago, so when I started this book, I wasn't too into it, to be honest.
Basically, from the first book, Jacob, stumbles across this loop, which is like a small area of time travel. He finds that some peculiar people live there. These people have special powers or skills, sort of like the kind you'd see in a carnival. These nasty monsters, known as hollowghasts, like to kill people who are peculiar. They attacked the loop at the end of the first book.
This book, Hollow City, starts right where the first book left off. They are in a boat, trying to flee from the people trying to capture and kill them. They enter other loops and meet other peculiar people (and animals) along the way, all to help their leader, Miss Peregrine, turn back into a person after turning into a bird. The second half of the book was quite good. Lots of surprises and twists!
I think I'll be reading the third book when it comes out later this year!
I'm an avid reader. One thing I've learned in my many years on this Earth is that no matter what is happening in your life, you can always benefit from temporarily escaping life in order to become absorbed in a make believe story.