Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Title: Why We Broke Up
Author: Daniel Handler
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (354 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Cover Review: I adore this cover, especially because there aren't many plain covers.

I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. 
Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

First things first: I've never read a book like this. It was so unique and mesmerizing-just the whole concept in general. Each chapter is a story based on one of Min's memories of her and Ed Slaterton, with a picture of an object to help remember the memory. Min put all of these objects into a big box along with a story about why they broke up. I find the fact that she felt the need to put all of this together extremely sweet.

The other cool thing about this book is the fact that the author is Lemony Snicket! I used to love reading the Series of Unfortunate Events as a kid, so it was cool to read something much different than that written by the same author.

I really loved Min and Ed's relationship. They were so different from each other, yet they worked so well. They accepted and loved their differences, which was extremely cute. I loved how reassuring Ed was about why Min was different, though sometimes Min took that the wrong way. I also loved how obsessed with movies Min was; I definitely learned a lot about movies that I didn't know.

I just hope that Ed appreciates the fact that Min took all this time and went through all the effort to really think about the relationship and realize why it didn't work out. If a guy  went through all the effort to do something like this for me, I'd definitely want to take them back.

In all, this book was really sweet and I really enjoyed it. If you're looking for a cute contemporary read, definitely pick this one up. It's really different and just so amazing!

Recommended for fans of:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green
Pretty much any John Green book!

Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (33)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

So I haven't actually posted a book haul since January... haha this is sad. Anyway, this is all the books I've purchased or received or borrowed since then!
Paper Towns by John Green
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Cold Calls by Charles Benoit 

From Publishers:
Resistance by Jenna Black (Thank you TorTeen!)
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (Thank you Amulet!)

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas

What books have you gotten recently?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review: Feed by M.T. Anderson

169756Title: Feed
Author: M.T. Anderson
Publisher: Candlewick
Release Date: September 23, 2002
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (308 pages)
Genre: Dystopia

 Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon-a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around and nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of Gorge Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M.T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world-and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now. 
Feed by M.T. Anderson was a book that I picked up on a whim, having not really heard much about it, I didn't know what to expect. The synopsis sounded really interesting, so why not? As soon as I started reading, I just couldn't stop. The whole world that Anderson created is really interesting and I just wanted to keep knowing more about it and why it was the way it was.

In this world, everyone (that can afford it, anyway) has these feeds hooked up to their brains. Basically, these people are constantly being overloaded with tons of advertisements for everything all over the world. They can also be watching TV shows or the news or music videos. It's just constantly being fed to them, so they're always kept up to date with everything. They can even talk to one another with their minds, which is absolutely crazy. Like their could be a party going on and everyone could be talking to one another, and while this is going on, two people could also be having a mental conversation at the same time. I don't know how these people deal with all the constant instant gratification, but then again, they had grown up with it so they're so used to it. The only bad side to this is that these people don't know what patience is. They wouldn't even know if it smacked them upside the head.

The other thing about this feed is that each person is constantly being marketed items that advertisers think they'd like based on old purchases, so they're even more likely to fall for it. They also always know what the latest fashion styles are, so if they see that there's a new hairstyle that's in, these people can instantly go and get theirs done just like it. It's crazy how fast the world is moving for this world.

I really loved the main character, Titus. He was just your average teenager in the future, which was really cool and it made him even more lovable. I loved his relationship with Violet; they were so perfect for each other. Violet would have to be my favorite character though, because I really loved her story. I was more interested in finding out more about Violet than I was about Titus's past.

The only hard part of this book was trying to get used to the language, because it is the future. I had to get used to the futuristic words. For example, all the teenagers call each other "Unit" which was confusing because I didn't know what was happening at first, since the book jumps right in. There are really no slow parts to this book, which is fantastic. That may be part of why I read this book all in one sitting. Anyway, once I got used to the language of the future, I really hooked onto it. It was really awesome that M.T. Anderson actually came up with this language; it shows that a lot of thought went into this book.

I'd definitely suggest picking this book up if you're looking for a quick paced easy read. I loved every minute of it and I'll probably be picking this one up again in the future just for the heck of it.


Recommended for fans of:
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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