BOOK RANT

My Current Favorite: Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

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If you’re not familiar with Ellen Hopkins, here’s a basic run-down:

She writes in a very unique style- all poems. Before you go running away, I hated this format too, but for her it just works. You don’t even notice after a few pages.

Also, all of her books circle around really rough things- drug addiction, suicide, alcoholism… You get it.

I’ve read a few of her books before, her Crank trilogy being my favorite. Sooo when I was book-store binging (again) and I saw that she released something new, of course I had to get it. (My cover is different though…. I’m not sure which one I like better, this image or my own)

This book tells the story of a senior in high school who is dealing with the suicide of his younger and only brother, Luke, who died after the bullying of his peers and parents of his coming out. Like I said, Hopkins writes about the rough stuff.

This book is a freaking roller coaster. It was confusing at the beginning, and in the middle I was wanting to rip my hair out and scream, and at the end I was crying and smiling and hating on how horrible some characters turned out to be.

Now, if you’ve never read Ellen Hopkins before, I wouldn’t recommend this one as your first- I started with the Crank series, and that’s what got me hooked on her. After you’re introduced to her style, then get this one.

Also, if you’re not at least in high school, don’t read this. Major no-no for y’all.

Other than that…

10/10. Thank you Ellen Hopkins! You have yet to let me down. Please don’t cuz I love you.

Don’t take over the world without me.

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BOOK RANT

Red Queen and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

So, I’m not a huge fan of fantasy/dystopian novels- I feel like it’s been done to death, and honestly I’m just bored with it.

BUT THIS BOOK HAS CONQUERED MY BOREDOM AND TURNED ME INTO A TOTAL FREAK OBSESSED WITH A DIFFERENT WORLD.

I was in a book store when an employee came up to me and just kinda started talking. She started hollering about Red Queen, a book where normal people (red bloods) are divided from god-like people (silver bloods).

I’m always down to try out something new, so I grabbed it and started reading. It starts off a little slow, but once you’re into it…. let’s just say that my parents didn’t know if I was still living for while because of how long I spent motionless in my room reading it.

Once I finished it, I got all my friends into this book as much as I could- I WANT TO SHARE THE STORY. I was so so so excited for the next book and I wasn’t even at all prepared to wait.

Give or take a few days, I found myself at a different bookstores. Wandering through my fave section (Y/A IS LIFE) when I saw something…

An oddly familiar author.

Say… that cover… that font…

THE SECOND BOOK. IT HAD JUST COME OUT. I DIDN’T HAVE TO WAIT.

Naturally, I sat down, started to cry, started to read, and called the friends who are into the series.

It took me a while to finish it… I had heard nothing of a new book, so I wanted to savor that world as long as I could.

I did finish it, cried like a baby, then like any respectable fan, took to the Tumblr world. I found the author, and discovered… THERE’S GONNA BE MORE BOOKS. NOT JUST ONE. BUT MULTIPLE.

This series has made me so so happy and angry and confused and every other emotion out there. You fall in love with the character and their quirks. Sudden twists that there is no way in heaven or hell you saw coming keep you whispering ‘Just one more chapter..’ at two in the morning.

Well done, Victoria Aveyard.

Don’t take over the world without me.

BOOK RANT

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

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This was recommended to me by a friend of mine, years ago. I picked it up at a thrift store for $2, so why not give it a shot?

Since I reviewed it on my Goodreads account, my opinion has changed a little bit. The aim of the book was very clear- don’t do drugs. It told the “true” story of a 15-year-old girl (in what I think was the 70’s… not sure though, don’t trust me on that) who finds herself swept up in the world of hard drugs.

If I were a few years younger, this story would have terrified me- so if you’re in middle school, please read this. However, now that I know a little better, I’m skeptical.

First of all, this didn’t scare me. Like, at all. Honestly, the book failed at its one goal- to scare the reader into never doing drugs.

Secondly, it was difficult to relate to the narrator. She just wasn’t… oh, how to say this nicely…. she just wasn’t very smart. The entire addiction fiasco happened literallly after the cool kids (who only started paying attention to her “after she lost weight”… sorry, that doesn’t happened) invited her to a party and gave her a drink laced with LSD.

Okay… um, letter number A, why on earth DID SHE TAKE THE DRINK. Every girl from the moment they are old enough know (and if you don’t know this please listen up) DO NOT TAKE DRINKS FROM ANYONE AT A PARTY. EVER. SERIOUSLY. IT ENDS HORRIBLY. 

The straight-up irresponsibility and ignorance of her parents killed my sympathy for her family. I’m sorry, if you don’t notice or just don’t care about the obvious deterioration of your own child, we’ve got a problem. How can you not notice the smell of pot, a grey-ish face, and sneaking out of the house EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT????

And THEN (this was the final straw for me) I researched the book a little. Turns out that it’s not true, not at all (which  was suspected at several points in the book). It was written by some lady named Beatrice Sparks- she’s “edited” almost 15 of these supposedly real diaries of troubled teens (Extra information on her here).

All in all, I do support the message of this book- while I am pro things like marijuana or soft drugs, I am extremely opposed to more extreme ones like LSD and cocaine. I don’t really recommend this for high schoolers- once you get into an environment with drugs in it (sorry parents, yes, there are drugs no matter where you go to school), you realize how unrealistic the story is. However, if you’re in middle school, read this- it’s a good introduction into a world that you don’t want to get involved in.

Don’t take over the world without me.

BOOK RANT

The latest: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling.

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First things first, I ADORE MINDY. She is hands-down one of my favorite comedians/actresses/writers out there. I also read her first book (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)) and absoluetly loved it, so I had pretty high expectations for this one.

In the introduction, Mindy said how her first book had kind of been the childhood-high-school-success-story thing that people wanted to see. This time, it would be a different side of her- not trying to reach people/s expectations, just to express herself in a more personal way; to show the real Mindy.

Lemme say this: if this is the real Mindy, she’s way better than the fake one.

In her book, she allows you to look into more personal expiriences that are unique to her- not generic ones that everyone can relate to. Mindy lets you peek into what her everyday life is really like.

From all of the things of hers that I’ve seen her create, she has always been very honest and very down-to-earth. She isn’t trying to pass herself off as one of the plastic surgery-ed white ladies on the red carpet. She address this is the book- how it actually feels to be an average-sized woman in Hollywood, as well as how she actually compares to her character on The Mindy Project.

With this book, she lets no one down. Mindy’s blend of optimism with an endless stream of sarcasm keeps you drawn into her essays, and combined with a never-resting ambition, I couldn’t put this book down.

Don’t take over the world without me.

Book Hauls.

I have a book-buying addiction. Here’s what I bought for Booktober.

Carry On Rainbow Rowell (Words cannot express how excited I am to read this. I waited so long.)

The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire Dan Howell and Phil Lester

All Of The Rage Courtney Summers

Akata Witch Nnedi Okorafo

How I Live Now Meg Rosoff

Will Grayson, Will Grayson John Green (This remains the only book of his that I haven’t read)

Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card

Yes Please Amy Pohler

BOOK RANT

Today’s narrative of choice: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.

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I have a terrible habit of buying books in bulk. I will be in the middle of one book, and by the time I’ve finished it, I’ve bought ten more. This results in A) the majority of books on my shelves being unread and B) a serious lack of cash. There came a point over the summer when my parents finally cut me off- “NO MORE!” they screamed, and refused to let me go into the trusty Barnes and Noble when I asked. Because I couldn’t buy any more new books, I found myself slowly making my way through the stack of unread novels that had sat for so long.

Among these was I’ll Give You The Sun. Highly recommended by publishers, newspapers, and other students, I decided to (finally) give it a go. I’ll be completely honest: at first, I had to drag myself through it. It was repetitive, predictable, and boring. It went into details that at the time seemed completely irrelevant. As you work your way through though, more and more begins to unfold itself and soon enough you’re up at 3 AM sobbing trying to finish because you just absolutely can NOT leave the characters on their own, you have to make sure they make it out okay, and you have to finish it and you don’t care about the final you have tomorrow or that you have to get up at 5 to catch the bus you just unconditionally have to finish this book.

But now I’m getting ahead of myself.

Nelson brought two characters to life: twins, one boy and one girl named Noah and Jude. The way she tells the story is unlike anything I’ve seen before- she used alternating perspectives from the twins, but at two different times in their lives: Noah’s perspective is from when they were 13, while Jude’s is told from when they were 16. This was a little confusing at first- I had no idea what was going on. Once you get used to it, you begin to connect the dots.

Moving swiftly on. I absolutely adored the twins. Jude is a good-girl-gone-bad-gone-good-again, and a sculptor in the works. Noah, closeted in his sexualty even from a young age, is a painter who has a way with people. Do not be fooled by their perfect appearance- their past has been rattled with tragedy, and the novels circle around the events of their pasts and how they move through them.

With that said, the book deals with some heavy things- death, isolation, abandonment, drugs and alcohol, sex… the list goes on. It’s not something you would give to someone who doesn’t have the maturity to handle things like that.

Overall, I am incredibly glad that I read it- there’s never been anything like it before. It is extremely rare to find a novel that is one hundred percent honest, with characters that ring truth in their every word. On a scale of 1 to 20, I would give it a 18.5. It was absolutely phenomenal, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Don’t take over the world without me.