Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16068905Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published September 10th 2013

young adult, romance, contemporary

My rating: 4/ 5

GR plot summary: A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My review: I can actually describe this book in one word – cute.

So, Cath is the example of an introverted teen (at least in the beginning). Like, at first she gets annoyed why everyone in college is so friendly, then she complains why no one smiles/talks to her, so no logic here, you see? That’s why I didn’t like Cath for the first 200 pages haha. Then she changes (Thanks, Levi and Reagan!).

I liked seeing how Cath & Wren’s (they are twins) relationship progresses. I have a sister as well, and of course sometimes we fight. Through this book I got a better look at the situation.

However, it took me about 3 weeks to finish this book as for me it was boring at times and things were taking slow pace.

What I didn’t like: (some spoilers here)

  1. Nick suddenly became the bad guy. At first the reader gets introduced to nice, clever boy, and then…it feels like the author thought “oh, I don’t need him anymore in my story. Let’s get rid of him and make him the bad guy”. Of course I don’t respect what he did to Cath, BUT that came out of blue.
  2. Cath likes Nick, Cath likes Nick… AND THEN Cath likes Levi – the switch was so quick.
  3. There is no information about the progression of Cath & Laura’s (Laura is Cath’s mother) relationship. Or may be there wasn’t any progression at all. Though I wish there was.

Still, this coming of age novel deals with some family and college issues. If you have enjoyed reading other Rainbow Rowell’s books &/ in the mood for a light read, I recommend it to you.

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Leave This Song Behind by John Meyer

26702564Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry At Its Best  by John Meyer

Expected publication: April 26th 2016 by Hci

My rating: 1/5 (it is the second time I rate the book 1/ 5)

Goodreads plot summary: It’s been 10 years since the last book in the “Teen Ink” series” Written in the Dirt “was published. Now, a whole new batch of teen writers has emerged with their own unique voices. “Leave This Song Behind” features the best poetry submitted by those writers to “Teen Ink” over the last five years. The pieces in this book were chosen because they were so powerful that they stood out from the rest. “Teen Ink” editors took a deep look into each poem’s strengths then divided “Leave This Song Behind” into seven sections based on the poetic techniques or qualities that moved them most. Vivid sensory details made some poems shine; others caught their attention with simple, sparse language. Still others were chosen because of their thoughtful use of form; compelling stories; strong figurative language; unexpected connections and wit; and fresh writing about familiar topics.

Dig in and let these brave young voices capture your heart and mind with their passion, their pain, and their amazing poetry!

 

My review: So boring. I just scanned the poems because none of them got my attention.

This book features poems from different contemporary writers. Most of the poems are written in “slam” mode. If you have read Colleen Hoover’s “Slammed” you know what “slams” are like, but in her book the “slams” were more interesting and touching.

The poems featured in “Leave This Song Behind” had no purpose or meaning. In addition they were written using 3rd grade words. Here is the excerpt of one poem, so you can see: “Today when you came home you were too tired to notice you were stil wearing your name tag on your T-Shirt from work…”. WHERE IS THE BEAUTY OF POETRY HERE?

P.S. The only thing I liked about this book is its cover.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

“ He returned to the bridge over the Arno, where he gave an oath- perhaps oath differs from the rest in that it cannot be ignored, but in the certain time fulfilled. And that time has come.”

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My Rating: 5/ 5

Goodreads plot summary:  

I threw the piece of paper on the fire. She saw it burn …Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries – and there he dies suddenly. In almost no time at all, the new widow – Philip’s cousin Rachel – turns up in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious woman like a moth to the flame. And yet …might she have had a hand in Ambrose’s death?

 

My review: I liked this book SO much! The plot summary is intriguing itself, isn’t it?

“My Cousin Rachel” is written in gothic style, and the atmosphere of the book reminds me of “Jane Eyre” or “Rebecca”. Through, I have to tell you the first 100 pages got me a little bit bored, because I expected it’d be more action-packed, but it was not. However, after the first 100 pages the story has got me SO interested and intrigued!

You can see from the plot summary that before meeting Rachel, Philip is convinced she is the one responsible for Ambrose’s death, and he wants to make sure she gets punished. But in reality, she is nothing he imagined she would be; In reality, Rachel is smart, fragile woman, whose words and tears are so sincere, Philip feels sorry for her and asks her to stay in the estate for a while. They spend much time together talking, Philip starts wondering how could he think so low of her, as he is totally drawn to this mysterious woman. Let’s be precise, he falls in love – from this moment I constantly wanted to slap him on the cheek and tell: “Wake up, Philip. Don’t be so stupid! Get back to the normal, reasonable YOU! How can you believe this? Don’t be so naive, Philip, please!”. He crazily loves her, and nearly loses his mind!                           You have to read other for yourself and see.

I’m not a book re-reader, but I’ll definitely reread “My Cousin Rachel” when I grow up, as this book is VERY VERY GOOD and it teaches you a lot. Again, Daphne Du Maurier is the queen of suspense!

 

P.S. I still liked Philip because he is always honest. In the end he proved he is smart too.