The Kite Runner – B
This was one of those much hyped about books that was on all kinds of best seller lists — and while it was good, and the story was a bit profound, it just moved kind of slowly for me. Parts I was totally drawn in, and then I’d get bored again, waiting for the next good part.
Me Before You – A
I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into with this book, but oh boy was it a good one. It makes you wonder how you would behave in the situations the characters are in, and it apparently makes normal people cry…but I just don’t really cry when I’m reading books — this one being the exception.
I’ve always enjoyed the sarcastic, funny characters Judy Greer has played, so I was interested in reading a book from her own perspective. What I found was I want to be friends with her. She’s funny, and normal, and had a full chapter on how a trip to the drugstore for a $10 beauty haul can make any bad day better. See what I mean about wanting to be friends?!
Arranged – C
Ehhhh. It was okay? It was good, predictable, and the characters were not at all deep. I enjoyed the story but wasn’t super drawn in.
Here’s my problem with YA novels. I like MATURE young adults. Which is not always what you get. I like when YA novels model a somewhat good relationship between teenagers, as friends or couples, and I like when they make the dumb teenage mistakes that every human does and those mistakes have consequences and they learn and grow. In this book I felt like the main guy character was kind of a jerk the whole way through and didn’t really learn much — and I don’t feel like the story, especially for teenagers, should be you can be a jerk and still get the girl.
SAME THING. Main character seems to LEARN NOTHING. Plus he’s a teenager who is drunk basically 100% of the book…just didn’t do it for me.