Comic Book Review: Giant Days

Title: Giant Days
Author: John Allison
Artists: Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar (Colors)
Rating: 
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, (Comic Book)
Pages: 128
Published: November 24th, 2015
House: BOOM! Box
Format: E-book
Source: Borrowed

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Goodreads:
Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Collects issues #1-4.

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t a huge fan of this in the beginning. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; it’s just that with all the things I heard from it I was expecting…more? But by the time I read issue #2 I loved it! So if you feel like that in the beginning keep reading; just give it some time.Read More »

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ARC Review: You Were Here

Title: You Were Here
Author: Cori McCarthy
Illustrator: Sonia Liao
Rating: 
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, (Young Adult)
Pages: 267
Published: March 1, 2016
House: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: E-book
Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads Synopsis:
Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn’t bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

My Thoughts:

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Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Rating: 
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 297
Published by: Penguin
First Published: January 1st, 2007
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Goodreads Synopsis:

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life… forever.

Plot Overview:

Trigger warning for suicide, depression, sexual assault. 

Basically, Hannah Baker committed suicide, but before that she arrange for a box of cassette tapes to be sent to thirteen people. Each person has cassette side dedicated to them where Hannah tells the story of how they tie in with her suicide. The tapes are to be passed on to those mentioned in the tapes or a second tape would be sent out to the public and with it their secrets.
Clay Jensen is on those tapes and he doesn’t know why.

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Book Review: All the Bright Places

Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Rating: 
Genre: Contemporary, (Young Adult)
Pages: 388
Published by: Penguin
First Published: January 6th, 2015
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Perchace

Goodreads Synopsis:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Plot Overview:

There isn’t much to say that wasn’t said in the synopsis so I’ll keep it short.

After Finch and Violet meet they become unlikely friends and find that they can be themselves around the other. Violet doesn’t  have to try hard to have a good time and Finch can be completely comfortable being himself. They both go through a lot of internal struggle and they both, knowingly and unknowingly, aid each other through it.

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Book Review: Looking for Alaska

Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Rating:  five_stars2

Genre: Contemporary, (Young-Adult)

Pages: 221

Published by: Speak

First Published: March 3rd 2005

Format: Paperback

Source: Personal Purchase

Goodreads Synopsis:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Plot Overview:

Nerdy, not-very-social 16 year-old Miles Halter decides to go to a boarding school in pursue something more. In pursue of the Great Perhaps.

“So this guy,” I said, standing in the doorway of the living room. “François Rabelais. He was this poet. And his last words were ‘I go to seek a Great Perhaps.’ That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”

At the Culver Creek, the boarding school, Mile’s is introduced to a whole new life: friends, love, loyalty, booze, and cigarettes.  He learns and does so many foreign things to him all while searching for this Great Perhaps. His life will never be the same.

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Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Rating:
Genre: Young-Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 236
Published By: Speak
First Published: September 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase


Goodreads Synopsis:

19 Katherines and counting…
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

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