Archive | November 2012

Just Another Girl – Review

Just Another Girl

by Melody Carlson

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Aster Flynn is stuck. She has to spend all of her “free” time with her younger sister, Lily, who, though fifteen, is mentally handicapped. At age seventeen, Aster should be hanging out with friends, dating boys, and working at a fun job. But her dad’s MIA, her mom is always at work, and her older sister Rose is too self-centered to give her any help. It’s not that Aster doesn’t love Lily—it’s just that for once she’d like to be able to be a normal teenager. 

So when a cute popular guy seems to take an interest in her, Aster hatches a plan. Somehow she has to get her workaholic mom and deadbeat dad to be the parents Lily needs so that Aster can have a life of her own. But can she ever get her parents to start acting like adults? Is this new guy worth the trouble? And, most importantly, will Lily get hurt in the process?

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I was having my monthly book shopping in the mall when I came across this book. What enthralled me into buying this book was its title, Just Another Girl, because I thought it was a romance novel. Doesn’t it sound like a romance novel? What’s more was that the cover was pretty effortless and simple, yet captivating. And the synopsis seemed pretty decent (above, in italics), don’t you think? All of these factors seemed enough for me, so I bought it.

So like the title, Just Another Girl, is this book just another book, too?

The answer is no—at least, from every book I’ve ever read. While this book takes on teenage romance and family problems, it adds God into the scenario—something I do not always and freely read from teen fiction.

Aster Flynn is pretty much a modern day Cinderella—without the evil step-mom and stepsisters. Instead, she has Rose, the older sister who only cares about herself, her mom, who is mostly absent, and Lily, her mentally challenged younger sister.

And Melody Carlson definitely took the risk of adding a mentally handicapped character. I love Lily! Even though she’s mentally retarded and, let’s admit it, annoying, she can be a very loving sister to Aster. And while I love Lily, I hate Owen. He’s such a jerk. Forget him being hot and all. He’s an egotistic jerk who doesn’t care about anything but his pretty face and his rubbish reputation. I know those so-called jerks are supposed to be hot and scream-worthy, but Owen? Forget it, because while Conrad Fisher (Summer Series) was a jerk and didn’t talk to Belly (Summer Series) for a while, he never did sour-grape about their relationship and call Belly’s brother ‘retarded’. That’s just low. Oh. Right, Owen, you are that low.

Another thing that I liked about this book was the fact that in the end, Aster found the guts to break up with Owen. She ended up with George McBride, a scrawny teen who’s in the same youth group as Aster. He’s not exactly what I’d call as handsome, but he’s a decent guy, I guess. He definitely went along fine with Lily. He didn’t call her ‘retarded’! And Aster deserved a better guy than someone who sour-grapes.

In the end, I decided to give it 3.5 out of 5 stars, because while it was full of values, the conversations were somewhat lacking. It doesn’t have enough of that witty and bubbly vibe that I go looking for in teen fiction. And also, I found the characters a little underdeveloped. I also found Aster a bit dull and passive for a main character. And it doesn’t help that the book was written in her perspective.

Overall, it was a good book. Not exceptional, but it’s insightful and realistic. And don’t forget its religious side, too. I would definitely recommend it for a bit light reading.

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Looking For Alaska – Review

Looking For Alaska

by John Green

Published in March 2005 by Dutton Juvenile, Looking For Alaska is John Green’s first novel, and it won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association. The book is divided into two parts, titled “Before” and “After.”

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. Then 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.

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My friend, artandtheories, was the one who introduced me to this book. And I was really intrigued with the cover (first photo from the left), you know? With the smoke and all. And to tell you the truth, I wasn’t in the least bit disappointed with my decision of reading it. Looking For Alaska, so far, is my favorite book in the Young Adult section. The book was, in one word, phenomenal. Simple, but effective.

The magical thing about it was, it’s full of witty conversations, yet it could make you cry buckets and buckets of tears. (Okay, I’m a bit exaggerating but, there’s a bit of truth in it.) And it was very realistic. Awkward at times, but realistic. Awkward, because you see, the teenagers were smoking, drinking booze, and having sexual relationships. I was kind of uncomfortable reading those parts, but what did I say about it being realistic? Huh.

Another thing that I loved about it was the ending—it was really unexpected. I’m not gonna tell what it was because then I’d have to spoil you. And finally, many lines from the book were sweet, catchy, and something that you really can’t forget. Look…

— Pudge to Alaska–

 

— Alaska to Pudge —

With all of these said, I give his book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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So, thank you for reading this short review of Looking For Alaska by John Green. Stick around guys, I’ll be coming back to post more reviews in the future! 🙂

And I am also looking for it. 😀

Marion Kate Rama – GreatPerhaps

Is Too Much Reading Bad For You?


Is it? Do you agree? Well to some people, mostly strict parents, it is. They claim that this frenetic hobby may ruin your goals in life, especially when you’re a student. And there is also a concern on the bad things that might happen to you physically by spending too much time reading like developing a bad eyesight. Believe me, that’s true. And I’m a living proof.  So yeah, as much as we hate to admit it, our parents are partially right. The issue is if you read too much. But what if you just regulate your reading? That could work, right? It is hard for us, die-hard readers, to let go of this hobby. I bashfully admit that i feel that the real world is out there in the pages of those fiction books and not here. Don’t blame me, I’m just that addicted. And before you even criticize my opinions, I suggest that you read a book to see for yourself.

My only advice to other addicted readers such as myself, is to learn when and where to read a book. Don’t be too engrossed in reading that you might forget to do your homework or do your chores. No. Learn to manage your priorities. But if you’re just too stubborn, well go ahead. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. ☺

Martha Isabel Cabañero-TheLastSiren

Boys in Books

I positively, unequivocally, and absolutely agree. Well, aren’t they? Don’t they? I mean, have I ever met someone as charismatic and egotistic (yeah, I know) as Jace Wayland in The Mortal Instruments Series? No. How about someone as respectful as Tobias “Four” Eaton in The Divergent Trilogy? Nope. Someone as mysterious as Patch Cipriano in Hush,Hush Saga? Nada. Well, how about the three of them combined? No. Nada. Zilch.

And even if I did, they’re not teenagers. *sighs* I’m a sucker for fictional boys. Especially those teenage bad boys. But let’s get down with reality. Just so you know, and to your credit, boys, the abovementioned fictional boys are just works of fiction. A figment of every author’s imagination. So, seriously, does that still sound like competition?

I’m not trying to…negate the image of the male species. It’s just that, it’s what I think. My opinion. So, peace? ^-^

Okay. To the authors who made my heart melt and fall for those fictional characters, I salute you. I mean, seriously, who makes people fall in love with someone–-something-–who is, sadly, nonexistent? Can you see what I’m trying to say? If you do, tell me (or anyone in TFD).

Oh, and here’s a question: Who is your favorite fictional teenage boy, and why?

Toodles!

artandtheories

Who?

Okay, so have you noticed how, in our posts, we use the pronouns ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’, ‘ours’, and etc.?

‘Oh my God, she has MPD!’ 

or

She’s…crazy!” 

or something came up in your mind, right?

If you did: Lo and behold, WE don’t and are not one of those. Ha-ha, no. To put it out, there are actually five people manning this blog. Five close friends, if we do say so ourselves. We love, or for someone *cough* Kate *cough*, like to read from a wide range of book genres: from biography to sci-fi, fantasy to mystery, suspense to humor, adventure to literary fiction—you name it. But of course, the one we love the most is teen fiction—hence, this blog was made!

Want to get to know us better? Just open each of our individual pages. See those names next to Home? Yep, that’s it.  Just click one and you’ll find words flooding right out of your screen. Oh, and pictures, too!

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The Disorder

Well, if you haven’t figured it out on your own yet, TFD stands for Teen Fiction Disorder. See, TFD is this kind of disorder that is generally associated with Teen Fiction. The symptoms include:

– sleeping late at night

– having a wild imagination

– screaming like a wild fan-girl 

– crying over sappy scenes

The cause of this, you might ask? Why, Teen Fiction, of course!

Tamara Dominique Solon – MyOwnUniverse