Bookish Rant: Book Adaptations of YA.

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Today I’m going to talk about something that have been in my mind for a long time. I should mention at the very beginning that this is not about any particular book adaptation but everything in general. Also, this is only about YA books that are being adapted. But I will give a few examples. I am going to talk about what I feel about them. If you agree or disagree with anything I say in this post, please tell it to me in the comments. I want to know what you think about it.

There are book to movie adaptations and book to TV adaptations being done left and right nowadays. Its amazing to see something that you imagined for yourself come to life for everyone to see. There are both good and bad sides to this for me. The good sides are the obvious ones. More people are coming to know about the story and as a result, more people are reading the books. You are witnessing your imaginations coming to life. There is also a downside to this for me. When an adaptation is done, everything about it gets stuck in my head. It doesn’t matter if I liked the movie/TV show or hated it, if I liked the cast or didn’t care about them, I always picture them when I re-read the book. But let’s not be negative here. It works in my favour if I like the adaptation.

The biggest problem that I have with adaptations nowadays is that they inforce the stereotypes associated with a particular genre. For example- the “love-triangle” trope in movies. Ever since Twilight was done, where love-triangle was a really important part of the story, it suddenly became a trope that have to be there in other adaptations. Whether it’s important for the story or not. Oh it’s a teen movie? We have to have a love triangle with two very handsome actors in it. Otherwise, how are we going to convince the young girls to come watch the movie? Well, how about the story! I am talking to you, dystopian movies.

Also, most of the YA adaptations nowadays do not even take themselves seriously, It almost feels like they are intentionally making fun of themselves. I feel like they are not taking the amazing materials they have at hand seriously. I am looking at you, Shadowhunters! Okay, I have never read the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I am reading The Infernal Devices by her and only when I finish them do I plan on reading this series. But, judging by the fanbase the books have, I am assuming that they are pretty awesome. But I don’t like the TV series. The show looks like a joke. I know that I am being pretty harsh considering that there are only three episodes out right now, but if they don’t improve soon, they are going to lose me as a viewer. It looks like they are making fun of themselves and of the material. And I hate that.

The movie/TV show often loses the quirks that they had before which separated them from other books of the same genre. The adaptations take the familiar tropes to that certain genre and exaggerate them to such a degree that all adaptations of that genre start to look the same. The Hunger Games and the Divergent series are similar only when you look at those stories from as far as you can. But I have often heard from the people who have only watched the movies that “they are all the same”.

There are lots more to say. But these are the things that I thought were more important. I have talked about the bad things in YA adaptations a lot! But that does not mean that I don’t want YA literature to be adapted. There are amazing adaptations out there. The Fault In Our Stars, Harry Potter, the Hunger Games- these have movies I absolutely adore and can see any day. I love the excitement surrounding any adaptation and I love how it encourages more and more people to read the books for generations to come. I just want some to be made a little better. That’s all. Please tell me what you think about adaptations of YA literature. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Book Travelling Thursday #14: Choose a book that you’re going to re-read in 2016.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

This week’s theme is to choose a book that I want to re-read in 2016. Now, I tried to be original about my choice, trust me. But eventually, I couldn’t. I am obviously going to re-read Harry Potter because I want to re-read it each and every year. And also because I recently ordered Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition (YAY!) and I am going to read it as soon as I have it in my hands. But the one I chose is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I obviously love this book. And even though I read it last year, I have to read it again this year! I have already forgotten so many parts of the book that its insane! So, I choose this book! Lets see the covers!

Original Cover:

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This one is really cute and sweet and relates to the story. I really like it!

Cover from my country(India):

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Like the previous one, this one is also really cool. And simple. And pretty. That’s all.

Favourite Cover:

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There is something about this font that I really love in this Dutch cover. Like all the other ones, this one is also really simple. But, I found it beautiful! It looks really attractive.

Least Favourite Covers:

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This is the Serbian cover and it really irks me. It sort of feels stereotypical and weird to me. It does not relate to the story in any way. I don’t like it.

So, that’s all for this post. Please tell me what you think of the covers and my choices! What’s your favourite one? Thank you so much for reading this post. Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

Its time to discuss another book! Now before I start to talk about this book, I have something else to say. So, I said that I am going to try to write about every book that I read for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge. If you don’t know what that is, I am going to link the Goodreads group for this challenge here for you to check out. Last week’s theme was to read a book that was either nominated for or won the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015. For this one, I read the graphic novel The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, which was nominated for Graphic Novels and Comics. I didn’t really want to write anything about it because I didn’t have much to say. So, I skipped that. And for this week, the theme is to read a book by an author I discovered in 2015. I read Burial Rites because I learned about this book and this author towards the end of last year and I really, really wanted to read it soon. I finally read it and here are my thoughts.

Goodreads Synopsis-

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

This book was so hard to get through. Its not because it was boring! It was not! But its because of the subject matter that it dealt with. I was never comfortable during the whole duration of the book. I was out of my element and the book reminded me that again and again. I had so many thoughts while I was reading that book that I had to take notes so that I do not forget them. Also, this story was about such a strange topic and in such a unique setting! I know nothing about Iceland and I have never read any book that’s set there. So, this book was definitely informative in a way.

Since it started, the book had a very dark atmosphere, for obvious reasons. It was a gritty and almost depressing setting even though the story started in spring season. There are such elaborate descriptions of the dirt and filth of the nature and of people that it became almost like a theme in the book. I didn’t completely understand it but I recognized it. There is also that sense of mystery about what actually happened. The book was compelling but slow at the same time. I couldn’t find a single fault with it.

The characters in the book were very different. Each and every one of them were complex and we didn’t get to see all of their shades in the book. The author herself described Agnes as an ambiguous woman but I think all the rest of the characters were ambiguous too! Even Lauga. And the book focused heavily on this aspect of human behavior. None of the characters were revealed. It is somehow like Paper Towns by John Green in this aspect, where one of the murdered person, Natan, was constructed simply through what people said about him. Even Agnes was described that way and even though we read from her perspective, she didn’t reveal much about herself. Steina, who is shown in the book as a simpleton, or even Sigga, didn’t fully reveal themselves. It was really interesting and amazing at the same time. And it was, obviously, incredibly heartbreaking and haunting. It is unnecessary to describe why.

There are a lot of things that I can say about this book. But I don’t want to make this post any longer. The book was amazing and it made me cry. I would highly recommend it. But there are some mature contents in this book, so don’t read it if you are not prepared to deal with them. Have you read this book? Please tell me in the comments. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

 

Book Discussion: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.

Before I say anything, I must mention that this is the first book that I’ve ever read by Alexandra Bracken. I have never read her The Darkest Minds trilogy even though I plan to do so in the near future. I had very high expectations going into this book. This one was so hyped up that I expected it to be amazing in the least. But sadly, even though it was really good, my expectations weren’t met. Maybe it was my fault that I expected too much from it, but I was a little disappointed in it anyway when I finished it.

Goodreads Synopsis-

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

First of all, this book was pretty long. I saw that some people found it a little hard to get into but for me, that wasn’t the case. It pulled me in from the start. Like I mentioned before, I have never read anything by this author, and I found that her style of writing is very descriptive. She took great care in writing in a way that makes it easy for the readers to imagine and it almost felt like a movie. I could almost imagine what she was describing and that made it more engaging. Because of this, it was also a little slow sometimes. But I didn’t mind that at all.

Let’s talk about Etta. I liked her but I wasn’t in love with her. I didn’t really get her visions and I didn’t really understand her. I also couldn’t relate to her very well. I think this affected how I felt about the story a lot. I found Etta to be strong in some ways but also weak in so many other ways. I get it that it’s normal but she wasn’t the character I would root for if she wasn’t the protagonist. And I felt the same for Nicholas. He wasn’t amazing but he was good. He held his own and was a distinct character. Again, I couldn’t really understand him fully which was weird. I just really like to understand the characters that I am rooting for! It is uncomfortable for me otherwise. Sorry. 😦 Also, what is with the insta-love? Seriously! It was weird how incredibly close they became in such a short time! And I never thought that I would say this, but some lines were just too cheesy for me. I didn’t really trust Rose and I didn’t find her actions justifiable. On the other hand, I loved Alice. I thought her character was amazingly well-rounded as a mother figure to Etta. And despite everything Sophia did, I could appreciate her as well. I could see what she was trying to do and how she made her decisions, which was good.

Now, the thing about this story that I loved was some of the points the author tried to make about race and gender. We never really pay attention to how far we have come as a civilization. We only figure out the next thing to protest about for the betterment of the society. And I am not saying that we shouldn’t do that, I am just saying that we should also be grateful for the things we have achieved. And this book reminded me of that. To live in a world where you are judged on the basis of the colour of your skin or your gender is difficult to say the least and that is addressed very well in this book. And I loved the book for it.

That’s all I have to say for this book. I was also very disappointed with the ending because I wanted some kind of resolution which I didn’t get. But all said and done, I will be waiting for the last book in this duology because I want resolution dammit! I recommend this book to those who love books about time travel and who have loved Alexandra Bracken’s other books. This is not the best book out there but its definitely worth giving a shot. If the synopsis interests you, go read it! Please comment if you’ve read this book. Thank you so much for reading another post of mine! I really appreciate it. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Travelling Thursday #13:Choose a book that is going to be adapted into a movie in 2016.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

So, this week’s theme is to choose a book that will be adapted into a movie this year. There are a lot of books that are being adapted this year, so it was really hard to choose one. Ultimately, I chose Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I don’t even remember when I read this book, but I loved it with all my heart. I laughed and mostly cried with this books. It was overwhelming and I loved it to bits. So, I am highly, highly anticipating the movie of this one. Other honourable mentions are The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Inferno by Dan Brown. Let’s see the covers now!

Original Cover:

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There is nothing to be said about this cover. The font is pretty cute and that’s all. It is actually pretty generic.

Cover from my country(India):

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This cover is really, really pretty. And though it does not really relate to the book (which NONE of the covers do), I like it! And yes it looks like a chick-lit and yes I’m okay with that.

Favourite Covers:

These covers are adorable aren’t they? I found them beautiful and couldn’t decide which one I liked more. The left one is French and the right one is German.

Least Favourite Covers:

Okay, what the hell. Why? Just, why? I don’t get it. Why?

So, that’s all for this week! Have you read this book? Please tell me in the comments. Thank you so much for reading this. I hope you liked it! Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

If you think that I read too much contemporary, you might be right. I have to accept it now. I do read too much contemporary. And then I talk about it here. And then I force more and more people to read then. And NO! They are not all the same! Okay, I’m done. Let’s talk about the book now. Because I’m (literally) dying to!

Goodreads Synopsis-

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

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First of all, you did it again Morgan Matson! You did it! I loved Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and I love this one. Time to move on to Second Chance Summer. This book started out as a normal contemporary. There was an awesome best friend. And then there was the friend left behind. There was a boy, some unlikely friendships and a few heartbreaks. There are all these tropes in the book but using only these to describe it would be redundant. It is so much more than that! The story is written in such a way that it feels so new and original!

The characters in this book are distinct. But I would not say that I liked all of them. Am I the only one who didn’t like Sloane? Please comment if you agree with me. I think that Sloane was irresponsible. She is an escapist who just loves to have an obliging sidekick to be by her and do her bids. I know I am being a bit harsh but I just didn’t like that girl! I didn’t like her anywhere. I didn’t like the concept of the lists, I didn’t like the flashbacks and I didn’t like her at the end. I know that because of that list we got Frank. And that’s the only reason I tolerated her, barely. I liked Collins a lot, though. I liked the little talks that he and Emily had. And his OTT jokes. Dawn was okay too.

And then there was Frank.

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He took a little getting used to. But once Emily started talking with him and opening up to him, it was just so amazing! But he was not the perfect person that Emily described him to be. I thought that he was very flawed and very imperfectly perfect. Can we just take some time to appreciate the scene in the rain guys? Can we? Because I think that scene is so overused and yet it never gets old.

Also, we should be talking about the list. I loved that the list pushed Emily to experience more. The character development that Emily went through is just beautiful! And the things that she proceeded to do because of the list is unimaginable. I mean, if you see how Emily acted with Frank at the Orchard and then when the story progressed, how she starts interacting with so many more people, it’s amazing. And she finally confronts her whats-his-name ex! But the best thing about it is that it didn’t feel rushed.

I don’t have much to say about this book except that it was refreshing and I really liked it. I would recommend it if you like contemporary. This just left me with so much happiness in my heart and I hope, when you read it, you feel it too!

9733765.gifAll in all, it was a really great book despite it’s flaws. But I don’t want to state the flaws and critically examine this book. I think it would lessen my enjoyment of it. Right now, let me bask in the happy glow the story has left me in. Thank you so much for reading this! I hope you liked it! Please comment about the book and we can start a discussion there. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/10.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

An Ember in the Ashes is that kind of a book that not only provokes strong emotions but also gives you mega-chills. I had to remind myself constantly that it’s all fiction and not real, as I could not sleep for a couple of nights after finishing this book. I think Sabaa Tahir has done a brilliant job in capturing a brutal world that was inspired by ancient Rome. Everything about this book was so gripping that you won’t be able to rest before completing this book.

The kingdom of the Martials was ruled by gruesome cruelty, violence and death. Ever since the Martials overtook the Scholars five hundred years ago, they have done nothing but to make the lives of the Scholars hellishly difficult. Okay, so I thought Panem was the worst but after reading this book I had to rethink. Laia was a Scholar-many of whom were tortured till death, enslaved and restrained from getting a proper education by the Martial rulers. She was in search of her brother, Darin, who was imprisoned. Elias was a Mask. Though full freedom was bestowed upon him by the Government, he was not free. He was not like other Masks, who enjoyed raping slaves and Scholar women. He had deep contempt for the laws of his state. I won’t go into details as I don’t want to be the spoiler queen. You will have to read the book for yourself to imbibe the true feels. Wait! Don’t just read this book, rather experience it as it is not only a book but also a slightly exaggerated version of our own planet.

Among all the characters, I loved Helene the most. I think that she was flawless. She was the embodiment of perfection. She was very much realistic. All her humane qualities made her all the more fantastic. The readers can’t help but laugh and cry with her. Elias was a bit selfish (Elias shippers please don’t kill me.) He was too concerned about his freedom to be the much-awaited change that the Scholars needed. Laia was adorable and also relatable. I wish that Helene and Laia made a couple as they would have been so perfect for each other. In a nutshell, I am a Helaia shipper.

To me, the plot is the strongest element of this book. The story is complex, encompassing betrayal, political scheming and also supernatural elements. Another intriguing part of this book is the character of the Commandant. I don’t think that she was fully evil. Towards the end of this book we were provided with some tantalising facts about her back-story but there is still a lot more about her that is yet to be discovered.

The ending deserves a special mention. The characters stood for themselves and started a major fight to bring a change, rather than waiting for something extra ordinary to happen to them. An Ember in the Ashes is going to stay with me for a long, long time if not forever.Do grab your copy at the earliest if you haven’t and come back in the comments section once you finish reading this masterpiece. Until next time then!

My rating-4.5/5

Fin!

-Debanjana

Book Travelling Thursday #12: Choose a book that inspires you.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

It’s a new year! So obviously me (and other people too I think) have to try and create a new me and fail spectacularly at that. But it’s all in the trying. Right? Right? Anyway, so for this week, I have to choose a book that motivates me and inspires me to be a better person. For this, I chose the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you don’t know anything about this book, I’ll link the Goodreads page here. Lots of people read this book and didn’t like it. So many people thought that this is a book about a privileged woman whining about her first-world problems. Some people found it cheesy and sugarcoated. But I was interested in this book for a long time. And when I finally read it, it inspired me a lot. Though I have to admit that it was a little cheesy and it was a little sugarcoated. But it’s intentions were good. The best part was the part in Italy and then the part in India was good and the part in Bali was just okay. But the book still inspired me a lot and taught me a lot. So, I choose Eat, Pray, Love.

Original and Favourite Cover:

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This is the original and probably the most apt cover among all the other covers. This is pretty and contains little elements relating to the story. I really like the fonts in which it is written. And basically everything is close to being perfect!

Cover from my country(India):

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This is the cover of my copy of the book. We also have the original cover in our country but I felt guilty about fusing three topics in one. So, I put this cover separately under this topic. It’s the movie cover and it’s okay. I don’t know how else to describe it.

Least Favourite Cover:

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This Polish cover just looks sort of juvenile and hastily put together. It doesn’t look like something into which the publishers have put much thought. The font is all wrong. And they just put some pictures relating to the country (or not! :/). Come on! Step it up, publishers!

So, that’s all for today. Please comment if you’ve read the book. Did you like it? Did you hate it? Put it in the comments. I hope you liked this post. Thank you so much for reading it! Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North.

I bet that most of you haven’t read this book. This one here does not have much hype surrounding it as far as I know. I wouldn’t have found this book either if it hadn’t been for Regan from PeruseProject and thank god for that! This is one of the most unique books that I’ve ever read. This is the book for the second week of Around the World in 52 weeks Challenge. The theme was to read a book from a country other than yours. This book is situated mostly in America, Britain and Russia. So, it fits the theme perfectly. The concept is so unique that I can never even begin to describe what this book is about. So, let’s see the synopsis on Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis-

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

I don’t even know where to start. I listened to this on audiobook and I would highly recommend it because the narrator is unbelievable. I was deeply engrossed in the story and I never felt like my mind was wandering which happens in case of most audiobooks. The writing is incredibly clever. You know that moment when an author puts stress on certain characters and events and you just know that those are going to play a large part in the story? It never happens here. You never know which character is going to play a bigger role than others. This keeps the mystery of the story and you never know what is going to happen. This story builds to an ending but that doesn’t make the parts before that less important. I never felt anywhere that this part could have been done away with. Each and every part in it is written for a reason. There are long, descriptive passages but they are never boring.

There are a lot of characters in this book. Sometimes, the smaller characters played a big role in the story too, without them knowing it. The story intertwines in such a beautiful way that I am always left in awe of the author. But Harry, the main character, is probably the most unique character I’ve ever read about. He is unexpected. Sometimes, he is selfish, sometimes, selfless. Sometimes, he is brave and caring and the other times, he couldn’t care less. And you can never guess which side of him you’re going to see but you root for him nonetheless. He is so flawed that he is perfect. And the antagonist of the story is another strange individual. I couldn’t hate him no matter how much I tried because Harry couldn’t fully hate him. He is weird and manic but some part of me still admired him.

There are a lot of complicated concepts in this book. When you start the story, I’m sure that you would be confused. I was very confused and wondered every minute where the story was going. I found this aspect of the book very interesting. But when I read some comments on Goodreads, I found out that many people couldn’t get through the first part of the book. If any of you have such difficulty going through it, I would suggest that you push through. Because I think that in the end, it’s going to be worth it.

So, that’s it for today. I recommend this book for its uniqueness. I know that I used this word a lot throughout this post but I couldn’t find any other adjective to describe this book! Anyway, I hope you liked this. Please comment if you’ve already read this book and how you found out about it. Thank you so much for reading! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating-4.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

This is the second book I’ve read this year, and I must say, it’s going pretty well. This one was so adorable and it filled me with so much happiness. Oh I have to mention something to you guys. I am participating in the Around the World in 52 Books challenge. This is basically a challenge where you have to read one book each week based on the themes they provide. For example, for the first week, the theme was to read a book that you wanted to read in 2015, but didn’t. This is the basic rule. But there are lots of other details that are in the Goodreads group. I will link the group here. I am not going to post much on the group, because I’m lazy. But I am going to try to do the challenge, ‘try’ being the keyword. And when I read a book for this challenge, I’ll try to review it immediately. This is my goal. I hope that it works out well. Fingers crossed! And for the theme of the first week, I chose this book. It has been sitting on my shelf since last year and I was finally able to pick it up. Let’s see how I felt about it!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

This book started off okay. I was interested but not too interested. I was enjoying myself but it wasn’t all that special. Even at the start, I looked forward to the emails that Simon and Blue exchanged. But it was compelling. Every time I put it down, I immediately wanted to pick it back up.

The characters were really interesting but they weren’t always likable. I guess that’s okay, but I wanted some characters to be better in a way, if that makes sense. For example- I liked Leah and I could see her point of view most of the time, but I also found her annoying sometimes. I also had mixed feelings about Martin . Simon made his mind about Martin but I didn’t. In some ways, I really hated what he did. But I could also understand his actions. Abby was okay most of the time. But I guess I wanted a bit more well-rounded characters. I wanted them to stand out of the crowd and be a bit more unique in a way. Am I the only one who feels this way? I don’t know! Please comment if you feel the same way.

The other thing that I wasn’t very pleased about was the writing style. Sure, it was easy to read and flowed well. But it wasn’t all that special. I liked the story she wanted to tell, believe me, I did ! But the writing style put me off a little. I know that I am definitely the only one who thinks this way but I’m sorry! I just do!

Now that I have got all that out of the way, lets talk about Blue and the cutest romance. All the emails were just so sweet and cute and you probably already know that but its sweet and cute! I am just ranting here but I got my fangirl mode on and its hard to shut up. I definitely did not guess Blue to turn out to be the guy he did! But after it was revealed who Blue was, the book got even better. About halfway through the book, I was sold. But when Blue turned up and it somehow worked out, they were just adorable! I was smiling the whole way and I felt so happy! The book just made me so happy and is basically the reason why I gave it the rating I did. With all the criticisms you must have thought that I didn’t like the book, but I did! I liked the book A LOT!

So, that’s all for today! I obviously recommend this book if the premise sounded interesting to you. A lot of people just loved this book and raved about it and you should read this book if you love sweet contemporaries like I do. Please comment below about what you think of this book and how you felt while reading this book. It’s okay if you disagree with me on everything, I just want to know your opinions. Thank you for reading this. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.