Book Discussion: Looking For Alaska

I just finished reading Looking For Alaska and all I can say is John Green is a magician. I don’t know how he creates such literary magic every single time. The best thing about this man is that he portrays teenagers as real individuals struggling to keep on with their lives, with some real problems (and not just someone trying to figure out what to wear on his or her prom night). This book paints a pen picture, expounding the lives of a group of teenagers.

Miles Halter was new at Culver Creek Boarding school. Tired of being ignored in his previous school (Oh boy, I can absolutely relate to that part), he was hungry for some adventure. Well, he would get his share of adventure, along with heartbreaks and important life lessons, eventually. We get to read the book from his perspective. He had a thing for the beautiful and enigmatic Alaska. Alaska and Margo (Paper Towns reference!!!) were very much alike. Both of them were very much more than just being pretty. Green had sketched them as real people and not just eye candies whose only purpose is to be beautiful and SAY CHEESE!

Miles was awkward, just like any of us. He was not very good at making friends. I personally feel that he and Charlie (of Perks of being a wallflower) were kinda similar. Both were introverts and deep thinkers. They were both bent on discovering something more to life, other than just breathing. Miles sometimes played the role of a mouthpiece for Alaska. He gave words to her unspoken thoughts. They complemented each other. I don’t think that they loved each other in the way conventional lovers do, but they had a thing that would make you go WOW.

The concept of the labyrinth was fabulous. Being alive is beautiful. Dying does not put an end to our suffering. Fighting does. Miles and his friends did the same. Alaska’s death devastated them but they did not give up on life or on themselves and moved on. There is no afterlife. We just make things up as we cannot bear the thought of becoming nothing, someday. Well, that is not something we should be worried about as our “GREAT” will keep us alive in the memory of others, as it happened in Alaska’s case. And being caught in the labyrinth is challenging but also beautiful. I mean, the world is a tough place and it is really hard to preserve our existence, here, but it is also amazing. We are part of the smartest race currently residing on our planet. How cool IS that?

Though the storyline confused the hell out of me at times, I still ship this book. This is Green’s very first book, so this much can be pardoned. All Green-fans assemble fast and drop your thoughts in my comments section. I will be waiting. Bye!

My rating-3.8/5

Fin!

-Debanjana

Film Discussion: The Martian

Hello people, this is Sayantoni! I am a new addition to the family of Abookesia, and I am very thankful to my friend and fellow blogger, Sanchita, for asking me to contribute to the blog. So, in my introductory post, I’ll be discussing the craze surrounding the much awaited movie of 2015, The Martian, and why it is justified.
To start with, I would like to mention that I did watch the movie before reading the book, and I have not read it yet. So I won’t be bringing up the book every now and then, and my review is going to be unbiased. As most of us already know by now, The Martian is a sci-fi movie based on Andy Weir’s eponymous bestselling novel. And I am going to tell you everything I liked about it, without spoiling it for you.
Every few years, there comes a movie so fresh and unconventional, that it blows you away with its sheer ability to handle its plotline with effortless grace. The Martian is one such movie. Yes, yet another space movie, yet another film adaptation of a novel, and yet another sci-fi movie. But not “just another movie”. This movie has the ability to stand out among thousands of other sci-fi movies, it’s that different.
The story is that of a man, Mark Watney, who is assumed dead and left behind on Mars by his space-bros on order of the commander, Melissa Lewis, (Jessica Chastain) of the Ares 3 mission, following a violent dust storm that hits the crew on the soil of the foreign planet and as a result of which Mark goes missing. The next day Mark wakes up to find himself abandoned and stranded on Mars, impaled by a part of the communication dish, thus with zero ways to contact anyone, let alone return to earth.
Meanwhile, NASA has already told the whole world about the mishap and the loss of an extraordinary man on an extraordinary mission. A very grave situation, indeed. But, Mark Watney is found to be a very resourceful man, who makes the best use of humour, which is, in the worst of times. He figures out that he’s about to die there, even if NASA sends a rescue mission to Mars (which will take years), assuming he does find a way to contact them. But instead of sitting and counting down days, he tries to turn things around and does so like a boss. He keeps his calm and does the real math. He gathers all his resources and “sciences the shit out of it.” This is exactly where the film strikes a chord with each and every human being. It’s not just a space movie. It’s about the urge to survive, and the use of tremendous will power in doing so.
From that very moment, Mark Watney sets on a mission to keep himself alive until help reaches him. The basic instinct of survival kicks in hard, as he figures out, “If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.”
An electrifying performance by Matt Damon brings Mark Watney to life and one cannot help believing that Matt is an astronaut. His make-believe game is so strong that he takes you on a ride on an emotional rollercoaster alternating tears with bouts of laughter. Speaking of which, the film does an exceptional job at keeping the atmosphere comical and cheerful with sheer wit and hilarity, even though there is an underlying tone of tension throughout the movie, that is unavoidable, as the whole world struggles to bring their fellow human being home. It is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat and also makes you roll with laughter, so you have to grab the handle of your seat from time to time to prevent yourself from falling off. This is where The Martian takes a different approach from typical sci-fi movies and makes it a movie for the regular audience as well. The film stands entirely on the shoulders of Matt Damon, whose presence on-screen was probably the best thing about the movie, assisted by dazzling performances by co-stars Jessica Chastain (who had played a major role in another space flick, Interstellar, last year), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, and many others. Director Ridley Scott, who has previously directed silver screen giants like Gladiator and Prometheus, gives us another movie that is not only critically acclaimed but is a movie for all ages, from 8 to 80. Or rather, a movie that, I believe, everyone should take the pleasure to watch. It is science and entertainment rolled into one wholesome package, even though the science is very real and advanced.
So here’s what I think and how much I can tell you without giving away the fate of the protagonist. Hope you enjoy the film as much as I did. Thank you! And happy watching!

Fin!

– Sayantoni

Some New Changes and Other Plans

Hi, bibliophiles!

Okay, so some things have changed since I first started this blog. And now, I am adding some new changes! But first, there are few things about which I would like to inform you people.

Firstly, I guess you have noticed that even though there are two writers in this blog, I am the one who wrote most articles. There has been some problems. Ishita, the other writer in this blog, have decided to leave us for personal reasons. So, she would not be writing on this blog anymore. These reasons also prevented her from writing before. Now, you must be thinking that I won’t be able to post so many articles by myself anymore! So maybe, I am going to inform you here that I would only be writing one or two articles each week. Right?

Wrong!

I have been able to get four more writers for this blog. Yes, you read that right! Four more! Now you might be wondering, “Sanchita! What would you do with so many writers?”. The number of articles per week will increase to at least four. I say “at least” because we have plans for more and more articles! If we are able to execute our plans, then this blog will be better than ever! However, there may be some changes with the days in which we post “Book Discussions” and the days we do memes or tags or other things like this. But you guys will be informed about that from beforehand.

So, let me introduce these awesome new people who would be writing in this blog from this week. All these people are my closest friends in college and I love them all very much! They are Bhaswati, Debanjana, Sayantoni and Sayari. We are all majoring in English from the same university. They would all introduce themselves again when they post something.

So, that’s all I had to say. I have to keep silent for the upcoming plans because we haven’t yet decided on anything. But I hope you all will like it! We will try our hardest to write the best articles we can. I hope you guys will like us more for these changes and accept them.

Please welcome these new writers. Also, comment if you want to know anything else about us or the articles we plan to do! Tomorrow, Bhaswati is going to post a Book Discussion on Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Where She Went – Gayle Forman : Book Discussion

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WHERE SHE WENT , well it’s the sequel to If I Stay , now a major film by Gayle Forman. Okay , so before I start , lets make a small confession , I haven’t read If I Stay , and have just watched the movie and it was pretty good , but after reading Where She Went , the first thing that comes to my mind , is why haven’t I read it ???

Though it’s a sequel , yet it can be easily considered as a standalone , as the plot , is well described , and even if you haven’t read the first part , you won’t surely be having any problem understanding this.

From Goodreads

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

If I stay was written from Mia’s perspective , and this one is from Adam’s . Well the first few chapters were really really well described , and at times it gave me goosebumps , serious ones. The middle part for me was a bit slow , and I was a bit annoyed with Mia , for leaving Adam just like that and moving on with her new life , and I was a bit disappointed as my expectations were going down. But what blew my mind were the last 100 pages. Gayle Forman , just nailed it.

The book is almost 250 pages , and is quiet a good read , and there are a few things that I personally liked a lot , for eg … the lyrics , its like every one or other chapter begins with this few lines of a song, and that touch makes it quiet unique . I also liked how Adam kept remembering the old things , the flashback moments , and the way the past and the present was connected , though at times , it was boring. Yes , I was annoyed with Mia , but at the end I understood her reasons too , still lets not talk about it  * No Spoilers *.

Overall it’s a really nice book , and even if you haven’t read If I Stay , like me , then also I will suggest give it a try , it won’t be a waste of time .

Cheers !!!

P.S : This is my first post here , and I am really nervous about it . And I really want to thank my friend Sanchita , for recommending the book .

Thanks for reading.

– Ishita 🙂

Book Discussion: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.

23305614 Finding Audrey- the name is so appropriate. And so is the cover. When you will read the book, you will understand. Its a Sophie Kinsella book. So, it has the same amount of humor and cute romance as all her other books. This is her first YA novel. I liked it a lot. But it wasn’t her best story.

Goodreads Synopsis-

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Audrey has Social Anxiety Disorder. This book is about her finding parts of herself that she lost during her dark days and recovering. It is also about her family recovering as a whole. I always love reading books about characters that have diseases like these. They help me to understand the diseases better and also to see the world from their perspectives. So, when I look back to the story, I guess I learned a lot about this disease that I didn’t know about. But the book is more about just the disease. And unlike the books I have previously read by her, this story is centered around the family, not the romance.

The characters are very distinct and lovable, as with most Sophie Kinsella books. The family is just so relatable. The manic mom and her reactions to everything is very realistic because a lot of the things that she did are similar to the things I have seen my mom do. The way she tries to handle Frank, Audrey’s brother, sometimes ends up in hilarious conversations. There is one incident where Audrey’s mom buys a book titled “How to talk to your teenagers?” and tries to apply the book’s advices while talking to Frank. She repeatedly tells Frank, “I hear you, Frank”, while forcing him to do some voluntary work she wants him to do. In the end, Frank becomes so frustrated that he agrees to do whatever she wants just to make her stop. There are many hilarious moments like these that will make you laugh out loud. And you know what the best part about this book is? No one is made out to be the villain. There is not one member in the family who is unsympathetic or overtly sympathetic about Audrey’s condition. Everything that the family does or says is very realistic and relatable.

Then there is Linus. He really pays a major role in the healing that Audrey goes through, as said in the synopsis. But he is not as big part of the story as implied in the synopsis. As I said, the family is the center of the story and just for this book, the romance takes the sidelines. But still, it was really, really cute. The way that Audrey slowly begins to let Linus in is really amazing to witness.

Overall, I really liked the story. It just lacked that punch for me that most of Sophie Kinsella books have. I really love her works and so this book disappointed me a little. In the middle of the story, it suddenly felt like it was going somewhere. But my expectations were in vain. This does not mean that this book is not worth a read. All of this author’s works are worth reading. She never fails to put a smile on your face. Just don’t go in the story expecting much. Read it for a quick, light, contemporary read and you will not be disappointed. Have you read the book yet? If you have, please give me your opinions in the comments section.

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.

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Okay. Can I just start by saying how appropriate this cover is? I mean I love this cover! It’s itself very beautiful but it also totally captures the essence of the story. Also, since water played a major role in the story and this “liquid” theme is prevalent throughout the story, the cover is really on fleek. Yes, I just said on fleek. Don’t judge me, please! As for the book, I am not so sure.

Goodreads Synopsis-

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

I had so many expectations from this book. It had such a good rating on Goodreads. I have heard incredible things about this from various people. But I guess it just wasn’t for me. The premise sounded somewhat like The Duff , but instead of YA, this was New Adult. Trust me, I like romance stories. In fact, I love romance stories. But I couldn’t quite figure out what my problem with this story was. Because I have read many other stories having the same kind of dynamics as this one had, and loved them. Maybe, it was the characters. I could never really get into the story. I didn’t really buy the plot and I couldn’t accept what the characters were doing. When you read the story, you can understand, that the characters were made to be likeable. I was meant to sympathize with the characters, but I just couldn’t care about them enough to do so.

What more can I say? Hmm. I didn’t like Miles. There. I said it. Sure, he had his tragic past he couldn’t get over. But, come on! That is no excuse to treat Tate like he did. And you know what the worst part is? Tate tolerated it. Why do female characters have to be the weak ones! This is my biggest complaint with most romances. I just don’t get why male characters get to be the strong ones and the female characters have to be weak and gentle and always accept whatever they are given by the male character and basically act like a doormat to have a “relationship”! Tate did exactly this. She let Miles do whatever he wanted to do with her and then threw her away. Again and again. What he did in the end doesn’t make up for the things he did to her. But of course she took him back. She is the protagonist of a romance novel! She has to take him back!

I have nothing else to say about this book. I didn’t like it. And if you like to read about strong female characters, I doubt you are going to like it either. I don’t have anything against the people who did like this book. If you are one them, you can try to convince me in the comments what there is to like about this book. But if you haven’t read it, I don’t recommend wasting your time. There are lots of amazing books out there in the world. Go read them because this book is not one of them. I can say this because usually I am a very easy-to-please reader. Ugly Love is a book that I regret reading. I loves Colleen Hoover’s writing. I loved Maybe Someday by her. This book just tainted my love for her writing.

Fin!

My rating- 2.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 3/5.

-Sanchita.

The Reader Problems Tag

Hi guys! If you have been following me for a while, you would know that till now, I have only done several book discussions. So today I thought, why not do a tag? I then found this tag on The Girl Who Read Too Much’s blog and I liked it! No one tagged me to do this but I just felt like doing it. So, here I am! And this tag will also help you guys know me better. So, I hope you like it. Let’s start.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

This largely depends on my mood. I am a very moody reader and this is why I can never say that these are the books I am going to read next month. So, to answer the question, I read whatever I feel like reading next! Because if I try to decide and make a list of books to read next, it puts a pressure on me to stick to it and eventually, it ends up ruining all the fun. Also, it is never fair to the books! But I will also say that if there is a lot of buzz around that book, it become part of my immediate TBR.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I am usually pretty committed. I try to push through every book I start. But if I am really not liking it, then I would probably quit. But this rarely happens.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Comics and graphic novels. Also, short novels help when I am far away on my reading challenge. But, I have already finished my reading challenge this year (Yes, I am bragging a little 😉 ).

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I do not cope well to these situations. It is really frustrating because I like my books to look good on my shelf. And if one cover is completely different from the rest of the series, it does not look good. But I have to accept it. It’s not my decision. That doesn’t mean I support it.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Goodreads is always there for me. I am surely going to find that one person there who shares my feelings. I try to find that person and talk about my problems with the book.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Oh, I cry! If a book is giving me all these emotions, it’s unfair to the book to hold it back! I just let go. And if someone gives me weird looks, I can just point at the book and ask them to go read it.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?

I will probably skim through the first book so that I can remember what happened. But if that doesn’t work, I am going to re-read the previous one. Because it is just not fair to the series! Every book deserves my full attention.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I am probably just going to tell them someone has already borrowed it. I am not good at confrontation. So, this is my go-to option. But if they see the book on my shelf and ask for it, then I will probably tell them that I can’t part with that book now. Maybe someday I can give it to them. But not now.

9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I pick up a favorite. A book that I know I am going to fly through. Or any book that I know is fast-paced. If this doesn’t work, then I will pick up a graphic novel. But if nothing works, I am probably going to rest a few days, and then try again later.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I usually buy one or two at a time. And then when I finish reading them, I buy the others. If I am too impatient to read them, I order them on my Kindle. Sometimes, I can also borrow them from someone.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I have no idea. I can get to them immediately. Or it can take forever before I finally get the time to read them. I think there are still few books in my shelf which have been there for five years and I still haven’t read them.

So, here it is! My first tag, The Reader Problems Tag. I will have a book discussion of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover up soon. Please feel free to interact with me in the comments. Thanks!

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

16068905 Fangirl. The title of this book totally describes the content. This story is about fangirling. And so, this is the most appropriate book for me because I love fangirling! If you knew me, you would know that I fangirl about anything and everything. And now, I am going to fangirl about this book. Because it made me wonder why the hell did I put this book off for so long? Well I am an idiot that’s why! So if you haven’t read the book yet, stop reading this and go read the book! And then please come back and read this discussion because I want to know what you think about it.

Goodreads Synopsis-

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?

What this synopsis doesn’t tell you is how realistic this book is. And how amazing the protagonist is. I think they should have mentioned Levi too with, you know, more descriptions. But that may just be me being biased towards Levi. This is what the book does to you! It makes you want to enter the world of this book and give Cath and Levi a big hug! And for Levi, maybe a big kiss too. But that’s also because I am totally in love with him.

Let’s talk about Cath. I love how Rainbow Rowell’s characters are feminists in their own ways. First. there was Eleanor in Eleanor and Park and now Cath. She is such a strong character even though it may not feel so sometimes. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with her voice, her perspectives and her as a whole. She is a great narrator and her unique voice raises the story to a new level. Her relationships, her inhibitions and her awkwardness is all very relatable which made me get into this story more. The transition from high-school to college and everything that happens during that time is described perfectly by Cath and as I experienced the same things just a year ago, I could relate a lot to that too. And then the insecurities she had when she started out to have a relationship are so me. The awkwardness during the relationship is so me too. I would say that Cath is 85% me or vice-versa. And so, she will always remain close to my heart.

The other characters include Wren and Reagan and of course Levi. But there is also Cath’s father and her Fiction Writing teacher. An amazing set of characters make this book even more special. It’s not that I liked all of them a lot. I didn’t like Wren very much even though I could understand why she was doing some things. But it’s just that the characters make the book what it is! Even though Reagan didn’t have a very big role, I really liked her. She was the perfect roommate to Cather. And when needed, the perfect companion. I really liked Levi from the beginning of the book and couldn’t understand what Cath’s problem with him was. But as the book went on, I feel in love with him more and more. He is not a stereotypical goody two shoes boy. Neither is he a bad boy. But he is somewhere in between. He doesn’t always know what the right thing to say or to do is. But he tries. And we did get to see few fights between Cath and Levi which made them seem more like a realistic relationship and not the perfect relationship most books try to create.

Then there’s the Simon Snow part of the story. Simon Snow is like the Harry Potter of our world. Before the start of any chapter in this book, there is an excerpt from Simon Snow books or fanfiction or something about Simon Snow. There are also some fanfictions that are narrated by Cath to Levi. Though, at first it felt like these excerpts were hindering the main story, slowly I got used to them and they fit into the story in a way that I would have never thought possible. And I loved them.

This is not a book that was exceptional. This is not a book that blew me away. But when I was reading it, I never wanted it to end. I wanted more of Cath and Levi and I wanted more of the story! The story was like watching a TV series and I wished it was because then it could be brought back for a second season! I really, really wanted to read more about them. It was such a cute, sweet story and I loved it. If you are one of those people who tried to read it and couldn’t get through the first 50 pages or so, I suggest you push through it because the second part of the book is so amazing that I promise you won’t regret reading it. Please, please, PLEASE read it. That’s all I want to say.

Fin!

My rating- 4/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: “The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend” by Kody Keplinger

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This may or may not be a ranting post because I am not sure I would be able to arrange my thoughts long enough to post a coherent discussion to this book. But I am going to try. I must admit that I didn’t expect much while going into this book. Sure everyone was talking about how good this book was, but I didn’t believe them. I just thought that this would be one of those light, sort of meaningless but satisfying books. And the cover just reinstated my idea of this one. But when I read it, I was so surprised at the amount of depth added to this book despite it being a light, breezy high-school story. It was so much more than just a “romcom”. It was addicting. I flew through this book in a few hours and totally fell in love with Bianca and Wesley.

Goodreads Synopsis-

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

I know. I know. If you haven’t read the book, it sounds like a typical chick-lit for you. But trust me, it’s not. The book had so many layers that you would be wonderfully surprised as you keep on discovering them. There is a friendship story and unlike many other books, this one does not stereotype the high-school students. They are not clinched. In spite of being in a particular group, the characters are layered and complicated. I loved Casey and Jessica as Bianca’s friends. Though Casey sometimes felt like she was one of those people who always have to be the savior, she was a good friend to Bianca. Jessica, being the perky one, is really innocent and naive, as Bianca rightly describes her. But for some reason, I liked her a lot. Maybe even more than Casey. Her advices to Bianca towards the end of the book may or may not have something to do with that (It totally did!).

Another aspect of the story is the relationship between Bianca and her parents. I totally understood Bianca’s reactions to certain situations she goes through in the book. Like the way she reacts when her father relapses. I could relate a lot because I share the same relation with my father like Bianca did. But Bianca’s reaction to her mom was something I found to be very generous. Overall, I liked Bianca’s character a lot. She is a strong female protagonist and God knows we need more of them. The feminist aspect added to the story through her character was also something I appreciated a lot. So thank you, Miss Kody Keplinger!

Now lets talk about Wesley. Where do I start? Again, Wesley was another unexpected love I found while reading this book. Oh, Wesley! How can you be so perfect! Obviously, I didn’t like him at first because Bianca didn’t like him. But as I read on, he kind of grew on me. Even with his thousand flaws, I can say that I am in love with him. Sorry, I am fangirling. But really, I can’t say a thing about him without swooning. And that letter he wrote to Bianca melted my heart. Honestly, why did it take so long for Bianca to decide? The letter would have been enough for me! But I am not Bianca. And ultimately, what she did felt right.

Did this post make any sense? Anyway, if you are one of those few people who haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? Go READ IT! It’s a sweet romance but it’s also so much more than that! I loved it and I reckon you are going to love it too. If you have read it, please leave a comment! I would love to talk about it to you. And if you know some more books like this, that you think I would like, please comment about that too. Because I always like recommendations from my fellow readers.

Fin!

My rating- 4/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.