Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

No, I did not finish this book. I stopped obviously. But I did have a few things I wanted to say about the book.

I have to say I didn’t hate it right off the bad as I thought I would. I have to say that I kind of like it. Well, ok it’s hard to explain. I liked the way the main girl would answer they guy’s questions in her head, but she wouldn’t exactly say anything, how she was kind of reserved, because I can relate to that. I answer questions in my head, and I don’t exactly say them, because well, I just don’t feel like having a conversation, but that’s just me. I think the format, the “poetic-ness” would have fit much better, and would have been soooo much better if the girl was legitimately insane, like if she was mentally unhealthy and was semi crazy, god, then it would have been awesome. BUT thus she is not.

What went wrong with this book is just so over powering. One it’s too lyrical. It’s like she was trying to recreate Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls with the whole “I am not crazy” thing, but no. Like just no. Wintergirls, Lia was actually mentally unhealthy and the way that she thought, the way things went through her mind was different so how the book was written was going to be different. This girl is normal, or probably perfect. More things that went wrong? Her name is Juliette, need I say more? Oh wait, yes I do. “My touch is lethal, my touch is power.” NOW DO I NEED TO SAY MORE? Anyway, I can’t help think that this book could have been so good.

Sorry this is so short and kind of written really sloppily, but I’m in the midst of a project right now and I just wanted to give my two cents.

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Beauty Queens – Libba Bray

I recently read, or shall I say skimmed, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I’ve heard great things about Libba Bray but was sold short with Beauty Queens. The premise was awesome. A plane of beauty queens shipwrecked? Yes please! But I was thoroughly disappointed. I give it… 2/5… let’s say trees, because its close to Christmas.

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This book is seemingly about a plane carrying beauty pageant contestants to the … beauty pageant. The plane crashes on an island and the girls must survive for who knows how long. Weaved throughout the book is each girls confession and a talk show interview with the shady previous beauty pagaent winner. Throughout the book you get more and more suspicious about what’s going on behind the scenes and whether these girls are being watched.

Maybe it’s because I was expecting this to be a light hearted funny book, but I was just kind of… uhhhh.. throughout the book. For starters this is definitely more of a… question your morals book. And leaned heavily towards the morals on sexuality, which I was definitely not expecting.

What I liked about the book was the quirky things that Bray added. For example the boy band, and their ridiculous songs, the designers and the ‘negative’ sizes, made me laugh out loud.

But all the controversies and ’empowerment’ stuff was all a little too forced for my taste. They were just kind of… bam. Here I is, take me fo who I is and looove meee.

I didn’t even fully read the book because it just kind of dragged in a lot of places.  So thus, two trees, sad to say.