Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

SummaryLia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way – thin, thinner, thinnest – maybe she’ll disappear altogether.

Wintergirls was unlike any other book I've read. It's not just the author's unique writing style or the brutally honest narration from a self-destructive girl that held my interest. This novel just really made me think. It led me into the mind of a person like Lia, and this changed my opinion on people who are victims to such eating disorders. I have read reviews of this novel criticizing Lia's character, stating she was too selfish and pathetic. But she's supposed to be human, people need to accept that not every main character will be likeable and heroic.

Wintergirls was everything from creepy to inspiring. I spent hours staying up at night, reading and taking it all in. It was hard to put down... I had to know Lia's ending. She suffers from anorexia, she wants to be the skinniest girl in school, skinnier than her best friend Cassie, who herself is a bulimic. What intrigued me was that in normal circumstances a friend would try to help you out of your disorder but here we have two girls who are practically competing to see who can turn into a bare skeleton before the other.

If you read it over, you'll realise the only thing Lia has her mind on is her weight. She's not living her life. She's simply trying to shed the pounds one day at a time until she reaches what she calls 'Dangerland' (her ideal weight goal). But it doesn't stop there, once she reaches her ideal weight, she'll want to take it further.. a few more pounds.. then some more until she's size Zero. She's so good at hiding the disorder, that her parents don't realise how bad her condition has gotten until it may be too late.

It's a little freaky how her friend Cassie's ghost is always haunting her, cheering her on to lose the weight so Lia can join Cassie in death. I think one of my favourite parts of this novel was their friendship and the irony behind it (won't ruin the plot for you).

Through this novel I learned to sympathise with people who suffer from these disorders. There's always a story behind the scars and the visible bones. Lia had a story too, so did Cassie. There's always a reason people feel the need to starve or cut or whatever. We shouldn't shake our heads at them in disappointment, we should try to get through to them. Wintergirls really made me want to reach out and it inspired me into believing that there is hope for these people who are slowly killing themselves.

We turned us into wintergirls, and when she tried to leave, I pulled her back into the snow because I was afraid to be alone.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Review: Coaster by Lorena Bathey

18086329Honestly, the reason this book caught my interest was because of the cover. I know I know, we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and whatnot, but sometimes a cover just catches your eye and makes you want to read the book before even knowing what it's about. I absolutely love simple yet eye-catching covers. So that is what sparked my interest and then after reading the blurb, I definitely wanted to read it.

When a bomb explodes at an amusement park eight people are killed. This tragedy and loss will change the lives of those who loved and lost them. What happens when disaster touches someone's life? Will it inspire them? Destroy them? Or change them? A character study of grief, loss, and finding your way through tragedy, follow the survivors as they work to move forward when their life is abruptly shattered.

This book has a little bit of everything: suspense, mystery, crime and a very realistic and charming romance (my favourite part!). It starts off through the villain's point of view and the reader gets a glimpse into how the villain's mind works. By the end of the first chapter there's a lot of anticipation because we know something horrible is going to happen.

The thing I liked about this novel is that it was very direct. There were no dull moments, every single thing led the story forward. Often books are full of back-stories and unnecessary details which drag the story but this book is very fast paced. The characters are all so real and I got attached to them quickly, despite knowing some horrible stuff is going to happen to them soon. I really enjoyed how each character was introduced into the story and they all had something unique about them which made them memorable.

This book kept me on the edge with the suspense and also made me teary with all the emotional trauma that came after the tragedy. The ending was very satisfying and had me smiling. It was a very realistic story and an easy-read because it's pretty short. I would definitely recommend this novel for people who like to read thrillers and crime stories!

External Forces (The Laws of Motion #1) by Deborah Rix

A fast-paced, high-stakes adventure through a future world where evolution is the new religion and genetic deviations are not tolerated. When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the army probably will. 
Read the full blurb here.

"TREASON. BETRAYAL. HEARTBREAK. A lot can happen to a girl between her first kiss and her first kill" ---- that sure got my attention! This single sentence was honestly the main reason I decided to read this book :P

On the whole, I really enjoyed this novel. Being someone who doesn't read much science fiction, it was a welcome change for me. The author created an intriguing version of the future where there is all kinds of new technology and evolution is seen as a religion. After completing the book, my first thought was about how great this story would be for a movie. I would love watch all the action that happens in the Special Forces and see the deviant mutations visually. Yes, books are far better than movies but I really think a movie with this plot line would be awesome. 

The thing I really liked about this storyline was that even though the world in this book was very different from what we live in today, it still felt realistic. The author did a great job of creating a dystopian world and the problems faced by the characters were very brutal, I felt myself fearing for them and silently urging them on.

I liked how the characters were all so unique with their own little quirks. The character development for the protagonist, Jess, that took place as the story continued was great and really made me empathise with her. What made the characters so real was the dialogue and the way each of them spoke. The dialogues didn't sound scripted at all and this was probably my favourite part. The conversations flowed easily, everything just felt so real and I could imagine it all playing out in my head. 

The only downer was that I felt like there was something missing at the end. It ended so abruptly and the last scene (not giving away any spoilers) really broke my heart. But luckily this is a trilogy, so I can be assured that the story will continue in the second book of the series.

I'm looking forward to reading the next two books of The Laws of Motion trilogy!

Monday, August 19, 2013

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