Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

BOOK DESCRIPTION: At age 16, Rhine Ellery has four years to live. Thanks to a botched effort to create a perfect race, all females live to age 20 and males live to age 25. On the cusp of her 17th birthday, Rhine attempts to flee, but what she finds is a society spiraling out of control. (First book in The Chemical Gardens trilogy.)
MY OPINION: Sigh. This is another one of those books that felt like a dream to me, the edges all milky and blurred by sunlight. DeStefano's writing style is beautiful, only comparable to things like cherry blossoms and cosmic dust. Her words all seem to trail after one another, blending together, creating sentences and phrases that taste like sugar as they roll off your tongue. 
Don't misunderstand, though. This is not a happy story. While there are scenes and characters and settings that make me smile until my mouth hurts, there is always this constant, dark undertone being woven throughout the novel, and it's fantastic. I liked that Rhine let herself relax and have fun and make friends, but that she never forgot the circumstances of her whereabouts. She never forgot that she was there against her will and she never forgot that she had a brother, out there, looking for her.
Rhine is a good character, although, in my mind, she is not the most memorable. She seems to lose herself in the sea of strong-willed, butt-kicking YA heroines and I don't think she has enough strength to swim to shore. One thing that I can tell you, though, is that she is likable. Her voice is fresh and hazy and even though I don't agree with some of her choices, I can still see why she made them and why they make sense. 
There were a lot of secondary characters that I liked being in the presense of. Cecily and Jenna were Rhine's two sister wives and they were both extremely interesting. While in the beginning I found Cecily annoying, as I went through the book I couldn't help but fall in love with who she was and why she was that way. They both seemed like very real and fleshed out characters and they were very vivid as I continued to read. 
The one thing that I didn't agree with at all was Rhine's choice of love interest. There were two male characters that she could have potentially ended up with, one being Linden and another that you'll be introduced to when reading the story. I felt like the second one was a flat character, only created to stir the waters between Linden and Rhine, but apparently he wasn't. Apparently, he was a legitimate contender for Rhine's love but I didn't feel any electricity humming between them, I didn't see any spark. That was the one thing I found very disappointing. There's not much to say about our villain. He was very well-written. He scared me, he really did, and he was a much better villain than some of the one's I've read. Much, much better.
The fact that everyone only lives until twenty or twenty five is the most terrifying concept of this book and it added an element of suspense that was hard to get away from. Even though I knew that she had four years left to live, there was a sort of fragility in all of the characters and it was very interesting to see how it would all end up. 
I can't go into too much depth, but in short, this book was absolutely phenomonal. I adored it. It was one of those books that I never wanted to end and when it did, I was left feeling a little bit emptier inside. I am so excited now that the sequel Fever is hitting the shelves. You can bet your life that I'm going to be picking that one up.

Monday, February 27, 2012

My Work in Progress: The Ice Festival

Blue light and the moon's glow. The people, all together, all moving like silent wind. The voices and the laughter. The feeling of winter, the air cold enough to leave skin feeling stretched, but instead leaving the skin feeling new. These are the things I experience only on nights like tonight—on the night of the Ice Festival. 
Surrounded by darkness, I'm herded along the path by the people closing in around me. Their bodies push against mine, their voices hushed when they speak. The ground slopes upward beneath my feet, and soon I find myself standing on top of a rise. I stop for a moment, as crowds of people continue to walk around me, and look down into the valley. The Main Tent sits below, white and shining beneath the moon's silver light. It almost looks like a giant web, so thin and beautiful it could fall apart with the pull of a single strand. I see the shadows of people moving behind it, their bodies edged in blue light. In front of the arched entrance, two Ice Guards stand with their gazes forward. I feel sorry for them. It would be awful to be stuck outside in the cold while the most beautiful show of the year is performed on the other side of the curtains. The Ice Festival is only put on once a year, when the Winter star is at its highest point. There are other festivals, of course, but I've never been to them because they take place in the other regions. I've heard the Fire Region has numerous festivals, one being the Festival of Lights. Sometimes I imagine it. Everywhere, everything, ablaze with light.  
"Kaida?" A voice says, and right away I know who it is. "Is that you?" A hand tightens around  my arm and I turn, peering at the person through the blackness that fills the space around me. Blue light plays across him for a moment and I make out the lines of his face, the slope of his jaw. His curled hair dances in all directions. A smile flutters on my lips as I nudge my shoulder lightly against his. Oll Throck.

Note: This is an excerpt from my current work in progress. It's a young adult fantasy novel that I hope to have published in the next three to five years, as I know finding an agent is difficult and the publication process is long and tiring. If you have anything that you feel I can improve, please let me know. Keep in mind that this is only the first draft. I'm having a lot of fun with it and am excited for the day where you will all get to read it. Cheers.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

BOOK DESCRIPTION: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death--and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
MY OPINION: The light in my bedroom is off and pale moonlight is edging everything in silver. The static of my television is humming like a small ghost behind me and the sound is sinking into my skin and now I think that my body's humming, too. And I'm tiredI'm tired and my limbs are heavy and I feel like I'm already dreaming, which is why it's the perfect time to talk about this book. 
I think we're all aware of how magnificent Lauren Oliver's writing style is. She is truly, truly brilliant. Her words are like a spool of yarn and she knits them together one after another and creates something beautiful, something like a masterpiece. The honesty in this book is astounding. Never in my life have I read such a perfectly crafted teenage girl complete with a perfectly crafted group of friends that all shine with the sort of life that you don't normally find in novels. Although Sam and her group are the 'mean girls' of their school, I found them so likable and real that I didn't even pay much attention to that. It's rare to read a story in the perspective of the mean girl, you know? I liked how Oliver let us into Samantha's mind. We got to see the workings of the inner circle and the way they all act with each other and with other people. It was amazing. And, they were so funny. That's something that I noticed when reading. Samantha was probably the most well written teenage girl that I've ever read. Ever.
I know that this isn't the first time a story has been told where the main character repeats the same day of their life until they get it right but Before I Fall somehow manages to be different than anything else I've ever read. The fact that we got to see the affect that Sam's choices made each day, and how one thing she chose to do in the morning fell like a domino and affected everything elsethat was wonderful, it really was.The secondary characters were absolutely brilliant. Every single one of them was three dimensional and they were my friends by the end of the novel. Juliet Sykes was perfect. The way her mind worked and the way she reacted to things was very sad but it was honest and that's the most important. Kent. Oh, Kent. He was perfect. Perfect, perfect, perfect. I'm surprised that he'd stuck by Sam for that long with the way she acted and everything, but I'm so glad that he did. 
This novel was breathtaking. Honestly. The way it was told was so unique and it literally made me think about my life and the way I treat people. Life is such a strange thing. It can end at any time and none of us know what comes after and that is both comforting and terrifying all at once. In case you were still wondering, I suggest this to everyone and anyone. This book is important and it deserves all the attention in the world. 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

BOOK DESCRIPTION: In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

MY OPINION: In a world of recent and mediocre dystopian novels, Divergent definitely stood out. It was a book with a lot of hype and buzz surrounding it, even before its release. I picked this one up on my birthday last yearand though it took me a while to get around to it, when I did, I was sort of blown away. I didn't completely fall over, I just kind of stumbled. It was really good.  
I enjoyed this one a lot. It was unlike anything I've read. Although it did have a similar feel to The Hunger Games, the two books are completely different. There were so many instances that I felt my hands shaking like autumn leaves, my legs like tree branches in a windstorm. It had a lot of suspense, for sure. It was fantastic.
Tris (Beatrice) was a very strong character. I don't remember there being a single moment where I felt she was annoying, which is something that tends to happen when I'm reading from another teenage girl's perspective. I liked her. Her voice was new and refreshing and she was normal. She had thoughts and emotions that I could relate to, she felt the same things I would feel. Her character developed a lot throughout the novel and I can definitely say that she was a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful addition to the list of YA Butt Kicking Heroines. Four was also a great love interest. I loved the fact that he was older and he was the leaderI'm not sure why, there was just something about it that I really enjoyed reading. He was a little bit flat compared to Tris but I mean, you can't blame the guy. I'd be flat compared to her as well. Their romance was very well written. It was well paced and there was an undeniable chemistry between them, you could almost feel it seeping through the pages. Sigh.
I thought Roth did an amazing job at setting the different scenes, as well. Everything was very vivid and clear in my mind and I don't think I could have asked for anything more regarding her writing style and talent. You can tell that she's had some practice because her words seem to flow like water and you cannot help but to lose yourself in them. 
I loved that sort of 'the government is our enemy' element that it had to it. That's one of my favorite things to see in books, and Roth executed it perfectly. 
The secondary characters were brilliant, as well. Even the darker ones, like Peter and Edward. They all seemed like flesh and bone. None of them were flat. They were all real people with real thoughts and emotions and motives and that's one of the best things you can get out of a book, ever.
I suggest that you pick this one up. It was so good. And it gets better as you go along. You'll laugh and you'll cry and you'll sleep with one eye opened to make sure that you don't get stabbed. I am so excited for the sequel Insurgent. Roth set a pretty high bar for herself. Let's see if she can bring it one notch higher.

Note: I've read that Divergent is going to be made into a film by Summit Entertainment- the same Summit that brought Twilight to theaters worldwide. Although some may feel that too many YA novels are hitting the big screen, I think this one would make lovely company for The Hunger Games and Twilight. It would be lovely in the cinema. Not lovely as in pretty. Lovely as in horrifying.

Writing: Story Worlds

I think that a big part of any novel is the story world that it's set in. Often, it can either make or break a novel. I'm currently working on an untitled young adult fantasy novel that I hope to have published within the next three to five years and writing the story world is one of the most interesting and difficult things about it. Not just the story world, but the different settings that I want my characters to visit (within reason, of course).
One thing that I've gotten into doing is looking at pictures for inspiration. For me, this is a really effective way of getting into the feel of the scene that I'm planning to write. In the novel that I'm writing now, I know that there's going to be a scene where my MC and the LI (love interest) come across a gypsy camp, and spend the night in a caravan. (I feel really uncomfortable referring to him as the love interest because he's much more than that. But for now, we'll leave it at that.) I need to be able to describe the way the gypsy's lantern casts shadows of dim light across the wall, the way the room smells of spices and mint leaves. I need to explain the way pale moonlight trickles in through the windows, edging our love interest's face in silver.
Creating atmospheres is extremely important when writing a scene. You cannot fail to explain what the character is smelling and feeling and tasting and seeingbecause if you do, you're leaving the reader in the dark. And reader's do not like being left in the dark, take my word for it. There are also going to be a few scenes in my novel where our characters are travelling through the forest at night, their bodies drenched in pale moonlight. I need to be able to make the reader believe that they are in a forest, rather than sitting warm beneath a mountain of bed sheets while the static of their television hums quietly in the background. And how am I going to do this? That's simple: by practicing.

CREDIT: Picture One / Picture Two

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

BOOK DESCRIPTION: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end
MY OPINION: I don't know about this one. I am sitting here trying to put my feelings into words, literally reaching into my mind and trying to pull something out, but it's proving to be very difficult. When it comes down to it, City of Bones isn't really anything that I haven't read a thousand times before.
Clary is one of my biggest problems. The way she was written, she was continuously contradicting herself. She explains that she is shy, yet in the first chapter she follows a group of strange looking people into a storage closet because she feels like they're going to stab another boy with a knife. She hides in the closet, planning to merely demand them not to hurt each other. I don't understand that at all. I know that if I was suspecting a possible stabbing, I would not follow after them into a small space. I would scream, I would call for help, I would do something...but I would not put myself in danger by trying to talk some sense into them. And she also hated people for no reason other than the fact that they were prettier than she was. I'm serious. Her and Isabelle spend a good chunk of the novel completely detesting other one because they felt threatened by the other's beauty. It was ridiculous.
Jace. Oh, Jace. I can see why Clary would find him physically attractive (his tawny hair and golden eyes) but I don't see why their relationship progressed any more than that. Jace was completely self-absorbed. I mean, completely. He was your typical rude bad-boy that is continuously being reminded of how charming he is, when really, he isn't. He's an ass to Clary, who seems completely unaffected by his rude remarks. Don't get me wrong. I like sarcasm. I like witty jokes and I like confident characters, but Jace seems to take everything one step too far. I don't know. I just didn't find him appealing, and I wish he'd been more of a fleshed out character because I feel like the idea of him has a lot of promise, if that makes sense. But I do love his name. Jace. It feels like a sugar cube on my tongue. I just really enjoy characters with nice names.
Also, the story world just felt like a regular walk in the park for me. In any type of dystopian or fantasy novel, the story world should be something that the author thinks a lot about and this one just didn't cut it. When I read the title City of Bones, I was expecting a little bit more. But through the whole story, we're just stuck in Manhattan and I don't know...I would have liked it if the Bone City had been more than it was.
Let's talk about the villain, or lack-thereof. First off, his name is Valentine. This alone should be enough, but I doubt it is. The villain felt so forced. I didn't see any reasoning behind his motives whatsoever. All we know is that he wants to completely exterminate anything that isn't humanbut why? I wish Clare would have let us into the villain's mind a little bit more so we could see what he was thinking and why he thought that way. But since she didn't, Valentine came off as a two dimensional character with no personality whatsoever.
It was a decent book, I can say that. It did take me a little bit of effort to get through it. Clare's writing, however, does show a lot of potential. I'm looking forward to seeing any books she may publish in the future, outside of the Shadowhunter world.

A Sunday Wishlist

It is Sunday night. I have lukewarm sweet tea on my nightstand and moonlight is trickling in through my curtains like bath water. And since the thought of doing any school work makes me hyperventilate and I can't finish the scene I'm working on until my sister comes back in forty five minutes, I figured that I'd just make a wishlist. It'll include books, of course, films, and other things that I've had my greedy little eyes on.
One book that I've really been wanting is The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. The cover is beautiful. The title is beautiful. And it sounds like a beautiful story. Here's a summary: Elisa is the chosen one. But she i s also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn't die young. Most of the chosen do. (Is it just me, or does that sound really good?)

I'd also really like a pair of these socks. I feel like they would be the perfect thing to keep my feet warm on day where snow crystals are falling down like cosmic dust and my floorboards are cold and I'm wrapped up beneath my blankets, watching Where the Wild Things Are for the fifth time. I also love mustard yellow. I'm not sure why, there's just something so cozy about it. Also, milk and honey bath salts and some lacy things to sleep in. Oh, how I want them so much.
Another thing that I would love to receive on my doorstep would be Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago in vinyl. Although I love their newest album equally as much, I think it makes more sense to start with the first one. Guys. If you have yet to grace your ears with the magical thing that is Bon Iver: do it. Now. I went and saw them in concert on December 6th of last year and it was one of the best days I've ever had. It was so magical. Everything seemed so slow and hazy, like a dream. We were all drenched in pale blue light and we looked like nymphs, swimming through the air like it was water. Justin Vernon is my dream man. Even if he isalready balding. If you're not sure which song to check out first, I suggest: Skinny Love, Creature Fear, Roslyn (featuring St. Vincent: this one was on the Twilight soundtrack), Holocene, Towers, and Minnesota, WI.

Eon by Alison Goodman

BOOK DESCRIPTION: For years, Eon's life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; the penalty is death. When Eona's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne. Eona must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic...and her life.

MY OPINION: Can I just take a moment to appreciate how well done this book is? It really is so well done. Goodman crafted such a wonderful cast of characters...she created such a beautiful and intricate story world that I just dove in and swam among the words, never wanting to come back up to the surface. Even though it is a fantasy novel, set in a fantasy world with fiction characters, I literally felt like I was walking through the ancient streets of China and talking to all the people that Eon was talking to. It was magnificent.
The settings and imagery used in this novel are just spellbinding. I could see the training grounds, I could feel sweat beading on my forehead, on the nape of my neck. One of my favorite scenes is the one in the bath house where the dragons are at the rim of the tubI really cannot even begin to express how vivid that scene was in my mind as I read.
The author is very good with her words. She seemed to string them together almost effortlessly, building the scene and describing the air around the character. I thought that was fantastic, really. I would love to live in this book for a while.
That's another thing. The characters were flawless. I loved Eon (I'm eager to see how she was pulled off as a girl in the second novel), I loved Lady Dehla(?), I loved Ryko. I'm hoping that we get to see a little romance grow between Eona and the prince in the sequel. One character that really stood out to me a lot was Lord Ido. Oh, my. He was so well written, I could see him in the flesh as I walked through the novel. It was unbelievable. He was so aggressive and sensual, in such a villainous way. He terrified me but he was so intriguing, too. I loved how (small spoiler) when he found out that Eon was actually a female, he sort of relished in that fact and he would put his face a little closer to hers, or breathe her inbut not in a romantic way (end small spoiler). Well, I didn't like it, per say. I just liked how honest that was.
Besides everything else that was going on, Goodman created a constant tension by making Eon's gender a secret. There were so many instances where I was holding my breath, thinking that she was going to be found out...but she wasn't. That was a very smart thing for the author to do.
The only thing that I didn't like too much about this story was the length. Don't get me wrong, I like a long book, but I feel like there was no reason for this story to be as long as it was. In some parts, it did feel very stretched out and I don't think it was necessary. It had a slow pace, and I would have liked to see them go to more places. They were in the same area for the vast majority of the book and I think that with a big book especially, you should be able to take your readers to more places. I think that's just preference, though.
All in all, this was such a wonderful novel. And it was so original, or at least it's not like anything that I've ever read. If you haven't read this, I suggest it.

Note: Somebody find the person who made this cover and give them all the awards. it is stunning. 

Love Interests: The Bad Boy

I don't think that I'm the only one who can admit that they like romance. I love the stuff. No, you will probably never find me walking over to the Harlequin Romance section of my local bookstore to pick something up, but when there is a romance element woven throughout a story without completely overpowering the plot, I am all for it.
I have read my fair share of young adult novels. I have seen so many different types of love interests that I sometimes dream about them (I don't, really...I promise), but while some get my heart fluttering like a wild thing in my chest, others make me want to shut the book and never open it up again. 
The one young adult book that got me into reading is, no surprise here—Twilight. Ah, yes. The most hilariously controversial book of recent years. The controversy being between the fans and the non-fans, of course. I'm not going to get into my opinion on the book, but I am going to talk about one character that makes a whole lot of appearances, some even unknown to our main character: Edward Mason Cullen.
At the beginning of the book, I feel like Edward knew what he was doing. He was controlling himself. He told Bella to stay away from him (because he was going to eat her). Everything was going well. I loved him. I was eating up every word he said. I wanted to jump into that book and never come out. I wanted to live in the rainy town of Forks and listen to Debussy in his bedroom—I was so into it. I was also roughly twelve years of age, but we'll leave that out of it. I'm not sure when it was, but there was a part of the book where Edward completely changed. It came out of nowhere. He became this possessive-stalker-beast and it was just ridiculous. I would've loved it if it took more than a dinner date for them to fall in love with each other, but that's really all it took.
That's one thing that writers need to keep in mind when writing love interests. Hot and cold is not attractive. There is no reason that your Love Interest needs to be a complete ass one day, and be a little Romeo the next. There is no reason for it. And if you're Love Interest is going from being a cold, introverted person at the beginning of the book to a more open and kind person at the end of the bookthat's fine. However, you need to make sure that it doesn't happen over night. I hate reading situations like that. You need to show the growth and change throughout the entire novel. We don't want our bad boy becoming soft and sensitive, though. Don't completely change who they are. If you have a bad boy in your story, great (so do I) but you need to make sure he comes off as a real character and potential love interest.
Your MC may be attracted to his looks or confidence, but they aren't going to be fooled into loving this asshole just because you want them to. Trust me. Forced romance is painfully obvious in a lot of stories and that's something that I don't want in my stories, and I bet you don't want that either. You need to create characters with spark and chemistry and you need to make legitimate reasons why they would love each other or live for each other or willingly die for each other. You need to. There is no question about it.
Bad Boy's aren't just steel and metal. Experiment with your character. Pull back his layers and see what's really hiding underneath. Don't rip off all of his armor in one scene, though. First, remove his helmet. Let's see how he thinks. Then, remove his shield. Let us see him say something other than a rude/sarcastic remark. Make us believe that your characters love each other. Once you do that, then you can do anything.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

BOOK DESCRIPTION: It is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where all you need is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

MY OPINION: Before I even begin to speak about this book, I'm going to take a moment to breathe. It's been more than a week since I read the last word and I'm still shaking a little, feeling like this book is made up of things like warm air and sunlight. It's not a regular thing for me to be so consumed in a story that is told through letters. I usually don't like it and I usually don't read it and I usually want nothing to do with it. However, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this was definitely not the case.
Unless you live beneath a rock or in an isolated cabin somewhere in the woods, I assume you've heard about this book. If you've heard about it and you've read it, what did you think? If you've heard about it and you haven't read it: you should. Now.
I have never read a character that was as interesting and strange and normal as Charlie Scorsoni. He felt like a completely fleshed-out character that was living and breathing and crying between the pages of this book. I feel like I've made a new friend in him. It felt like he was writing these letters to me and I got to know him and his friends and his family, and Bill, his teacher that gives him classic novels and gets him to write essays about them. It's one of those books that leaves you feeling different. I'm not sure how Chbosky did it, but it makes you sort of see the world through new eyes.
Charlie could be anybody. He could be that boy that you saw on the train reading To Kill a Mockingbird or he could be that boy that you see everyday walking home but don't bother to talk to. It's fascinating, really.
He is so completely honest and beautiful and I have never read of somebody so completely mesmerizing. I wish that I knew him. He just thinks things that everybody must of thought at one point but he actually says them and I don't know, I think that's pretty damn wonderful. It makes you wonder about the things that go through the author's mind, doesn't it? It does for me.
I thought this book was brilliant. I really did. A lot of people think that it's overrated but I have to disagree. It deserves attention. Charlie and Patrick and Sam and Brad and Bill and every other character in this book deserves attention. I recommend this book, definitely. And if you end up not liking it, a least you'll learn of a few good songs.