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Friday, July 31, 2015

Side Effects May Vary

"Side Effects May Vary" is by Julie Murphy and I give it 3 stars. First off, I checked out this book thinking it sounded interesting. I usually like books about people with cancer. In this story, Alice is a 16 year old girl with leukemia. She battles the side effects of treatment every day. Her best friend, Harvey is debating his feelings for her as their relationship has ups and downs. This book wasn't really the same as what I thought the description said. Overall, it was a good read with a few flaws. First off, it switches perspectives between two people. That isn't bad by itself, but they also switch between "then" and "now". That really screwed me up and is one reason for the lower rating. Secondly, it talked about dying a bit too much. For me this wasn't a light read for that reason. It isn't really as funny as most books about cancer are, because this focuses mainly on the dying aspect. Spoiler ahead: Some people in school even set up a mock grave for Alice, the girl with cancer. That was a bit too serious for my taste. The characters are moody and there were some sexual references that shocked me. On a different note, it was very heartfelt and realistic. Some people, (me), might find it a bit too realistic, to be honest. The romance was excellent with the whole story weaving around it and friendship. It shows that there are always tough times, but it will get better. The ending also made me smile. It was really heartfelt and wove into the story perfectly. I wanted to know more about what happened to Alice and Harvey, the two main characters, but the ending still was a masterpiece.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Should I read Twilight?

I am debating whether or not to read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer?  I like an occasional fantasy book, and some romance.  Please comment in your opinions.

Looking For Alaska

Looking For Alaska
John Green
I give it 2 stars

I am a huge fan of John Green's.  I have read 3 of his books in under 24 hours apiece.  This one had a nice start, but not the flow of the other ones.  It was a bit more unrealistic and misplaced.  The book was fine but not great until you get to the dating scenes.  Those are not appropriate, and the reason I gave this a two stars.  They are really graphic and taught me things I didn't need to know.  Since I abandoned this, I might reread it when I am older and ready.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Jenny Han
I give it 5 Stars

This book was really good.  Most love stories, in my opinion, have the same plot.  It goes: protagonist meets the love interest, something happens to get them to like them, rough time having love interest feel the same way, and then they fall in love and live happily ever after.  However, this book has a refreshingly fresh story.  Lara Jean is sixteen and living an ordinary life.  One day however, the secret love letters she has written for boys she liked since she was little get sent out.  These letters are not really love letters, but letters for when she doesn't like them anymore.  Now Lara Jean is stuck getting weird confrontations by most of those five guys.  To let it make sense, she fakes dating one of the most popular boys in school, while having a sort of crush of her neighbor.  How will things turn out for Lara Jean? 
Another good aspect of this book is the not fully American character.  It gives the story a more realistic element.  Jenny Han writes with such realism.  All the characters have special traits, and the plot is unique.  I would even recommend this book to non-romance readers because it isn't your average romance story!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

This is the first book that I am reviewing.  Let's start by saying I don't particularly like fantasy.  I'd rather read books about stuff that is or could be real.  Yet I felt inclined to take it out of my book bag the other day when it was the only book I had left to read.  It was evening when I started, and I read late into the night.  If I hadn't been so tired, I would have read it all it one night.
It totally exceeded my expectations.  The book grabbed me and took me right into Hogwarts.  I loved the humor and the irony (when Harry shows of his broom skills by flying to the tree and gets to play quidditch), as well as the suspense.  I found myself thinking that Hermoine should be Harry's friend right away, and was glad when she became that.  J.K. Rowling is a literary genius.  I already checked out books two and three of the Harry Potter series.

I give it 5 stars

Hi and About Me

Hi everyone.  This is my first blog and first blog post.  This page will be mainly about books.  So, let's get started.  My name is BethLee, and I am a teenage girl who loves to read.  In this blog, I plan to review the books I read, and talk about others.  Please read on!

A little background on me.  You already know who I am, but what do I like to read?  I read almost anything that is realistic fiction.  Last school year I got into science fiction, and I just started to like fantasy the other day with Harry Potter.  Autobiographies are also something I really like to read.  Some of my favorite authors are Veronica Roth, Wendilin Van Draanen, John Green, Lucy Frank, Jen Calonita, Marni Bates, and Rainbow Rossell.  I have too many favorite books to count.  So, to rap this post up, a couple quotes about reading:

“I always get lost in the library,’ he said, ‘no matter how many times I go. In fact, I think I get lost there more, the more that I go. Like it’s getting to know me and revealing new passages.”
                                                -"Fangirl", by Rainbow Rowell

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”

                                               -"Looking For Alaska", by John Green

So thanks for reading

“You'll stay with me?'
Until the very end,' said James.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Quote From Goodreads