May 2014 bring awesome things in your lives!
A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
I started this book mostly because I loved the cover and I have heard many great things about the book. I was expecting to read something else, but this doesn’t mean that the book was bad.
This is a friendship, love and coming of age story of two boys who discover that sometimes simple can be beautiful too. The narrator, Aristotle “Ari”, is a high school boy living in El Paso, Texas and the story took place in 1987.
Ari is a loner who never had a real friend until Dante. They meet, become fast friends, deal with Continue reading
Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Contemporary, Drama
Page numbers: 321
Audiobook: 10 hours, 52 minutes
I have mixed feelings about this book, it just left me wondering around helpless. It was an unusual perspective for me, told from the point of view of a five-year-old Jack, who has spent his entire life in Room with his mother. Room is a “world” measured eleven foot by eleven, and Jack thinks that the world outside the Room is “Outer Space”. His mother manages to raise him as good as possible through all the difficulties. At night they are sometimes visited by “Old Nick” from whom Jack must hide in his wardrobe. It takes a while to learn why Jack and his Ma are there, how they got there in the first place and why they can’t leave. I don’t want to spoil the book, because it will be better if you discover everything step-by-step, that’s all I’ll say about the plot.
The relationship between Jack and his mother is touching. Jack’s innocence, his magical Continue reading
Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama
Page numbers: 576
Goodreads rating: 4.35
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Certainly one of the best book I have read so far. This is the first book about Holocaust era that I have read, in fact it’s one of the most unusual novels that I have read.
The thing I adored most about this story is the utter captivation of story-telling. Author not only tells us a beautiful story, but at the same time shows us the power and the impact that words can have. Our narrator, Death, made this story even more interesting with his descriptions and little spoilers.
The book centers around the experiences of a young girl in World War II, in nazi Germany. Eleven-year-old Liesel Meminger, in train on the way to her new foster family in Molching, lost her little brother and her Mama abandoned her to Continue reading
I wake up in an empty room. I look around and see the glowing white clean sheets of the hospital which every woman secretly admires. It must be morning because the sunlight barely touches my bed with shy rays. Light slowly embraces the room and tiny tiny specks of dust slowly dance around like they’re celebrating morning.
My body is sore and my lungs hurt. Somebody must have found me immediately after I lost consciousness and brought me here. I don’t even care which hero or heroine saved me, if I haven’t died yet obviously I know I have bigger problems, and as I try to remember what happened exactly, all my memories from yesterday ambush my brain. My heart starts pounding in my chest, so dangerously, I just want it to stop. I don’t want to remember anything about yesterday.
I’m not scared about the situation nor am I trying to escape my thoughts. My only problem is that I don’t know what to do, what I’m going to say to the police officer. That I was in a car – which wasn’t mine nor his, because he picked me up from my house and told me that his car was at the shop – with my fiancé and we jumped off a cliff? “We are a crazy couple and we often do this kind of things, borrowed cars are Continue reading
I can’t breathe. I open my eyes to darkness and I know I’m under water. To my left is the leather driver’s seat, I touch it with numb fingers. I try to find his body, but the seat is empty and all I find are several tiny pieces of broken glass.
I can barely see the ripped jeans with the blue silver-detailed designer sneakers on his feet swimming out of the car to the surface. “Don’t leave me” I want to say to him, but I can’t. I’m too scared to follow him and he knows this. He knows my weakness, he knows that the abyss and the dark deep water scare me, but I can’t believe he did this on purpose. My chest and lungs start feeling tense and tight, I’m transfixed, I have to get out of this car.
I used to love being on top of the highest buildings, jumping off with a parachute, feeling the power of my motorcycle under my body when I reached 250 km/h and I was aware that if I made a wrong move, no matter how insignificant, I would fall, but to be under water without an oxygen tank? This is unexpected. What can I do now? I try to move my body to the left seat near the window, maybe if I can get out of this car and swim, but I can’t…I…
I decided to write a prologue, so here it is! I hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to write a comment down below and let me know what you think.