Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: If I Stay

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Pages: 234 pages
Published by: Speak (or Penguin Group)
ISBN: 978-0-14-241543-6
Rating: A

On a day that started like any other...
Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left-the most important decision she'll ever make.
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving. 

My friend told me about this book and told me a had to read it so I bought it and read it with high hopes because we have similar tastes. The book is about a girl who gets into a car accident with her family and has to decide whether to stay with her boyfriend and extended family or go with her family who didn't survive the accident. She watches the events that happen after the car accident and this leads to a decision.

I was stuck on whether to tell you guys that her family dies in the crash but you find out soon and it doesn't ruin anything so sorry if you didn't want to know that... I love the plot of the book because it's very deep and has to do with love and tragedy. The book really gets your thoughts involved because it makes you think of what you would do. Mia, the main character, goes through memories of the past and thoughts of the future and you can really tell and her decision is a difficult one which makes you really feel sympathetic.

The characters are very well-developed and every character adds to the difficulty of her decision. The story is in first person from Mia's perspective and I like that because the reader and Mia are both seeing what's happening.

The ending was very touching and some people that I know who read this said they cried (although I didn't which is really weird because I cry very easily with books and movies). I really agreed with the ending and loved what happened because I was kind of thinking throughout the book that that's what I wanted to happen.

The book isn't that long which is good because it's not dragged on and it's very fast-paced. I finished this book very fast but it wasn't one of those "Omg, I can't put it down!" books. It's kind of like how Thirteen Reasons Why was for me.

I really like the author's writing style. It's simple but gets to your heart and sticks in your head. The cover, though, is okay. I LOVE the shattered looking effect but the picture of the girl is a bit creepy. I do love her eyes though, ahahaa.

Overall, my grade for this book is an A and I definitely recommend it. It wasn't a book that will forever be one of my favorites but it was very well-written and thought-provoking.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Follow Friday!! My 2nd week.

Yayy! Another Follow Friday and this time I will make sure it goes out on Friday!! LOL 

Question: Let's step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-shirt slogan best describes you?

Oh, this is hard because I can think of so many!! xP I really like these two and I want them sooo badlyy!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tune in Tuesdays!

Tune in Tuesdays!!

Tune in Tuesdays is hosted by GReads and I am passionate about music just as much as books so I thought I'd hop on this train! :]

I'll try not to forget to do this every Tuesday but I'll try to share my love of music. I am Korean and I LOVE K-Pop (korean pop) but I will also add American music.

Tynisha Keli - I Wished You Loved Me 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Pages: 288 pages
Published by: Razorbill
ISBN: 978-1-59514-188-0
Rating: A

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the to press play. 
Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. 
Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. 
All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town...and what he discovers changes his life forever. 

I finally got to read this book after years of waiting!!! I was waiting for a soft cover because I heard it was so good, borrowing it from a library would not suffice... It's weird because it came out in 2007 and it only just recently came out on soft cover. Don't know what the deal with that is.

Anyways, before reading this book, I heard it was like mind-blowingly good but for me, this wasn't the case. It was good, but it wasn't as good as people made it seem. The book, like the back of it says, is about this girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide and sends out 13 tapes (well, 7 with two sides) and the tapes are supposed to go to 13 people who apparently have something to do with why she committed suicide. The tapes start at the first person and after the first person listens to them, they're supposed to send it to the next person named in the tapes.

I love the plot and the story. It's kind of mysterious and it makes you think of what these people could have possibly done to make this girl commit suicide. The book sounded so dramatic and intense but after reading it, it wasn't as intense as I think it should have been. The reasons why Hannah committed suicide didn't seem enough. I guess those reasons led to depression or something for a long period of time but I just expected more. Maybe it's easier for me to say this because I've never been in a seriously depressed state or suicidal.

Other than it being not as intense and dramatic, it was pretty good. The characters were developed well although I think some of the smaller characters were unnecessary (unless they have some deep meaning that I have not figured out, ahahaa). The whole story is in first person. Half of it is in Clay's voice and half (well, probably more than half) is in Hannah's voice from the tapes. It may seem like it gets confusing but it really doesn't get confusing at all and I really like that because I think it's difficult to write from two or more perspectives on and off in a novel and not have it a bit confusing.

I really LOVE the ending (although I can't say what it is here) because it's really thoughtful and I felt like after reading the ending, I learned a lesson from all of it. The whole book is kind of a lesson because it says how little things can make or break someone's day and in this case their life but it didn't hit me as a lesson until the ending.

The pacing is fast and I read this very quickly. It wasn't that I couldn't put the book down but it's the kind of book that when you finish a chapter or something, you want to know what happens so you don't put it down. I didn't have anything that I had to do so I just kept reading but if I had to put it down, I wouldn't have hesitated to.

Asher's writing style is probably my favorite part of the book (other than the ending). He writes with no confusion and you feel like you're going through everything the character is. He adds enough detail to make the world inside the novel seem real but not too much that things start to jumble.

The cover isn't specifically anything special except I really like how they added the 13 in the words. The font isn't too big or small but most of the book is in italics so if you don't like reading italics or have a hard time reading it, then this book is going to make you irritated..

So, my overall grade is an A and if you think this book might be interesting even a tiny bit, then go out and read it!

Follow Friday!!

My friend told me about this and I decided to hop on too! :]

Question: Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from.

I would love to meet Richelle Mead, L.J.Smith, and J.K.Rowling.

Richelle Mead because she is the author of Vampire Academy which is hands down one of the best series ever written (which I will review later for you guys)!! I love her writing style and would love to meet her for advice on my writing and also just talk about what else she's writingg.

L.J.Smith because she wrote the Vampire Diaries, The Forbidden Game, Night World and so much more books that I love. She's one of the best supernatural-writing authors and she writes about all kinds of creatures such as vampires, witches and everything else. Almost every book of hers has suckd me in immediately and I'm almost never able to put her books down.

This was a hard choice but my third choice is J.K.Rowling. I used to not be a fan of her writing style. I loved Harry Potter and the concept and everything but the way she wrote. I'm not sure if it was because I was much younger or something but I don't mind now and I would like to meet her.

(by the way, I'm sorry it's not a Friday but I only just realized I didn't properly click publish *sigh*)

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Is anyone else REALLY upset about this!?!?! I like Barnes and Noble better but a bookstore is STILL a bookstore! I do not approve.

I also need to get my butt to one though because of the crazy sales! They're liquidating so they'll want as much gone as possible. Hopefully, I can go before they close and hopefully I can buy a lot of books.

First Post Ever! Introduction.

Hello everyone! 
I will actually start reviews now although I have procrastinated greatly! Ahaha, I'll start with books I read recently then just do random books that I have read whether they're very old or new.
Don't forget that I will try to do requests!