Monday, October 10, 2011

REVIEW: Finding Katie edited by Beatrice Sparks

Title: Finding Katie
Author: Beatrice Sparks, Ph.D.
Date Published: October 1, 2005 
Page Count: 192 pages
Year Read: 2011

Goodreads: Katie is always surrounded by wealth, but feels terribly alone because of the secret horror of her angry, abusive father. When she s thrown out of her house and put into foster care, it seems like the end of the world. But as she moves through the foster care system, she begins to realize that she can help others. Can she, at last, find courage and strength of her own?

Pre-Review: This diary opened my eyes to the Foster care of kids how they could be abused, though I've seen news reports and already believed what goes on. Just seeing it all through the eyes of a young girl who experienced it just makes you realize were this world has been coming to...

Friday, October 7, 2011

REVIEW: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Date Published: January 1, 2009
Page Count: 199 pages
Year Read: 2011

Goodreads: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...  A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make -and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Review: First things first.. what the buck... the Summit Company (owns Twilight) did not want to turn this novel into a movie, because many "compared" it to Twilight. I do not see how Twilight is even relevant to  this novel. Maybe in the sense of have to choosing "X-Choice" or "Y-Choice" but seriously what the buck. This novel could become a great emotional film, if filmed properly, but who knows maybe this is a good thing and someone picks up this novel and just does a fantastic job with the film. Can't even say how mad I am.

REVIEW: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Title: The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
Date Published: 1963
Page Count: 244 Pages
Year Read: 2011

Goodreads: Plath was an excellent poet but is known to many for this largely autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity.

Review: The Bell Jar by Salvia Plath let me start off by saying how much I enjoyed this book. Esther Greenwood is a protagonist whom I will never forget. She was just awesome. Especially since she was a feminist protagonist in the fifties. I would believe most women in that time would want to be married and have kids, but Esther was the total opposite. She would do anything not to please a man. She did not like the idea of being a "slave" for a man.

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