Sometimes I do fabulous MINI REVIEWS. Because (as I’ve described in the past) they’re basically as good as mini cupcakes which I know you love.
And YAY! I get to use all food gifs. (Don’t question it. I just do.)
Unfortunately my opinion on these threesome go steadily downwards. SO! Grab some yourself a cupcake with sprinkles and, as I always say when things get crunchy: just because I didn’t like them doesn’t mean you will. If you’re curious, read them. Huzzah!
\\ thank you to Scholastic, Hachette and Pan Macmillan Australia //
THE HONEST TRUTH by Dan Gemeinhart
Thank you Scholastic AU! Published March 5th, 2015.
The honest truth about this book (see what I did there?! SEE IT?!) is that it’s sad and sweet. It totally tugged at my Vulcan heart strings. A 12-year-old dying of cancer who goes to climb an impossible (but literal) mountain with his trusty dog? It already sounds heart wrenching. Although I automatically mistrust books with pets. Authors are notoriously mean to pets. But shh! I will say no more on the pet aspect.
I had a few issues with it though:
- Most of the book is narrated by Mark (protagonist) but every so often there is a section by his BFF, Jessie. Jessie’s chapters all say the EXACT SAME THING: where is Mark, I hope he doesn’t die, I know where he is but I can’t tell his parents because I owe him that, he’s my best friend but I won’t tell his parents and save him from dying. Over and over and oooover again. Urgh.
- Also the police were not smart. They were notoriously slow. Half the time they had a city, town, and exact location of Mark but they STILL COULD NOT CATCH THE 12 YEAR OLD SICK CHILD.
I definitely would’ve be on the edge of my seat if I’d read it 10 years ago. Impossible mountain climbs and dying kids always fascinated me (hey, I was a morbid little kid), but reading it now? I did feel a little old to appreciate what Mark was doing. I just wanted to grab him and slap him and say “YOU CAN GET BETTER” and take him home for food and hugs. Mark was an excellent character.
Mind Games by Terri Terry
Thank you Hachette Australia! Published March 5th, 2015
I have literally no idea what I just read. At first I thought, “Huh?” and then I finished and thought, “HUH?!!!” I feel terrible and I tried to read slowly to mull over it, but…I feel a severe brain disconnect with Mind Games.
- I don’t know what the book really was supposed to be about.
- I didn’t “get” the point.
- I don’t understand how the world possibly functions when all anyone does is lay about playing virtual video games.
- I don’t know why/what the protagonist, Luna, wanted to achieve.
- I JUST DON’T GET IT, OKAY? AND I’M SORRY.
The basic premise is everyone is “plugged-in” to a virtual reality. You get these implants (basically a computer in your head) and if you don’t have one you’re get the very catchy name of REFUSER. Naturally, Luna (protagonist) is a Refuser. Don’t ask why, I have no freaking clue.
I thought Luna was cute, but I didn’t know her. What did she want to achieve? What did she crave? I felt she coasted through the story. (This could just be how I interpreted it, of course!) Everyone called her “loony” and she seemed a bit scatty, but I HAVE NO IDEA WHO LUNA IS INSIDE.
At 450+ pages, it was way too long. I honestly felt like it was a billion pages of vagueness. I can’t believe or understand HOW I just so badly missed the point. This hasn’t happened before, I promise. I was confused and bored. The writing was amazing and luring and the virtual world was an epic premise! And it’s pretty. So that counts.
Before the Fire by Sarah Butler
Thank you Pan Macmillan AU! Published March 12th, 2015.
Basically this is a sad, sad story about two incredible rude and belligerent teenage boys. Now this isn’t a spoiler because it’s in the blurb but: Mac dies. (Random knife attack.) The story is mostly told by Kieran/Stick who has a FOUL MOUTH and his FOUL ATTITUDE. Seriously, I am so mad right now. Why?
- Stick spends 87% of the book drunk or smoking mushrooms (even before Mac dies).
- He swears at his parents like all the time.
- When he’s not drinking he’s effing this and that and the other. The dude has no vocabulary. I wish I could say “he’s coping with his best friends death” but Stick was awful BEFOREHAND.
- Mac was even worse.
- They were disgustingly sexist and always referred to girls by first noting their butt/boobs/legs. It was so horrifically degrading.
- Stick “fixes” his emotional trauma by getting a girlfriend.
- Said girlfriend has no personality (but colourful hair) and is basically there to provide “aw, it’ll be okay” and sex. (At least Stick doesn’t spout off any “I love you” soliloquies because I think I would’ve screamed. At one point he literally says he can’t break up with J because they haven’t had sex yet. I WOULD LIKE TO HIT SOMETHING, OKAY?)
I refuse to take pity and root for horrible boys who view girls as objects and swear at their parents. I had literally NO reason to want Stick to do well in life. He was a sad specimen of a human bean. I refuse to consider that it’s “normal” for 18-year-old boys to think/act this way. It is wrong. I want to read books about people who use their God given brains and if someone is going to be sexist I haven’t got the time of day for them. I couldn’t be more furious at this book, okay?!
phewf. that was intense. (i warned you it went rapidly downhill!) have you read any of these? any on your TBR?? do you ever read books where you feel 99% unconnected? and what about books about sexist teenagers? do you think it’s realistic and needed in literature or do you think we should be moving away from it?? (totally curious on your thoughts here!)
Cait @ Paper Fury
…is currently still fuming after reading Before The Fire and with its degrading view on women. She seriously just read The Help which was so brutally honest about racism/sexism and yet empowering! Yay for The Help! Right now, Cait is plotting to make chocolate chip biscuits and write lists of fabulousness in her Literary Listography book. Because: LISTS.