While I liked the book and I’m a fan of the author, I felt like this book wasn’t really worth it. Like I said, I liked it, but it was so short. I know, it was supposed to be a novella, but it felt too short to even be classified as that. It seemed like the development of the story could have been helped if it had been fleshed out. I just expected more from it, I guess.
This is a meme that I participate in every year on LiveJournal. Even if you get nothing, it’s still a fun meme because it allows us to be kids again and make Christmas lists. Let’s face it, that kind of dreaming and hope is fun. So here’s my wishlist this year. If you want to make one, leave me a link and I’ll post it here.
THE ORIGINAL MEME:
Make a post (public, friends-locked, filtered… whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related (“I’d love a Snape/Hermione icon that’s just for me”) to medium (“I wish for _____ on DVD”) to really big (“All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV”). The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) can get in touch with you. Your home address is not required!
Make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.
Surf around your friends list (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here’s the important part…
If you see a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes one person’s trash is another’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use – or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free – do it.
You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to be someone else’s holiday elf – to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not – it’s your call. There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just… wish, and it might come true. Give and you might receive. You’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.
- Shot glasses - I’ve just started collecting these, so I would love to have some new ones to add to my very small collection.
- Postcards – I like to get mail of the non-bill variety and postcards are always so awesome to look at. I’ve never really been anywhere big, but postcards kind of give me a way to do that without leaving my house.
- Books – I’ve read almost 200 books in the last year, so I think books are definitely something that I could see being useful in the next year. They can be new, used, or just recommendations.
- Crafting stuff – I’ve started learning how to do knitting recently, and I’m planning on learning how to do crochet & to sew as well, so I would love some supplies or patterns or just some suggestions.
- Toys for Amy Pond – She’ll be a year old on the 21st of December. She tears toys up really easily, so she’s only got a couple that are still in good enough shape for her to play with.
- Help with my domain hosting bill – It is processed through PayPal, but the money doesn’t go to me. It goes directly to DreamHost, the company that I get my site hosted through, and is automatically applied to my account. The minimum they’ll allow is $10.
- Guitar – No, I don’t expect anyone to get this for me. I would just like to learn how to play guitar sometime.
- Surprise me
- Gift Cards - Amazon.com, Target, and Barnes and Noble
- Anything from my Amazon wishlist
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This was a pretty good book. That being said, there was nothing truly remarkable about it. Yes, it made me cry, but given the subject matter, that was sort of a given. If it hadn’t made me cry, I probably would have worried.
It isn’t bad or poorly written. It’s very easy to read, so the problem isn’t that it’s hard to follow. It’s also pretty realistic. The problem is that in order for me to think of a book as being truly great, it needs to grab me. It needs to make something deep in me shift in some way. This didn’t. It had nothing truly extraordinary about it.
I wanted to love it. I really did, but it just wasn’t that great. To me, when a book doesn’t really inspire you in some way or leave you feeling like something about your world has been changed, then I end up feeling like I’ve wasted my time.
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Once upon a time, I gave this book a five-star rating. After doing a re-read this past week, I’m wondering why I ever gave it such a high rating. It definitely doesn’t deserve it. Maybe I was just so enamored by vampire novels at that point that I thought anything with a little fang or a little blood was awesome. Obviously, I was wrong.
As is typical with the young adult vampire novel, the heroine considers herself to be a freak and lives in some sort of broken home/recently remarried type situation. As is also typical, said heroine is having boy troubles. Apparently, vampire novel heroines are always having some kind of heartache/heart-break issue. Maybe it’s actually heartburn and they need some kind of acid reliever. Honestly, that would make more sense in a lot of cases within this genre.
I was intrigued that the story dealt with segregation. Once teenagers find out that they are vampyres, as they spell it in this book, they have to give up their old life and move into a special boarding school for other people who have been marked. I know that might sound a lot like Harry Potter, but instead of being just a tradition, this is something that seems to be legally required of newly marked. It is also apparent that this is different from the HP books in that the outside world knows about vampyres existing and they treat them as being lesser creatures because they are no longer human. (To be fair, the vampyres call humans ‘refrigerators’, so there really is no love lost.)
Zoey Redbird, this novel’s heroine and narrator, is a bit of a queen of exaggeration and immaturity. She says that she has limited math skills, but makes fun of her best friend’s worse one when the friend exaggerates a number. It makes Zoey seem very haughty. It was the kind of attitude that you might see someone display right before someone punched them in the face. And she really has no right to be so, since, like I said, she’s got some problems with immaturity. She uses words like “boobie” and “poopie” regularly. And she gets distracted whenever she thinks about those words. It’s very annoying. She’s also a hypocrite. She will ridicule someone else in one paragraph for a particular behavior and then turn around and do the exact same behavior just a few paragraphs later.
Zoey and her friends like to partake in the hobby of slut-shaming. There was honestly more slut-shaming in this book than I was ever exposed to in high school. It was very alarming to see two female writers propagating the idea that girls who have sex or who enjoy being sexual in any way deserve to be treated with less respect and with continued ridicule. What does that teach the readers of these novels to think about sex and sexuality?
Zoey also uses other ways of insulting people through slurs and stereotypes. Negative remarks that she makes about others often relate to the person’s sex life or their body shape and size. And do not get me started on how Damien is described. Zoey actually mentions something about not hearing a lisp. And the story goes out of the way to make him seem like he’s different from every other gay guy in the world. Instead of making the story seem more inclusive by having a gay character, it actually feels more like they’re being even more ignorant and anti-LGBTQ. She calls another character a “retard” and makes fun of friends of her stepfather as being “beady-eyed pedophile husbands”. Both of these things disgusted me. There is even racist wording used to describe a fellow student’s hair.
I know that Zoey cannot and shouldn’t be a perfect character. Flaws are what make characters great, but there’s a point when it becomes obvious that it’s more than just a flawed character–it’s a flawed book. The writing quality of the book is poor. Before Zoey goes to the House of Night, there’s a scene where her mother and stepfather are talking…and they seem to only talk in cliches. The mother actually makes a comment about “what will the neighbors say.” It was ridiculous. Throughout the book, it felt like the writers are trying really hard to be young and fresh. That was disconcerting to me because one of the authors is young enough that she shouldn’t have had to try very hard to sound young. And, as I think I’ve pointed out by now, the book is filled with ignorance and bigotry. Instead of being an interesting story, it just comes across as disgusting.
I saw the movie adaptation of this book a while back and was unimpressed, so I was expecting the book to be similarly disappointing. Luckily, I was wrong. It wasn’t the easiest book to get into at first, though. And I wasn’t that big of a fan of the way the book was set-up in parts–at least with regards to the first few parts of it. There was also some mild slut-shaming in it, but there wasn’t so much that it ruined the book for me.
The main character and his situation were so easy to relate to. Vizzini’s explanations of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation were so spot on that it was almost scary. I wish that this book or one like it had existed when I was a teenager because I think it definitely would have made things a lot easier.
It is a quirky, funny story, but it also is a really deep story. It’s got some really sad moments, and if you make it through without crying, then you’re doing better than I did. The only reason that it took me 3 days to read this book is that I ended up crying so much while reading it.
This is probably the most realistic work of fiction that I’ve ever seen for what it is like to have a mental illness and what it’s like to have to spend time in a psychiatric unit. It’s really wonderful and worthwhile. I would recommend this to anyone who has a history of mental illness and to friends of people with mental illnesses, because it explains what the mentally ill deal with on a day-to-day basis. Even though it is meant for a young adult audience, the way it’s written makes it feel appropriate for adults as well.
I’ve never really checked out The Oatmeal, and maybe that impacted how I felt about this book. I’d seen some of the stuff in the book, because it had been shared by various people. Anyway, the book is funny. It is a bit repetitive, but that’s kind of par for the course with some comedy/humor books.
Even though I really enjoyed this book, I’m not sure if I would be willing to buy it. It’s not exactly something that would be entertaining after you’ve already read it. I would suggest people check it out from their local libraries, unless they are collectors of stuff by The Oatmeal.