We Were Liars (and random announcement that doesn’t need a whole post to itsself)

*SPOILER ALERT*

Cadence. Sweet, sweet Cadence. How could you ever do such a thing? Hurt such innocent people. And then just forget.

*And now back to your regularly scheduled program*

Let’s break this book down. I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart at the recommendation of a friend (also out of pure curiosity) in about 10 hours, it was good, not great but good. Also, it made me cry, so that’s something.

In terms of the actual story, I loved it. I connected with Cady and loved Gat whole heartedly and slightly hated Mirren for being such a bitch at times.

In terms of the actual style of the writing, eh. It was very confusing at times. I might just be a little dumb, but I feel there were times where the author mistakes Cady for Mirren and then I would go back and be like “oh wait I though Cady dyed her hair, but now its saying Mirren.” Just little things like that.

Also at random

times in the

middle

of the book

it would break

up like this.

Granted sometimes I loved it and it added drama, but other times just made it annoying to read and slightly difficult.

I wish the other characters were given a chance to develop more. I read somewhere that the title never really got explaining because the part where they are declared “The Liars” was cut out in editing. That bothers me because 1) it would probably help me get a larger understanding of Mirren, Johnny, and Gat but also because 2) why do publishers get to decide that a part of the book isn’t necessary, like excuse me, you need to back up.

(This is why I am going to start my own publishing company and let people publish whatever they want)

Do I recommend this book? Yes. Would I read it again? If I have 10 hours to spare and nothing to do, so probably not. Is it worth me purchasing? No, but I’m still going to buy it off thrift books to say I have it and because I love owning books. It makes me feel significant and educated.

Other reviews have complained that Cadence is annoying or spoiled or whatever, but I like her. She falls fast and hard. And she’s poetic about her pain. And she fell in love with a boy she couldn’t have. And she messed up really bad. And that’s who I am. I fall in love fast and hard and for no real reason, not know who the person is. And I aim to be poetic, sometimes. I don’t know, I just liked Cady… and Gat. Gat’s my favorite.

I didn’t like Mirren or Granddad. Mirren was annoying and Granddad was an arse.

This is the kind of book that you either love or hate. I mean granted I don’t particularly love or hate it, but there was nothing powerful or impactful. It’s a book to pass time and make you cry. It’s a good book. It’s a good book about a rich blond girl who has brain injury and is in love with a boy she can’t have and can’t remember most of summer 15.

But, it’s just a good book.

Read it or don’t.

My feelings won’t be hurt.


 

AND NOW FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT:

Starting next week, I will start doing “Short Story Saturday”. I probably didn’t make it up, and I won’t always post short stories, I might also post poetry, but it was catchy and Saturday is a nice day for me to just write and read and be lazy.

I just aim to post something not ranty/life/school on Saturdays 1) to improve my writing and 2) because I like posting my writing because I don’t expect feedback or feel it’s necessary.

Also, I’m sure it gets annoying having to read about my life.

Alright, that’s all for now.

Happy Saturday and happy memorial day weekend 🙂

A Short Story.

I recently read a handful of short stories for English. Usually, I am not a huge fan of them due to their unrealistic features, but these ones really made me think.

One of the short stories we read was Contents of a Dead Man’s Pockets. It’s pretty much about this man who ends up stuck 11 stories high off his apartment ledge, all because of a piece of paper. The realistic thing to do would be to go to your neighbors and reach out their window to get it, but instead the guy climbs out his window, out onto the ledge, and attempts to get the paper.

Eventually the man ends up safe back in his apartment, and ironically enough, the paper flies back out the window, and the man just leaves and goes to find his wife. Now, none of this is important. I choose this one as the best of the four we read because it made me think the most. Not about what would happen if I were stuck 11 stories high, but what would happen if I were the one up there and fell. There would be no way to identify me.

I am the type of person who has random junk in their pockets. I looked in my winter jacket pockets, and I found some Jolly Ranchers, a glove, and some tissues. I rarely carry around my wallet or a purse, and I have no clue where my school id’s ever are. This man was talking about how he only had a piece of paper that had gotten him up their in the first place, and some matches. There were other things in his pocket, but I can’t remember them right now.

I’m not saying that I’m dying, but if I were to ever get stuck on a ledge and all I had were the contents in my pocket, I’d be absolutely screwed. Now, this isn’t even the message of the story, but this is how I interpreted it.

Anyways, have an amazing weekend. And, sorry for the double post, I just totally forgot about the other one in my drafts. Love Ya!

-Savannah

TL:DR?

If I ever fall off a ledge and plummet to my death, there would only be Jolly Ranchers and a glove in my pocket.

Top (Insert Number here because I’m indecisive) : Books

*Disclaimer: These books are the best that I’ve read and this list is based solely on my opinion, sorry if you disagree. Unlike the last list, these are not in any specific order. Also, I’m not saying why because that would take forever and I have English homework.*

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chobskey

Papertowns by John Green

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Book Theif by Markus Zusak

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper
So, those are my favorite books. I have a lot more, these are just the ones that came into my head first.

Anyways, have a happy, healthy weekend.

Love ya!

-Savannah

(I actually have had this written for a week, I just forgot to post it. It was in my drafts!)

Delayed Book Review Time! Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

I put off writing this review yesterday since I was almost done with a book that I rather review than Romeo and Juliet then I put it off all day. It is now 9:30 pm and I am just beginning. Hey, at least I’m doing it! Anyway let’s dive in head first into this review, but first, in order for me to give a through reasoning for my thoughts, I will have to forewarn you that there is going to be spoilers.

Okay so this morning (probably afternoon), I finished reading a book by my favorite author (unless Rebecca Stead writes another book). I absolutely love Becca Fitzpatrick! She’s become probably my favorite author since I’ve read all of her books and am anticipating her new book coming out in October. I got Black Ice for Christmas from a friend but then left it at another friend’s house and just got it back on Monday so I decided to read it right then and there. It took me all but a few days to read this and now ill dissect the pros and cons of this book!

Cons:

-Korbie is kind or pointless and honestly shouldn’t be a character. She is just the annoying best friend who got them in the hostage situation in the first place. I didn’t really care for her. She was irritating to say the least, and I don’t know why Britt stayed best friends with her all her life.  I’m happy she got left behind. Unfortunately she lived. But she and Britt aren’t friends anymore so that’s cool.

-Britt is also kind of annoying. I thought that she would go through a character growth thing like all characters do, but she didn’t grow the way I hoped she would. She got stronger, but she was too obsessive over her ex, and seemed terribly reliant on all the men in her life. Even when she wasn’t trying to be reliant on guys, she still seemed reliant.

-it was predictable at times, but there were also a lot of plot twists that I’m not sure I’m completely in love with.

Pros:

-Britt is smarter than she seems. Shes annoying and too girly for my liking but she prepared for the trip and managed to outsmart her kidnapers. I mean she is smart enough to keep things hidden and lie but she falls in love with her kidnapper. Cute but I don’t think it was a smart idea.

-Britt ends up happy and with new friends, with her true love, and never hears from Korbie again. YAY!

-It wasn’t always predictable and through me for a lot of loops. Over all I give it a 4 of 5.

Becca, keep writing books. I’m super excited for Dangerous Lies. Can October come any slower? Please don’t come any slower.  I enjoyed Black Ice and The Hush, Hush Saga. I can’t wait to write a review on her next book! Well, that’s all. It’s always fun talking to strangers! Share, follow, enjoy! Thanks for listening to me rant, I appreciate it.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Ahhh! Finally! I’ve finally finished a book. What a relief it is to have the weight of self-guilt lifted off of your shoulders. On just Monday, I finally finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) By the one and only Mindy Kaling. My idol! As I’ve mentioned time after time, I love Mindy, she is amazing. And reading her book made me appreciate her more. To start off I’m just going to briefly describe why I only gave it 4 stars on good reads. So the first reason is that it seemed to kind of drag on towards the end, but then when it was the end, it was just an abrupt ending. Just like “yep that’s the end of my book. Go find a life now!” and really it shouldn’t have taken me as long as it did to read it, but I got 2/3 of the way through and it got less interesting. I’m not sure if it was because I couldn’t any longer relate to her since it was her life in production of The Office, or that I was legitimately bored. That’s another reason I didn’t like the book enough to give it 5 stars. I wasn’t any longer able to connect after her childhood. I felt more like I was reading a newspaper article about her success rather than an autobiography. Anyway, those were the only real downsides to the book for me.

Overall, I was able to relate to things that happened to Mindy in her life. Even though shes 21 years older than me (barely), she has had a lot of stuff happen in her teens and her child hood that any normal chubby kid would understand. You have a minimal group of friends, and you keep them because you don’t know if you are going to make more, but then you realize that nobody can define you and that you are absolutely freaking gorgeous. Honestly I’ve always been the chubby kid, probably was even fat at some points, and I still am a little chubby, but who isn’t. Okay well, bad question because I can name a ton of skinny people, but that’s not the point. Everyone is their own beautiful, and my beautiful is a short and cubby/curvy beautifulness and yours could be a tall skinny beautifulness but it’s all cool. Mindy says numerous times that she isn’t a traditional celebrity mainly because shes a size 8 not a size zero like most of them. It really gave me some insight on how size doesn’t matter and how alike celebrities are to normal people. That’s really all I have to say about the book. I could go on for hours about how connected I felt to childhood Mindy, but nobody wants that. Get your copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) on amazon for only $3.36 (plus shipping). Like always, if you enjoyed this post, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend (strangers are cool too) or sharing it on Twitter and/or Facebook. Be sure to check out my other posts and don’t forget to follow this little bundle of joy (I’m actually not that nice but I am short so that’s half true). Thanks you for reading!

Book/Movie Review and a Life Experience

I didn’t quite understand what Melody Grace was talking about the first dozen times I read her book, Unbroken. I never really had a comparison between the “two kinds of love,” the steady breeze and the hurricane. For those of you who haven’t read this book, or have and don’t recall the beginning of the first chapter, here’s the two kinds of love.

“The steady breeze is slow and patient. It fills the sails or the boats in the harbor, and lifts laundry on the line. It cools you on a hot summer’s day, brings the leaves of fall, like clockwork every year. You can count on a breeze, steady and sure and true. But there’s nothing steady about a hurricane. It rips through the town, reckless, sending the ocean foaming up the shore, felling trees and power lines and anyone dumb or f***ed up enough to stand in its path. Sure, it’s a thrill like nothing you’ve ever known: your pulse kicks, your body calls to it, like a spirit possessed. It’s wild and breathless and all-consuming. But what comes next? ‘You see a hurricane coming, you run,’ my mom told me the summer I turned eighteen. ‘You shut the doors, and you bar the windows. Because come morning, there’ll be nothing but the wreckage left behind.’ Looking back, I wonder if Mom saw it in my eyes: the storm clouds gathering, the dry crackle of electricity in the air. But it was already too late. No warning sirens were going to save me. I guess you never really know the danger, not until you’re the one left, huddled on the ground, surrounded by the pieces of your broken heart. That’s the thing about hurricanes. Once the storm touches down, all you can do is pray.”

Pretty much, Melody Grace was explaining the two types of love. In this books, it makes sense that it has to do with weather, since most of it takes place in Beachwood Bay. It’s been a while since I read this book, but after watching Labor Day (2014) last night, I finally understood what Melody was aiming towards, which caused me to link the book to my life.

The book overall wasn’t that great. It was very predictable and I only ever reread it because I loved the feeling of Juliete (main character) getting her happiness and her love. Labor Day is a whole other story. I loved it from beginning to end and even though I’ve seen it a few times, I still hope that the ending changes. I still hope that Adele gets her love.

So, I connected the book and the movie because, in the movie, Adele in divorced from a steady breeze, her son’s father. Then Frank comes around and changes everything. Even though Adele is risking her life, she keeps Frank because she loves him. He is her hurricane.

When it comes to my life, I have had a fair share of steady breezes and a hand full of hurricanes. All of my steady breezes (close friends) have stayed with me through everything. They’re predictable. They won’t leave me behind. All the hurricanes I’ve ever met were never quite my friends. Just someone I had met and talked to for a few days and then that was it. Except one. I have this one friend, I guess you could say, that’s a hurricane. They’re the worst, yet best person I’ve ever met. They keep me on my feet and make me happy, yet cause me so much pain at the same time. Hurricanes are unpredictable. My hurricane is constantly in and out of my life, and I always say I’m done, but I never really am. I don’t want to be done. Having a hurricane is fun. You wake up each day wondering what’s in store. A hurricane is something that everyone should experience. 207 days. You are my hurricane. Am I yours?