Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Title: We Were Liars

Author: Emily Lockhart

Published: May 13th 2014

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Synopsis

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

My Thoughts

The Marketing

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, just intrigued by the insistence that readers must lie about the ending. So, first off, I must say what a persuasive promotional campaign that was! I simply had to know what happened that was so unexpected that I couldn’t talk about without giving away too much information, as reviews had been constantly assuring me. And you know what? Everything I’d heard about this book was completely accurate.

The End

The twist at the end hit me like a ton of bricks. My heart stopped, dropped, and rolled in anguish in my chest. To me, atleast, it had been utterly unseeable. I had no idea, absolutely no clue what the truth was, and I think that really is what made We Were Liars such a magnificent book to me. Then when I was hit with the truth, all the pieces came together and everything that I’d read all made sense.

The Romance

Apart from the shocking twist, We Were Liars contained such a sweet romance. I adored Cadence Sinclair’s love interest, Gat Patil. He’s right up there as one of my fave YA boyfriends, right with Augustus from The Fault in our Stars and Levi from Fangirl. He represented everything a summer courtship should be: sugar sweet and ocean deep. I found myself “awwwing” way too much reading him with Cadence.

The Family

I really enjoyed reading about the dysfunction that was the Sinclairs. It’s always fun to read about rich people who couldn’t even be happy with all their wealth. I was really happy that Cadence kept on seeing more and more through the veneer that was her seemingly ‘perfect’ family. We Were Liars also touched on really touchy subjects like racism and social class, in an excellent way.

The Writing

Overall, I really enjoy books that make me think and ponder about the world and life in general, and We Were Liars did just that. In a way, the Liars’ escapades were really inspiring. E. Lockhart’s lyrical prose is an added bonus. It kind of reminds me of Tahereh Mafi’s in theShatter Me trilogy, which, by the way, I adore.

The Spoiler Effect

It’s fun that I can’t really discuss this book without spoiling it, but it still leaves an insatiable urge inside of me to spill. There’s so much I want to talk about! Now to get my friends to read it . . .

5-stars

kele

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: September 10th, 2013

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Synopsis

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Thoughts

Fangirl has been all the rage for the past year now, so I read it to see what all the fuss was about.

What I found really appealing about it was that the protagonist was very relatable to myself, because she, like me, is a fangirl.

Cath is off to college as a new freshman, and she likes to hole up in her dorm room and write fanfiction. The crazy thing about reading this story is that I felt like I was reading about myself in the future, fast forward a year and a half. I felt myself nodding along with her antisocial personality. Cath was actually living my dream: taking a creative writing class and being favored by the professor as being possibly the best writer there. She was also a serious inspiration for me to take up writing fanfiction again. This book just reminded me of the wonder of producing an entirely new storyline out of characters you love and have already enjoyed reading about.

Now, on to Levi, Cath’s love interest. I think that Levi has actually beat out Augustus Waters for me in being my favorite boy ever in a YA novel. He is everything I enjoy being around: outgoing, nice to everyone, charming, charismatic, and, to top it all off, a smiler. I was totally disagreeing with Cath when she was faulting him for being so nice at first. I loved it!

I feel like Cath and Levi’s relationship was the most real relationship I have actually read in a YA novel. It happened slowly, and not right off the bat. Levi just kind of grew on Cath, and their first kiss was literally the cutest thing I have ever read. I squealed out loud multiple times during the buildup to the kiss. The way Cath got to explore being in love with such a wonderful guy as Levi was heartwarming, and they had their very realistic ups and downs before they even got together.

If you’re looking for a relatable YA book with a very realistic romance, look no further: grab a copy of Fangirl right away!

5-stars

Kele

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Chandelier Music Video

Chandelier is a powerful song by Sia about struggling with addiction. It’s one of my favorite songs of all time and a must listen. The music video is brilliant. Watching it was a magical and ethereal experience. It perfectly depicts the emotion behind Sia’s singing in the erratic, energetic dancing of a young girl in a desolate apartment.

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I was completely blown away by the talent surging out from the body of such a little girl. imagesHer dancing was captivating, mesmerizing, entrancing.mgid uma image mtv.com 9235917 I was in total awe as she displayed such amazingly executed dance moves along with the song. sia-chandelier-official-video-2I felt like the girl was expressing herself to the music through her dancing as a purely aesthetic art form. music-video-screencap-for-sias-chandelierNow that is what I call DANCING. t_df837c89821f423283ef017e7fb35acfShe spoke the lyrics through her body and was utterly believable. timthumb.phpHer dancing was so on point.tumblr_n5ddvixqqx1ttcbr8o1_400 She is the best dancer I’ve ever watched, a real prodigy!098d11acae4ab0ef551b6ad1cbf79182

The girl, I discovered, is 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler from a reality TV show called Dance Moms. her

Her little sister, Mackenzie Ziegler, is also a dancer. sister

I wish both little stars all the very best in their wondrous careers.

If you want to see a riveting out pour of emotion, watch Sia’s chandelier music video.

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Beauty will save the world

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“I believe that our capacity to feel or experience beauty is the very foundation of your humanity; the most primordial aspect of what it means to be human.”

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:

beautyDostoyevsky once said that beauty will save the world. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn kind of agreed with him in his 1970 Nobel Lecture. (that’s just an excerpt but it’s so worth reading.)

Beauty will save the world.

But what exactly is beauty? How can you define it?

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Why Write: Hasty Words

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I remember when I was younger I wanted to be a brain surgeon until I realized I could end up killing someone, and that’s where the dream ended. Then I wanted to be a psychiatrist until I realized I could screw a person up mentally, and that’s where that dream ended. I created and destroyed my dreams one after the other because of the notion that one way or another I would end up invariably hurting another human being. But then in Anatomy and Physiology class during the late 1980’s I got to dissect a frog. Finally, a dream I couldn’t destroy with my little theory.

I wanted to be a forensic pathologist. I wanted to examine corpses and put all the puzzle pieces together that would explain their sudden and sometimes violent deaths. I could be the person finding answers that would give the living closure. It wasn’t until…

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Hitchcock for Teens: In Defense of ‘Pretty Little Liars’

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Brother speaks my mind.

Originally posted on Pop Junkie:

I have a confession to make: I watch a show named Pretty Little Liars. I say this with such trepidation because of the image this title evokes. Said image is one that suggests this show is about a group of Barbie girls gossiping, lying and playing bitchy games of one-upmanship with one another. In other words, another Gossip Girl clone or Desperate Housewives for teens. Funnily enough, when the series of books that the show is based on were conceived, the aim was to create a narrative that emulated that of Housewives but within a high-school setting. On that note, Pretty Little Liars does, indeed, have some quite obvious (albeit superficial) parallels to both Housewives and Gossip Girl. The show begins with the murder of a high-school queen bee in the small town of Rosewood. The event unites the girl’s four best friends who proceed to search for the truth…

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