Friday, October 23, 2015

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

            First of all, Morgan Matson is sweet and amazing. One thing I hadn't known before I picked this book up was that the main character's name is Emily. Awesome right?!?! Well when I met Morgan she asked me what my name was. I said Emily because my name and she proclaimed, "I LOVE THAT NAME!!" Which I could've guessed because my name is the character.

             So that's Morgan!

Rate: 5/5 Stars
            Since You've Been Gone- Sloane has gone missing, but she left Emily a list of thirteen things to do. These thirteen things are things that Emily would never think of doing. She could not have completed the list alone. Never would she have thought that with the help of Frank, she would finally finish a list that Sloane gave her.
            The beginning is a little slow, but that does not stop this book from blowing me away. Emily becomes friends with Frank, but not because she really wanted to. She kept running into Frank and his friend Collins. He helps her when she almost gets herself arrested for theft and he arranges for her to get some of the items on her list crossed off. They have a fun relationship, I think. He wants her help to learn how to run. Basically he wants to get fit and she is just the person to do it. They show each other different types of music. They make each other better people.
            Frank is at the top of his class. He goes to Princeton every summer except this summer. His girlfriend goes to Princeton without him and so he finds himself with a summer job instead.
            Can he help Emily complete the list Sloane gave her? Will they find Sloane? Will this also be one of your favorite books like it is mine? All you have to do is pick up this book and read it. Don't stop reading once you start it. You won't regret it!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Before I read this book, I had only heard great things. I was so excited to read this book! I knew that it was about a boy who is friends with a girl who has cancer. On the front of my book it says it is similar to the Fault in our Stars. SO I got the book at the Texas Teen Book Festival held in Austin and had it signed by Jesse Andrews! Great day I would add. Here's the picture of me with him:

My rating: 1/5 Stars

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about a boy named Greg and his best friend Earl along with a dying girl named Rachel. The ONLY reason that Greg begins to talk to Rachel is because his mother forces him to talk to her. She find out she has cancer and for some reason thinks that he is still friends with Rachel. Thus begins the renewed friendship of Rachel and Greg and a new friendship between Earl and Rachel.

I actually really appreciate Rachel and Earl, however the amount of foul language in this book is ridiculous. It would have been a better book without it. I was appalled by it. It may be that those words are in fact used by many in our world today on a usual basis, but for me I couldn't stand it. You could take all those words out and the book would probably be about fifty pages shorter. This is probably only a slight exaggeration of the foul language.

Then there's the fact that I didn't really understand the entire purpose of the book. It could have been written in less than ten pages and it might have been a whole lot better. Right from the beginning you know Rachel is going to die. He comes right out and tells you. Whether or not he tells you, it's pretty obvious someone is going to die. This book was expanded two hundred and eighty-five pages more than it should have been.

Overall I did not like this book. I really wanted to, but I couldn't get into it. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone. Personally I wouldn't want my sister or anyone else I know to have to read the amount of awful language in there along with many comments and jokes that were very inappropriate. I'm sure many can handle it. I guess I'm just not one of them.