The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

Tag: fiction

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

4/5 stars

Thank you to NETGALLEY and RANDOM HOUSE for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am always grateful for your kindness and generosity!

3.5 stars, somewhere between this book was okay and enjoying it. I rounded up instead of down, so I’m going to go with 4/5 stars for The Most Dangerous Place on Earth.

Pleasantly surprised by this book, which I found very fascinating in a horrible way. It’s like a train wreck that you drive by and rubberneck so you can admire the disaster, I found myself enjoying this book the very same way. I loved reading about these rich kids get their comeuppance for something terrible that they did; granted I don’t think any of the characters in this story wanted such a bad thing to happen to young Tristan.

I felt like the storyline with Abigail/Doug was a little out of place but not distracting from the rest of the story. I understand why it was there, it just didn’t go anywhere and it felt like there was supposed to be more story there that just didn’t get addressed properly. I also sort of feel like this about Holly Nicoll’s character but not as strongly.

I’m an older millennial so it was fascinating to me to read about social media in the lives of teenagers these days. When I graduated high school, MySpace was just getting ready to launch. I had a MySpace for a while, and subsequently move to Facebook (along with everyone else), but I didn’t Facebook (oh my, it’s a verb now!) for long before finding out that it simply isn’t for me and deleted my account. It’s so strange to read about how every day it is for children now, how quickly news travels and how connected everyone is! It’s not a part of my life and is a bit confusing to me. But it’s interesting!

Calista is my favorite character in this book and I believe I identified with her the most. I found her desire to change and following through very inspiring if one can momentarily forget why she had such a deep desire to change, to begin with.

Everyone We’ve Been

4/5 stars

This book hooked me in a way that I haven’t been hooked since the first time I saw Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind. Everyone We’ve Been was well written with some very developed characters. It was a good mystery that kept me guessing, very tense and emotional from time to time. I don’t want to talk about this book too much because it would be too easy to spoil and I wouldn’t want anyone to get spoiled on this truly good book.

I do want to say though that holy shit, was the mom & dad (mostly the mom) not the most irresponsible parents? Yeah okay mom, you make your kids write down where they’re going to be and for how long on a whiteboard in the kitchen and then you turn around and hand deliver them to a doctor that’s going to tinker with their brains? Yeah mmhmm okay.

Really good book though, really. REALLY. I liked all the main characters and I felt for them and I wanted what was best for everyone.

The Way I Used To Be

4/5 stars

This book was very much like Speak which I first read during a very tumultuous time in my life- this book could almost be considered the updated version of Speak. This book had the same overall theme, the same writing style and left me feeling the same way at the end- sorry for the character but happy that things were eventually going to becoming better if only a little bit.

This book was very difficult to read. Some pages were so horrifying that I read quickly, just to get those parts over with. It broke my heart to read about Eden and her self-sabotage downward spiral. It was hard because I could understand her reasoning for doing these horrible things. I could understand why she was so filled with angst and hate and rage. I understand her carelessness and recklessness. But that didn’t make her story any easier to read.

So to all the Kevins in the world, I hope you are as miserable as you make other people. To all the Edens in the world- you are good and you have value. Don’t let Kevins take that away from you. And to everyone else- stay safe.

Every Exquisite Thing

4/5 stars

When I indulge myself in Young Adult fiction, THIS is what I am looking for. Sweet, kind misfit children who struggle with growing up and becoming their own person (kind of like where I have been consistently stuck emotional-development wise since 1999 when I first read The Perks of Being a Wallflower ). I like to read about children who get bullied and children dealing with feelings they’ve never felt before. A first relationship; a first loss. I don’t really have enough good things to say about this book and I have a feeling I would really like The Bubblegum Reaper as well if ever given such a magnificent opportunity.

Plains of Passage

4/5 stars

The only reason I am not giving this book 5 stars (it’s truly an amazing story) is because Jean M. Auel overly enjoys writing unnecessary sex scenes, especially when you consider that at least one of said scenes were about mammoths having sex, and our two travelers (Ayla and Jondalar) being intensely turned on by this. Wtf.

HOWEVER, if you skip past the sex scenes this book is beautifully written, incredibly descriptive and educational at points, and the heroine of the novel is absolutely stunning.

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