- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Slow paced, very long (2h40 or so) but very good nonetheless.
- LOL (laughing out loud) — French movies, 1h40, very funny, drama. Definitely worth watching.
- My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent — YA, Urban Fantasy, romantic elements, bean sídhe (banshees), funny, sad. Definitely worth reading.
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman — YA, car accident, making a very difficult choice. I expected more. Disappointing, but still worth reading because the main character’s family (Mia) feels very real with its little details. But I thought that if her choice was so hard, I’d cry. I didn’t.
- Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson — YA, about the prom, Ashley, main character, doesn’t care about the prom, has to help organize the prom after the math teacher steals the money, quite funny. It was quite different from her other novels and not what I expected but, but I recommend it.
The last book deserves to be on its own, not because it’s bad, but because it’s really really good:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher — you’ve probably heard of it and thought “I should get that book, it sounds good.” If you haven’t: why not? Then again, it sat on my shelf for quite some time before I picked it up, and boy do I regret not reading it earlier.
You know, you often hear reviews saying “This book will stay on your mind long after you’ve finished it” or something like that, and those books never do stay on my mind. But Thirteen Reasons Why? If anybody has written a review saying that, they’re right.
I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about this book on and off for the next few days or weeks. I’ll talk about it to my friends, beg them to read it. And I’m blogging about it. Maybe it deserves its own post… Or blog even. But I don’t have the time.
Anyway, back to the book.
Go here http://www.thirteenreasonswhy.com/book.php for more about it.
Finished reading it? Okay. Now go out and buy the book. Not convinced yet? Okay, fine.
I cried. Actual tears running down my cheeks. This only happens if a character I’ve grown close to in a series dies, like the seventh Harry Potter, or the fourth book of another series.
Only in two standalone books have I cried. I mean really cried. Most sad books get me teary, but no tears I need to wipe with a tissue. Why? Because I need to get close to the character, I need to feel for them, to care about them. This is hard to do if it’s just one book with no sequels.
So, what two books actually made me cry?
Before I Die by Jenny Downham and…
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
If you still need to be convinced, then here: I feel like all those characters are real people. Actual people that I could meet. And that is something that has NEVER happened before. Ever. I swear.
I’ve read a lot of books in my life, trust me, and I have never ever thought that the characters were real.
Still not convinced?
I want to save Hanna Baker, the (kind of) main character who killed herself.
(This isn’t a spoiler. Don’t worry.)
I want to go back in time, be a student at her school, see the signs that she was going to kill herself, and save her.
I hope I’ve convinced you to read the book, because this is a book that needs to be read.