So today I'm going to talk about the book, Entangled. It's a book I read a couple of years ago but the story still sticks with me; if something sticks with you that long and you find yourself still thinking about it years later, it's a great book.
The main character Grace is an ordinary teenage girl, she's not beautiful or glamorous (you might be seeing a pattern here in my taste in books) She is a normal girl who gets upset over boys and has a normal best friend. Only the whole way the story is told is not something I expected.
You know she's been taken because it describes most of the event at the very beginning of the book; however who she is taken by was quite surprising. Where she is kept is described as white with not much furniture. There's a man who looks after her, a good looking man who would normally have no business kidnapping women. She's told to write down everything about the last few years of her life; to me the whole book tells a tale of what a normal teenage girls life is like or what it can be like. Grace is not the most conservative girl, she has sex a lot. Her best friend never had. It causes a conflict because Grace pressures her into losing her virginity, Grace isn't necessarily a great role model; but she was pressured into sex herself. She wouldn't have known the difference, to her it could have been normal because nobody ever told her different.
The thing is is that even yes Grace is not a great role model, she cannot entirely be to blame. Nobody taught her self respect, nobody taught her to value herself. So when she doesn't she gets called a slut and she has no idea why, nobody told her it was a bad thing and nobody was there.
This to me is one of the main things in the book that got to me more than the actual story line. She didn't know any different and so she did what those around her did, those who maybe were in the same boat and had no guidance.
The reason Grace was in the white room is down to her, she was not kidnapped. It was her subconscious. She tried to kill herself. Her best friend was sleeping with her boyfriend. She was in a coma and the man was a figment of her imagination. She had to remember everything to figure out how she got into that position in the first place. To learn from her mistakes.
In general the book is really well written and I love that the main character had so many flaws, it made it feel real rather than a perfect little girl with no real issues because that is not reality and I think we need more of this kind of books; this is the kind of book a teenage girl might read and not feel bad about herself because she might not be stick thin or beautiful with clear skin with long flowing hair. If you are one of those girls, great; but do not take it for granted. Be mindful that whatever you have, another girl could be looking at you wishing they had what you do. It's not a bad thing to be beautiful, but beauty is only skin deep if you are not humble enough to appreciate what you have.
That's my review on Entangled by Cat Clarke :)
Let me know of your favourite not as well known authors and I'll check them out, always looking for new authors to read :)
Until next time guys :D
So this post is about one of the first books I bought for myself as a child.
At the time I didn't really think I had much to relate to it, but as I grew up I realised just how important the message was.
So Eva, the main character is a normal girl in school and excels in gymnastics. She is an athlete and obsessed with staying in shape. She is her biggest critique and craves perfection in every aspect of her life. Not something I exactly related to when I was in school myself.
As the book progresses you realise just how obsessed with staying in shape she is and it ends up costing her competitions. She starved herself trying to be as light as possible so she could pull off the moves needed to win the competitions. This came at a price and when Patty joins the gymnastics team she gets jealous.
Patty is not exactly a thin girl, she's described as quite chunky. She doesn't let that get in the way of her goals to be a gymnast. She could move just as well as any of the other girls, despite looking a bit peculiar in the process.
Eva wants to be the best, she has been for a very long time and has this strict idea that athletes should be thin; they should be toned and nimble, so when Patty joined with her larger figure, she immediately disliked her.
The reason I chose this book to review is because I think it sent such a strong message. I was at school when I read this book and I was very heavily into running; I was so extremely thin that I looked unwell but to me I always felt fat and so I would run more and more and eat less. In the end I got very unhealthy but I didn't even realise. It wasn't that I was just physically unhealthy but mentally a young girl shouldn't be worrying about how thin she is, the same goes for boys.
I relished in pride every time I lost a pound which is the same as Eva in the book. Patty for me is the inspiring person in this book. Against all odds she worked hard to be the best she could be without obsessing over little things such as weight. This for me is the strongest message in this book and I think it should be something young girls take into consideration.
That's my review on The Perfect Ten by Chris Higgins :D
Let me know what you think and if you have any requests for books you would like me to cover :)
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So I decided to focus on books that aren't the first thing you hear about when you mention books. You know what I mean, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter etc etc...you already know those books are amazing.
I wanted to share with you amazing writing that I know I myself relate to so much.
So I chose this book because first of all the title. Fan Girl, I am a huge fan girl of so many things and instantly I thought 'what is she a fan girl of?' that and the fact that she's writing on a laptop that says 'A Novel' made it clear she's an aspiring author which I also relate to.
The main character is a twin and her sister is somewhat of a rebel. Her sister is always trying to be unique and get away from the whole 'identical twin' thing. The main character, Cath has always relied on her sister being there. Again something I can relate to because I am one hell of a clingy mofo.
Cath is a creative writer. She follows this series of books and writes fan fiction obsessively, she's too wrapped up in the fantasy world that she doesn't notice when a goofy guy, Levi is interested in her. One thing I loved about this book is it wasn't the girl hopelessly in love with the guy trying to win his heart, it's a story of a girl who doesn't know how to be loved. She is so innocent and naive that she literally just cannot fathom how to act in a relationship.
Levi is a kind and caring guy, he's the chaser in this story but as always there is a twist to it. Now the thing is, I wanted to hate the guy. After what he did I really did want to hate him. But as the book progressed it became difficult and suddenly I found myself rooting for him, for them.
One of the reasons why I liked this book so much is because the main character, Cath was awkward. She was not a beautiful, delicate flower who always had guys chasing after her. She is strange and quirky and plain looking. But like it normally is, to one guy, she was beautiful.
I thought the book was awesome. I felt the characters were real people rather than these amazingly beautiful people who had the worst pasts ever which haunted their every step. No, it's not like that. I felt like they were the kind of people who I would actually like to know. Each and every one of them had different issues and quirks and reminded me so much of how people could actually be and it didn't feel like the fantasy world I half expected.
All in all I loved this book and that's why I chose it for my first review. I hope you guys decide to pick it up and give it a go, you won't regret it. If you want to see a review on any books in particular leave a comment below and I will expand my book shelf.
Thanks guys, until next time :D