Book Review: The Grownup

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

If there’s one thing people should know about me, it would be my love for fucked up ANYTHING; books, movies, shows, stories, you name it. The Grownup is bordering mindfuckery and I’m all up for it. I dived in without reading the synopsis, basically not knowing anything about the story. The book was only 60+ pages short, but Gillian Flynn managed to craft a page-turner! What seemed like a cliffhanger and/or a hint to the sequel was simply a brilliant reflection of the story. I was left with a choice of who and what I should believe in, nitpick the facts, the fallacies, and the plotholes, just like the main character of the story.

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Book Review: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is the second Murakami book that I’ve ever read. (Again, I still don’t have an excuse as to why I was able to put off reading Murakami for YEARS. Don’t judge me, please! lol) The first book I read was Norwegian Wood, and the timing of me reading Blind Willow couldn’t have been any more perfect because there were some easter eggs for fans of Norwegian Wood here in Blind Willow! Two out of the 24 stories referenced NW (Norwegian Wood), one being a mini-sequel and the other being what seemed to be an early and/or shorter version of NW. Reading this gave me a sort-of fresh look at the story if it would have been JUST a short story.

The stories traversed ordinary and the bizarre imagery of life. I can’t say that all were my favorite, but all of them definitely kept me entertained and some leaving me with a slightly broken heart and staying up thinking about them.

Murakami is indeed a master of the art of writing, and I will never get enough of him and his ever brilliant mind.

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Book Review: The Princess Diarist

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I haven’t read any books by Carrie, and this is my first one – implying that I WILL read her other books. This gave me a whole new view on Carrie as a writer and storyteller. This book, just like her other books, I assume, are living proof that Carrie is more than just an intergalactic princess in the Star Wars franchise. She’s an amazing writer, and a hilarious one too. What’s so inspiring about this book is that you get a glimpse of what it’s like to be Carrie Fisher – and not as Princess Leia Organa – and that she’s just like us – HUMAN!

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Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Mini-plot: A planet exists where everyone (literally) can hear each other’s thoughts. Yep. Including animals. In this planet, there are different settlements. Todd, the main character, is from a town called Prentisstown, where only men exist.

Actual rating: 100 effing stars (I didn’t say effing)
Story: A++++++ (as I expected from a Patrick Ness book)

My two cents:
I don’t even know where to begin this review, to be quite honest. Reading that book has been quite a ride for me. The story isn’t what I was expecting, and I hate myself for having put this off for years because “Oh god no, the book is too long.” You know what, past Pam? THE BOOK ISN’T EVEN ENOUGH. I tore through the book like how Todd and Viola ran day and night just to get to Haven.

*Random thoughts while reading the book*
*WE DON’T AND WILL NEVER DESERVE DOGS
*Todd is annoying sometimes. But sometimes I forget that he’s still a kid
*This is a different planet?? ? ?
*IS AARON INVINCIBLE??? TF ????
*MANCHEE???

*Things I love about this book*
*Todd’s innocence – The way the book is written, it’s easy (at times) to digest and internalize that Todd is really a 13-year old boy, from the way he thinks to the way he spells some words. We only know what Todd knows and that adds to the thrill of reading the book.
*Consistently unfortunate events – Omygod. This book will have you wishing Todd can take a break. I feel so bad and sad that this little boy is dealing with lots of fucked up things that not even I, as an adult, can survive against. However, I love how these events shaped Todd’s character development and fate.
*Had me at the edge of my seat – A book has to be really interesting for me to focus and keep reading, especially if it’s a long ass one. This book is beyond interesting.
*Story is unique – A place where everyone can hear everyone’s thoughts in the future? Life in other planets? Count me in! Whenever people ask me what superpower I’d like to have, I always say mind-reading. While reading this book, I realized how problematic and inconvenient it could be, especially if your enemy is telepathic as well. So I’ll have to rethink my superpower wish.
*BASICALLY EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK TBH

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Review: Call Me by Your Name

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Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thirty minutes after finishing reading the book, here I am, starting at the screen, still at loss for words. But if I’m allowed only a few words to summarize how I feel about Call Me By Your Name, it’s going to be “THIS BOOK IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL AND EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD SHOULD READ IT AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFE”

After seeing the hype about the movie, I decided to give the book a try first before watching the film adaptation. This is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. André’s eloquent writing style and profound vocabulary was a major factor for making the book a once-in-a-lifetime piece.

Whoever is reading this, know that I’m still at loss for words and this isn’t how I usually review books, but please, PLEASE, read this book.

“I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name.”

Review: Turtles All the Way Down

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

“There’s no self to hate. It’s like, when I look into myself, there’s no actual me—just a bunch of thoughts and behaviors and circumstances. And a lot of them just don’t feel like they’re mine.” 

What seemingly started as an investigative story transcended to a plethora of emotions. Russell Pickett is missing, leaving two lonely sons and a mystery to be solved with a whopping $100,000 reward. Aza, anxious and fighting off OCD, took on the challenge of solving the mystery with her energetic and fearless friend, while also trying to solve the mystery that is her self.

Things I love about this book:


1. Romance but not really – As much as I ship Aza and Davis, I’m glad that their romance wasn’t the focus. Like, it wasn’t the ~cure~ to her condition. Their romance was short-lived, yet open-ended as well, an implication that they’d both have to get better before being together or with someone else.
“…no one ever says good-bye unless they want to see you again.”


2. It’s an eyeopener – Having someone I love dearly deal with severe depression and anxiety and having anxiety and extreme insecurity myself, I’ve learned many things about mental disorders and how we can deal with them. It’s not something you can just turn off. Hearing people say “supportive” statements such as “At least it’s not cancer or *insert a disease that is relatively worse than any mental illness*” or “You’ll get over it!” or “It’s all just in your head.” is absolutely NOT helpful at all. These words actually make us feel more of an inconvenience. Like YOU will have to deal with us having.. having these conditions. As frustrating and annoying as Aza had been in the book, you can’t blame her. She has been trying to be better. It can actually be summarized in one snippet from the book: “There’s no self to hate. It’s like, when I look into myself, there’s no actual me—just a bunch of thoughts and behaviors and circumstances. And a lot of them just don’t feel like they’re mine.” Most of the time, she doesn’t feel like herself, like she’s not in control of her own body. Helpless and desperate. You WANT to be better. You want to be CURED. But it feels like there’s a strong force keeping you from getting to your goal and end up falling into a neverending spiral of nightmares. 


3. It’s real shit – This book deals with real shit. The entire time I was reading the book, I can hear John Green’s voice. I’ve read somewhere that John dealt with a mental condition too, and this book hits home for him. If you have a mental disability, knows someone, or is a survivor, know that you aren’t alone. You are brave. And you will keep on fighting back.

Review: The Sun and Her Flowers

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The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read last October 12, 2017

I liked Milk and Honey, but I like this one better. Well, for one, it IS better. It isn’t bland compared to M&H, but there were some highs and lows too. Rupi’s short and sometimes childlike poems are still there but she also had really powerful ones. What I liked about The Sun and Her Flowers is the diversity in the themes and issues tackled like immigration and abuse, aside from feminism.