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.

Review: Nimona

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read last October 10, 2017

I had Nimona parked on my to-reads for so long and I only got the chance to read it when I went to the Manila International Book Fair weeks ago. The funny thing is, when I bought the book, I only found out that the whole graphic novel was posted online before it was released! I pity my past self for not coming across this gem way before. Ugh.

Anyway! Nimona! Gosh. I lost count how many times “Nimona” was mentioned, no, shouted, in the whole book. lol Nimona is a rebellious and badass shapeshifter who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Then she meets the ~ultimate~ villain in town, Lord Ballister Blackheart. Together they try to wreak havoc with the use of SCIENCE, and of course, you know, dragons and all that. But, there’s more to it than that. Lord Ballister isn’t your typical vengeful antagonist. Their mission was to prove that the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics isn’t as ~heroic~ and good as the townspeople think it may be.

The ending got me at the edge of my seat! I badly need the sequel! NOELLE, HEAR ME PLEASE, MY SAVIOR.

To end this, I seriously think Sir Ambrosius and Lord Ballister are gay lovers. FITE ME IF YOU DISAGREE.

 

Review: Fumetsu no Anata e

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Fumetsu no Anata e by Yoshitoki Oima

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read last September 3, 2017

I was a bit surprised when I was searching for this manga here at Goodreads and saw that it was written by the same author of Koe No Katachi (A Silent Voice). My friend told me about it before but I must have forgotten! No wonder this story is also heartwrenching. The art style, the plot, the story’s pacing, and the character development are amazingly written and portrayed.

The story is about a “thing” that adapts to its environment by transforming to another being through imitation as its way of passage. What started as a mere sphere to a rock to a mold then transitioned to an animal and then, along the way, a human. I can’t wait to see what more the future holds for “it”. Just know that my tissue box is ready.

Review: Reflections of a Man

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Reflections of a Man by Amari Soul

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Read last August 6, 2017

Caved in because of the hype about this, especially from girls on Facebook. Bought the ebook and read it in one sitting today. I still don’t know how I feel about it. It had its good points, I must agree, but it just didn’t make me FEEL anything. I think there are a lot of things lacking. I read page one and already thought “Okay. This is good. A man uplifting women by teaching men how they should treat women and making women realize how they should be treated.” But I want it the other way around? *sighs* It’s hard to explain. I feel like I had such high expectations for the book. But anyway, it was still a nice read!