Less Alone in the World (we all looked up – A Book Review)

we all looked up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Published: 2015

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We All Looked Up

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The best thing we can give people is a moment of true connection before the end.

Before Ardor, the world kept spinning. People kept on living their lives as if there’d be a tomorrow. Now there are only two months to live…maybe. A 66.6% chance of Ardor, an asteroid, hitting earth. Rules are broken. Laws become irrelevant. There is no longer enough time to do everything that you had a lifetime to do. The only thing that matters is what you do with the time that’s left-the time that could be left.

Follow four teenagers as their lives crisscross each other and they leave their mark on one another and the world in eight weeks. They’ll fall in love. Face tragedy. Most importantly, they’ll leave behind what everybody else labeled them and find their most true selves. There’s no time for labels at the end of the world.

 

There aren’t enough words, and I’m sure I can never find the right words to truly describe how amazing book was. I cried more than once. From beginning to end I was anchored in. There was no putting this down. Thanks for the Trouble made me smile and laugh and seek out the good things no matter how big or small. Now, end of the world books normally don’t attract me because they all end virtually the same way, with the end of the world. YET! This book was so much more than that. It split me wide open with the way it showed just how much other people can sway you knowingly and unknowingly. And in this short time to do everything you ever wanted in it, they got a chance to turn it all around, get rid of it, and have what they wanted. I was so overwhelmed and in a good way! This book truly made me feel not so alone.

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Peter, Eliza, Anita, and Andy all have these depths that truly reach to depth of people at heart. The part of us we wish would come to the surface, but just can’t because of internal fear. This is the end of the world Breakfast Club. They’re the jock, the slut, the overachiever, and the stoner, but together they’re just four friends looking for the right way to spend their time before Ardor comes down on them. They’ve all got these parts of them that struck my vulnerable spots. Other people dictated these kids’ lives because these people had gotten into their minds and hearts, the most powerful and vulnerable places within us. These four characters were deep and were the more immense and non-whiney side of teenagers. Their problems are relatable and powerful. I was a complete mess. I can’t say I relate to any of them, but I know people who do. I was just sucked in to their stories. Each have their own story and each story intertwines with each other.

  • Eliza is just trying to show the world the end of the world because hopefully she won’t feel as alone as she does.
  • Peter just wants to do something good and finally admit his feelings for Eliza. Feelings that he’s been hiding for a very long time.
  • Andy just wants to find himself and he’s afraid that it means being a coward.
  • Anita wants to be herself, not what her parents want her to be. She’s done hiding and living a life that’s not her own.

The minor characters like Misery, Bobo, Chad, and others were also very interesting.

The way this book broke down into sections based on a countdown until Ardor could hit earth, which made me increasingly anxious. In each section was a chapter by each character from their POV. And GRRRR on that! Each chapter left me wanting so much more. They were incredibly written. I was superglued to them. Eliza was my favorite, which brings me to tell you, I lied a tid-bit. I relate to her, but not in the sense of what she does or how people label her. I relate to her in how she feels and thinks about the world. She expressed everything she felt through her photography and through writing. Also, she love Mazzy Star and SO DO I! Her tastes are equivalent to mine as are her worries and emotions.

Anyway…back on track because I ramble more than Bugs Bunny. Each character was surprisingly personal with each chapter. Granted two guys chasing one girl–not good. But both for different reasons. All four characters were chasing something. The somethings just tend to be out there. Thank goodness the end of the world makes those kind of things seem not so out there.

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The twists and turns were gut-wrenching, not because they took me by surprise. My heart was just taking so many emotions! This is not a Nicholas Sparks kind of feel This is its own special kind of feeling. I told you, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be able to find the perfect words. I’m struggling hardcore. When something stuns you, surprises you, makes you feel unlike anything you’ve ever felt then it happens. And it did happen with this book. It’s going up on my special bookshelf with all of my major favorite books.

 

If you’re wondering whether or not I recommend this book, I do. TOTALLY. It does more than pull heartstrings. It reaches out to your weak spots and pushes you. Makes you think about the right now. So, I hope I convinced you to go pick it up and read it because I’m so glad I did. Wallach is so amazing! ALSO, there is a soundtrack that goes with this book! That’s freaking exciting. It’s not every day that a book gets a soundtrack. It’s also been optioned for a movie. I can’t wait to see how it goes.

We All Looked Up, the album – iTunes

 

Quotables:

“The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world.” (Mr. McArthur to Peter, p. 11)

“The prospect of rescuing someone from death itself—what was more compelling than that?” (Peter, p. 92)

“Sometimes I forget that death existed before Ardor.” (Anita to Doug, p. 264)

“Do you ever wish you didn’t look the way you did?” (Anita, p. 333)

“Your mind could tell you who to hate or respect or envy, but only your body—your nostrils and your mouth and the wide, blank canvas of your skin—could tell you who to love.” (Anita, p. 358)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

 

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Deep and Dark and Filled with Unknown (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – A Book Review)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1870

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Their ship sunk, Professor Aronnax, his servant Conseil, and Canadian harpooner Ned Land are captured by the terrifying yet enigmatic Captain Nemo and held captive on his submarine, the Nautilus. During the harrowing journey across seas and oceans, the professor witnesses and partakes in many dangerous missions. Large creatures never before seen. Shipwrecks with stranded people. Gold littering the sandy shores. Lost cities. Cold icebergs that threaten to crush them. The struggle for survival.

The group must play along with Captain Nemo if they have any hope of getting free of this prison.

 

First things first, I didn’t realize that this story was more scary than it was adventure. This was nothing like Journey to the Center of the Earth. The tone is so much graver in this book, since the character are a part of this journey against their will. Each new adventure that the Nautilus happened upon had a great build-up! Really got that feeling of uneasiness, like the music from JAWS right before the big ass shark bites the ass of a boat. I loved that feeling. It was eye-widening and sometimes

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Following from Aronnax’s POV, each character was very well distinguished. The characters were all cramped together, but had their own independence from each other. Ned Land was going crazy in this submarine and wanted to escape even though that seemed like that opposite of what you think he’d want. Conseil’s greatest pleasure was helping his master, but he had his own opinions and thoughts along with doing his service to Aronnax. Aronnax is utterly mystified and swept up in all of this. He never expected that the creature taking down ships was this submarine.

The antagonist, Captain Nemo, was nothing like I originally thought. He was so intelligent and persuasive. So much so that sometimes I forgot that he was holding this group hostage, though he made them feel like they were a part of his crew. His lack of concern for the dangers

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The scenery was amazeballs. So vivid and beautiful. The imagery is so powerful and moving. Verne has a way with words! It’s menacing, yet not. The ocean is a vast space filled with all kinds of wonders, but Verne doesn’t leave out there are a lot of dangers there as well. The balance is incredible.

 

This book was great. The was so much depth, both dark and bright with life and heavy feelings in regard to this journey. It worked my nerves a little here and there. I’m not going to say it’s my ultimate favorite though. It felt dragged out in some spots. And speaking of spots, if they would’ve gotten stuck in the Bermuda Triangle for a spell that would’ve been interesting, too. Do I recommend giving this a read? YES! Though, if you have a fear of the ocean then this may make a great horror story. LOL.

Read on precious bookworms!

 

Quotables:

“It is the end of the end!” (Ned Land, p. 59)

“A coral tomb makes a quiet grave; and I trust that I and my comrades will find no other.” (Captain Nemo, 85)

“We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.” (Captain Nemo, p. 200)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

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So Much For Normal… (Paranormalcy – A Book Review)

Paranormacly
Author: Kiersten White
Published: 2010

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Paranormalcy

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I see things you can’t see.

I find things that hunt you.

I am your protector.

But even I can’t protect you now.

Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) and her job is to bag and tag paranormals so that they don’t hurt humans. Easy enough. She’s been doing it since her time in the foster system. Her norm is being friends with a mermaid and having a faerie ex-boyfriend.

Life gets a little complicated after capturing an unknown shapeshifter named Lend while paranormals begin turning up dead. Thought told to ignore this case, she is determined to figure out what’s happening, especially since she’s having strange dreams. With Lend’s help she will find the one responsible for this, but what scares her is that she’s connected to it all.

 

So much diversity. YAY! There were so many different supernaturals across this book. Each of them were unique and incredible. There were even a couple I’d not heard of. One of my favorites things about this book was how the supernaturals didn’t feel like monsters, like they tend to in other supernatural novels. They were just like humans, trying to survive life. In some cases, it was really funny.

One thing I will say is, there is a decent amount of mention about the world’s elements that supernaturals belong to, but I wish I knew more about them. I wanted to know more about these elements and which supernaturals belonged to which.

Evie is whimsical and really reminds me of Elle Woods. Her and the trusty taser: Tasey were hard at work bringing in those feisty supernaturals. She really brings out the soap opera aspect of this book. She’s the butter of seeking the normal life. I was giggling at how ecstatic she was over the simple things, but only because there are a few simple things that get my eyes glittering, too.

Evie, Lend, and Reth—an unknown, shapeshifter, and a faerie. One intriguing and whimsical triangle. Evie’s romantic life is complicated and it shouldn’t be as a teenager. While getting stalked by her ex, Reth, she’s falling for Lend, one of her bag-and-tags. Lend is my favorite. I admire a sense of authority, like Reth has, that you can screw with, but Lend was a sweetheart unlike him. He’s manipulative and reckless with Evie. Freaking faeries…so damn mischievous! And granted, Lend’s guarded, but his heart is in the right place, caring for Evie. He’s the good guy and after all of the tough times that Evie’s been through, she deserves a good guy that treats her right, like this guy…

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or this guy…

Paranormalcy

 

This book wasn’t all that for me. It was fun, but in regard to the story itself, I just wasn’t that interested. While I enjoyed the strive Evie had for a normal life, I didn’t get a strong feel for her emotions. Teens are whiney boogers, but they do have feelings and I just wasn’t getting those. There were a lot of areas that just didn’t feel quite finished. Again, this was fun, so don’t count that out, and there was a bit of tension. The plot twist wasn’t much of a twist, but I did think it was pretty cool! It just didn’t move me.

 

Quotables:

“Eyes like streams of melting snow…Cold with the things she doesn’t know.” (Evie to Lend, p. 109)

“What a lovely balance. Lend shows whatever he was the world to see and you see through whatever the world wants to show you.” (Cresseda to Evie, p. 215)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

 

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The Future is Dead (1984 – A Book Review)

1984
Author: George Orwell
Published: 1949

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WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

The year is 1984 and during this time, three continents: Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia, have been at war for a long time. Technology is at its utmost heights. It’s the ideal utopia…but it’s not. Language is constantly changing, turning lies into the truth. Television watches you wherever you go. Even love is distorted.

This utopia where a simple crime or immoral wrongdoing could get you vaporized and your every thought and emotion is monitored by the Thought Police, you are not you. War is constant and seemingly never ending. Following Winston, get a firsthand look at this new future where your everything is controlled and the future isn’t as bright and shiny as it appears. You are watched to make sure you follow the leader, though Winston begins to search for individuality in whatever way he can in secrecy.

Big Brother Is Watching You

This book scared the ever-loving crap out of me. It felt realistic and left me shook.

The story was really slow at first, but then little by little everything was being revealed and the more that was revealed the more frightening it was! And by the time I got too far it was too late. The jeering hatred spread across the pages that was encouraged throughout the book by The Party was jarring. How dark this book is, is quite unnerving for me. The idea that an all-powerful ‘Big Brother’ is watching everything and everyone is just too creepy.

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The tone was mechanical and automated feeling and then started changing little by little as Winston’s world changed. I really enjoyed how it shifted along with the character. It’s unique and intriguing, emphasizing him changing throughout the novel. The ending made my blood run cold. Since I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible, I can’t tell you anything more except that I felt utterly stripped and drained and heartbrokenly horrified. The book is really in depth, too. There’s not a single moment where I felt lost. Everything is so well thought out, increasing how intense it is.

Winston felt like such a plain person at the beginning, but grew more and more as I kept reading. He was utterly simple and ordinary, but so is everyone in the book. That’s how The Party liked their people. Compliant. Blind. Mindless. To have thoughts or any true emotions was a death sentence.

I crumbled a few times during the book. There were no holds on what went on around Winston. It was like he lived in a grey world and slowly began to see color. (Pleasantville, anyone? Only much worse.). In such a world like this one, I wanted to protect him and warn him of all the dangers he was in.

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The Party, the great antagonist, was mysterious, but the kind you didn’t want to figure out. This government held all of the power and didn’t hesitate to use it to put people in slavery without them even realizing it. Imagine if every step you took or every breath or thought was being watched? Feeling like that one song by The Police? Well, that’s The Party AKA totalitarianism. Total control to the point that they could make it possible that you never existed.

Following along with Winston, he was slowly coming to see what the world was really like and how dangerous The Party was. The entire city he lived in felt so plain and dark and generic, just the way The Party wanted it. The technology was scarily advanced just so that it could invade every aspect of people’s lives. It heavily reminded me of what happened with the FCC just months ago. There was nowhere that felt safe.

1984

Do I recommend this? Certainly. The writing is spectacular and truly brought this whole twisted, futuristic world to life to feel real and possible. From the eyes of a man that lives day to day in this dark utopia. My brain just took off at the speed of light with so many contemplative questions. It’s deep and crazy and had my heart racing with dread. READ THIS!

Quotables:

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” (p. 70)

“Sanity is not Statistical.” (Winston, p. 218)

“But the whole universe is outside us. Look at the stars! Some of them are a million light-years us. They are out of our reach forever.” (Winston, p. 265)

More to come soon…

–K.

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Controlled By No One (Possession – A Book Review)

Possession
Author: Elana Johnson
Published: 2011

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Possession

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In a world of control or be controlled, never trust the one you love.

In this world, there are rules. You must follow the rules or be deemed a baddie and put in the Badlands. That’s the best-case scenario. Worst case? You end up as the Thinkers’ play toys.

Vi isn’t having any of that. She doesn’t truly follow the rules and she blames that on Zenn, or the way he makes her feel anyway. How much trouble can one girl get into for touching a boy…or kissing him? Then the Thinkers brainwash him and she’s locked up. In comes egotistical Jag, the only person who might be able to help her. In lock-up for selling illegal tech, he and Vi break free and save Zenn before he’s taken over and controlled by the Thinkers.

This is a game of control of be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

  

Voices haunt Vi’s mind and she’s stuck with Jag, her cellmate. He’s not all bad, just strange. He’s agreed to helping her escape lock-up after a couple of bogus rules being broken. Though, rules are what keeps this society going, she doesn’t care. They’re busting out of their jail cell and heading to the Badlands-a shot at freedom. Vi won’t do it without Zenn, though, her match. Not all is as it seems and all is upside down.

I’m so sorry, but this book just wasn’t for me. Nope. Nope NOPE.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn make and intriguing triangle. They do. Buuuuut, I don’t know what they look like and how they’re portrayed really throws me off in to strange territory. I like strange, unique and creative. They can really amp a story. Here, I didn’t get that at all. I couldn’t get a full glimpse of what they looked like and I didn’t understand them that well either. From Jag having an uncontrollable infatuation with Vi’s hair and Vi’s ‘Vi speak’ (which I didn’t understand because there was no real intro to Vi Speak), I was a lost puppy. Their actions felt incredibly awkward and random for me. The romantic triangle between the three of them felt forced, but I also couldn’t envision Vi with either of them. She was witty and honest, but incredibly erratic and easily annoyed. Jag was too easily offended and slightly creepy. Zenn…this guy, though in love with Vi, didn’t appear to be in love.

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With all of the regions that make up this dystopian landscape, from the Fire region to the Water region to the outlands of the Badlands, I was amazed. That’s a whole world and it sounded so cool! Sounded…There wasn’t much in the way of imagery, so I’m not entirely sure what it all looked like. The Badlands was just about the only place I got a good look at and it was wicked! Mad Max meets The Bad Batch. And if you aren’t familiar with either then go and watch them. I’m serious. GO!

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The flow was really great. I enjoyed how fast the pace of the story was. It really embraced how it feels to be on the run. There wasn’t a chance to take a breath and that made everything that much more intense. My attention was totally captured. I couldn’t peel away.

The way that the characters were interconnected was very nifty, too. From time to time, people can drop into other people’s dreams. It was freaky! And incredibly personal. I would feel violated if that happened to me. LOL. However, when it came to these part or others, I just wish the transition had been easier.

I wish I enjoyed this book more. My problem was that there wasn’t enough. Yep, I’m being greedy, bookworms. I just couldn’t enjoy it that much. Everything felt half built from the character to the world they lived in. I was so into getting into the Dystopian scene. There are more books in the series, but I don’t think I’m going to read them. No sense since I wasn’t very fulfilled.

Quotables:

“People don’t return from the Badlands.” (Vi, p. 2)

“I don’t dream. At least I didn’t used to.” (Vi, p. 42)

“A lost future with Zenn. A possibility of finding my dad in the Badlands. And the excitement of a different future. With Jag.” (Vi, p. 96)

“Apparently in the Badlands, you can blow things up and then get a coffee.” (Vi, p. 125)

More to come soon…

-K.

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From the Page to the Screen – A Book List

Hello, my epic and awesome bookworms!

How’s hangin’?

I’m good. The weather has been up and down. Rainy and snowy (which sucks). It’s supposed to be spring! I’ve discovered that I’m really into the trend of cacti. Don’t know why. Well, actually, it may relate to me being as prickly as a cactus. Kidding!And I’m on my sixth bag of jelly beans, but I can’t help it! The Sweet Tart Jellies are sooooo good. They do that thing where they rub my tongue raw, though.

Anyway, I have the monthly book list! This time I went with one that could stir up debate: the best book turned movie. There are a lot of favorites out there. I took some time to get some and have compiled a list. You be the judge!

Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

“It really captured all of the creativity and imagination that the characters have.”

-Kat J.

Bridge to Terabithia

Harry Potter
Author: J.K. Rowling

HP

“It was pretty close to the books and created real magic.”

-Kya Y.

Harry Potter

Gone with the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell

Gone With the Wind

“I love historical fiction and this really did well in capturing Scarlet O’Hara. The length of the movie compared to the book was perfect.”

-Susan C.

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The Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells

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“I love time travel sci-fi. The movie was really good in showing how the hero slowly turned into the villain with each time travel. It’s also gotten me into Dr. Who.”

-Jeff C.

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Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants

“A truly magical story. Kept close to the book.”

-Delena T.

Water for Elephants

Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer

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“I loved how well the intensity of the emotions of the characters were captured. Edward was perfect.”

-Rae R.

Twilight

The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman

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“Just, yes. Definitely the best.”

-Becca B.

Princess Bride

Cat in the Hat
Author: Dr. Seuss

Cat in the Hat

-Bernard F.

Cat in the Hat

The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry

The Giver

“It wasn’t perfect, but they did a good job capturing the vibe.”

-Cierra M.

The Giver

Because of Winn-Dixie
Author: Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie

“It did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Opal and her relationships.”

-Alice T.

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The Worst Disasters Can Have Wonderful Consequences (Thanks for the Trouble – A Book Review)

Thanks for the Trouble
Author: Tommy Wallach
Published: 2016

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Thanks for the Trouble

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7/25

I’ve got some questions for you. Was this story written about me?

Parker Sante doesn’t speak, hasn’t since the car accident he and his father were in five years ago. He hangs out in Hotels while his classmates plan for their futures. It’s his favorite thing to do. Then he meets Zelda Toth who has silver hair and claims to be a little over 200 years old and decides being with her is much better. She tells him that she’s waiting for a special phone call that’ll tell her to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, which is completely crazy. So Parker is determined to change her mind by finding things she hasn’t yet experienced in all her life, which proves more difficult than he thought. He didn’t expect to fall for her and he didn’t expect this to show him

This book marks 7 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I’ve heard so many great and amazeballs things about this author, that he springs some real shit on you. Oh man, yes. I’m so glad I read this.

I fell in love with this book right from the get-go. Five bolts across the board from me. I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it in five hours. I was laughing and crumbling and feeling way too many emotions. This is the kind of book that leaves you fulfilled. It really is. There are many parts that make you laugh because it feels brutally honest in a way that isn’t offensive at all. That humor also serves to help guide our main character Parker through his tough times as he grows closer to Zelda. To put this to a cheesy metaphor? This is like watching a cherry blossom bloom and wake up in the world…except it doesn’t wilt away later. It flourishes as does e everything around it. LOL.

Parker meets Zelda in a Hotel and while he’s straightforward and sarcastic, she is wispy and wise. Such a clash of opposites, yet not, was very interesting and just drew me in. And personally? Parker’s level of thinking is pretty dead on with mine. Check out some of the quotes below! I guarantee, and ask my friends, this is how I sound half the time. Parker is so refreshing and raw. Parker doesn’t speak, so when I started this I was nervous. How was he going to sound in my head if he didn’t speak? But, that nervousness vanished so quick. He was easy to latch onto and I didn’t want to let go of him. And Zelda, oh sweet Zelda, she was so beautiful. The further I read, the more I noticed the light she carried in her. It’s the kind of light that draws people in.

Thanks for the Trouble

I’ve always wanted to see San Fransisco, and Wallach did a wonderful job in setting the story there. The imagery wasn’t heavy, but flowed with the characters. I saw what Parker saw and the way he saw it. This story is done from his POV as if he’s writing this story, which he is technically. The way he sees the city and where he grew up isn’t from some wondrous perspective as if the place is shiny and magical. It’s just the feeling of meh you get when you’ve lived in the same spot your whole life. You know what I’m talking about. The lack of specialness and that’s so relatable because it’s just your hometown. I really liked that because it was so natural and real.

And speaking of stories, the addition of small short stories written by Parker was so awesome. It truly added to who Parker is and was so personal. And I get super giddy when the structure of the story is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It truly adds style and originality. Here, it made this book so unique! I’m not going to tell you what these stories were about because he does break that wall, but I will say that they’re fun and fantastical. Each chapter led up to the inevitable end, which still caught me by surprise.

Thanks for the Trouble

So, I’ve shared a couple of the tidbits I loved about this book, but no serious spoilers. I’m not cruel. I didn’t expect to love the book as much as I did. My emotions were put through the ringer. So much happiness with a dash of sadness. This book will do something to you. It’ll make you look at the world from another angle, one you never thought about.

I must say, too, I’m beyond excited to start We All Looked Up soon, so be on the look out for a review on it soon.

Quotables:

“Fuck me. This is turning into a disaster, isn’t it?” (Parker, p. 2)

“They say God gave us two ears and one mouth because listening is twice as important as talking. That makes a lot of sense to me. Of course, God also gave us two nostrils, one butthole, thirty-two teeth, and ten toes. So I’m not sure where that leaves us.” (Parker, p. 28)

“Coke without rum is like toast without butter—utterly pointless.” (Zelda, p. 44)

“Thinking of your parents being young is like is like thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh going to the bathroom: just fucking weird.” (Parker, p. 62)

“Why is it that the bad shit in our lives always seems to take up so much more mental space than the good stuff? Is that part of being a person or just part of being me?” (Parker to Zelda, p. 123)

“Live fast, die young, eat pepperoni. That’s my motto.” (Tom, p. 228)

More to come soon…

-K.

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