Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Book Review: my two most recent finished books
whoa, whoa, WHOA. Where are my manners?! My BFF Katy introduced me to this site called good reads, and in doing so, I realized that I NEVER gave a review over One Day.
Well now you get a two-for!
That's right party people. Now you get an update on the last two books that I've read :)
Let's go way back to October/November for an update on One Day:
I decided I wanted to read this book after Valerie and Sam reviewed it.
Okay to start off, you probably know by now, but it follows the lives of two friends, Emma and Dexter, throughout their lives starting with the day of graduation from college and throughout the next 20 years. It only tells the story of ONE DAY though, and it is just creative enough that it lets you fill in the blanks of what happened on the other 364 days since the last time you saw Em and Dex, Dex and Em.
This book takes enough twists and turns that it makes the story completely believable. Throughout the entire book, the pair are friends, enemies, and on the brink of being in love. I really don't want to give too much of this book away. It's really a good book. I don't know if you've seen the movie or not, but the movie is also good. It just leaves out some very vital pieces of the book. You should definitely read the book if you haven't already.
Like my two friends before me, I must warn you, this is not the ending you expect. I refuse to tell you if they end up together or not, but you should really spend some time with this book. The end will get you. For real.
I have never read this book. I know that may shock some of you, but it's true. I have been told by many people that this is a very good book and a pretty good musical adaptation as well.
I liked this book up until the end. I feel like that's blasphemous, because everyone who's watched The Wizard of Oz knows how this story ends: she gets water spilled on her and she dies. So there's no spoiler there.
The story leading up to the non-climactic ending is amazing though. It begins with the birth of the green-skinned Elphaba, and follows her journey through life as a student at Shiz, leading up to being the Wicked Witch of the East.
Throughout the book, she struggles with the thought of not having a soul and wanting to fight for what she thinks is moral. Elphaba does wrong and tries to right them, sees wrong and tries to right it, all while struggling with trying to figure out if she really does have a soul.
The book does jump forward in time quite a bit, but it gives you lots of intriguing characters, Fiyero being my favorite. I feel like the book ended way too quickly, with a whole lot of build up, build up, build up, and then it was over. But overall, I really liked this book, and am glad that I decided to read it. I look forward to picking up the sequel, Son of a Witch.