Tag Archives: Young-adult fiction

Book Reviews: Forever by Judy Blume

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I was looking forward very much to reading this book after all I had heard about it: “it’s a teenage classic” “bound to be adored by even the new generation of teens” etcetera…
Unfortunately, I was completely disappointed with the actual content of the book. It tries far too hard, and takes itself too seriously, most of the time seeming more like you’re reading the inner monologue of a condescending Health teacher rather than a teenager. The characters are irritating, flat and have next to no personality. Kath’s best friend being among the most annoying with her constant, seemingly random personality shifts and complete lack of realistic attributes. For a book of less than 200 pages long it tries to cram far too much into the one book – loss of loved ones, depression and suicide, sex and relationships and more – and leaves every single plotline flimsy and undeveloped. I don’t know what things were like in the seventies, when this was written, but the actions and speech of the teenagers in this novel have no relevance to teenagers today and therefore no impact.
There are dozens of books which have taken similar plot points and turned them into wonderful, impactful stories about relationships and growing up (see Before I Fall or The Perks of Being a Wallflower as examples). This is not one of them. Recommended for ages 15-18. Contains sexual references, sex scenes, coarse language and mature themes.
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View this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37743.Forever?ac=1

Movie Trailer Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Many many amazing movies based on Young Adult books have been released in recent years, and hopefully there are many more to come. So I would like to give a brief rundown of what I think about the trailers for some of these movies, and maybe a little about casting and other production elements as well.
So, without further ado….
My review of the trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones!

While it’s pretty evident that some things have been changed from the books, alot of what we have seen of the movie so far looks quite similar and I doubt there will be any incredibly drastic changes from the story. They have included some funny lines as well which I like, as the humour is one thing that sets these books apart from some other YA novels – we can only hope there are plenty more funny lines in the movie itself and they haven’t used them all up in the trailer. All in all I think it looks like a great action-adventure-romance, exactly what a movie based on City of Bones should be.
Here’s a link to the extended trailer if you haven’t seen it yet (or if you just want to watch it again!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGpmp_CUty4

Book Reviews: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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**WARNING: This is not going to be a positive review, I apologise to any fans of these novels and hope this will not deter you from the rest of this blog, but I really did not like this book**
I so, so wanted to love this book, the idea seemed so crazy but also sounded like it would prove to be an interesting look about how our world rates worth and beauty. Sadly I found myself incredibly disappointed by the result. Predictable, poorly written and with a plot that plods along rather then spiriting. Tally is severely unlikeable, incredibly annoying  and appears rather moronic at several points throughout the book. The idea was fantastic, but in the end it felt like Westerfeld was trying to encourage girls to judge one another by their looks instead of telling them not to. I have not bothered with the other books but am told that they are even worse then this one – even going as far as to almost glorifying things like self harm. My strong advice is avoid this book! Recommended for – well, no one… but ages 14-16 if you really want to give it a try. I have tried hard to forget the contents of this novel so I have no idea what to warn you about – Let’s just say violence, coarse language, sexual references, mature themes and stupidity.
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View this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24770.Uglies
View all current information on the movie adaptation (here’s hoping the premise can be done justice this time): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986270/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Book Reviews: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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In this fierce, fabulous novel, Cohn and Levithan effortlessly capture the essence of relationships of all kinds in a simple, yet clear and honest way. In just a couple hundred pages, Cohn and Levithan’s story explores friendship, romance, acquaintances and relationships with parents in a way that all teens should be able to understand. Naomi, Ely and all the supporting characters are incredibly relatable and fun, and drive the story even through the deeper, more complex parts.
A clever, easy-to-digest novel of mixed feelings, misunderstandings and life at it’s craziest and most difficult. Pure teenage book-nerd heaven.  Recommended for ages 14-19. Contains sexual references, coarse language and mild themes.
Star4.5

View this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23230.Naomi_and_Ely_s_No_Kiss_List

Book Reviews:

TheFault

This is the must-read of all must-reads. John Green has magic writing skills and this is arguably his best work yet. Utterly heartbreaking. Captivating. Intelligent. Hilarious. Perfect. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, this book will leave a mark on your life, guaranteed. Readers will bawl their eyes out, and it will be one of the best experiences of their lives. To say I’m eagerly awaiting John Green’s next novel would be a massive understatement. Recommended for ages 14+. Contains mature themes, sexual references, coarse language and infrequent mild videogame violence which will probably only affect you if you are severely sensitive.

Star5

View this novel on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars
View all current information about the movie adaptation: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582846/?ref_=sr_1

Book Reviews: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

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One of the first Young Adult novels I ever read and still one of my favourites. Instead of separating the traditional angel stories from her own book, Adornetto keeps the original angel grounding – heaven and all – and still makes the story her own. Recommended for ages 14-16. Contains sexual references, coarse language, violence and mature themes.

Star3.5

View this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7778981-halo

Book Reviews: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Moving, sexy, brave and powerful, Before I Fall is an all-round amazing novel. Every single character is utterly believable and makes the whole story even more tragic. Oliver portrays life as a teenager exactly the way it is – hard and fun and worth living to the fullest. The ultimate teen novel. Recommended for ages 14-18. Contains coarse language, sexual references, mature themes and infrequent violence.

Star4.5
View this novel on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6482837-before-i-fall
View all current information on the movie adaptation: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1691916/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1