Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Review of Matched by Ally Condie

This book was amazing! I loved every page, even though I occasionally got bored or angry with the book.
The book is set in a dystopian place that the Society controls. Each person has a life chosen by Officials. They are told where to work, when they will die, and even who they will love.
The main character, Cassia Reyes, is a lovable and believeable girl. In the beginning, she trusts the things that the Society has established at first, but as the book goes along, she begins to realize that everyone deserves their own choice.
Cassia was a good character, but she made me angry with some of her choices.
In the book, those who say they want to be Matched to someone have a Match chosen for them. Cassia's match is her friend, Xander. Xander is a blond haired, blue eyed sweetheart who is head over heels for Cassia. I loved him most out of the characters because:
1. I love blond haired blue eyed guys!
2. He is a complete sweetheart. He's really nice and he would do anything for Cassia.
When Cassia and Xander are Matched, she is given a microcard that tells her all about her Match and the Courtship Guidelines. While looking at it, Xander's face disappears and a new one appears, a boy named Ky Markham. He is an Aberration, and Aberrations and Anomalies are not allowed to be Matched to anyone.
At first, Cassia ignores what she sees and sticks to Xander's side. But, as time goes on, and Cassia begins to start seeing Ky more often and begins to fall for him, she immediately wants to be with Ky.
This angered me a bit, not because of Xander's looks or anything, but because she basically tossed him aside once she heard there was someone different and mysterious that she had no idea about. It was like the idea of meeting a stranger who could easily hurt her was more fun than sticking with someone she knew. I saw this part as what people typically think a girl does: pick the jerk and leave the good guy behind. That's what I saw this as; Cassia leaves Xander behind to pursue Ky (Ky's not a jerk, though. He's actually really nice) just because she barely knows him. Poor Xander. He gets basically "friend-zoned" by Cassia. I even felt bad for him when he helped try to keep Ky and Cassia together, even though he didn't want to do that. That is true love.
But, the thing that angered me more than some of Cassia's choices was the Society. I was glad when Cassia finally decided to start being different. I wouldn't stand a place like that. People need to be able to make their own choices in life, like Cassia realizes in the book. After she learns this, she defies the Society by doing what she feels is right, and I applaud her for that.
This book was a great read, and I can't wait to get started on the second one. I hope it's as good as the first!

Monday, January 21, 2013

My Review of Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

This book was a fantastic read. I was hooked from the beginning. The story is about a girl, Mara Valentine, who is very uptight. She's a vegan, a straight-A student, and is struggling to keep her grades up so she can beat out her ex-boyfriend, Travis Hart, for the valedictorian spot. But, those plans are altered when her niece, Vivienne Vail Valentine (she likes to be called V), comes to town to stay with Mara and her parents, Mara is less than thrilled. They don't get along at first, but, eventually along the way, V teaches Mara how to become more "loose" and Mara teaches V the differences between "right" and "wrong". In the end, they develop a strong family bond and a strong family love.
I really loved V. She was funny, random, and very witty. She tended to get on Mara's nerves a lot in the beginning because Mara was so serious and V liked to joke around a lot. I love how V is an individual and doesn't let Mara's comments get the best of her. Even though some things she did were questionable, I cheered for her being independent and different.
I also loved Mara. The way she was serious in the beginning sort of drove me nuts, though. I found her quite annoying when she was trying so hard to be serious when V struggled to joke around with her. But, towards the middle, I began to love Mara because she began to learn that you can let loose and have fun sometimes; you don't always have to work.
I found myself in both characters. I found that Mara is who I struggle to be at school, and V is who I am outside of school. I know that during school, I have to be concentrating on work and getting things done, but in the real world, it's okay to have fun. Both characters are very much like my different personalities inside and outside of school, making them easier to love.
This book was funny and interesting. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.

My Review of East by Edith Pattou

Well, this book is unlike many others books I have read. The book is based off of a fairytale known as East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Two of the book's main characters, Rose and the White Bear, were my favorite characters. I loved Rose's adventurous spirit as it reminded me of how I used to be as a child, and am (somewhat) today. The White Bear's love for music was something I loved as well, since I am a huge fan of music and anything that deals with it. This book took me on an adventure from beginning to end, and it kept me on my toes. This book is definitely a good read and I hope that someone will take the time to read it and feel as enchanted as I did. I also hope someone will fall in love with it just as I did.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Idea

I just read a fantastic blog that inspired me to post an article that I wrote about bullying and the effects it causes. Check the link out here:

I hope you enjoy reading it. Also, I know it is very detailed, but it is very true. Depression and bullying are not things people should take lightly!