The Impossible Knife of Memory: Review

 

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Blurb from Goodreads:

“For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.”

Review:

First of all, I like the cover, it’s attention-grabbing and unique. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for the book. I realize PTSD in returning soldiers is a really challenging topic and it has gained much attention in the news recently. However, this book doesn’t make me empathize, or feel Hayley’s or Andy’s pain and the problems they go through. Hayley’s thoughts and beliefs are understandable and I could relate to them to a certain extent but she was just so apathetic. I thought this book would be heart-wrenching and poignant and all that but it was just kind of dull. And their texting was just ridiculous, I have never seen a fellow teenager text like that. It was quite painful to read. 

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Finn Ramos, Hayley’s love interest, was ok. His mom is apparently a “kick-ass feminist” but he ogles other girls’ butts while talking to another and he follows the “Man Code.” I’m maybe probably being a little too hard on him, but still. He was cute, but he didn’t make me swoon. Their romance was pretty undeveloped and contrived. They were apparently perfect for each other according to their friends, but I just didn’t see it. It was kind of bland, despite their problems arising from dealing with problems in their families. They just keep talking and kissing. 

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I guess this book was well-written in the way that I liked that she gave us more insight into Andy’s memories and history through the flashbacks. I did feel a twinge of panic when Hayley had a panic attack and at the end when *SPOILER ALERT* her father was at the quarry. I’ve read one of Laurie Halse Anderson’s other books, Speak, and I thought it was pretty good. I think I’ll still try reading some of her other works. 

Overall: 3 Stars and not worth the hype

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Coup D’etat!

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This post will not be related to books. I just finished watching the Royal Affair and I found out that at age 16, Prince Frederick overthrew Høegh-Guldberg’s government along with his sister. I’ll probably still be a derp just reading books at that age, which is quite depressing. Which country would you overthrow? I think I’d pick North Korea. Just in a purely hypothetical situation.

Read:

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First of all, who puts a picture of themselves on their own book? That’s totally humble and like not kind of conceited at all.

Anyway. . . I have finished Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, I think I’ll be posting a review of it as well. Soon. Probably. I’m currently reading required summer reading for school, The Catcher in the Rye and Things Fall Apart, and Girl Runner, one of my ARCs.

Awesome bookshelf alert!

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Happy Monday! (But not really though)

-Selina

 

 

Very Inspiring Book Blogger Award

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The Rules:
1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you
2. List the rules and display the award
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other blogs and tell them they have been nominated
5. Optional: Proudly display the award on your blog. Also follow back the person who nominated you!

Thanks to Mariel for this awesome award!

1) I’ve been studying ballet for 7 years and gotten accepted into American Ballet Theatre’s and Milwaukee Ballet’s summer intensives which have been pretty fantastic.

2) I’m kind of a stupidly hopless romantic which also often clashes with my feminist opinions and perspectives on literature. I’m working on it.

3) I play the piano.

4) My mom thinks I read too much, she’s blocked my library card for about 3 years now. 😦

5) When I was in elementary school, every recess for a long while I would re-shelve the Magic Tree House series and the Junie B. Jones series in numerical order. I guess that explains why I love to shelve books now. The shit tons of cool-student passes I got from that didn’t hurt either. 😉

6) I love reading scientific studies on human sexuality and gender. It’s just so fascinating. (I hope I don’t get hate for this)

7) I’m in the supernatural (destiel!), sherlock, ASOIAF, and Harry Potter fandoms as well.

Bonus!: I’m also in my school’s audition-only choir. I was one of the 3 freshies to get in. 🙂

People to tag:

Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger 

iheartingrid 

Cristian Mihai 

Damyanti 

Because they’re fabulous bloggers, as assumed.

-Selina

 

 

 

 

Buddy Read: A Tale for the Time Being

 

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(credits to Mariel for this cool graphic)

My bestie Mariel and I will be doing a buddy read for the novel A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. 

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We thought it would be entertaining to write some thoughts and predictions on the book before reading. 

Book Cover:

I love the cover. I know I posted the other ones as well, but this one is my favorite. It’s attention-grabbing, but not overpowering. I’m not assuming that the girl on the first strip is Ruth or Nao, but she does look Asian, so we’ll see. I think the two landscapes shown are the different parts of the world they live in, and the chest between them is a time capsule, since they have a significant historical gap.

Also, since I bought the paperback edition, the cover is one of those awesomely soft feeling covers that I kind of enjoy running my hands over. The slightly indented title text is also really nice.

Book Trailer:

It was ok, but kind of bland. And what was that accent? Just no. Solely from the book trailer, I would have thought that the book would be a slow-paced, philosophical journey. The slow-moving beach scenery was pretty. I’ve seen worse book trailers, but I’ve also seen much better.

Blurb and reviews:

It seems to be critically acclaimed, and some of my favorite authors such as Junot Diaz and Elizabeth Gilbert have raved about this book. Because of them, I have pretty high expectations for this book. And the appendices Mariel was referring to? I read the first one, the explanation for what is a time being, and it was like super deep. Like wow what is life/existence deep. As for the blurb, I think the story will be told in very distinctive voices, as sixteen-year old girls can have.

Conclusion:

I don’t know.I did the page 69 test and Nao was still introducing her family, which is a little strange, but the last paragraph could be feelsy if I had more context. It sounds really interesting, and the cover is quite captivating. That’s more than enough for me to want to read it.

Here’s the link to Mariel‘s post for this:

http://booksthefinalfrontier.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/buddy-read-a-tale-for-the-time-being-covertrailer/

-Selina

 

Promo for Read Along!

I am very excited to be posting that I will be reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki with one of my best friends Mariel @booksthefinalfrontier starting on Wednesday! We saw this book at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Award Ceremony, where the book was recognized as the winner of the Best Fiction award.  We will be reading 5 chapters a day, which is roughly 50 pages. Each chapter is a change in POV between the two main characters: Ruth and Nao. Our regular reviews of other books will still continue as well as this read along. We will both write reviews of this book, which will probably include both our thoughts on including an in-depth analysis of plot, characters, and etc.

The multitude of awesome book covers for this book:

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Here’s the book trailer

 

 

-Selina

The Book Blogger Test Tag

I was awkwardly tagged by no one but this tag sounds like fun, so. . .

1) What are your top three book pet hates?

A badly written character

Stupid relationships which includes instalove, love triangles (most of the time), and weirdly-possesive-stalkerish-guy in an unequal relationship with some girl portrayed as a healthy and normal relationship

an overload of cliche lines. If I have to read one more book describing some guy’s back, neck, chest, leg, or throat muscles again. . . ahem Cassandra Clare and among others as well.

2) Describe your perfect reading spot.

On my bed. But I have to squirm into a new position every other minute so it would a beanbag or a chair with my feet propped up another chair. I think those readings thingies in a bookshelf are pretty cool.

3) Tell us three book confessions.

1) Sometimes I accidentally damage my books. I feel really bad about it. Normally, it’s food or getting sucked into the black hole of my backpack and coming out pretty banged up.

2) I don’t like classics most of the time. I think the last one I did read was To Kill a Mockingbird, which was quite good. But the classics I stay away from are the ones that that are over a hundred years old. Sometimes though, if it is forced upon me to read then I’ll read it.

3) When people recommend books to me by talking to me about them, I’ll nod enthusiastically and completely forget about them the minute I stop talking to them. It’s the lack of the tangible book and being able to gauge the cover and blurb and other stuff that makes it so useless.

4) When was the last time you cried during a book?

When I read the Aviator’s Wife. It’s apparently a “book club” book. It gave me so many feels but also introduced me to the gender roles of 20th century America.

5) How many books are on your bedside table?

There’s currently one, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars. However, I have a headboard with two horizontal shelves and that has about 10 or so books.

6) What is your favorite snack to eat while reading?

I try not to eat while I’m reading in order to minimize the damage I inflict on my books already. I do enjoy a cup of coffee or tea though. I remember that one the highlights of my trip to Spain and Portugal was when I walked into the gorgeous cafe called Majestic Cafe and ordered a coffee and a scone. I sat and read a Dance of Dragons there for an hour, it was so beautiful. 🙂

7) Name three books you would recommend to anyone

– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, because it was and still is my childhood.

– The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, it destroyed my feels and my American privilege unawareness bubble.

– The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

8) Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase.

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a little messy but I like it.

9) Write how much books mean to you in three words.

hmmmm…… escapism, perspective, feels. Books are just totally the shit.

10) What is your biggest reading secret?

I read the seventh Harry Potter book before sixth one. *Hides under the bed* oops.

I hope this was at least slightly entertaining. And happy 4th of july! 🙂

-Selina