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I make embarrassing videos about books and put them on the Internet. I'm twenty-one years old which means I can legally tell you how much I love beer also I am literate somehow.

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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #2)
Ann Brashares
The Rules of Attraction
Bret Easton Ellis

Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy (Quality))

Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy (Quality)) - Lauren DeStefano REVIEW TO COME.

The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives

The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives - Peter L. Callero Personally, I enjoyed it, although I wish the author wouldn't have felt the need to explain why sociology is relevant or important. I read the book because I was interested, and the points he made along the way were good. He used engaging and easy-to-understand anecdotes to illustrate different social phenomena - that's interesting. He didn't need to constantly defend himself.

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys - Kate Brian I'll admit, the premise was interesting, it was an okay plot, BUT (and this is a huge but) I absolutely could not stand the title character. She was just unbearable.

Rosemary Meets Rosemary (Hourglass Adventures)

Rosemary Meets Rosemarie - Barbara Robertson, Winslow Press I read this when I was young and I remember it being very very cute and very creative. A good story for kids!

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines - A lot of people have said that this is John Green's weakest, but I wouldn't know because this is the first of his that I've read. I can definitely see where it isn't his greatest; some of the characters got on my nerves after a while, but WOW, is John Green a great writer or what!?I was thoroughly impressed with his style and literary devices. I had a tough time fully connecting to Colin for silly, personal reasons, mainly because my boyfriend's name is Colin and I was constantly comparing them (if you were wondering, they have a couple similarities, but my name is not Katherine and although my Colin has a friend named Katherine, they've never dated, also my Colin loves the taste of coffee and isn't that kind of nerd although he was in smart programs as a kid, loves Camus, and speaks German). Hassam was probably the most lovable, although it does get a bit tiresome when fat characters have "being fat" as a facet of their personality.The storyline was a tad predictable, but I thought it was a cuter take on the post-high school road trip tale. The pacing was good, I read the book in a day, though, so I may have enjoyed it more if I had paced myself. I'm not sure if I would ever read another story about Colin Singleton, but I would absolutely love to read more John Green.

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics - Jonathan Wilson As hard as I try, I can't think deeply or critically about football tactics. However, this book is more than just tactical analysis (which I was afraid it would be) but the history and philosophy that drives different managers to make the choices they do. A must-read for any football fan or history buff who loves memorable anecdotes and the story behind a sport.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi This book is very well-written and I enjoyed the adventure a lot (and admittedly I do like anything that takes place on a boat) but a lot of what happened was unrealistic. Not the adventure part, but the fact that she was thirteen and traveling alone even though she was supposed to be upper class. Details, details. I was pretty young when I read this so I don't think that historical accuracy mattered to me at that point. Eleven-year-old me would give this four stars simply because it was enjoyable and there were sailors.

Getting it

Getting It - Alex Sanchez I read this book a very long time ago and the only reason I remember I read it is because it was remarkably bad. I thought the concept sounded cute, so I picked it up, but I found the characters very vapid and the writing style was poor. It seemed like every chapter ended in some sort of exclamation. It might help some people to read it and I can understand why people do like it, but I guess by the time I picked it up I was a little too old for it.

Room: A Novel

Room: A Novel - I happened to pick this book up at my local library over the winter holidays, and I did not finish it before school started again, so I brought it back with me. I was going to be able to renew it online so that wouldn’t be a problem, except what ended up happening was that I waited one day too long to renew, accruing about a dollar in fines for all the books I’d checked out. No big deal, but that dollar pushed me over the maximum amount of money one could owe in fines and still be able to renew books online. Oops. So I ended up having to give the book to my mom to take home and return when she visited that weekend with a hundred or so pages left for me to read. Moral of the story is, RENEW THINGS ON TIME.I’ll try to keep this brief and wrought with spoilers. Room is about a young boy called Jack who lives in “Room” which is essentially a shed in the backyard of some creepy, upsetting man whom he calls Old Nick who kidnapped his mom several years before this story takes place. I’m sure you know exactly where this is going. Old Nick keeps Jack’s mom in his shed and also is Jack’s biological father, but mostly the story is about how Jack and Ma build a life in this Room. His mother has to keep him extremely uninformed about the outside world. When I explained the plot to my boyfriend, he insisted that it was going to be a take on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and that one character was going to kill another when they got out (Spoiler: This doesn’t happen, although I’m sure you’ve guessed.)First of all, I must applaud Emma Donoghue for such a difficult undertaking. As an adult, it’s one thing to write from a child’s perspective and do it well let alone write from the perspective of a child who is psychologically damaged. A lot of people say to “write what you know” and assuming Donoghue (hopefully) did not have the same traumatizing experience as Jack, I think she did a wonderful job in putting herself in the difficult place to write in his voice.As much of a difficult undertaking as this was, I found Jack infuriating. Fortunately, I think that is exactly what the intended reaction was. As someone with very little patience for people who do not understand things or catch on quickly, Jack is irritating, and I found myself sympathizing with the easily frustrated Ma for most of the book. One thing I do find interesting is that Jack and Ma are the only characters who are really truly developed which I think adds to the sense of isolation we get from both of them. Also, despite being very good about Jack without fail (which I think to be somewhat unrealistic), I found myself very attached to the character of Steppa, I think mostly because as Ma’s stepfather who only relatively recently married her mother, he wasn’t around for a lot of the trauma of losing her to kidnapping in the first place and thus can kind of detach himself from the situation and serve as a foil to Ma’s mother. I like that a lot because it gives a little more dimension to the cast of characters.I thought the pacing was excellent. I liked that the thrilling climax was in the middle of the book as opposed to the end because it is very unusual and because this allows for so much more character development once Jack and Ma are “Outside”. Room was really more of a character portrait than anything else and I was thoroughly impressed.I also know it is supposed to be very psychologically disturbing at times, and I know this is probably very insensitive of me and honestly has nothing to do with the novel at all, but the fact that Jack breastfeeds for five years of his life makes me really uncomfortable. This is just a side note from me.The writing itself was nothing revolutionary, but like I said, it was a character portrait. The writing wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it was quite good, but the quality was not what stood out. As mentioned before, it is incredibly difficult to write from the perspective of a child, and the narration (which is first person from Jack’s point of view) was believable, which I think is the most important element here.Although I did not get to the last 100 pages of the novel for about 2 months, I was satisfied with the ending. It was the type of ending that leaves you feeling a little twinge of sadness just because the novel itself was so emotionally draining and drastic.AS OF 3/14/12:I have about 100 pages left of this book. I took it away to school with me and then realized that I am in so much debt to the library that I can no longer renew books. So I couldn't renew it online, resulting in me owing more money. So I had to send it back to the library. Point is, I've stopped with 100 pages left but this was not done purposefully. I will see if I can pick it up this week (once I pay my fines, of course) and finish it up.

The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition

The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition - Jack Kerouac, Ann  Douglas One star because the cover was awesome.

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work - Irvine Welsh I ADORED Trainspotting, so I was really looking forward to reading this. I really liked Kingdom of Fife, the Dogs of Lincoln Park, and If You Liked School, You'll Love Work, but Rattlesnakes and Miss Arizona just weren't my cup of tea. Miss Arizona was supposed to be shocking, I guess, but I just found it incredibly depressing. I remember I finished reading it on a train and just kind of sat their for the rest of the ride staring out the window. If you decide to give this a read, just read the three I mentioned at the beginning. Or form your own opinion. That's probably better, yeah.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass I read this book for a political theory class, so I didn't go into it expecting to be captivated by some amazing story. That said, I love history and this is the type of thing I would love to read anyway, so I was definitely pleased when it turned out to be a wonderful read. By "wonderful" I mean heartrending and very disturbing, but it is a difficult and important topic that I am glad to be more well-read on. His is a perspective I haven't gotten anywhere else.

King Dork

King Dork - Frank Portman I feel like a lot of people don't like this book very much, but it is one of the few that actually has me laughing out loud. The plot is incredibly weak, sure, but I think this is a book that is more stylistic than plot-driven and I find that very refreshing.

Fight Club: A Novel

Fight Club: A Novel - This book was very important to me at one time in my life. Even though I like it less as I've grown, I'm going to give it at four stars because I know that at one point I would have given it five stars and now I would like to give it three.