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Old 01-11-2011, 11:20 PM   #3301
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:51 AM   #3302
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Finished Twenty Boy Summer. Sad in parts, and joyful in others. A beautiful book (and the cover is perfect, which always make me happy; I confess I have a thing for covers).

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Old 01-12-2011, 06:38 AM   #3303
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:45 AM   #3304
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:54 AM   #3305
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:11 AM   #3306
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:10 PM   #3307
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:16 PM   #3308
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Feeling decidedly underwhelmed by Ally Condie's MATCHED thus far. Partly it's the heavy-handed foreshadowing. "I wanted to dream about my Match last night, but I didn't. THIS SEEMS SOMEHOW MEANINGFUL. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? I wonder, as I stare out of the window at a sky the colour of DEEP MEANING."
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:18 PM   #3309
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Feeling decidedly underwhelmed by Ally Condie's MATCHED thus far.
I swear, people either love that book or they hate it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:25 PM   #3310
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I swear, people either love that book or they hate it.
I wouldn't say I actively hate it. It's fine. The opening scene was good, and the grandfather's death was well done. But I'm a quarter of the way through and thus far there has been absolutely no plot - just pages and pages of ominous hints that there might in future be plot. And the world-building is kind of nonsensical thus far. I wish it was a little less teenage soap opera and a little more THE HUNGER GAMES.

edit: The heroine is currently sitting between the two love interests. COULD THIS BE SYMBOLIC?

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Old 01-12-2011, 11:32 PM   #3311
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I liked the book, but didn't love it.

The biggest problem I had with it was how the MC would think something, and the person she was with would respond as if she said it. This happened many many times. A few she points it out ("as if reading my mind" or something). But I was drawn into the book pretty well.
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I just read The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger--seriously I love this book so much I want to marry it. It's the sequel to Geography Club. Nice gay boy falls in love while working as a camp counselor for burn survivor little kids.

And I read G1rl, Stolen, about a blind girl who gets inadvertently kidnapped when this kid steals a car. I dunno, I suppose the thriller genre is just not for me. For the first two thirds of the book, nothing happens but a series of tell-y recollections about the MC's life pre-kidnapping, mostly about how blind people get around. Meanwhile I'm thinking, This guy steals an Escalade belonging to the richest man in the entire state and there's no frigging OnStar to show the police where the car has gone?????? I will say at the end the MC was a totally awesome badass, which I really enjoyed. If only there was more badass and less sitting around it would have been great.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:04 AM   #3313
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I just realized I can't remember the title of the book I'm reading. It's the weird part of having a Kindle, I don't appreciate covers or titles nearly as much.

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Old 01-13-2011, 06:13 AM   #3314
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:59 PM   #3318
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I think you had to accept that the plot was about the romance, not about the dystopia.
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Yeah, I think I came into this with the wrong expectations. When I pick up a dystopian novel, I'm looking for a kickass story about people rebelling against a broken society. Basically, THE HUNGER GAMES. This one not only failed in the ass-kicking department, it barely even had any rebellion. (When the protagonist passed up on her chance to contact the secret rebel underground, I almost cried. That's the classic opening to a dystopian! It's like a fantasy in which the protagonist refuses the call to adventure and spends the next 400 pages farming.) Cassia did come to realise how evil her society is, but her response was very underwhelming. All she did was give a guy a piece of a dress, which was all very meaningful and romantic, don't get me wrong, but I was waiting for her to pick up a rocket launcher.

It was just a very frustrating experience. If I'd known this was a slow-paced romance with a dystopian setting, I would have known not to pick it up.
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Yeah, I think I came into this with the wrong expectations. When I pick up a dystopian novel, I'm looking for a kickass story about people rebelling against a broken society. Basically, THE HUNGER GAMES. This one not only failed in the ass-kicking department, it barely even had any rebellion. (When the protagonist passed up on her chance to contact the secret rebel underground, I almost cried. That's the classic opening to a dystopian! It's like a fantasy in which the protagonist refuses the call to adventure and spends the next 400 pages farming.) Cassia did come to realise how evil her society is, but her response was very underwhelming. All she did was give a guy a piece of a dress, which was all very meaningful and romantic, don't get me wrong, but I was waiting for her to pick up a rocket launcher.

It was just a very frustrating experience. If I'd known this was a slow-paced romance with a dystopian setting, I would have known not to pick it up.
And I wonder how much of this was, "Oh, I have to set it up for a series, and I can't let her figure things out/change too fast"?
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