Fallen – Review

2 stars.

If you thought there was a worse series than The Immortals then congrats you were right! 67fbf52979b565c0b54a1be208bfb7d9

I give to you Fallen. The Plot seems really similar to The Immortals only instead of an immortal you got angels. Now, just like what happened with TI the theme is actually pretty interesting. For once you no longer get vampires and a new sort of supernatural creatures get introduced. That’s untouched ground and you have your whole imagination at your disposal. But what did these authors do? They created boring plots and flat characters and wrote entire series based on a really boring an unhealthy relationship. I don’t know which came first and I’m not going to bother to look it up. They both suck.

But let’s get into Fallen. I decided to read the book because I got curious towards the movie and watched it. It was ok. It got really interesting in the beginning about the angels and I thought “wow this is really promising”; it wasn’t.

My main issue is really how boring the characters are. And the romance is just so flat. From the beginning, you are forced into this romance with Daniel and Lucinda even though they have zero chemistry and you already know everything. It’s meant to be so you are left with no choice but to accept they are going to be together. That’s no fun to read about.

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The author basically gives away the whole supposed plot twist from the very start but then gets super cryptic when it comes to other details. I’m betting it’s no big of a deal, I started reading Torment and the whole making Lucinda being the one to find out everything because Daniel can’t tell her or she dies is really just a sad attempt to make viewers want to keep reading to figure out things. The only characters that I had some interest in were Penn and obviously, she got killed.

At least with TI, Damen was kinda of interesting, however while Ever Bloom is the worst character ever, Luce is easier to tolerate.

Trying to create a love triangle is such a sad plot device, it’s getting exhausting and it really tires me that romance gets used so poorly. It should be a sub plot not the main issue. And as a young adult series it should send across a healthier picture of love. Lucinda is a stalker and she’s so obsessed with Daniel even though he treats her like garbage and yes, I know why that happens but that doesn’t make it ok.
If a guy in real life treats me like shit I’m not going to assume it’s because he lives forever and he’s just tired of watching me die constantly.

Something else that makes Daniel even less likeable is how he claims to love Lucinda so  much and yet he doesn’t even think twice before kissing her or doing something that might end with her dead. Where’s the respect or regard for her life? It doesn’t exist.

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The movie gives away everything and they chose such poor actors to play these characters, maybe someone else would have given the story some life and charisma. I do feel however that the movie was better than the book. This doesn’t happen often but when it does you can assume how bad the book actually is that a movie managed to top it.

To sum up, I’m going to continue the series and I wish I could say I’m hoping it gets better  but I’m 100% positive that it won’t. Torment introduces a new school, new characters and so far they seem slightly an improvement compared to Fallen but it’s not enough to save it.

The Upside of Unrequited – Review

3 stars, not spoiler free.

I havCover-Reveal-The-Upside-Of-Unrequited-Largee to start by addressing my biggest issue, which isn’t about the book but about the negative reviews it receives. Everybody loved Simon’s book. No surprise there, plus a lot of females really enjoy stories with m/m relations but when it comes to f/f suddenly everything surrounding it is problematic. But that’s not even the point I’m trying to make. The issue is that when it comes to having a fat girl as the main character everyone seems to have a problem with it. It happened with Holding Up the Universe and it happens here too. Having a fat main character actually addressing bullying and sharing their thoughts about being fat does not make a book problematic.

It’s simply the reality of a lot of fat girls and how they feel about themselves. Now, this book is short and it doesn’t really focus on the fact that Molly is fat unlike what happens with Libby so we don’t see a lot of development from that part. But self-love doesn’t happen in two seconds. I also didn’t felt like Molly needed a boy to validate her, she simply wanted to experience kissing one and actually having a boyfriend. Which I guess, a normal thing? To experience those sort of things. I also highly doubt that Molly suddenly started loving herself and accepted her body once she starts dating Reid. Yes, she does think she’s beautiful but I don’t think it’s related to Reid. Dating Reid makes her happy and guess what, having someone love you can help you realise what you couldn’t before. Because what once felt impossible it’s happening now. I don’t know where this obsession with turning love into a bad thing comes from.

In fact, Molly seems to care more about the fact that her grandmother thinks she’s beautiful than she did with Reid.
Anyway, let’s start with quotes that I totally relate to and no, I don’t find it problematic. I find it realistic.

“I guess it’s just this feeling that my body is secretly all wrong. Which means any guy who assumes I’m normal is going to flip his shit if we get to the point of nakedness (…) It makes me never want to be naked. And it’s not like I could be a Never Nude. I don’t even like jean shorts.”

Girl, same. And feeling this way doesn’t mean I need a boy to validate me. Because I know that getting a boyfriend doesn’t mean I’m suddenly going to love myself. It doesn’t work like that. I don’t need men to validate me.

Here’s another one,

“We’d kiss. Okay. We’d have sex. I don’t know. Even if he likes me, I’m not sure he’d like me naked. I hate that I’m even thinking that. I hate hating my body. Actually, I don’t even hate my body. I just worry everyone else might.”

And here we have it, Molly doesn’t even hate her body but she worries everyone else does. Because why? People really enjoy bullying others for the way they look and maybe, just maybe if we treated everyone the same way, this wouldn’t be an issue. If people weren’t assholes we wouldn’t have others growing up feeling like outsiders and people not worth loving or not being acceptable to have sex because of what their body looks like.

Another one showing once again, that also relates to movies, tv shows etc where everywhere you rarely get positive fat representation, “Under my shirt, there’s no flat stomach, and there are no cute little boobs, and there’s no hazy lighting. It’s just a lot of me. Way too much of me.”

Let’s stop pretending Molly is the only one who feels the way and the story are in her point of view so of course, you are going to see everything the way she does. And everything is going to be about her and how she sees everyone else. Because we are in her head so we might not like everything we see.

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Holding Up The Universe – Review

3.5 stars.

I’m genuinely curious as to why people believe that not reading a book means you can or should write a full review about it. Especially, when that review happens to be negative. If you are going to complain, at least do so after reading the book. Also, and here’s a thing that a lot of people LOVE to do which is talk over those who actually go through things or have a say in the matter. And to be more specific according to the book, if you aren’t overweight then please kindly refrain from speaking on the matter.
I don’t care if your brother, cousin, next door neighbour is overweight, it’s not a free pass to write your claims or praises by using someone else’s – real life people in this case – as your excuse to do so. This also goes to the author herself, I ge9780141357058t that as writers we can’t be everything or go through everything that we write about but some subjects should be taken less lightly when you decide to write about them.

And why am I saying this? Apparently, this book received a lot of negative reviews because of the way it portrays an overweight girl. I will not speak up about Jack because he’s not the character I relate to and I’m also not familiar nor do I have his disorder. But as an overweight girl, I will speak about how I felt about this book. First of all, if you think it’s offensive then clearly you have no idea what you are talking about (and I’m talking towards those who aren’t or never were overweight), what’s offensive is what people actually do and how they treat overweight people. What Jennifer wrote is just a small demonstration of the cruelty that goes around and god forbid someone actually writes a book with an overweight girl, her perspective and having her fall in love. While also showing her struggles and the bullying she goes through.

Libby is strong as hell, honestly, she became like my hero. I wish I had even half the courage she has and I wish I accepted myself the way she does. Yes, she’s overweight but at some point, she’s happy with who she is. And unlike what a lot of people said, no, Libby does not see a boyfriend as her salvation. She accepted herself long before she fell for Jack and when he breaks her heart, she didn’t let that slow her down. Did she have a moment of weakness? Yes. She’s human. Did she want a boyfriend? Yes, she’s a teenager and please don’t try to tell me that that it wasn’t accurate or “in real life, it doesn’t work this way”, sadly it does. And I would understand if Jennifer gave the idea that Libby wouldn’t be happy with herself nor her body unless she had a boyfriend who would love her and suddenly she would love herself too, that it would cause people to react negatively but that’s not what happens.

I get it, the book insists a lot on the fact that Libby is fat and on Jack’s disorder. Personally, that didn’t really bother me. And yes, people are cruel as hell. And some parts of the book that people feel as if Jennifer is being offensive or that she’s fat shaming, I have a question: Do you even understand what writing is? When I’m writing a character and it happens to be in their Point of View, for example, I’m going to write down their feelings because that’s how they feel or think and guess what, not everyone is perfect, not every book is fantasy so if you want accurate and realistic characters you are going to have to write feelings and thoughts that sound realistic. Here’s where it gets tricky, some parts don’t feel realistic in her book but it’s a YA book about two teenagers falling in love, it’s going to get sappy. Now, having my girl fat shaming herself doesn’t mean the author THINKS and FEELS that way as well.

And truth is, I feel that way a lot. I wonder if maybe having a boyfriend would make me feel better. Make me accept the body I have. It isn’t healthy thinking but it’s accurate. All the nasty things someone could say to me, I’m going to think them first. But seeing Libby being so brave and happy with who she is, it’s truly refreshing.

This wasn’t a story about the hot guy who saves the fat girl, in fact, it felt more like Libby was the one to save Jack. The constant mention of the fact that she is fat is nothing but an honest representation of what goes on in school and real life. Everyone sees you as the fat girl even if you do lose some weight. So yeah, no one was congratulating Libby for losing the weight because they still see her as that same fat girl. So for most people – for bullies – they don’t care.

To sum up, this isn’t a perfect book but it hardly deserves all the negative praise. And if you love TFIOS and god knows what else, then I find it hypocritical that you are going to call out this story for romanticising overweight people and Jack’s disorder. It’s contemporary so it’s a light and easy reading, it’s not a big book and with YA it’s not like you can go too much into things. If you can’t relate to it, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad book.

Our Chemical Hearts – Review

3 stars.

This was an interesting reading but it wasn’t mind-blowing. Mostly because I’ve seen and read stories like this so many times by now. And the problem is that while reading this book it was like also reading The Fault In Our Stars and many other YA contemporary books. It was more of them same, not even th9780399546563e names felt like a proper escape. Hazel Grace – Grace Town. I get that writing about teenage love and tragedy can end up being really similar but it’s also getting boring.

The thing that really did make me like this book a bit more, was the fact that usually, you read books about Grace and Dom’s story. That’s what we are used to. But on Our Chemical Hearts, you read from the point of view of an outsider, an unlucky bastard who happened to love the right girl but at the wrong time. Or maybe the wrong girl too. He even realises that in the book. That was refreshing. I also enjoyed overall the message it gives about break ups and love.

I was heart broken for Grace. It was sort of creepy how much she was living for Dom or kinda pretending to be Dom. But I understand everything. She had barely lost him and then there she was expected to fall in love again. It happened too fast.

It’s an easy book to read like most contemporary YA is. More of the same, it is original for the fact that usually, characters like Henry are not the main ones. You don’t get to see their point of view. But besides that, it didn’t really feel unique nor original. That’s why I’m only giving it 3 stars.

With All The Bright Places, for example, it’s also not really something we haven’t read before but it made me connect with the characters and it really really messed me up, which it didn’t happen this time with this one.