Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Book Nook

YOU GUYS THIS BOOK I'M ABOUT TO REVIEW IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. It is probably in my top 5 or 10. It is "Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli. You guys have probably heard of the movie, "Love, Simon" and this was the book it was based off of.

I saw the trailer for the movie and I immediately was like, "I need to see this," so I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie, just because that is who I am. So I picked it up in the book store and I read that ish fast. The last half of the book made me stay up till 2 am to finish the entire book. The whole thing is such a funny, inspiring, loving story. If you don't know the story, it is about a boy named Simon who is a closeted gay kid at his school. He sees something on the internet about another gay boy at his school and he emails him. They go back and forth and in a way fall in love through the internet, but neither of them know the true identity of each other. IT IS SO GOOD!

This topic is so relveant in our society right now. We have to open the door to LGBTQ rights and give them things that straight people have all the time, a romance about them. I support all LGBTQ people and their stories. This book and movie will and is already helping so many people feel less lonely, special, and feel included. I really love this so much. I cannot wait to see the movie.

However, this post is about the book. The book is amazing, the characters are perfect, and the story is just written so beautifully. Not to mention it is FRIGGIN hilarious!! Also, just because this book has an LGTBQ protagonist, that doesn't mean other people who aren't like that cannot relate. There are some things in this book I totally related to even though I am not apart of the LGTBQ group.

Favorite Character: When you read this book you cannot fall in love with Simon, it'll just happen. I also have a weird connection to Leah, because her personality reminds me of myself. For example, she is sassy and sarcastic, which are basically my two descriptors of myself. However, Simon is someone that I wanna be best friends with and know in my real life right now.

Favorite Quotes: "I hate listening to stuff through the speakers of my phone, but music is always better than no music."

"I take a sip of my beer, and it's- I mean, it's just astonishing disgusting. I don't think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I'd rather make out with Bieber. The Dog. Or Justin."

"Do you ever feel locked into yourself? I'm not sure if I'm making sense here. I guess what I mean is that sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me."

"I'm just so sick of straight people who can't get their shit together."

"White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default."

THESE ARE SO IMPORTANT! LOVE YOURSELF AND LOVE EACH OTHER <3

XOXOXOXOXO




Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Nook

You guys this next book had me in my feelings. It is a poem book with 4 parts by none other Rupi Kaur. It is called, "The Sun and Her Flowers" and it made me feel so many emotions.

I read her first poem book and that was good, but this one man. Some of these poems LITERALLY hit me so hard I closed the book and thought about it for like 20 minutes. I couldn't stop reading them over and over again. I was praising her for writing such honest and beautifully raw words. I am sure it wasn't easy to write what she did. I couldn't imagine re experiencing these emotions while she was writing, it is tragic and beautiful and amazing. I am in awe at how honest these got. I know her first book was similar in style with 4 different parts that represent a time in her life and how she felt, BUT DAMN! Rupi came out with a better poem book that literally took my breath away.

I am sorry, but you have to read this book. It is too pure and honest for you not to read it. I aspire to be as brave and write as beautifully as her, honestly.

I felt like I needed to share some of my favorite poems from the book because they are too good.. so continue reading :)


Here are some of my favorites I couldn't resist sharing! Sorry some of them are hard to read (Try zoom).

damn
AIN'T THIS THE TRUTH?! PREACH
live life to the fullest and stop worrying guys
the last half of this page she is preaching baby!
this isn't the whole poem, but "art of growing" was one of my all time favorites from the whole book
i felt this one 
what beautiful irony?!
I FELT THIS SO MUCH
more love, less hate
stop competing with others, especially siblings. They are not you.
men ain't shit, love yourself and love the world
xoxo haley <3




Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Nook

Hey guys NEW BOOK ALERT!

Yes, I am getting back into reading I swear. So this blog post is about the book, "The Season of You and Me" by Robin Constantine. I read a book by this author not that long ago and so I decided to try another one by her because I loved the first one.

This book was about a young teen girl who just had a nasty break up she goes to her dads all summer to work at a summer camp where she meets a boy who becomes her good friend. Do they find love? Or does everything fall apart? READ IT TO FIND OUT :)

It was such a fun, light, quick read that was cute and quirky. I loved the relationships that developed between the characters and it was very relatable to how many teens act in today's society. I also loved the fact that this book shows both of the main character's perspective and how their lives intertwine. This author is known for this type of writing in her previous books ("The Promise of Amazing"). I recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun romance and is into young adult novels. This is very age appropriate to teenagers.

Favorite Character: Cassidy and Bryan are tied as favorites. They are the main characters that the perspective flips back and forth in the book. Cassidy is funny and smart and takes care of her little brother when she is going through hard times. She puts others first, which I loved. Then Bryan is a quadriplegic from an accident and I can relate to the misery and pity he must feel, but I love how positive he is about everything.

No amazing quotes in this book guys, hopefully the next one will have more!




Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Nook

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Before I start the first book review of the new year I would like to say one of my new years resolutions is to blog more! Last year I felt that I only wrote once a couple months and so this year I want to change that! I know I have said this before, but I want to promise you and myself that I will try.

Anyway, here is the first book review, "The Memory Book" by Lara Avery. The title basically explains the gist of this novel. Samantha is a senior in high school who has been diagnosed with NPC which causes you to slowly lose your memories. She decides to write down everything that happens so when she starts to forget she can go back and read what happened. This disease does not have a high survival rate, but Sam has college plans, so what will happen? Will she make it out to New York or will NPC take over? Read to find out :)

The concept of this book interested me a lot, that's why I picked it out in my monthly Barnes & Noble trip. I recommend this book to all young kids battling any physical or mental obstacle. It will teach you how to come to terms with who you are while still fighting. I think this book is amazingly sad. I can't tell you how quickly I sped through it.

Favorite Character: Sam and Cooper. Sam because I can relate to her on so many levels. She has so many high expectations for herself and puts a ton of pressure on herself as a senior in high school. I have done that before more than once. Cooper because he knows how to relax and have fun. He is the guy you run to when you need a laugh. You may not like him at first, but just give him a chance.

Favorite Quotes: "It's because there's this part of me that wants to be extraordinary. Like I want to believe that if you work hard and you have good ideas, you can be who you want to be."

"I think people fake that they're having a fun a lot of the time in photos, because they want people to think they're having fun. Well, that's not life, is it? Sometimes life is really terrible. Sometimes life gives you a weird disease. Sometimes life is really good, but never in a simple sort of way."

"...there's something about laughing on your back that makes you keep going long after anything is funny."

"Optimism does not have to be blind."


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Book Nook

You guys I feel like every time I get on here it has been forever. I feel terrible I haven't written, but I swear I have an excuse! I am currently in the midst of writing a novel.. oh snap, i know. Don't get too excited because it may not ever be public, but we will have to wait and see.

Anyway, on to what this post is about. I finally read a new book! It is "Zac and Mia" by A.J Betts. This book is about Zac and Mia, duh! But, these kids are both diagnosed with cancer. They are being treated at the same hospital in the rooms next to each other. They never talk until Mia runs away from the hospital and somehow ends up with Zac.

If I tell you anymore it'll spoil it, so looks like you're going to have to go read it for yourselves.

I loved this book. It was cute and happy even when it was based around such a sensitive and serious topic. It was lighthearted and serious at the same time, which is not always easy in writing. I loved the way this book was put together. The first half was all in Zac's perspective and then in the middle it was both of them. Lastly, in the final chapters it was Mia's perspective. They were split up like that to reassemble the title which I thought was extremely clever.

Favorite Character: I honestly have no idea. There isn't many characters in this book that you get to know deeply. But between Zac and Mia I can't choose. I see myself in both of them. Mia is very bull headed and wants to be extremely independent. Zac is logical and funny. I can't choose, it would hurt to much to pick one over the other.

Favorite Quotes: "Life doesn't favor the curious."

"Perhaps courage is simply this: spur-of-the-moment acts when your head screams don't but your body does it anyway."

"Courage is standing still even though you want to run. Courage is planting yourself and turning toward the thing that scares you, whether it's your leg or your friends or the guy who could break your heart again. It is opening your eyes and staring that fear down."


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Book Nook

Hey guys new book for ya! I know it's only a few days after the last review but WHO CARES! More books for your reading pleasure. Today's book is "Yes Please!" by Amy Poehler. Amy Poehler is one of my favorite female comedians and actresses. She stars in one of my all time favorite tv shows, "Parks and Recreation." \

This book is a memoir of her life. It includes how she got into improv, SNL, and her parks and rec days. I love to read about people I love, so I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh out loud and smile ear to ear. I think being a comedian helps out in not making a book all about you so dry. Because it certain memoirs it can get that way, but this one wasn't like that at all. It kept me interested throughout the whole book.

I learned about the BTS of one of the funniest improv shows, SNL and about my favorite tv shows. Did you know that in Parks and Rec the character played by Chris Pratt, Andy Dwyer, was only supposed to be in 6 episodes total. He ended up being in all of the seasons in almost EVERY EPISODE. HOW COOL IS THAT?! I never knew that and tbh if the character of Andy wasn't in the show I don't think I'd like it as much as I do.

If you enjoy a good laugh and some comedy and knowing the ins and outs of shows and tv then this is the book for you!!! Go pick up a copy today, if you dare >:)

Favorite Quotes: "Don't think. Get out of your head. Stop planning and just go."

"Emotions are like passing storms, and you have to remind yourself that it won't rain forever."

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

"That is the key to time travel. You have to be where you are to get where you need to go."




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Book Nook

Hey guys new book!! Get excited! This one is called "The Seven Ways We Lie" by Riley Redgate. This book title caught my eye as I was casually shopping in Barnes and Noble, as one does. I loved the title and the cover and how it related to the 7 deadly sins.

This book is in 7 different perspectives, which usually confuses me, but this time it was perfect. The concept of this book was so interesting that when I started reading it I wanted to guess which of the seven sins each character embodied the most. This is what I came up with:
Olivia: greed
Juniper: lust
Claire: envy
Kat: wrath
Matt: sloth
Valentine: pride
Lucas: gluttony

If you end up reading the book, let me know if you thought differently.

This book is based in high school and follows the individual and cohesive stories of the 7 characters. They each have their own problems, but somehow they all seem to mesh together as well. It is a great book with an intriguing story line. I also loved how there were so many main characters, because each had their own unique take on their own problems and the larger issue of the novel. I loved it, it kept it interesting.

I would say you should give this book a try I loved the ending and everything in between.

Favorite Character: I have a few. I loved Olivia because I feel like I related to her the most. She felt lost and confused sometimes, but she always held herself together. I also loooooved Matt. He may have acted on the outside like he couldn't care less, but on the inside he had a huge heart.

Favorite Quotes: "I'm home, I say, more a defense than an annoucement -- because this place is not home anymore."

"Teenage years are the best years of our lives. They keep saying that. I don't know, though. I keep grasping for people, hunting for them. I take people and I write down, and I think about the ones I want to keep. And sometimes I find people, and I wonder - I don't know. I wonder, are these really the  best people we are going to be?"

"You don't have to worry for the rest of the world. The world will do its own worrying."

"They all pass in the hallways, smiling or blank-looking, preoccupied with their phones or laughing with their friends. It occurs to me how rarely people see each other afraid."

"Heartbreak reduces you to what a million other people have suffered a million times before."

"I don''t know, but just because you can't fix everything, that doesn't mean you shouldn't give a shit, and it sure doesn't mean you shouldn't try."