Thursday, January 16, 2014

The S-Word

I read the entire book thinking that the "S" stood for Salsa.

Just kidding. I thought it was for Starbucks.

Just kidding again.

(What if Starbucks made salsa flavored coffee?!)

Ok, for realz...

I read The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher and thought, "I hope that guys read this book."

This is a hard one for me to review because I normally just write silliness, but the content in The S-Word isn't silly.

In fact, there are multiple delicate topics covered throughout the story and Chelsea Pitcher does a great job with them.

What I like about this book is that even though it's heavy on themes, it's still the story that drives the reading. Know what I mean? The main character is playing the role of an investigator, and the information she's in search of is all the same information I wanted as the reader. So, naturally, I felt like I was an investigator, too, which was awesome because I was like...investigating stuff.

Chelsea did an amazing job of grabbing my attention from the beginning of the book and at the end of every chapter. She had me frustrated every morning when I had to put the book down and go to work (because I'm a responsible adult). Then, when I got to work, I was still feeling frustrated so I was mean to everyone and almost got fired. So thanks, Chelsea.

Overall, I really liked this book. The reading was smooth, the story was interesting, and the underlying themes were in line with the current issues of the day.

I liked most of the characters, but I didn't really fall in love with any of them. I thought they were very well done (like steaks). They sounded like teenagers and they were easy for me to picture, but I just didn't feel like any of the characters stood out above the story.

I loved the end of the book. No spoilers, but Chelsea fooled me. :)

I give The S-Word 5 out of 7 salsa flavored Starbucks coffees.

Way to go, Chelsea!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Is Eleanor a Zombie?

I read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell...and nothing happened.

I was like, "Oh, it's done."

Then I thought about all the face eating references and sort of wished that Eleanor really did eat Park's face because she was a red headed zombie! THAT would have been awesome.

So, basically, two teenagers fall in love and then one moves away.

WTF?!

Eleanor and Park remind me of like...everyone ever. They're teenagers becoming adults. They have family stuff going on. School stuff going on. Life is happening.

Nothing else happens.

No, seriously. Nothing else happens. It's just two teenagers saying the same kind of lovey stuff about each other for the entire book. There's no actual story there. There's no reason to keep reading. Wondering if Eleanor and Park will end up together isn't a powerful enough driver.

I liked the characters (especially Park and his Dad) and Rainbow's writing is easy to read, but this story just didn't have enough...story.

I have a sneaking suspicion that certain reviews got the motor revved up for this one and sort of set the tone.

Or, it could just be that there is something amazing here and I just don't get it. It wouldn't be the first time.

Regardless, Eleanor & Park was a huge disappointment for me. It was boring. There wasn't any humor. The "love story" played out like a 1980's record on a skipping record player. Same kinds of words over and over and over. Then, the end.

I give Eleanor & Park  3 out of 7 Red Headed Zombies.