Thursday, August 30, 2012

Stuck On Earth by David Klass

Ketchvar III has a mission to do. His mission: Through a fourteen year old boy find out whether the earth is worth saving or should be put out of their misery. The reason for all of this is because there is another planet, a peaceful planet that is being threatened by a supernova that might any minute destroy their home. This is a consideration of course but Ketchvar's goal supersedes that. He needs to make sure the planet Earth's natives are worth letting go.

Ketchvar is a snail. Yes, he is a snail but as he went up a random fourteen year old named Tom Filber's nose and brain and eventually took over his mind I can imagine him as Tom but more robotic. They actually use robots for most of their needs because of the no hands thing. Ketchvar is very formal in everything he says and I would hear his voice in my head like a nerdy kid who is very polite and formal.

"Whatever you're after," he gasped quickly. "The key. The formula. The stuff. I know where they've hidden it. I can get it for you. You think I won't because I love the human race? Hah! I hate them all. I have more in common with you. Let's work together. Tell me what you want and I'll get it. We'll split the take. Fifty-fifty. Deal?" I reach his chin.

He uses Tom for advice when traversing his new life. Tom is not so very polite. He can best be described as a awkward teenager with too much testosterone. He was a bit annoying to me. He was rude a lot of the time but you can also feel that he was angry with the world he lived in. Mostly his family. His sister and him are always fighting and even when Ketchvar's nice to her she responds meanly. His father is a drunk but actually he's a very nice father that is just down in the dumps. His mother is totally crazy. She's very violent and yells all the time. You could understand why but I HATE accusatory people. You are not helping.

He is constantly being bullied and harassed and called funnily enough an alien. It seems that the obvious choice is to put these people out of their misery because not only are they an angry lot but they are also very sad beings. He doesn't know what to make of all their sadness but then he discovers Michelle Peabody, the girl next door, which Tom has had a crush on since forever. He sees good in her. It's a good thing there was Michelle. You need a little love interest sometimes but I also liked that other than everyone else she wasn't a jerk and didn't do anything wrong to Ketchvar.

Klass wrote one of my favorites called You Don't Know Me so I expected greatness. I truly liked this book and find that a lot of middle schoolers will like it. Not only that but I know there are a lot of middle grade books for boys which is a stark contrast to the number of teen books for boys. Having never really wanting to read a teen book about aliens its good I started with middle grade otherwise I might have been turned off of reading a book about aliens. But fortunately I wasn't and of course I wasn't! I am reading a Klass book.

I loved the contrast of this alien boy and all the rude people at his school. He calls school a twelve year period of voluntary daily incarceration. I think we can all agree with that statement. Ketchvar is very likable (I like the good guys). He put up with us a lot. I would have destroyed us too if I were him and was greeted to Earth the way he was but he's a peaceful snail so he stays (I can't get over that he is a snail). Seeing everything from his eyes and the lesson of trying to help better the world we live in because it's the only one we got I think will be well received by others reading this book. It's not like the lesson is pointedly there but it's obviously there. It was very entertaining  reading a book through the eyes of someone completely foreign (literally). Klass has created another excellent world and is half way for me to becoming a favorite author of mine. We'll see if I like his other books won't we?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

Bernardo lives in a small village called San Andres in Philippines. He wasn't always eight feet tall. He used to be smaller than his best friend Jabby who nicknamed himself after the famous basketball player, Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He used to be smaller than most kids. He used to be picked on all the time. But now he is considered the village's savior. Since he's grown there hasn't been any major earthquake and in a village where little earthquakes happen every day and major earthquakes are always a threat they are grateful. It's all because of this legend where I giant used to walk among them named Bernardo Carpio (that's actually a real Philippine Myth) and he stopped an earthquake that would have destroyed the village.

Bernardo doesn't live with his mother. He was left behind but his mother planned to send for him when she settled. She didn't realize that it would take more than a decade to get him to come to London but the day has finally come.

Amandolina or Andi for short thought she would be excited to see her brother but after having to move right after she was made point guard on her team and since the new school she's going to doesn't have basketball she isn't very happy. Not only those two things but she discovers that her brother is this eight foot giant! She is this short looking thing and is mistaken a couple of times as a boy. She's tough and I love tough girls. I feel sorry for her from the very beginning because her mother is a witch telling her she is too short to play basketball and how she shouldn't play it anymore. She pestered her about it and really what kind of good mother does that? I'll tell you that she wasn't a good mother for her even later on she didn't win me back.

Bernardo is very sensitive. He was a real nice guy but sometimes I felt like telling him to stop crying. I do give him the benefit of the doubt. He had the weight of his village on his shoulders and it's still a big mystery about some things. Gourlay I think put these images and thoughts into your head but leaves part of the book up to you or maybe that's just me. Anyways Bernardo is another one I feel bad for because his village and even his best friend is using him and trying to prevent him from happiness by putting guilt on him. Almost of all the adults in here are jerks which is to be expected in a children's/middle grade read. Adults are usually the bad guys. Bernardo also speaks reverse what he's supposed to say in English like "Please to meet me" or something like that. I'm Hispanic and I guess I've never heard a Hispanic who only knows Spanish try to speak English in front of me but I seriously doubt they would speak like that. Whatever. It made him more endearing and anyways his village spoke their own language and it was pretty funny reading it.

The story goes from her and then Bernardo's perspective. It is also goes through different points in the story like it goes to when Bernardo was young and then now to his sixteen year old self which I thought was not confusing and I often read how people don't like that but I do. It's more mysterious that way to see how the story unravels. Since I now know that the story is based on a Filipino Myth I can say that I'm impressed. Whenever authors take from myths like Greek Mythology its fun to see what they come up with. This was a winner for me and yay! Diversity!

Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #1




This is the meme I was talking about before where I get to show you what I am currently reading and what I plan to read. It is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Past Week Reads












Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt is about a boy named Doug moving into a new home with an abusive father, a juvenile delinquent brother, and a mother he loves. When things start to go missing everyone turns away from him. This book was hilarious and the fourth book I've read by Schmidt which means he is one of my favorite authors.













I'm Down by Mishna Wolff is a memoir that accounts the authors childhood with a father who thought he was black and being too white for the black kids and too black for the white kids. Another hilarious yet meaningful read.

Book Club Read












So far we are at page 97 of The Night Circus about a mysterious night circus that is there one day and vanishes the next and about a magician's challenge. I'm captivated so far. It's getting close to a particular point that I can't wait to see what happens to the two main characters. There is so much mystery about the circus and I'm wondering when was it created?

Possible Reads For This Week


Stuck On Earth by David Klass is about an alien taking over a fourteen year old's brain to see if the world is worth saving or needs to be destroyed. Klass wrote a favorite of mine called You Don't Know Me so I expect greatness.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells is a classic about a scientist who's experiment goes wrong when he was able to turn himself invisible but unable to turn himself back. So far I'm liking it and hope to read the others like it like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu is about Zoe and the world she lives in where everything is controlled through computer chips but then she starts glitching and she discovers having her own thoughts and feelings and... telekinesis. Got a girl here with powers. Awesomeness.

The Fine Color of Rust by P.A. O'Reilly has the most fantastic cover where a mother of two who lives in Australia campaigns to save the local primary school. I really just got this book because I love the cover but the story is different then what I'm used to. I've also never read a book that had the setting in Australia so that should be interesting.

Reviews Coming Up












Since I've already read this book I decided to put the title of Reviews Coming Up for it. Tall Story is about a boy and a wishing stone. He grows to an abnormal height and everyone in his small village consider him their savior. He is finally able to move to where his mother lives in London with his sister who loves basketball and doesn't understand why her mother is freaking out and saying how tall her brother is every chance she gets. She's about to find out.

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Book Discoveries #1

As I wrote in my last post I wanted to add a post about new books I've found through blogs, Goodreads, and other places. I'll try to post where I found them on here and include summaries. I know there is a meme called Waiting On Wednesday but some of these books might not be new releases so that's why I'm not joining that meme right now. The books I'm posting on here are books that I've found from the beginning of the month through today. In the future it might be once a week or biweekly. It depends on school. Hope you enjoy!

Small Damages by Beth Kephart 
"It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she is mourning the loss of her father. She finds solace in the one person she trusts, her boyfriend, and she soon finds herself pregnant. Kenzie’s boyfriend and mother do not understand her determination to keep the baby. She is sent to southern Spain for the summer, where she will live out her pregnancy as a cook’s assistant on a bull ranch, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple. 

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. She begins to open her eyes and her heart to the beauty that is all around her and inside of her."

-Goodreads Summary

I found this from a fellow blogger: Waking Brain Cells



The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

"The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that's sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June's best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die."

-Goodreads Summary

I found this from a fellow blogger:  A Reader of Fictions


Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

"When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Cam's down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it's the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!"

-Goodreads Summary

I found this from a fellow blogger: Waking Brain Cells






Beauty and the Beast: The Only One That Didn't Run Away by Wendy Mass

"When you’re stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you — like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you.

And when you’re a prince, you’re supposed to be athletic and commanding and brave and tall. But what if you are none of those things? What if all you like to do is play the bagpipes (badly), study the stars, and try to figure out how to make worms live forever? Oh, and you also have a perfect older brother who is a lot more princely than you’ll ever be.

But when Beauty’s life turns completely upside down and she is forced to head out into the world, she has to figure out just who she wants to be. And when Prince Riley suddenly grows fur, and nails as sharp as sticks, he has to learn that appearances can be deceiving. Before Beauty and Riley can save each other, they have to save themselves."

-Goodreads Summary

I found this from a website: Goodreads

Alice, I Think by Susan Juby


"Life Goals List: Decide on a unique and innovative career path. Increase contact with people outside of immediate family. Learn to drive a car. Some sort of boy-girl interaction? (Possibly best left until after high school. Maybe best left until middle age.) Publish paper comparing teenagers and chicken peer groups. Read entire Lord of the Rings series."
-Goodreads Summary

I found this from a website: What Should I Read Next?








Seven Tears Into The Sea by Terri Farley

"Beckon the sea,
I'll come to thee....
Shed seven tears,
perchance seven years....
At the age of ten, Gwen Cooke had a strange encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes. He came to her on the beach, whispered strange words in her ear, and then disappeared. Shortly thereafter, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again.
Now seventeen, Gwen is returning to her childhood home. Her nana asked her to come. But Gwen knows it's time to go back for another reason: She yearns for the sea. Perhaps the sea itself is calling to her. Perhaps the memory of the boy and his haunting words are drawing her back to the place they met. Perhaps it's time for her to face her destiny."
- Goodreads Summary
I found this from a website: What Should I Read Next?

Found anything exciting you want to share? 
What do you think about the books on here?

Background Change!

As I'm sure you've noticed the blog looks all new and shiny. I don't have the side bar which is unfortunate but it's better for me because everything is less cluttered. I easily get bored so that's why I've changed my background/template thingy like fifty million times. So with this new simpler background I hope to keep everything the same for awhile. I'm not allowed to change the background at least until January and if I do I give you my permission to yell at me until I change it back.

I'm planning to put up an About Me and Contact up already which I should have done from the beginning but I've been slow to figure things out. Really slow. I know there is a weekly meme where you tell what you are currently reading so that's where I will probably show you guys what I'm reading for the week. Things are likely to change. I might do less or completely different books because well... there are sometimes I have the urge to read this one book and can't help myself.  I'm also thinking of having a post about new books I discover on Goodreads, other blogs, or by accident. I like when I have a lot of book covers on here because it just looks aesthetically better plus I think you'll enjoy it as much as I do. At least I hope.

I'm still doing the Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday posts. I will try to keep those as my minimum and as you've noticed they might come late at night but at least it gets posted right? If I have time I'll post reviews on other days. The weekend is a time for me to maybe if I don't have a lot of homework to add extra posts. It took me 8 hours this weekend to read a chapter, write down notes, and take a quiz online so maybe not too much time but some. Hope you guys enjoy the new look. Any suggestions/comments will be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I'm Down by Mishna Wolff

This is the only "free" book I'm getting for school. Well not really since I was able to get a textbook from one of my brothers. Anyways all week during my breaks I read this book and I was super excited at first that it was a memoir (I know I sound like a nerd) and was even more pleasantly surprised since the book started off pretty hilarious.

You might be wondering what's up with the hair? The author is actually not black but 100% white. Her father is the one who also isn't black but he grew up in the "neighborhood" and thinks he's black. Wolff's perspective of her childhood is both hilarious yet endearing.

Her parents are split up and they have a sort of "arrangement" that I still don't understand where he's got Mishna and her little sister Anora. Anora is adorable. Everybody loves her and she easily fits in the crowd whereas Mishna is a daddy's girl but the dad is not really forthcoming towards her. She acts like a snob according to them. They are poor and she is smarter them honestly. She goes to an all white school later on. She was finding her way through her neighborhood and fitting in and then she's transferred into an all white school where she doesn't fit in either because all those people are rich.

I'm impressed of how much in her youth she remembers! I remember hardly anything. She had a lot to deal with so I understand that. I don't think she was a snob. She was always trying to please her dad. Her dad was a jerk a lot. He would push her into things and sports. I would have loved if not at the moment but later on as I got into a sport I would have loved it and was kind of annoyed at first by the way she was acting. She was a bit selfish but rarely. She basically was trying to be herself throughout but no one was expecting her. You usually don't get asked to go away because you told a fact or something like that or called uppity or anything like that. I really felt bad for her throughout. Like I was this quiet shy girl and if I had to deal with these two opposite situations all the time I would go crazy. She actually had way more guts than I think she noticed at the time.

Not only did her father really make me angry with him but I started noticing at a certain point how her mother wasn't around and I was like "what is wrong with this lady?" She was so timid and wouldn't confront her ex-husband about the kids. She would talk to him but she couldn't stand up for herself and kids. She was way nicer than him but that really bugged me. Her and her father curse a bunch in this book so heads up. I don't mind it. I don't ever remember reading a book with people cursing in it but it's real life and that's what people do.

This was pure entertainment and it was fun and interesting to see her growing up and how she dealt with being this awkward white girl that was too black for the rich white kids but too white for the poor black kids.  The author is coming to my university so I'm hoping to see her. I really want to ask her a couple of questions if I can. Maybe I can get my book signed? If so then that would be the first signed book that hasn't been massed produced that I have plus the first EVER author I meet. So that's very exciting. I'm glad that I read a memoir that wasn't so depressing. The other memoirs I've read are good but this book has a light mood to it even of her life isn't that great because she adds humor to it. Reading someone's life makes you really think. What if I had this family and life? I could have ended up as anyone. You and I don't know. I liked how we know that she's alright because she wrote this book and it tells us all her accomplishments as well as her follow up to how everything is going on now. A very satisfying read.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Doug Swieteck is moving out of his home in New York into The Dump in Marysville. As you can tell by what he named his new home he isn't very happy about this move. But it is truly a dump. It's all because of his father who can never keep his thoughts... or fists to himself. Forced to move away Doug leaves his friends, home, and Yankee Stadium.

Doug loves to talk about Joe Pepitone, a former baseball player, like he is the greatest person and he has his reasoning. He met him when he and another baseball player visited him and his friends for a reason I have quickly forgotten but that's not the point! One of his friends is the main character in The Wednesday Wars which I really need to read again because I can't remember that too... So Joe Pepitone is his hero. Someone he thinks about when his life gets unfair and someone to look up to which he can't do with the authority figure in his family.

He is constantly subjected to brotherly abuse by one of his brothers, Christopher, who acts just like his father. He is slowly becoming a juvenile delinquent and it's obvious why, his father is a piece of work. I mean you can't get worse than him. He talks badly about his bosses like they are doing a misjustice to him when you know by the way he treats his family there is no way that can be true. He hits his kids if they say something wrong and makes his mom cry. He hangs out with Ernie Eco this shady character that is just the same as him or maybe worse. I suspect he enables him. Meanwhile another juvenile delinquent brother, Lucas, is off in the Vietnam War.

The first people he meets at his new town are two stuck up girls. One is actually a woman. She is the librarian and I found their encounter extremely entertaining: "These steps were not made for people to sit on," she said, "especially since you might get in the way of others who would wish to use them." I looked up and down the block, then moved way over to the edge of the steps. "Dang," I said. "I didn't see all the people jamming to get inside. Don't they all know that Marysville Free Public Library does not open until ten o'clock? She sniffed. I'm not lying. She sniffed. "Go find some other place to be rude," she said. "Is this one reserved for you?" I said.

That's just a bit of the type of humor you can find in this book. Sarcasm. You got to love it. The other girl is a  reader and I feel like she sets a bad example in the beginning for readers. I would never be all uppity and assume he is up to no good. Readers are not like that! And I don't appreciate her being portrayed that way. I do soften up to her later on mostly because of Doug.

Through Lil, the reader, he meets Mrs. Windermere an eccentric play writer who cannot help but to be frustrated whenever he interrupts her when she is in the zone. "Creativity is a god who comes only when he pleases, and it isn't very often. But when he does come, he sits beside my desk and fold his wings and I offer him whatever he wants and in exchange he lets me type all sorts of things that get turned into plays for which people who own New York stages are waiting." She has a thing for different types of ice cream which I can appreciate.

Doug finds a book in a library. A single large book at the top of some stairs in a glass case. It's John James Audoban's Birds of America and he just stares at the bird that the page is on and tries to trace it with his fingers. This is where Mr. Ballard comes in. He's another librarian who is not so uppity. This book has for every chapter a picture out of the Audoban book. Doug describes the birds in such a way where you would think they were this majestic and noble creatures and then you look at the picture and you're like "Where did you get that from?" I can't believe Schmidt can make me want to read more about a bunch of birds.

Doug is written off a lot. Like A LOT as a juvenile delinquent like his brother when things start going missing. Doug is the perfect person! He is this sarcastic but loving kid who doesn't deserve all the crap he's been given. His Principal, Principal Peatie, who likes to refer to himself in the third person, is always waiting for him to mess up. His gym teacher, a veteran, is the same way. Doug always is saying "Do you know how that feels?" and I want to just run up to him and hug him even though I don't know how that feels but I am so glad things are going your way! Doug also loves his mother. He's a real sweetheart in that aspect. There is one thing that was commented on during the book that I had to add here because you have to read for your own eyes how amazing he is. "Audubon called them called them Red-Throated Divers. They're a sort of loon. It's a lovely family group, I think. Peppermint?" "Some family," I said. "No one's paying attention to the mother. Who could blame her if she took off? Look at them." A minute or so went by, and them Mrs. Windermere said, in a voice as soft as summer blue air, "Skinny Delivery Boy, you have it all wrong. Look how she's standing close to her little one. She's looking around to watch for the next spectacular thing that's going to come into his life." Did you read what I read!? Don't you want to hug him now?

There is one more important event going on other than the Vietnam War that his brother Lucas is in. The Moon Landing. Doug has one certain teacher who is absolutely excited by this and you know how excited he is by how much his toy horse Clarence moves. He is of course the science teacher. More and more I've begun to like historical fiction. I've discovered here that it doesn't have to be about slavery because that's what I've read before and is what I associate with historical fiction. Slavery and the Holocaust. This does talk about that era of time where there was war and new discoveries but it's mostly about the goodness in people and never judging someone based upon other people or assuming by the way they look they are bad people. Schmidt is kind of tricking us in this book. He puts this very likable character that can do no wrong with a great sense of humor. You get emotionally attached to these characters like authors like to do to mess with you. He then gets us interested in things and teaches us things in a way only he can. Schmidt is officially now one of my favorite authors and I am proud that he is because of characters like Doug and stories like his. This book is truly worth reading. It deserves awards and praise from everywhere. I can't wait till I see what Schmidt's going to do next.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Blog Hop: What do you look for in a review?

This Blog Hop is hosted by Reading Romances

*UPDATE: This will count as my post for Tuesday. Sorry about that. 

I know I said Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays but I couldn't help myself after I saw this on book r3vi3ws plus I have nothing to do or read for 3 hours so why not?

The first thing I look for before even reviewing the book which I think everybody looks for is the cover. The cover is our first impression so if that cover looks like a five year old made it or maybe the cover doesn't appeal to my taste I probably won't even look at the review. The only exceptions are the blogs that you absolutely love and you go to their reviews all the time. So if a cover has a half-naked people on it I'm not going to even look at the review because I don't do erotica or whatever that is because it's just not my taste in books.

I'm thinking back to when I first found the book blog 21 pages. It was probably one of the first book blogs I looked at and what always caught my attention is how she wrote about the books. You can tell almost instantly what the reviewer thought about the book. You can tell if they are really excited, if it's a flop, or if they don't put real emotion to it which means that the book was alright and not worth looking into. 

Before the opinion section of the review is the summary of the book and that is the plot so if the plot doesn't intrigue me or entices me to read the review I probably won't read it except for those exceptions I wrote above. Plot and characters go hand to hand. If the reviewer talks about the characters as if they were the greatest thing since sliced bread then I'm going to like the review and book.

There are only a couple of books I buy every year. Most of them I get from the library. If a book or series I already read or I am in the middle of the series is beyond amazing but the library doesn't have one of the books or the one book I will probably buy it in the future if I really want to read it where I think about it as about as normal as regular people think about... food then I'll definitely try to get it. There are a couple of times that I got a book based on a review or once even a preview of the book that has me on edge (I'm talking about a time when Barnes and Noble gave a preview of about half of a book so I was dying to know what happened so I got the book the next day. It's one of my favorite books by the way. Barnes and Noble are sly little dogs...). If I trust that blogger/reviewer then I'll get the book. It happens rarely only because of a) I have no money and b) space.

When I'm looking at a book I like on Goodreads I'll look at a couple of reviews. There is always one review that will make my decision. If there is a lot of negative and positive reviews I'll look at them and if I see one that is really convincing I'll stop and go with that one. I can be easily persuaded by these reviews which is bad but I do have an opinion of my own so sometimes I just do what I want.

Reading Romance which is the blog who is hosting this hop did a survey and found out some interesting things. Number four has me bothered because I do not put my rates on here. I was going to in the beginning but I really couldn't find out how and people might not even read my review if they just look for the rating first. Also, people could just tell what I think about the book in general without getting lost in the rating and see for themselves when reading my reviews. No one has brought it up with yet so I think no one seems to mind. 

Number 4 also has having a small review of up to 4 paragraphs on there. I really disagree which sucks for me because my opinion doesn't really count because other people are the ones reading my reviews. I know of one blogger who writes a lot and really appreciate that. Whenever I write a review that isn't lengthy or as lengthy as I wish it could be I'm disappointed in myself because it doesn't seem like enough. I'm noticing it more now so I try to write about the individual characters more. When a review is lengthy to me it shows that the reviewer put more effort to it. That's not saying that I or even others don't put effort to it. Others may agree with the small reviews and a lot of the time I enjoy small reviews but for me as I just write as much as I think I can or as long as I'm able to express my love or hatred of a particular book. I've had reviews where I just say wow all the time or something like that the whole time and I'm really excited but I could write so much more! Especially since I love the book.

Do you like large or small reviews? Anything interesting you thought about the survey?
What do you look for in a review? 


College

Well I had my first two classes for college. The first teacher is pretty out there. I came in listening to music which was a nice introduction to college life. The course work worries me only because it's new. The second teacher was nice but I feel like this class is way too easy. And you are probably thinking how it is always easy in the beginning. No. The whole class is ridiculously easy but I don't plan to slack off especially if it's an easy A. So here's the plan now that I am in college. I have a lot of time on my own but of course that means I need to study and do homework but I can also read before classes and read on my own. So Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays I will be posting new reviews and other things. When Finals come around I won't be. That's my plan for awhile. Already was able to read a book and I still have a review to get to so you can expect the first weeks reviews.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

D.J. Schwenk is terribly troubled when she sees one Brian Nelson with his fancy car and clothes come up to her home and her farm. D.J. isn't what you would call a normal girl. She works on her family's farm and has had to quit Basketball because her father broke his hip. Months later she is doing the same thing and she even flunked out of Sophomore English. She isn't a petite little girl who hangs around football players like they are the most amazing people in the world. She's just plain old D.J. who's tough and knows who she is. Or does she?

Her brothers were great football players but they are gone now, away to football camp. They don't talk about her brothers. The Schwenk family doesn't really talk to each other at all. Her father is busy cooking dreadful food because of his bad hip, her mother works as a teacher and principal, and her little brother that isn't so little anymore gets out of a lot of chores because he has baseball. The weird thing about her brother is that he talks even less than the rest of the family. He hardly says a word.


Back to Brian Nelson who happens to be sent by the coach of her school's enemy team. The coach is a family friend but that doesn't mean she doesn't absolutely hate everything about Brian Nelson and what he represents. He's a whiner, a slacker who blames all of his mistakes on his teammates. He even thinks she's crazy to think he would be working out for football when it's summer vacation. So the coach sent him over and she finds out that he has to come over here to start. He of course gives up and the coach comes over the next day. Everything changes when he asks her to train Brian Nelson. I mean she doesn't agree with it of course at first but old Jimmy Ott is a salesman and she regrettably agrees. She would be a great trainer. She always trained with her brothers, catching footballs, and even getting tackled to the ground but Brian Nelson is a lost cause.

"Don't you see how you live? You do all the work they expect you to do and you don't even mind. It's like you're a cow. And one day in about 50 years they're going to put you on a truck and take you away to die and you're not even going to mind either." This is when D.J. starts thinking about her being a cow and not wanting to be a cow does something that no one would expect her to do. This is also where I start explaining that I absolutely love D.J. She is this strong female who sounds a lot like a lot of people in the beginning. People who just move through life and never really so something worthwhile and now I know a word for people like that. They are cows. I just love that. Then she just herself is amazing already. I can imagine her running and being this ripped girl because of her being in Basketball and Track. And I envy that and it's inspirational. There are hardly any girl characters that I absolutely love like her and actually is inspired by them.

You know when I mention a guy in the first sentence or if an author mentions a guy in the summary and the story revolves around a girl that there definitely is a love interest? There is of course but I liked how I didn't really know about it that much. It snuck up on me a little like I think it did D.J. I appreciate how she wasn't melting over the attention or possible attention of this boy. How she didn't mention he was good looking in the first place because he was so stuck up. It was nice and a little bit up in the air where anything could happen.

It takes her awhile but she does mention why the boys left which I won't ruin. There whole family is messed up and who would have thought that Brian Nelson knew thing or two about family and having healthy relationships. He helps her a lot and you start liking him. I myself never didn't like him. I mean he never did anything to me he was just neutral for me. He turns a 180 with D.J. and what she thought of him which I love because hey, I'm a girl and I love a good romance.

Her brother is just a quiet kid but then I find out a few things about him and I was creeped out but no he turns it around. He's not that creepy depending on you. Her mother... she was there for her in the end but she is like the rest of them, not a big talker. She also went psycho once in the past tense of this book so I'm kind of frightened of her. Her father.... he's such a pain. Guys aren't supposed to cook but he gets into it and he makes sure that no one really knows. Guys do guy things and girls do girl things. D.J. does whatever she is told. She starts questioning that. They are all a little crazy if you noticed. I'm making them sound worse than they are. It's just to let you know that this family does have issues. I mean they hardly talk to each other and they hardly thank D.J. which I don't appreciate them doing to my girl.

There is one person I still haven't mentioned which is Amber, her best friend. They hang out a lot and drink beers sometimes which I don't condone but what do you expect in a YA book? She is pretty mean. She makes fun of others a lot. I don't particularly like her. You actually saw very little of her even though they are supposedly best friends which I don't mind because you see her once and she's okay but the next time you see her she is a total witch. There is a reason for it all and one you won't expect.

I have a confession to make. I don't think I've ever read a book where it is a sports book and the main character is a girl. It's so sad it's embarrassing. I do love fictional books with sports in them. Mexican Whiteboy is a favorite of mine but I've never read a sports book with a girl! It's shameful. I'm glad I started with D.J. because if I did read another book like this and the girl wasn't as tough or got all mushy over a guy I don't think these types of books would have lasted for me. I just am absolutely in LOVE with D.J.'s character. I couldn't have hoped for better. Then I found out it's a trilogy and I got all teary eyed because I want them and then my library has the rest so I am so happy! GIRLS read these types of books!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NPR's Best-Ever Teen Novels: Did They Get It Right?


Just a week ago npr.org, National Public Radio, delivered the results of it's poll for the Best-Ever Teen Novels. 75,220 people voted and to do something new I want to analyze the results. Now the title says Did they get it right? But it's really the collaboration of both the NPR and the 75,220 people who voted for their favorite books. I'll be categorizing my reaction of the books under these titles:

The Top Ten Books
Books I Approve Of 
Books I Disapprove Of
What Are You Doing There?
Top Authors
What Should Be On The List

The Top Ten Books

The tenth book on the list is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak where Death is narrating the story of this girl named Liesel who is going through World War II Germany. It is called The Book Thief because she steals books. Her foster parents hide a Jewish man and she befriends him. This book sort of reminds me of The Fault in Our Stars but the ending feels much worse than anything I've felt in a while because it's about the Nazi World. It's Historical Fiction but it is historical because it happened so it makes you feel more. It made me want to curse out the author it was that bad. It's riveting. I usually keep away from books about Nazi Germany because I really don't want to be put in a situation where a book fills me with such sadness but this book even if you'll be cursing out the world in the end is well deserved as the tenth best ever teen book. So far so good.





The ninth book is Looking For Alaska which I have not read. It is written by the amazing John Green. I've honestly wanted to try to read this book but I haven't been really motivated to do so. I've also heard from a friend and others that it's not that great but... it is by John Green so it must be have some worth to it so I won't say that it is deserving of the top ten because it is by John Green.








The eighth book is Fahrenheit 451. I now know because of again the AMAZING John Green that the number 451 symbolizes the heat number to burn books. More on his video explaining the first part of the book here. I've never read it. I dread reading classics. Some are good but meh... I rather not go through disappointment and reading books that takes a while to read and more importantly UNDERSTAND. I wonder if the resent death and maybe even John Green promoting the book had anything to do with the polls. I know the book is plenty popular but his death could have influenced it right?






The seventh book is The Lord of the Rings. Now we are definitely deep in with classics with this one. I don't know if older people voted on this but nowadays I don't see teenagers reading The Lord of the Rings. YA books are dominating but not with nerds... more with teenage girls who love romance is more like it and dystopian. I could hardly remember the movie honestly. I liked it I know but this type of fantasy is a little too much for me to read. But I do think it should be on this list. It is as I stated before a classic and one with a lot of notoriety. 






The sixth book is The Catcher in the Rye. I know this poll was about the best EVER teen so I can see why this would be on here. I actually want to try it out because I've heard a lot of teenagers say it was their favorite read in school and that's hard for the common High Schooler to admit that. This one went by me in school so I don't really know much about it. I've seen it consistently on lists like these so I'm not going to question it's position on here too much.







The fifth book is The Hobbit... The pauses and sighs you can't hear are because classics to me are rare to like. There can only be so much on here. We live in a time where they are called classics for a reason. It does Best Ever but now... a lot of classics don't count. I'm saying this all on The Hobbit so sorry about that. As with the Lord of the Rings this a bit too much old world fantasy for me to want to read but I know others will disagree with me. I will be watching the movie though. Mr. Watson is the main character so I sort of have to.




The fourth book is The Fault in Our Stars! *Applause* For being out in such a short amount of time and it being so high on the list that's something to be proud of. As I've been talking about it since the start you know how I love this book. It's been out a short but if you read or have read it you'll know that this book will be OUR generations classic. It is spectacular. I wrote a review of it not too long ago if you want to know what I thought about it and what it's about.








The third (were getting serious now) is To Kill A Mockingbird. I DENY YOU! I've read part of this book. I did not like that part. At all. You may be wondering how can I deny such a classic but I am... face it. I know I shouldn't though only because I never finished it and that's not fair to this book but I'm surprised that so many teenagers would not deny it. I feel like a lot of older adults voted on here. Sorry To Kill A Mockingbird. Maybe I'll read you someday.





The second book is The Hunger Games Series! Rightfully so. This trilogy was I think the start of my and maybe others obsession with dystopia. So many good books are dystopian books. Katniss is this really strong heroine and she ends up being a symbol even though she never wanted to be. She never wanted to fight anybody. It's because you messed up everything Capitol by calling down her sister. You screwed yourself. And not only is Katniss awesome but Jennifer Lawrence is so it's just created this great phenomena and it is well deserved because it's about something real and tragic. Something that can happen. We are animals inside. The world gets reduced to hardly anyone you think the government won't try to control you? That sounds a little too political and conspiracy theorist. Basically it's awesome so it better be recognized.



Of course the first is Harry Potter. Thank you J.K. Rowling you need to be on top of all the lists. No need to write about this really. If they didn't vote for Harry Potter as number one I would have just not paid any attention to this list or I would have raged and rambled on like I'm sure others would do the same thing.







Books I Approve Of

I've read a lot of books on here but that doesn't mean I like all of them. This list won't have the books above on here but you can tell what I approve of. Let's see what we got here.

Books Becoming Movies

There are a couple of books on here that are about to come out with a movie, have just been announced that the rights have been sold, or have started casting roles. The Perk's of Being A Wallflower has to be read by me soon on account of I've had it on my TBR list for a year now and there's a movie on it featuring the great Emma Watson. It's the story of me basically. I am a wallflower and it sucks. But then you find some crazy friends who get you and it's awesome. The Mortal Instruments Series is more of what I expected on here. I've only read the first book but it's widely known. The first book, City of Bones, has had casting for its movie. It's pretty good. I didn't think it was spectacular though but I guess other people think I'm an idiot so I'll have to go ahead and continue the series.

The Matched Series is a dystopian read. I don't know why it's so low at 78. A lot of people read it and know about it. I wish there was a post on Goodreads for this. I think our results would have been drastically different. There are a lot of good books out there that I guess no one knows about that aren't on here. Goodreads voters will probably raise up where Twilight is though and Hush, Hush too. So all I know about the movie is its rights has been sold. Before I Fall is so low on the list! My favorite 2011 book. Such fond memories. Before I Fall is about a girl who gets in a car accident and relives the day she dies for a week. She's a very shallow girl in the beginning like you want to smack her shallow. She becomes decent and falls for a guy. It should be higher. Also has its movie rights sold.

Not So New Reads

There are some classic reads on here that I ended up liking. Now I know I sound like a hypocrite but I did state that there are some classics that are good and that I like as well as that I haven't read the above classics so although I'm judging them I know that I haven't read them so it's not like I was bashing them. The Giver Series is on here and it scored relatively high. I rather enjoyed the middle book called Gathering Blue.  I'm surprised it was voted so high. I did like it but it has an old world type of feel. I mean it's a classic so it's not very modern sounding... it's just weird that so many people liked the series. I'm impressed. Although I have not read The Outsiders I really want to. It's a more modern classic to me. Two different gangs that live different lives going to battle. Also the author wrote it at 16 so it's the perfect teenage book.

The Call of the Wild is another classic I've read that I remember liking but for the life of me I can't remember what happened in the story. It's nice to know that teenagers appreciate Jack London. I still expect a lot of non-teenager voting on this thing but it's still nice to see London even though I'm on the fence if it should be on here or not.  Howl's Moving Castle was a great movie by Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki the genius. I saw it before I read the book. I felt like I had to skip a little bit because the description was a bit lengthy sometimes when explaining things. It's still a good book! I just prefer it in animation. And on every list of favorites or best there is The Chocolate War. People read this book? I've never read anybody who read this book. I absolutely love this book and Robert Cormier is the first author that I fell in love with. I say him but I mean his work of course but I like to say the author. I LOVE Robert Cormier. This is a classic I can call a favorite. It is amazing. It is worthy. It needs to be higher on the list. It needs to be read by all.

Dystopian Reads

Lord of the Flies is the most recognizable book that has to deal with kids in a secluded area going crazy. It's like the Hunger Games and any other dystopia where kids are the main characters and this whole society is formed by them but this society cannot work. It's like every dystopian society. Government does not help, they oppress. Kids are just the worst society builders ever. The Divergent Series is on here. It's kind of premature because there are only two books out unless you guys know something I don't. Divergent is another dystopian where people are separated into these extreme categories. You're either really smart, selfless, fearless, honest, or nice. I'm apparently very honest which is kind of sad only because those guys are jerks. When I wrote extreme I meant it. This is more of what I thought to see because it's what everyone's reading now lately.

The Uglies Series is one that I read all through High School. Oh wow. I just realized The Uglies was my introduction to the world of dystopia not The Hunger Games. Anyways at a certain age you get to be a Pretty and party all the time. You have no sense of who you are but that's okay the main character wants to be Pretty. It's not like they are all really ugly. It's just that they look normal and not.. plastic. There also is an outside world where you live on your own and work the land. She becomes this symbol just like Katniss but not really... She becomes famous but it's not the world looking at her. Just this tiny piece. Delirium Series is like the Uglies books. You get cured for the love disease while in Uglies you become Pretty. In Delirium there is an outside secret world right there and so does Uglies. It just reminded me a lot of Uglies. It also felt very Romeo and Juliet.


Neal Shusterman is also a favorite author of mine and he wrote Unwind this crazy future where kids can have their parts harvested for others. Your parents don't like you you are one unlucky person. Be very nice to your parents and you're good. Scary things to consider and things described. Yuck. It's still very good but possible futures are terrifying sometimes. The Maze Runner Series should be higher! Although the ending wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. Thomas is one of the fictional characters that are close to my heart. Dystopian's are taking over and I would gladly let them. But really so low? A lot of people have read this trilogy. Why is it being overshadowed by more girly books? Too little males reading. But everyone can appreciate The Maze Runner. I do.

Tough Issues

There are a couple of books that are on here that deal with tough issues and sometimes books like that are the books that make you learn something new. Thirteen Reasons Why NEEDED to be on here. You know the people voting are doing something right when they have Thirteen Reasons Why on here. So many feelings towards this book and Clay. CLAY!!!! This, The Book Thief, and Thirteen Reasons Why are all books that'll make you cry, think, and feel. They have depth to them. If you don't know Thirteen Reasons Why it is about a girl who committed suicide. She blames thirteen people and sends them tapes and when they're done they give it to the next person on the list. If they don't listen to it then she has an extra that will get sent to the cops. A lot of people would go to jail. It's a book every teenager should read.

Speak is about a girl who gets raped. It takes her awhile to speak up for herself. I do not remember this book. I remember that it was good though and I do remember the ending which is usually not the case. It's in the category with Thirteen Reasons Why. They are both about a story of a girl who struggle through something horrible. Unfortunately one of them is dead but you get the idea. If I Stay is about a girl whose parents die in a car accident and she's stuck in a hospital. She can either go on with her life without them or die to be with them. Another good choice. I wonder why they didn't have the sequel because the guy's side of it was interesting and another view point of it all. They could have just added them both to the one number. Oh well.


Dark Reads

I've read a couple of dark reads over the past year and a two were added in here. Vampire Academy! Read the first two books an loved them. This actually has a strong female role for a vampire book. An actual loyal, hardworking, and kick ass female. She flirts a lot in the beginning but don't let that deter you. She's awesome. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was I'm pretty sure my first book club read. It's spooky and has time travel and has a picture that looks like my aunt so it's pretty fantastic. I like that I see this on here. It's making me really like this list. I mean if you have something like Miss Peregrine you are doing something right.


I've Never Read You But That Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You

I know there are books I already wrote about that I haven't read but well I didn't know where else to put these books so here I go. You may know The Infernal Devices Series. It's the series with Clockwork Angel, Prince, and Princess. It's another well known series that I haven't read yet because everyone in the library wants to read them. This is Cassandra Clare's second series on here. The first being The Mortal Instruments. This is also very well known. The covers are amazing and I need to read them.

The Chaos Walking Series starts with the Knife of Never Letting Go that I've read reviews on and think it would be a great series to read. It's a weird concept. It's about how there is this New World where men can hear people thoughts but women can't. Maybe this review will help you out by a fellow blogger. It's just an interesting concept and a lot of people like it so I approve. The Gone Series is another series I need to start reading but has the same issue with the library. It's another series that everyone seems to like and has a concept that I love. Who doesn't love a book where kids have powers and there is a mystery where all the 15 and older people are?

Books I Disapprove Of

Twilight's on here but it's in the 20's so... I have read this series. I did like the series but that's before the big screen and I realized how wrong I was. This is why girls need to read more books with strong female roles.

Stargirl by the great Jerry Spinelli was read by me in Spanish class therefore I did not like it. I can't help if I had to read it in Spanish and then English to actually know what I'm saying. That's really bad for me since I'm Hispanic and pretty bad for Stargirl because the whole Spanish reading really made me dislike the book. It's more of a middle school book though so I wonder why I'm even explaining this. What are you doing on here?

The Hush, Hush Saga is one that I started but did not finish. I liked the first book. I really did. Patch is this bad boy type and its okay in the first book but then you go from bad boy to just plain jerk in the second but he's not what really bothered me. It was Nora and her annoying little self. So I deem this saga as unworthy of a list like this. I know that it's inevitable that Twilight and Hush, Hush will be on here because people voted for it but it's a shame that they are on here.

Dune. I don't what on earth you are doing on here. Have you seen the size of this book? Have you seen how boring sounding it is? This is like Lord of the Rings and Hobbit but just so much worse. Oh My Goodness it's so boring. It's for major sci-fi nerds and I have no problem with them but it should not be on this list. The majority of teenagers will hate this book to its core. Is it even a YA book? I really don't think so. No. Just NO.

Treasure Island? Really? The average teenager and even adults who were once teenagers did not and do not think this book is the end all be all. Therefore, this book should not be on here. Too many classics! I know it's Best-Ever. I get that but no. It's just random for it to be there.

What Are You Doing There?

Most of these I'll be mentioning are books that I've never heard of in my life or I just really don't think it should be on here.

Anne of Green Gables why are you on here? A lot of teenager liked this book at that age. I don't believe you especially since it's about a girl on her farm. Why would you read this as a teenager? There are so many better books that this out there. It's ridiculous. Flowers for Algernon is a book I've never heard of in my life. Who are you? It sounds like a middle school or children's book. I mean it's about a mouse. I guess I can see a thirteen year old reading this but I've never heard of it before In. My. Life. It's supposed be a well known book. I read a lot. I should know about this book if it's on a teen's best ever list.

Another book I've never heard of is on here called A Separate Peace. Who are you? I don't know. I feel like it was required reading for a lot of people so that's why so many know of it but if I were to ask a bunch of teenage bloggers I doubt the majority would know of this book. I think I've heard of The Dark Is Rising. But it's not very infamous or famous that I would think it would be considered for this list

The Bartimaeus Trilogy is one I have heard of and my only problem with this being on here is that it's more of a Middle Grade book. I can see twelve year old reading this and not teenagers. I mean I do read Middle Grade book but I wouldn't put them on a teen list. I Capture The Castle. I am coming up blank on you. Who are you? Sheesh. Is it so hard to find books and vote on books that are actually notable?

The Last Unicorn. What teenager in their right might would be reading a book about a Unicorn. We are not five. You shouldn't be on here. The Last UNICORN. Really? The Weetzie Bat Series. Another I have never ever heard of in my life. Also have never heard of Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series. So yeah... I feel like I maybe sounding crazy to some people but know that this is all my opinion of course and just never heard of a lot of these books. And finally Betsy-Tacy Books. I have not only never heard of you but you look like something that you would read if you were born in the 1950's and if you're super religious. It also looks like a little kids book.

Top Authors

There are a couple of multiple books by authors that made it on this Best-Ever list. I'll be only mentioning the ones with three or more. Let's see who they popular authors are.


John Green of course! I have only read The Fault in Our Stars by him but I am sure based on that book alone that his other books are well deserved on there. They are The Fault in Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson which he collaborated with David Levithan on.




Sarah Dessen the famous author who does a bunch of girly and I'm sure romancy books. You can always tell which are her books if you just look at the image on the cover. The books are: Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Along For The Ride, and This Lullaby. I've only heard of two of them. The others I want to scrutinize because This Lullaby for instance is not like the other covers which you might think is good but it's actually a ugly cover they've showcased and hopefully for the sake of the story there is another cover out there.


Tamora Pierce who I've never read but have heard of her is on here a ridiculous amount like the others. The books are Song of the Lioness Series, Daughter of the Lioness/Trickster Series, The Immortals Series, and the Circle of Magic Series. I think these have strong female roles which I'm sure a lot of girls appreciate it but for me I really think they sound boring. I'll have to read one once I guess...


(These pictures came from http://vivalabookworm.blogspot.com,  http://allwomenstalk.com, and http://tamorapierce.com respectively)


What Should Be On This List

I can't claim to have read the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels. And I know I've been kind of bashing a lot of classics but if it's "Best-Ever." It should be well loved by teenagers today and every day after that. I know I probably expected a more modern version but I can't get that. I don't understand the books I've never heard of being on here. I'm sure others have read and loved them but to me there are some bad choices on here. Where is the diversity on here? I see that there is The House On Mango Street but not much anywhere else that I noted. I do like how they have books that has LGBT YA like Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Perks of Being A Wallflower. But I want different colors and creeds. Different point of views. I want Mexican Whiteboy. I want Five Flavors of Dumb. I also think Unearthly should be on here because it's awesome and better than Hush, Hush but that has nothing to do with diversity. I just wish there were more books out there that didn't have the main characters being white. I've stated before this reaction post that I really don't care if my main characters are white but why not black, asian, or hispanic too? Get rid of a lot of the classics and the Betsy-Tacy of the world on this list and add some books that have more impact on the teenage world. I still have to admit that this list was pretty good. It depicted a lot of what today's teenagers are reading. We need to keep reading books that push the boundaries and make us feel and think and love.

Thanks for reading my long long opinions on this list. I had fun. You can find the source here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tune: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim

November 13th 2012
Andy Go is an Art Major. He could be best described as a nerd in college. I can also describe him as ridiculously similar to my brother and his friends but you don't know them now do you? So basically the illustrator guys and one girl who like comics and know almost everything about them. They are super smart usually but can be super lazy. They go to Comic Cons and aspire to be one of the greats or maybe not. Not all nerds can draw. They can also be inappropriate like these guys and one girl can be so you are warned. Think college.

The comic all starts out with Andy discovering himself with all his clothes on even his shoes which is weird for him because he is a perpetual neat freak. Also lights are on oddly then as he's using the bathroom he discovers... yes my friends there is an audience watching him relieve himself. How did he get to this point? You'll find out later by going back 5 months ago and meeting all his friends as well hearing him saying the stupidest thing that he will later fully regret.

He's been friends with Roger since grade school wasting their days drawing comics. Specifically He-Man comics. More specifically She-Ra. Even more specifically She-Ra's breasts. Expect this and more. His other friend Tony he met in anatomy class freshmen year and knew they would be friends when he was reciting things to remember for the first test in Klingon. My brother doesn't know Klingon and I really hope it stays that way. At least I really really hope he doesn't. These guys were fun to watch together and hope for more funny interactions.

I said one girl on purpose. Then there is Yumi who Andy has been hopelessly in love with since the day they met two years ago. Out come the hearts around him when she's thinking about how much she loves him. It's quite adorable. But like any other socially awkward person he has said nothing. Ah, now he sounds more like me. She has his sense of humor and are always kidding around plus she's a great artist. I can see how he would think she would reject him... No! He's a funny and charming character. I absolutely love him. I say that a lot about fictional character don't I? Well, it's true.

Back to the part where he makes the stupidest mistake that he will woefully regret later. That is he decides that he's not going to go to one more year of college. He's going to drop out. Cue disapproving noise whatever you want to imagine that noise be. Not surprisingly he's at home months later where he's living with his parents and has no job. He's Korean which I love because go diversity! According to him a Korean mother crying sound like a (to me) cartoon making a sound because they see someone hot. There crying is an ai-goo! Maybe I'm thinking Aiooga! Enough with the noises... Anyways his parents are making him get a job any job. His desperate attempt not to be kicked out gets him in the worst trouble there is. Or is it? It depends on you I guess. With that you are brought to the present tense and you will now know what he's gotten himself into.


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So this comic was amazing. It was kind of destined to be when it was about a Korean Art Major Nerd. Kim seriously must like Gene Luen Yang because Andy (I think Andy) is wearing a shirt of the monkey in American Born Chinese. But here's the problem.... Kim decides to end it at the worst possible time for me. A great cliffhanger is at the end and it killed me. I hated Kim for a while there because a book takes like a year to publish and this cliffhanger was just... EVIL!!!! But then I find that he posts all the chapters online and probably has two more books up there. Now why do people who write comics/graphic novels do that? Friends with Boys was like that but I see now why they do that. I actually want to buy Friends with Boys and Tune even after I know I can read it online. Oh they are such sly dogs they are. The books are so good you want them in your possession! Even if they put it up it's not enough. Authors are so evil. I've said it time and again because look! It's true. So I'll post the link so you can read the chapters. It starts from the new pages. I ended up in a very awkward page myself. You can go to the beginning easily. http://www.tunecomic.com Get ready to have an overwhelming need to buy this book. Also, his other book Same Difference looks pretty awesome too. And finally Kim's got probably the greatest middle name ever.