017. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Publication: Dell Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2005), Paperback, 352pp / ISBN 0553494791
Genre: YA Fiction
Read: January 26-27, 2012
I’ve been meaning to read this book for forever, mainly because it’s one of those generation-defining books that’re so important. I’ve seen bits of the movie and I know vaguely what it/the book is about, so I was expecting something cute and touching and possibly melodramatic. There’s actually not that much melodrama in it, but it IS cute and touching. And kind of boring, to be honest.
I think partly it’s boring because of the writing style. It’s very straightforward, with lots of short sentences. A typical paragraph goes something like this: “Carmen looked at her nails. They were chipped. This made her feel sad. She didn’t know when she’d have the chance to repaint them and she didn’t like walking around with chipped nails.” See what I mean? It gets the point across, but it’s not very entertaining.
My favorite character was actually Carmen, and I liked her so much that I could ignore the stuff I wasn’t wowed by. In fact, I’m planning on reading the second book because of Carmen’s story! (That, and I’ve already bought it.)
Not bad, but I think the movie might be better.
018. Vesper by Jeff Sampson
Publication: Balzer + Bray (January 25, 2011), ebook, 309pp / ISBN 0061992763
Genre: YA Paranormal
Read: January 24-27, 2012
Technically I suppose this could be a sci-fi book– what do you call books that has werewolves and psychics and so on, but they’re werewolves/psychic because of science? It’s a paranormal book, right? But with sci-fi stuck in?
Notice I didn’t add “romance” in there. The romance in Vesper, though the sort that I hate (soulmates), is hardly in there and is definitely not the focus of the book. So that’s good! The writing isn’t that bad, either. In fact, it’s pretty darned good. There was SOMETHING about the female teenage characters which made me very aware I was reading a book written by a non-teenager man, but I can’t put my finger on what that was and it didn’t bug me TOO much, anyway.
Vesper is an exciting, enthralling, and action-packed paranormal/sci-fi book that should be a hit with anyone who liked those sorts of things in their books. It’s also the start of a series, which is annoying, but it’ll probably be a good series so I guess it’s forgivable. I’ll read the sequel, if only to learn more about the sci-fi aspect and how it involves the characters.
I liked it!
019. Dramarama by E. Lockhart
Publication: Hyperion Book CH (May 20, 2008), originally published 2006, Paperback, 320pp / ISBN 0786838175
Genre: YA Fiction, a bit of GLBTQ
Read: January 27, 2012
omg. I can’t remember if I’ve read a book by E. Lockheart before, although I’m guessing I haven’t because I’m pretty sure I’d remember something as spectacular as Dramarama is. It’s a book full of theater kids, set in a theater school, with drama and passion and singing and dancing and lots of stuff about musicals– I LOVE MUSICALS, omfg– and it’s kind of heartbreaking but in a good way.
It’s so good! It’s almost the exact opposite of Withering Tights, which I suppose is kind of a weird thing to say, but it is. It’s not funny, but it made me smile almost the whole time I read it. It doesn’t have caricatures, it has characters. It deals with the same stuff Withering Tights deals with (boys, friends, finding yourself) but with the aim of tugging your heartstrings rather than tickling your funny bone. If WT wasn’t your thing, Dramarama just might be.
I really liked it!