Wednesday, September 1, 2010

RTW -- August's Best Book(s)

Today is the first day of September. O.O What happened to my summer???

I read so many awesome books last month...I could stare at this screen for twenty minutes without coming to a decision. So...I'm just going to post them both. The first one I read on Thursday in about four hours. The second one I read on Wednesday in abut seven. I didn't want to put either of them down for more than a few minutes, for different reasons.

The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "the Duff," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Wore, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

I loved this book so much. I could hardly put it down because every time I tried to eat dinner or something, it dragged me back in. I can't wait to read it again. The characters are almost like real teenagers and I found myself relating in a way to every one. And seriously, who doesn't love Wesley?

[Official review soon to come. As soon as I can formulate coherent thoughts.]

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

It has now been a week since I finished this book. My view on it has not changed. I still think it's a ten, but I don't know what I think about it. I like it, but...I just don't know. I'm getting ready to read it again so I can really dissect it this time instead of just rushing through to see how it all ends.

Spoiler-free official review
[Spoiler-filled review to come as soon as I read it a second time.]


Nomes said...

i think i need to re-read Mockingjay too - i charged through it like a maniac and felt run over by the end...

also, hanging out for the DUFF!

Michelle Schusterman said...


Also, Mockingjay did not suck. xD

Kaitlin Ward said...

Mockingjay was definitely an intense read.
And THE DUFF rocks :D