Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review: Not As Crazy As I Seem by George Harrar

Devon Brown is a lot neater than most 15-year-old boys. He lines up his sneakers under his bed. He hangs up his shirts by colors and buttons them from top to bottom. Germs bother him so much that he washes his hands dozens of times a day. To ward off bad luck, he does things in fours. Where do his compulsions come from? That's what his parents and shrink would like to know. Some people say he's crazy, but Devon thinks he'd be just fine if everyone just left him alone and stopped trying to fix him. Besides, the last thing in the world he would want to be is normal.


I can so relate to this book, it is about a boy who has an obsessive-compulsive behaviour and how it got him into trouble in school. Devon is a complex kid, at first he doesn’t want to acknowledge the fact that something is very wrong with him. His parents enlisted the services of a psychiatrist to try and see what Devon’s problem really is. I laughed so hard because so many funny things were running on Devon’s mind while visiting his doctor. For example, he doesn’t want to sit on the couch provided by the clinic, he thinks that it’s very inappropriate and dirty to sit on a couch that hundreds or maybe even thousands of nameless individuals who have sat on that very same chair that his doctor is asking him to sit on. He despises that thought and strongly refused to obey the doctor. And that is just one of the many things that he doesn’t want to do. In school, he doesn’t want to eat inside the school cafeteria mainly because he thinks that it is infected with millions of germs, so he eats outside in this pitiful stairs leading to the school grounds, also he is always using the bathroom and constantly washing his hands and because of this, he is late for his first class. Bunch of stuff that may seem peculiar to others but I think it has an advantage sometimes.

I often ask myself if I’m an obsessive-compulsive person. I don’t know, maybe I’m just protective of what I own. Is it a crime to label your stuff? Like, I have a ball pen, and I placed my name on it using a sticker paper. I just want it returned to me in case I lost it or something. My calculator, bag, books, notebooks, pencils and other things I own, all has my name on them. Is that a bad thing? I think not. It’s who I am and as long as I’m not bringing harm to anyone with what I’m doing, it’s all good.

I think this book should be made into a movie. Seriously, I'm calling out to all the directors and producers out there to bring this book to life! It is SPECTACULAR! There were parts in the book that I really love and there were some that I can't stop laughing about. Devon is an amazing kid, so lovable and very real. If you want to know more about this book, I mightily suggest that you grab a copy of it now! You won’t regret it. Trust me on this one.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it’s hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. This leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation, Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly his life spins out of control, with only one thing for certain. He’ll never be the same again.


Wow, I don't know what to say with this one. Okay. Small Steps was freakin' awesome!!! I really enjoyed reading it. The characters are just so believable and vividly portrayed by the author. I've read Holes and it too was a fantastic novel, but I think Small Steps is way better than Holes. So much better! A world apart better! Small Steps is about Armpit, I know I got a bit distracted by this name. What kind of person would want a name like armpit? It's disgusting! Hehehe. I just had to let that out first. If Armpit's name is so distracting, his personality is nothing but great and remarkable. If you want to know why he got this hideous name of his, read the book and you’ll be surprised why he opted to stay with it. 

The story was very simple, but that's what makes this book so good! The simplicity of it. An easy read but at the same time, I can't seem to stop turning the pages, yeah, it’s that kind of book. Even though I don’t have so much time to read nowadays, this book will make you find time for it. I hope there’s a sequel to Small Steps, I want to know what will happen next to Armpit and Kaira. It’s official, one of the best book I’ve ever read this year! 

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Monday, July 23, 2012

In My Mailbox #49: Thank You YA!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.
Ive been craving for YA this whole week and the past weeks. I don’t know, maybe it’s just that I wanted something fresh to read, away from the other books that I normally prefer. I’ve gone to different bookstores and luckily found these great titles for a really reasonable price. I particularly opted for high school themed books, I love school, and so many of my good memories are from my high school days. 

 Gender Blender by Blake Nelson
Viola In Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
The Postcard by Tony Abbott

There’s something about school that is magical. The hallways where you and your friends meet for lunch, the lockers where all of the hot fresh gossip are tackled by friends and just the spirit of camaraderie that the school grounds give you. I miss my old school and friends and whenever I'm reading YA with school-themed stories, it kinda reminds me of my old self. And that’s really important to me. Now, I need to find more of these books soon! If you can recommend any books with school-themed stories in them, please give me some titles! Thank you YA!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Mini Reviews: The Women's Murder Club by James Patterson (Books 1-3)

1st To Die was a hell of a thriller! The title alone catches one's interest, I know it caught mine. I made a quick background check of the book before I read it. I know that it's a series and I actually read the ninth book and I was so sorry I did that. I wanted to read the series accordingly. I was wondering as the pages fly who would be the first to die? I was hoping it wasn't one the girls. I'm sure you're all thinking who these girls are. I think it's time for me to introduce these four remarkable ladies.

It all started when Lindsay Boxer decided to loop in three talented individuals and formed a group called The Women's Murder Club, it isn't a club that you can just join you know. You have to be a person with dignity, honor and strength to withstand what these ladies face every day of their lives. It's safe to say that Lindsay is the leader of the group, she and her best-friend, Claire, a medical examiner, are like sisters and more. Cindy Thomas, a reporter and Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt also joined the group and together they solve cases and bring down offenders and put them behind bars.

2nd Chance was a nice follow up from the first Women's Murder Club series. 1st To Die was a great book to start a series but 2nd Chance surpassed it by a mile long! This time around the four friends in this book must find a killer who shoots people like they're just toys. The book starts with a bang. Lindsay Boxer is not convinced that this is just random murder. There is a great chance that this is just another act of violence that the perpetrators will use to threaten the city. With their combined efforts, they managed to track down the killer and was shocked to learn of his true identity. Fast paced and so very good. You have to read this book, right now!

3rd Degree I must say, is my least favorite among the three books, why? Well, Jill died! That's why! I so love her character, she was smart, cool, beautiful and very successful! I can't fathom why James wrote her off the series, I just can't. She is an important character in the series, darn it! Sorry, I just had to get that out... When I was on the part of the book wherein Lindsay had found out that Jill had died, I stopped reading and just spaced out for like, a minute or so. I just can't believe it... It's like a part of me died inside and all of my insides were churning and I wanted to vomit. I know, I tend to get emotional and mushy when I really like a character in one of the books I read. I have that kind of tendency. But I'm not a freak, I swear. Haha. 

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that maybe James has a better storyline for the series and that Jill's departure from it is a vital part for the future of the series. Nevertheless, I really feel bad for Jill. I hope Mr. Patterson won't do this to me again or I might need a psychiatrist's help to deal with a death of a beloved character in this amazing series! Looking forward to read the next installments! 

My Rating: 5 Stars

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