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I'm just like you!
The middle dragged a bit but once we reached Haert, it was full steam ahead. I may have had a few issues with the perfect-ness of Kvothe, but hey. Whatever. Also, I disliked Denna.
I loved this book. It's a monster of a book and it's so, so excellent. Patrick Rothfuss' poetic writing swept me off my feet and the tales of Kvothe made me more and more concerned for the present-day, parallel story of Kvothe of Waystone Inn.
This sequel left me craving for more and left me with more questions than I could fathom. Rothfuss is a fantastic storyteller, no matter how insane the adventure may turn, he keeps it in check with deft writing and well-placed humour. The worldbuilding is pretty much unparalleled as I was completely immersed once again.
This series is smart. Enchanting. Wonderfully written. Hugely imaginative. It has well-written characters and has adventure, charm, and wit to fill thousands of pages. The Wise Man's Fear is over 900 pages long, and as I was closing in on the last page, I found myself reluctant to keep turning the pages. I've now joined the ranks of fellow readers eagerly awaiting book 3, but I'll sit here and wait patiently. I know I'll be in for a treat.
There's something endearing and beautiful about a boy who wants to save someone yet desperately needs his own saving.
There's something thoughtful and realistic about writing about imperfect people trying to do their best in life and life nonchalantly swatting them back.
There's something sad about books that portray lives as less than ideal we hope for and trick ourselves into believing.
There's something that makes me smile and tugs at my heart when characters are flawed and real and drink too much, who crave people and love and passion, who think about futures and think about nows, and there's something so deeply wonderful about books that can assure you that life isn't a fairy tale but there are individuals in life who make it worth living.
I loved the ending. I loved the writing, Sutter's narration (he'll be a hit-or-miss for readers), and Aimee's portrayal. The dialogue is fantastic and Tharp really understood the idea of showing not telling, especially when it came to Sutter Keely. Readers end up forming a clearer picture of him than even he can fathom, and I think that is the heart of the story and that is the reason why this book was so touching.
I'll just leave you with a few quotes.
"...Let me repeat, she is not a girl I'm interested in having sex with. Not now or any time in the future. I will not have sex with her in a car. I will not have sex with her in a bar. I will not have sex with her in a tree. I will not have sex with her in a lavator-ee. I will not have sex with her in a chair. I will not have sex with her anywhere."
"Oh right, I forgot. You're out to save her soul. Give me a hallelujah for Brother Sutter and his messianic complex.""My what?""Messianic complex. That means you think you have to go around trying to save everybody.""Not everybody. Just this one girl."
"Yeah," she says. I'm beginning to see that her "yeahs" are almost always two syllables, one for "yes" and the other for "but I don't know if anything will ever come out of it."
"...But I don't want just Thursday afternoons either. I don't want just moments. I want a whole life."
A lot of those "almost but not quite" feelings when i was reading, regarding both the romance, friends, and family aspect. I wanted more from this book, but as usual, i enjoyed the distinctly Dessen vibe, Colby, dialogue, and writing.
It's hugely unfair to the author for readers to constantly compare his/her books to others. But sorry, I'm human, I can't help it and because of my inability to judge The Moon and More as a simple "YA book" as opposed to a "Sarah Dessen book", my review is skewed.For example: I liked Morris and Daisy. But I liked the supporting characters from The Truth About Forever more (like Monica and Kristy). Those characters just felt more vibrant and fleshed out, and funner to read about. I liked Emaline's sisters. But I loved Whitney and Kirsten (from Just Listen) more. I liked Emaline's mom. But I liked Auden/Auden's mom's relationship more. I liked the Emaline/her father thing. But I couldn't help but compare it to Auden/Auden's father, which I had enjoyed more and was for some reason, much more invested in. And neither Theo nor Luke did it for me. I mean, no, you dont' have to make me swoon. But you have to make me care. And you didn't. I just never clicked with Theo, and I can't really put my finger on why-- I'm not sure if I thought he was just too flat, to predictably unique, too Superlative... but he just never did it. But I did adore Benji, and even appreciated Ivy after a while. Go figure.
Anyway, as you can tell, it's just not my favourite because I just come to expect a wee bit more from Dessen's books, and this one didn't deliver in the way I had hoped.
You’ve probably heard of Wild Awake. If you haven’t you’re probably like me and disconnected from the more modern YA news, or perhaps this is old news that I just was never informed about. The synopsis means to grab your attention (it works) but it also doesn’t nearly prepare you for the actual book.
Kiri’s days are urgent, manic, and feel like the passed both too quickly and too slowly. She’s erratic and talkative, frenetically dedicated to piano, sleepless, high, and unusual. She’s unlike any protagonist I’ve read about, and it’s a double-edged sword.
On one hand, different is good. It’s a breath of fresh air surrounded by a cloud of worry for her antics and well-being. On the other hand, different also meant unrelatable and I can definitely see her character being a hit-or-miss. It’s obvious that Kiri’s going through some sort of episode kick-started by news about her sister’s death five years ago, whether it’s a nervous breakdown or monomania like her friend’s well-meaning mother thinks, or hypomania. And I liked it, with reservations. Yeah. It’s one of those things, sorry.
I applaud the approach, I really do. It felt Smith stepped outside the boundaries of mainstream contemporary and fearlessly tackled a difficult topic of mental illness, but while I thought the representation of the character holds true, it made the novel, as a whole, very tangled, unfocussed, and frazzled. There’s not really a plot. There’s a lot of things mashed together, love, music, grief, and it lacked cohesion—yet I felt like this style was done on purpose. And regardless of the true intent or whatnot, I didn’t really love it. I was like “well, Kiri goes on another chaotic adventure, now what? Oh, she’s going to do it again? Okay. And again? Okay. What now? Where is this headed?” And well, imagine that, throughout the entire book even up till the end where too many things are left unresolved.
I’ve talked about character a lot (very interesting), and the plot (too unfocused for my personal tastes), but what about the writing? It’s… both good and not my thing. Smith clearly has great control of language as her prose is littered with metaphors…. but her prose is littered with so many freaking metaphors. It feels over-written at many points, as if they decided to keep in every description and simile that they were proud of instead of striking out needless text that cluttered the prose. Yes, these metaphors are pretty and flowery, but they were also glaringly obvious and within the first 20 pages I couldn’t stop noticing them, and not in a good way. That said, I really liked the way Smith embodied the show-not-tell, and well, being inside Kiri’s mind was definitely an experience.
There is an undeniable stigma attached to mental illness, but books like Wild Awake are a step in the right direction-- it shows us the tangled, complex, and imperfect nature of humans and life.
I haven't touched on a lot of things-- character relationships in particular, but I really just want to stop rambling. I liked most of them, though. Oh! And this book is set in Vancouver (HECK YES, CANADA!! THEY NOTICED US, FRIENDS!) which is awesome.