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HelEinir's Books

"Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous authors is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste." -Voltaire, Candide

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Hagiwara Daisuke, Hero
Susan Dennard
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Karen V. Kukil, Sylvia Plath
Out of The Easy
Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys

This Ordinary Life

This Ordinary Life - Jennifer Walkup I struggled through this book, I read 70% of it and then skimmed through the rest.

It wasn't a bad book, I just had a very hard time caring. I usually DNF a book when it starts pissing me off and I can't stand to read one more page of it. With this book I just stopped caring to a point where each sentence was a struggle.

I started reading it back in November 2015 and in these couple of months in between I kept picking it up, only to stop after a chapter or two because I just couldn't get into the story.

I think a big flaw was that the characters didn't act their age. None of them did. The 7 year old acted like he was 4, the 17 year-olds acted like they were 12 and the adults acted, of course, as anything but.

The relationship between Jasmine and Wes was... eh... uh... okay? The text messages between them were cringe-worthy, and not in a 'oh, this is so cheesy' way but in a ' are they twelve? are they seriously laughing at that? oh God, these simple-minded kids.' I just couldn't buy it.

Wes was sweet though, even if he did seem a little pushy in his goal to date Jasmine, nothing that bothered me too much because he wasn't really a creep about it, just overly-enthusiastic.

Jasmine was ever only mildly interesting when she was around Danny and that was about it. Not even when she was broadcasting and doing the thing she loved most did she make me care about her or her life. Danny made me care, not her, and I found that to be a problem.

I just... I think the potetial for a good story was there. But the characters lacked so much it was hard to sympathize and stick with them.