Bianca's reads

Bianca's reads

I like to pretend I'm an analytical, know-a-lot, freelance critic in both Goodreads and IMDB (which I'm not).

Review
5 Stars
Anna and the French Kiss
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
‘I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.’

Can I just start of by saying that the amount of times I kept fidgeting and squealing at this book is astounding. I think I may have developed a long-term crush with Etienne because as weird as it sounds, he already appeared in my dreams. Twice.

I have to admit that I was hesitant to read this at first because Ugh, Paris. How original. BUT RIGHT NOW I'M ALL ADKLJFLKSFJlkdJLKFJH

As of January 1, 2014, I am saddened that men like these do not in fact, exist.
Review
4 Stars
Before I Fall
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
I must admit, the first part of the book bored me so much that all I kept saying to myself was: "JUST GET ON WITH IT!"

I did, however, find the plot line very original and new, so I decided to see how it goes. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
Review
5 Stars
Wonder
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
"I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives."

Who deserves that? R.J. Palacio. This book was completely life-changing for me.
Think of the worst thing that's ever happened to you. Well, I bet none of that explains the life Auggie went through.

This book taught me a very important life lesson without even telling me to. It triggered that tiny little speck I had in me called "sympathy"
Review
2 Stars
Never Eighteen
Never Eighteen - Megan Bostic
This book was way too short for way too much conflict.
Review
5 Stars
Where She Went
Where She Went - Gayle Forman
The number of times I stopped for inhale breaks is unbelievable.
Review
5 Stars
The House of Hades
The House of Hades - Rick Riordan
Well that plot twist was uncalled for...
Review
5 Stars
Fangirl
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
There aren't even words on how amazingly Rainbow Rowell writes fiction.

Her stories have captured my heart so much that I would literally be thinking about it for DAYS!!!!! WHICH IS A VERY BIG DEAL BECAUSE I'M NOT A BIG FAN OF LOVE STORIES AND HERE I AM!!!!!

Bottomline is, I found the book very relatable, literally through every word. 5 stars because ssssoooooooo worth my time! Definitely recommended.
Review
5 Stars
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
I don't even think I can express my love for this book, so I'm not even going to try!

This book made me so happy and sad at the same time, I might have trouble moving on.
Review
4 Stars
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp
I don't understand why a lot of people dislike the ending. For me, it made everything a lot more realistic. Everyone should get it nailed to their heads that sometimes the worst part is the best part.
Review
4 Stars
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back - Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
interesting read. Faith strengthener.
Review
4 Stars
Free Four
Free Four - 'Veronica Roth'
Personally, I'm not a fan of chick lits and love stories and whatnot and I think the book hinted too much of it a bit, but it was nice, for a change.
Review
5 Stars
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
I reaaaaaaaaally love this book. I love anything Mitch Albom writes, actually. This book is so life-changing that I don't even think words like "beautiful" or "masterpiece" are worthy enough to even be used in a sentence regarding this book!
Review
3 Stars
The Scorch Trials
The Scorch Trials - James Dashner
I gotta say, it wasn't as good as the first book, but interesting all the same. The writing style kind of grew on me, which is good.
Review
4 Stars
Why We Broke Up
Why We Broke Up - Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman
I received this book as a Christmas gift from a friend. (Yay!)

This is originally a three but I gave it an additional star because I love the sketches. Haha.

Anyway, back to the review. I've been scratching my head on how I'm supposed to say this professionally but here goes: I hate Min Green. Yep. I HAAAAAAAATE HER. I DESPISE HER. I despise her whiny little white girl problems. I thought maybe I had to finish this book because I'm required to, or else I'd succumb to the guilt since it is quite expensive (and hardbound only, at that time). Of course, I need to live a guilt-free life, so I had to suffer this book which I've been questioning, in the process, if it was even worth it.

However, the ending did shock me. I'm sure that goes to everyone. And somehow everything just clicks. I'm all like, "Oh, so that's why." May not be the best out there, but enjoy skimming the cute drawings.
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3 Stars
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) - Sarah Mlynowski
This book definitely had some good peaks, but at the same time, had its bad peaks.

First off, the book in general, was hilarious and crazy. The idea of living unsupervised made the whole plot of the story move. Which leads us to the bad peaks:


a) I don't know if this is just me, but I wouldn't want to be left alone without parental guidance in a house. We shouldn't always be so thrilled not to have it, especially if I'm best friends with someone as wild and liberated as Vi. I don’t understand how her dad could let his daughter move in with someone just through email. (I mean, hello, dad, there's this thing called hacking)

b) I'm not quite moved with the whole cat incident. I mean, if I were her, I wouldn't spend that load of money for it. It happens, now don't whine over your dad for not giving you money for it!

c) The author wants us to know how much of an ass Noah is but not April?

d) I wanted to know more about Vi and Dean's relationship but...

I am on the fence with my feelings on this book. I may just have some different outlooks on life, personally. But overall, I did like the hilarity of it. It was enjoyable and I’d gladly encourage teens to give it a shot! (Unless you want to overthink the plot, then don't.)
Review
5 Stars
For One More Day
For One More Day - Mitch Albom
“I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you'll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn't.”

Before I read this book for my English class, my mother and I weren't always in good terms. Worse, really. I was in school when I finished the book, and when I got back home, I hugged my mother. And in a way, she understood and hugged me back, which I took as a sign of forgiveness. Since then, we've been as close as two needles on the same twig.

Reading this book made me realize how badly I've taken, not just my mother, but both of my parents, for granted.