Thursday, December 29, 2011

Movie and Book Comparison! THE OUTSIDERS

First comparison ever but if I'm going to continue reading books first and later watching movies based on them I figure this is a cool way to bring people together. People who only like movies might decide that reading a book that a movie was based on might not be so bad :)
So I think that this movie did a great interpretation of the book. I was only a little disappointed that Sodapop's girlfriend didn't exist in the movie but they had to cut some stuff.
I loved this book and the movie lived up to it. It made me cry which is good because I love feeling emotions. I know that sounds weird, that I like crying, but it makes me feel alive more than sad.
Anyways I'd just like to thank S.E Hinton and everyone who had something to do with the making of "The Outsiders" film.
And that's all I have to say.
Thanks for reading.
Tell me what you think below :) Love hearing other opinions!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

"You can't stop the future.
You can't change rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
... is to press pl►y."

"Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.
Then Hanah voice tells Clay that his name ison her tapes- and that he is, in some way, responisible for her death.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town...
and what he discovers changes his life forever."

"Clay Jensen returns home school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker- his classmate and crush- who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay's one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself- a truth he never wanted to face."

MY RATING: 10/10♥

I love this book! It shows so many types of different people. Jay Asher really got "us"- the readers, inside Hannah's head. It made me realize there are many reasons why people committ suicide each and everyday. The chaqracters were perfect, all of them, even if some were just terrible. As a person who once or twice thought about suicide this book helped me see the damage it could do to those around me. It, this book,mainly taught me how life is sometimes like a domino effect. Sometimes in good ways and other times in bad ways. In this case it was bad. It taught me how getting involved in a rumour or even passing one on can begin to ruin someones life. You should be careful about what you say and do.

Spoiler: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book amazed me and terrified me at the same time. It really connected with me because there are so many kids getting bullied and not enough people who care to go around. I just want to say that I care and if anyone here would like to message me, I'm hear to talk.
It's important that we're accepting and don't just believe what people say. Otherwise you'd hear around my school that I'm a stuck up brat who sleeps with anything that walks by... NOT TRUE! Well not sure about the brat part but I'm certain about the not sleeping around thing.

Rumours float around schools and target so many people. People just like you and me. One terrible thing can lead to a huge downward spiral for anyone around you.,

I know some of you reading this, if there's anyone reading it, will think this is stupid and it's the same thing you hear about at school. You'll think this is just weird to rant about and roll your eyes. If you do any of those, or even if you don't do any, please read this book and maybe it will help you understand the reason I'm saying all this.

This book amazed me and terrified me at the same time. It really connected with me because there are so many kids getting bullied and not enough people who care to go around. I just want to say that I care and if anyone here would like to message me, I'm hear to talk.
It's important that we're accepting and don't just believe what people say. Otherwise you'd hear around my school that I'm a stuck up brat who sleeps with anything that walks by... NOT TRUE! Well not sure about the brat part but I'm certain about the not sleeping around thing.

Rumours float around schools and target so many people. People just like you and me. One terrible thing can lead to a huge downward spiral for anyone around you.,

I know some of you reading this, if there's anyone reading it, will think this is stupid and it's the same thing you hear about at school. You'll think this is just weird to rant about and roll your eyes. If you do any of those, or even if you don't do any, please read this book and maybe it will help you understand the reason I'm saying all this.

Hannah: Her story is sad... but it needs to be told. Asher made her feel real! I cried alot about the fact that she went through with it and not only that but the way she was treated was horrible!
Clay: Hannah and him would have been amazing together... I have no doubts. He must have went through a horrible time having to see all those people on the tapes. I love him! Another fantasy crush!
Many of the character I won't discuss by name but oh so many disgusted me. But I learnt from them all. They all taugh me lessons.

♥Favorite Lines/Moments♥

"I'm actually not sure how this whole dead thing works. Who knows, maybe I'm standing behind you right now.
I leap forward, propping my elbows on the workbench. I let my face fall into my hands and I slide my fingers back into unexpectedly damp hair.
I'm sorry. That wasn't far."

♥Pg. 13
"Our first red star can be found at C-4. Take your finger over to C and drop it down to 4. That's right, like Battleship."

♥Pg. 52
"Here's a tip. If you touch a girl, even as a joke, and she pushes you off, leave... her.... alone. Don't touch her. Anywhere! Just stop. Your touch does nothing but sicken her."

♥Pg. 78
"I would have answered any questions Hannah. But you never asked."

♥Pg. 115
" 'Do you believe everything peple say about me?'
He told me to calm down, it didn't matter."

♥Pg. 120
" Do you remember those career surveys we had to fill out freshman year, the ones that were supposed to help us choose electives? According to my survey, I'd make a wonderful lumberjack. And if that career didn't work out, I could use my fallback career as an astronaut."

♥Pg. 178
"And when I say my final words... well, probably not my final words, but the last words on these tapes... it's going to be one tight, well-connected, emotional ball of words.
In other words, a poem."

♥Pg. 204
"I've snuck out of my house, before that night, only twice.
Okay, three times. Maybe four. Tops."

♥Pg. 206
"I would think Hannah would be a hard name to slur, but those guys did it pretty well. Half of them kept repeating my name, trying to get it right, while the other half laughed.
But they were harmless. Fun drunks make a nice addition to any party. Not looking to fight. Not looking to score. Just looking to get drunk and laugh."

I know that isn't alot of line but I was so caught up I forgot to write a few down.
Thanks for reading.
Sidny ♥♪♫

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kate's Choice: Luv ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle

"In this fresh, funny new series, four girls discover that the best friendships happen by accident."
"A chance collision on the first day of fifth grade brings together four girls with something special in common.
First there's new girl Violet, who asks for directions...
Then there's bouncy Katie-Rose, who gestures a little too enthusiastically...
Then there's quiet Yasaman, who passes by at the wrong moment...
And then there's popular girl Camilla, who takes a spectacular tumble, along with the precious contents of her backpack...
How her lucky bobble-head turtle ends up as part of a sinister plot devised by the queen bee Medusa- er, Modessa- is a BIG MESSY MESS that the four "flowers" must get to the bottom of together. Along the way, they'll discover something even more exciting: friendship."

This is the first ever Kate's Choice and it's in honor of my sister and her awesome reading. This is for all those preteens out there who aren't quite at the young adult age yet. Hope you enjoy it. I interviewed my sister about what she thinks about this book.... sooo.... here we go!

Why did you enjoy this book?
I like it because it's from many girls' points of view and their all around my age. It helped me explore different cultures and walks of life.

Who would you recommend it to?
Every girl around my age... I'm 10.

Why did you decide to read this book?
The way it described the girls on the back it seemed fun and a great way to experience new culture.

Do you plan on reading the next book?
Yes, I do!

*What's your favourite part?* SPOILER ALERT
My favourite part is when you find out what happened to Violet's mom.

*What's your least favourite part?* SPOILER ALERT
My least favourite part is when Modessa accuses Katie-Rose of stealing Tally the Turtle.

Who's your favourite character?
My fave character is Yasamine, because she seems shy, but once you get to know her you see a whole nother side.

What's your favorite part about the book itself?
The way it's written makes it fairly easy to understand and everyone's feelings are well expressed.

Who do you relate most with?
Katie-Rose because it's very easy to understand what she's thinking and what she means.

Finally, out of ten, what do you rate this book?
9.5/10. It' isn't quite a ten because some parts didn't make sense to me. Most of it was easy to understand but i wish they would have explained the cultures more.

Thanks all for reading :D

Monday, December 19, 2011

Book Review: Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate

"Alison Chapman has always believed she'd fall in love hard. And she does- with Sam Cody, a new guy with a gorgeous face and brooding eyes, a guy who's impossible to resist. When Sam asks her to the Valentine's Day dance, Alison is elated... until she finds out that her best friend, Isabella Cates-Lopez, has fallen for Sam too... until she find out that Isabella is dying. Now Alison wants Isabella's last days to be her happiest ever- even if she and Sam have to hide their love. Even if, by sharing Sam, Alison risks losing him forever." "Katherine Applegate's poignant novel of love, loss and the sacrifices made for true friendship will stir readers' hearts."

MY RATING: 10/10

This book is an amazing story that has changed my view of life forever.
It isn't often that you find a book that shows the best friends side of the story. I think it's great that we got to see Alison's life during this tragic event. I found that while I could see everyone's side of this "story" I related mostly with Alison. She gave everything for her best friend. I like to think that I'd do the same. Stritcly speaking, I think this book is good for everyone. Maybe not if you can't deal with grief, but feeling emotion is part of being human. I cried, laughed and yelled at this book. I think that's when I know it's a great one. When you show all three emotions of happiness, sadness and anger, you should know that the book is going to be good.
While this book is sad, it teaches us. It taught me not to take a moment for granted. And that I'd do anything for my best friends, I'd rather I be unhappy than them.
I hope that you guys out there decide to read this book and agree. Comment what you thought below :)


Spoiler: Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate

This book amazes me and I just finished it. It makes you think about the what ifs in life. I think many realise that death is inevitable, but the courage to face it is amazing. The fact that Alison what right there with Izzy no matter what amazes me. Would I be able to do that? Would I be there? Would I give up my true love for my best friends happiness? What if I was like Izzy? Would I know what to do? See what I mean. It makes you wonder
Mostly, I knew as soon as I read the first page, that i was going to like this book . The description doesn't seem to show how heart wreching it truely is. And I mean that in the best way possible.
Alison: She shows amazing bravery and loyalty. I can't believe that she gave up Sam but I'm happy she did. She went through alot and it was great to learn about what the people close to someone with a deadly illness go through.
Izzy: I can't imagine going through cancer. It scares me so much the possibilities and the fact that we all will die... that frightens me also. We see a real side to Izzy about how she feels and I think she puts on a show for people, so that they can pretend that everything is all right. I'm blessed to have even had the chance to read this book.
Sam: He has alot on his plate and I almost wish that he hadn't allowed Alison to talk him into dating Izzy, because it hurt him and the girls. In the end he was the perfect character. He feel for them both and that had to be hard. I'm happy that in the end he came to term with he's feelings and said goodbye the best way possible.
Morgan: He is another huge factor in this book. I feel terrible for those with mental illness as a result from old age. It doesn't seem fair to be robbed of your mind and yet it happens everyday. I know that his character is one that many can relate with. I don't think there are many who haven't been encountered by one illness of the elderly.

♥Lines and Moments♥:
♥Pg. 1
"Some people said Sam had robbed a Get n' Go in Okeechobee. Some said he was an undercover narc. A reliable source in the girls' bathroom claimed he was Mick Jagger's illegitimate son."

♥Pg. 4
"I checked his head wound. It was bleeding, all right, although not very dramatically. I needed something to bind the cut. There was only one thing to do. I took off my T-shirt. Fortunately, I had a bathing suit top on underneath.
'Maybe I'm in heaven after all,' Sam said.
I tried to rip the T-shirt with my teeth. It always work in the movies.
The movies, it just so happens, are full of crap."

♥Pg. 8
"I could smell seat and tobacco and grass and skin, all mixed in with horse. Sound awful, I know. It wasn't.
We fell into a smooth, gentle back-and-forth rol that was all Snicker's doing. My breasts grazed Sam's back, my thighs, his thighs. Sounds harmless, I know. It wasn't."

♥Pg. 25
"Same was slowly making his way across the. I wondered if he'd ever seen a doctor. The cut on his forehead was a thin black line. I felt this wild rush of hope as he approached. I don't know what I was hoping for, exactly. Unless maybe it was the insane fantasy that he'd swoop me into his arms and tell me that his life had been forever changed since that moment we'd first touched in the orange grove.
'Hi,' he said.
So much for the fantasy."

♥Pg. 29
"Izzy slit open the manila envelope. 'Fo your wall at the hospital,' I explained as she pulled out the Michelin street map of Paris."

♥Pg. 30
" 'I brought you this.' He passed me a rolled-up wad of gray fabric. It took me second to realize that t was a T-shirt. 'I felt bad, you know, about your shirt. And I'm kinda strapped for cash until I get my bike fixed.'
I unrolled the shirt. It was huge and smelled of Tide.
'It's almost new. i only wore it twice. And I washed it.' "

♥Pg. 34
" 'If my family's normal, we're all in troube.' "

♥Pg. 36
"Sam crossed his arms. 'You're an interesting girl, Alison.'
'No, I"m not. I'm really pretty average.'
'You shouldn't say that.'
'Why not? It's true.'
'Because you might start to believing it.' "

♥Pg. 45
" 'I should shower first.' I said nervously, ont to Sara, not to Sam, more or less to Snickers, actually.
'I just got off work,' Sam said. 'I'm covered in grease and sweat. We can offend each other.' "

♥Pg. 58
" 'Guess I should have warned youHe's kind of unpredictable.'
'I like him. I've never had my hand kissed before. Come to think of it, I've never had a parrot come on to me either.' "

♥Pg. 73
" 'Maybe ther's more to Steve than meets th eye,' I suggested.
'Steve? No way. We're just good buds, you know that.'
'You sure? He has a pet name for you.'
'Dumbo is not a pet name. It's a term of ridicule.
'Nah. I've tried to look at him that way, but I can tell it would be like a NutraSweet love. You know- you convice yourself it's okay, then there's this weird aftertaste.' "

♥Pg. 84
" 'I clean up dog vomit all day, Jim,' she was saying. 'I am a veterinarian. I live and breathe dog vomit. All I am saying is, we have too many pets.'
'Just a dog, a cat and a horse,' my dad called from the kitchen. He danced (Badly) into the living room, a wooden spoon in one hand. 'Man, you're one gorgeous hunk of woman,' He said to my mom.
She held up a piece of paper towel. 'I am scraping up dog vomit off your fifteen-year-old carpet with the cat pee stain we have to cover wither your mother's sewing basket, and you are actually capable of having impure thoughts?' "

♥Pg. 86
" 'Love is scary sometimes.'
My father reappeared, still brandishing a spoon. Tomato sauce striped his cheek like war paint.
"I rest my case,' my mom whispered. 'Scarey stuff, love.' "

♥Pg. 117
" 'What do you thin happens when you die, Al?'
'I don't know,' I said softly. 'I'd like to think you go to a place without zits and static cling. But I can't find a religion that buys into that.' "

♥Pg. 150
" 'Izzy wanted me to giveyou this.'
I gave her a hug and then i went to sit at a quiet place near the waves. Inside the envelope was the map of Paris I'd given her. There was anote paper-clipped to the top.
You and Sam will be needing this.
Thanks for sharing. I love you

Thanks so much for reading. The next book i hope to read willl beeee..... Fearscape by Simon Holt :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I was planning to read Fearscape by Simon Holt as you can see on my coming up next bar somewhere beside this... but it is not available at the moment from my local library. Apparently someone else is reading it so I will wait and now read... Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate.
Thanks for reading :)

Book Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

"Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in low was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier's love and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can't keep Beth from being tricked into motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth's release back to Earth. but what he asks of her will destroy he, and quite possibly, he loved ones, as well. "
"Something happened- something I could never have imagined. It was so unfathomable, I felt nothing but a sickening feeling that seemed to come from my core and spread like poison through my body. Th highway defied gravity and suddenly reared in front of us. A deep jagged crack appeared in its centre. The highway was splitting open. The crack widened like a hungry cavernous mouth, waiting to swallow us up. The wind that whipped my face grew warmer, and steam rose from the broken asphalt. I knew instinctively what it was from the feeling of hollow emptiness that emanated from it. It was a gateway to Hell, and we were heading straight toward it."

Although this book was quite good, I found that it didn't live up to the first book. The characters seemed to change. I found Bethany a lot more naive and it wasn't cute like it was in the first book. This book showed a very different side of Xavier and I'm not sure if I liked it. He has been one of my favourites for such a long time though. One of the things I did like was seeing a different side of Jake Thorn. I knew after reading the first book that he wouldn't just vanish. He had to come back and bam... there he was.
This book may contain a few adult thoughts but all and all I think that anyone in their "young adult years" would be able to read it without being scared for life :P
My favourite thing about this series is how the end grips you and makes you want to read the next one. The ending suspense is great!
Sincerely, Sidny♥♪♫

Spoiler: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Although this book didn't live up to the first, I still enjoyed it. I felt like we got to know the characters better. This series is very interesting and the use of suspense is good.
Bethany: Someone might hate me for saying this but Bethany seems to be getting stupider with time. At first it was cute but now it's just maddening. I wish that she wasn't marrying Xavier in a way because welll that could cause like a million problems! Maybe somewhere deep down she felt something for Jake Thorn.
Xavier: He is an amazing bf and he would protect her against everything. It take a real man to propose the way he did. He must really love Beth. He never gave up :')
Gabriel: I think he loves Molly but he doesn't want to lose his status as an archangel and infuriate Heavan. They would be soooo goood together though!
Ivy: She is the best big sister ever. She understand why Beth loves Xavier and the best thing is she's a strong woman.
Molly: She really loves Gab and they are so sweet. I wish that it would have worked out. But am I the only one that noticed that when they broke into hell... she was missing? Like where the hell was she? Did they just leave her behind and the motel or did I just miss something major.
Jake: He might have actually felt passion for Beth and at the end I think it was him rumbling the earth because he was mad at Xavier for his proposal and Berthany's approval.

Favourite/Memorable Lines and Moments:
" 'I was so wasted I don't remember a damn thing,' Lawson declared.
'I remember you tried to hook up with me,' replied a boy named Wesley in his lilting accent. He contorted his face into a grimace.
'Whatever... it was dark. You could do alot worse.'
'Not funny,' Wesley growled. 'Someone posted a picture on Facebook. What am I gonna tell Jess?'
'Tell her you couldn't resist Lawson's ripped body.' Xavier thumped his friend on the back as he sauntered past. 'He's really built from all those hours on the PlayStation.' "

♥Pg. 8
" 'Oh, Bethany, relax. We're used to the PDAs by now.'
'Where did you learn that?' I asked curiously. I'd never heard Ivy use abbreviated colloquialisms. Her formal speech usually sounded so out of place in the modern world.
'I do spend time with young people, you know,' she said. 'I'm trying to be hip.'
Gabriel and I burst out laughing."

♥Pg. 15
" 'But don't let them talk you into anything you don't feel comfortable with.'
'They're my friends.'
'So what?' He shrugged. 'If your friends walked off a cliff, would you do it too?'
'Why would they walk off a cliff?' I asked in alarm. 'Is someone having problems at home?' "

♥Pg. 22
" When Xavier arrived he was dressed as a cowboy in faded jeans, tan boots and a checkered shirt. he even wore a leather cowboy hat.
'Trick or treat?' he said with a grin.
'No offence, but you don't look anything like Batman.'
'Aint no need to be nasty now ma'am,' Xavier said, adopting a heavy Texan accent. 'Are you ready to go? Our ride's awaitin' '
I laughed. 'You're going to keep this up all night aren't you?'
'Probably,' Xavier said. 'I'm driving you wild with desire aren't I?' My brother coughed to remind us of his presence."

♥PG. 70
"Larissa bared er teeth in a smile before grabbing a tight hold of my wrist and turning it upward. Her grip a cold and claw-like, but I tried not flinch. She held my wrist faceup as Elliott pressed something down on the inside. I braced myself to feel pain, but when I looked, he'd only left an inky imprint behind. It was a stamp of admittance in the form of a smiley face. "

♥Pg. 112
" 'So what's with the Mary Sue outfit ?' Asia asked, plucking at the frilly sleeve of my dress. 'You got some fetish for Southern belles? It's very pure. That's what this is all about, right? But did you really have to dress her like she's twelve?'
'No one dressed me,' I snapped.
'Oh, how cute!' Asia threw me a scathing look. 'It talks.' "

♥Pg. 135
"I wanted to reach out and take his face in my hands, to tell him that I was okay- trapped, lonely and miserable but otherwise unharmed."

♥Pg. 159.
" 'University of Alabama?' I asked. 'Molly and the girls have applied there. They want to be sorority sisters.'
'Another three years with Molly?' Xavier wrinkled his nose teasingly."

♥Pg. 161
" 'I don't know what happened between you and Beth, but it can't be so bad.'
Xavier let out a short, humourless laugh and I guessed what he was thinking. He want to say, 'Well, Mom, my girlfriend was abducted by a demon ex-student of Bryce Hamilton and dragged into Hell on the back of a motorbike and right now we've got no idea how to bring back. So, yeah, actually it is that bad.' "

♥Pg. 177.
" 'Bethany's friend or not, this girl could make a preacher cuss.' "

♥Pg. 200.
" 'You won't handle anything.' Gabriel's tone was chilling. 'Is that clear? Control your raging testosterone for a minute and listen. I know you want Beth back- we all do- but acting like some comic-book hero isn't going to help.' "

♥Pg. 388
" 'I just always imagine it would be with him,' I murmured almost to myself.
'I know,' Jake said, his voice drenched with exaggerated sympathy. 'And usually I'd be more than open to the prospect of a threesome, but under such circumstances I think it might be a little awkward.' '

♥Pg. 394
" 'Michael wouldn't send us on a wild goose chase,' Ivy murmured. 'There must be something he wants us to do.'
'Or maybe he's just a douche.'
'Indeed,' said a disembodied voice behind them."

Sincerely, Sidny♥♪♫

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

"During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.
Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease."


If you like to hear about the past... I think you'll find this book very good. Even though I'm Canadian this book was amazing. Laurie H. Anderson, made the events very vivid to a the present day and used amazing language that took me back in time. I could see all the characters and although I have never been to Philadelphia when I closed my eyes I saw the abandoned streets and boarded up windows.
I honestly enjoyed the fact that she made history a ton more interesting.
Sincerely, Sidny