Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist: Review

So, the first book written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn is my last one to read. Was it worth it? I have no clue. It’s definitely not my favorite of the three, but it’s a great book that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Nick’s desperately trying not to look desperate, and Norah starts off not wanting to lose her drunken friend. There’s a lot to be said on just that alone. The entire story is based around the night they meet, but what a night. It’s filled with everything that can go wrong from Nick’s ex finding them to them getting caught half naked by and elderly couple.

The story isn’t only about them though. It’s a lot deeper than just that. The story’s truly about finding that one person who doesn’t just drive you into a lustful fit, but the one who makes you feel truly and completely loved. No spoilers though. Just go read the book yourself to see how it all works out. I promise that it’s something worth looking into.

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Callers? What Callers?

So I’ve been taking calls for the past three days now. They predicted that we’d have 10,000 claims calls come in. We’d be needed all week. Then Irene downgraded into a tropical storm. Yeah…So that happened.

It’s not that I don’t feel bad for each person that calls in. I mean, there was one woman sounded like she was fighting back tears which made me tear up. I asked her if she was okay, and she replied honestly, saying that she wasn’t okay. I almost told her that I was going to pray for her, but I didn’t want to overstep my boundaries. There was also a man named Mr. Schwarts. He’s the one who made the reference to Space Balls. I had to laugh softly so I wasn’t yelled at, but he laughed right along with me.

I’ve had a few really good calls, and it’s been one of the most humbling experiences of my life. There were people with some serious issues that were completely fine with waiting as long as everyone was taken care of. They didn’t want anyone with worse problems waiting on their issues to be dealt with. Someone even told me, “Bless you,” which I returned right back at them. It was wonderful. Now, I have had a few people yell at me and threaten to leave the company I’m under, but I don’t really care. I mean, I’m not hired by them. I’m hired by a company that has a contract with a company that has a contract with the insurance agency. Also…I’m not going to get insurance from that company…like ever.

I get that they have a lot of work that needs to be done, but people are paying for them to do something about this, and when the agents send people to me to tell them what’s in their policy without filing their claim, I kinda want to slap the people. These agents are literally there just to accept money and direct people to the claims department. It’d make more sense to give the agents something else do or just get rid of them, since they’re just wasting money.

Sorry about that…I just don’t get why they’re being sent to people who can’t do anything for them. Half of my calls today didn’t want to file a claim until they knew they’d be covered. A job’s a job though, so I can’t really complain about where I’m at.

Anyway, I’ve been using my time to write down my thoughts on things. I think I’ll keep writing as my own personal journal. I really like that idea since it keeps my mind going while I’m just writing about my thoughts and my day. I used to have a journal, but…well that ended when I started to get wrapped up in my own life. I wasn’t stopping to take time on things that really mattered.

I lost my focus, and it really affected how I lived. Years later, I was just going downhill more and more with each day. I started to get selfish, and it took a lot of humbling to make me realize what I was doing. I’m still growing now, and I don’t plan on ever stopping. I want to be an even better man than I am now, because honestly, I’m a wreck. I put on a good face, but I’m honestly really broken. I just need to get a lot of things taken care of.

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List: Review

This book really had me. It got into all of my emotions, especially anger. There were times where I wanted to kill Ely…a lot…with a very blunt weapon in a very angry way. My own opinion changed a lot throughout the book, but until it started getting close to the end, I hated Ely with a passion.

The book is mainly about this huge fight between Naomi and Ely. Naomi is deeply in love with Ely, but there’s one problem with that…He’s gay and doesn’t love his best friend the way she loves him. It’s a story that really draws you in and you feel very strongly for each character. It’s impossible to not want the best for them all…even if you think a certain one should be killed in horrible ways.

Love, friendship, betrayal, and trust are all huge topics in this story. It goes between a large set of characters, which is something that I’ve never seen. It’s very interesting though. To see how each character takes things in during their chapter(s) is something that more authors should do. Either way though, it’s a great story that really makes you think on things and each character has a strong role at one point or another. It’s definitely worth a read for anyone who hasn’t do so already.

Next on the list is David and Rachel’s first book together, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I’ll get back the day I finish it.

Speak: Review

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a very hard book to wrap myself around for a review. It’s a story that draws you in, making you feel Melinda, it’s main character.

The story showcases not only how your typical high school feels, but also some of the more taboo topics that writers have to choose from. Friendship, betrayal, sexuality, and so much more comes out, yet it’s put in a way that anyone can associate themselves with.

This story isn’t too vivid, yet I couldn’t help but feel each painful moment that Melinda went through. I was starting to worry that she’d end up going completely downhill as a self-hating recluse, but then her moment came.

This is the kind of story that sticks with you for years, and I honesty have to see the movie now. I want to see how someone can take something so suited in the novel format and put it out as a movie.

I know that I’m late to the punch on this book and many of the others that I have and will review, but I review as I read. I take note of all that I feel, and that’s what matters. This is a great story, and if you, like me, have yet to read it, I do suggest that you pick it up as soon as possible. It’s too great of a story to miss out on.

The next few books I plan on reading are Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, Nick and Nora’s Infinate Playlist, Suite Scarlett , Sister’s in Sanity, Tithe, and Wintergils.

Dawn Of Emotions RD 1

Okay. So this is a WIP that I’ve been working on for a while. It’s just the first draft of the beginning, but I thought I’d put it up on here.

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I don’t really care about all of this, but hey, it’s an easy grade. This assignment is about somebody who’s made an impact on my family before I was born. I just want to get this done, so here’s the jist of it. This little girl was picked up by my now dead uncle. He loved her, or so I was told. He had my mother take care of her while he was away doing whatever. Then he died, and left the little kid with mom. Then the girl died because she wasn’t a human. She wasn’t important, but people thought she was. I don’t care. Just fail me already. I hate this class anyway.

Okay….So. That didn’t go well. I failed the class, and then mom got mad, so now I had to go see an oracle to see the entire story from when my uncle met the little girl to when she died. I had to write down everything I see and hear. Let the suck begin.

So I finally made it to the oracle point that mother had arranged for me. It’s close to home, so mother would know if I ever came there. I was stuck there, so I might as well have done what I was supposed to. It wasn’t going to be a very pleasant experience, but it’s much better than just doing nothing for three hours.

I kinda thought it would all just be done in one huge explosion of information. I thought I wouldn’t have to come back again. I was wrong. I was watching it in real time, or it felt like real time. I later learned that it was actually accelerated real time, but that’s not important. What’s important is what I saw.

I guess the best way to describe how things started was silently. I saw the man that I assumed was my dead uncle. He had soft, blue eyes and light brown hair that almost went down to his shoulders. He wasn’t exactly as I had imagined. I thought he’d be this tough looking man with a dark personality, but I knew almost nothing about him. It wasn’t a big deal to me what he was like, though, because at that moment, all I could see was a crimson stream of blood flowing to the ground from the man’s sword. It was wonderfully morbid, yet I still had to look around. Where was I? Why didn’t anybody see what had just happened? My uncle had just killed a man in cold blood. Why wasn’t anybody saying anything?

I tried to scream out, but I was looking into the past. Nobody could hear me, but they should have heard the little girl who saw what had just happened. They didn’t though, because the girl didn’t scream at all. She kept quite, but my uncle…oh what was his name…I don’t remember. Anyway, my uncle saw her, and all he did was walk into the little orphanage that the little girl was staying in.

He walked inside and said that he wanted to talk to the children. The woman didn’t have any reason to doubt his intentions. I was sure that he was going to simply walk in, kill the girl and leave, but that’s where I was wrong. The man sat down right beside the girl and just waited for her response. What kind of mind trick are they playing on one another? I don’t get it. Just kill the girl, and run. It’s that simple. Why don’t you get rid of the only person who saw you kill that man and be done with it?

After what felt like an hour of waiting, the man stood up and asked the caretaker if he could adopt the little girl. The woman just smiled and started filling out the paperwork. Wait a second…Hold up. What the heck is going on here? People don’t just sit with a someone who saw them murder another man and randomly decide to adopt them.

The woman didn’t even know the girl’s real name, but the girl had only been there for a few months. I walked over to look at the paperwork then smacked my forehead. My uncle’s name was Kaym. I remember that now. Yay me. Anyway, Kaym successfully adopted the little girl and everything was okay for the moment. He wasn’t killing her at the moment, so I didn’t think it was going to be a huge deal. I simply followed them, watching how they reacted.

The girl simply walked beside Kaym as he instructed her to. She’s really well behaved for someone so young. She doesn’t look any older than six. My assumption is that she’s Dawn, but once again, I may be wrong. I’m not the most astute person in the world. I’m just thirteen years old myself, but this isn’t my story. If it was, it’d make a lot more sense.

Okay, so they’re just walking. This is soooo boring. Why can’t they talk? Isn’t every good story all about the deep dialogue and the action? I bet this is just going to be another girly story about how two people fall in love…and one’s way to young so she dies because she can’t be the one he loves. That’s messed up. Nah. That’s too exciting for something my parents care about. She probably dies by a freak accident or something lame that couldn’t have been avoided.

Oh well. I think he just said something…No nevermind he’s humming. The girl’s kinda cute though. She has pitch black hair and jade green eyes. I bet if she smiled, she’d be even cuter. Bleh. She’s dead now, right? Why am I asking you? You probably know even less than I do, unless you’re my mother. Mom knows everything about the story. I bet she’s told me the entire thing a hundred times, but I never really paid attention. I’m in for a shock, and I know it. The twist is, that it’s going to suck even more live.

I’m sorry about all this complaining, I just really don’t want to be here. It’s like going to a funeral. You know their life is over, but people think it’s so important to do. Can I just go home now? I didn’t think so.
I looked up to Kaym and Dawn then shrugged. Kaym finally decided to start talking to Dawn about why he was in town. “I’m from a warrior’s guild in the city of Tariv, and my recent mission was to…well to make sure that someone wasn’t being mean to anyone anymore to put it lightly.”

Dawn didn’t respond, and I didn’t blame her. She saw what happened. She knew what Kaym did to the man. She had no idea what Kaym was going to do to her now though. I thought it was going to be something worth watching though. It was a very interesting encounter between those two.

Kaym looked down to the little girl and sighed gently. He was trying to think of what else to say, what he could tell her that might get her to talk, but nothing came to mind. He just kept walking, until he decided to talk about his family. “My grandparents helped save the world once. They used to be known as heros, but now…” He let out a deep sigh before he continued talking to the indifferent child. “Things have changed a lot since then.”

I looked over to Kaym and sighed softly. He wasn’t a very interesting man at all. He was a warrior when the world was filled with warriors. His sword was a normal looking broadsword. The hilt wasn’t special at all either. He was normal at first glance and all the other glances as well. I don’t really understand why he was so special.

Dawn looked back, and for a moment I thought she could see me, but I was wrong. I knew I was wrong. I wasn’t really there. She looked forward again right as a carriage sped past them.

Kaym chuckled and pulled Dawn over on his other side. “Too close to the road to be safe, little one,” Kaym said as though Dawn cared at all. Doesn’t he realize that she doesn’t care at all. She cares even less than I do. She just does as she’s told, silently, as though she thinks that speaking would make her less of a person or something like that. I don’t know or care about why she’s so fsking quiet.

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That’s the beginning. It’s not the greatest thing out there, but…it’s a start. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it.

The Wednesday Letters Review

To read a book like The Wednesday Letters, you have to be able to think about something deeper than just romance. The story starts shortly before the death of Jack and Lauren Cooper, parents of Malcolm, Mathew and Samantha. It’s a story about romance, dedication, fear, and most of all, loyalty.

The story is mainly based around the letters that Jack wrote to Lauren each Wednesday from the day they were married until the day they died. From those letters, the children learn about who their parents really were, how strong they really had to be, and what a certain license plate in their bedroom was really about.

This book is a good book no matter what kind a person you are. By the end of the book, I wanted Malcolm and Rain to be together, for Mathew and Monica to get that adopted child, and for one of the children to take on their parents’ bed and breakfast so that their good friend Anna Belle or A&P had a place to waste all of her money.

The Wednesday Letters is a book that you will remember for the rest of your life, and maybe you’ll even start writing your own Wednesday letters like a certain Cooper sibling.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares Review

The duo that brought us the wonderful story that is Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist have come back with another wonderful book. It’s been about a year since the book came out, and if you haven’t read it, then I suggest you at least look it up at your local library. I started reading this book around midnight and I didn’t stop reading until I finished it at five the next morning.

It’s a heartwarming tale about two people who meet through a red moleskin notebook, each one using “dares” to get to know one another. That’s the main idea of the book and it brings forth a good question. Do you expect your love interest to be the one in your head of will you take a chance and go with someone less than perfect?

I’m torn between loving how joyful Lily is about the holidays and her simply cheerful self and Dash’s semi-snarly self. They compliment each other in so many ways while still being their own person. Even after they meet, they keep their sense of self, while they do question their ideals and their state of being.

In other words, this is one of the best stories of its kind. It’s nice to be able to read something so crossed within itself. It also helps that, like Dash, I too dream of owning the OED…even if it’s super expensive.