Another Day by David Levithan

I was really lucky to get an advanced copy of this book to read on NetGalley, in exchange of a truthful review, so, here we go!

Another Day

Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages:  300
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Rating: 5 stars

Summary: Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

My Opinion on the book:

I remember reading Every Day and I remember falling in love with A’.  This book did the same for me, but this time i fell in love with Rhiannon.

Very much as the writer explains at the beginning of the book this is a companion, not a sequel per se. This book is the retelling of what happened in Every Day from Rhiannon point of view. The book can be read even if you hadn’t read the previous one, you can first read this one and then Every Day, it’s really that simple, this book, as the previous one can be a stand alone, a Wonderful stand alone, or a Wonderful companion, you decide.

One of the things i loved the most about this book is how well presented are Rhiannon thoughts about all that’s happening, about A’, about what makes us really ourselves, about who you love, how you see others and how others see you. More than once i had to stop reading to think about what those words were actually saying.

Although many may be a little dissapointed by the fact that the story in the book is just the same one from another point of view, i think this makes it more relatable… I know most of us won’t be finding a person that inhabitats others’ bodies for a day, and so, but hearing the story told by a regular person, it kind of made it more palpable.

Personally i found the book very relatable because of the kind of person Rhiannon is, i mean, i could see myself thinking the way she was through the book. This fact made the whole experience even more enjoyable.

Also, it ended in a cliffhanger strong enough to make you believe it may get a sequel (i really hope so because it was such an incredible ending!).

In my personal opinion, this book is one of those that you can’t find many, because they are so special. One that have so many little wonderful things that will make you tear up, laugh a lot, get angry, get frustrated and get excited, all in 300 pages. This little Wonder made my days while i was reading it, and still makes me smile while remember it…

I recommend this book to all those who loved Every Day, to those who haven’t read it, and especially to those who always dreamt of something fantastic coming into their normal, regular lives (me being the first in line).

No doubt this was a heart warming reading, to read asap, it is totally worth it.

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Getting on the crazy train~~!!

So, The Mortal Instruments series is getting a tv show on early 2016, “Shadowhunters”, but the cast is already working on it now, now, NOW.  

I wouldn’t be talking about this stuff if it wasn’t because of the little fact that i’m a HUGE FAN of the series, i can’t quite decide if it’s a guilty pleasure or not, so hey, let’s just say it and be done with this, I love The Mortal Instruments, i really do.  Like, reading it several times a year, love. So of course, being a fangirl as i am.. (a fanwoman?)  i can’t help myself but ehm… go a little bit crazy about all the stuff in the media…

Everything would be just fine, or not, if it wasn’t for the fact that they are posting about it all the time, ALL THE FREAKING TIME.

Okay, show me the cast, that’s awesome! I love it, like, compared to the cast from the movie.. I LOVE IT (well yeah, apart of Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane in the movie i didn’t like a thing about the film…okay.. maybe Jocelyn and Luke but nothing else!). 

these shadowhunters weren’t what i expected at all…

Anyway, the new cast i think feels more real, because, let’s face it, people on movies never look real, these people, i don’t know, do movie actors really exist? like are they from the same universe i’m from?

Beauty on movies is different than beauty on th shows, that’s maybe why i prefer tv, people actually look as if i could find someone like that walking on the streets or in a store or something. . .

I know some people liked the movie, (?), and they are like “no these new guys aren’t -insert names of characters here – ”  but i’m very happy with the actors we are getting now…

My kind of shadowhunters, this way i can almost like Jace, ALMOST.

Not to mention i already have a crush on everyone, especially Emeraude Toubia and Matthew Daddario.

So, yeah, everything is great, right? RIGHT?

Well, how do i put it…

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NO

I know this is complete bullshit, i really know it, but the fact that they are posting something new every single minute, it’s making a lot of people go crazy (myself included).

These past few weeks i would find myself working less and less because i’m too obsessed checking the web every five minutes, because a lot it’s going on in the fandom and on the set.

For some reason every second person i follow on tumblr is in love with Matthew Daddario (and i don’t blame them), and they are posting a lot of stuff, and talking a lot of crap and objectifying the cast a lot, which i don’t know why …

To be completely honest, i understand that we live in the internet era, everything is online a second after it happens in real life and sometimes even the same second it’s happening, but it feels a little as if the producers were making the fandom insane on purpose (…) , until January next year, every possible girl will know not only about the tv show but also about all the books, not only the ones on the Mortal Instruments series, but also The Infernal Devices Trilogy and The Bane Chronicles and the Shadowhunter’s Codex and The Shadowhunter Chronicles and the upcoming Dark Artifices Trilogy… and The Last Hours (??)

I know, … marketing is everything and all that …, but still, i feel as if it’s too much. This thing is stressing me too much… I should take a break from tumblr maybe, take a moment, (reread the books?) take a deep breath, disconect myself from the internet while still possible (reading about virtual lives and so isn’t so out there anymore… ah?).

I shouldn’t be writing this kind of stuff, but it’s not as if i have somebody to say it to, so for now this is my place, the only place i have…

Great!

So, a little while ago, thanks to tumblr, I discovered this website called NetGalley, a website where you get to read yet to be published books in exchange of a review of them.

A few days ago i requested the book Another Day by David Levithan, because i loved the previous one Every Day, so much. Although i wasn’t expecting much of it, because normally i never get things i want, my request was accepted! And i’m very excited because of it!!

Now i’m trying to get hold of a tablet (someone must have one) where i’ll be able to read it (… my step father’s smartphone isn’t the best option… T_T). Maybe my sister will be nice (for once) and i’ll get to read the book asap!

So… Expect the review of the book coming soon ~~! And i mean as soon as possible! Because i’m dying to read it already :).

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages:  388
Publisher: Knopf 
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 stars

Summary: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

My Review:

Before I say anything, two important things to know about all this,

  • Because from the very beginning it seemed to me as a sad story, i wasn’t really planning on reading this book, I saw many comments in tumblr about *cryings* and *feels* and stuff, so yeah, i said to myself i would not read it… But i just found it on a bookstore shelf one random day, as if it was waiting there for me, so i took it.
  • This is the first time I write a review about a book, it took me many weeks to finally be able to sit and write it, so please understand, i just felt as if I was in need to make justice to this book i loved so much, i needed to write for it a review, my first review ever.

So, here we go;

Romance, somehow i cannot run away from this topic in YA books, it’s always cheesy and I feel stupid reading that stuff, so i avoid it like the plague.

At first sight, this book it’s nothing but another regular YA book, boy meets girl, boy befriends girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy struggles with depression, more like a Bipolar Disorder, the boy’s world gets more and more difficult to handle…

Ok, so yeah, many books bring up topics like mental illness, and i gotta say that many of them don’t seem to know what they are talking about… (let’s not get there now…). In my opinion books about this kind of topic, where the writer clearly doesn’t understand what is it really it’s a big deal breaker, i hated many books because of this.

As a person suffering from a mental illness myself, and spending my teen years wanting to end it all, I felt as i could relate with Finch most of the time, many of his phrases echoed in my head as those i used to tell myself a few years ago, and sometimes even now.

“Is today a good day to die?”  – The character of Theodore Finch, is a clear image of a kid finchstruggling with life itself. He’s always thinking about ways to die, he spends many days on total shutdowns, which i believe were the depression episodes of his Bipolar Disorder, he feels as if he is *asleep* or *awake*, and most of the time is afraid of the “asleep” phase.

The story starts a few days after he woke up (again) and he meets Violet by accident. From there, Finch and his awaken self starts to do pretty much anything to see her, and slowly they fall in love while doing a Geography project together.

violetViolet (*UltraViolet*) was once as any other teenage girl, popular, had a cute boyfriend, life was great (and superficial) until one day she lost her sister. Now she is having a hard time getting over the loss, she is afraid of getting on cars (because her sister died in a car accident) and she isn’t herself anymore. She was part of the popular girls, and although they still talk to her, for her it just isn’t the same. Starting a friendship with Finch is, no doubt, an important change on her  life, not only Finch helps her cope with her problems, but she also learns how to do it by herself.

Yeah, it sounds like any other YA book ever, I know, and although there aren’t surprises along the way (at least i didn’t find anything unexpected…), this is a book that is worth the time reading it, not only because the story is very sweet and the characters feel real, but because it’s so beautifully written. I honestly don’t know how many times i had to put it down to think about the sentence i just read or because i just started crying.

This is a book i would recommend to any YA lit lover, who hadn’t read it yet. I think i ended it being a different person from the one i was when i started it. I still sit about sometimes and think of how beautiful and endearing the book was.

Anyhow, a wonderful story, lovely character and a great debut novel by Jennifer Niven, to whom i wanna thank because this book might have save my life.

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