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“There are some things you worry about. And then there are some things you don't worry about. You don't worry about them because they're too awful to contemplate worrying about.”
Maybe it's because the last two books that I've read were so amazing that this book felt only slightly above average to me. It is a beautiful tale about friendship, loss and finding yourself in the face of tragedy, but for some reason the first third of this book did nothing for me.
Maybe one day tells the story of two best friends, Olivia Greco and Zoe Klein, who have always dreamed of becoming prima ballerinas and living together in a swanky Manhattan apartment. But getting kicked out of their ballet studio after years of dancing is the first of many bad news awaiting them in the future.
Feeling lost without ballet in their lives each girl copes in her own way untill a year later tragedy strikes again.
Olivia is diagnosed with cancer. A very aggressive kind of cancer that is determined to put an end to the girls' friendship in the most irretrievable way.
With the support of their families and the whole school, the girls put on their brave faces and go against this deadly disease together.
“It would be impossible for any God to ignore that many
prayers, that much love.
He would have to let her live”
Cantor did a great job at writing a very touching friendship story. They had the kind of relationship that very few people find in their lifetime and even fewer people recognise it when it happens.
And so we explore through heart-ache and heart break the importance of friends in moments of helplessness and hopelessness.
The romance brought with it a short relief from the intensity that was Zoe's relationship with Olivia. But at times it still felt like it was rushed. I'm not saying it wasn't a cute love story because it was. It was just unnecessary.
Although I felt like there should have been more scenes of Zoe with her parents I was somewhat satisfied with the Greco family dynamic.
I recommend this book for fans of Gayle Forman's books as their writing style is very similar.
Now if you'll excuse me I have to go give my best friend a hug.
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Hapiness, frustration, hopelessness, forgivness, sadness, annoyance, loss, joy, despair,...
Those are all the things that you encounter when reading Secong chance summer, and all of them play with your feelings in such a sophisticated way that you don't see what hit you (the fact that it made me cry in chapter two should tell you everything you need to know).
Three weeks ago, on Taylor Edwards' seventeenth birth-day, the life of the Edwards family was forever changed. Her pun-loving father was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and had three months left to live.
Deciding to spend the last summer at their lake house, where five years ago, a twelve-year-old Taylor left behind destruction which she will now have to face alongside nearing an inevitable tragedy promising unimaginable heart break.
It was never easy for Taylor to live with two prodigy siblings: Gelsey being an exceptional ballet dancer, inheriting their mother's talent; and Warren having a photographic memory, always proving his amazing academic skills.
The only talent Taylor seems to have is running away when things get tough.
“As I looked out at the water, I realized there was nowhere to go, nowhere left to run. And I just had to stay here, facing this terrible truth.”
Although throughout the story we witness great character development, especially among the Edwards children, my favorite character remains their mom, who shoved nothing but strenth, courage and infinite amount of patience and love.
What really got to me, though, was Taylor's relationship with her dad as she got to know him better during their summer, learning little things that make him who he is and realizing that they were very much alike.
And as the only thing left to do was count down the days, Henry, Taylor's first boyfriend, and Lucy, ex-bff, kept Taylor's focus off the calendar hanging in her kitchen and I grew to care for them very much.
It is a powerful story about friendship, family and love; second and last chances.
This was so good. It's been really long since a book made me want to stay up all night and read but Graceling did a great job at keeping me up.
Katsa lives in a world where some people are born with certain talents called Graces. You can recognise this people by looking at their eyes, as they are each a different colour. And Katsa is no exception to this phenomenon. Graced with the talent of killing, she has perfected that skill while working for her uncle, the king, and does his dirty work for him. Because of this she has gotten herself quite a reputation, evoking fear just by looking at someone.
Because her uncle usually sends her after people who have comitted minor crimes, she decides to start up a secret organisation - the Council - that only few people know about. It is an organisation that works through all Graceling realm, righting wrongs that most people would ignore.
When a monster stopped behaving like a monster, did it stop being a monster? Did it become something else?
Then on the night she sets out on a rescue mission of the father of the Lienid king, managing to save him, ste stumbles across a problem. When working on some last minute details, she is confronted by a guy graced with fighting. He might be one of the few people to stand a chance against Katsa, yet recognising her, he refuses to fight.
So knocking him unconscious, she makes her leave, all the while regretting leaving him alive.
To make things more complicated a couple days later he shows up at her uncle's castle, looking for her, introducing himself as a Lienid prince.
I realy enjoyed the originality of the story. It was refreshing in a way that made me appreciate Mrs. Cashore's work more than I anticipated. With her addicting writing style she created a world that I fell in love with.
Graceling provides with a great set of characters: a bad-ass protagonist, a swoon-worthy love interest, Katsa's geeky cousin Raffin, and an intelligent yound princess, way too mature for her age.
The fact that it was told in third person only added to Katsa's mysterious nature and increased her level of kick-ass-ness. Not being a girly-girl (she hated anything girl-related) introduced a humorous aspect of her life.
Prince Po of the Lienids plays an important role in Katsa's journey of self-discovery and fighting off her uncle's hold over her . He helps her see a different side of her Grace.
What I enjoyed immensely was the banter between the two main characters as they got to know each other and as their relationship grew, while they hunted for information as to who kidnapped Po's grandfather.
It is an adventorous, action-packed journey, a cute love story and a beautiful tale with engagind, if from time to time predictable, plot line.