Friday, June 25, 2010

Jump



Jump by: Elisa Carbone


  Here is the description from Barnes and Noble:
 
  "Jump. That is what P.K. has done. A totally wild, crazy jump from a restrictive life with her family into a life of total adventure—rock-climbing out west with a guy she barely knows. At first, everything's amazing. Not only are they climbing in awesomely beautiful national parks like Yosemite but they seem awesomely made for one another. P.K. is in heaven. And then the cops show up . . . with an arrest warrant. And P.K. has to decide who to believe: this amazing guy whom she trusts with her life—or the cops, who want her to believe that he may take her life."


My thoughts: Jump was an interesting book! I've never read a book where the characters rock climb, and the fact that the author climbs herself made the book that much more true--and kept me wondering if the author has ever been in that situation herself.
  P.K. and Critter embark on an adventure that keeps you entertained throughout. Critter joins P.K. for reasons totally different than her own, and when the cops show up, with a warrant and firing bullets, P.K. and Critter have to decide if they should continue--or give themselves up.
  I loved how the book was written in alternating views, so that readers get to get inside Critter's jumbled "Jail Bait" head and into P.K.'s own more...normal one.
Overall, I'd say 4/5.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Whisper

Whisper by: Phoebe Kitanidis


Okay, I finished this book at around two thirty last night and was too tired to write a review.
Anyways, Whisper is about a girl, Joy, and how her and the women in her family "Hear Whispers". Since I suck at writing summaries, here is the one from Barnes and Noble:
 
  "Like a paranormal version of The Breakfast Club, Kitanidis's first novel is a fairy tale in which the pretty, popular girl is rescued from delusion by the misfits she's been trying to avoid. Joy Stefani has a gift: she can "Hear" the wishes of others. It's a trait shared by her mother and her older sister, Jessica, but that's all the sisters have in common. Jessica (or, as Joy refers to her, "Icka") is destructive and full of rage, whereas Joy moves easily through the world. But everything changes after Joy's 15th birthday, when the wistful, superficial wishes she has heard during childhood suddenly turn deeper, darker, and hurtful. Only Jessica seems to understand what is different--and she's gone missing. Joy's narrative voice is appealing, but this is an unsubtle, schematic fable in which adults and peers alike are revealed to be hypocrites and any form of ambiguity or compromise must be a lie. Joy's mother and sister are archetypes and opposites, and even when their poles are reversed, they remain just as extreme."


My thoughts:
I liked Whisper. The only thing that angered me is that it moved sorta slow for me, so I kept putting it aside to read other books.
I related to the sisterly 'bond', since I don't always get along to well with my own sisters, but just like Joy, I know I'd do anything to help them. Joy sets everything aside to go to Icka's aid: she lies to her parents, steals a car with a boy she barely knows who has a secret of his own --and she struggles with this Hearing that gets on her nerves and in her head in the most random places. That's probably what I liked most about the book: How the seemingly most 'perfect' girl comes to the rescue rather than sitting at home and fulfilling everyone's wishes (which is...interesting, in my opinion).
Phoebe Kitanidis is a new voice I think I'm going to be following along the way.
Overall...3/5
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