Tag Archives: Contemporary

Ouran High School Host Club (Volume One)

Read from April 30 to May 1st

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5 Stars

Very amusing, I rather enjoyed it. I have seen the anime and it was good how it picked up on a lot of the details from the manga. There were some parts that were kind of weird in that Biscotti hadn’t drawn them with any eyes… I presume that was deliberate, but… *shrugs*

I also found out a lot if new facts about OHSHC that I hadn’t known before. For example…

  • Hani is 4’9 – everyone says that he’s SO short, that he looks like and Elementry school kid, that they can’t believe he’s eighteen, etc. And at first I was like that too, but then I found out his height and I was like “HE’S NOT THAT SHORT!! THAT’S MY HEIGHT!!!”. Also, what’s weird is you can’t tell that HARUHI IS ONLY AN INCH TALLER THAN HANI!!!!!! And she says that HE’S short! Rude -_-
  • The classes are determined by a combination of lineage and grades – I had no previous knowledge of this (I assumed it was just grades), however it makes so much sense! And Haruhi’s in class 1-A because of the special honour student status. It is determined as followed (Grades + Lineage Rank):

A Class___100
B Class___ 70
C Class___ 50
D Class___ 20
= mainly Yakuza children

  • If the first episode had been 40 pages instead of 50, Kyoya might have been cut out – I’m sorry, WHAT?! A possibility of no Kyoya??!!! *faints* Let’s just say that I am SO glad that that did not happen.
  • At first Bisco couldn’t get the twin’s hair right… 0.0 *chuckles*
  • Hani’s Usa-chan means/is called Bun-Bun! I much prefer Usa-chan, but you can’t get everything I suppose… On that note, it was interesting how there were a few terms in the dubbed Anime that were still Japanese such as “otaku” = fan girl.

I had always gotten slightly confused at what ACTUALLY happened between Kanako and Toru – I’m rather glad the manga cleared that up for me.

Overall, an easy, cute, amusing read. Highly recommended 😉

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

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5 Stars

I read this a while ago and still think that it is one of the most stunning and touching stories that I have ever read. This novel really puts things into perspective and is written beautifully.

Dear John

Read from June 25 to 28, 2012

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Dear John

5 Stars

This is, by far, on of the best books I have ever read. At first I wasn’t quite sure I’d like it, but then I started to read…. and read, and read. Sparks has written this book so brilliantly that it had me getting teary in some places, full out crying the next, and killing myself laughing in others. On top of that, there are extremely wise words in there and inspirational messages throughout the whole novel. To me, this is one of those books that you feel like you can read over and over again, day after day, hour after hour and not get sick of it. At the same time I feel that if (or more likely when) I read this again I will be able to get even more out of it than before and experience the story in the exact same way as I had the first, in it’s full beauty and sadness.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)

Read on June 15, 2012

Author: Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty

1 Star

To put it simply: I didn’t like the book. Belly was way too clingy, needy and all that. Personally, I don’t know how I got through this and would not recommend this to anyone. However, I do know of quite a few people who really enjoy this series – it just didn’t work for me.

Dancing in the Dark

Author: Robyn Bavati

Dancing in the Dark

Summary

Ditty is a teenage girl who belongs to an extremely strict Jewish community. Then she finds out about ballet, and is immediately entranced. So much so that when her parents say that she can’t learn, she secretly does so behind their backs. Soon dance becomes her life, heart and soul. As she follows her dream she finds herself questioning her beliefs and becoming more and more distant from those she loves. Secrets cannot stay hidden forever, so what will happen when her family finds out hers?


Preferred Character

Personally, my favourite character is Gittel, Ditty’s youngest sister. When I picture her she is so buoyant and carefree, elated at the simplest of things. She is so full of hope, so juvenile, it’s like she can light up a room with her mere presence and animated personality. Gittel is my favourite character because although young of age I see a spark of intelligence in her eyes that betray a wonderful mind at work, masked by a wall of innocence.


Likes and Dislikes

There were many things that I liked about this book and, as far as I’m concerned, nothing that I disliked. That in itself has to be a first, as I am extremely good at finding faults in things. However most of the time I keep them to myself.

I think that the plot and storyline are extremely well worked, the characters’ abilities, personalities and roles evenly spread and the characters’ problems realistic. One of the most annoying things when it comes to books is if the complications in the novel(s) are unrealistic for the current situation.


Rating

5 Stars
In this book I found that I was hanging onto every word. Even after the multiple times that I have read this, it never ceases to surprise me. In such a short time I found that this book has risen to be my 2nd favourite of all time. For me this book definitely deserves a five out of five, if not more.


Recommendation?

I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially those interested in dance, though it is not necessary. For example, when it comes to dance I am completely clueless yet this is one of my favourite books.