Obviously, I didn't mean to read all sad books over break. I tried to get light ones, I really did. I needed a break from the school books (the last one I read for my English class was The Bell Jar, but that seemed like a laugh riot after this week of reading). Here, I'll prove it to you--
Look, it's not for everyone. Sarah Dessen does what she does well, and I welcomed it. But fair warning: it's sappy stuff. It's shameless in pulling out all the emotional stops. I just thought the emotions would be of a happier variety.
Sadness rating: I didn't actually cry at this one. But my eyes were red enough that my mom asked what was wrong. Final rating: Once and For All gets 4/5 stars.
I know, I know. But I love Adam Silvera, and I really did love this book. The characters just come to life, and Adam Silvera has that fantastic writing style that makes you feel like you're actually there, in that world. It had been awhile since I'd felt that about a book, and so I loved having that feeling of a world to escape to again. I just wish the world weren't so sad.
Sadness rating: Lots of hand-over-mouth-to-cover-up-what-might-have-been-either-a-gasp-or-a-small-sob-but-either-way-you're-having-trouble-breathing-normally. Final rating: 500/5 stars.
This one did have funny moments. I laughed out loud a few times. And then I went back to my stomach hurting from how much I felt bad for these characters. The group Vic hangs out with, the Kids of Appetite, are one of my favorite friend groups in YA literature since the Six of Crows peeps, and I would read anything about them hanging out some more. Prequel? Sequel? Short story about them buying furniture? Give me something happy, David Arnold. These kids deserve it.
Sadness rating: I had a dull sense of sadness throughout the whole thing, and then there were chapters where the sadness just burst out and screamed, "look at me!!" But again, the laugh-out-loud moments made it bearable. Final rating: 4/5 stars.
I think there might be time for me to read one more book this break. Good thing I have another book checked out from the library. It's Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is about the Biafran War in the 1960s. Oh, good, so that'll be another sad one, then.