- When your I-phone dies in the middle of a game. And you were about to beat your high score.
- When all your clothes are in the wash you have to fish out that ugly football jersey from 12 years ago.
- When you pour WAY more milk into your cereal than intended and end up with this huge, soggy mess.
- When your pen runs out of ink while writing and you can’t find another one.
- When you reach outside of the shower and realize that you forgot to grab a towel, so you have to run outside cold and naked.
- When your BFF walks in on you having a karaoke party. And you’re the only guest.
- When you pick up a super soft and ultra sophisticated sweater, check the price tag, and find out it’s 75 bucks over your 30 dollar budget.
- When your nail gets caught on the carpet and you wind up with an ENORMOUS hangnail.
- When auto correct turns your “well” into a “we’ll.”
- When you hop in bed and snuggle under the cozy sheets and your body chooses then to have the urge for a bathroom break.
So many books today are SO predictable. Here are a few patterns…
- Girl and another girl are BFFs. One becomes popular and ditches the other girl. Other girl suddenly “realizes” her identity. The end.
- Boy likes girl. Boy gets girl. Vice versa. The end.
- A boy and girl are friends. They go out. Or one likes a different person but realizes their friend is perfect for them. The end.
- Mean girl or boy. Underdog overcomes mean kid and makes him/her nice. The end.
- Popular kid realizes how mean she is and redoes her life. The end.
Actually, the ones with twists and turns aren’t that bad. Like I read this book where the popular girl got braces and glasses AND had an on and off thing with her friends AND undergoes plot 3. It’s called How To Rock Braces and Glasses.
And NO, I don’t mean the movie. Heck, I hate it when people take perfectly good stories and model MOVIES out of them. They always, always manage to screw up the details of the book.
Here are some “different” storylines for you guys to look at…
Fallout (I know, Fallout Boys, ha ha.) by Todd Strasser is about a boy whose neighborhood is in the threat of a nuclear bombing (war, whatev), yet his father is the only one who actually builds a bomb shelter. And when the war actually HAPPENS, guess who the neighbors flock to after insulting and laughing at! Scott’s dad. And, despite a whole lotta effort, a bunch of people make it in the bomb shelter, one even daring to try and kick Scott’s half dead mom out. Ouch.
The Summer I Saved The World in 65 Days by Michelle Helen Hurwitz should actually be called The Summer I Saved My Neighborhood In 65 Good Deeds ’cause that’s what it’s about: Nina Ross helping even the superstitious, nervous, and doubtful with acts of kindness. Although, like glasses and braces gal back there, it does rest a little on the predictable plots, just with a more interesting twist.
Actually, now that I think about it, boring books are predictable and the good ones depend on unusual plots AND the usual ones, too.
I just went on vacation to Arizona. It was amazing! The color of the ground was like rust red and there were prickly pears everywhere. (As stupid as I am, I felt one just for kicks. It’s not very prickly if you touch it between the spines.) I even saw the Grand Canyon! But needless to say, it wasn’t THAT amazing. I mean, it was just this big hole, sort of. I’ll probably appreciate it when I’m old. Like my mom.
Also: BRING LIP GLOSS TO THE DESERT. IT’S REALLY DRY. LIKE, MY LIPS FELT LIKE THE FLAKY BUTTER DANISHES MY FRIEND ADORES. EXCEPT WITHOUT THE BUTTER.
Anyway, enough about that. Now about this post: I decided to read 3 series books and rate them on how much of NOT a cliff hanger it was. (If that even makes sense…)
- The Royal Treatment (Princess For Hire Series): Okay, so there’s this teen girl named Desi Bascomb. She works as a sub for princesses who need a break from they royal life. Desi is finally a level 2 sub and gets all sorts of awesome free stuff. Life seems sweet… but after a few days in the job and a run in with a sub gone wrong, she begins to wonder – is Fascade actually the good guy company? After all, they have to get their magic from SOMEWHERE…
- Mira In The Present Tense (Jasmine Skies Prequel): Mira, like any other 12 year old girl, is sort of confused. Her Nana Josie is dying (AND PAINTING HER OWN COFFIN), she seems to be drifting away from her best friend, Jide appears to like her, AND girl problems just had to creep up on her now. Can Mira somehow figure out this tangled mess?
- H.I.V.E. (H.I.V.E. Series): Otto Malpense hypmotized the Prime Minister. But that doesn’t mean getting abducted and locked in a school of evil is easy for him. Or for Shelby, Wing, and Laura, who are also geniuses who have been selected for the school. They want OUT. So together, they form a plan to escape the super secure building and its ruthless teachers. But is fleeing their best option?
In my opinion, Mira In The Present Tense is the best. The ending is complete with NO suspense. You can’t even tell that there’s a sequel. It leaves you with a warm feeling at the end. And no internal shouting about the unfairness of having to track down the next book.
The Royal Treatment is second. It’s a tad confusing in the beginning when they talk about Desi’s job and past, but you catch on pretty quickly. Only thing is that the Fascade’s magic situation isn’t completely cleared up. So I got the next book. And the first one.
And finally, H.I.V.E. It was a tad boring and the end just tells you that Otto MAY go through some unfortunate events. And that the head of the school MAY know something about someone’s parents. And so on. I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oop. Computer freezing. Better post this now…
I just fought with my bro. He can be so annoying sometimes. 😦
Now that I think about it, what where we even fighting about in the first place?
It’s sorta pathetic how siblings (yes, me included) just have this instinct to get at each other’s throats for almost no reason at all. Like for instance, crossing the invisible line in the car, scattering (accidentally!) homework on the ground, and making a snobby comment out of annoyance are all common starters (in this family) for fights.
So what can we do to stop family quarrels in the future?
I’m no psychologist, and I’m not gonna lie: Heck, I don’t know? Banish little bros from Family Land? Hey… that’s not a bad idea! 😉
No, seriously. I’m just gonna buy some earbuds, turn up my I-pod, and hope for the best tomorrow!
P.S. Book of the Day (I read it yesterday, but whatev): Gabe and Izzy
True story! With dogs! And an awesome message!
Hey! So as you all know, I’ve had way too much free time lately. In fact, enough freetime to think about the future of The Bookworm’s Lounge and The Periwinkle Pencil.
During this past July, I’ve decided… drumroll, please… to KEEP THE BOOKWORM’S LOUNGE! Yay!
But I will not be entirely ditching my other site. The Bookworm’s Lounge is going to host both blogs, and I hope that ya’ll like the change. It’s much easier for me to maintain just one blog, so that it will get my undivided attention.
Bye for now! Posting later!
Hi guys! As you know, I’m someone who… uh… forgets stuff a lot. Like, this summer. To blog. And in my time of forgetfulness, I’ve read, like, 40 books.
So, here’s a ranked list of 5 random books I’ve read and a quick summary:
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree is about a girl named Emma-Jean who is VERY smart… but has no social skills whatsoever. And she’s sort of clueless about other people, so she has no friends. She finds this girl, Colleen, in the bathroom, crying because her BFF invited the most popular mean girl in school on the ski trip COLLEEN would be going on. Emma-Jean’s not heartless, and of course she wants to help Colleen, who is nice to everyone. But Emma-Jean’s “help” turns out to be a forged school note that could get Colleen suspended AND right into her enemy’s waiting arms. 5TH PLACE
Girl, Stolen is about a blind teen named Cheyenne who was accidentally kidnapped by another teen called Griffin. Cheyenne is blind and has serious pneumonia. Could things get any worse? Yeah, just as Griffin’s dad, a heartless thief and killer, is about to release her, he finds out that Cheyenne’s dad is president of Nike. All he can see are dollar signs as ransom payment. Payment for something that won’t happen. But luckily, Griffin takes pity on Cheyenne and they form a shaky, doubtful friendship that could get BOTH of them out of this nightmare. 1ST PLACE
Guitar Notes is about 2 students named Tripp and Lyla. Lyla plays the cello and Tripp plays the guitar. Both use the same music room on different days, but still manage a way to slip snarky notes to each other. But then the notes become more and more friendly and secrets and dreams are shared. And then when Lyla picks up the guitar, the two begin to write songs and preform together. But angry parents and snarky friends may ruin their bond forever. 3RD PLACE
Notes From an Accidental Band Geek is about perfectionist Elsie Watt, who, in order to get into a top notch orchestra camp, must join marching band. It’s a nightmare for Elsie – stiff suits, stupid nicknames, horrid mellophones (where are the French horns?!), and snarky leaders. Luckily, in the midst of band world are Hector, Sarah, Punk, and Jake, great friends. But the only problem is that Elsie is…well… self absorbed. Will all her friends end up running for cover? 2ND PLACE
Finding the Worm is about Julian, a kid from the 1960s. Things aren’t exactly going his way. For one thing, some kid scratched Julian’s initials into a painting and now he has to write a 200 word essay on good citizenship, which is number 50 on Julian’s To Do List. And then his friend Quentin has cancer and Julian has to carry the burden of knowing that Quentin is going to die. Plus, his crush, Beverly, is being super annoying about racing with Julian. Oh, yeah. And the school bully’s out to get Julian, too. This 13 year old has a lot on his plate and it’s gonna fall off all too soon. 4TH PLACE
So? What do ya’ll think?