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Andrea S.
Review for On The Island - 4 years, 8 months ago
I'm sorry, I know many found this book really great but it was just too ridiculous to me. Between the matter of fact writing style where "this happens so we have to do this which then results in this" to the most insane things happening I just was not in love. I did finish the book only to find out really how bad it could get, but this was just not for me. I'm glad I read it though. I just won't be reading the continuation. And it did make me want to go on a tropical vacation so that's something, right?!
Review for J Crew - 4 years, 8 months ago
If I could throw out everything in my closet and have clothes exclusively for JCrew I would do it is a heartbeat. Sadly my wallet won't cooperate with this plan. But what I have learned about JCrew is if you wait long enough it will go on sale. And if you go into the store to buy it, there will be an extra percentage off of the marked down stuff. And if you miss it in the store, a version will show up in the Factory store about 10 months later.
Review for Toms Shoes - 4 years, 8 months ago
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I found TOMs for the first time last year and fell in love. At first I thought the pair I tried on was too snug but the sales associate explained to me that TOMs need to be snug at first as the expand and shape to your feet. Now when I wear them I feel like I'm walking on a cloud. Best purchase I have ever made. I want another pair soon.
Review for Auntie Anne's Pretzel - 4 years, 8 months ago
I love Auntie Anne's Pretzels. They are always so fresh and tasty. The variety is decent and the dipping sauce options is on par. Although I do miss the chocolate dip for the salted pretzel nuggets. I would 100% recommend Auntie Anne's to family and friends.
Review for The Fault in Our Stars - 4 years, 8 months ago
How do you put into words your thoughts on a book that was so fantastical that is leaves you speechless? I mean I am beyond amazed at the story John Green created in The Fault in Our Stars. The way he crafted every word, scenario, and destination into Hazel’s remarkable story has left me in awe by his talent. He took what could have been a cliché story of a dying 16 year old and made it into much more then I could ever have hoped for. I apologize if this is slightly spoilerish and I gush like a school girl, but I can’t help it.

To say I loved Hazel would be a massive disappointment to what I really feel about her. Hands down Hazel is one of the most likable characters in literature. She had a bum rap thrown at her at a young age, Stage IV Cancer that has spread to her lungs. She was ready to die, prepared to die at the nice tender age of fourteen when a miracle drug changed that giving her a chance to do what she wasn’t able to before…a chance to live. Forced to be on oxygen at all times most teens would have given up and said screw it. But not Hazel. Like her middle name suggests, she accepted what was dealt to her with grace. Well grace and a whole lot of sarcastic, whittastic humor that endeared her to me even more. There was something about her that was so likably real that I just got. She was a side effect of her circumstances and that is how she lived her life. Did she have days when all she wanted to do was curl up and read her favorite book, absolutely. But really who doesn’t. We all have those days, but her parents refused to let her give in. They sent her to her college classes and to a support group with other kids with Cancer where she meets Augustus Waters and everything changes for her in and instant.

Oh Augustus how I adore you! He was charming and funny and had a very dry sense of humor right from the start. Loved a good metaphor and loved one Ms. Hazel Grace Lancaster to pieces. He was the complete package for Hazel, basically everything she needed and she was the same for him. The growth of their friendship into a relationship was touching and truthful. Hazel was scared for obvious reasons. Her Cancer was alive an active, hidden behind a miracle drug while Gus had been in remission for a year and a half. For her he had all the time in the world and she was a grenade ready to detonate at any minute. But Gus wouldn’t give up. He took her friendship and whatever she was willing to offer. She was his world and he would be there when she was ready to feel the same. Honestly the way he loved her was the sweetest thing. It was purely selfless.

To me though the part of the book that I loved the most was Hazel’s love of the book An Imperial Affliction. The book almost became a main character as the pages progressed. It was as alive as Hazel and Gus. Hazel loved that book. She read it over and over and even told Gus about it. It became this connection between the two of them that no one would understand, but I understood it. You see An Imperial Affliction was a book about a young girl with cancer and the people in her life. But it was also a book without an ending. Although Hazel loved it to pieces, she wanted to know what happened to the the girls mother and her maybe step-father and her friends and her hamster. Hazel wanted to know what happens after death. She asked the author over a number of years with no response and then a miracle happens and Gus and she find him and get an opportunity to see him in person and find out what happens. But the thing is it doesn’t matter what they are told because there is no answer and I think that was what scared Hazel the most. We was faced with her mortality every day and not knowing what would happened to her family was the scariest thing of all.

Honestly this book was just a pure masterpiece of words. It literally broke my heart, made me smile and made me angry all at once. John Green has proven himself as a master of story telling and I hope you get the same feeling I did when reading it. Bravo!
Review for Uglies - 4 years, 8 months ago
Wow, wow, wow! A complete sit on the edge of your seat book. By reading the back I thought I had it all figured out but as the book progressed it got deeper and deeper and more uncertainty was formed and I love that.

Just like in The Hunger Games and Delirium, Uglies has a very strong female lead that you find yourself rooting for. Tally is just like any other 16 year old...she is desperate to turn 16 so she can be pretty. She is tired of being considered an ugly. She hates her eyes and her hair and her face and just wants to grow up and move to New Prettyville where everything is better and her best friend Peris lives now. But things don't go as planned for Tally, she meets Shay and everything changes for her. She finds out things she never wanted to know, does things she never thought she would do and makes choices she never thought she would have to make. The book is a nonstop, action packed story about finding out what you thought was true may not be the case and figuring out how to live your life afterwards.

Westerfeld does such a good job in writing this that you feel everyone of the characters emotions and the changes they go through. I'm seriously so ecstatic that I read this book as it was fantastic. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games and Delirium, this book is for you.
Review for Delirium - 4 years, 9 months ago
To say I loved this book would be a huge understatement. As many can attest I have suggested and pushed this book on any and everyone I encounter. I’ve suggested it to friends, acquaintances and co-workers, some fans of YA literature and dystopian stories and some not. I have legitimately pushed this book on everyone I know. Why you may ask? Because it is that freaking good! And you know what gets me the most now that I have read it twice? I almost didn’t know it was so good because I almost didn’t read it.

Before this book I was one of those people that wouldn’t read anything that was out of the realm of reality. If it isn’t something that sound plausible in real life then it was not going to end up on my to- read shelf. I had successfully dodged the whole vampire phenomenon and managed not to ever pick up a book about magic. Not my scene, not my thing. But after much pushing from a friend I caved and gave it a shot. Did I think outlawing love was possible? Not so much, but I figured what the heck, I’ll go for it. And let me tell you, Lauren Oliver made a believer out of me.

At first glance you read the description and think okay, straight up dystopian story. Different world, different laws, different time. The United States is completely different. There are borders surrounding it with fences, there is less electricity, not as many cars on the road, less spending. It is a completely made up world at first glance and I guess partly you would be right to think that. But there is so much more to it then just another dystopian once you get to the core of the story. There is heart and angst and a journey of self discovery hidden in this “make believe” world. It isn’t just a story or an alternate reality, it is really a story about a girl that is faced with a truth she never wanted to see and the choices she makes because of it even if it is the opposite of everything she has grown being taught.

Delirium is a story about Lena, an orphaned girl, living with her aunt in Portland, ME. She is 17 and counting down the days until her 18th birthday so she can get the procedure done that will cure her of the disease, deliria nervosa, we are all born with. It will cure her of love. In her short 17 years all she has seen is the destruction love can bring and she wants to forget. She wants to be cured so she can get a free slate and not have to remember what life was like when she felt loved by her mother. She doesn’t want to have to worry that the disease will get her too. But what both Lena and the government don’t realize is love isn’t something you need to be cured from, it is something that makes you strong, something that heals instead of heeds you. Well at least Lena didn’t realize it until she met Alex.

Alex. What does one say about Alex?! A seemingly normal boy, no different really then a boy in any other book and yet there is something special about him. He is by far one of the best characters I have ever read about. He sees things that others don’t see, been through things that he shouldn’t have dealt with at his age and yet he believes in love and the power it has. He believes in Lena and by doing so changes everything Lena thought she wanted, thought she believed in. He shows her a new world with touching and feeling and laughing and happiness, but he does it in a way that allows her to slowly accept it. He doesn’t push or force her to disbelieve everything she was taught and thought was fact. He shows her the world as he sees and, the world he lives in and by doing that he changes Lena as a person and together they become what the meaning of love is truly about.

Honestly there really aren’t enough words in the English language to aptly explain the beauty of this book. It encompasses so much more then your typical love story. Oliver truly has written an epic story of beauty and wonder and awe and love. It changed me in the best of ways and I will push for people to read this book for as long as I can because it is that amazing. Please don’t be like I was in the beginning and almost miss out on a true work of art.

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