The Lucky One

Written by Nicholas Sparks

Cover of "The Lucky One"

Loved it.

Book #14 of 2012

Nationality: U.S.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
First Edition: 2008
My Edition: 2012
Original Language: English

It’s no wonder everyone loves Nicholas Sparks. This story was like CRACK in book form. Ridiculous.

People can relate to this…I can relate to this. The mistrust, the vulnerability, the pain of memories, the excitement of new love, the terror of past mistakes haunting you. Sparks really hit it on the head with this one.

Also, I have to note that I love that he respects the military so much. I don’t know that he understands so much, but he certainly writes as if he does, and for that attempt, I am appreciative.

The lead woman, Beth, was great. She was witty and strong and wary, but not quite wary enough to be a fool. The lead man, Logan, was a seasoned marine with some ghosts. He was described as an intelligent, sexy marine on a mission of his own: to find Beth, the woman in a picture he found.

They met and began spending a lot of time together, doing simple things.

She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.

The comedic relief in the book was definitely Beth’s grandmother, Nana. She’s wise and hilarious.

If relationships were hard, marriage was even harder…it seemed like most couples struggled. It went with the territory. What did Nana always say? “Stick two people with two different sets of expectations under one roof and it ain’t always going to be shrimp and grits on Easter.”

All in all, it was a very good book. I couldn’t put it down! I definitely recommend it.

Happy reading, friends.

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The Hunger Games Trilogy

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

Written by Suzanne Collins

Books #11, 12, 13 of 2012

Nationality: U.S.
Publisher: Scholastic Books
First Edition: 2008, 2009, 2010
My Edition: e-books (onread.com)
Original Language: English

I picked up The Hunger Games because my friend Brianne was really excited about how awesome it was. Laughable, Bree, laughable.

*WARNING: SPOILER ALERT*

The books are about a government who keeps control of its citizens by scaring them into not rebelling. But eventually, the citizens get so scared that they’re angry and a rebellion breaks out. The lead character is a girl named Katniss Everdeen who is the face of the rebellion, even though she doesn’t know why. She came from “District 12: Where you can starve to death in safety.” (Hunger Games) After asking to be put into the Hunger Games in place of her baby sister, Katniss rebels against the Capitol by forcing them to let both her and the other District 12 tribute, Peeta, to live. (There was only supposed to be one survivor.) So the Capitol got super angry. All of a sudden, because of that, Katniss became the face of the rebels.

The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the Mockingjay. The one that survived the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion. (Catching Fire)

Cover of "Catching Fire (The Second Book ...

Cover of Book #2, Catching Fire

Let me review my thoughts.

1. I’m super mad that she killed off my favorite characters. Cinna and Finnick… for real?

2. She passed off Gale like she didn’t know what to do with him at the end of the series.

3. Katniss was an IDIOT.

  • She had no confidence. Anytime someone would try to build her up, she shot herself down.

“I didn’t do much, really,” I say.
“You have to give yourself some credit for what you’ve done in the past,” says Boggs. What I’ve done in the past? I think of the trail of destruction in my wake — my knees weaken and I slide down to a sitting position.
“That’s a mixed bag.” (Mockingjay)

  • She is easily manipulated. Katniss always went along with the rebels because she was an angry, emotional coward, even though she didn’t agree with their way of living or their war tactics.

She is childish. Peeta and Haymitch would lie to her to keep her safe from the Capitol and to keep her from overreacting, and then when she figured it out, she freaked. She was predictable and over-excitable and easily angered and untrusting: aka childish.

  • She used Peeta. And then she used Gale. Bitch.
4. The series ended very abruptly. One second Katniss is depressed and ready to kill herself, the next she’s married and has kids, with pretty much zero transition. Granted, it was the Epilogue. But you don’t just jump from Last Chapter: “I’m going to kill myself,” to Epilogue: “I’m happily married with two kids.” What the heck? I felt blindsided.
Mockingjay

Cover of Book #3, Mockingjay

Now, granted, this was written for teenagers – a target audience about 4-10 years younger than myself. 
I was really expecting this to be a lot better because according to the statistics of the book, it’s as popular as Harry Potter. After finishing, I just had to ask, “WHY?!” Do not fret! I have a theory: This trilogy is FULL of Stick-It-To-The-Man type crap, and in this generation, that’s what people are hungry for – stories that are very anti-government. And that’s exactly what Ms. Collins gave them. Which, I think, is a very good time for this:
But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self destruction. (Mockingjay)
With that thought, I will depart.
Happy reading, friends.