Book Reviews, Books

Why We Broke Up: A Book Review

Title: Why We Broke Up

 Book Blurb: I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. {Read more…}

 Book Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 Lusters: ✻✻✻✻✻

I first saw this book in National Bookstore, its ever charming cover luring me in. I had a bad case of a break up hang up that time and I started to run through the pages. The novel was a breath of fresh air. The novel is supposed to be a letter of Min, a “different” girl to Ed Slaterton, school’s hot basketball co-captain, with fancy illustrations of the things that the poor girl wanted to give back to Ed. A common break up move, but not mine. 

Each item tells a story. Each item represented a chapter of the teenage love affair, which ended up tearfully. Sorry, just spoiled you. I love the writing style and I adore it; Daniel Handler is mighty with words. His one-sentence paragraphs is comparable to a blackhole that seeps you in and make the time stop, making you remember your first heartbreak, or your first kiss, or how you believed in forever when your first love solidified into your life.

I know need not read a young adult story like this at my age (mid 20’s), but Daniel’s writing style had me at the first read. I fell in love with his weaved words that this whole review would just point out to how much I love the way Daniel writes, but kind of disliked the shallow story. But then, your first teenage heartbreak gets more shallower as the years progress, as opposed to that very moment when all your hormones were raging up and when you thought that that’s how love is supposed to be — panting after a few moments of kisses, the phone overheating to your night-long (again permit me to use the word)  shallow conversations and the bursting of negative, heavy emotions at the faint hint of your boyfriend or girlfriend having someone else. 

I like Min, by the way. She is arty. She is someone that I want to meet. She is someone that I want to be friends with. She is someone that I wish a part of myself is — very passionate about her interests. I like her ideas, her bold stunts, her themed parties, her affection for coffee with extra cream and three sugars, and for Ed. I was kind of like her when my first love is at its climax, cold with her friends. 

At this point, please know that I am not impressed with the story as it was predictable and that not that totally rad (or maybe because it just reminded me of my bad romance), but the writing made the book a great, imprinting read. Though sometimes, I have to admit that I am as jumbled as Min’s thoughts (bottom line: it was confusing I have to read the entire paragraph all over again). It’s just that the pacing of the scenes are fast and sometimes, I couldn’t keep up or I was again thinking of other things while reading. 

I kind of like Daniel Handler. I am curious about other books that he can write. But right now, I am going to bombard you with my favorite lines! 

Letting my hair down with my hair up, in a rubber band from your doorknob, and your shirt riding up as you hung out on the floor, your shorts loose and low, the small of your back I’d watched all day. Take it back, Ed. Take it all back.

I can see it, Ed, I leaned deeper into you, felt you nodding along with the sounds in the room, and your warmth signaled through to me from under your shirt, lovely strong, safe and right. 

To stop staring at you, I kept fiddling with the sugar until you stopped my hand with yours.

This is like a cookie, it tastes like a cookie having sex with a doughnut. 

*More of this book: Why We Broke Up on Goodreads

Book Reviews, Books

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: A Book Review

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Book Blurb: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the {Read more}

Book Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Lusters: ✻✻✻✻✻

I first got a paperback copy of the book. If you have continued reading the blurb on Bookgasmic, then you might knew how this book and I met. With sparks and time-delaying effect as I have marched towards it on a book shelf. Anyhow, I managed to lost it on the shuttle bus last December. I downloaded an epub to alleviate my agony and I was able to finish the book with excitement written all over my face.

Upon reaching the end, I was blown away from the fact that the vintage pictures in the book are actual pieces from real-life collectors. When reading the character’s description, your mind starts to define this character in your head, but when you turn on the next page, you see this photograph pop in that page straight from your head. It was a good surprise. As per the book acknowledgements,

All the pictures in this book are authentic, vintage found photographs, and with the exception of a few that have undergone minimal postprocessing, they are unaltered. They were lent from personal archives of ten collectors, people who have spent years and countless hours hunting through giant bins of unsorted snapshots at flea markets and antique malls and yard sales to find a transcendent few, rescuing images of historical significance and arresting beauty from obscurity — and, most likely, the dump. Their work is an unglamorous labor of love, and I think they are the unsung heroes of the photography world.

Imagine that. The author himself included as one of the collectors. I was impressed by the author’s imagery. How he has stitched on a story about the random vintage pictures that he has collected. And it was just not just any story that a writer twists and designs just because. The plots, characters and actions happened for a reason. Everything else is explained and my imagination dare not rally against for the justifications are believable. As contrast to other stories, things just happen because the author wants to. Like why do vampires sprinkle when the sun’s rays hit their pale skin.

I was expecting for the story to be a little morbid and scary, but oh boy it was otherwise. It was magically light and interesting that I just need to flip through the pages, errr, the imaginary pages of my epub copy to satisfy my desire of knowing what happens next. Cairnholm is a solitary and a tad boring place to be, just like Jacob’s initial character, but when you get to the middle part, the part where Jacob tries his hardest to unfold the mysteries that his grandfather has left him, everything gets exciting and heart-stopping. I totally didn’t get the romance part of the story though. It was a bit creepy. A little like incest, as what Jacob has thought of before. However, all the children characters but one (the one who can give life to other dead things and people) have been dear to me and the thought of them dying in the book is something that I have welcomed, but I guess life works that way. Sometimes, I get hunches and I am right. Sometimes, I got them wrong.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an interesting and adventurous read, with a unique twist and a genius flair brought about by the vintage photograph collections.


As per Hypable, a movie for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be finished by July 2015. Jane Goldman, writer of X-Men: First Class will be writing the script and to add more peculiarity to the already odd movie is Tim Burton. Yes, he will be directing the movie. And I am pretty excited about this!!

To satiate you, here’s a book trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Thanks to the book’s publisher, Quirk Books for this one.