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review 2017-12-23 00:18
Kisses, Cute Boys and Cliché - A 'Meh' Christmas Short Stories Book
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell,Holly Black,Laini Taylor,Myra McEntire,Kiersten White,Stephanie Perkins,Gayle Forman,Matt de la Pena,Jenny Han,Ally Carter,Kelly Link,David Levithan

Its Christmas soon and what better way to be in the festive mood than to read a book about the season of giving? So far, I had two and I pick them up one year after the other but I never read them and they were on my shelve for until last Friday I read one of them and I pick this one. So I started to read this last week Friday and managed to finished it early morning today. Here's the thing - I love short stories. They are precise, simple and short. Can be fun, dramatic, romantic and whatever that was meant to be in a genre. So when I read My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, I was looking forward to 'TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES'. As it turns out - it should be change to 'Twelve ROMANTICHoliday stories' instead. And as I know, its under young adult and although I do want to read Christmas stories, I should have bought 'A Christmas Carol' instead. My fault because I should have known what I am getting myself into.


The question is - is this book worth reading? As you can see the rating above from this review... mehhh.


There are a total of twelve short stories here from today's known young adult authors and so far, all twelve of these stories has the same kind of formulate story you must have read or even watch on television. I mean, there are some nice funny ones and I do enjoy Holly BlackKiersten White and Ally Carter ones but the rest, I just didn't feel it. The worst one was Laini Taylor because to tell you the truth - at the beginning of the story I had no idea what was going on. Its cheesy, its cliché and it gives no reason why the girls want to kiss the boys first. Although The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer and Polaris is Where You'll Find Me stays out of its modern themes, every single one of these stories must have 'a kiss with a guy' in any way it has to be written. Seriously, I felt it is forced upon. Why? Because... the guy is cute. That's the reason. Whether the guy is a figment of imagination, a God, an elf... the male counterpart is cute. For me, that's what I remember most.


Did I hate it? Not really. Did I love it? Not really. Its just not really the kind of holiday stories I was expecting to be cliché about. Would I recommend this? To teen readers (girls) who love cute guys. Other than that, no.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-16 19:59
Manchmal musst du einfach leben
Manchmal musst du einfach leben - Gayle ... Manchmal musst du einfach leben - Gayle Forman,Stefanie Schäfer

368 Seiten, Klappenbroschur


16,99 €



voraussichtlich ab dem 19. Juli 2017 im Buchhandel



Zum Buch: http://www.fischerverlage.de/buch/manchmal_musst_du_einfach_leben/9783810525291




Wir wissen alle, wie es sich anfühlt, überfordert zu sein, keine Kraft mehr zu haben – aber immer weiter machen zu müssen.



Maribeth Klein, Anfang 40, in New York, ist so damit beschäftigt, die perfekte Mutter von kleinen Zwillingen, Ehefrau und Mitarbeiterin zu sein, dass sie vor lauter Stress gar nicht merkt, dass sie einen Herzinfarkt hatte. Erst als sie nach einer Notoperation völlig geschwächt wieder zu Hause ist und begreift, dass Familie und Job ihr keine Möglichkeit lassen, zu Kräften zu kommen, trifft sie eine unglaubliche Entscheidung: Sie packt eine kleine Tasche und geht. 


Gayle Forman erzählt auf ergreifende Weise davon, wie viel Mut es braucht, sich für das Leben zu entscheiden, und davon, dass man manchmal von zu Hause fortgehen muss, um wieder dorthin zurückfinden zu können.


Ein Roman, der große Fragen stellt und uns mitnimmt bis dorthin, wo sich Liebe und Leben treffen. 

Ein Buch, das ehrlicher, aufwühlender und lebensbejahender nicht sein könnte.


Meine Meinung:

Ich hatte das Buch über Vorablesen entdeckt. Als ich die Leseprobe durchgesuchtet hatte, war mir klar, dass ich das Buch gerne lesen möchte. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir direkt gelungen. Ich konnte mich in Maribeth direkt von der ersten Seite an hinein versetzen. Als zweifache berufstätige Mutter achtet man wohl einfach zu wenig auf sich selbst und habe mich auch ein wenig selbst darin wieder gefunden. 


Ich konnte ihre Verhaltensweise im Laufe des Buches zwar nicht immer nachvollziehen,  vor allem in Bezug auf die Entscheidungen bezüglich ihrer Familie. Die Geschichte konnte mich dennoch total mitreißen, weil sie einfach authentisch und auch realistisch war. Der Schreibstil hat mir auch sehr gut gefallen, es war einfach sehr flüssig zu lesen. 


Die Geschichte zeigt sehr berührend, wie ein Alltagsleben bei einer Krankheit komplett auf den Kopf gestellt wird und auch die Psyche dann eine große Rolle spielt. Hier wurde dann auch gezeigt, wie man nach dem Genesungsprozess vielleicht auch eine Pause von der Familie braucht und in dieser Zeit neue Wege und auch Freunde finden kann. 


Mir haben die neuen Weggefährten als Charakter total gut gefallen. 


Dieses Buch habe ich innerhalb von 24 Stunden verschlungen, mir hat es abgesehen von kleinen Schwächen total gut gefallen, so dass das Buch von mir sehr gute 4,5 Sterne bekommt. 




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review 2017-07-05 04:11
Leave Me
Leave Me: A Novel - Gayle Forman

I haven't read Gayle Forman's YA books, but of course I've heard good things about them, so I was eager to read her first book of adult fiction. (I feel weird and grown up at the same time calling it that.) Anyway, while her writing was undeniably compelling, I found the subject slightly too close to home, having myself been a 40-something working mom with toddlers at one time. Happily, I have never had to deal with a health crisis like Maribeth's, but abandoning my children is an idea I could relate to only in theory. My own experience was more of a peculiar longing upon passing hotels — wanting to spend a long, uninterrupted night, and leave late in the morning with the bed unmade and the dirty dishes from a delicious breakfast by the door — but maybe that's just me. A lot has been said of the premise of the book, so clearly Forman has hit a nerve and sparked a conversation.


The logistics of Maribeth Klein's departure from her family and her job did not seem all that realistic to me, and the life she led in their absence strained belief, but thankfully Forman's crisp writing kept me reading. I find it hard to lose myself in a story where I do not like the main character, and honestly, I did not really like Maribeth. I can't help but think that despite what she considered compelling reasons to leave (prior to her health issues), most of these were "first world problems". Meanwhile, her husband Jason has to be the most unrealistic character of all, barely fazed by her behavior and eager to accept a good part of the blame for her abandonment. If only.


There were many things I liked about the book; many minor characters were depicted with fine detail and clarity. While I liked Maribeth's ultimate search for her adoptive mother, I felt that it should have been more of the point of her leaving, rather than the backhand way she happened upon that search. As a reader, you knew where this was going, there were just some parts along the way you might have wanted to skip.

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review 2017-05-23 09:49
I Was Here
I Was Here - Gayle Forman

I Was Here is a good book with an important message about picking up the pieces after a loved one commits suicide. It is raw. It is visceral. And it is almost ruined by the trope-eriffic, cliché-ridden romance. Why, Gayle? Why?! This was ever-so-much more annoying than that sneaking into the ICU scene in If I Stay devolving into pure sitcom silliness. I want to love you, Gayle, but you won’t let me with this nonsense! Gah! Details under the spoiler tag.


Cody, our virginal heroine, hates the love interest, Ben, on sight because of a misunderstanding. Mr. Love Interest is a devastatingly hot rocker with magic color-changing eyes and a propensity to sleep around. But inside he’s really sweet and gentle and loves his little sister and kittens. So, of course, they’re drawn together by their mutual grief over Meg’s suicide, and Cody’s mere existence cures Ben of his flirty ways and his smoking habit. And then they have emotionally fraught sex. With tears. Such original! So edge! Much wow! *headdesk*

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review 2016-12-16 01:35
Where She Went
Where She Went (Audio) - Gayle Forman,Dan Bittner



This book is a thing of beauty.  I want to crawl into it.  But first, I'll back up and discuss the first book, If I Stay.  Do not read this review if you haven't read the first book!

In If I Stay, Mia Hall spends most of her first-person narrative with her physical body in a coma while she wanders the hospital and makes a decision:  Stay or go.  Early on, she has heard a nurse tell her grandparents that she, Mia, is running the show--making the decision on whether to stay in her body and return to her life (such as it would be after the deaths of her parents and little brother).  The narrative moves back and forth between memories and Mia witnessing her grandparents, boyfriend Adam, best friend Kim, and others as they speak with her comatose body or interact with one another.

There are many lovely moments, such as Mia's grandfather quietly telling her that if she wants to go, he understands.  Kim sits with her and tells her that she still has a family--and something about what Kim tells her, in favor of choosing to stay, convinces Mia that it would be okay to go.  She feels certain that Kim "will be okay" (not "would be okay") without Mia.  She seems to have decided not to stay.  But Adam is the one who turns things around.  In part, he promises that if she needs him to let go of her, in order for her to stay and live, he would hate it but he would let go.  And what clinches it for her is music.  Mia is a talented cellist whose Julliard audition went very well, and Adam is in an "emo core" punk band; they're a musical odd couple.  After urging her to stay, Adam put earbuds in her ears and plays Yo Yo Ma for her on his iPod.  And Mia suddenly finds herself back in her body, willing herself to squeeze the hand Adam is holding hers with.  And....  that's where the book stops.  If I hadn't been able to transition right to Where She Went, I might have knocked my rating down to three stars (from the four I gave it).

Where She Went does not pick up where If I Stay left off.  Instead, it jumps three years into the future. Adam narrates, and his life looks enviable from the outside.  His band has become a phenomenon, he's a bona fide rock star, and he lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, a famous actress named Bryn.  But he can't seem to enjoy anything and relies on anti-anxiety meds and cigarettes to get through each day.  Echoing the structure of If I Stay, Adam moves between what is currently happening and memories, slowly filling in the three years since the end of the first book, as well as reaching back into his recollections about meeting and falling in love with Mia.

When Adam is in New York City, poised to travel to London to meet his band for a recording session before their European tour begins, he happens to see an advertisement for a concert Mia is performing that night.  On impulse, he goes to the box office and buys a "rush" ticket.  And to his surprise at the end of the concert, an usher approaches to let him know that Mia wants to see him backstage.

It's been three years since he's seen Mia, and he's fantasized about having the chance to see her again.  Will he find out why she withdrew from him once she went to Julliard?  If she explains, will he understand?  

I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that it's satisfying and earned.  The characterization is wonderful--no one feels cliched, though it could have gone that way.   I'll definitely seek out more works by Gayle Forman.

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