Still Alice Book Review

A harrowing look at a crippling disease…..

Still Alice does not shy away from being a full on look at what Alzheimer’s can do and you can’t help but watch the entire time, no matter how bad it gets. I had heard about this book because just last year (2015) there was a movie adaption to the book. I never saw the movie but I made a mental note to myself to pick the book up and give it a read. And the book absolutely pulls at the feels (I don’t mean to sound disrespectful or sarcastic when I say that). Still Alice is a book that you won’t want to put down until you have read the last few words.

The Story

The story revolves around a distinguished psychology professor at Harvard, that goes by the name of Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s early on in the story. With early-onset Alzheimer’s, we follow the struggles of Alice as her mind is slowly deformed by the disease. Sound depressing? It really really is. But the book isn’t all “woe is me” the whole time like I make it sound. There are some really nice moments in this book, like rays of light shining between the words. Even though it seems like a depressing read, I would encourage everyone to read it because Still Alice is a very real book about a very real disease. In the story, we see family members fight over what to do with Alice, we see people drift from Alice because of her disease, and we also see Alice forget things. The story is very very informative about Alzheimer’s as well which is really cool. I never understood the science behind the disease, but this book lays it out for you on a table and I like that it did that. It’s obvious that the author, Lisa Genova, did her homework because you learn the causes of Alzheimer’s and the effects.

The Characters

Still Alice mainly revolves around Alice, her husband and her three children. Much of the struggles of the story are inward struggles in Alice’s mind, but we see a lot of tension in the family as well. There is one scene in the book that I absolutely love and it’s when the three children fight over how Alice should try to remember things in her day to day life. It paints the characters perfectly and also shows some tension that is likely to happen when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. We see the husband fighting with acceptance of the fact that Alice has Alzheimer’s and that leads to tension between the two as the story moves forward. All in all,  not only the story is real, but the characters are very real as well and I like that. Every character seems to build upon the story in different ways and you will grow to like the characters in the time that you’re with them.

The Verdict…….. 5 out of 5 

  • Offers a very real look at Alzheimer’s
  • Has a great cast of characters
  • Well written

I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It’s a must read, even if it is a little depressing. What did you think of Still Alice? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you for giving this review a read! It really means alot to me. Stay tuned for more reviews and other sorts of blog posts! Have a great weekend!

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Misery Book Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a book….

What’s up guys! I hope you are all in good health and are having glorious days. It is currently, 8 o’clock on a monday morning and I finally decided that it’s time to review a book! I know, it’s been awhile right? Well another one of my new year’s resolutions is to read more and more in my daily life, so hopefully I’ll be cranking more book reviews out. And yes, I am still reading the Game of Thrones series, but I’m going to have to start A Storm of Swords over. I had started reading it right before college, but once college started, that book fell to the bottom of my priority list. Sorry about that. I do, however, have this little nifty review about a book by Stephen King, called Misery. So if you haven’t read this book yet, and are looking for a new horrific, suspenseful read, keep on reading my friend.

The Story

I’m sure everyone has heard of the one and only Stephen King, considered to be one of the greatest novelists that ever was. His book, Misery, which was published June 8, 1987 is about a writer named Paul Sheldon. Paul Sheldon was in a serious car accident due to a huge blizzard that hit him as he was driving through Colorado. Lucky for him though, his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes, was driving by on the same road. She saw the car and then she saw him. Annie took Paul back to her home where she cared for him for the many months to come. The unlucky part for Paul, is that Annie is undeniably and terrifyingly crazy. After Annie finds out that Paul had killed her favorite character in his new book, she tortures him and forces him to bring that character back to life, making this story an interesting psychological battle. That is a basic summary of the story and frankly it is an awesome one. This story is filled with suspense and will keep you turning the pages, even at two in the morning. Every time you turn the page, you’ll wonder if on the next page, Annie will do something terrifying again. Props to Stephen King for making me scared, not for my life, but for Paul’s life. We’ll get to that later however. But yes it is in fact a great story that was well written. I have one complaint, however, and that is in response to the excerpts of Misery’s Return that were put in. Misery’s Return is the novel that Paul Sheldon was being forced to write, thanks to Annie. Frankly, every time an excerpt from the book came up on the page, I was always tempted to skip it. I didn’t care much for it. It’s like we were being dropped into a new world with new characters we don’t even know about in the middle of a book. We hear a little about the Misery novels that Paul wrote in his lifetime but it’s not like we know the story of Misery ourselves. Any time an excerpt showed up, I just wanted Paul and Annie back. And the excerpts would jump a wide frame of time too, which was annoying. What was the point of sharing the book, if you won’t even show the whole thing? That’s probably my only real complaint however. Overall, this is a very entertaining story that uses realism, and suspense to keep you hooked.

The Characters

For the most part, there is really only two characters in this whole story, Paul and Annie. Every once in awhile, someone new will show up but they don’t play a huge role, leaving room for Annie and Paul to grow. King has always had a talent for crafting great characters, a talent that most writers long for. This book is no exception. Paul Sheldon, a selfish, full-of-himself writer is stuck in a jam. Annie is a psychotic ex-nurse that  is obsessed with Paul Sheldon. Annie is constantly punishing Paul for being a bad boy. She considers to be his mother and says she is only doing what is right for him. Before you know it, you’re honestly just as scared of Annie as Paul is, which is awesome. Like I said earlier, props to him. There were also moments when I was reading, and I wasn’t scared of Annie, but instead, I felt bad for her. She earned my sympathy quite a few times, then would go back to being crazy. Then there is Paul, the self-centered writer who is rendered completely useless in the situation from the immobilization of his legs. His thinking during the situation is actually really interesting. He is either trying to think of a way out, or thinking about Annie and analyzing her craziness, or just falling into despair. You get to know both of the characters really well in just 320 pages. Overall, anyone that likes good characters that will jump off the page at them, would really enjoy this book.

The Verdict…………. 4.0 out of 5

  • great, suspenseful story
  • excerpts from Misery’s Return were boring to me
  • awesome characters

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The Weekend Pick – 5/15/15

What’s worth watching at the theater? Pitch Perfect 2 or Mad Max3098219447_a5218d049a_o

Okay, so obviously these are going to appeal to very different people. The people that loved Pitch Perfect probably already have tickets to see the second one this weekend. The people that are ready for a destructive, no holding back action movie are probably really excited to see Mad Max: Fury Road. Both of these movies look really good though, and I will probably see both of them in time. I will tell you that Mad Max is the one I will be spending my weekend with. What better way to wind down from work/school than with an action-packed carnage-filled apocalypse movie?  I would understand if that isn’t your cup of tea, however, so it’s good that you have Pitch Perfect 2 to rely on. I plan to review both of these movies this weekend (hopefully). Now if you just really don’t want to deal with the crowds at the theaters (and trust me there will be crowds) you can just scroll on down to the netflix selections that I have picked out for you. Check out the trailers for the two right here!

What’s a good netflix movie? Stardust

Ah, there are so many hidden gems inside the vast list of streaming titles on Netflix. I try to pick out the movies that are not very big and well known, yet they deserve to be. For this weekend I picked Stardust. Seems like a girly title? That’s because this movie could be considered a chick flick (I know I know). This movie, which was based off of Neil Gaiman’s novel Stardust, is about a boy who embarks on a journey to bring home a fallen star to his beloved Victoria. He crosses over a wall into the magical world of Stormhold and finds the fallen star. The cool part about the story is that the boy finds out that the star is a real person. Together, the boy and the star journey back home, fighting witches, princes, and pirates. It is actually a very cool story, and I have yet to read the book (once again, I know), but I can say without a doubt, this is a very good movie. It has something for everyone! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, then fine…… I’ll just try again next week.

How about a good netflix show? Lost

Lost started way back in 2004 and has gathered quite the following. I myself have been binging it for awhile now and I have to say, this is one of the best shows on Netflix. If you haven’t given it a chance, then you should. This show invented cliffhangers (just an exaggeration). I mean who wouldn’t like a show about a group of plane survivors that crashed on a mysterious island?! Seriously, the mystery to the island is what makes the show so addicting! You keep coming back to learn more and more about the island, and the show pretty much murders you, since it only reveals bits at a time. The second the show starts, you are drawn in not only by the setting, but by the characters. Just give this show a chance and I promise you, you will not regret this one!

Books? The Perks of Being a Wallflower

No doubt you’ve probably heard of this book. If you have heard of it, but haven’t read it then SHAME ON YOU! This book is easily one of my favorites! Is it because I’m a teenager? Probably. But that does not change the fact that this is a superbly written book! I would encourage anyone to actually give it a try. It will more than likely appeal to the young adults, but I think everyone would like it actually. When I read this book, I was absolutely taken with the characters and the story. It’s about a kid who has always been the type to be behind the scenes. He doesn’t have any friends (seriously not one). Then his family moves and at his new school, he meets a group of friends that aren’t very popular and they accept him into their group. The events spread out to fill a whole year of school, through which the kid learns so much about life from his peers, teachers, and family. Finally in the end, he has to face his biggest fear: the past. An excellent book worth reading. Give this one a try……

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Paper Towns Book Review

Another Brilliant book…..

I think it’s safe to say that John Green will always have a place on our bookshelves. He has written award winning book after book. Since the Paper Towns movie will be coming to theaters this summer, I decided to pick up a copy of the book to read first (of course). I have to say that this is not my favorite John Green book (Looking for Alaska will always be my favorite), but I have officially named the book one of my favorite books period. Easily in my top ten……. along with the rest of the John Green books I’ve read……. Don’t judge…….

The Story

Paper Towns is about a kid named Quentin Jacobsen who met a girl named Margo Roth Spiegelman when they were young kids. Quentin immediately found himself enthralled with her, and pretty soon they became close friends. They spent much of their childhood doing everything together. They always hung out and it was easy for them too, since they were neighbors. One day, though, they were riding their bikes and they say w dead guy sitting against a tree in the park, close to their houses (scarring much, John?). This was the point when they started to drift down different roads. Margo became more and more adventurous every day and Quentin started to become the opposite. Flash forward to their senior year, Margo has an undying reputation for being the most spontaneous person on the face of the planet. Quentin becomes a nobody and slowly fades away from the life of Margo. They don’t even talk anymore and Quentin is forced to admire her from a distance. Then one night Margo shows up at Quentin’s window, inviting him to go with her on a night of rampage and revenge. After some hesitation, Quentin obliges to go with her (oblige is a strong word though). They have a whole night of spontaneous fun and revenge. The next day after, Margo vanishes. She seems to have run away, but before she did she left clues that would speak to Quentin and Quentin only. The story is about Quentin looking for these clues, and trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Margo Roth Spiegelman.And there you have it: the basic plotline of another brilliant novel. I personally really liked the plot, because I think it really painted the characters well, who were a pretty awesome cast of people.

The Characters

The characters are portrayed beautifully in very stereotypical ways. You have Quentin, the guy who just sort of fades into the crowd, but really actually cares a lot about people. You have Radar, the geeky tech nerd who is Quentin’s best friend, along with Ben, who is the wannabe popular kind of kid. Throughout the story, however, you meet these characters and fall in love with them. You grow to appreciate the friendship that Quentin has with his close posse of friends. Then there is the Margo character. This one character, that you’re not sure if you should hate. Everyone has had mixed opinions on her, but the one thing everyone can agree on is that she sure does bring adventure into Quentin’s life. If she didn’t, well we wouldn’t have this story to talk about. One of the reasons I really like this book is that it really does show that everyone is different. Sometimes, you might not even know the person you thought you know. I like how John Green paints that. He has always been good with words (like non of you knew that) and he uses those words to teach young adults. Seriously if you look at his line of books, they are all young adult books. If he continues to write stories like this, count me in.

The Verdict: 5.0 out of 5.0

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Looking for Alaska Review

From the creator of Fault in Our Stars…..

This book was written by John Green, and was published in 2005. This book was the first book that John Green had published, and it won the Michael L. Printz Award in 2006, from the American Library Association. Let me just say first, that this book does not disappoint. It is just as good as Fault in Our Stars (if not better). You will fall in love with every character in this book, and you will care about what happens to them. Will their be laughing? Of course. Will there be crying? Of course. WIll John Green rip your heart out like he did in Fault in Our Stars? Of course……. Let’s do this.

The Story

So Looking for Alaska has a pretty cool plotline actually. It’s about a kid named Miles Halter, who has a love for last words. He loves learning the last words of all kinds of famous people. Eventually he comes across the famous last words of Francois Rabelais, who said “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” right before he died. Miles decided he wanted to find his own “Great Perhaps” elsewhere besides his public school in Florida. He decides to go to Culver Creek Boarding school all the way in Arizona to find the “Great Perhaps”. Once he gets there he meets a group of friends and he is immediately brought in as one of their own. One of those friends include the one and only Alaska Young (yes Alaska is a character). Miles is thrown into a world of mischief and shenanigans with this group of friends. Little did Miles know, that his life would never be the same after this year at Culver Creek.

The Characters

Like I said before, the characters in this story are likely to make you love them. You will grow to care for characters in the group of mischief. John Green knows how to write about high school students and he does it well. There are all the typical types of people that go  to high school. John Green writes them all perfectly, just like the story. I’m not going to tell you much else about the characters because half the fun of this book is meeting the characters, especially the eccentric Alaska. I can give you my word though, that these characters are worth investing your time in, and worth learning about.

The Verdict…………5.0 out of 5.0

  • Great story about learning to live
  • Awesome characters to bond with
  • Great writing style (As always)

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