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Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire



Assalamualaikum.

Once my sister see how many stars I gave this book, she is going to judge me. Basically, this is my sister's kind of book, not mine. She can't blame me for that. 

So, I finished this book in four days, which is quite long for a 400 page book, but, for me, that's a good reading pace. Recently, I have read books in slower pace, mostly a week or two before I finished a book. The reason why I picked up Walking Disaster is basically because I know I need a break from an intense book. I just finished My Sister's Keeper and I have been planning to read Legend by Marie Lu, but I know I can't jump into Legend straight away after My Sister's Keeper so, my sister suggested me to read Walking Disaster.

It is not that bad, really. Normal, I would say. By the end of it, I started to feel a little bit boring since I can already see what is coming. 

And also, I am not a big fan of love stories or heart warming kind of stories, not even chick-lit. I can read them, of course, but if you ask me for my favorites, none of them are. No Jodi Picoult, or Sophie Kinsella. My favorites are always Marie Lu, J.K. Rowling and Phillipa Gregory.



Let's get back to the book, The Walking Disaster, written by Jamie McGuire (it's a she, people! please alert!).
  
I don't really like the way the love relationship works here. It seems unreal and too much obsessions. To me, love is all about being good to each other and not obsessing about each other. The thought of Travis Maddox being so obsessed over Abby makes me sick. But, I am so glad that by the end of the book, their love comes out to be something more real and reasonable. 

Because, to me, love is not just about snuggling or sleeping together. It is so much more than that. You have a future ahead of you and you can't always gamble like Abby and Travis in this book. Life is not as easy as that. Falling in love is not as easy as that. 

I would appreciate it if they have more dramatic and intense problems. Their hardships are just too brief and not impactful enough and I guess, that's what makes the book a light read. It is good in a way and not, in the other way.

I was dissapointed a bit by the blurry details in the book. To be exact, I am not sure how the characters look like since from Travis point of view, he never mentioned it. I have to ask my sister to know how the characters look like. Only then I found out that Travis is a massive guy and Abby loves ponytail. I don't know if Jamie writes it that way so that we can understand a male's way of thinking for real or she just want to make it that way.



Abby is a good character and well-developed, I would say. She knows what to do and how to make a guy go crazy about her. It is just something that I hope a girl would do. Instead of going crazy over a boy, you should make it the other way round. Do not wait until you are ditched, walk away first so the boy knows what he is losing. If he thinks you worth the fight, he will come back and if he does not come back, he is not worth it. Strong, I love it. 

Travis somehow seems typical to me. It is just another boy that falls in love for a girl and willing to give his life to the girl. Everyone loves a guy like this. Travis Maddox knows how to fight, has a very good physical appearance, owns a cool family and loves a girl with his life. I would love him more if more realistic elements are placed into his character. 

On the other side, I love Travis's family just too much. They are all kick-ass kind of characters, but nice all at the same time. Who doesn't like a guy who knows to punch and take care of his baby brother, right? All respect goes to Trenton, Tyler, Taylor and Thomas. Good big bros you would like to have. And yes, their father also is one of the best fictional fathers ever. Bad daddy who lost his wife, but, love his sons all the same. Lovely! 

The way he treats Abby makes me feel so good. "No one talks about your sister like that." Who doesn't want to be treated that way, really? He is such a cool fictional father. Very supportive and a kind of parent that you won't be afraid to talk to. It kinda reminds me of Park's father from Eleanor and Park. 



I am not suggesting this to anyone because really, the reason I pick up this book is just for a getaway from another disastrous book. I gave it only 2 over 5 stars which is, of course, not good enough to be picked up at the first place. But, if anyone out there needs a getaway kind of book, I am definitely suggesting this. 

Happy Reading..! Have a nice day! 

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Don't Waste Your Money On Books

Assalamualaikum.




So today is not a very good day for me. I feel upset and depressed. I want to talk to someone so badly, but then, how can they help me? Whatever happened to me is not even a big thing. There are other things people should be worried about.

I’m not a kind of person who would spend a lot of money on things I’m not sure about using it. Furthermore, I’m saving for my staying in Australia (InsyaaAllah, if I pass the cutoff pointer). I know I shouldn’t spend a lot of money on things that are not necessary.

But today, I’ve spent RM83 and that’s quite a lot for me (if you are rich, that’s probably nothing much to you). I bought 5 fictional books with my BB1M voucher. I have to add RM34 due to some misunderstanding with the cashier and feeling disappointed about it right now. I should just use the voucher to buy my sister’s textbooks, but I decided to be selfish and bought myself books that I know I won’t have time to read. 



When I was in the queue to pay for my sister’s textbooks, I saw a guy, probably around my age, using his voucher to buy books and some stationery for his younger sister. And there I was, using my parents’ money to buy books for my sister. The voucher should be used to buy the ‘essentials’ but no, I’ve been doing it the wrong way.

I hate this. I don’t want to be like this. I can’t. I have a future to think about and this is not something I should be doing. *cry*

I’m probably a bibliophile, but I do have my own principles when it comes to book buying activity. 

  • First, I won’t buy any book unless the book has a 50% sale or more, no less than that. 
  • Second, I can’t buy a book if I’m not sure about reading the book. 
  • Third, I have to prioritize the need of buying the book. If my sister needs the money more than I do, I have to prioritize her needs first.


Today, I’ve bought books against my own principles and I hate myself for what I did.

I don’t know how to say this, but I really want to say this.

To all BB1M vouchers, please buy something that is worthy. Don’t spend on books that you are not even sure of reading it. If you have a lot of unread books at home, think about these books you will buy. Will you read them? And if you don’t want to read them, why would you want to buy them?
There are other people who probably need it more than you do. If you want to use it, make sure it is worth the buy. Or else, don’t.

You probably will be like me, sitting on my chair, wanting to update my blog so desperately, overwhelmed by my own frustration.


Just, don’t. 


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