So I finished Coffeehouse Angel (book number five on my reading list). It’s the story of girl who bestows kindness on a homeless boy laying outside her grandmas coffee shop by laying coffee and pastries out near him. Little does she know, he is a messenger angel, and has to reward her selfless kindness with what she most desires.
Simple and light-hearted, but at the same time grounded. Part of the ending is little obvious throughout the book. As the main character (Katrina) is sixteen, you do have to bear through some pretty ridiculous things, like her getting jealous when her best guy friend gets a girlfriend who’s the daughter of her grandmas competitor. But she does have to take on some pretty grown up tasks, like piling debt from the coffeehouse failing, and problems with her grandmas health. As the story goes on, she does grow and mature a little more, and the character really started to develop.
As for the angel, Malcolm, I felt pretty bad for him. He had feelings that angels weren’t supposed to have, and he got in trouble with the false desires Katrina told him. Not to mention the delivery he was supposed to make, that literally got heavier and heavier by the day.
It was good book, super quick read, and easy to digest. I’d suggest it for when you’re in a happy or calm mood, as like I said before, it’s about a sixteen year old girl, you can imagine what it’s like, and you can’t expect much.
Overall I give is 4 stars. ☆☆☆☆
The fourth book from my reading list I read was Twitterature by Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin. It is a parody book of multiple classics done in the form of Twitter.
At least that was the point of it.
It missed the point. Instead of being a real parody, it was more like cheap, over sexualized jokes. Don’t even mention all the profanity.
The book does have a few good laughs in there, and the idea for it is great, but the authors missed the ball on this one.
I give it three stars on account of the few good jokes and the creativity of the idea: ☆☆☆
The third book I read from my reading list is Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. The story follows 42 third year students in an alternate Japan (where all of east Asia (expect Korea) is a whole country) as they are forced to battle each other to the death by law of a “Program”. Even though the story does follow all of the students, it focuses mainly on 3, which are Shuya Nanahara, Noriko Nakagawa, and Shodo Kawada.
I will try my best not to spoil the book too much.
The book starts out with 42 students on a bus thinking they’re going to a school field trip, only to be gassed, and taken to an undisclosed island. When they all wake up, they discover metal bands around their necks that monitor their vital signs, and also have explosives in them. After the government unleashes them onto the island, it’s a free-for-all death match.
Some students team up together (like the 3 main characters), other go about the whole game alone. There’s two characters who are playing the game hardcore though. One, you will learn, who has died inside along time ago, and one who never had feelings. The latter one will actually go almost to the end of the book surviving ridiculous amounts of situations that would obviously kill any normal person.
The book is very good though, but most people who read it don’t really get the message behind it. The book is supposed to be a long metaphor about what it’s like when a person leaves school to go into the real world. Obviously, we don’t kill each other in real life, but the killings signify us as humans competing (and often berating) each other to get on top; to be leader of the pack. There are backstabbers and cheaters and liars in real life. The character who survives an insane amount of situations signifies the person who you will eventually have to compete against; like the boss battle in a video game.
I personally love this book, and I recommend it everyone who has a high tolerance of blood and gore. I give this book 5 stars: *****
The second book on list that I read was Oogy by Larry Levine. The book is about a disabled dog named Oogy, who was a bait dog as a puppy. The story is a very sad one, but has a happy ending.
There’s really no way to put into words how inspiring this book is. I mean, how many times do you get to encounter the story of a dog who was horribly disfigured, mistreated, and then left to die, who in spite of everything bad, still manages to be as friendly and love as much as this dog does.
The book describes both Oogy and Larry Levine’s adopted twins story together as one. This pairing might seem a little odd, seeing as how it is a book about Oogy, but the children are apart of Oogy’s life, so in a way it makes sense.
The only problem with this book is the fact that the author tends to be way to over descriptive. This may just be his nature as a lawyer, but at times it does get a little annoying.
"Then I took a deep breath, got off the bed and opened the door."
The first book I read from my reading list was a book by Jean Kwok called “Girl in Translation”. The book is great in describing how hard it is for some emigrants when they come to the United States.
The story starts from the beginning, a little after she comes to America with her mother from Hong Kong. Kim and her mother start off life in America in a run down apartment infested with roaches and rats, an apartment her Aunt Paula chose for them. We also learn Kim and her mother have to work at her aunts sweatshop, to repay the debt that they owe.
Kim is a very bright girl though, she has good grades in Math and Science which gets her a full-paid grant to a private school to help nurture her talents. As she progresses in school, her scores get even better.
At the sweatshop that she works at, she met a boy named Matt, who throughout the story she has feelings for. They spend lots of time together, until eventually, he gets a girlfriend. This is where her life gets complicated.
The story is a “coming of age” story, and it’s a pretty darn good one at that. I think the thing that gave the story so much power was the fact that the author went through being a Chinese emigrant, having to learn a new language, having to actually work in a sweatshop when she was little. The book is a window into what it is like to be an emigrant, and I think it covered it perfectly.
The only problem with the story was the ending bit, the “Twelve Years Later” bit. I felt it was too short and rushed and didn’t completely satisfy me. I wish the book was a little bit longer and covered more details about her struggles through college instead of just summarizing them for the reader.