** FIRST POST OF MAY!! **
Ah, so here tis, the post I'm sure no one is really anticipating except for myself because I've been foreshadowing its occurrence since...Tuesday, was it? Yes, yes it was.
Anyway, the ultimate battle: The Truth About Forever vs. This Lullaby. Who will win? Well, to be honest, I already know who I'd hands-down choose. And, to me, "because I said so" is reason enough to convince myself. Alas, I have to do the case-in-point routine because, let's face it, this is a blog and not much else is happening :P
So, I present to you my first ever book brawl--or book discussion, if you like euphemisms!
1) This book's golden girl is tougher, not to mention more cynical, which gives her humor a certain edge--you gotta love a character with a razor-sharp wit. And yes, as Ambeen posted in the comments section, Remy's a perfectionist. But she's aggressive, too, and became a stronger character.
2) Dexter, our hottie-in-da-house (yes, the alliteration is necessary), is possibly the greatest Dessen character currently in print. He's charming, but not intoxicatingly so; he's soft, and truly a gentleman, but not a weeny; he's got a wicked sense of humor, and he is sort of a goof, but not in the slightest annoying. What better mix is there?
Besides which, I like 'em musical.
3) The total vulnerable and irresponsible mother. Yes, this does directly affect the overall appeal of the book. I like reading about dysfunctional families not because of my thirst for others' pain (ha, good one), but because the toll parental neglect takes on a person is usually worth reading about--the character becomes real, vulnerable, angry, and all of those emotions that I personally think do well in the lead part of any book. (Or, actually, any character, now that I think about it.) To be fair, though, Remy's mother didn't neglect her, not really; she just wasn't your typical mother figure.
4) The group dynamics between Remy and her three friends. Each have very distinct personalities, not to mention different outlooks on life, love, and relationships, but something makes them click together. A very feel-nice thing to read about.
5) The band/music layer to the story. Sorry, I'm a sucker for anything music-related. I excel at sucking at almost every instrument I've tried playing, so reading about someone who's not a total lost cause is inspiring.
6) Lizards. Remy's brother bred lizards. If that's not the single coolest thing you've ever heard of, I don't know what is.
The Truth About Forever:
1) Main character was, at times, stiff and too controlled for my liking. I understand these were Macy's attributes, part of her whole let's-program-what-life-will-be-like-until-I-kick-the-bucket plan. But it irritated me. Which I suppose is actually a plus, because it was an irritation not drawn by boredom but rather because I cared. So there. Sarah Dessen made me care. (... Again!)
2) Wes, although well-intentioned, didn't stir me. Or at least, he didn't stir me quite like Dexter did.
3) Different kind of dysfunctional here. I'm not entirely sure you'd even classify Macy's family's situation as dysfunctional, but things have hardly been the same since her father's death. It paralyzed Macy, made her be the twitchy person she is before Wes changes her. Very sad.
4) The dynamics between Macy and the Wish Catering crew. That was funny, I'll admit. I loved the girls who worked there. They were probably my favorite characters.
5) Though there's no music, we get some artistic Wes here and there, and that's pretty nifty. Still comes in second to the musical dudes of This Lullaby, though.
6) No lizards!!
Like I said in my review of The Truth About Forever, the book had a nice message. It was a generally nice book. But I got a way bigger kick out of This Lullaby. I just don't see how you could not when Dexter is factored in. I don't mean that in a squealy fangirl way--Dexter's character genuinely fascinated me. As did Remy's. With two characters who make the impression they make, you simply can't go wrong.
Then again, I'm a character girl.
The bigger question is, which book is your favorite?
Thursday, May 1, 2008
** FIRST POST OF MAY!! **
Posted by Steph at 12:47 AM