Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver: A book review

I’d like to give a good review about this book, but you know, I’m lost of words. I really loved it, and just like the author, I guess this book also mean something to me.

It started a bit quite fast, Liesl seeing the ghost Po in his room. I thought it will start with her family background or anything in particular. And while reading it, books of Cornelia Funke came into my mind. It is somehow familiar with her book, The Thief Lord. Its just that Funke is way better than her, well I think it’s because of her long experience in writing children’s book. Despite the comparison, I believe Liesl and Po is very special, its like bringing us back into childhood, from our innocent wishes and mistakes.

What affected me most is the part where she really wants to see her father again..to talk to him and say goodbye. My dad also died when I was almost seven years, but I don’t remember any emotions I felt on those days. My mom said that I did not cry. I guess she’s right since I don’t remember anything.

I’d like to go back discussing the book, since I’m getting a little mushy here.  So going back, the most amazing about the book are the characters and their perfect illustrations. They are exactly how I imagined them.

Liesl

Liesl

Po

Po

Loving effort

I took a 3-day vacation leave this past three business days to celebrate my bf’s 23rd birthday. On the first day, I went to the mall to go for gift hunting since I really don’t have time to search because we’re always together. I printed his pictures, bought materials for scrapbook, a watch in Tomato and a world’s greatest boyfriend award in Papermeroti.

On his exact birthday, I woke up early and head to his house in Taguig. I also bought a birthday dedication cake in Red Ribbon.

It took me two hours to get there. I was so exhausted and tired since I’m not really used to carrying heavy things and the weather was too hot. But all the efforts are worth doing. I made him happy, really happy. And it’s overwhelming to know that he appreciates them all.

Hungry For More!

I finally found this Hunger Games book set after searching 3 NBS bookstore branches-megamall, glorietta, gateway  last October 22! I bought it at the nbs branch where I least expect the most-farmers plaza! I’m so happy to have a gift for myself!

BOOK 1:  HUNGER GAMES

So what can I say?! I absolutely LOVE this book! I know I’m kind of late in reading it, but I have to read it before watching the movie. I had a high expectation with it, and I got satisfied more. I now have a new favorite book and author! I like the way she writes and the way she describes her characters. It’s a book that you would read word by word with every chapter that one would definitely love.

“I don’t think its going to work out. Winning..won’t help in my case.”
“Why ever not?”
“Because..because..she came here with me.”

This is my MOST favorite part! I’ve learned to like Peeta after!
The scenes that I like: Katniss with her fire costume, her interview, and preliminary scoring.
When the games begun, I had a hard time since it was so brutal that almost half are already dead. They need to find ways to survive, even though its hard to fight. I almost cried when Rue died, I guess everyone who read it also felt the same way. You really can’t resist not to like her. But I admit, I became sad when Thresh died, since I know that he is also a good person. And whenever someone dies inside, I couldn’t stop myself to feel sad.. even when Foxface girl, Glimmer, Clove and Cato died.

I can’t choose between Gale and Peeta for two reasons. First, the author didn’t talk much about Gale. And it would be unfair for Gale if I choose Peeta over him. Second, Katniss didn’t choose. So why do I have to choose myself? I’m not Katniss either. 😉

BOOK 2: CATCHING FIRE

I’m definitely inlove with Peeta in this book!!! I think this is more about him, still less of Gael. But its okay, in that case it will feel right to choose Peeta and readers will not have a hard time.

“My nightmares are usually about losing you. I’m okay once I realize you’re here.” Peeta to Katniss, page 86.

I am so overwhelmed with Peeta’s love for Katniss. I almost cried my heart out on how he shows all his love that I feel like Katniss does not even deserve it at all.

“Because I don’t want you forgetting how different our circumstances are. If you die and I live, there’s no life for me at all back in district 12. You’re my whole life. I would never be happy again.”

I had a hard time with the violence the second time they are in the arena. There are times that I have to put the book down because I felt so anxious and then I pick it up again because I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen. I felt sad with the death of Mags, and I guess I couldn’t take it if the others will die too. I was glad that Finnick, Beetee, Peeta, Johanna and Enobaria are alive, but it is devastating to know that Peeta is held captive.

BOOK 3: MOCKINGJAY

It’s too harsh, too violent, and too depressing… Halfway through the book, it was so hard to read and the only good part is the wedding of Annie and Finnick, but the worst part is when they instantly decided to attack and assassinate Snow. Finnnick has been one of my liked characters, and honestly, I was devastated by his death that I stopped and throw away the book. But I have to get it again because of the need to read the ending. This book is great, a really good end for the series. It may have been perfect, if only the last few pages didn’t seem a rush. I just wished that Katniss had a last talk with Gale, and then a few mushy moments with Peeta. I wanted to feel that Katniss really love Peeta…, since I love him too. 😉

“You’re a painter. You’re a baker. You like to sleep with the windows open. You never take sugar in your tea. And you always double-knot your shoelaces.”-Katniss to Peeta page 271.

“We were outside at the end of the day. I tried to catch your eye. You looked away. And then…for some reason, I think you picked a dandelion. I must have loved you a lot.”-Peeta to Katniss page 231.

And I am so excited with the upcoming movie to be released in March 2012! Hope they’ll make a good movie out of it without changing the important events. 

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

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