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Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)

3 Stars

Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.

Divergent reminded me of The Giver (Lois Lowry), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) and Harry Potter (JK Rowling). I guess every dystopian fiction will always remind me of The Giver in one way or another.

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4 Stars

Because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.

I wrote this review way back when the novel just came out and I consider myself lucky to be one of the early readers and to have read this without the movie or the cast influencing my perception of the book and its characters.

This book is a coming-of-age story revolving around the life of Charlie, an introverted boy who doesn’t involve himself too much with the things and events around him. In “wallflower” terms, he doesn’t participate. The story is told from Charlie’s POV, in a letter form addressed to someone, which the audience (us) gets to read. At first I was doubtful with the format used but as the story went on, I felt that it was just right. The pacing was refreshingly slow but not dragging. It felt as if I was really living Charlie’s life with him. You get to read his thoughts, his inner ramblings and opinions on his life, and the lives around him.

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The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

3 Stars

It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.

This is a collective review for The Hunger Games Trilogy.

When I first read the book, my immediate thought was that it was a Battle Royale rip-off, but I set my prejudice aside and read it. I loved Battle Royale so the comparison was hovering over my head. The story turned out to be quite similar, but very different. I was engrossed enough to become a fan and root for Katniss even though she was unlikeable in so many ways. I liked how she embodied the modern heroine. The thrill and excitement was also brilliantly built up. It intrigued me on how she would survive the arena, on what she’ll do next, and on who’ll die next. I was satisfied with the ending of the first book. But I’m afraid I couldn’t say the same for the second and third.

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