YA Reads: Worlds I Would Never Want To Live In

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

-Goodreads Description

Confession time: I didn’t like Matched at first. Mostly because of the characters. I didn’t connect with Cassia all that much, and I really wanted to punch Xander in the face at times for being so…perfect. (I DON’T LIKE PERFECT CHARACTERS WHO MAKE ME FEEL INSECURE ABOUT MY LACK OF PERFECTION OKAY.)

I didn’t really care about most of the characters, except for one: Ky. I was really intrigued by his story, and I can honestly say that he’s the reason I continued reading this series. In a world where everything is supposed to be so perfect and organized, he was someone who wasn’t, and I loved that. He was like the Jack Dawson of the society or something. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say he makes the Matched series worth a read.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Disney has bought the film rights to the Matched trilogy. I think Matched would make a great movie, especially for those who are fans of love stories and movies that take place in the future.

 

 

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

-Goodreads Description

MY FEELINGS.

HOLY CRAP MY FEELINGS.

Can I even review this?! Seriously. I think this is the first time I’ve been unable to properly review a book! I’m amazed by how deep this is. It’s pretty short, so I was expecting a quick and simple read.

Hahaha—no.

It was—it had me—at first, I was like—

Okay look, if you like science fiction and crying, just read it.

Could it be adapted to film/television? YES!!! I heard Jeff Bridges is going to adapt and star in the Giver movie, and I don’t know any other actor who would make a better Giver. I’m not sure who would play Jonas, though. Hmmm….

 

 

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

-Goodreads Description

Now THIS is my type of story! I’ve been reading a bunch of YA dystopian, but none of them have been able to satisfy in the way I expected them to. Not because they’re not good; it’s because I was wanting some adventure and action, and I finally got a whole lot of adventure and action with Divergent!

I loved everything about Divergent. The characters, the atmosphere…THE PLOT TWISTS.

If you’re looking something similar to the Hunger Games (*COUGH* or even better *COUGH*), you’ve found your series everybody.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Gah, totally. Divergent has a very cinematic feel to it. Plus, it screams “the next Hunger Games”, but at the same time, it is its own book, too.  Summit has acquired the film rights and hired screenwriter Evan Daugherty to write the screenplay. According to IMDb, the Divergent film is set to release in 2015. (pleasemakeitsoonerthoughmoviepeoplekthanksbye).

 

Anyone else read these fabulous YA reads? Share your opinions about them below!

3 Reasons Why Taylor Swift Could Write YA

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer)

Lately, it seems like every celebrity is writing YA nowadays. From Tyra Banks’ Modelland to Hilary Duff’s Elixir series, YA is becoming a popular genre. Heck, even Lauren Conrad and Snooki are becoming apart of the YA world, and even though I’m not a huge fan of all her music, there is one girl who I think could write a few YA novels of her own.

I bet you can guess who she is.

1. Most of her fans are teens.

Sure, I’ve met a few 2nd graders who LOVE T-Swift, and moms who like her more than the average teenager, but at the end of the day, Tay Tay’s fans are usually around the ages of 12-17.

There’s a reason for that.

It’s simple: teens relate to her songs. How many high school girls do you know of who put Taylor Swift lyrics as their Facebook/Twitter status and are always first in line to buy her newest album?

If the answer isn’t “more than I can freaking count”, you probably don’t know a lot of teenage girls.

The girl knows how to connect with the female youth, yo. Maybe not all of us, but enough of us.

2. She’s a good story-teller.

Okay, so homegirl’s no Bob Dylan or William Shakespeare, but she’s got some pretty good stories to tell. No, seriously. Doesn’t You Belong With Me sound like the perfect story for a contemporary YA novel? Or how about Fifteen?

I believe that, with the right team, T’s got it in her to whip out a good YA novel or two.

3. She’s Taylor-freaking-Swift.

…Do I gotta say more?

Which celebrity would you like to see write YA and why?

You Belong with Me

You Belong with Me (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

90s music is seriously the best.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I’ve heard how good The Perks of Being A Wallflower is and all, but nobody told me how AWESOME it is. For someone who reads too much for their own good, it’s a rare thing to find a book that you’ll never forget, and this is one of them. I loved Charlie’s voice and how hilariously honest he is about everything. He over-thinks everything way too much, to the point where you want to smack him, but sometimes those can make the best characters, and in this novel, it worked. There’s a lot to be learned while reading Perks (besides the great music and books Charlie is into). What I like most about this novel is that it makes you think (in a good way), whether it be about love, family, friends…or just life in general. Without giving too much away, you see things differently after reading Perks. It’s worth a spot in your bookshelf, if you like books that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

And, okay, I don’t know why, but for some odd reason, Charlie sort of reminds me of a teenage Forrest Gump. Is that weird? Probably.

Could it be adapted to film/television? It’s already been made into a film! According to IMDb, its US release date is September 21, 2012. So, be sure to check it out. Emma Watson’s in it, so you know it’s going to be a good film. 😉

Have you read The Perks of Being A Wallflower? What did you think of it?

Murder, Love, Teenagers…

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Goodreads Description

The Unbecoming Mara Dyer was a quick and fun read. It’s filled with murder and macabre and is the perfect book for people who love creepy stories mixed with twisted romance. I’m a huge fan of creepy books, but to be honest, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. While it is scary, it focused more on the romance, and that’s what annoyed me more than anything. Sure, it is a paranormal romance, but I’m not a huge fan of perfectly-gorgeous-hawt dudes and insta-love; however, I loved Mara’s voice and her feisty attitude. Plus, the book ends on a cliffhanger that’s just going to leave you DYING to read the next book. So, it was good.

Could it be adapted to film/television? This book would make a great movie. Something like a teen horror flick, just without the screaming cheerleaders and clueless jocks. While I was reading it, I couldn’t help but imagine how great it’d look on-screen. Murder+Romance+Paranormal = fun summer flick.

I think The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer could have a good chance of making its way into Hollywood soon.

If you’ve already read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, what did you think of it?

 

The Beatles freaking lied to us.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

– Goodreads Description

I know, I know. The Beatles said, “all you need is love”. But, apparently, those dudes were wrong. Either that, or they lied to us. So break up with your boyfriend, and stop seeing that girl you met at Starbucks. Love is a DISEASE, people!

Alright, back to reality.

In Lena’s world, love is the ultimate enemy. It makes the worst type of disease look like a picnic at Disneyland. So, in order to live a happy, healthy life in this society, you got to get “cured” at the age of 18. Kind of like you gotta get those nasty flu shots during flu season, expect it’s all year-long.

So, in other words, she lives in a really screwed up world that I wouldn’t even make my worst enemy live in. No, really. It’s that bad.

I really liked Delirium. It’s beautifully written and has a really good premise. My favorite thing about Delirium is the relationships, especially Lena and Hana’s friendship. They’re complete opposites, but have a chemistry that just pops out of the page. I was actually more interested in their friendship than I was with Lena and Alex’s romance (BEST FRIENDS 5EVER, BOIFRIENDS 5NEVER). My other favorite thing was the documents, poetry, history, and new religion Lauren Oliver created and included before each chapter. It’s pretty freaking sweet and a great way to help the readers understand the society better, without distracting from the story.

Even though Delirium is a dystopian, the story read more like a contemporary to me. Almost like something Sarah Dessen could write. Maybe that’s because there’s no flying cars, talking computers, or crazy robots running around and shooting at each other like what I usually imagine when I think of dystopian. Minus the whole “love is a disease” thing, Lena lives in a world similar to ours…which is probably what makes it so scary.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Yes. In fact, Fox 2000 has picked up the film rights! According to IMDb, Delirium is set for a 2013 release date. I have a feeling this’ll be like a Nicholas Sparks type of movie, only set in the future. Like, The Last Song meets The Hunger Games or something.

What are your thoughts?

Showbiz Women Who Kick Ass.

Some people tend to hold this view that women in Hollywood are a bunch of air heads with fake boobs and no brains. They’ll see a young movie star coming out of her limo drunk and without any underwear and assume all showbiz women are like this and that there are no smart, respectable women in Hollywood that people, especially the youth, can look up to.

Frankly, I disagree.

What is the definition of a “kick-ass showbiz woman”, you say? So glad you asked.

THE DEFINITION OF A KICK-ASS SHOWBIZ WOMAN:

Noun: A woman who makes her living in the entertainment business and is adored by many. She is admired for her beauty, intelligence, and awesomeness. Plus, she can entertain the world without having to take her clothes off.

EXAMPLE NUMERO UNO:

Tina Fey

(Photo credit: John McNab)

Tina Fey is one of the kick-assiest (I made up a new word!) women of Hollywood. She writes and stars in her own show and movies, has a (REALLY, REALLY GOOD) book out, and she wrote Mean Girls. Need I say more? This woman has inspired me in more ways than almost any other person in Hollywood. She’s hilarious, and every time I see her win an award on TV, I can’t help but scream, “GIRL POWER!” with my fist up in the air. Miss Fey proves that women can be smart AND sexy. Because of this, I find her to be an excellent woman for young girls to look up to.

EXAMPLE NUMERO DOS:

Hilary Duff at The Heart's Truth Red Dress Col...

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Two words: LIZZIE. MCGUIRE.

What 90’s girl didn’t grow up watching LM? Who didn’t buy the books? And I know I wasn’t the only one who was obsessed with the video game…at least, I hope not. Okay, I’m not ashamed to say it: I’m a Hilary Duff fan. She starred in some of the best teen movies in the last 10 years, came out with fun pop music, and now writes Young Adult Literature. Triple threat? Yeah, you could say so. She’s influenced the youth in a positive way. One of the ways being that she grew up in front of millions without going to rehab or having racy pics get leaked, so high-fives to her.

EXAMPLE NUMERO TRES:

Dakota Fanning at the 2008 Toronto Internation...

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“Yeah, older women in Hollywood may be smart, but not the younger ones…” is a phrase you probably hear a lot.

All I can say is, HELLO?!!! Have you EVER HEARD OF DAKOTA FANNING OR DO YOU LIVE ON PLANET MARS WITH A BUNCH OF OOMPA LOOMPAS?

I mean, this girl has worked with some of the HUGEST people in Hollywood. While most girls were staying at home playing Barbie Tea Party or whatever you call it, this chick was hanging out with Sean Penn and Brittany Murphy. Now I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, if anyone in Hollywood deserved to have an ego, it’d be Dakota Fanning. Oh, and also…she’s going to college, which means, yes, you can be a celebrity and still get a good education.

How’s that for a good role model?

Who else would YOU add to the list?