Dance Like a Man by Mahesh Dattani | Review

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Name: Dance Like a Man


Author: Mahesh Dattani


Genre: Drama/Play


Pages: 75 pages


Format: Paperback


Publishing Details: 1st January 2006 by Penguin Books


Summary: Jairaj Parekh and his wife Ratna, aging Bharatnatyam dancers, are engaged in finding a substitute mridangam player to accompany their daughter Lata at her performance at a high-profile dance festival. Lata, in the meantime, nervously awaits the meeting between her parents and Viswas, the young man she wishes to marry. When the four meet, and in the conversations and discussions that follow, the fissures in the relationship between Jairaj and Ratna begin to explode into high-strung battles which lead back to their own youth and the tragedy that lies at the heart of their discord. The younger couple have their own issues to contend with: the obvious mismatch between the two sets of parents, the arguments over Lata’s career as a dancer after marriage and most unsettling of all, Lata’s attempt to balance her parents’ ambition with her own needs and desires. A brilliant study of human relationships and weaknesses framed by the age-old battle between tradition and youthful rebellion, Dance Like a Man has been hailed as one of the best works of the dramatic imagination in recent times.


Review: This play may seem very drab in the beginning but there are gems of conflict, repression, dedication, feminism, patriarchy, the love for art, prostitution, politics and much more underlying it.
The characters have different voices and opinions. They view the events unfolding in their own perspective.
Ratna, the mother has been through much grief in the past. But what stays prominent is the jealousy she harbors towards the success of her only daughter, wishing fruitlessly that she had the fame that her daughter was getting.
She not only loses something very important to her blinded by the need for fame, she also feels the same pull now. Its difficult being a mother as well as trying to make a name for yourself in that year in India. Even today, its something that not many achieve. Feminism creeps into the story without making an entrance.
Jairaj, the father has lost his will and desire to dance after the fateful events. Even so, unlike Ratna he is proud of his daughter and all that she has achieved. His relationship with his own father has molded him into the ever-supporting father and even though he hates his old man, he can’t help but remember him.
Lata, the daughter is walking down the path that her parents once set on, and then laid out for her to go on. She’s a strong independent woman who does nor back down from her opinions even if her fiance or anyone else for that matter objects to it.
Viswas played a small role. So no thoughts for him.
Overall, a great play.


Rating:  4

Inside Out Book Tag

Since I am a big fan of Disney and Pixar movies, I thought I’d do this tag. Better late than never! I really enjoyed the movie. The concept was unique and as usual the visuals were absolutely stunning.

This tag was created by Kristina over at Kristina Horner originally. You can find the video here.

Let’s get on with the tag, shall we?


1. Joy – A book that makes you happy or brings you the most joy.

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I had to go with FANGIRL by RAINBOW ROWELL for this one. Actually any of her books really. I get this gooey warm feeling whenever I pick that book up. Plus we can all agree that Cath is like the most relatable character ever.

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2. Disgust – A book that grossed you out the most.

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For this I couldn’t really find any proper answer cause I’ve never really read something utterly revolting. (Except Game of Thrones of course cause the amount of gore tbh)

So I decided to go with HORRID HIGH by PAYAL KAPADIA. The book features rather horrible teachers and rather horrible food. ‘Nuf said.

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3. Fear – A book that scared the crap outta you.

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For this I HAD to go with A MAGIC DARK AND BRIGHT by JENNY ADAMS PERINOVIC.

The book made me stay up all night after reading it because I was afraid some ghost would pop out inside my bedroom in the dark. Freakishly scary. *shivers* Do not be fooled by the pretty cover!

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4. Sadness – A book that made you cry like a baby.

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I’m guessing a lot of people would choose this book. Of course its HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K.ROWLING! Tell me you didn’t cry during all those painful, miserable, unnecessary deaths! *sobs*

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5. Anger – A book that pissed you off.

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I recently read the first book in this bind up and I was SO disappointed! Every one seemed to love it and I went in with good expectations and BOY WAS I WRONG! I just hated it.

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Drool-Worthy Covers #10

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Name: The Loose Ends List

Author: Carrie Firestone

Publishing Details: June 7th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Travel


Summary:  Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.


Add it to your Goodreads TBR here!

 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith | Book Review

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Photo and Summary taken from Goodreads


Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publishing Details: Published January 2nd 2012 by Poppy

Pages: 236 pages

Format: Kobo e-reader


Summary: Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?


Review:

Airports. Its always the airports where it either starts or ends.
Two teenagers meet at the airport and share an interesting conversation on their way to London. It definitely was insta-love, which is something I detest. But on the other hand, I really liked the characters separately. Each of them had some characteristics and some family issues which just add in to their dynamics.
When both of them face the things they’d wanted to run from, it broke my heart and warmed it all at once.

Hadley and Oliver end up visiting each other in London, after a flury of other events and things end on a happy note. Which seemed too good to be true, but then the entire story was something I can’t possibly picture to be true. Exaggeration was everywhere, and it felt more like a rom-com/tragic movie than a book.

All in all, simple contemporary read with a couple of cliches and travel and family drama.


Rating: 3


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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | Book Review

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Title: Second Chance Summer

Author: Morgan Matson

Publishing Details: Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 482 pages

Format: Kobo e-reader


Summary: Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and over-scheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.


Review: This book is just so hyped, even now, after 4 years of publishing which led to me having very very high expectations for it. I’ve never read Morgan Matson books although pretty much all she writes is a big hit.

50% – I’m waiting for something to happen. ANYTHING!
The protagonist, Taylor has no healthy relationship with anyone in the world. We get it. Yet we’re reminded that OVER and OVER again of that and the fact that something really bad happened 5 years ago which changed her life! She was 12 years old. I don’t even remember how I was back then! I don’t understand what could possibly be so terrible to have happened at such a tender age that she just completely changed?! As far as I recalled there was no such traumatic event covered in the book like – suicide, rape, murder, depression? Nothing! Something traumatic does happen, but when she’s 17. Not the same incident.

We’re info dumped about the family and that they visit the Lake house together. But that’s all they do mostly. None of them seems interested in bonding with one another, ignoring each other most of the time, getting annoyed by them, etc. You’d believe that after whatever was happening, they’d do more than just get groceries twice.

I don’t get how Lisa and Henry are still pissed for whatever went down when they were 12. Honestly. Kids don’t hold grudges that long. Henry being her neighbor STILL doesn’t bump into her as often as a normal neighbor would. Its also really irritating how we’re reminded AGAIN and AGAIN that Taylor has no special skills at all and how everyone else is superior that way.

*le sigh*

100% – Now that I know what happened 5 years back, I just feel disappointed. Its so stupid I can’t even. You can’t hate someone for something like this so early in your life. It’s just not how childhood works. Even so, I was so glad things worked out between those three.
The only part I liked about the book was probably the fact that Warren, Taylor’s brother overcame his shyness and was brave enough to face his fears head on with smart decisions, unlike Taylor herself. I feel like her character didn’t much develop throughout, and just did in the last page all of a sudden.

Also, MURPHY! I love him. ❤

*awww*

The book deals with sickness and trauma too. How everyone has a different way of coping with sadness. I especially liked how even though she was not at all close to her mother, who seemed to prefer her sister, in the end it all worked out.

I really liked Henry, and I definitely believe that he deserves much better than Taylor. #NoHate
There’s friendship, loss, family, love, heartbreak. The entire mix needed for a good contemporary. Even so I did not enjoy it as much as other people do. Most of the time I’m not bothered by such tropes, but those were all I could think of during reading this.

I know I’m in the minority here, but I really hope Matson’s other books surprise me and end up on my favorites shelf.


Rating: 3

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I Was Here by Gayle Foreman | Book Review

Title:

I Was Here


Author:

Gayle Foreman


Publication Details:

1st Jan 2015


Genre:

Contemporary / YA


Format:

Kobo


Pages:

300 pages


Summary:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.


Review:

This book speaks on so many levels, its really hard to either hate it or love it. It seems really sad that Cody has to go through all of that because her best friend committed suicide and had depression, which the whole family somehow succeeded in keeping it a secret for so many years from the person who practically was a family member herself, Meg’s best friend/ almost sister! I mean, it seems really hard to believe.
I understand what Cody is feeling, I mean obviously she feels left behind, hurt and lonely. (view spoiler)
Cody keeps a cold relation with Alice, but is friendly at once with Harry, just because he can help her, and more than friendly with Ben, who she knows had a thing with her recently deceased best friend, just cause he’s attractive and keeps her entertained. I mean seriously. So annoying!
I liked the writing, even though I didn’t much like the way things proceeded in the plot, thus the reduced two stars. This was my first Gayle Foreman book and I was somewhat disappointed.


Quotes:

“You had a pile of rocks, and you cleaned them up pretty and made a necklace. Meg got jewels, and she hung herself with them”

“I can keep picking small fights, or brave the big one.Time to screw my courage. Or go down trying”

“Sometimes we meet people and are so symbiotic with them, it’s as if we are one person, with one mind, one destiny”

“It seems abstract when you’re dealing with people online, but they are still people, and some of them are not nice people, not the kind you ever want to be in a room with.”
Sometimes you don’t even need to be in the same room for the damage to be done.”

“It’s funny how once you start pretending, you realize how much everyone else is too.”


Rating:

3

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han | Book Reviews

Title:

The Summer I Turned Pretty | It’s Not Summer Without You | We’ll Always Have Summer

 


Author:

Jenny Han

 


Series/ Stand Alone:

The Summer Trilogy


 Genre:

Young Adult / Contemporary


Publication:

2009 – 2010 – 2011


Format:

Kobo


Pages:

295 – 290 – 290


Summary:

Book 1 – When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother’s best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad’s brother, Jeremiah, Belly’s heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?

 


Book 2 – Last year, all of Belly’s dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change– just like that. Suddenly the time she’s always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting him go.

 


Book 3 – Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never–tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good. Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.

 


Review for Book 1 –

I’d heard many people talk about this book everywhere and was really excited to read it because I read a trilogy she co-wrote with Siobhan Vivian and really enjoyed it.

This book was really fast paced and short. A perfect summer read. It dealt with issues like family, friendship, crushes, love, heartbreak, and was so much more than a typical boy-meets-girl contemporary.

But the characters definitely secured a place in my heart. Belly, the main character was really a fun person to follow as the two guys she had known all her life, actually noticed her as a girl and not a part of themselves for the first time.

Jeremiah was such a funny and cute guy. On the contrary, Conrad was a dark handsome brooding guy.

I wish there was more on Belly’s brother though. He seemed perfectly brotherly and sarcastic. 😀

I adored Susannah and Belly’s mother’s friendship. I wish to be like that in the future.

The setting was great. A summer beach house. Three guys. One girl. Perfect.

I finished it in one sitting and really enjoyed it.

 


Review for Book 2 –

*Might contain mild spoilers*

My first thought was this book didn’t have the second book syndrome like many other trilogies and series usually have. I felt my heart break when Susannah died and Belly’s mother got hollow and like a living corpse, it just showed how much her best friend meant to her.

In the start, when Conrad and Belly were together, it was like the cutest thing ever, because they were my OTP from the start. But things changed when Belly, being the bitch she is yelled at Conrad at his fucking mother’s funeral. Like, how can someone be so shallow and selfish?

And then because Conrad turned away from Belly after that, Jeremiah being the sneaky bastard he was, grabbed the chance and snogged the girl his brother was in love with! And Belly, being naive, completely let herself get swept over by the affection Jere was showing, not even pausing to think, and thinking that she was totally over Conrad.

When they returned back home, I felt nostalgia seeping into me cause the first book made me fall in love with the beach house.
CONRAD WASN’T GOOFING AROUND WASTING HIS LIFE! WHY COULD NO ONE SEE THAT? 😥

But when he gave Jere the thumbs up to try out with Belly, like she was a toy he was done with, I felt really bad. That was so stupid.

Jeremiah was a son of a bitch who went to prom 5 times with different dates, and if that doesn’t show you his character, he just wants things he can’t have and things his bother has. Like affection from their father and Belly’s love.

I hate Belly and I hate Jere (of course I realize it later on but still, my feelings are pretty intense)

But I still absolutely adore Jenny Han’s writing and I connected to some of the characters and some scenes. :’)

 


Review for Book 3 –

*spoilers*

Holy shit. This was so unexpected…
I did think Jere would try and date Belly, but what I didn’t know was that they would go to this extent and that Belly would ACTUALLY think that Jere was her soul mate after all.
And my poor Conrad, my heart was just breaking for him, because of the stupid mistake he made while giving Jere the thumbs up.

Now on to the spoiler section-

WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK?
Wedding? Are you kidding me right now?!

They dated for two years and yet Belly didn’t understand that he wasn’t the right guy? Or maybe she was doing this to get over Conrad…
Conrad did such a great thing when he expressed his feelings to Belly FINALLY.
And that Belly chose him over the asshole who had cheated on her. Even Susannah had known since the start that it would be Con and Belly and I wanted to mentally high five her even though she wasn’t there. Belly’s mom understood Conrad and possibly also liked him more even if she wouldn’t admit it.
When the fathers got involved, shit got real. And seriously, who gets married so early?
The ending was perfect. :’)
I enjoy Han’s writing and devoured the whole trilogy. It just made me yearn for summer!

 


Quotes:

 

“Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.” 

 

“It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful”

 

“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?”

 

“I wondered if this was the way old crushes died, with a whimper, slowly, and then, just like that—gone.”

 

“But just because you bury something, that doesn’t mean it stops existing.”