Take Chinen Chinen itibaren 7480 Aldeia Velha, Portekiz
Ugh. You know, unless it's explicitly stated that the book I'm reading is fantasy, I like it to have some kind of grasp on reality. This one didn't. I got about half way through before I gave up and read the last chapter before tossing it on the pile to take to the used bookstore. The characters were unrealistic and the plot was ridiculous and shallow and none of it seemed to get any better by the end of the book. Maybe it's me? Maybe I was expecting too much? But the idea - a girl who has spent her entire life moving from place to place and who has perfected the art of "fitting in" decides that it hurts too much to get attached and leave things over and over again. She decides to not fit in, and in doing so develops real friendships and learns some valuable lessons about herself and her peers - sounds delightful and like something I'd love to read. That's not what I got. I got a fluff and stereotype riddled book that, once again, holds up the idea that people who are socially awkward or unattractive or unpopular are somehow morally (or otherwise) superior to people who are privileged and pretty and popular. Y'all, I was fat and socially awkward and depressed and far from being one of the popular people in high school. I was friends with the drama geeks and the band geeks and the art kids and goths friendly with football players and runners and skaters and the AP crowd. I feel like I can say with some confidence and certainty that none of us were superior or inferior in any real way - every single person I knew (even the ones who talked shit about me) had character traits that were good and ones that were bad. I'm fucking sick of reading books that demonize kids for being different - whichever end of the spectrum they fall on. >:(
It was quite funny - in the movie version I kind of prefer the end with all the timey whimey stuff, but in the book I found that bit a bit tedious. Still good tho.