Inside Out was one of my favourite movies to watch last year, and the characters were so cute, I just couldn’t help myself but to want to do this tag when I saw Jenna from Reading with Jenna do it, all those months back. Besides, whatever makes my blog more colourful is always fun and exciting to me. :p
A book that brings you joy
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
In a weird way, the setting of this book makes me super excited. I’ve always been into games and I LOVE the idea of a world where technology facilitates work and education and pretty much life to the extent that OASIS in Ready Player One does. So amazing!
A book that brings you sadness
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This one is a Middle Grade novel, but it’s really, really sad. I know several grown adults who have burst into tears reading this book, and I myself teared up a couple of times. Review here.
A book that brings you fear
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Fear might not be the right exact word here, but Little Peach was gripping and emotionally difficult to read, and the subject matter it dealt with is definitely one of importance, one that’s very, very real.
I think rather than making me fearful, it made me conscious of the devastating fact that child prostitution still happens… and that’s what’s quite scary.
A book that brings you anger
Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
For such a fun idea, this book was sure disappointing. I found the primary romantic relationships in The Night We Said Yes to be incredibly toxic and the main characters weakly characterised and dangerously co-dependent. Not a fan.
A book that brings you disgust
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars).
I went a bit more in-depth in my review about the several problematic things in this book, but the one thing that really disgusted me was Mallory’s mum; her whole character just left a really bad taste in my mouth. Not only did the things that she did frustrate me, more than that it was this golden line that I really take issue with:
“Mallory, did you give a piece of yourself to this boy? It only takes one bad act to ruin a girl’s reputation.”
Personally, I think it’s wrong to imply that having sex is inherently a ‘bad act’ that can ‘ruin a girl’s reputation’, and I was really bothered when she got away scot-free with it. We need more sex-positive YA books that actually teach, not deliver wrong messages that make teenagers feel bad and ashamed of something that’s part of human nature.