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Twenties Girl: Sophie Kinsella (A Book Review)

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Twenties Girl: Sophie Kinsella (A Book Review)

Twenties Girl is your favorite chick flick played in a written form that’s bound to send you into fits of giggles as you read along. Join Lara and Sadie’s mishaps of adventures as they went on their search for the necklace that could change everything for the better… or worse.

From the beginning, I already felt the connection to Lara Lington, the protagonist of the story and an independent ‘twenties girl.’

Being a twenties person myself, I’ve had an experience of my own concerning breakups, (at flings in particular since I never had an intimate relationship with someone yet) If taken on an euphonic approach, this refers to a person who’s genuine enough to take the far more serious stage to go steady together, who’s able to successfully get the nitty-gritty from the other and from there, a relationship can truly blossom into forming a stronger bond than before.

Her parents had done their part into coaxing their daughter into moving on by now since it’s been a couple of months since the breakup happened with Lara’s significant other. I appreciate her parents’ gesture more than she does, as she’s already grown tired of hearing the roundup of advices they’ve already equipped on. It was on that exact moment where I’ve truly felt her agony into the life crisis she’s stuck herself with.

Lara’s way of dealing with this issue is something what most people my age, or who’s been through thick and thin long enough to encounter it themselves would possibly do. And I don’t entirely blame her from wanting to do so herself, she’s intrigued into hearing out a closure, after all.

Her position as an entrepreneur is similar to the struggles I had back when I was still a student myself. Lara’s case though is a bit different than what you might have in mind, but the struggles of finding a market, a client in particular that matches the right firm to outsource with is indeed a difficult task indeed. My situation may not be as on the same level as hers but I sympathize with the troubles she’s encountered a whole lot because not all startup businesses begin with a satisfactory outcome as what most successful people have experienced in their days of getting to where they’ve reached so far.

When it comes to traveling on our own paths without the company of no one, we all need someone to keep our chins up in times of doubt and what seems to be a hopeless situation we managed to get ourselves into. I do admire a character that has shown great optimism and would say the words we needed to hear, especially on desperate times. Kate, her companion is the ever loyal assistant we could always count on to cheer and help us out.

The story took an interesting turn as Sadie stumbles upon a great discovery, to what her purpose really is in the first place. That perhaps was the best revelation on their adventures, the very reason why she and Lara became a team right after. I’d very much like to have a Sadie Lancaster to serve as my conscience, the instinct you get right at your gut that tells you to go by it instead of the tactic you’re originally planning on. She may also act like a total jerk than I am on other occasions but she’ll be unexpected as ever, leaving you a trail of unanswered questions, a mystery that yet needs to reveal itself on a certain moment.

What I find both interesting and a bit frustrating to do as you tried reading continuously as you consult a dictionary from the time to time are the word origins. Kinsella’s has a different twist to it since the setting and characters take place in England while I’m still new into learning their expressions and whatnot. But in spite of all what’s been said, it was educational in terms of their dialect and an enlightening journey to engage with their way of how they play with words which is as different from other nations.

As what most avid readers have struggled with, it can’t really be helped that you have to skim through or type the words ceaselessly to learn and expand your vocabulary even more. It’s the fun and dull of reading for me. I very much wanted to enjoy the story but I guess if you wish to improve your literary words and capability into composing vocabularies where your voice is most likely to be found, this is a practice book enthusiasts of all types and curious individuals should learn to do.

The unique feature this novel has is the bond of friendship each character acquired along the later chapters. Each are partnered unexpectedly, you can’t help but wonder if such friendship exists, the kind where two people you’d never thought would get along turned out to be the best of friends who haven’t met until now. This specifically is on the protagonist and two other people who played a significant part on her journey.

There were a couple of life lessons to be included here for the reader to remember by. Some of these morals include realizing what love truly means for a person. Everyone has a different concept of love of their own. And it seems in Lara’s case, we might have done the similar move she did on our times where we think we’re ‘in love’ with them.

I personally don’t see the harm behind fighting for the love you’ve had with the so-called significant other of yours. What makes it a bit of overboard is taking such measures so desperately; you’re unaware of the consequences at stake where ‘give and take’ is no longer applied on the relationship. No matter how much you love them for the traits they have, you can’t keep on making excuses for their bad behavior. Especially if this involves whether or not they share the same feelings you have.

If you did love them as you might say, you have to let them go eventually, knowing that in your heart they aren’t the people you really should entwine with for the rest of your life. This possibly is the hardest step for someone who’s had a breakup or experienced rejection after doing the noble gesture into letting the other know how they truly feel for them. With that, you have to learn to accept this person would never want to do anything with you despite the experiences you’ve shared with that made you see the possibilities love has to offer. As easy it was to say than actually doing it, respecting their decision and being genuinely happy for their new journey without you on it is the best step to deal with heartbreaks.

Love, as one of its theme shows, sets out such an example of how it can sometimes come to the person you’d never thought you end up crossing paths with. Then as it happens, just thinking about the scenario of becoming a couple makes you jittery all over with hope in your eyes.

Moving on, on the other hand takes another toll as it talks of how it affects a person coming from both perspectives and different scenarios. Relating to two sides of their story is an understatement but it’s what I felt throughout. I sympathize on how they chose to deal with their issues and I can definitely see the reason behind their intent to why they decided to apply it. They think it’s for the best, but what they’re merely doing is making it look like they refused to open the doors to other people.

As for Sadie’s prime role, I’m utterly determined she serves more than a great aunt to Lara or a ‘guardian angel’ as she was once quoted. Sadie Lancaster is a conscience we’ve tried to shut out but failed miserably on several occasions we’re able to encounter. She’s the nagging voice we hear on our heads, the one who takes charge of the lesser of the evil options we have left on the place to deal with.

It may not get us the best results as we expect it to be. Rather, the experience itself is all part of the life lessons we’re yet to see for ourselves, on timelines varying on each individual. Oftentimes, it could be a cold hard slap on the face. But even so, it’ll do the trick into making us remember to choose wisely between several choices this time. And that’s what matters.

As for the flaws behind the story, I was a bit disappointed at the so-called ‘plot twist’ the author provided but I thought better of it since there aren’t enough supporting characters to take such roles. Other than that, there’s the issue of not having enough of an introduction concerning Lara’s household. On her sister, especially who’s merely presented as a finicky lady who rambles on and about for a long time not until she get everyone’s full attention and proclaim her love to a certain family member which is a way of hers to make a good impression and appear as someone simply admirable in awe to their success.

I believe having these qualities isn’t at all balanced. I’d like to see that even characters labeled as an antagonist still has something good in them that could make us think of her differently aside from what the author perceived them to become.

There were life lessons ahead applied in an unusual way you would’ve never think of and that was the most unique trait I could ever name in this very book.

I give this a rating of 8/10.

Despite the fact I’m not much of a fan on genres such as this, I was in for a ride and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed on how it came to be. Not in the slightest.

My high praise goes to you, Sophie Kinsella. You just earned yourself a new fan of your works.

 

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A Child Called ‘It’: Dave Pelzer

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A Child Called ‘It’: Dave Pelzer (A Book Review)

Graphically intense and utterly heart-wrenching. Its narration truly feels like child’s call for help, yearning for a sense of belonging from a family who’s disowned him for their mother’s sake.

A Child Called ‘It’ is the first part from his trilogy of My Story where on this particular novel, he narrates the various encounters he’s experienced starting on his primary years at age 4 until 12.

An immensely powerful read, A Child Called ‘It’ tells the story of a young boy named Dave Pelzer, a victim of child abuse coming from his own mother done to him daily out of spite. Out of the number of siblings he’s had, Dave remained the only one receiving blows from here and there as his mother pleases, to the point where everyone in the family disowns him and is eventually considered a nobody.

From the wretched ‘games’ his mother has come up with, it’s a miracle Dave managed to survive all of the hideous attempts she forced him into doing to no avail. There are just about a hundred punishments unimaginable done to him whenever he does a ‘bad deed’ not until he’s finally gotten the help he truly deserves to have.

The entire novel of his first book is well written in a manner that you could imagine every single incident the author has described his terrible childhood from the beginning until the last chapter. The many instances alone he experienced would make it seem as if you too had carried the heavy burden he’s given all those years ago. Emotions emphasized throughout the novel are strongly felt, even to the reader. His hatred on the people whom he shared the same blood with is explained in a calm manner, that of a naive child who only wanted a love from no other than his household.

The optimism he’s kept to himself the entire time he lived in the same roof as his so-called family is what I truly admire about Dave. Despite the instances he endured alone, how his mother loathed for his existence and the attempt of having her own son hate himself as much as she detest Dave, are no match for the faith he had that someone, anybody would come and swoop him out of his home.

His hopelessness on the ceaseless torture experienced every single day finally reveled on as he came to the realization that even the person he believes would serve as his protector gave in to their mother’s wishes. I feel nothing but grief for the boy as his morale begins to simmer down until the detest he had is all bottled up inside him. The many instances he did are desperate even for his sake as he’s on a roll onto committing the various acts of theft to survive.

All the hard work he put his best into paid off as his renowned freedom is claimed after several years have passed. That was indeed pure bliss, especially on his case to be taken out of his so-called home he’s resided as long as he can remember.

The explanation and origin of child abuse in general, the hows and why behind it was well explained by David himself. I admire and have learned so much on the seriousness of the aforementioned issue, how it remains to still exist even to this day.

Two of these chapters struck to me the most for it shows the sudden change of his mother’s self-destructive attitude shown on her son. It may not be as true like she intended to do, but her gesture into being the mother Dave used to love takes an unexpected turn wherein a small part of her conscience wanted to care for him, still despite how she continues to punish the poor boy for simply existing to her life. But sadly, even the little love left within her isn’t going to let that change her mind into bruising Dave’s well-being into shambles.

The other one, as already written on the previous paragraphs is having the only hope that kept him going this far went to side with the family instead. It dawned to him that only he could save himself from the living hell he’s forced to reside with for the rest of his life. Part of his decision to remain strong and fight onward is a noble gesture, with this particular value a truly admirable lesson to live by to everyone in struggle with their own problems.

The single regret I had on this book was not seeing Dave’s own story coming from someone else’s perspective as he’s mentioned this belonged to him alone. A significant character, who also happened to be one of the saviors who ended Dave’s misery said so himself that going through all of the abusive relationships the author had between his mother wouldn’t be necessary. Either way, readers are informed on child abuse from the eyes of the victim and the effect it does to them along the way.

Regarding the book’s rating, I give it an 8/10.

A biography of survival and triumph, a life story of Dave Pelzer would inspire readers to strive onward, no matter what life throws back at you.

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