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Good, Bad, and Ugly Books

Hi! I'm Rebecca, a teenager who loves reading and reviewing books! I have had this blog for over two years, and it's been an amazing journey. GBU Books has grown from a Tumblr blog to a Facebook page to an actual website with over 1,950 followers. I'm always expanding GBU Books, so please look at the links above for other versions of my website. Besides reviewing, I have a couple of weekly segments, which you can read about in the tabs above. So check out the website, ask questions, and don't forget to click the follow button! Note: Any pictures I post are not mine unless I say otherwise. Thanks to Nicole for the background and header!

Rebecca's bookshelf: read

The Running Dream
Notes from an Accidental Band Geek
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
An Abundance of Katherines
Across the Universe
Liar & Spy
Skinny
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
Legend
Before I Fall
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Johnny Tremain
Animal Farm
Blue Moon
Someone Like You
The Scorch Trials
Looking for Alaska
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
The Fault in Our Stars
The Maze Runner


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2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Rebecca has read 1 book toward her goal of 54 books.
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Aug 31 '14

ifeelmydemonsmisleadingme asked:

What book are you having to read?

It’s called Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Some of the claims are interesting but the rest is irrelevant, outdated, and generalizations. I just want to read so many other things, it’s frustrating. 

Aug 31 '14

The book I’m reading for English class right now is so terrible and it kills me because there are a thousand better books I could be reading. 

Aug 31 '14

Review: Fever

Book Review #84: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

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Overall Rating: 9.3/10 (4.5/5 stars)
Plot: 8.5/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 9.5/10
Originality: 9/10

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Published: 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Number of Pages: 341 | Paperback Edition

Summary: Escaping the mansion was just the beginning. As Rhine and Gabriel leave one gilded cage behind, they are trapped in another. In a carnivalesque scarlet district presided over by a twisted ringmistress, Rhine is at risk of being sold back to the Gatherers—but fate has other plans. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine undertakes the perilous journey to Manhattan, determined to find her twin brother.  The landscape is grim and the road is long—and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious.  Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion by any means necessary.  In this sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price—now that she has more to lose than ever.

Review: Sequels are strange, especially sequels in dystopian trilogies. I usually don’t review sequels in dystopian trilogies, firstly because I generally read the third book before I have a chance to review the second, skewing my opinion of the sequel, and secondly, sequels are generally a mess. Sequels of dystopian trilogies are usually just this strange state of limbo, preparing for a big finale with a lot of death and booms (The Divergent Trilogy comes to mind…). However, this is one of the few sequels I have read that I have honestly enjoyed. The plot, though generally slow paced and would lose the interest of those who read dystopias for the action, is actually realistic and something I really got into, the characters are detailed, even the ones that are just introduced, and the prose is fantastic, with wonderful descriptions. Sequels are strange and often disappointing, but Fever by Lauren DeStefano is an exception to this stereotype.

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Aug 31 '14

I hate it when you put hardcovers on a shelf for a while and next thing you know the bottom of the dust jacket is crinkly 

Aug 30 '14

kalebattle:

They arrived today.

I didn’t realize that each book comes with a bookmark attached to the dust jacket. They’re beautiful, but I don’t know if I have the guts to detach them!

Aug 30 '14

Help, what should I read first, Ready Player One or 1Q84?

Aug 30 '14

nicodicat:

there are a lot of things in this world that I don’t like, and I can live with that but why do they put stickers on books

Aug 29 '14

laurendestefano:

When people look down on modern literature in favor of the classics, they forget the classics were once modern literature that was looked down upon by people like them.

Aug 29 '14

bookmad:

if i don’t find a book that knocks my socks off across the ocean, i’m going to scream. real talk

Aug 29 '14

Everyone’s queue tags are so pun-filled and adorable and I’m just sitting here like #queue -_-