I thought it was a beautiful book Each chapter we get something that Ellis loves or things she might love Sometimes those things changed Sometimes I didn t know why she loved certain things or people until we saw of her life It was really special I loved that format This book has a romance element It has some comedy It s really a story about a girl growing up A girl coming to terms with the fact that her mother wants to pull the plug on her father A girl realizing that she s been holding onto a hope so tightly that she hasn t been enjoying life like her father would want for her.Ellis goes along with things For example, everything Abby puts her through Abby might be one of the worse friends I ve ever seen in a book but Collin and Ellis let her be Just when I thought I couldn t dislike Abby it happens but still no real immediate consequences for her actions in the book At the end, I feel like there will be a change but I don t know how much things will change.Ellis also goes along with what Evan wants in this book a little I feel like that part didn t surprise me because I don t think Ellis had much agency in other parts of the book unless it had to do with her dad She made a dumb decision because she always did what was expected of her when it came to friends and popularity I think part of that was because of her main focus being her father Where this book ends there are a lot of changes on the horizon for her I liked that it was a little open ended about what some of those changes might be. Loved how at the ending, the number 37 was tied in, that was cool Otherwise this was an easy read, with 37 short chapters, with not a whole lot of thinking involved except for that twist in chapter 23 hay carumba I also noticed that the reading level on the back said ages 14 and up, but I thought this was for a middle school level, even though the characters are in high school Things I Love In No Particular Order By KeklaThings I Love Book Readreviews From The World S Largest Community For Readers Ellis Only Has Four Days Of Her Sopho Year Left, And Summer PDFThings I Wish I D Known Before My Do You Want To Remove All Your Recent Searches All Recent Searches Will Be DeletedThings I Know AtThought Catalog Where You Come From Shapes Where You End Up, One Way Or Another Better Living Through Chemistry Is Not Only Possible, But Transformational Living The Unexamined Life Sounds Kind Of Restful Sometimes, But Who Are We KiddingThings I Sold On EbayYouTube Here Sitems I Sold On Ebay Last Week Please Subscribe If You Like This Series, These Are The Items That Are Selling On Ebay For Me Right Now Link To MyThings I Ve Learned ByCharlie Quirk Medium An Unremarkable Birthday, But The First I Ve Felt Compelled To Share What I Ve LearnedThings I Ve Learned Byis Published By Charlie Quirk Things I Love In No Particular Enter Your Mobile Number Or Email Address Below And We Ll Send You A Link To Download The Free Kindle App Then You Can Start Reading Kindle Books On Your Smartphone, Tablet, Or ComputerThings I Know Now Shani Silver Medium It S My Birthday I Ve Been Alive Foryears Now Which Seems Like A Lot And Also Not That Much Either Way It Seems Selfish To Keep What I Know To Myself, Given That There Are Some Real Gemshula Seventythings To Do Before I Turni Love That You Seem To Love Lists As Much As I Do And I Love That I Ve Done Your Numbers In My Favorite City Totally Happy To Have Found This Blog Of Yours Via The Sweetness That Is Mati RoseThings You Ll Regret When You Re Old BuzzFeed It S Not Just That Your Grades Play A Role In Determining Where You End Up In Life Eventually You Ll Realize How Neat It Was To Get To Spend All Day Learning, And Wish You D PaidattentionThings White People Need To Stop Ruining In Reporting On What You Care About We Hold Major Institutions Accountable And Expose Wrongdoing I felt sorry for the protagonist for what happened to her father, who was one of the most important people in her life, but other than that I felt detached from her and I couldn t care less about all the decisions she made in the book which, in addition, I couldn t understand even when I tried to Her friends were insipid characters who didn t undergo any sort of personal growth over the course of the story Other than that brief moment where she mourned for her father, this book failed to get a reaction out of me.There were also a lot of things left unresolved, like her relationship with her mom, and her friendship with Abby, as well as her romantic involvement with Cara Honestly, I did NOT see that one coming Would she and her mother ever grow closer after everything that happened Was Abby still her best friend despite all that had gone down between them There was no closure whatsoever.Overall, this was a little bit sad but doesn t really hit you right in the feels. This book is a story put together with 37 things the narrator loves, each chapter is a different thing but the story is tied together by each one The story is about the main characters life and how she goes through some major changes Her dad had a terrible accident a few years ago and he never woke up from the coma so her mother decided it was time to let him go But that was only her mothers decision, she didn t to let him go she still had hope he would wake up She had a very strong connection with her father even after the accident She would visit him in the hospital and talk to him as if he s listening On top of that she becomes friends with an old friend again and finds the truth on how their friendship was lost But as this is going on she still finds 37 things she loves in everything around her I admire the main character and her strength and decisions she makes throughout the book We actually share some of the same love for things, and i thought that was very interesting She is a very brave and courageous girl, and the things she goes through are very life changing but she handles them well Her thought process throughout the book is what really interested me The way she portrays her thoughts and emotions was very fascinating. I found this in the college library and read it I liked the plot about her dad, and the prose, but the actions in the story made me uncomfortable, starting with the party scene and leading up to the point I quit, which was shortly after a hang out session gone wrong I wish I d known it was going to get sexual That s my least favorite thing to read It s generally why I put down books I m not putting this on the DNF because I did read it mostly It s a chick on chick romance without much foreshadowing of it being so And can we talk about how Cara takes advantage of Ellis emotional turmoil Then she acts like being put out of the friendship is somehow equal to having a dad in a coma about to die And we re supposed to like her I mean seriously, Ellis goes over at a time of emotional hardship and Cara starts putting moves on her, without even knowing if she s gay It was disturbing, I didn t like Cara, and I put the book down If we gender flip it, Cara Carl, people wouldn t like it so much Ellis and Carl were friends as kids, for some reason Ellis and Carl stopped hanging out About midway through the book, they ve just started talking again Ellis dad is in a coma, about to die, Ellis asks to come over They go swimming, and talk about a few things.Then they watch a movie together, and he starts fondling her quite intimately without any previous indication that she liked him When she s like Back off, I came over here for emotional support because my dad s in a coma and they re thinking of cutting his life line, but only with my permission, and my life is a horrible wreck Carl is like but you guys unfriended me That s emotionally about the same thing And logically Ellis does not agree and runs off, but eventually decides she likes Carl anyway Why I feel like if you champion a cause , you re suddenly free from critique Well, here s some critique I didn t like it And I felt like it was misadvertized by the inside flap I wasn t looking for a gay romance, and the lack of foreshadowing lead me to believe that the author didn t want the reader to know until the end But feel free to disagree with me By the way, I read the version with the swing cover. In the book 37 Things I love In no Particular Order Ellis, the main character, has had a rough two years Her father was in a construction accident and has been in a coma for two years now Her relationship with her mother and her best friend are not exactly in the best shape Ellis and her mom rarely ever see each other because her mom works nights at the radio station and Ellis is at school during the day, and when they are finally together they do not know what to say to each other and have little to no communication Her best friend , Abby, cares about herself and who is going to ask her out this week than how Ellis is doing The only thing Ellis actually enjoys doing is visiting and talking with her father She feels he is the only one who could truly understand and be there for her although he is not fully there She spends a lot of the book attempting to reconnect with her old friend who was pushed away after her dad s accident She is being forced to make some tough decisions involving her father and her friends She learns how to let go and do what is best for all involved, an important lesson we all need to learn I enjoyed the story of the book, but the setup of it not so much It had potential to be so much better I recommend it to high school and even middle school students I give 37 Things I love by Kekla Magoon 3 out of 5 stars. 4 5 StarsEllis father has been in a coma for years now after a construction accident in hopes that he still might wake up one day There are only 4 days left of her sopho year before summer vacation starts and Ellis is ready for it Our main character goes to visit her father frequently after school, which adds strain to her already troubled relationship with her mother Ellis is also fighting with her best friend, or at least on her end she is Often passive aggressive, Ellis has a hard time dealing with all the stresses in her life On top of everything, she recently started talking to a friend she hasn t spoken to since middle school Follow her journey as she comes of age and comes to terms with love, loss, and relationships.Okay, confession time I picked up this book for no other reason than hot dayum look at that cover I was browsing the young adult section of the Library and couldn t pass this one by.I m so glad that I picked it up, because I ended up loving this book way than I thought I would based on the description I don t even know where to start, since there s so much I want to say.I guess I ll start with the plot story atmosphere This felt very The Perks of Being a Wallflower to me, but not in a bad way I ve read quite a few books trying to emulate the passive aggressive tone of that rapidly becoming a classic book Most I ve been disappointed with This one I wasn t.I really enjoyed this plot I thought it was strong, believable, and mostly realistic Most young adults don t have to come of age while their father is confined to a hospital bed in a coma, but I found the storyline to be relatable regardless I was interested to find out how everything was going to play out and watch Ellis come into her own.Speaking of Ellis, I really did like her character She can be kind of whiney and woe is me all alone, but it comes across in a very un idealistic way I felt myself really relating to her and where she was coming My father was never in a coma, but I understand the way in which she displayed her emotions and tried to deal with stress and grief.I also didn t mind the fact that she had a strained relationship with her mother because they still loved each other and fought over practical issues Their relationship isn t strong, but it s written strong I found this to be, like everything else, believable and appropriate to the story.The other characters held their own, too They all had depth and unique, highly believable personalities and character traits The development of them was highly satisfactory, especially Ellis and her close friends as well as Ellis relationship with her mother The set up of this story is also something to note It s creative and fresh I loved the fact that each chapter was Ellis talking about something she loved and how it affects her life and then how it also actually tells the narrative and moves the story along I thought the execution of it all was near perfect The writing increased this book s strength It s not exceptionally special, but instead is quick to read with short chapters This works in the book s favor, though, as it makes it compulsively readable and easy to finish in a few sittings or only one sitting if you re feeling particularly determined.Now, it says in the title that these 37 things are in no particular order, but we, as readers, know better, don t we As I said, the 37 things are not just random but are actually telling the story as new events unfold And, of course, it all comes together in the end, which I really liked.I m going to warn you, though this is a tear jerker I found myself shedding a few as I finished the last couple chapters.The last thing I want to talk about is the way sexuality is tackled When I picked this book up, I had no idea this fell into the LGBTQ category, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that creep up in the story My favorite part about it is that Magoon does not feel the need to justify and explain the queer aspects of this book She writes it like any other contemporary story with a love interest, and I gave much silent applause to that fact.We don t need books about being queer we need books with people that are queer Or any other type of identity that respectively falls into the LGBTQ category So, all in all, if you like contemporaries or are looking for something similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower except female driven , definitely pick up a copy of this book It didn t quite make it to the 5 star rating for me, but 4 stars is still an unbelievably good book Review originally published on my Wordpress blog Dreaming Through Literature. A beautiful teen novel that leads the reader through an accurate portrayal of how a fifteen year old experiences loss, emotional turmoil, friendship and betrayal, first loves, questions of sexuality, and the pressures of high school in a neat 240 pages Once I started reading, I had to be forced to put it down we were Christmas shopping, and I d wasted over an hour of my friends time and finished it the moment I had time aka, the moment I returned to campus I curled up in my favorite chair and devoured the last half of the novel Initially, I d been planning to just read it in the store and not buy it, but once I was halfway through, I realized that I needed to own it That s pretty high praise from me it means I liked it enough at the halfway point to want to finish it, and to want to give the author my money, and to want to potentially share it later on All in all Great story. 37 Things I Love in no particular order by Kekla Magoon is about a girl named Ellis She is just finishing her sopho year in high school and is ready for summer Her dad has been in a coma due to a construction accident that happened 2 years ago Ellis has been struggling to keep a healthy relationship with her mother due to the fact they are deciding if they still want to keep him on life support I relate to most of the teenage characters in this book based on how they handle different scenarios throughout the book Throughout this book it has kept me on my toes as many of the characters pulled out a twist within the book Many times while I was reading I had laughed and felt sad as a variety of events occured Something I didn t like about this book was the main character mostly focused on the people around her instead of getting help when she needed it most I would highly suggest this book to anyone who is interested in drama This book has its fair share of characters and their problems along the way A book like this can really affect how you see the way you treat people in your life as you compare the people in your life to the characters in the book In the book Ellis states 37 things she loves that are not in any particular order She loves her friends Abby, Cara, and Colin She loves her mom even though they get into many fights She adores her dad as to why she is fighting her mom to keep him on life support in the hospital Ellis has a love for many things in her life but she has a no particular way of choosing what she loves than others that s why they are in no particular order throughout chapters of the book.
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