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The Outsiders Review – Top Shelf Book Reviews #2

Hello there you snowshoes. It’s time for the lowly anticipated second edition of this new book review series! Today i’ll be reviewing The Outsiders!

I’m only just realizing that essentially i’ll be only reviewing my favorite books in this series. Given that it’s the books on my top shelf, and I put books up there that I enjoy a lot, there won’t be too many bad scores.

My mom was apparently obsessed with this book when she was a teenager so she got me to read it when I was 11. I didn’t really understand it, and I thought Dally and Darry were the same person… I still came away with a positive view on the book though.

However, my ELA teacher has assigned this book to us for work stuff this year, and I reread it! This time I could tell the characters apart, and understood what they were talking about! While this book probably doesn’t make my Top 5, it’s definitely up there!

As for the plot development, from what I read, it all takes place within about a week or a week and a half. The story is spaced out pretty well and it doesn’t ever drag on. The characters are well implemented, and manage to stay relatable decades later through the fact that they are mostly detailed variations on popular archetypes. They seem alive in the book, and keep the story interesting even when rereading the book.

The resolution of the plot is done well and [minor spoiler] the loop that it makes at the end with Ponyboy starting to write his book is pretty cool.

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The deaths at the end of the book are enough to satisfy any person who reads sad stories 😦

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Overall, I rate this book 8.5/10, subtracting points for timely slang that isn’t so timely anymore and Ponyboy not really resolving things with Cherry.

Thanks for reading this hastily thrown together book review 😀

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Brave Story Review – Top Shelf Book Reviews #1

Hello there you rainbow yo-yos! This is the first episode of a series called Top Shelf Reviews (see NOTE), which you can find out more about here. I’m really excited for this project, and I hope you are too!

NOTE: I decided to change the name of this series to Top Shelf reviews, as RAREBOTS sounds like some kind of bionacles thing. Sorry if you liked that name.

Book Title: Brave Story

Author: Miyuki Miyabe

Genre: Fantasy

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I’ve most likely mentioned before on here that this is my favorite book, so this is probably a little bit biased. Just warning you.

I found this book at McKays, which if you didn’t know is like a huge thrift store, but fancier and you can bring your stuff in to trade in for cash or in-store credit. The location closest to us is HUGE, and I was just wandering around being kind of overwhelmed by everything, so I wasn’t actually picking anything. We were getting close to leaving when my mom noticed that I hadn’t picked anything out to read/listen to/watch, so she picked up a book from a shelf based purely on the cover picture. I was slightly interested by the wavy writing on the back, so I thought I would try it.

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*Sorry that the two pictures are drastically different sizes, I couldn’t find some that matched*

I read the book in about a week and a half, quickly digesting all of it in wonder. I realized when I finished that this was my favorite book, even surpassing Twerp.

What keeps this book interesting (even through 800 pages), was the world-building and character arcs through everyone. This was also one of the first impressions on me from Japanese culture, and I was reeled in even by the regular for them things, like cram school. Aside from that, the fantasy elements of the book are well-implemented and the themes and conflicts that arise throughout the book are intriguing and keep the characters fresh, along with mixing in plenty of allusions to past real-world events. The rivalry between two of the main characters didn’t feel forced, and the build-up and conclusion of this subplot were well-timed and well-written. The overall ending of the book felt like it was in the right place, and while some parts dragged a little bit throughout the middle, I think it finished strong.

However, some problems with this book are the aforementioned plot dragging on, and a little bit too much crammed into the story. On the first point, sometimes things got a bit slow, or things happened that didn’t seem to really but that linked to the main plot. That brings me to my second problem with the book, too many details crammed into the book. Even though it all wraps up well, my brain is usually a little bit clogged at that point, because it’s hard to comprehend every detail in the book while you aren’t focusing completely on it the whole time you are reading it.

Aside from these few complications, Brave Story is still my favorite book. Perhaps one day another book will take the crown from Brave Story, but that day isn’t today.

I rate it 9/10.

And now a poll, for the next book reviewed in this series.

Thanks for reading this post, I really appreciate it 😀

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Top Shelf Book Reviews

Top Shelf Book Reviews Announcement (previously known as RAREBOTS)

Hello there you partially eclipsed penguins. I am here with you today to announce a new series!

What if one person, took on a task so monumental that he couldn’t even conceive finishing it? His plan wasn’t rock solid either, what if he grew bored of the task and gave up? What if he couldn’t handle the responsibility, or the power that comes with the completion of this impossible quest? 

Luckily, he can. (probably)

You may be wondering what i’m talking about, whether or not i’m ever going to get to the point, etc.

I will review every book on the top shelf of my bookcase!

I think I may have thought of this in the past, but didn’t want to actually put in the effort and do it. Well now I do want to put in the effort and do this!

Here’s a picture of my top shelf:

That’s 26 books, but i’m going to be adding a 27th surprise one at the end!

A review will come out every Saturday until the series finishes. One book a week isn’t too bad. The only book that I would think might take more than that is Brave Story, but luckily i’m already halfway through it right now.

I hope you guys will enjoy this 😀

*Also, as an update for GoFundMe donators, the letters are written, and should be shipped by Friday.*

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this announcement post!

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