1. The impossible has happened. I found a Hey Girl Tumblr better than Hey Runner Girl.
If you want to get technical, one of my friends found Hey Christian Girl and then told me about it, but you know. Details.
This. This is my life, y’all. I’m not even kidding. The number of people I know that are my age (or younger) and either have gotten married this summer or will get married this summer is staggering. It’s no wonder I get doom-and-gloomy about my utter lack of a love life.
2. Can I just say that I am ridiculously excited for the BTN Big 10K on Saturday? College football and running are two of my favorite things ever. I’m also so excited to check out the post-race party. They’re billing it as a tailgate, and tailgating is one of my favorite parts about football games. Bahhhhhh can. not. wait!
3. I have a confession to make. I finished Divergent last night, and honestly…I wasn’t impressed.
I wanted to like it. I had heard it was great for fans of The Hunger Games, it’s dystopian, and it takes place in Chicago. Maybe I went into it with too high of expectations, but I honestly felt kind of let down by the book. It was nearly 500 pages, and I didn’t get into it at all until about 250 pages in. I had a few particular issues with the book:
– Even though the book is dystopian, we never really find out how things came to be how they are. It’s somewhat alluded to, but it’s not clear enough for the reader to say, “Yes, I can understand why society would end up this way,” like it is in The Hunger Games, 1984, Brave New World, or any other dystopian novel I’ve read.
– There were way too many characters introduced in way too short of a time frame, which made it extremely difficult to keep track of who was who, especially since only one of the characters had a unique name. When you have a mess of characters with popular, “normal” names, it becomes that much more difficult to keep track of who’s who. I got the hang of it eventually, but it was extremely frustrating in the mean time.
– I didn’t like the Chicago setting (what?!). Mostly, I don’t think Veronica Roth did a good job of incorporating the Chicago setting. A lot of the story was not grounded enough in Chicago and I constantly found myself struggling to place the action. However, other parts where so overtly Chicago (The Hancock Building and Bean scenes, in particular) that I felt like I was being beat over the head with a setting Roth only half-used.
– The writing was just not that good, which I think was my biggest letdown. I felt like Roth kept reverting to the same devices over and over again to attempt to create drama, when in reality it just made the writing look cheap. I didn’t buy a lot of the pain Roth tried to convey because you can only read the word “scream” so many teams before you become desensitized to it.
The book was also a bit too violent and gory for my taste, though that’s obviously a matter of personal preference rather than mediocre writing. Maybe I’m being too critical, but I’m really surprised that this book has been so highly recommended. I might read the sequel, Insurgent, just to see what happens…but it’s not very high on my Must Read list.
Have you ever been let down by a book?
Any fun weekend plans?