10 February 2013

Random Quotes #idk

Iliescu: we can use the Squeeze Theorem.
Me: Maybe you can.

30 September 2012

I legitimately do not know what is wrong with me

like I know the medical diagnosis and stuff but
I don't
I don't know what I'm doing so wrong that not only is my academic life screwed up, everything else is getting screwed up too.
And I can only just
stand here and watch my entire life fall apart.
I don't know what's going on.

28 September 2012

Can I just repost this because this is the most accurate thing I have ever said

1. Think about him instead of doing homework
2. Think about him instead of paying attention in class
3. Never talk to him ever
4. Cry
5. Die if he likes you back
6. Eat ice cream
7. Rinse and repeat

Book Review: The Selection

The Selection
by Kiera Cass

Concept: ★☆☆☆☆
Characters: ★☆☆☆☆
Writing: ★★★☆☆
Plot: ★☆☆☆☆

The Selection is a fantasy novel about a pageant of sorts held to determine the next queen of the main character's country, Iléa (located in North America). It's a dystopian novel, featuring, like many other dystopian novels do, a strict caste system, in this case organized by numbers. The main character, America (wow, really?), enters the Selection at her caste-climbing mother's insistance, and gets chosen as one of the 35 girls competing for Prince Maxon's hand and the crown of Iléa.

The first few page definitely don't draw the reader in, as they're devoted to explaining the caste system and the characters. Cass somehow manages to explain too much and too little about the world she's created, leaving the reader bored by her explanation, but still confused by the system as a whole. Basically, Iléa has this cast system wherein ones are royalty and eights are destitute, and this is based on the caste of your parents and your parents' parents and so on and so forth. And that's an issue,  so the royalty holds this selection for the next queen such that the next queen is chosen from the general population to build morale. The second problem with the beginning of this book is the way in which the characters are introduced: all at once. The beginning is really boring, but I persevered because it was recommended by Ms. Macer whom I like.

It gets a little better from there, though. Cass's sub-par characters interact in above-par ways in the America's secret tree house. It's hard to suspend disbelief and enjoy the book (America and her boyfriend are apparently doing illegal things by ~kissing~), but the problems they face and the way they react to them is somewhat interesting. In fact, until America left for the palace and the Selection, I was actually kind of enjoying the book.

However, once we move to the palace, the book just goes downhill. Fast. Prince Maxon is a stock, princely character that defies America's expectations and fits right into ours. He listens to everything she says, even providing food for the lower castes at her request, and is basically her prince charming. But she doesn't like that kinda guy, apparently. She likes the kinda guy who dumps her so that she can go marry a prince. And the ending is really, really bad too, because it doesn't end.

Basically, Keira Cass' first legitimately published novel is.... meh. The world she created is generic (see, The Hunger Games or Divergent for similar worlds), the characters are generic, and the plot is predictable. Although Cass' writing is strong, her weak plot and characters make her first non-self-published novel throughly unenjoyable. 

SNARKY PLOT SUMMARY (spoilers ahead)

06 September 2012

Random Quotes, part 51

"At first I was excited because I thought the democrats were nominating a half-microwave burrito (HISPANIC OUTREACH), but they really meant Barack Obama."

29 August 2012

Trying to remember to do this

I like blogging but I'm addicted to tumblr and I can't
post things about myself there
because idk
but anyway yes im GOING TO bLOG HERE
so pay attention lol

29 July 2012

The Day after tomorrow

it's really good
watch it
it's on spike right now

28 July 2012

Friendship Bracelets are fun.

I have like every color except really bright blue.. aka
bright red / dark red / dark orange / dark yellow / light yellow / bright green / dark green / green-blue / teal / light turquoise / really light blue / blue / really dark blue (sapphire) / bright purple / dark purple / really light pink / darky pink / a whole lotta black and white :D

So who wants friendship bracelets!??!?!?! Comment or email or whatever idec (complete / in progress / not started; they chose this / I chose this)
Holly (light turquoise + white; zig-zag)

Monica (black, white, light blue, dark blue, yellow; leaves)

Anne (rainbow; stripes)
Yeska (YE$KA)

Mommy (turtles)
Yuliya (BADASS)
Allison (pink black and white; diamonds)
Anna (red, yellow, blue; zigzaggy weird thing)

31 May 2012

Rosalyn's Guide to Having Crushes

1. Think about him instead of doing homework
2. Think about him instead of paying attention in class
3. Never talk to him ever
4. Cry
5. Die if he likes you back
6. Eat ice cream
7. Rinse and repeat