After Iris – The Gadsby Siblings

A family full of love, tragedy, laughter and fun – sounds just like the Gadsby Family, Natasha Farrant created. Three years after the tragic death of her twin sister Iris, Bluebell Gadsby (13 years) is still filled with grief. With her parents always flying on business trips and her being invisible in school, not even her three siblings can help her get out of misery. However, it all begins to change with the appearance of her new neighbor Joss, who is in fact, not as bad as she thought he was.

This book tells the tragic story of a broken family with so many funny and loving side stories that you can’t help but fall in love with this book. Besides the heartbreaking story of the dead sister, this book also brings up the perks of being a teenager: bullying in school, fighting with your siblings and first love.

While Joss starts off with just being a great friend for Bluebell, she soon realizes she is falling in love with her three year older neighbor. But not only she seems to like the new boy in town, so does her 16 year old sister Flora.                                                                      After the death of Iris, Bluebell started to become invisible in class. She neither talked to anyone nor did she keep her old friendships up.

Without spoiling more, let me just say that this book is fantastic to read on a daily basis due to its simple but great writing and funny stories!

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TOP 10

Have you ever made a list of the TOP 10 most hilarious/ funniest / most awkward moments of your life? This book counts down the TOP 10 moments of the friendship between the two high school graduates Ryan and Gabby.

Ryan and Gabby are completely, one hundred percent different: Ryan is a popular hockey player who has had NUMEROUS girlfriend which never lasted longer than a week. Gabby however is struggling with anxiety and fear. She is afraid of anything involving parties, attention or conversation with strangers. Two completely different characters and the story of a great friendship is told by Katie Cotugno.

The interesting part about this book is the order it is told in. It is not told from beginning to the end nor from the end to the beginning but separated by the importance of their friendship. Therefore there are moments where you can’t be certain you understood the meaning – but you’ll find out in the next sequel.

Katie Cotugno writes with such a passion and simplicity which not many authors are capable of. She makes her characters come to life and makes you love them. This book is perfect for a short trip or a couple of relaxed days by the pool because it can be read any time and everywhere!

I can not longer write about this book without spoiling important facts: just go read it yourself!

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The Case for Jamie

What’s a WATSON without his HOLMES? It’s actually a good question if thinking of the Reichenbachfall. Watson was clearly moving on but still held on to every memory that didn’t involve anything bad about his beloved Holmes – trying to hold on to the good stuff. Not quite in this book. After the tragic ending of The Last of August, the third novel of the Charlotte Holmes Series takes place one year after.

Blaming Charlotte for the death and the failed plan, Jamie hasn’t talked to his best friend in over a year. He has moved on – or so it seems on the outside. New girlfriend, new dorm room after the murder of Lee Dobson and new friends. But nothing can keep him from thinking about Charlotte – good and bad. Mostly bad. She has changed him – and not in a good way. A man died, although Charlotte hadn’t killed him herself, she was responsible for letting the situation escalate. If she just had told him the truth – isn’t that what best friends are for? Or was Charlotte just using Jamie for pinning crimes on him and being her precious side kick? With strange things happening to Jamie at Sherringford he believes his enemy Lucien Moriarty is onto him again.

Charlotte is tracing down Lucien -trying to end this all in for one. But when receiving messages that Jamie is in danger, her life changes and having to face dangers coming from within the family, she goes on a mission ending with someone killed…

This book is one of the most epic stories ever. In general, I love Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, but what’s better than Charlotte Holmes accompanied by Jamie Watson? These two never bore you, whether they’re fighting over their relationship, tracing down serial killers or facing Charlotte’s drug addiction together. Although living in a totally different century, these two still resemble the old duo. The HOLMES has a drug addiction, plays the violin, doesn’t know anything about the human feelings and has one friend in total: WATSON. WATSON loves Holmes but she destroys him, he wants a normal live but deep down he loves the chase, he hates her but can’t live without her.

Brittany Cavallaro fantastically manages it to bring bribery, secrets, confusions, intrigues and love together and forms a lovely book full of humor, excitement and astonishment….

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Der Besuch der alten Dame

Auch wenn ich diese Tragische Komödie unfreiwillig wegen der Schule gelesen habe, so verspüre ich dennoch den Drang eine Rezension zu verfassen. Nicht etwa, weil ich das Drama als so unglaublich gut empfunden habe, sondern weil ich der Meinung bin, Kritik muss gegeben werden auch wenn der Großteil der Bevölkerung nicht mit mir übereinstimmen wird.

Der Besuch der alten Dame von Friedrich Dürrenmatt ist eines dieser Bücher, die man für  die Schule lesen muss, sich aber wünscht ,sie in die Ecke werfen zu können und ein für alle Mal zu vergessen. Die Handlung ist ganz deutlich voraussehbar – ich weiß nicht ob die Leute deswegen dieses Buch verehren – , doch ich bevorzuge Bücher, bei denen die Spannung aufgebaut wird anstatt weggeworfen.

Das Theaterstück handelt von einer Multimillionärin, die in ihren späten Jahren ihre finanziell ruinierte Heimatstadt Güllen besucht. Mit einem Bürger dieser Stadt – Herrn Ill – hatte sie damals eine Beziehung und zeugte ein Kind mit ihm. Dieser hatte jedoch die Vaterschaft vor Gericht geleugnet und stattdessen eine andere Frau geheiratet. Claire Zachanassian – die alte Dame – kommt demnach nach Güllen um für “Gerechtigkeit” zu sorgen. Darunter versteht sie den Mord an Herrn Ill wegen seines Vergehens vor vielen Jahren. Als Ansporn für den Mörder bietet sie eine Milliarden Euro für die Stadt Güllen als Preis für den Kopf ihres alten Freundes.

Die alte Dame bringt bei ihrem Eintreffen einen Sarg mit, der, wie man bald erfahren wird, für Herrn Ill gedacht ist. Schon allein der Fakt, dass das Ende des Stücks die gesamten 137 Seiten voraussehbar war, ist erbärmlich. Das Zeug, welches einen zu einem angesehenen Schriftsteller macht, ist die Spannung und die plötzliche Wendung der Handlung, was bei dem Besuch der alten Dame zu keinem Zeitpunkt vorhanden war oder angedeutet wurde.

Auch ist es sehr unglaubwürdig, dass die gesamte Stadt hinter der plötzlich auftauchenden Dame steht und ihren alten Freund hintergeht. Wenn das nicht schon schlimm genug gewesen wäre, stellt sich auch seine eigene Familie gegen ihn, was ich sehr bezweifle, dass es in Realität möglich gewesen wäre.

Schlicht und ergreifend ist das Stück weder lustig und kann damit nicht als “Tragische Komödie” eingestuft werden, noch kann es als eines der “angesehensten und ergreifendsten Stücke” aufgefasst werden, das nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg verfasst wurde. Ich verstehe die Auffassung der Leute nicht, die die Andeutung des Mordes durch das Bringen eines Sarges der Alten Dame als lustig empfinden und das Stück damit als Komödie abgestempelt haben. Natürlich ist es amüsant, wenn jemand den Sarg einer Person durch die Stadt trägt und dessen Beerdigung plant, doch es ist eher ein Akt der Grausamkeit als ein Akt, welcher ein Stück in die Kategorie “Komödie” fallen lässt.

Meiner Meinung nach verdienen es andere Stücke oder Bücher weit mehr, in die Kategorie “anregendsten und fesselnden” Stücke oder Bücher zu fallen. Wie kann man dieses Stück als “fesselnd” empfinden und damit Bücher wie Silberflügel von Kenneth Opel außen vor lassen? Verdienen es nicht andere Stücke mehr, die nicht durchschaubar und einseitig sind, als “anregend” bezeichnet zu werden?

ANMERKUNG: Auch vertrete ich die Meinung, dass nicht etwa alte und für die Jugend unbedeutende Bücher und Stücke im Deutschunterricht gelesen werden sollten, sondern neuere, die jüngere Generation betreffende und ansprechende Bücher.

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On my Block

I know I should probably read more often, but it’s not like I’m not reading AT ALL – I just come to appreciate good series. While “good series” might work with a lot of them out there, this is the understatement of the year, maybe even the century. The new Netflix series On my Block has just aired a couple of days ago and is already renowned by millions of people.

It tells the story of four kids living in LA about to go to high school. And because going to high school is suuuuch a big deal in America, they are pretty nervous about that as well. While starting off as a normal high school series about teenager problems like cliques and stuff like that, it gets pretty dangerous at the end.

This series faces the problem of the gangs in America and shows its viewers how the life as a poor person living in LA really is. It also faces the life of many Latinas and gives perspective to many problems America has – but is not ready to face.

Being in a gang means following their rules – even when it can lead to danger and death. Many people don’t know a lot about these poor kids’ lives and that’s what makes this series so rewarding: it gives perspective.

But it not only faces the down side of Americas blocks, but also this rumor: in LA, there is said to be a fortune left by criminals undiscovered for decades. Wanting the money to help their friend escape his brother’s gang and therefore escaping his dangerous life, the three friends are following every lead to find that money…

This series is really worth watching because it faces many problems but is funny at the same time which is hard to master!!!

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The End of the f***ing World

After binge watching many American series on Netflix, this British series has really knocked me off. The dark humor is incredibly funny and the plot is a story having to be told. The End of the f***ing World is a British tv series about two teenagers – James and Alyssa – who run away together, but for different reasons.

James is convinced that he is a psychopath because he has absolutely no feelings and the urge to kill somebody. When he then meets the new girl Alyssa in the school cafeteria, he is sure he found his target…

Alyssa is pissed off by her parents, but mainly by her stepfather. Her mother has now two small babies with her new husband and therefore not paying any attention to Alyssa. For some reason she then decides she wants to have a boyfriend: but not a normal one. So who’s better for that than the outcast James who is always sitting alone?

But neither has Alyssa the idea of James’ real intentions nor a goal in mind. With the astonishing start to this weird series, the two teenagers begin their journey – not thinking a murder would be its consequence…

This series is therefore special because of its funny humor. When thinking about any kind of stuff that has a deep purpose, the characters just absolutely say the opposite out loud. With two very different characters the series guarantees laughter, shock, astonishment and an absolutely unpredictable plot.

The ending although is very sudden and therefore I’m wondering if there might be a second season to follow even when it’s not absolutely necessary.  It is an absolutely MUST WATCH for everyone who either:

  • loves Great Britain or the way they talk
  • loves dark humor
  • just has Netflix because he’s addicted to good series

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of the most imaginative novels I have experienced yet. This strange novel – and by strange I mean a good strange – is perfectly added to the photographs which accompany the story. This book is as much strange as it is unforgettable because you haven’t seen anything this peculiar in your life.

It tells the story of the 15 year old Jacob who has been shown these weird and strange photos by his grandfather since being a little kid. With his grandfather being a jewish kid during the second world war and being raised in an orphanage in England, Jacob starts to believe the stories of his grandfather about these peculiar children. But with growing older, he begins to think the pictures of girls throwing a huge stone or a boy with bees coming out of his mouth are myths and his grandfather is trying to tease him.

But when he finds his grandfather dead in the forest his life is about to change… Not only seeing a monster at the crime scene but also the strange last words from his grandfather start to mess up Jacob’s life. His grandfather told him to find the bird and to go to September 3rd 1940 – but what has that to do with his death? Having nightmares about the creature he saw and being unable to get his grandfather’s last words out of his mind, Jacob leaves for the island Cairnholm alongside his father, where seventy years ago, the orphanage stood where his grandfather used to live.

But with every day on the British island, Jacob starts to lose trust in his guts: was it a wrong decision to make a trip to this deserted island trying to understand his grandfather? And why is the orphanage so destroyed and called the haunted house?     Soon he makes discoveries that are about to change his life, starting with the question: can it be possible that these peculiar children are still alive?

This story is nerve – wracking in every perspective: the photographs give you goose bumps, the characters make you smile and the story makes you want to continue… The plot makes your heart race, never the less makes you addicted. It shows the world from a different point of view, of people having to hide because of their diversity, just what we have in this world as well. It opens your eyes on how it is, to be cut off from the lives being lived without living them yourself – because of the hate in this world. It shows the tragic story of a jewish boy loosing his parents and siblings in the war and then loosing his second family as well – never understood by the family he gained along the way…

It is a MUST READ, even though it has some long pages, not as interesting as the rest… It is a series of three books and even though I loved the first book, I am quite ok with the ending and I’m not planning to continue the story!

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