Thursday, March 5, 2015


Summary of Shatter Me: (provided by Goodreads) 

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

I really wanted to like this book. I heard so many great things about it, and all of my book friends loved it. Not to mention, it’s Goodread's average rating was ABOVE 4 stars (by like, .4 but still.) So I was expecting a really great book.
But sadly, that didn’t happen. In the end, I had to admit to myself that I did not like this book because of one reason. I know that it seems low to only have one reason to dislike a book but this reason killed me throughout all 300-something pages. That would be the writing style. 2 main problems I had with it:

  1. The whole book was filled with metaphors and similes that made absolutely NO SENSE most of the time. Don’t get me wrong - I love similes and metaphors just as much as the next guy, but only if they are good and insightful and not “Hmm...I wonder what one could compare to feeling anger?” *sees a paintbrush lying on the desk* “Oh, I guess falling from a ladder holding a red paintbrush makes sense.” No. It does not.

  1. She constantly repeated words three times. Examples: his eyes were blue blue blue. I was angry angry angry. I was falling falling falling. I was about to start a tally on it with how many times she would do this. I promise I am not over emphasizing how much this happened. I’m cool when books occasionally do this to add emphasis - but it was way too overused.

The whole time I was reading this book, I felt that I was running in circles through terrible metaphors and crazy descriptions. I literally don’t know how to say it better than running in circles. The whole thing was very repetitive, and it nearly drove me mad.
If this book had been written in a more tolerable writing style, I probably would have given it around 4 stars. I liked the story for the most part, and I can’t complain about the romance too much. So if you find yourself reading this book and you’re okay with the style, yeah, read it. If that one aspect isn’t bothering you, then you probably will like it. But purely because of the writing, I have to give it 2 stars. :(

My rating:
Songs that reminded me of this book: Check Yes Juliet by We The Kings