Happy Friday #4: Shatter Me and other stories

Shatter Me

Goodreads summaryJuliette 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.

I won Shatter Me at the beginning of the year and as you can imagine, did a little happy dance. It is the first book I win and it is signed by the author (Thanks again, Beth!).  Really, it is signed and with a great reminder too!

I received the book on Tuesday and started reading on Wednesday.

And…I love it! I want to hug it and hug Tahereh Mafi (not in a weird way just in a “Thank you for writing this book” way)

At the beginning I was unsure, the writing looked a bit different  innovative and I wondered if I could get used to it. Honestly, I did not dive into the story right away.  I was intrigued. My oh my, but when I did jump into it, there was no coming back 🙂 I did get used to the visual, I enjoyed it but I especially relished the poetry falling from some of the sentences and…the relationship between Juliette & Adam is jumping out of the pages. Their story made my heart beat a bit faster. For those of you who read the book, may I just say “Shower scene”, for those of you who didn’t let’s just put it that way: it is steaaammmmy and totally makes sense for the story. It’s not one of those shower scenes in a movie where you just know it has been added so the viewers can see a little bit more skin for no apparent reason. My hubby still loves these scenes 🙂

The way Adam handles his little brother is just another factor to root for him and brings on so many more emotions in the story. Of course, Shatter Me brings much more to the table that those two relationships, it handles feeling different, feeling rejected and acceptance in a touching manner.

Some of my favourite quotes:

  • “Hate looks like everybody else until it smiles”
  • “He takes my hand. Intertwines our fingers. Offers me a smile that manages to kiss my heart.”
  • “I grin. ‘So you’re ten years old?’ He crosses his arms. Frowns. ‘I’ll be twelve in two years.’ I think I already love this kid.”

Versatile Blogger Award: Thanks again Ann Elise Monte and S.M. Boyce 🙂

ChangeWriteNow:

Doing pretty well this week – and stopped smoking on Monday, 5.30pm. Technically one of my goal was to reduce smoking not totally quit but I told myself it was time. I am 30 years old, it’s a good age to stop smoking :-). If I could talk to my 23 year old self, I would tell her “It’s not worth it, it will increase your anxiety, not decrease it…and quitting will kick your butt” I am a paradox, never smoked in France where all my friends did and started in the US. Everything is a learning experience, I am trying my best, let’s see how it unfolds.

So, tell me what made you SMILE this week?

21 Comments

  1. Eve says:

    Oh congrats on your first book win! I’m sure when I win one I will do an embarrassing little dance of my own. I haven’t read this book yet but with all the blogs I follow and wonderful reviews I have created a list of books to read and this one has made the list 🙂

    Best of luck with the smoking. It will be worth it in the end. Good luck.

  2. Jaime says:

    Like you, the beginning of SHATTER ME kind of threw me for a loop. It actually kind of irritated me…and then I got sucked in and loved it 🙂

    I checked out ChangeWriteNow the other day and I totally wish that I’d known about it sooner. I love the idea. And best of luck in the ongoing battle against the cig. You can do it! 🙂

    • Elodie says:

      Thanks Jaime 🙂 I think they might do another ChangeWriteNow in March, it´s fun and quite encouraging I have to say…

      Shatter me moved me and I did not think it would achieve this when I read the first pages but after a chapter or two, I could not put it down 🙂

  3. Colin says:

    SHATTER ME is on my TBR SOON list. 🙂 One of the things that I have heard about it is the excellence of Mafi’s writing. The samples you pulled bear testimony to that.

    And mega congratulations for quitting smoking!! I’ve never been a smoker, but I have smokers in my family. I can only imagine how hard it is to give up something like that after doing it for seven years. I suppose it becomes second nature to think about it. I really hope you manage to quit for good. I don’t need to tell you how much you’ll benefit–it sounds like you already have good motivation. 🙂

    • Elodie says:

      I loved her writing and I really got pulled into the story after a chapter or two…

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Colin…Quitting smoking has a lot to do with breaking habits…once the nicotine is out of the system…and for some reason, that´s the hardest part 😀 but so far so good…

  4. Kitty says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about Shatter Me. It’s on my TBR list! And now even more so – I love those quotes you pulled. Great, great job on giving up the cigarettes! My husband has tried to quit a couple times. It’s a horrible addiction. It took my mother’s favorite brother from her long before his time. Stick with it!

  5. I LOVED Shatter Me! Loved, loved, loved. And I’m a little jealous that she signed your book! (But also extremely happy for you.) Reading the lines you chose from the book gave me chills, remembering how much I love that book! I wanted to drink in all the words. Actually, I want to drink in all the words AGAIN.

    And congrats on quitting!

    • Elodie says:

      Thanks Peggy 😀
      I was super duper happy to win that book and I loved the little signature that came with it 🙂
      She has a way with words and it really took me by the heart.

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