Bad Best Friend Syndrome

04/07/2011 at 8:41 pm (book recommendation, Reading) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The other day I started reading “The Unidentified” by Rae Mariz, and for the most part I really liked it.  The style of writing is easy to get into, the main character, Kid is someone I can relate to, and one of her best friends is likeable too…but it’s her other best friend who I have the problem with.

 

Ari, the bad best friend, is flighty and unreliable, and she only has one common interest with Kid, and even that she doesn’t seem really all that into anymore.  Plus, I don’t think Ari sounds like a good person.  I get the feeling that she would totally sell out her friends to achieve her goals.  So I don’t really understand why Kid is friends with her in the first place.

 

The thing is, “The Unidentified” is not the first book that I’ve read that has this bad best friend syndrome.  Earlier this year I also read “XVI” by Julia Karr, and it had the same problem.  There was also “The Iron Thorn” by Caitlin Kittredge that I was reading and put down for a while, and in that book I just wanted to reach into the pages and punch the main character’s best friend in the face.

 

So, what’s up with this?  Has anyone else come across this trend, or am I just gravitating to the only books like it?

 

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Weakened from the Weekend

04/04/2011 at 5:11 pm (Moday Check In) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It has now been two days since I’ve posted a new blog post, and what I’ve accomplished in that time is really not as much as I had hoped.  I wanted to adjust my novel so my main character showed the growth she was lacking that I talked about, and I also wanted work on some of the other suggestions that my critique group gave me, but unfortunately, the weekend was not nearly long enough.

 

I did manage to write another section in the novel I’m working on with my sister, so now that is over 50,000 words.  Yay!  And I fixed up a different section of my novel.  It was one of those sections that I thought I had changed a while ago, but must’ve just made a mental note to change it, then promptly forgot.  Oops.

 

It’s actually a scene that I’m quite proud of.  It’s real creepy, was totally not planned at all, and just sort of wrote itself.  But after it wrote itself, I kind of sort of forgot a tiny, little detail that would make the whole thing make sense.  But now it’s all fixed, so I’m happy.  But seriously, the scene gave me chills just writing it, so I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

 

This weekend I read most of “The Secret Hour” by Scott Westerfeld.  Since it’s not a particularly long book I had hoped to finish it, but I’ll just have to do that tonight after I’m done posting this.  I do like the book so far, because it has a really unique idea, but I’m not loving it.  So when I’m done with it, I’m probably not going to go rushing out to buy the next two books in the series, but I’ll talk a bit more about that when I do finish it.

 

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a serious book buying addiction.  It’s even worse than my addiction to Cadberry Cream Eggs!  And sadly, all the Borders within reasonable distance of my apartment are closing down, so I’ll only have a used bookstore and a Barnes & Nobles to feed my addiction.  In the mean time though, I’ve been taking clear advantage of the liquidation sales, and I spent a large part of my Saturday at Borders trying to narrow down how many books to get at that time.  I ended up with four for under $20.  🙂

 

The final thing I did this weekend was run 22 miles.  It was not fun.  The park that I went running in was crowded and hot, and the only thing that made the run alright was that my sisters, and brother and law were suffering with me, and my boyfriend joined us for the first part of it.  That, and I had a Cadberry Cream Egg waiting for me for when the run was over.  But seriously, those 22 miles, and the after affects of them took up pretty much my whole Sunday, and that’s what I blame for my lack of writing at that time.

 

Well, that was pretty much it for me this weekend.  Did anyone else get some good writing or reading in?  Any books they would suggest I look for in Borders before it’s gone?

 

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