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No More Us for You Hardcover – January 27, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The beginning wasn't slow at all and I felt the characters were portrayed very realistically.
I agree with another reviewer that said Isabel was really depressing. But I think it was okay for the author to make her this way, with it being the anniversary of her boyfriend's death. Some people have a hard time getting over these things and it wasn't like she completely shut herself off from her friends or the rest of the world.
I thought Snake and Carlos were hilarious together.
Heidi's jealousy of Vanessa and Isabel getting closer together was also portrayed accurately. I have witnessed that happened to a few friends of mine.
I like how Carlos' and Isabel's relationship progressed. When they first meet, you begin to get nostalgic of when you first met someone you liked. You root for them and hope that something good happens.
The accident with Snake and Vanessa completely broke my heart. I think the author did a good job of showing Isabel's and Heidi's breakdown. Also, I was annoyed at first of Carlos' kissing Nadine, his fellow security guard and sneaking off to Mira, his ex-girlfriend, but I get it: he was vulnerable.
I like how the characters attempted to move on and accept what happened, especially with Isabel who has experienced two deaths within a year.
The only part of the book I didn't like was the ending. It felt abrupt and kind of left me with a question mark on my forehead. Obviously, Carlos' and Isabel's relationship grows but what else? And what happened to Snake?
I was surprised at (but didn't mind) the amount of alcohol and drugs that were involved. A lot of high school students do go through that: tons of partying, drinking and experimenting with pot.
So I think this is a really realistic book that shows dealing with relationships, the social life of a high school student, and as well as the growing up that comes with tragedy.
I liked Carlos's perspective the most, everytime he was in the art gallery that he worked at as a security guard my ears perked up. I loved it all, the strange artwork, the crazy man that comes into the gallery to destroy artwork, and the artist that comes in to repair his neon sign piece that has partially burnt out. It was a great atmosphere that the author created. You could definitely tell the author has a background in the arts! This passages really shine for me!
I found this a hopeful book that shows a great snapshot of teen life but felt like it barely scratched the surface of what the author had created for himself to play with.
Done properly, that kind of ambiguity can be a great literary device, but it's very hard to do and, in my opinion, the author couldn't make it work. Nevertheless this is a good novel with genuine friendships, which I would recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was Tragical in the begging and in the middle , but romantic and a whole lot less tragical in the end but what ever happened to Snake and his coma? Did he wake up or die?Published 13 months ago by Lindsay Miller
No More Us for You was a sad story about loss and learning to live again. However, it was also a story that really didn't live up to its potential. Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by The Book Pixie