akmargie's review against another edition
I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things on our hearts. See, on some people's hearts he writes happy and on some people's hearts he writes sad and on some people's hearts he writes crazy and on some people's hearts he writes genius and on some people's hearts he writes angry and on some people's hearts he writes winner and on some people's heart he writes loser.
I think God is the wind. It's all like a game to him. Him. God. And it's all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came my turn, he wrote sad. I don't like God very much. Apparently, he doesn't like me very much either.
IN THE COUNTY OF DREAMS
I have this idea stuck in my head that you have to be born beautiful in order to dream beautiful things. God didn't write beautiful on my heart. I'm stuck with all my bad dreams. Bad dream for bad boys. I guess that's the way it is for me. Look, there's nothing I can do about it.
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guidingkeys's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
Graphic: Addiction and Child abuse
Moderate: Gun violence
Minor: Murder, Bullying, and Homophobia
adesjardins22's review against another edition
some books are like coming up for air, this one's like swimming to the bottom and finally opening your eyes
Benjamin Alire Saenz, I am in love with the words inside you. I gave this five stars but it deserves the whole fucking night sky. Thank you. Thank you for giving me hope.
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filipabooks's review against another edition
As I started this book, I confess I was expecting nothing less than the simply beautiful Benjamin's writing. I was fast disappointed since what I found was much different. "Last Night I Sang to the Monster" is the story of Zachariah, told with Zach's very own words, changing the tone of the narrative completely from the one we could expect.
However, as much as the first half of the book was hard to get through, beause I wasn't really connecting with this book's essence, it still got to me and my feelings. By the end, I was sad, broken, happy and somehow full of hope and possibility.
I think this book shows you how all of us are capable of change and improvement toward better days and happiness, and how important it's to let people get in, to heal, to help the change, when we're in a bad place.
I think that in such a horrible world and scenario, we saw a lot of love and a lot of beautiful things. And that moved me more than I thought it would.
Also, that ending was such a tight hug after so much pain and confusion.
Again, my heart is full: of love, of beauty, of hope and possibility.
sabsey's review against another edition
I also think this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Saenz's writing is really at it's most powerful and moving here. I wouldn't recommend it if you're sensitive to abuse, mental illness, sexual assault, drug abuse, alcoholism, and self-harm. This book IS set in a rehab centre, so it's heavy, but other than that I'd urge everyone to read it. It might be hard for some to push through all the sadness held in this book but it's so worth it.
FIRST REVIEW FROM 2014:
I'm kind of in shock right now...this book was very heavy and intense but the writing was beautiful and I would be lying if I said it didn't make me cry. I feel like this book changed me (though I'm not sure how yet), and I know I'm really going to miss the characters...
This book is a story about healing and recovery and facing "the monsters" in the character's lives, and while it is dark it's also very bittersweet and provokes a lot of emotions in the reader.
I highly recommend it (although it is dark and if you're not good with dealing with heavy themes involving drug abuse, mental disorders, etc. then maybe it's not the best choice)
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