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Althea And Oliver (2014)

by Cristina Moracho(Favorite Author)
3.12 of 5 Votes: 6
0451472632 (ISBN13: 9780451472632)
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review 1: This was a "so good, I can't wait to find out what happens next" kind of book. Lifelong friends Althea & Oliver are similar in looks only and different in every other way. As Oliver struggles with a sleeping disorder, Althea comes to grips with her increasingly confusing feelings towards Oliver. They each try to find themselves without the other.I related to the relationship between Althea and Oliver, having been through something similar in my youth; because of this, I was familiar with the tension between the characters and emotions they each felt. But having experienced something similar is not requisite to enjoying the dynamic between the characters. I think most teens will find the story of Althea and Oliver as exciting, intriguing, and confusing, as most teen rel... moreationships feel.Though a YA book and about teens, there are some "explicit" or "graphic" scenes which may be objectionable by some. I found it refreshing as I felt the novel depicted experiences that many teens actually do go through, whether teachers or parents want to admit it or not.I particularly enjoyed the ending, feeling that it was a realistic turn of events rather than the "ideal" or "fairy tale" outcome that many YA novels depict.A great read; I highly recommend it.
review 2: “How superfluous other people can seem when you are convinced you already have the only ones you need.”(quote from Althea & Oliver) I liked this quote from Althea and Oliver because it was true. I mean, if you feel like you have enough people in your life, then other people will just be useless to you. You wouldn't need anyone because you have all you need. The part in the book with this quote was when Althea started to realize that she has been hiding from everyone and new friends her whole life because she thought Oliver was the only one she needed. I gave this book a 4 because I thought it was good writing, had a good story, and I loved the characters and how they were like perfect together. I hated the ending, but I still thought the book was pretty good. Even if it was longer than what I’m used to reading, I was still able to read the whole thing without getting bored like some other books as long as this. Sometimes during the book I just wanted to skip to the end to see what happens, because while reading, I wasn't sure if Althea was going to be with Oliver or they would just go their separate ways. Althea like likes Oliver, but Oliver doesn't feel the same way. I hated how they both couldn't agree on liking each other. The characters were very annoying sometimes. I just wanted to grab them, stick them together, and make them kiss. Problem solved. I wanted to read this book because the cover looked interesting, with a pillow and a lock of hair with two colors on it, and when I read the first part, it seemed good. This book started off pretty good, and got a little worse towards the end. But maybe I just thought that because I thought the ending was bad. Of course, Althea and Oliver loving each other is probably not the main point of the book, but that was all I could think about while reading the book. What makes this book unique is that it involves ‘life’ choices. The choices the characters make are very important and will affect them for the rest of their lives.. Adults can relate to this because they might remember when they were younger and making similar choices as Althea and Oliver are. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Oblivion by Sasha Dawn, Trouble by Non Pratt, The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, or The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. This book is very similar to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. They both have romance and a ‘life-changing’ disease. Althea and Oliver was a great book. I actually liked it and I am a very picky reader. less
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Oliver's sleeping sickness was a very unusual plot device. Althea is an unforgetable character.
Almost gave it five stars, but Oliver ran to hot & cold for me.
I think this book got away from moracho just too much going on
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