Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Sunset Tree Review


The Sunset Tree is a sparkling addition to The Mountain Goats's musical career. Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Pianist John Darnielle (pronounced DARN-KNEEL) along with bassist/back-up singer Peter Hughes, focuses on Darnielle's youth growing up in a household with an abusive stepfather and his drug addiction.
The album includes Darnielle's most well-known song, "This Year", with the chorus "I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me"(Darnielle, This Year), and also includes "Dance Music" where Darnielle tells the story of two periods in his life: when he was "five years old or six maybe" (Darnielle, Dance Music), and listening to what he describes as dance music to escape the sounds of his stepfather, and when he is seventeen, his life nearly gone down the drain, with the "last best thing I've got going" (Darnielle, Dance Music) being eaten away by the "special sequence sickness" (Darnielle, Dance Music,  waiting for the police to arrest him for drug posession, again listening to dance music.
In "Love, Love, Love" Darnielle describes the things you do for love, with the famous line, "Raskolnikov felt sick/but he couldn't tell you why" (Darnielle, Love, Love, Love" as the killer sees his reflection in his victim's eye.
Another one of my personal favorites from the album is "Up the Wolves" a story about Remus and Romulus, the two fictional wolves who founded Rome, but tells about overcoming abandonment.
The album closes with "Pale Green Things", a song recalling the time he went to the racetrack with his stepfather, the last line of the album telling how he found out about his stepfather's death.

The album is an emotional rollercoaster, and a perfect introduction to the magical world of The Mountain Goats. You won't hear them on the radio, but with over six hundred songs, you'll surely find one that relates to you.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Future Of Us Book Review

Today, nearly everyone has Facebook. But there was a time before Facebook, and there will be a time after it.
What would you do if Facebook did not yet-exist and you got a computer, and it automatically logged onto Facebook? And if every time you refreshed the page your future changed? How would you tell your best friend not to go out with that guy because you know that she'll end up pregnant?

A fast paced novel set in the past has two teens, written by two authors, facing this dilemma. The Future of Us, written by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler,  is one of those books that you think about years after you read it.

Tuesdays with Morrie Review

I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. Everyone I talked to had told me that this was a book I'd never forget. Even before I cracked open Tuesdays with Morrie, I knew it would be good, but I did not realize how powerful the book would be. Tuesdays with Morrie is one of the best written and most life-touching books I have read.

The book is a true story from Mitch Albom, a man caught up in his work, money, and relationships.

Jersey Tomatoes Are The Best Book Review

Henry has been playing competitive tennis since she was a kid, chasing balls in the backyard. Eva has been dancing ballet since she was a kid. The two seem like they have nothing in common except that they're both from New Jersey, and both have controlling parents who love their child's game more than their child. Oh, and they're best friends.
But during the summer, Henry goes to tennis camp and Eva to ballet camp. But when Eva falls and hurts herself and gets diagnosed with anorexia, the two find their relationship more confusing than ever before.
Jersey Tomatoes Are The Best is a relevant, important, and quick novel written by Maria Padian.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Let it Snow Book Review

I don't normally read romances. Well, that's not quite true--all of John Green's books have romance in them, as do David Levithan's--can we just say that most books have a bit of romance in them? What I mean to say is that I don't seek out books that are specifically labeled as "Romance."

I've always liked books that have multiple authors, and Let it Snow has just that: Renowned authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle team up to each write one short story in the same setting: a city that is snowed in on Christmas.

From the almighty conquest to get Waffle House hash browns to the pit stop on the way to visit your Floridian grandparents because your parents are arrested, a part of the famous Flobie-Five, to the heartache of being dumped during the Holiday season because you cheated on your boyfriend, Let it Snow is a book best read in the Holiday season, although it makes an excellent read in the scorching July heat.
If you have a Voldemort-esque relationship with romance, this book may not be the best book for you to read. But if you adore books of the humor genre, the romance is bearable and the desperate humor outweighs the romance. Likewise, if you have a Voldemort-esque relationship with humor, but are addicted to romance, the romance outweighs the humor.
Basically, whether you like romance or humor, or are an adrenaline addict or someone who loves storms, you should read this book because it's awesome. All in all, this book is fantastic.