Review: Kite Runner, Atonement, Twilight…
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Reviews on books spotted in Jessica’s Room and Tiffany’s choice of favorite things.

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini $11.25 @ Borders.com
KitaHoshi – Some of you that are still in high school might been assigned this book to read, analyze, and do a write up. Or some of you may have even seen the movie based on this book. It is definitely a book worthy of all these things. To summed it up for me it is a moving book, it had me in tears are the end of it. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, it has a great moral, great character development, and lovely writing. 5/5 stars

Freakonomic by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. $11.51 @ Borders.com

KitaHoshi - For those that are easily offended by touchy topics in our society today, DO NOT READ THIS. There are topics on abortion, crime, etc. But for those who love a fresh new take on the issues in our society today take a look at this book. For those that have taken statistics 101 would enjoy this book. The links that Steven D. and Levitt take presents a fresh view point about our society, they are unapologetic and very knowledgeable. I love this book, but it did bog me down at sometimes with all the information overdrive. 4/5 stars

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch $13.17 @ Borders.com

KitaHoshi - Before you read this book I highly recommend going to Youtube @ http://www.youtube.c…h?v=ji5_MqicxSo and watch his actual last lecture. Very funny, though-provoking, sweet and one for the decade. The book he wrote was wonderful and amazing. I loved reading it, with his witty humor and personal stories. It made me feel closer to Randy, and it made me rethink my life a bit. For those are a down a bit in life, and feeling a little depress read this book. It’s uplifting and some kind of wonderful. 5/5 stars

cream - I don’t really like reading non-fiction books and the main reason why I read this was because I was curious about what the book entailed after seeing it on Soshi Style. The book is filled with many anecdotes and is incredibly inspiring. I couldn’t help but be filled with sadness at times throughout the book remembering the essential purpose of the story  (Randy passed away soon after writing this book). As KitaHoshi said, this story is one for a decade and worth a read. 4/5 Stars

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella $14 @ Borders.com

KitaHoshi - This book is certified chick lit. If anyone knows Sophie Kinsella would know she is famous for this genre, and for the Shop-a-holic series which had been made into a movie. I adore her, and her books (excuse the bias). The writing in this book as always in all her books are witty, humorous, and smart. It has romance but with a modern take on it. There is no prince that sweeps her off her feet (she works for it), a strong female lead who I’m sure most people can relate to. The kind that is lost in life, isn’t that gorgeous, and isn’t perfect but works hard. It’s the kind of book I curl up in my bed to read, and chuckle to myself, it’s one of the few times I rooted for a female lead. 4.5 /5 stars

Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot $8.99 @ Borders.com

KitaHoshi - I’m usually one of those person that say the book is always better than the movie but this time it wasn’t. This book is targeted to the tween audience to remind them that there is a princess in each and everyone of them. The books is vastly different from the movie, (Julie Andrews Character was way toned down). What the book gives though is more of a back story to the characters but it drags on through the whole plot. 2.5/5 stars

Atonement by Ian McEwan $14.95 @ Borders.com
creamI originally watched the movie adaptation of this book starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley and absolutely loved it; this led me to read the book. The general plot line of the story follows characters, Briony, Cecilia and Robbie and fatal actions and assumptions of Briony which resulted in devastating consequences that ensued.

Atonement really drew me in with its vivid imagery and descriptive language and I really consider this book to be one of my all time favorites. What made this book even better for me was *SPOILER ALERT* the HUGE twist at the end. I absolutely recommend this book! 4.5/5 Stars

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer $7.02 @ Amazon.com
KitaHoshi - Unless you are living in some remote place in the world that does not have T.V, Internet, or even the Newspaper, you probably heard and know about the Twilight Saga. It is one of the most popular piece of literature that has spawn it’s own fan club ‘twi-hards’, and is lucky to count our beloved Tiffany among them. Has it own movie franchise, perfume, and even their own freakin’ ACTION FIGURES. You know you made it when you have your own action figures.

After all this, I just had to see what the craze was about, and pick up the first book in the series that started it all ‘Twilight’. I had high expectations for it, but it fell short…. very, very, very short. I couldn’t get into the book, and did not like Bella at all. She was not a female lead that I would root for. Stephanie focus heavily on dialogue from what I remember and she put too much emphasize on Edward, and how perfect he was.

But I get why it has so many people hooked. Bella is a character that many girls can identified with, and Stephenie Meyer made it that way. Which I thought was clever, it’s has your classic vampires and romantic lead that many girls dream of. It pulls at the hopeless romantic in all of us, it allows you to project your ideal in Edward. It’s a good read for the younger audience, but not one I recommend for older people who are looking for a intense, deep read. 2/5 stars

creamI remember a friend of mine brought the first Twilight book to school and told me a general synopsis of it, I was immediately interested in it and borrowed the book off her the next day. Promising myself to only read the first two chapters and go to study, I ended up reading the whole book, forgetting about the biology test I had the next day.

I got into Twilight before all the fanfare came along (which turned me off the series later) and I enjoyed the book immensely. The one thing that bugged me the most about the book was the sentence structure, I expected better writing from a author that went to college to study English Literature.

If you are into the generic storyline of a ‘Romeo & Juliet’ story then you will love Twilight but if you are looking for something meaningful don’t read Twilight. Characters in the book do not inhibit traits of independence and are very flat. 3.5/5 Stars

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  1. Hannah ·

    This is probably one of my favorite posts on soshistyle! I check the site every once in a while and I love seeing exactly what the girls wear and such, but I love how you did the reviews on the books they read. Great idea! And it brings new and interesting stuff to the site. :)

  2. Kanlyn ·

    I have to say I like this post the most out of these articles here. I know you guys have worked so hard to get to know all the girls’s items, but reviews on books like this is just so unexpected. Now I don’t think you guys as just stylish, you guys are experts lol.

    And, thank you so much for all.

  3. C-lowicious ·

    Thanks for these reviews, it could help me choose the book I should read. I’m not much of a reader except when I have to at school but since it’s the summer I should read something and what’s more SONE than to read the books that Sica/Fany love?! I read the other book by Khaled Hosseini but not the Kite Runner, definitely need to read that! ^^

  4. C= MJ ·

    I heart this article on reviews about books! And I just realized actually I had got all those books on my bookshelf already except Freakonomic and The Last Lecture. Anyhow, I truly enjoy it when reading the reviews about those books. ;)

    This site is really fabulous.
    Keep it up! And bring us more new and fresh stuff! ♥

  5. paperitahra ·

    This is exceptional. I can see how hard you guys been working to review these books, and I have to say, that this is one of the best, if not THE best article of this site. It’s extremely detailed and inspiring, especially for people like me who love to find new authors and books to read. (And of course reading books in English can help me to learn to write and speak better English. ;)) Thank you very much for your hard work, now I have some reading to do this summer!

  6. janeberryblue ·

    ‘the kite runner’ is still in my top 5… and it just makes me love JeTi all the more.

    now i’ll have to check out the rest of their hefty reading list. thanks for the reviews! i like how soshistyle is branching out into all categories of STYLE

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  8. Di ·

    omg. how did you guys get this? it’s so cool that tiff and jess read the books that i did. i loved the kite runner! and i watched the last lecture on youtube. i thought seohyun was the reader after watching wgm, but tiff and jess do so too.