Who Do You Want To Be?

When we first met Lissy Ryder in Jen Lancaster's novel Here I Go Again, she didn't know who she wanted to be. She was still focused on who she had been. Her high school days has been her glory days, so why should she want to be any different than she was in her teens? During the course of the novel she learns that if you stay who you were, you'll never become who you are supposed to be....more
I always wanted to have something to do with writing or reading.  At this point I do a lot of ... more

Do We Ever Really Leave High School?

Lissy Ryder, the main character in Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, never really left high school. She hit her peak during those four years and stopped growing and reaching. When she discovered there is life after high school it was a complete and total shock. While we may not all be like Lissy, I still see references every week online to things being just like high school....more
So tough, in some ways I very much left high school behind.  I would have said that college was ... more

Would You Like To Go Back In Time?

In Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, Lissy Ryder is given a potion that can help her right all her wrongs. Being the person she is, Lissy doesn't approach it cautiously. No, she throws it back like it's an espresso shot. When she wakes up and realizes she's back in the past -- back in high school -- she's elated. That would not be my reaction. ...more
I would love to go back in time and observe - or go to a time period I wasn't alive during.  I ... more

Music Tells Your Story

One of the things I probably identified the most with in Jen Lancaster's Here I Go Again were the discussions between Lissy and Brian about music. When you are teenager, few things feel bigger than the music you listen to in high school. It becomes the soundtrack for that part of your life, and you carry it with you going forward....more
There are certain songs I can clearly associate with a certain event in high school.  My soccer ... more

Magic Pills

Have you ever wished that there was a magic pill you could take that would just make everything better? A pill to make you happy? A pill that would nourish you so that you didn't have to eat? Those pills exist in Ally Condie's Matched and they aren't all they are cracked up to be. ...more
What I find interesting is that the Society distributes those pills and can make them do ... more

The Perfect Match

As one might expect in a novel named Matched, there's a whole lot of matching going on in Ally Condie's fictional world. Cassia's meals are a perfect match for her. She gets matched to the job that is the best for her abilities. But the main focus of this novel is on a different kind of matching -- Cassia also gets matched with the guy she'll marry....more
Jumping in late on this one after recovering from a cold that knocked me out!  I feel kind of ... more

A World Without Creativity: The Hundred

When I read Ally Condie's Matched there were a lot of things about the Society that kind of blew my mind. When the old world broke down, the Society that rose from its ashes decided that there had simply been too much of everything -- too much technology, too much freedom, too much culture. One of the things that disturbed me the most was the elimination of all culture and art beyond what was approved by the Society. ...more
Jumping into this conversation a little late, but this was the part of the book that got to me ... more

What Would You Do if Technology Failed?

One of the things I found most intriguing about Ally Condie's Matched is how technology is approached in this new society. At one point Cassie says that the Society is in part a reaction to the overabundance of technology faced by earlier generations. They had access to technology all the time and rather than controlling it, technology controlled them. And when it failed, they were doomed. ...more
I mentioned this below but I definitely thought of the show Revolution when I saw this question. ... more

What Would You Do if Technology Failed?

One of the things I found most intriguing about Ally Condie's Matched is how technology is approached in this new society. At one point Cassie says that the Society is in part a reaction to the overabundance of technology faced by earlier generations. They had access to technology all the time and rather than controlling it, technology controlled them. And when it failed, they were doomed. ...more
@TexasRhea THat's exactly what I thought too! more

How Do You Find Your Best Self?

For a lot of Laura Dave's The First Husband, Annie struggles to figure out what she wants. She was incredibly lucky to be struggling with some really great choices but mostly she struggled with herself. What if her best self is someone she never imagined being? ...more
I definitely find my best self when I'm in a situation where I can put someone else's needs ... more