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The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Poison Princess - Kresley Cole This is one of those rare moments that I actually really did not like the protagonist. But it wasn't for one of those usual reasons, like they were too stupid or naive. I just found Evie to be really judgmental and hypocritical, while trying to convince the reader that she's the pretty but NICE and FRIENDLY popular girl.

I also hated some of the messages in this book. At the beginning, Evie says that she promised her boyfriend her virginity when she turned sixteen, but was having doubts about it as the day grew closer and doesn't know what to do. Sure, this is plausible teen girl thinking, but I didn't like that nowhere later in the book she was told that, yes, it's okay if you're not ready, you deserve someone who won't push you into having sex. Instead, we get from her best friend, "You better give it up soon, or you'll lose him! Also, dress like a slut so that he'll want you more than that other girl who dresses like a slut!" Yes! This is what we want teen girls to aspire to!

The only reason why this book got 2 stars instead of 1 was that I actually got through it (though I mostly skimmed the last couple chapters) - so, you know, it was readable, and I guess I found the whole Tarot Card thing interesting enough.

And Finn. He was great. Though maybe I just think that because he was the first character that showed up with a wicked sense of humour.