30 Mar 2015

18 Things

Title: 18 Things
Original Title: 18 Things 
Saga: My So Called Afterlife #1
Author: Jamie Ayres
Publisher: Curiosity Quill Press
Genre: Paranormal/YA/Romance
Release Date: January 24th, 2012


Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.

When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.

My Opinion:

This book had the perfect timing to arrive to my hands. 
Im absolutely in love with this story.

So, we have this girl, Olga,  who is in love with her best friend, Conner, they go sailing and he dies. 
She blames herself and some idiotic people on school thinks that as well. But it was an accident. 
To escape from her pain, she takes some pills. 

After that episode her parents take her to a counselor where she finds a boy, Nate, who had some experience close to death as well. 

The counselor tells Olga that she needs to let her pain go and stop blaming herself. To do this, she asks Olga to do what we call a "Bucket List" and its completely amazing and I had so much fun with it.

Here are some of the things she had to do: 

1. Spend a day following what the "Magic 8-Ball" says. 
2. Crash a wedding.
3. Firewalking.
4. Read Lord Of The Rings.
5. Let go of her guilt about Conner's death.
There is so many interesting things happening around this list and along with it, all the characters evolve. 
The paranormal, some people said it came late, I can say... Its always there. 
You just have to think and see all the clues. 

But hey... You get too tangled with the story that you have no time to look up for clues... Till Jamie tells you at the end of the book... and you realize that the clues and the paranormal... was always there. 

About the characters. 

Olga. She is so common in a very extraordinary way. She is a timid, weird, geek, dummy girl. She is the kind of girl you meet on a Saturday on a coffee shop. She is so a typical girl that it feels real. 

Conner. He was cute and fun... Till he died. 

Nate. I fall in love with Nate. Please... Who wouldn't? He is fun, crazy as hell, good singer, good looking, good friend, good kisser, good everything!! 

The Jedi Order. Ok, Admit it... Once you read this book, you are going to wish to have friends this cool. And crazy. They are just way too weird and entertaining. I would have LOVED to hang out with my friends like this guys hang with each other. 

Thank you Olga, Nate, Conner, Jedi Order... for teaching me that everyday... should be lived to the fullest. As crazy as it may be. As sickish as it may be. 

Today is a good day... to make it a great day. 

I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE! 

Like Bruno would say... HOT DAMN! 
Now, this is a strange character with something deep inside him. And you see how deep he is... till the very end of the book. And you get to understand him... as the story goes by. 

This book... has changed my perceptions and in some way, in a very spiritual and kinda religious way. 
I appreciate the story. 
And I appreciate the way it made me feel. 


Rated like this because... 

    • Interesting story 
    • Feels real
    • Its about normal people 
    • Made me think different 
    • Emotions. Made me cry, laugh and love
    • Made me interested in creating my very own Bucket List 
    • The characters are religious... in a very special (and not annoying) way

I just have 3 more words before the closing: 


Ok, this is how it ends today. 

Remember that every day is YOUR day. 
Don't let any moment slip away from you. You can create and do great things. You are a wonderful person and you are in this world for a reason. Find your happiness. 



Thank you for reading.