Shatter Me

Shatter Me - 5+ starsView full review here!Sorry in advance if this turns out to be more rant than review. I just finished and now I have ALL THESE FEELINGS that need to be expressed.I'm pretty sure I am in love with this book. I hated not being able to read it any faster than I did (thanks college) and putting it down was a step-by-step process every single time. (Read one more chapter. Read one more chapter. Close the book. Stare at the cover intensely. Put down the book. Stare at the cover intensely.) I want to (force) tell everyone to read this book and (force) tell them to fall in love with it.From the very beginning it was clear that this book wasn't like anything I've ever read. It's a sea of poetry, a breath of fresh air that made me more excited than I thought I would be. Tahereh Mafi's writing style is absolutely gorgeous! The lyrical prose is enchanting, the crossed out parts intriguing, the metaphors captivating and extremely vivid, all giving a very clear image of Juliette's mind. I wanted to read every sentence carefully, take in every word. Even if the story would've been flat (WHICH IT WASN'T) I would've loved this book for its unique writing style.True, I have absolutely no idea what sector 45 looks like. I couldn't clearly see it in front of me, or even describe it to you now (except that it's a mess). But that didn't matter, because it was the characters that made this story. Juliette especially. She's a wonderful protagonist. I felt like I understood her immediately, and I loved being inside her head. She's beautiful and has such an amazing vision of the world, even though she's been broken and bullied and called insane all her life. She's fragile and strong at the same time, and changes and doesn't change a lot throughout the story. Her mental journey is just incredible.But I didn't just love Juliette, but Adam, James and Kenji too. Warner even. I think. I love characters that make sense. That I can understand. And I'm so glad for the romance, which didn't feel forced at all, unlike in most other books I've read recently. Yes, I love love stories, but not when I can't wrap my head around them. When 'I love you' comes from nowhere, I won't like it (Matched, anyone? Don't get me wrong, I loved Matched, but the romance... I don't know).I wonder, though, what's this thing called 'love triangle'? Why are people raving about Warner, when it's clear he's as horrific as he is? Like Juliette did, I understand and don't understand him at the same time. I think he's a unique and brilliantly described character, an amazing antagonist and a very solid character, but as love interest? No. Not happening. Even if Adam wasn't there. But HE IS! ADAM, who is beautiful and sweet and so good. Adam, who is now one of my favorite YA fictional crushes.Shatter Me is one of the most intense books I've read in a long time. Or ever. I'm thankful for this dystopia that wasn't that much about the external world, but more about the internal conflict. My mind is blown by the writing style and the characters and the plot and I have ALL THESE EMOTIONS right now. Unravel Me Unravel Me Unravel Me, please.And oh yes, there was a lot of intense staring at the cover. The hardcover was pretty, but when the paperback came out I knew that was the one I wanted. Stunning. If they ever release a hardback of this one (like the one here in the Netherlands), I'll buy that one as well. Because it's GORGEOUS!Memorable quotes"Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.""All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.""Killing time isn't as difficult as it sounds. I can shoot a hundred numbers through the chest and watch them bleed decimal points in the palm of my hand. I can rip the numbers off a clock and watch the hour hand tick tick tick its final tock just before I fall asleep. I can suffocate seconds just by holding my breath. I've been murdering minutes for hours and no one seems to mind.""I feel like I've been fitted for wings.""I don't remember what it means to breath. I never, ever knew what it meant to feel."