I finished reading Beth Revis's Across the Universe on Sunday, March 13. You can read my review here.
Before that Sunday, I read 38 pages of her book. I enjoyed the beginning. The first chapter is horrifying, but I ran out of time, set it down, and left it.
Then March 13th came, and I was going to read until my laundry finished. The laundry was done, but I wasn't. I couldn't stop reading. I didn't want to do anything else, including eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom. I wanted to read and find out what would happen next to Amy and Elder. I had to read.
When I finished the book, I realized something: I want to write like this. I want to write a book that people can't put down. I want to write a book that changes how you see the world around you. I won't look at stars or the sky the same after reading Beth's book.
Now I'm not saying I want to write a book exactly life Beth's. I just want to write something that good. Beth's book goes into a few I've read basically in one day, including several of the Harry Potter series and the first book in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. Books I had to read.
The question comes to how to write a book like that, and I don't know. There must be some universal truth to it. There must be a distinguished voice. The characters, setting, plot, theme, etc. must speak to a reader. I can tell Beth researched carefully (although I knew she did from her blog). And, she broke rules. Yes, I did see adverbs and the verb "to be," but you know what, I didn't care. Nope. Those little things didn't distract me one bit, despite the fact that they do in other people's writing. It was different in Across the Universe.
In the end, Beth did a frexing awesome job, and I hope one day to be able to write a book that will touch someone like her book did me.