I really like Jodi Picoult. I like how topical she is; how well in tune with humanity she is. However, my friend’s sister spent a summer reading Picoult and she reported back that after a while, she is predictable. If there’s anything I do not like, it is predictability. However, I also like making my mind up for myself so I thought I’d give Picoult’s latest offering a chance!
I don’t usually give into the hype. I’m anti-anything-hype. But this book wore me down. The constant Tweets, sparkly Instagram pictures, raving Booktube videos and book reviews on blogs twisted my hand.
In hindsight, having read this book twice now there are issues. However, my initial read of this book included me, my audiobook, my headphones and a very quiet Mariam sat on the edge of her seat for almost 9 hours wanting to know what would happen next. The pace and building of tension in this book is phenomenal. With a pounding heart, this book had me gripped into oblivion, believing the world created by Victoria Aveyard so clearly.
But then I read the book a second time and it all fell to pieces. I have been stalling for so long to write this review. The hype made this book something it wasn’t and then I rode the wave of hype and got drowned in it. And then I came to surface and the hype had worn off.
Going into this book I didn’t know what to expect. The beginning was too foreign for me to understand but after the first few pages things started to change. We Were Liars is gripping, unique, mysterious and most definitely a page-turner.
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig discusses in depth his crippling emotional battle with depression and anxiety/panic disorder. In real candid terms he explains why a disease of the mind left him emotionally, mentally and even physically incapable.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – has been compared to The Fault in our Stars by many people. But it is not. This book shows how resilient and fragile teenagers are. A book that seriously addresses: suicide, bipolar and depression. Every page your turn in this book could be a moment of someone’s real life and that is never forgotten throughout. If you are used to Disney endings this is not a book for you.
This year my goal is certainly to read many book – more than 50 at least. However that is a post for another day. I wanted to take a look back at all the book that I have reviewed on the blog. Some I still love just as much but others I’ve come to doubt my own opinion and I’m not so wooed by then anymore. Time changes preference, so lets take a look.
Eleanor And Park has been and is still one of the most anticipated reads in the YA world and beyond. I am unsure of what made this book so appealing to everyone else. However, I would praise the authors presentation of her characters. The characterisation in this novel is beyond anything I have read. I would go as far to say that this novel and the characters it represents are better than The Fault in our Stars. Yes – that good.
I just finished my English degree and I read some fantastic literature, I thought I would share some of the novels I studied. Sometimes I both hated and loved looking for the deeper meanings behind these books and the messages they painted.
Yes there were a few tears on my behalf. Yes this review will have spoilers. Yes I think that minus the first half the rest of the book the rest was alright.