Hello, and welcome to the start of a new series! Booklog will involved a short review of every book I’ve read within that couple of months, as well as a rating of each of the books. I’ve always loved reading, so I can’t wait to get started! The posts will vary in frequency depending on how many books I read, but I’m hoping for at least one every two months. So here’s what I’ve read in the past couple of months.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Shamefully, I’d seen the film before I read this book, which was my main reason for buying it. I can’t say I enjoyed the book quite as much as the film, probably due to the ending (I won’t spoil it), but I did think this was a really good book. Pat also seems to be presented in a more negative light in the book, with his actions being more questionable than they were in the film, but luckily I could still get on board with him. The relationship between him and Tiffany is beautiful – I nearly cried at a few parts!
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
I don’t usually go for high fantasy novels, but I’d seen this book recommmended by a lot of people on Twitter, so thought it would be worth a go. The storyline is very original, and there were a lot of shocking twists. The characterisation was also brilliant – I’d definitely recommend this book!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Right, I don’t want to spoil the plot of this novel, so I won’t go into much detail. I’ll be honest, I found the first 150 pages mediocre; it was just another crime novel and I wasn’t that interested. That was until I reached the second section and there was one of those OMG OMG OMG moments, where you just want to discuss what’s happened with everyone, even if they have no idea what you’re talking about (I did this with Andy and he was so confused). It’s creepy, and full of surprises, and you’ll develop a love/hate relationship with the main characters. Just wait until you get to the second section. OMG, WHAT?!
Paper Towns by John Green
I was really looking forward to reading this, and, I have to say, I was thoroughly disappointed. I loved John Green’s Looking for Alaska, and I thought I’d love this too, but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. Yes, his teenagers are very well characterised, and yes there was some great dialogue, but I hated the point of the novel. Paper Towns focuses on a group of teenagers looking for their missing “friend” Margo Roth Spiegelman. I’m sorry, but Margo is one of the most horrible characters I’ve ever come across in fiction, and the entire novel is based around finding her. The first section of the book focuses on a seemingly pointless teenage rebellion as well – I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never did.
It’s a “no” from me!
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
I read this book in a day. This is something I haven’t done since I was a teenager and had loads of free time, but I read this book within 24 hours, not including the 12 hours I spent at work and the time I spent cooking tea. It was that good.
Bourne writes as a Evie, a teenager who is recovering from OCD, while also struggling with “normal” teenage issues such as boys, friends and school work. There are a lot of funny moments and a lot of sad ones, and a few cringe-worthy moments that will ensure that you never miss being a teenager. I loved the characters, loved the plot and I loved this book!
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
This book had me almost crying on the bus. Almost crying, because I wasn’t willing to get all emotional in front of strangers. But the tears were ready to come.
Noughts and Crosses is a phenomenal young adult novel that addresses racism in a way that’s so clever and so sad, that you’ll wonder how anyone could ever judge someone based on race. Blackman reverses the expected, by placing white people in a position of oppression that makes the reader question everything. The storyline involves a boy and a girl who have been friends since they were children, whose relationship is threatened by their different races. There’s violence, terrorism and love, and many moments where I just couldn’t keep it together.
I’ve bought the next three books in the series, so let’s see if I can do it without breaking down. I’m going to need a lot of tissues and a private bus.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
I loved the characters, loved the dialogue and enjoyed the novel, overall, but I have to face facts: nothing really happened in this book. The storyline was based entirely around two characters with the same name meeting each other, though I have no idea why they needed to have the same name at all, really. Or why they even needed to meet. It would have been pretty much the same novel if they didn’t.
John Green is, however, excellent at writing about serious issues such as homophobia and teenage love, and I did enjoy the book so I’ll give it a 3.
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
My initial thoughts on this book were ‘wow, what a great voice’, but then the plot just got more and more depressing, and more and more ridiculous. Kate, the protagonist, is really stressed about something throughout, and her actions are quite odd. I was waiting for this to lead to some huge revelation, but it never did, instead, the plot turned to focus on a different character, who had more going on than Kate. I didn’t understand where this book was leading, or what the point was supposed to be, other than to show us how bleak life is. Definitely not for me.
What have you read recently?