Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.“
I am a sucker for a good book that makes you feel, all the emotions and this books did just that. The characters are so real and so raw it just makes everything about this book so much more endearing. Eleanor and Park’s struggles and insecurities are so relatable that it gives them that extra human factor. You could say that there is nothing extra special about these characters, everyone is so flawed but that is what makes them and this story so amazing. It just feels real like this is actually somebody’s story to tell. This book made me feel like I wanted to be a teenager and fall in love for the very first time all over again that is how much I was in my feels.
Score – 4/5
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson
“The people you love weren’t algebra: to be calculated, subtracted, or held at arm’s length across a decimal point.“
I love a good murder/mystery, these are the kind of books that I live for!! Let me just tell this that when I purchased this book I just picked it up because the title was obviously calling out to me. In my head I painted this picture that this story was going to be about a girl who had finally cracked and killed a couple of people and had gotten away with it because why not? (maybe this is a book I need to write because clearly I have a thing for serial killers) Holly Jackson blew my mind – this is such a fast paced easy read with an exhilarating plot. It is a rollercoaster of emotions and I was living for it! The layout of the book is pretty awesome and out of the box. This book has very special place in my heart as someone who has a degree in journalism because Pippa is a bad b and I want to be her.
Score – 5/5
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
“Maybe it’s not how something ends that matters. Maybe it’s about having something good, even for a little while.”
I know everyone says not to judge a book by it’s cover but I’m totally cover girl. If you look pretty or catch my eye I will be intrigued and most likely buy you. That is how I ended up with this beauty! I spent my whole birthday reading Opposite of Always and I have no regerts, none at all. This book breaks my heart but it also makes me so happy. There’s a little bit of everything in the story, love, friendship a lot personal growth and there is time travel! What more can you ask for? I’m not really one for time loops just because they tend to get tedious and they’ve been done so many times that they get predictable. I also get bored easily but I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious – found myself laughing more often than thought I would. The story is so heartfelt and emotional in a good way but my heart was going through it reading this. Also one other thing I wanted to just big up the author for is how diverse all the characters in the book are. We love to see it! I look forward to reading more of his work in the near future because this is a beautiful debut!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.”
If you haven’t already read this book or seen the movie I would just like to ask you where you’ve been for the past two years? Like go read it now!! This is such an important book with an even more important message. Angie Thomas did this, she created a book that resonates with so many people in one way or another. She approaches and tackles social, political & racial issues, real issues through fiction. This book is so layered and sadly so real, it broke my heart because there is someone out their who has lived parts of this or will live part of this and that makes me sick to even think about it. Education and awareness is so important and this book is just honest and thought provoking. I will forever recommend this book to everyone, teenagers and adults alike get yourself a copy!
(I’m not going to get all political in this post because I could go on forever but educate yourselves!!)
Score – 5/5
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
“Uncertainty isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it can even be filled with extraordinary potential.”
Look at all those stars on the cover – you know where I am going with this don’t you! The stars, the moon anything related to the beauty of the night sky will forever have a hold on my heart! This book is a true coming of age story with a heck of a lot of diversity and inclusion. I love it!!! Starry Eyes is just a bundle of crazy but the awesome kind. I love that the main characters aren’t conventional types that always tend to have a voice in most books. They are unique and quirky and so is everyone around them. I went through this book fairly quickly it’s just so fun and cute it kind of made me miss being so young and getting up to stupid shizz. A perfect summer read if you ask me.
Score – 4/5