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Book Review: Paper Towns + Sharp Edges + You Before Me

August 6, 2014

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I’ve read three books since the last book review, which may sound ambitious but is more a reflection of my commitment to avoiding real work.

Last time I read two great ones following five amazing ones. A lemon was inevitable, and I only say that to remind us that it is okay to not fall in love with every book we read and share that in a tactful way. Today I give you three books that maybe you loved, will love, hated, or only liked in a very medium way.

August is the Sunday of Summer and I’m going to slow it down with as many books as I can. Happy Reading.

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1) Paper Towns

Paper Towns John Green

Rating: 2/5

If You Like: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, Divergent, Twilight, Young Adult Fiction

My Review: The first quarter of the book was wonderful. After that, I never wanted to hear the name “Margo Roth Spielgelman” again. This book suffers from its own storyline, like a cheap rom com that leaves you feeling slightly irritated. All in all it was predictable, formulaic, and young, with random bursts of funny dialogue. In one word: unremarkable.

Their Review:A teen-pleasing read…intelligent thinking…many hilarious exchanges…[readers] will enjoy the edgy journey and off-road thinking.” –Booklist

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2) Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Rating: 3.5/5

If You Like: Vernon God Little, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Nearer Than The Sky

My Review: This is a horror story. It’s creepy, disturbing, and terribly unnerving. There were many times I had to stop reading just to give myself a break from the emotional and physical toil the book dumps on you. An easy five stars for the writing, but the content is so unhealthy, or as many readers call it “nasty,” that I could not truly recommend it in full confidence to most people.

Their Review: “A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction…Flynn’s book goes deeper than your average thriller. It has all the narrative drive of a serious pop novel and much of the psychological complexity of a mainstream character study. All in all, a terrific debut.” -Alan Cheuse, The Chicago Tribune

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3) Me Before You

me before you

Rating: 4/5

If You Like: The Fault In Our Stars, The Rosie Project, crying.

My Review: Funny, sweet, easy to read. The plot is relatively simple but not without some complicated and ethical questions. I wanted to give it five stars for making me feel all the feelings, but the writing is a bit sloppy at times. Still, a well paced love story despite itself. It is hard to keep your heart from breaking.

Their Review: “A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book.” -Anne Lamott

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All five-star rated books here.

Book Review: The Rosie Project + The Opposite Of Loneliness

July 7, 2014

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I can’t stop reading. Devoured two more books this week. They both made me laugh and pause and hide upstairs so I could finish the final pages.

A continuation of this (Five Books For Summer) list.

A big thank you to those of you who recommended these gems. More suggestions welcome.

Happy reading.

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1) The Rosie Project.

the rosie project

Rating: 5/5

If You Like: Where’d You Go BernadetteWhat Alice ForgotBelong To Me

My Review: Charming, funny, heartwarming, and impossibly lovely. Don Tillman is someone you don’t want to forget. A “feel good” love story that isn’t nauseating or annoying. Very well written and timed. I couldn’t put this novel down.

Their Review: “It’s natural to be wary of a novel that’s been the target of such gushy praise. Publishers in at least thirty-eight countries have snapped up the rights to The Rosie Project, which has been touted as a ‘publishing phenomenon,’ an ‘international sensation’ and no less than ‘the feel-good hit of 2013.’ Well, squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel. . . . This is classic rom-com.” -The Washington Post

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2) The Opposite Of Loneliness.

the opposite of lonliness

Rating: 4/5

If You Like: I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Young Adult Memoirs

My Review: Marina writes with an impossibly young voice while maintaining literary dignity and humor. A quick read full of nostalgia for our early twenties. Marina would have been a household name if her life wouldn’t have been cut short. Her essays, particularly the first and last, are gems.

Their Review: “The writing Marina Keegan left behind offers a tantalizing taste of a literary voice still in development, yet already imbued with unusual insight, nuance, humor, and sensitivity.” -Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker

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All Five-Star Rated Books Here.