The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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This book was wonderfully hilarious yet at the same time sad but hopeful. It’s a story of resilience: of facing a gray world with spots of color, laughing amidst sadness, being hopeful in a situation of bleakness. By telling the story in an unflinchingly upbeat manner, Alexie juxtaposes the tone with the setting and highlights the downright shitty circumstance our narrator is in. Read More »

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The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans

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A wonderful book. I don’t read much realistic fiction, so my judgement may be skewed, but I loved this book. The complexity of the main character, themes of love vs. success, and beautiful prose kept me thinking about this book for days. If anything, this book left its mark on me…

We are taken through the life of Charlie James, a very rich man who has done some bad things to become who he is. Encounters with his old mentor he betrayed and a father accusing James of causing his son to commit suicide plagues him with stress and guilt. And despite how successful he is, he’s not happy. So when the airplane James was supposed to board crashes and burns, he makes a monumental choice of walking away from his life and starting over. Read More »

13 Little Blue Envelopes By Maureen Johnson

5108fmavs-l-_sy344_bo1204203200_The book follows a girl named Ginny who has recently lost her beloved aunt on her “quest” around Europe. Ginny is guided only by some little blue envelopes that she was sent in the mail along with $1,000 on a debit card. Each envelope has a different task to do in each city she visits, to help Ginny become less shy and more confident.

I was excited to read this book, it was pretty highly recommended and the plot seemed interesting. Unfortunately I was severely disappointed, I couldn’t connect to the main character at all and the book felt rushed. Anyone who has travelled at all can see how fake or superficial this book really is. The girl flies to Europe without any prep, plan or proper clothing and goes to incredible cities only to spend most of her time there moping around in her hotel room. I know that this is a work of fiction but these things really bothered me and I couldn’t get passed them in order to enjoy the story. I would have liked more detailed descriptions of what she did each day and for her to actually do things in the cities, even if they are touristy. I also didn’t like the fact that it was third person, the book would have been much improved if it were in first person so ginny wasn’t so detached from the story. (Almost done here, I promise :)) Another thing that bugged me was the complete lack of parents, this is a 17 year old kid traveling around Europe completely alone, with very little money, no cell phone (she’s also told not to contact anyone from the US) and sleeping at random strangers’ houses. And you’re going to tell me that her parents just waved goodbye and never checked in, even though they have no idea where their only child is, when she’s coming back and don’t have any way of contacting her, yeah I didn’t think so. If you can get passed these things, then you may enjoy the book but if you’re like me and can’t, then I do not recommend this book at all.

 

Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman

51iw0v6zb8l-_sy445_ql70_I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was the first real Neil Gaiman book I’ve read and because of this book I’m now on a NG kick. The book, although a bit dry at first, is unlike any others I’ve read. It’s weird all the way through as well as dark and pretty twisted.

The book starts out describing a mans’ (Richard) life, how he moved from Dublin to London, met his fiancé and how he is now regretting his engagement. This is where things start getting weird, while the couple is walking to a fancy dinner they see a girl drenched in blood laying on the sidewalk. Richard decides to take the girl home, ending his engagement but saving the girls’ life. When the girl wakes up some interesting people (I’m not sure that I can call them that) show up, I have to stop the summary here because otherwise I might spoil the book. My summary probably doesn’t make this book sound super great but I promise that if you like Neil Gaiman or Fantasy/ Dystopian Fiction/ Realistic Fiction books you will like this one.

I really liked the ending of Neverwhere, it catches you off guard in a way that I like. The book pulls the rug out from under your feet for a second or two, making you rethink everything and just when you’re sighing, wishing there was a better ending, the book goes haha I can’t believe you fell for that, you were actually right the first time.

This Impossible Light by Lily Myers

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Meh. I fully support the topic of eating disorders, but the execution of it was subpar and cliched. Thankfully, this is a very quick read, (the book is written in verse) so I could get on with my life.

This book is about the life of Ivy, whose life is going through So Many Hard Events. Her parents are just divorced, her best friend has left her, and Ivy struggles with the u attainable idea of perfection. She becomes obsessive about eating and exercise, and her life soon spirals out of control. In the end, she gets help for her bulimia, reconnects with her friend, and grows closer with her mom.

This was satisfying in the way that there was a happy ending (or at least a happier ending), but the conflict was trite. I feel like I’ve read this book many times before, in the forms of Falling into Place by Amy Zhang, or books by Laurie Halse Anderson. Eating disorders are no joke, but as much as I appreciate Myer’s mention of them, but other books were just better. If you’re looking for a short, uplifting, and informative read, this could work.

Ask The Passengers by A.S. King

13069935This is a good summer read and was pretty fast to finish. The author illustrates well what it’s like to not know who you are and not having to support necessary to figure it out.

A few years ago Astrid Jones moved to a small, close minded town after living in New York City. Astrid spends hours staring up at the planes flying overhead, sending them her love and asking them questions. She can’t trust anyone who she actually knows, so she talks to the passengers, having them help her figure out who she is.