Book Reviews

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr is a black girl from a poor neighbourhood who attends a mostly white private school. She has different personas for her school life and her home life, the line between these personas blurs after Starr witness her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. 

The Hate U Give is a phenomenal book. This is such an important story; and extremely well written. I have so many feeling about this book and no words for them.

This book will make you angry, and it will make you cry. I lost track of how many times I had to put this book down in order to get my crying under control.

My Rating: 5/5

Book Reviews

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is about Offred, a woman living in a newly formed social order. Offred can remember what life was like before, now she struggles to find her place in a society where her only purpose is to bred. 

This is the first Margaret Atwood book I’ve ever read. I don’t love her writing style, I found there was a little too much attention to unnecessary details. However, the premise of The Handmaid’s Tale is so phenomenal that the writing almost doesn’t matter.

The best and worst thing about this book is how easy it is to picture Offred’s world becoming our world.The Handmaid’s world is composed of events that have actually happened.

My Rating: 4/5

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is about two boys who meet at the pool and form the unlikeliest of bonds. Ari and Dante are very different, yet somehow their friendship just works, despite all of the hardships they go through.

This novel is very emotional. They story will have you crying and laughing, sometimes at the same time. I believe most people will relate to either Ari or Dante. So much about this story is relatable that there is something in it for everyone.

Personally I found a lot of myself in Ari, which is a little sad. However, it’s nice to know there is someone who could relate to me, even if they are a fictional character.

My Rating: 5/5

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The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Wren is the quiet good girl, one day she saves Greyson from choking. They feel an instant connection that feels like it could become something amazing. 

The Promise of Amazing is a great book. It has a lot of great humour.

Being a quiet girl myself, there were a lot of parts that I could relate to and completely agree with. Everyone’s idea of what quiet means, and it’s view of being a bad thing. That being quiet is something you need to change about yourself if you want to be successful.

My Rating: 4/5

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Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

Cocktails for Three is about three friends who work at the same magazine and meet for cocktails on the first of every month.

The premise of this book is good, however, it is poorly written. About every second or third page the focus switches characters; it made it difficult to really get into the plot lines. The whole story felt rather blah. The novel lacks a hook to make you want to keep reading, and the plot is fairly predictable. None of the characters were particularly likeable.

My Rating: 1/5

Book Reviews

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony is a heartwarming story about two women on Nantucket. As Beth, a mother of three, struggles with finding out her husband has been cheating, she rediscovers her passion for writing. Olivia, grieving the death of her autistic son and going through a divorce, runs away to Nantucket. The two women help each other through their struggles.

Throughout the novel we get to read bits of Beth’s story, a story told in the voice of an autistic child who can’t talk.

Love Anthony is a heart-touching story, and a definite tear-jerker. This has quickly become one of my favourite books.

My Rating: 5/5

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is the story of Eddie’s death. Eddie is a maintenance man at an amusement park, and then he dies. In heaven Eddie meets five people who have a lesson to teach him about his life.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an easy and enjoyable read. Although the story isn’t very gripping there are a few parts that are quite interesting.

My Rating: 3/5

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The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

The Witch’s Daughter is about a woman who becomes a witch. Bess spends her life on the run from the warlock who turned her into a witch. In modern day Bess meets a teenaged girl whom she befriends and begins teaching her the craft.

The story jumps between modern day and various points in Bess’s past.

I found the story to be slow, with very little mention of magic until about the last fifty pages.

Bess doesn’t seem like a very realistic character, she’s quite naive for someone who’s been alive for around 400 years. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable, they had a lot of flaws with almost no growth throughout the book.

Overall, the story was very different from how I originally thought it would be. I believe that is partially why I didn’t enjoy this novel.

My Rating: 2/5

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage is about a girl named Romy who was raped by the Sheriff’s son. Everyone in Romy’s little town decides to believe she is lying. When a girl with ties to both Romy and the boy who raped her goes missing, things get worse for Romy. 

This story wasn’t what I initially expected, however, it is a great book. Romy is an interesting and complex character. I enjoyed trying to dissect her feelings and attempting to truly understand her.

All the Rage is a tragic story that’s beautifully written.

My Rating: 3/5

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Hawaiian Homecoming by Libby Cole

Hawaiian Homecoming is the third book in the Hawaiian Heartbreak series. In this book Kayla brings Jay home to New Zealand. Challenges arise when Kayla’s family and best friend voice doubts about her relationship with Jay. 

Similar to the previous two books Hawaiian Homecoming is a short and light read. I enjoyed seeing how Kayla’s and Jay’s relationship would pan out. It was an enjoyable read.

My Rating: 3/5

I received an ebook version from the author in exchange for an honest review.