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Book Review : Normal People

Book Title : NormalPeople
Book Author :
  Sally Rooney
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
August 28th 2018


That awkward moment when you realize, you are from the minority who didn’t like a hyped up book.

I actually had the chance to read it before any major hype. It was recommended by a fellow book club member thinking it would make a good discussion.

And a good discussion it did make. That’s it. When it came to the book itself, I had some issues with it.

So it’s about two main teenage characters, Connell and Marianne, and their on/ off, romantic? Not romantic? kind of relationship through the course of about four years throughout the book. Connell the popular guy, Marianne the not-so-popular-almost-invisible kind of person.  It talks about love, relationships, identity issues, mental health and a bunch of other subjects that I thought added to the story.

What I liked about the book, is, the prose. It was well-written, though I did struggle at first with it as there was no quotations at all but I thought it added a new something to the book. I also liked how it went back and forth in time, with cliffhangers at every end of chapter.

What I didn’t like about it, was the story/plot itself. I felt it dragged in a lot of places to the point of boredom. I also felt the book just didn’t want to end. It was over exaggerated and over dramatic sometimes that had me roll my eyes more than a couple of times.

I would recommend it though. It’s worth the read and I do think it would make a good book club discussion.

 

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Book Review : Behold the Dreamers

Book Title : Behold the Dreamers
Book Author :
Imbolo Mbue
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
June 26th 2017


I really wanted to LOVE this book so much but sadly I didn’t. Maybe I just had my own ideas of what it should have been and I was expecting more than what it was.

The book follows the story of Jendi and Neni, and their son, who migrated from Cameron to the United States hoping to live that American Dream. Working and studying hard, they soon realize it’s not as easy or glamorous as they thought it would be.

I loved how it touches subjects about hopes, dreams, love, marriage, wealth vs poverty and so much more. The writing style makes it super easy to follow the plot and connect with the characters.

It wasn’t a struggle for me to finish it and I did look forward to knowing how it ended, not because of the creativity of the plot but because I kind of fell in love with the characters themselves and I found myself rooting for them!

I do recommend that you pick it up. It could be a good one for you and it could be that you’d find it mediocre like I did.

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Book Review : The Hating Game

Book Title : The Hating Game
Book Author :
Sally Thorne
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
August 9th 2016


One of the most hyped up books that I was recommended to since I was in the mood for a romantic read, and sadly, the hype is wrong about it.
Well, for me anyways.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. They spent their working days, sitting across from each other, hating and playing hateful games. To make things hatefully worse, they were up for the same promotion of their dream job. This caused even more tension between them but at the same time, surfaced another feeling that perhaps could be something other than hate?
I do realize I used the word “hate” a lot but believe me, 387 pages and it’s bound to be in mostly every sentence.

Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit but my main point is, the book focused so much on that word and feeling, that it was almost forced.
I did not feel their hate, I did not feel their attraction and I certainly won’t categorize this or add it to my recommendations for a romance read.

I do, however, recommend that you do pick it up, make up your own mind about it and hey! You might not end up “hating” it. Not that I hated it, mind you!

 

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Book Review : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book Title : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Book Author :
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
July 29th 2008


That awesome moment when you read a good book and you can’t wait to tell the whole world about it!

I just finished it last night, and here I am writing my review and urging you to pick it up.

I had this one on my TBR for a long time now – I could easily say 10 years! I think I bought it the minute it got out. And guess what made me pick it up? Why, because of its movie of course!!

The funny part is, while reading it, I totally forgot that I just read it to check the movie adaptation later.

So, it all started with a letter that our Protagonist, Juliet, who was also an aspiring writer, received from Guernsey letting her know that they have found a book of hers with her name and address, which lead her to connect with the residences of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and thus began a series of letters and telegrams between them, portraying their love for books and reading.

This was such a delightful read. You cannot but help falls in love with every character mentioned. The whole idea of the letters added a whole new charm to the plot and events told.

I would totally recommend, actually FORCE you to pick it up and read it! That is if you are a fan of awesome books!

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Book Review : The Wedding Date

Book Title :  The Wedding Date
Book Author : 
Jasmine Guillory
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
January 30th 2018


I am not a very generous person when it comes to my stars and I could be a tad bit difficult when it comes to ratings. So it’s really a big thing that I gave this book a four star rating!

And it certainly deserves it.

Stuck in an elevator with a guy she doesn’t know, and agreeing to go to a wedding as a first date, is something Alexa wouldn’t dream of doing. But something about Drew, – and his charm! makes it super hard to resist him or refuse his offer to become his fake girlfriend to assist him with his ex’s wedding festivities.

A delightful read about long distance relationships, love, attraction and all those ingredients that would make the perfect romantic story.

I totally loved!

It as it had that “feeling good” read, packed with awesome characters and you can’t help but fall in love with Alexa and Drew.
I would totally recommend it to those who are looking for a light read and a fix of steamy romance.

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Book Review : The Sun is also a Star

Book Title : The Sun is also a Star
Book Author :
Nicola yoon
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
November 1st 2016


After reading and loving Everything Everything, I didn’t hesitate to pick up the second book by the same author.

I can’t say that I regret this choice but I won’t say I’m happy about it either.

The Sun is also a Star talks about serious practical, Natasha, who does not believe in dreams and fate. A single mistake from her father’s side got them threatened with deportation and have to leave to Jamaica in twelve hours.

During those twelve hours and walking round the streets of New York –where she calls home, she meets and falls in love with Daniel, the perfect son and student, who is an absolute dreamer and very much believes in fate.

Though I might find someone who would love this book, it just wasn’t for me. It was such an easy read but still, I struggled to finish it as fast as I normally do with such books.

It did have a good story, cute characters, talks a lot about fate and hope. Of course, I love Nicola’s style of writing. I would definitely read more of her books but this one didn’t get me all hyped up about it.

I’d still recommend it thought. Especially to a younger audience or someone who’s just looking for a quick read.

 

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Book Review : Geekerella

Book Title : Geekerella
Book Author :
Ashley Poston
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
April 4th 2017


If you love retellings, then you will love this.

I love retellings, so obviously I loved it!

Cinderella is one of my favorite childhood stories and I always love to check out the different versions of it.

This one talks about Elle Wittimer which one might call a geek. She’s a diehard Starfield fan, a classic sci-fi show, and shares that love with her late parents.  Wishing she’d escape her step-family, she’s determined to win the prize for this year’s ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball which would help her achieve that.

An added bonus is to meet and great Prince Carmindor, which is played by Teen actor Darien Freeman who believes he’s not the right person for this role and has self-doubts about it.

This was such a cute and fun read. Please don’t expect things to be so serious or as typical as a Cinderella story.

There is a lot of cheesiness and mushiness but I have found it to be adorable.

This is the perfect read if you are looking for something light, entertaining and just want a good laugh.