Book Review 3: Me Before You

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Me Before You is far from my typical read. I’m not much of a romance reader-a side romance in a story is fine but I’m not interested when the bulk of the plot is focused on the romance. However, I adore comparing books to movie adaptions. When I learned that this would become a movie in 2015, I knew I had to get on board.

The cover for this book is misleading as it leads you to believe this is a fluff story. It is anything but that. Me Before You focuses on two fantastically developed characters, Will Traynor and Louisa Clark. Will Traynor was in a motorbike accident and is left paralyzed from the torso down. He becomes cynical and has no desire to live. He longs to go to Switzerland where he can end his life with dignity.  Louisa is desperate for a job and winds up as Will’s caregiver.  Upon the discover that Will wants to die., Lou sets out to improve his life and give him a reason to live and look forward to each day. The relationship between them is told in such a wonderful way and develops through several stages, each filled with hilarity.

The whole book was filled with the funny, ridiculous situations that we expect to find in comic fiction, but balanced out with a hard dose of reality. It makes you think about things you didn’t think about before without seeming like the author wanted to make you think about them. Things like just how depressing the lack of wheelchair access is in most venues. But there’s a great balance between the funny and the serious, so the latter never becomes too much.

I highly recommend this book, it allows readers a real look into a complicated love story. It taps into reader’s emotions without ever trying to hard.

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Book Review 2: Don’t You Cry

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Deceit, obsession and infatuation. Three persistent themes that carried Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica to it’s finale.

Let me just say, I’m a huge psych thriller junkie. It seems to be the genre that has run rampant in stores in 2016 and I am completely hooked.

Don’t You Cry is told in alternating points of view by Quinn in Chicago (a girl who’s roommate Esther goes missing) and Alex in Michigan(an 18 year old boy who we wonder at first what exactly his place in the story is). There are so many twists and turns in this story; you can’t really tell who seems good but is really bad (or vice versa), who is crazy, or who is just plain causing trouble

I first read The Good Girl by Mary Kubica and I fell in love with her writing. I loved her telling the story from different points of view, and the strong foundation she builds for her characters. She really forces readers into feeling empathy. I had high expectations for Don’t You Cry.

This book took me a while to get into. I found myself taking extended breaks between weeks, something I normally never do when I get immersed in a book. This book speeds up about halfway through. From that point on, I finished within days. I loved the twist at the end and how the characters were tied together. I found myself frustrated at the pacing at first though.

 

I would give this novel 3.5/5 stars.

Book Review 1: What Alice Forgot

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If you were to forget the last ten years of your life, what would you do? What would surprise you? What would you regret? Which relationships have changed, for better or worse? Australian author, Liane Moriarty, does an incredible job highlighting on topics that frankly put everyone on edge. These topics include divorce, infertility, death and the overall breakdown of a family.

Upon first glance, I was skeptical. I feel books that try and slam a multitude of tough topics in 200 pages end up being choppy and leaving me feeling unfulfilled. I had read through so many books of this kind and I was nervous picking up Moriarty’s book. I am so happy I continued forth.

This book keep me on edge as Moriarty navigates us through main character, Alice’s, complicated life. What Alice Forgot develops characters so deeply that anyone will find a connection, whether it be positive or not. I really adored characters. Alice’s ‘younger’ mind reminds us all of who we used to be (or pictured ourselves being…)  Happy, boisterous and sweet. Her older self made you wonder what exactly happened in her life that made her so uptight.  This book perfectly touches on each difficult topic adults are dealt with. Once I had read this novel, I rushed to Barnes and Noble to pick up the rest of the books by this author.

Lucky for me, I had the opportunity to meet Liane Moriarty not just once but twice as she visited the Bay Area. Something that stuck with me upon seeing her was how humble and normal she truly is. I was able to see how she was able to develop such realistic and well developed characters.

I highly recommend What Alice Forgot if you’re looking for a capturing story, laughter, tears and humbling reminder to slow down every now and then.