Me before you by Jojo Moyes Review

Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 Jan. 2012)

Format: Paperback (512 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

Lou Clark has never been anywhere and she has never done anything exiting before. When she meets Will a surprising friendship forms and the both of them transform for the better. 

Review:

Before I read this book I was pretty anxious mainly because I had never branched out of the YA/children`s genre, therefore this book was quite a large step for me. Surprisingly, when I read this book I thought it was going to be very adult like and the tone of the book would be very hard and serious, however as I actually read the book I found it very easy to read and I immediately clicked with Lou.

This romantic book follows a 26 year old called Lou who has just lost her job and she goes out of her comfort zone to be a carer for a man who has quadriplegic. She has to try to get close to Will Traynor before it’s too late and she also has to face the fact that the world if greater than she thinks.

One of the main things I love about this book is the characters. Lou is such a relatable character and the reader will immediately fall in love with her. The fact that she can be a little bit dopy at times added a little bit of humour. She comes from a family who are struggling economically and so her job as a carrier if vital for her family. Moyes makes her a sympathetic character at first, but as the book goes on the reader starts to relate with her and ultimately understand her.

Moreover I was captured by Moyes ability to make you believe in the characters like they are real people. Every emotion the characters has it sinks in with you; for example, when they feel pain you also feel pain. I think this was mainly due to Moyes writing, which persuades the reader to keep on reading. In addition, whilst British wit gave a humorous effect, Moyes hit you when you won`t expect it and you will be left with tears of sadness. There I warn you to carry a massive box of tissues.Read More »

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Kook by Chris Vick Review

Publisher: Harper Collins (7 April 2016)

Format: Paperback (400 pages)

Format: Brought

Synopsis:

Sam has just moved back to where his father grew up and he met Jade. Jade is a girl who seems to be reckless and daring and some who loves to surf. Both of them meet and a relationship evolves from there.

Review:

Now I don`t really have any negative reviews on this blog and the main reason for this is I don`t want to be negative and offend people. However sometimes it’s good to be out of your own comfort zone, therefore I thought I`d right up a review about Kook.

One of the main aspects that made me dislike the book was the characters. I couldn`t connect with any of the characters and I found them really hard to relate with. For some reason I found it really hard to understand the male point of view of Sam and this didn`t add anything positive to my reading experience. I think that if I could connect with the characters I would have enjoyed and understood the plot a lot more.

In addition I felt Sam`s crush with Jade was a crush at all, but it was more like obsession. This made the book very cringe worthy to read and it ruined my reading experience. Sam had this thing of always noticing what Jade was doing and for me it was too much. I don`t think normal teenage boys stare at someone they like for 24 hours upon end. To improve this book I would have liked to read from Jade`s point of view, because it could give a different perspective to Sam`s crush.Read More »

Lobsters by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison Review

Publisher: Chicken House (5 Jun. 2014)

Format: Paperback (336 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

Sam and Hannah are in their last summer before university. They are both trying to do knew things before they leave. They are also trying to find their “lobster” whilst having the trouble of waiting for their A-level results.

Review:

I was in a big contemporary mood after reading some heavy fantasy books so I thought it would be time to read something light. I went into Lobsters quite blind so I did not know what to expect and what the story was about.

Due to going into the book with no knowledge of the book beforehand I thought this would be a good thing because it would mean that my hopes wouldn`t be high. However when I was half way into the book nothing exiting was happening and I felt quite let down. I thought there was going to be something significant about the book that would have pulled me right away, but there was not.

Sam and Hannah are typical 18 year olds who are worrying about their love life and are most likely feeling the pressure to get a girlfriend and boyfriend. In addition they also have their A level results day coming up and both of them are anxious about getting into the university they want.

One of the biggest let down for me is the characters. I couldn`t relate with any of the characters. The characters were just not real enough for me, I think the reason for this is because of the writing.Read More »

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson Review

Publisher: David Fickling Books (7 Jan. 2016)

Format: Paperback (360 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

This book is a story about a boy who feels like a girl and a boy who has had a troubled past. Together they meet and their lives have changed before they know it. For good or for the better only they will know.

 

Review:

This book was such a lovely book to read because it explore a controversial topic that doesn`t appear in YA as much as it should. When I began the book I was sure that this book would be very much heavy on the LGBT topic, but I was surprised when it wasn`t. Williamson writes in a way that the theme is the main topic of the book but it doesn`t take all the plot away. The book itself read like a contemporary book.

When I read the book I felt as though the characters were so real because of the way Williamson portrayed them. The author writes in a way that the teenage voice is the main aspect of the book. I enjoyed David`s character, although at times I was a bit confused because I didn`t know his choices for his actions. However I did like Leo because he is like a book, you see him but you don`t know who he truly is. The fact that this book is based on the transgender topic many people won`t be able to relate to the characters personally but Williamson makes sure that it is able to relate to the characters by writing them so that they resemble actual teenagers.

The plot of this book was just like a normal contemporary book (at first glance) then during somewhat in the middle of the book there was a plot twist. Now being a good book reviewer I won`t spoil you but what I can say is the plot twist was much unexpected for me. I didn`t expect what was going to happen, in a good way, and I enjoyed the plot twist as it gave another element to the book that was a bit drowsy. Overall the plot had a great purpose and it makes you read another side of this genre and it definitely makes you think but also you gain another insight that may affect you actions in the future.Read More »

My Book Wishlist

Book wishlist
Book wishlist

Being a bookworm means that there are always new books out there that are “destined” for me to read. I have found that it is quite hard to keep up with the books I want to read so this is the reason why I have created this post. Also when it is my Birthday or Christmas people tend to ask me what do I want and in my head I`m like “I have no idea, oh no,” although during the year I have wanted things (books) but my mimd goes blank when ask me. Therefore this post should keep me up to date on the things I want and when someone asks me what I want I can be like ” Well there are a few things I want like….and…. and….”.