You Bring the Distance Near by Mitali Perkins Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse.

From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.

Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new

Disclaimer:I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:4/5 stars

Plot:

You Bring The Distance Near is one of those books that though is classified as Young Adult can be seen as an adult book which is honestly the best type of book. We follow five girls from the same family across three generations as they deal with first loves and their culture among other things.

I loved everything that was discussed in this book, and loved seeing the girls adapt to American culture. I also thought it was a really interesting way to tell the story as we started in 1973 and finished in 2006 so we got to see the characters progression and got to be introduced to new characters.The subjects that were addressed were very relevant and done in a very poignant manner. I really liked the discussion of racism and also racism within certain cultures as we saw one  of the characters marrying an African-American and a biracial child being born out of that marriage and how the two families  dealt with that. A certain disdain towards black people was portrayed which I think is important to discuss in books like these.

One issue I did have with the plot was the pacing of the novel. I felt as though they focused a lot on two of the girls:Tara and Sonia for the majority of the book and then the other two girls: Chantal and Anna were kind of like afterthoughts, I think if would’ve been a little more interesting if an equal amount of time was spent on the two generations of girls instead of really developing the first generation but not as much the second.

Characters

I thoroughly enjoyed all five girls that were the focus of the story and especially identified with Sonia as she was very bookish and intellectual and I just love reading books with characters like hers as I think they’re very important. As i said previously, I would’ve liked to see more development from Chantal and Anna’s part and while I really loved what I saw, I found it kind of odd that their storylines weren’t as developed. Another thing that I found kind of odd was the fact that Sonia’s and Tara’s mother was considered the fifth women despite the fact that her perspective really wasn’t something that was expanded or shed light upon.This wasn’t really the fault of the author but more of the synopsis.

Another aspect that I think could’ve been expanded on is that of the love interests.While all four girls have boys that they fall in love with, I feel as though we really didn’t get enough expansion in regards to these love interests and would’ve liked just a little bit more insight. This is a pretty short book so I think that had the book been like maybe 100 pages longer, a lot of things could’ve been expanded on which would’ve made the book a lot better.

 

 

Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Disclaimer:I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:4/5 stars

Plot:

Before I start talking about the actual book, I just wanted to say one thing. I really don’t like Wattpad.While I do appreciate what it has done for young readers and I do know that a lot of people wouldn’t read anything if they didn’t read stuff on Wattpad but I think it definitely lowers the standards of writing.This is just my personal opinion and while I may sound elitist, it’s what I believe. That being said, I did appreciate Follow Me Back despite te fact that it was originally a Wattpad sensation.

Follow me Back is filled with tropes galore as we follow mega-fan Tessa as she copes with her Agoraphobia. Her only gateway to the outside world is through twitter as she posts about Pop sensation Eric Thorn. The story is told in alternating chapters as Tessa engages in a online friendship with an Eric Thorn hate account, not knowing the actual identity behind the account..

Despite the fact that Follow Me Back was filled with cliche after cliche, I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. Obviously it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read but it was really fun. I loved the format of the book and how it was told in police transcripts, Dms and tweets and not just typical prose. I also enjoyed how we saw just how scary fans can be and the shit stars can deal with it.  Books that deal with fame is one trope that I can get behind.

While I did enjoy it I did find that it was falsely advertised as a thriller when that really wasn’t the main focus of the novel. That was mostly towards the end and the rest of the book really focused on Tess and Eric. I kind of wish there would have been a lit bit more thriller aspect to it because I wasn’t completely satisfied with what I got. I am curious how there’s going to be a sequel because I don’t know what else could happen.

Characters

Follow Me  Back is one of those books that you really need to like the main characters as they’re basically the only characters that you get to really know. To be honest I wasn’t the hugest fan of either of them and felt their romance was kind of weird and just way too quick and rushed. It didn’t really matter for me though as I was just in a certain mood where I just wanted something super light with not much development so I got what I wanted. I would’ve liked to see a little more of Eric’s and Tess’ personalities.

One thing that  really had me upset was the portrayal of Agoraphobia. Basically the entire time we know that Tess went through something traumatizing and then towards the end this traumatizing event is kind of resolved so she basically says that  that her agoraphobia is gone because it’s no longer a threat. With things like those, while a certain event may be the spark that triggers the illness, such trauma doesn’t just go away because it’s resolved. You can’t just get better magically after months of staying inside with horrible  anxiety. It’s  a gradual process that takes lots of time and I think that they should’ve portrayed it as such instead of just making her mental illness miraculously  disappear. It seemed as though she needed the illness for a plot point and once it was no longer important decided to cure Tess. Really wasn’t a fan of that.

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again.She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size-zero obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

My Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

 

Plot:

Books like these are never easy to read but they are so important and instrumental to this generation. If you are able to read books like these without triggering yourself then I highly recommend that you do because I think they shed some light on a subject that is very oftentimes tabooed. Other than Wintergirls, I really can’t think of another book dealing with eating disorders that I’ve read so I’m really glad that I picked this up because it was really good.

What I Lost explores really well the process of getting better in situations like this , and shows that recovery is a huge process that doesn’t happen overnight or once you leave a treatment facility. We also how family really shapes things like this and I liked how we saw Alexandra’s mom’s struggle with eating and showed your behaviors really  influence your children.

A part of the story I really wasn’t that big of a fan was the whole mystery behind the packages.It just felt kind of out of place and while I did like the way it did turn out and I really appreciated the choice Alexandra had made, I still feel as though it didn’t have to be a part of the story.

Characters

Like any contemporary, the characters were definitely the best part of this story. Every  single character that we encountered was really well developed and we really got a backstory for all of them. I loved seeing the girls that Alexandra that she met in the treatment center and how they helped her.

As I said before I really liked seeing the mother storyline and I thought her character was really interesting and there was some really good character development. I think I would’ve liked just a little bit of Alexandra’s  dad but I did like what I saw.

The one character that really really needed development was the secret admirer. I just felt like we barely knew anything about him  and I would’ve liked to understand him a little bit better but I did like him.

 

 

 

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Book Review.

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Goodreads:

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

My Rating:4/5 stars

Plot:

If there’s time travel in it,I know I’ll love it. I have never found a time travel book that I don’t enjoy, and will never get tired of the numerous takes that various authors have on this complex subject. Passenger didn’t disappoint when it came to the topic of time travel. I love the unique way Alexandra Bracken went about it and the complex world building that was at first confusing but overall made the book what it was. We follow Etta, a violin prodigy, who is thrust into a world of time travel and is forced to search for a mysterious object alongside Nicholas who wants nothing to do with the time travelling world or the family that accompanies it. Together they go through many time periods as they try to find the object before it’s too late.

I absolutely love books where there’s a race against time so this was  a really fun read that kept me on the edge on my seat for the entire time. While it did take me a long time to read it because I was busy studying, Passenger is one of those books that you think you’re at a certain page but it turns out you’re a lot further than you actually are.Though  Passenger was pretty long, I wish there was just a little bit more as I was so enraptured.

While I really did enjoy the plot, I feel as though they could’ve focused on the places they traveled to a little more.It felt a little rushed which is understandable since they were under a deadline but they did focus a lot on unnecessary monologues and the insta-love between Nicholas and Etta. Instead of focusing on those really boring things, I think they’re could’ve been more world development or something to that effect

Characters

To be honest I wasn’t that much of a fan of Etta, and found her to be kind of boring and overall pretty annoying with very little personality. I didn’t hate her but she wasn’t the best as far as characters go. On the other hand I really loved Nicholas, and loved to see his struggles and his character development and also really liked the way Alexandra intergrated the subject of his race into the story.

As I stated before I really really hated the insta-love because it was unbelievably quick and just felt so stupid. You guys are on a deadline, you can fawn over each other later?? I think that maybe in the romance had developed even just a little bit later, I would’ve liked it a lot more. I don’t hate them together and I do think that they have some chemistry but it was just a little overwhelming especially when they barely knew each other.

All in all I really enjoyed the book and I’m excited to read the sequel as the ending was pretty intense. I’m excited to see how Bracken wraps it up in the last book.

The Leavers By Lisa Ko Book Review

 

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Goodreads Summary:One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

My Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Plot:

The Leavers is a dual perspective novel following Deming and Polly. Deming  is Chinese American and was abandoned at the age of 11  by his mom,Polly, and was then adopted by white people and was renamed Daniel and basically americanized.The chapters alternate between Daniel who’s trying to figure out what he wants to with his life and we also see Polly’s story and her past and  also the reasons as to why she abandoned Deming.

The Leavers was such a touching novel that explored immigration and family really well. I think it shed a lot of light onto the subject and it’s especially a pertinent novel with everything that’s going on. It was also executed really well as it could’ve been kind of confusing with the alternating between past and present and two different perspectives but it wasn’t at all.

While I did find it to be a really touching and important novel I did find it was a little lacking at times. The dialogue and writing were a little stilted in certain parts which kind of ruined the whole emotional aspect of it all. It wasn’t badly written but at times it felt kind of obvious that I was reading a book which some people may like but I really don’t. Despite that fact I do think that it was an amazing read.

Characters:

All of the characters in the leavers were really developed,and while I didn’t like all the characters,I felt for each and every one of them. Lisa Ko really  demonstrated the flaws of humanity in a subtle way. We really see how the mistakes people make can affect so many people but that it’s also important to learn from them and not stay stuck in the past.

I loved seeing Deming’s struggle as he tries to figure out his future and as he’s still trying to cope with the fact that his mother abandoned him.I also liked seeing Polly’s story and her explanation behind her abandoning of Deming and while at first I didn’t like her that much I grew to really like her character. She had her flaws but I still liked her,

The leavers had also some good side characters but I wish that some of them could’ve been expanded on a little more. I think it would’ve been interesting to see a little more insight from Deming’s adoptive parents because I know that they’re not bad people but we really didn’t get a lot about them for me to form an opinion on them and I think that they were a pretty important aspect of Deming’s life.

 

 

 

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Words are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.

Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason: the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school’s debate team to victory last year. Bannerman wants a championship win. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.

But when he’s paired with the Duke, his plans for an easy ride seem as if they’ve hit the rails. The Duke is the quintessential playboy, beloved by everyone for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and seemingly effortless favors.

And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.

But as Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of existing on the edge becomes addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.

But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple down.

A contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, Katie Nelson’s taut debut is perfect for fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska, Kate Brian’s Private series, and anyone who’s encountered the cut-throat world of competitive high school

My Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Plot:

I’ve never read The Great Gatsby, but this book has made me a little curious. Supposedly this is supposed to be a Gatsby retelling but I have no idea if that’s an accurate description. Retellings aside, this was a highly enjoyable book that I couldn’t put down. Any book involving rich kids and how fucked up they are is bound to have me intrigued. Plus  it’s set at a boarding school so it was a sure win and I wasn’t disappointed. This book managed to be entirely clichéd while also having it own little quirks.

I loved how they incorporated debate in the whole story and it’s something I’ve never really seen in a book or movie before. I can’t say that I learnt a lot because I’m still really confused and I never realized how complicated debating was but a little light was shed on the subject which was cool.

I absolutely loved reading about the mystery surrounding Duke and it was really interesting to see our main character’s,Tanner,downward spiral as he became emanoured by the duke’s life of glamour. Also the ending…. I wanted to know so much more than what we got but I understand why that was the way the author decided to go.Honestly this would be a great movie-like a indie teen film or something like that-

Characters

For the most part I wasn’t the hugest fan of any of the characters. At first I liked Tanner but then he did some pretty unforgivable things and I understand why he did them, I just felt a little uncomfortable about reading them. He was also a huge ass when it came to his brother’s autism and said things like “sometimes I wished he was normal.” and  while he didn’t really mean it it was still kind of dickish.

Speaking of his brother’s autism. I’m not sure how to feel about the rep and since I don’t know much about autism I can’t really vouch for the accuracy but there were parts that made me feel a little uncomfortable.Other than that I loved the brother and there was this scene that absolutely broke my heart and had me close to tears.

I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of Tanner’s love interest and while she was very nice and I liked their romance, there was just something that rubbed me the wrong way. It might have been because  the”you’re not like other girls.” trope was used which just needs to die.

Honestly despite the fact that the Duke was a major asshole, he intrigued me so much and I would love to know more about him. He’s such a complex character and honestly if I had to pick a fave character, I’d choose him.

Also just on a sidenote;I really hated how there were like two PoC in the whole novel and both of them had like no dialogue and were “weird.”

 

 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My Rating:5/5 stars

Plot:

If you’re looking for a an amazing summer contemporary, look no further. Go out on May 30th and purchase this wonderfully awesome book and fall in love with Dimple and Rishi’s love.

The minute I heard about this book and saw this cover I knew that I would  love it and I wasn’t  disappointed. When Dimple Met Rishi follows two Indian American teenagers who go to the same summer program right before they are to enter college. Unbeknownst to Dimple, they are arranged to be married later on and their parents decide to get things between them starting.

I honestly wasn’t sure how the story would play out but I really enjoyed the way it did. I loved the exploration of Indian culture, the insanely cute moments between Dimple and Rishi,and all the scenes about web developing. I loved that that was Dimple’s interest as it’s something I’ve never seen in a book before and it made the story a 100x times more enjoyable. I also really loved how the whole arranged marriage was never seen as horrible and  “forced” as a lot of books do but how the author just took this concept and made the cutest spin on it possible.

Characters

As with most contemporaries, this is a very character driven story with really fleshed out characters. While of course Dimple and Rishi were my favorite since they were the ones whose perspective we saw, I loved all the other characters that we got to see, and I loved how fleshed out they were. I loved Rishi’s brother,and Dimple’s brother and just everyone in the book. Obviously there were some shitty people but everything else was great.

I really loved seeing Rishi struggling between what he wanted and what his father wanted and while it’s a plot point that you see a lot in the media, I found it to be more pertinent  coming from an Indian perspective. I also really loved seeing the way Dimple and Rishi reacted to their culture and the way they felt amongst their people.

I really loved the humor that both Dimple and Rishi had which made the book so much more fun. There were a bunch of times where I genuinely laughed out loud and I think it really created  a great chemistry between them.

I know I already mentioned this but I absolutely loved the cute moments between them and some of them just made me squeal from happiness and I just loved everything about them. I especially loved the bookstore bar scene, and I loved how A Wrinkle In Time was incorporated. When Dimple Met Rishi would be the cutest movie and I really hope it get turns it one.

Promises We Keep by Genevieve Graham Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:An enchanting and poignant story about the unfailing power of love in a world turned upside down by war—from the bestselling author of Tides of Honour.

Summer 1755, Acadia

Young, beautiful Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm. Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi’kmaq, the community believes they can remain on neutral political ground despite the rising tides of war. But peace can be fragile, and sometimes faith is not enough. When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pré, claims the land, and rips the people from their homes. Amélie’s entire family, alongside the other Acadians, is exiled to ports unknown aboard dilapidated ships.

Fortunately, Amélie has made a powerful ally. Having survived his own harrowing experience at the hands of the English, Corporal Connor MacDonnell is a reluctant participant in the British plan to expel the Acadians from their homeland. His sympathy for Amélie gradually evolves into a profound love, and he resolves to help her and her family in any way he can—even if it means treason. As the last warmth of summer fades, more ships arrive to ferry the Acadians away, and Connor is forced to make a decision that will alter the future forever.

Heart-wrenching and captivating, Promises to Keep is a gloriously romantic tale of a young couple forced to risk everything amidst the uncertainties of war.

My rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Plot:

Despite the fact that I’ve been learning about Canadian history since like grade four,there’s still a lot of things I don’t know.I had heard about the Acadians but I didn’t much about them or what was done to them, so this book was a great way to learn some interesting things.I really want to read some more Canadian historical fiction as the only ones I have read are this one and The Book Negroes.

Not knowing much about the Acadians and their history, I can’t attest to the accuracy but I’m pretty sure that the author did a lot of research before writing this book.The author was able to describe the setting really well and really made me understand exactly what was happening. I had no idea what the English had done to the Acadians so it was really interesting to read about.

Another thing that made this book enjoyable was the writing. I’m not a huge fan of books set in a time era a really long time ago, but the simplicity of the writing style made it really easy to submerge myself in the story.

Characters:

One thing I love in historical fiction novels are strong females who defy the social norms and fight for what’s right.Amelie was exactly that sort of character and it was really great to see.I’m still not sure how I feel about the love interest, because while I really enjoyed their personality and backstory, I found it was little insta-lovey but then again it’s like the 1700s so who am I to judge.

I really liked the connection between Amelie and her family, and found everything that they went through to be so tragic, and there were a lot of moments that had me tearing up.I especially like Amelie’s brother’s and father. Graham was really able to capture the struggle of the Acadians and I think she did a great job in showing all the hardships.

One thing that I really liked was the friendship between the Acadians and the native americans. I didn’t really know the extent of their relationship so it was really interesting to read about it.

Do you have any Canadian Historical Fiction recommendations?

Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, a eight-year-old boy named Thomas who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her family and her life. Lucy can’t believe her father betrayed the whole family, or that her mother forgave him, or that her sister isn’t rocked by the news the way Lucy is. Worse, Lucy’s father’s secret is now her own, one that isolates her from her friends, family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she expected would truly understand. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies.

Rating:3/5 stars

Disclaimer:I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Plot:

The more I think about this book, the more I realize that this could’ve been a really great book had it been written by someone like Morgan Matson or Stephanie Perkins.It had all the good aspects of a contemporary novel but the execution was really off and there was something really weird about the writing.I didn’t hate it which is why I gave it a three stars but there were a lot of things that were lacking.

One thing that I liked was the whole storyline with her grandpa,it was very sweet and I really liked seeing Lucy going to Maine and seeing her relationship with her grandfather grow. Had this been more of a central focus of the plot,I think I would liked the book a lot more because I feel as though the things that were focused on were shouldn’t have been the focus.

I think what really threw me off was the writing, it wasn’t outright bad but the way it was written rang really weirdly to my ears.One thing that really stuck out was the way Lucy kept describing food.I know this sounds really weird and normally I wouldn’t care but there was just something about the way she off-handedly kept mentioning the food she was eating  that rubbed me the wrong way. Once in awhile is okay but she legit described all of her meals and it was just really boring food like pizza.It was a weird thing to keep talking about and it was done in a way that made me feel as though the author had nothing else to write about.There also was this weird part where she was scared of these group of black people in new york, which was just like what the fuck and then she was like “idk if that makes me racist.” and it was just really out of blue and kind of hella offensive.

Characters.

The main character,Lucy was a very typical YA contemporary character which there’s nothing wrong with but because of the writing and some of her actions it was very hard for me to relate her. I did enjoy her grappling with the fact that her father had a son that she had never heard of but I did find that at times her reactions were a tad bit extreme. As I said before, I loved her relationship with her grandfather and just really loved him as a character.

I wasn’t a huge  fan of the love interest, I found their relationship to be really weird and found that it wasn’t developed nearly enough.

There was also this really weird part where at the beginning of the story where Lucy gets mad at her best friend and then she just never mentions her again, and we know like nothing about her. I feel like it was a weird character to add to the story when there’s like no point to her.

 

All The Forever Things by Jolene Perry Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:“How many times have you saved me?” I ask Bree.

She grins. “Don’t you mean how many times have we saved each other?”

Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?

Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.

But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.

My Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer:I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Plot:

All the Forever Things has one of the most unique settings I’ve ever seen in any Young Adult, and that is a funeral home. With a setting like that, it’d bound to be an interesting read. This book follows Gabe a girl whose parents have owned a funeral home her entire life and her best friend Bree. Bree is really the only friend that Gabe has but tensions start to grow when Bree starts dating this guy that Gabe really doesn’t like  and their friendship begins to feel threatened. At first I was a little apprehensive of the story and felt it was kind of juvenile and just overall really annoying but it began to shape up in the last 150 or so pages. All The Forever Things is something that I would’ve devoured 4-5 years ago but my tastes have grown so I didn’t appreciate it as much. While I did find it to be juvenile, I think that their was a lot of good discussion about death and grief which is really important in YA. The main thing that boosted my rating was the ending. It was really unexpected and got really dark,really fast and it made a book that was predictable into something that was not.

Characters:

While Bree’s and Gabe’s friendship was supposed to be one of the central focuses of the book, I feel like it could’ve been executed better. I loved what I saw, but I felt as though there could’ve been a little bit more of an expansion on their friendship. They shared a blog and while it was kind of briefly talked abut, it could’ve been a much larger aspect of the story. I felt very detached from the whole story and would’ve liked to have felt more sympathy for their broken friendship.

I really liked the love interest and thought the romance was really cute but I definitely think that it could’ve been a little better and a little less rushed. I very rarely say this but I think that it should’ve been the focus of the story just a little bit more