Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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

My Rating:4.5/5 stars

Plot:

The minute I read the first sentence of this wonderful book I knew that I was going to love it. Anna-Marie Mclemore’s writing has a way of grabbing you in and not letting go until the very end. I never really understand what people meant when they said “lyrical writing” but after reading Wild Beauty, I totally get it and want to wrap myself with her beautiful words.

While I was very intrigued from page one, I was still a little apprehensive and wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. Wild Beauty is a very different book, and  I can safely say that I’ve never read anything like that.  Reading it make me weird and in the best way. There’s this very beautiful magical air to it that when you leave the book stays to you. The setting almost seems suspended and you can’t really attach a time period to it which makes  it all the more amazing. If you could bottle the way you feel while reading this book, it will sell for millions.

Characters:

The characters of the novels make everything else pale in comparison as they’re all so wonderful. Everything single one of the Nomeolvides are beautiful and you just want to protect them at all cost. I loved the focus  on family and loved seeing how the cousins interacted with one another.

One of the many amazing things about this book is how diverse it is, low-key like all the cousins are bi and it’s just so natural and unquestioned and it’s just so  beautiful. There’s so many relatable lines that just made me want to scream yeah. There’s also a genderqueer character which is just A+. Though none of these labels are explicitly used it’s pretty clear and just so wonderfully amazing.

Seriously when this book comes out, you need to buy it. You won’t regret it.

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It All Comes Down to This by Karen English Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:It’s 1965, Los Angeles. All twelve-year-old Sophie wants to do is write her book, star in the community play, and hang out with her friend Jennifer. But she’s the new black kid in a nearly all-white neighborhood; her beloved sister, Lily, is going away to college soon; and her parents’ marriage is rocky. There’s also her family’s new, disapproving housekeeper to deal with. When riots erupt in nearby Watts and a friend is unfairly arrested, Sophie learns that life—and her own place in it—is even more complicated than she’d once thought. 

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

My Rating:4/5 stars

Plot: It All Comes Down To This is one of those books that 11 year old me would’ve absolutely loved, I devoured books like these when I was younger. Regardless, 17 year old me also really loved it, as it’s one of those middle-grade books that isn’t too juvenile for older audiences to enjoy.

While It All Comes Down To This has the classic conflicts  that many middle grade contemporaries have, it also touched upon some really serious issues such as racism and did so in a really poignant way. It’s really important for young people to read books like these, books that aren’t afraid of talking about certain subject matter that is oftentimes tabooed. I think a lot of time people think that children are too “young” to read about certain things but I don’t think that’s true especially when it’s something that affects them personally,or even when it doesn’t. Children  are a lot smarter than adults give them credit for and you’re only hurting them by shielding them from the truth.I really wish I had read a book like this when I was younger because I think it really changes your perspective.

Characters

I absolutely loved the character of Sophie and it was so heartbreaking to see her face many injustices. She’s just the type of personality that I love when reading books like these so it was really fun reading from her perspective. I also really liked seeing the relationships that she had throughout the book whether it be with her sister,parents or housekeeper. I loved how complex the dynamic was between each and every one of them. I would’ve liked to see a little bit more between Sophie and her friend as I found it was a really interesting conflict that wasn’t explored nearly enough. Other than I thought all of the characters were really nicely fleshed out, which is always nice to see in a middle grade novel.

 

 

 

Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

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I decided that I’m going to take a break from the endless amount of reviews I need to write to do something a little bit more fun! I can’t believe the year is halfway over, there are still so many books that I want to read.

  1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year?

Looking back at all the books I’ve read so far, I have to say that none of them really stand out as the “best book I’ve read so far.” There are some five-star reads but I don’t know if any of them deserve the best book title. If I had to choose though I guess I would pick either History is All You Left me or When Dimple Met Rishi, both really great reads.

2.Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far This Year?

I’ve read barely any series this year, expect for the Red Rising trilogy which is absolutely  amazing. So I guess Golden Son is the best sequel I’ve read this year though it is the only one.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To?

That’s like an impossible question to answer, there’s so many! To name a few: Girl Out Of Water, The Hate U Give,The Upside of Unrequited and How To Make A Wish

4.Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of The Year?

The Girl With The Red Balloon sounds pretty awesome, other than that I can’t really think of any other ones that I’m excited for.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

Fall On Your Knees was pretty disappointing, it wasn’t my lowest rated book but I was really excited to read it and came out reading it, feeling really gross and just really didn’t like what went on in that book.

6.Biggest Surprise?

The Book of Negroes, I really did not expect to like it as much as I did and thought for sure that it’d be one of those books that just dragged on forever but it didn’t and it was super engaging and I absolutely loved it!

7.Favorite New Author(Debut or New To You)?

I absolutely loved Anna- Marie  Mclemore’s Wild Beauty and thought her writing style was absolutely gorgeous! So good and I can’t wait to read her other books.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

I don’t really get fictional crushes because I need so much information to even develop a crush on someone which very rarely happens in books.Rishi was pretty cute I guess or Rishi, either or.

9.Newest Favorite Character?

I think either Linus from Meg and Linus or Griffin from History is All You Left Me

10.Book That Made You Cry?

I never cry because of books though some books have made me come pretty close to tears. I was close to tearing up when reading What I Lost, there was some pretty intense scenes in that book.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

When Dimple Met Rishi, Meg and Linus, and The Sun Is also A Star were all adorable reads.

12. Prettiest Book You’ve Bought or Received This Year.

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The Reader is a pretty gorgeous book:inside and out.

13. What Books Do you Need To Read By The End of The Year.

There’s so many I want to get to! I hope to get a Kate Morton I bought,try to finish The Chaos Walking Trilogy, maybe read Simon Vs Homo Sapiens Agenda, and hopefully many more awesome books!

14.. Favorite Book Community Member?

That’s so hard to chose, I love Fadwa’s blog and twitter and Aimal’s blog and twitter and instagram. There’s probably like a million others that I like but they’re all escaping me at the moment

What Were Your Answers For These Questions.How Has Your 2017 Been so far?

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 Books That Helped Me Get Through High School.

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I have just finished my physics exam, and then I have two other exams and then I’m done. I’m graduating next week and I can’t believe it.These past five years( quebec is stupid and high school is from grade 7 to 11) have been insane and I’m not going to lie and say they were amazing but I am going to miss it. High school was really hard for me, not academically wise but more socially and without books I don’t know what I would have done. Since  I’m going to be a high school graduate in mere days, I’ve been reflecting a lot and I thought that today I’d do a post that showcased the books that really helped me and made me feel less lonely.

 

Grade Seven

 

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Would a list be really complete without my favorite book ever?I first read this book in  grade seven and it honestly changed my life.If I had to pinpoint a time where my book obsession morphed into what it is today,I’d have to say that The Book Thief changed the way I read books.I really hated grade seven and just felt so tired of everyone around me but I think that having The Book Thief as my favorite book made everything feel better.

Grade 8

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Grade 8 was the year that I homeschooled because I thought school was too easy( boy was I pretentious) Grade 8 was also the year where I really discovered a lot of shit about myself, one being the fact that I have social anxiety.I always knew that I was shy but  I never knew that it was anything more than that, but after reading some descriptions I realized that I have hella bad anxiety. While I know some people find Fangirl to be kind of problematic, I really identified with Cath as a character as she had personality traits very similar to mine which made me feel less alone.It was nice seeing a character with social anxiety, though I’m unsure if it was ever charactarized as such. Though  if I read it now I’ probably wouldn’t like it that much, I loved it back then and remember being really sad one day and just picking Fangirl up and then I felt a lot better.

Grade 9

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After grade 8 I had to go back to school which I thought was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Obviously I was a melodramatic brat and it really wasn’t the end of the world. School still sucked but that was life. Solitaire was another book  whose main character I really identified with. While I recognize the fact that this book was kind of problematic and Alice Oseman was definitely grown as an author, I still really love this book. I love how pessimistic Tori was and  how relatable she was as a character. I just remember reading this book intensely in class while everyone was watching a movie and how much I loved it. Solitaire was one of the first books where I really related to the teens portrayed in it and kind of made me feel a little bit better about who I was .

Grade 10

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Though grade 10 was like a year ago, it seems like ages ago. I really do think that I’ve changed a lot in the past year, and definitely for the better. Grade 10 was a year where I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and for a good five or six months I really convinced myself that I wanted to be a mathemetician, I eventually realized that while I love math, it wasn’t a job that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. While Lola and The Boy Next Door isn’t the exact book that helped me a lot, this genre is something that I reach for a lot in that year and also previous years.Contemporaries helped me to imagine a different and more fun life than the one I had and contemporaries like Lola made me feel really happy when nothing else would.

Grade 11

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The Lies of Lizzie Lovett was one of the first books I got for review and really starting this blog and reviewing books has really helped me fortify my passion and made me realize that I want to work with books for the rest of my life. This year was one where I discovered a lot about people around me and realized that the people in my class aren’t that bad.I spent so much of my high school career thinking that I was better then them because I read and I  was so “smart” and I  never really stopped to think that I was being stupid.In the past few months I’ve really grown to appreciate the people that I went to school with and interract with them a little more. I’m really glad I did because I really enjoy talking to some of them.  I would’ve never thought that I would go to prom and I guess it’s crazy how some things change. I still hate a lot of them but I will miss a lot of them. High school was hard but this year wasn’t so bad.

 

What were the books that got you through high school?

May Wrap-Up

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Note:All Diverse Books are marked with an asteriks

1.Fall On Your Knees by Anne-Marie Macdonald

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My Rating:3/5 stars

What I liked: How everything was revealed and the alternating between past and present

What I disliked: The ending was fucking weird and disgusting and just gross.

2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon* Indian Mc and writer

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My Rating:5/5 stars

What I liked:The adorable rom-com feel to it and all the amazing characters

What I disliked: Honestly nothing but of course there was the classic cringe/second-hand embarrassment moments

3. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and 4. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

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My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: The dark humor  and the resourcefulness of the child

What I disliked: The repetivedeness of it all and how the unwilling the adults were to listen.

5.The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson

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My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked:The boarding school setting,the backdrop of debate and the mystery

What I disliked:The autism rep was kind of iffy

6.The Leavers by Lisa Ko* Chinese Mc and writer

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My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: The subjects that were addressed and the characters.

What I disliked:The writing was stilted at times

7.Noble Genes by Rune Michaels*Mc’s mom has deppression and bipolar disorder

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My Rating:3/5 stars

What I liked: The seriousness of the subjects discussed and the portrayal of mental illness

What I disliked: The ending. This is the second book I read this month with an ending like that and it’s just so fucked up. I hate it.

What Did you Read This month?

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.