Hi everyone! So I was just writing another book related post and it occurred to me that I haven’t reviewed as many books as I would have liked on this blog. I also realised that a lot of the books I have loved I reviewed on my old blog. I have contemplated sharing those reviews on here but I thought that would be slightly tedious and my reviewing style has changed since then. So I thought I would write a post compiling short reviews of some of the books I reviewed on my old blog.
We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
“What if you grew up to realise that your father had used your childhood as an experiment? Rosemary doesn’t talk very much, and about certain things she’s silent. She had a sister, Fern, her whirlwind other half, who vanished from her life in circumstances she wishes she could forget. And it’s been ten years since she last saw her beloved older brother Lowell. Now at college, Rosemary starts to see that she can’t go forwards without going back, back to the time when, aged five, she was sent away from home to her grandparents and returned to find fern gone.”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I absolutely loved this book when I read it! I just loved the concept of the book. I connected with the book in a way because Rosemary’s father is a psychologist and the story has some truth to it where psychology is concerned. One thing that really pulls you into the story is the plot twist, which was something I did not see coming! I connected with Rosemary as well because he story is just so moving and I love the way she tells it too. You meet so many characters throughout the book, one being so different from the next. It doesn’t disappoint either. So much happens and the author throws so much at you to keep you interested and surprised and she doesn’t fail.
The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson
“Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I remember reading this when the girl gang book club first started up and I absolutely loved it! The story is told from the view point of two people, David and Leo. From the outset you know that David wants be a girl which you see develop throughout the book. You also know Leo has a secret which forced him to go to Eden Park but this doesn’t come out straight away. The main thing I loved about the book is how it is told by both characters, especially when it comes to the development of their friendship. I also loved how the two form their friendship as they are two completely different people on the surface but underneath they are more similar than they realise. It just made me feel so fuzzy and warm inside when I was reading it. I also felt the issues were dealt with well and it showed the reality of them as opposed to it being glamourised.
Am I normal yet? By Holly Bourne
“All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I have read a few Holly Bourne books and I even reviewed her newest YA novel it only happens in the movies on this blog but this was the very first book I read by her and it’s the reason why I love Holly Bourne and her books. I loved Evie and the way the author tells her story. Evie has OCD which had pretty much taken over her life and this book tells the story of her recovery. It doesn’t glamourise it or make it into something it isn’t, it actually gives an insight to what it is actually like. You actually get so emotionally involved that you feel you are actually reading about someone’s life.
Evie, Lottie and Amber were my three favourite characters throughout this book. I loved Evie because it’s like her life is just there right in front of you and it’s so raw and real and you just don’t want it to end. I loved Amber and Lottie because they are the types of friends I would personally want, especially because of their brutal honesty even though you know it comes from a good place. I actually quite liked the fact it was a rocky road for Evie in terms of her recovery, relationships and friendships and the fact it didn’t end with her being ‘cured’ because life isn’t like that and this book showed that in a very real way.
I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson
“Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
My first perceptions of this book was that it could be cheesy and cliched but I was so wrong! It is told by both Noah and Jude with Noah telling his side of the story when they were 13 years old and Jude telling her side of the story when they are 16 years old. I quite like books that are told from two people’s perspectives so this book really appealed to me. What I loved about this book is that it wasn’t what I was expecting at all and it was just amazing. What I loved was how both Noah and Jude have secrets that come out throughout the book but the secrets they both have can only be told by them. Everything slowly comes out throughout the book so when you think your finally over one secret a new secret comes out that you weren’t expecting at all. Both characters are so kooky in their own ways and I felt like I was just being taken on a journey like I knew these characters.
There you have it! I just felt that I had to share these particular reviews as they are some of my all time favourite books and it just felt rude not to.Have you read any of these books? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for reading!