Me Before You

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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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Happy Monday (and Memorial Day) everyone!!

One of my favorite things to do is read books and then see the movie made from the book. I like to see the differences, and I also like to see how much better books are than their movies (For me that is usually the case). I realized that the book Me Before You by Jojo Moyes was being adapted into a movie, so I decided that I had to read the book before I saw the film.

The book follows a girl named Louisa Clark. Louisa lives a very normal life, at 26 years old she has been dating her boyfriend for seven years and lives with her parents. Louisa has lost her job, and the only available job is to take care of a man named Will Traynor who is quadriplegic (he is paralyzed in his legs and arms). Louisa walks into her job realizing how stubborn, depressed, and unmotivated Will is, yet she finds a way to break his bad attitude and build a worthwhile relationship with him.

I finished reading it yesterday, and I have to say that the book is as good as the hype surrounded by it. I stayed up until 2am to finish it; I just couldn’t put it down.

I loved how beautiful the book was written. Jojo Moyes did an incredible job building the characters and creating such a wonderful bond between Will and Lou. Sometimes when I read books, the relationships do not seem real. This relationship felt completely real.

This book, like many others I have enjoyed, touches on both humor and love. Not many writers have the ability to create such a beautiful story.

I hope for those of you that have not read the book, you will soon read it. When I finished the book, I felt the same way as I felt when I finished The Fault In Our Stars. I cannot wait to see the movie!!

Thanks for listening,

Sincerely, K

 

 

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Infinite In Between

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The Breakfast Club meets Boyhood in this striking young adult novel from Printz Honor author Carolyn Mackler, which chronicles the lives of five teenagers through the thrills, heartbreaks, and joys of their four years in high school.

Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. But so much can happen in those in-between years. . . .

Zoe fears she will always be in her famous mother’s shadow. Jake struggles to find the right connections in friendship and in love. Mia keeps trying on new identities, looking for one that actually fits. Gregor thought he wanted to be more than just a band geek. And Whitney seems to have it all, until it’s all falling apart around her.

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Happy Sunday!

I finished reading Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler yesterday!

The book follows five teens throughout all four years of high school. The five main characters (Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney) are all put in the same orientation group at the beginning of freshman year. Each person in the orientation group has to write themselves a letter for after graduating high school. They all may seem like very different people; however, their paths are all somehow connected. This book has a little of everything: friendship, love, identity, tragedy (you get the point!).

I want to start off with what I liked about the book:

The characters all had major issues in their lives that differed from one another; meaning the book covered a lot of material. I liked learning so much about so many different kids.

The book reminded me of a TV show that follows many characters: Let’s say something crazy happened to Gregor. You had to wait until after Zoe, Mia, Jake, and Whitney got their own chapter to resolve what happened to Gregor. I was always at the edge of my seat!!

I really liked the book because of the setting: a big high school town. I go to a REALLY big high school and the plot really seemed fitting to my life; the book was relatable in so many ways. I also enjoyed watching the characters develop throughout high school.

What I did not enjoy from the book:

The ending seemed a bit expected. It is not that I was unhappy with the ending; however, I felt like it didn’t come together in a way that was super cool.

While reading the book, I had a hard time keeping track of all five characters over the span of 4 years. Since the book is a span of four years, the author seemed forced to quickly move through the time (Don’t get me wrong, I really thought the idea of having the book span four years to be pretty cool!).

If you are looking for a feel-good read this summer, this is the book to pick up. I previously read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (It is one of my MOST FAVORITE books), and Infinite In Between is a book that brings me back to such a good read. This may not be the best book I have ever read, but I do recommend it if you are looking for something fun!

Thanks for listening, if you have any book recommendations I would love to hear them,

Sincerely, K

Highly Illogical Behavior

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Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.

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Happy Friday!

I just finished Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley.

The book follows two characters.

One of them being Solomon, who has not left his house in more than three years. He is agoraphobic, which means he fears being in public.

The book also follows a girl name Lisa. Lisa aspires to be a psychiatrist, and she knows that the only way she will be able to be accepted into a good college is to find someone she can help. To her, that’s Solomon.

As Solomon, Lisa, and Clark (Lisa’s boyfriend) spend time together in Sol’s house, they all seem to build unimaginable feelings.

What I loved about this book was how it seemed to tackle such an important issue, mental illness, in such a graceful way. Even though Solomon has his issues, the book shows how he is just a normal teenager.

When society views people who suffer from mental illness, it is often believed that these people are abnormal; however, the book sends a strong message against this ideal.

John Corey Whaley’s use of humor throughout the book made it worthwhile, I have a hard time saying anything negative about it. The ending seemed a bit abrupt; however, I sometimes find myself believing that an cliffhanger ending is the best type of ending.

If you are looking for something original (and funny) to read, this is the book for you.

HAPPY (soon to be) SUMMER!!!

Sincerely, K

 

The Crown

1450275905025.jpegWhen Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

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Hi readers,

The highly anticipated finale to The Selection Series came out this month and I finally got the time to read it. I have been reading the series for years now and was looking forward to seeing who Eadlyn Shreave decided to chose to be her husband and stand by her side as she rules over Illéa.

Of course, I am very fond of the work that Kiera Cass has done so far with the series, but I am sad to say that The Crown did not keep up with the other four books in the trilogy.

I always love to start with the positives, and there were quite a few.

I certainly approve of Eadlyn’s choice. It felt right, but I also think that there could have been more depth to her relationship with her fiancé and with the other boys.

Also, her parents role in the story were spot on and felt completely authentic, which I deeply appreciated.

Now to the not-so-positives.

I fell in love with the story of The Selection with America Singer, and I knew that Eadlyn’s story could fall short, but I never thought that it would be such a disappointment.

The entire plot didn’t feel genuine. When I finished, the end felt completely rushed and I could sense that Kiera Cass was burnt out from the past four books. I understand that it can be hard to finish such a long series and handle a household, but its not fair to give readers a dull finale.

I definitely noticed that the book was only 279 pages.

I hate to give a bad review to the end of such a great series. To die hard fans, it may have been a hit, but to those who didn’t find The Selection to be entertaining shouldn’t drop another book to pick this one up.

Happy reading and happy summer!

Sincerely, N

Between Shades of Gray

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Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

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Hello readers!!

I finished reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. N & I visited BookCon this weekend, and had the ability to speak with Ruta herself. Ruta is one of the most talented writers. She is also one of the most kindhearted people I have ever met, and who she is as a person reflects her writing.

But anyway, let’s get to the book. Between Shades of Gray was such an amazing read. By the time I was twenty pages into the book, I could’t put it down.

Between Shades of Gray tells the story of a girl named Lina who lives in Lithuania with her brother, mother, and father. Once WWII starts, Lina’s father has disappeared, and one night, the NKVD (Soviet) officers come to their home. They are dragged from their home to face Stalin’s cruel labor camps in Siberia. Along Lina’s journey to survive, Lina meets other people who have to face the same milestone: life or death.

I LOVE THIS BOOK. I felt as though with each page I read, my emotions were continually changing. I was crying on one page, and as the next page came, I was laughing. I also liked the book because of the hidden history. Everyone seems to know the history behind Hitler’s Holocaust; however not many people know that Stalin was doing the same thing to even more Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian people. A big part of Ruta Sepetys’ writing comes from hidden history, which is one reason why I love her (I am quite the history fan!!)

If you enjoyed The Book Thief (Markus Zusak), The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)or Night (Elie Wiesel), this is the book for you. I also want to say that I think everyone will find this book enjoyable because of how different it is. I cannot explain how truly remarkable this book is. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time.

I hope you all read this AMAZING book. If you liked this book, and you have recommendations for me, email onebooktwogirlskn@gmail.com. I would love more books like this one.

Thanks for listening,

Sincerely, K