Hey fellow bookworms!
As I have read quite a lot of books recently, I thought I’d put all the reviews in one post, rather than do an individual one for each.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
I watched Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in the cinema last year without having read the book first. However, since I enjoyed the film, I decided to order a copy of the book from Amazon. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is narrated by Greg, a high school senior who is awkward and doesn’t really fit into any particular social group. He has one close friend called Earl, who he refers to as his ‘co-worker’. Greg and Earl make films in their spare time. At the beginning of the book, Greg’s mother comes to him with the news that his classmate Rachel has been diagnosed with leukaemia. Greg knows he should be sympathetic towards Rachel, but he doesn’t really know how to act around her since they aren’t exactly friends. However, this soon changes…
In Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews takes a serious subject and puts a humorous spin on it. Greg is a realistic character who feels uncomfortable about his body and finds it hard to talk to girls. Rachel is a lovely character too. Earl is the total opposite of Greg but they seem to get on really well. I love the fact that the book is dotted with lists and excerpts of scripts – it adds to the humour. Although Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is primarily aimed towards a teenage audience, its light-hearted tone means that it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Easy is a realistic New Adult book that focuses on a sophomore called Jacqueline. The story opens in the middle of a college party, where Jacqueline is assaulted by a friend of her ex-boyfriend. Fortunately, Jacqueline is rescued by Lucas, a guy from her Economics class. Jacqueline doesn’t recognise Lucas, but she soon becomes fascinated with him. When Jacqueline admits that her attacker won’t leave her alone, Lucas tries to protect her, even though he is keeping some secrets of his own. Will Jacqueline let these come in the way of her new relationship or will she ignore them?
Easy is a really gripping novel, and I couldn’t put it down. Tammara deals with some very dark topics, including rape and stalking, and portrays them so vividly. Jacqueline is a likeable character. She is panicky after the incident, which is understandable, and I felt worried for her. What she went through was horrible. I actually cried at the end. Lucas is an interesting character and his back story is quite intriguing. I loved the chemistry between Jacqueline and Lucas – it was so real and intense. Overall, Easy is a brilliant book and it’s worth reading if you get the chance.
I’ll Give You the Sun
I’ll Give You the Sun has been compared to The Fault in Our Stars, but they are actually two completely different books. While I really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, it took me a while to get into I’ll Give You the Sun, and I couldn’t really connect with either of the main characters. To tell you the truth, I actually though that Jude and Noah were quite annoying. This is a shame since the book has received so much praise and I was looking forward to reading it. I did, however, like the cover, and I managed to read right until the end, so it wasn’t a complete disaster.
The Girl On the Train
I wasn’t actually planning on reading The Girl On the Train, at least not for a while anyway. The premise didn’t really interest me that much, and there are so many other books on my TBR list. However, my mum already had a copy and the film is coming out soon, so I thought I might as well read it and see what all the fuss is about. I’m glad I did.
The Girl On the Train is a gripping novel that focuses on a normal woman who takes the train past a couple’s house every day, and forms her own story about them. After seeing something shocking in their garden, Rachel realises that the couple are not as perfect as she thought. She also discovers some truths about her own life. With its unexpected twists and turns, The Girl On the Train is the ideal book for anyone who enjoyed Before I Go To Sleep and Safe Haven.
After finishing All These Things I’ve Done last year, I’d sworn off reading dystopian books for a while. However, Uglies had caught my eye a few years ago, and when I saw a reduced copy in a charity shop, I knew I had to buy it. Uglies is based on an interesting and unusual concept – when children reach the age of sixteen, they undergo an operation that will make them ‘Pretty’. Before that, everyone is ‘Ugly’. Tally, the protagonist, is excited about the operation as it means that she will be able to join her best friend Peris in New Pretty Town and live a life of constant parting. It is only after meeting Shay that Tally realises the truth about being pretty.
While Uglies is a decent read, there are many better dystopian books out there. Tally seemed shallow and didn’t always make the right decisions. She also betrayed the people close to her, and this stopped her from being a likeable character. The author, Scott Westerfeld, is very critical of humans in the twenty-first century, referring to us as ‘Rusties’. This bugged me a bit. I also found that some of the language he uses is quite juvenile. Overall, Uglies wasn’t as good as I expected and I don’t think that I’ll be reading the other books in the series.
What books have you been reading recently? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed above?