April Book Reviews!

Okay holy crap I read some bloody good books this month and I’m so excited to share my opinions with you. I didn’t read many, for some reason it took me a long time to get through one of these books, even though it was my favourite. Anyway, lets get into it.

The list:

  • The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.

  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret… is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

 

You may notice that there are two books missing from the original list. Yeah…they’re the ones I didn’t end up reading. I’m sorry but I have so many assignments due at the moment! I hate to say this but…I have barely any time for reading anymore.

Anyway, lets get onto the reviews.

 

The One Plus One:

When I started this book I wasn’t instantly hooked and I felt a bit skeptical about how much I would enjoy this book. It felt slow and a bit weird and at first I couldn’t really figure out the writing style or where the story was going but as it progressed I found myself loving it more and more. By the end of the book I didn’t want it to end and I was begging for more. 

When they first got out on the road trip I thought that the whole thing with the car was a bit boring and nothing would really happen that was that exciting. 

***SPOILER***

 

 

And the outcome was pretty obvious, they were going to get together. But one thing that I didn’t expect, was that Tanzie wouldn’t win the maths competition. I thought she would’ve had that competition in the bag. But I think the second time she did it she would’ve aced it. 

 

 

***SPOILER ENDED***

 

 

But throughout the story as they did more and more weird stuff and had such intimate experiences with each other, the concept of the story just became amazing to me. And I really felt for both of them. I really wanted both of them to be happy. And i think when you start caring about a fictional character, you know the authors done a good job. Because it’s hard to create an emotional attachment between the reader and a character, but by doing that it makes the story 10 times better and I’m so happy that Jojo Moyes was able to achieve that. She is truly an amazing writer and I plan to read many more books by her in the future. I would highly recommend reading ANY of her books and I could almost guarantee that you’ll enjoy it. 

So yes, I would definitely recommend this book and I had a really good time reading it. 

Rating: 4/5 

 

13 reasons why review:

I’m writing this review quite a bit after I read 13 reasons why but I’ll try to give you as best a review as possible. 

For some reason, I’d never gotten round to reading 13 reasons why before the show came out. And I planned to read it before I watched the show but then curiosity got the best of me and I watched the first episode. And as soon as that episode ended, I was completely hooked. I watched the whole series in about 3 days. It was so goooood. And once I finished the series, I decided that I would read the book because I’d heard so many people saying that the show was completely different to the book. 
First of all, yes the show is very different from the book but I think it’s a good difference. In the show we get to see more in depth about the other characters but the book leaves it open to our imagination. That was one of the things I loved most about the book. It didn’t just straight out tell you that something big had happened and it didn’t describe events blandly and matter-of-factly. It sort of took its time to tell you what was going on and I think that it worked really well in this book. It means we can create theories and expectations about all the shit that’s happening and then we can find out if we were right or not. I think it made the book much more enjoyable. 
It was also really suspenseful which always makes a good book if done well. And Jesus Mary and Jospeh, it was done well. I literally could not help myself. I HAD to keep reading. At 12 o’clock at night I found myself saying “just one more page”, “okay, one more then I’ll go to sleep”, “I’ll just finish this chapter”. It was a never ending story. I just couldn’t put it down. At one point I was actually concerned that it was glued to my hands. 
One thing that I was surprised about though, was that not at one point in the book did I cry. I’m not sure if that was intentional or I was just heartless when I was reading it, but I don’t think I cried. Not even when…
 
***SPOILER ALERT***
 
 
 
…The last tape ended and Hannah had just left mr porters office. I don’t think I even cried when Bryce sexually assaulted her. I don’t know maybe I’m just a stone cold rock. 
 
 
 
***SPOILER ENDED***
 
I also just want to say that this book holds some really deep and meaningful messages that could change a persons view forever. Like those who are bullying someone, people who’ve recovered from bullying or mental illness. But I don’t think this is a book that should be read if you’re suffering from mental illness. I think it could really damage you and halt your progress in recover. I’ll admit, I probably shouldn’t have watched or read 13 reasons why because it did make me a bit depressed for a while. Not so much the book, but more the show when…
 
 
 
***SPOILER ALERT***
 
 
 
…Hannah slits her wrists. It made me really want to self harm so while that scene was playing I had to cover my eyes with my hands because I knew that it would make me depressed. It was extremely graphic and I honestly don’t think that it was necessary to be so confronting. While I understand that they were trying to get a message across, they could have done it in a much less violent and graphic way. And someone who was watching who was suicidal or depressed could have been really affected by that. To be fair, they did have a trigger warning at the start, but I didn’t follow that because I didn’t expect it to be so graphic and I’m assuming a lot of other people wouldn’t have as well. It probably also gave people ideas on how to commit suicide which I’ve experienced before and it’s super bad. 
 
 
 
***SPOILER ENDED***
 
 
So yeah overall, I LOVED the book but I really don’t think it’s for everyone. Always take into account your mental state when reading a book like that and I think for this particular one, it’s not best for victims of depression. 
 
Rating: 5/5


The book theif review:
This was 100% one of the best books I’ve ever read. I can’t flaw it in anyway, except maybe that it was quite drawn out. But I don’t mind cause that means I get to read more of Markus Zusacks writing which is just fucking AMAZING.
You know you’ve read a good book when you find yourself actually missing having that book on your bedside table and reading it at night.
I don’t exactly know why I loved this book so much but for some reason, I really connected with it and became slightly obsessed with it. Not obsessed in a way where I couldn’t stop reading it, more obsessed in the way that I found myself really engaged in the story. I actually took my time reading this book, kind of to let it sink in and sort to lengthen the amount of time I got to read it for.
I think I legit cried for a whole chapter. It was the saddest thing I’ve ever read.
***SPOILER ALERT***
The bits that got me most was when Liesel sees Rudy and kisses him and asks him to wake up. I was legit sobbing. And then when Alex Steiner, Rudy’s dad, comes home to all of his family dead I seriously died inside. He survived through the war but his family who were safe at home didn’t. I actually couldn’t breath in that bit it was so sad. It freaking broke my heart.
***END OF SPOILER***
The writing in this book is so special and unique and I love the authors style. The point of view of death was also really interesting and different. The character development and dialogue was also amazing. You could feel each characters personalities in the ways they talked and how their mannerisms were described. I honestly think that Markus Zusack is one of the best authors of our time. There’s so many things I loved about this book I can’t even put it into words. The most I can say is READ THIS BOOK. It’s seriously one of the best books I’ve ever read and you will not regret reading it. I think this is actually my favourite book now, and if that’s not enough for you then I don’t know what is.
Rating: 5/5

 

 

Sorry about some of the weird formatting, wordpress hasn’t been working too great on my laptop recently and it wouldn’t let me change it. My deepest apologies, friends.

Anyways, there you go! Those were the books I read in April. I’ll be posting the May reading list tomorrow.

Happy reading!

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