GoodReads Roundup – March 2015

I’ve been spoiled this month. So many good books to choose from. I’ve read 7 book this month.

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To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Can I have an Atticus? And a Scout for that matter? Such an amazing book, and so before its time. Scout’s innocence is a perfect window for all the dark things she experiences. It is a story that will stay with me for a long time. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to read this classic *hangs head in shame*

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Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell – 4 out of 5 stars

My FEELS! Ow!! I ended up really caring for these two characters. They were so real and flawed and cute. I love that they’re not traditionally good looking or popular, and they’re both sort of outcasts. It makes their connection even stronger. The ending assured two things for me: it cost a star, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget Eleanor or Park.

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Eeny Meeny – M.J. Alderidge – 4 out of 5 stars

Holy head-hopping, batman! Tons and tons of viewpoint characters, from the victims to the killer, to our flawed heroine’s favourite dominatrix. Not that that is a bad thing. It gave a “big picture” feel as you worked your way through the web of the story.

I was actually surprised this was written by a man (is that a bad thing to say? I’m not sure). All the main movers and shakers are female, and it wasn’t just your typical hard-ass women either – the unapologetically girlie Charlie was a wonderful addition to the cast and probably my favourite character. The feminine cast gave a fresh feel to a tried and true genre.

I loved the twists and turns and the British setting, and most of all, I loved Helen Grace. I shall continue reading. I’ve bought the next one in the series to read next month. Eeek!

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Life Of Pi – Yann Martel – 5 out of 5 stars

Oh my god. See what I mean about me being spoiled this month? Such a clever, beautiful book. As a writer it sort of made me want to give up and never write another sentence again, because really, what’s the point? This book is one of my all time favourites. It challenges the reader to make up their own mind about a number of things. I must have spent at least three hours this month discussing the hidden meanings and metaphors inside this gem with my dearest husband. The last section is so clever and thought provoking. The last line left me in tears.

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The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks – E.Lockhart – 4 out of 5 stars

I’ll start by saying that the title makes this book impossible to tweet about 🙂

I stormed through this book. I read it in pretty much one sitting. E.Lockhart is one of my favourite writers. Her structure and style is quite out of the ordinary but you just have to trust in her skill that she’ll pull everything together in the end. (She always doesssssss.) This had all the writerly things that I adored from We Were Liars. I can’t wait for more from her.

It should be renamed “the young feminist’s bible”. I’d recommend this book to anyone for that reason alone. It manages to get points and feelings across without being preachy or obvious. The dialogue is sharp and hilarious in parts. I am sure that every female on the planet has felt some of the oppression that Frankie feels during the story – even if we don’t all react in the same way she does.

Frankie isn’t exactly likeable, but I’m not sure she needs to be.
Such a thought provoking read.

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You Against Me – Jenny Downham – 3.5 out of 5 stars

The subject matter (teenage rape and how the justice system works) was accurately portrayed, and it’s chilling to think that conviction rate is so low. It’s a necessary story to tell to younger people (and adults!) and in that sense it succeeds. Consent is not a grey area. There are no excuses, and this book makes that argument brilliantly.

If you’d have asked me at the 40% mark, I would have told you this was heading straight for four or five stars. I love the inherent conflict between the two romantic leads.

That being said, in the latter half of the book, it was overlong and too understated. I think it could have been a good 50 pages shorter and much more exhilarating for it. I wanted the drama and the conflict to escalate and keep me turning pages like the first half did. And the ending – or lack of ending – absolutely floored me. I thought maybe I’d been given a book with a few chapters missing. I’m all for open ended endings but I really personally wanted answers!

The writer can write – brilliantly. I loved the British setting, and both the council estates and the richer areas were authentic to me. The romantic lead – Mikey – was charming and I couldn’t help but imagine him as Taron Egerton *swoon* but had one major turn-off for me. This is of course subjective, but he smoked. Like, a lot. Every time they kissed all I could imagine was how rank he’d taste! But that is just one reader’s opinion, don’t let that put you off if you like darker YA contemporaries.

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Book of the month has to be Life Of Pi, but honestly I’ve had so much fun reading this month! Reading challenge tally: 18/50 books

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