After what feels like for.ev.er. I finally have some book reviews to share! Judging by my picks last month, it looks like I went a little heavy on the romantic/melo-dramatic genre, but I enjoyed each read so no complaints here!
Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks
There are few absolutely certainties in my life.
- I can’t turn down hot wings. Like, ever.
- I will never be someone’s go-to for a math question.
- If Nicholas Sparks comes out with a new book, I will read it.
When I came across Sparks’ new book at Target, it was pretty much an instant purchase. Strangely enough, I am not especially known for being a schmaltzy romantic (just ask Jake), but I love a good book about people who are total saps! His latest work, Two by Two, follows a husband and father, Russell Green, as almost every aspect of his seemingly perfect world begins to crumble. The book takes a wildly unexpected emotional turn, and despite me being as emotional as a powered down robot, I actually cried at one part! Who knew?! If you’re in the mood for This is Us level drama, you’ll love this, and if you are already a fan of Nicholas Sparks, then I promise this one won’t disappoint! (Find here)
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
Man, this was such a fun read. If you enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s “The Sun is Also A Star” and her deconstructed approach to writing and format, you’ll absolutely love this. In between the story of Maddy, a teen, made homebound by serious illness, and Nick, her new neighbor, are hand drawn notes, text convos, and document copies. It reminded a lot of the Amelia’s Notebook series (remember those?!) I loved as kid, but graduated into a dramatic YA love story. The ending was a little rushed in my opinion, and I feel like it could leave opportunity for a sequel, but I think this would make a great beach or airplane read! (Find here)
And We’re Off – Dana Schwartz
If anyone ever asks for recommendation as to who to follow on Twitter, Dana Schwartz is always my first answer (actually this is a two way tie, as I would also tell you to follow Greg Bennett). Once I found out she was writing a YA novel, I hit that Amazon pre-order button pretty fast. Now to break this down Stefon style, let me say this: This book has everything. European adventures. Mom and daughter bickering. Irish boys. Art history facts you could appreciate if you paid attention that the summer course you took five years ago, and an enjoyable amount of pop culture references (this can often be a fine line. Too little can be too boring, and too much can be like “Okay we get it you watch a lot of E!”). Similar to Everything, Everything, the ending of this book felt like it wrapped up a little too quickly for my liking (I just wanted more European adventures!), but I really loved the mother-daughter dynamic and I feel as if there’s enough of a back story there to explore in a sequel (please?!). (Find here)
Have you read any good books lately? Share your favs in the comments!