Hello! It’s time for another instalment of “Recently Read”. I’m really enjoying writing these posts for you; not only is it wonderful to be able to talk about books, it also motivates me to read more. Yay for books! Here are my thoughts on the last three books that I read.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All the Bright Places tells the story of Finch and Violent – two troubled teenagers who meet on the school roof. Violet lost her sister in a car accident (which she survived) and is struggling to carry on with life. Finch is tired of his life, and wants to end it. Finch was portrayed as being mentally ill, and although certain conditions are alluded to, nothing is ever confirmed outright. The two become close after working on a school project, and predictably, they fall in love.
Is love ever straight forward in young adult fiction? Of course not. I originally found Finch’s perspective on things to be rather odd, but after reading the author’s notes on why she wrote the novel, and the themes she wanted to discuss, I’m a lot more understanding of him. The ending… oh the ending! I’m not ashamed to say I shed a few tears. Okay, it might have been a lot. This isn’t a book that I will read again (at least not in a hurry!), but I think there are some parts that will stick with me for a while.
Recommend? I would recommend All The Bright Places to fans of the YA genre.
Soulmates by Holly Bourne
If only I could describe my delight upon spotting Holly Bourne’s debut novel in my local library. I had previously read, and loved, her second book “The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting” (which I discussed in my first Recently Read), so I was keen to read the novel that started Holly’s career. The plot of Soulmates follows Poppy and Noah, two teenagers who fall in love. However, their love might just end the world. Literally.
Whilst it hasn’t become an instant favourite, I still really enjoyed this book. Holly offered a unique and modern perspective on the cliché of “soulmates”. As a whole, I found the book to be gripping and exciting, with certain scenes getting my heart pounding… *fans self*
Recommend? I would recommend Soulmates to fans of YA and/or the romance genre.
Just the Way You Are by Lynsey James
Oh this is exciting! Just the Way You Are is Lynsey’s debut novel. I have come to know Lynsey through some rather unusual circumstances, but I am so glad that I did or else this book may have escaped my attention. Just the Way You Are follows Ava, who is unlucky in love as well as life. She hasn’t had a second date in a while, and has lost out on her dream job to her arch nemesis. With all that going on, she also has to contend with the return of the anonymous love letters, which have begun again after six years of silence. She decides to track down the “Mr Writer” of the love letters, and find out who he is once and for all.
This would be an ideal summer holiday read. It had me hooked almost instantly, and I finished it within a few hours. Even though Mr Writer isn’t the most mysterious of characters, sit back and enjoy the ride. Even without Mr Writer, there’s plenty of twists and turns to keep you entertained. This was the perfect book to distract me from a delayed train journey (and a very rowdy stag party…). I can’t wait to get my hands on Lynsey’s second book; not only will it be another gem, it’s also going to be set in Yorkshire! #GodsOwnCounty
Recommend? I would recommend Just the Way You Are for fans of the chick-lit genre.
What have you read recently?