I have SO many books that I need to talk about with you all, so it’s fair to say that you should expect a lot of these Recently Read posts whilst I try to catch up and get my bearings…
Images taken from GoodReads for the purpose of review.
Me Me Me – Charlotte Crosby
Long time followers of my blog will know (and judge me greatly) for my not so secret guilty pleasure that is Geordie Shore, which hopefully explains why I have read two autobiographies from two of its stars this month.
When it was announced that Charlotte had released her autobiography, it wasn’t long before I gave into temptation and bought it one Sunday afternoon. I have to admit that I was disappointed. It was a very quick and easy read, and nothing substantial. I understand that Charlotte didn’t want it to be boring “like other autobiographies” and drag things out unnecessarily, but it did feel like it was simply “this happened, and this happened, and this happened…” and so on. Some stories could have been expanded on and told in more detail. It was certainly interesting to read her take on the Gary/Charlotte saga that has dominated Geordie Shore for years, but it was also very embarrassing to read her gushing over her (now ex) boyfriend…. especially as she is now back with Gary (at the time of writing anyway!).
If you are thinking of buying this book, I would recommend buying it from Tesco or Amazon as it is about £7. At Waterstones it is £16 (and they will even throw in a nice dollop of judgment and rudeness for free at the same time…)
Not Quite a Geordie – Holly Hagan
After I read Charlotte’s autobiography, I was hungry for more Geordie tales. I downloaded Holly’s autobiography to my Kindle, again one Sunday afternoon. Even though she does make it clear several times in the book that she is not a role model and her life shouldn’t be aspired to, it does seem that she was quite desperate for fame of any kind and now she has it she is determined to keep hold of it. She comes across as rather shallow, and I didn’t like some of the language used in the book. Personally, I didn’t feel there was any need for Holly to be so critical of other women for something such as their looks, especially as she suffers from insecurities herself. A chapter on her “feud” with Rita Ora… who cares? I bet Rita doesn’t even remember it. Whilst it was interesting to read about Holly’s childhood and teenage years, I feel as though I like her less after reading.
Trouble – Non Pratt
I spotted Trouble upon a browse in my local library. As the plot sounded fun I thought I would borrow it. Hannah, a teenage schoolgirl, falls pregnant. Aaron, the new guy at school, pretends to be the father of her baby. Why does he offer? Why does Hannah let him?
Trouble was easy to read and I finished it quickly within a few hours. Unfortunately it was a disappointment. Hannah, the main character, is a walking contradiction. From the first half of the book she is portrayed as someone who wants to have lots of casual sex and she doesn’t care what people think about this. Fair enough. Good on her, I say. Towards the second half of the book, it turns out she’s only had sex with one person (or possibly two?) and isn’t actually “like that”. Um, okay? It also seemed that when she was portrayed as being promiscuous, she was “thick”. When she was being portrayed as someone who is shy and quiet, she was “intelligent”. Hmmm…..
Even though I figured out the identity of the father of the baby fairly early on in the novel, it still made me feel rather uncomfortable when it was revealed. I know authors want to push the boundaries and try to have something different but it just left a sour taste in my mouth. Aaron, who pretends to be the father of Hannah’s baby, was unlikable, and his “secret past” wasn’t that shocking. This type of sub-plot is something I have read often in fiction, and it has become rather predictable.
In all honesty, I thought both characters were annoying, unrelatable and frustrating. They had no chemistry whatsoever. For Aaron to decide to pretend to be the father of a baby after a handful of conversations with Hannah makes absolutely no sense. It would have made sense if say, Aaron wanted to have a baby and when Hannah came along he jumped at the chance to be a father... but that’s just me.
When Mr Dog Bites – Brian Conaghan
I had seen When Mr Dog Bites pop up a few times on some of my favourite book blogs, so when I spotted in my local library I decided to see what it was like for myself. My local library is pretty good for new YA books at the moment!
Now, I understand that this book is meant to be from the point of view of a teenage boy with Tourettes, but some of the language in this book made me feel VERY uncomfortable. Of course, offence is taken, not given and seeing as some of my favourite book bloggers liked it it will come down to the individual each time as to whether they will like the book or not.
I was hoping to have a genuine insight to the mind of a Tourette’s sufferer (as I can imagine there are so many stereotypes, judgments and stigma surrounding the condition) but for me this didn’t do that. The story was quite hard to read and get into initially and the plot only began to make sense from the second half of the book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the plot had been different – for example if Dylan had to go to a mainstream school because the funding for his usual school had been withdrawn due to Government cuts. Like I have said above, it will honestly come down to you as an individual if you will like this book, so if you want to read it, go ahead. I’d be interested to hear what you thought about it.
What have you read recently?