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7 Things About All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Okay. I’ll admit it- I was a little worried about starting All The Bright Places with my mind pre-blown, because of all the glowing reviews this book has received.

But my doubts proved to be trivial. I firmly believe that everyone experiences the same book in their own different ways, shaped by their personal opinions and philosophies. So here are 10 things that caught my eye when I read All The Bright Places

  • Theodore Finch is one of the most anomalous, beautiful and scarred characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting (in a book). It was wholly refreshing for me to read about an unconventional male lead. *fangirling*
  • Violet Markey seems like an average girl-next door, but you know what? Her thoughts, fears and aspirations, marred by the cruel hand life has dealt her, will connect with perhaps every young adult who reads her story.
  • Together, Violet and Finch harmonize their different tunes to make one melodious song. I love how Finch makes Violet live again, how he takes care of her throughout the book and How Violet began loving him for who he was.
  • I LOVED all the different aspects of the book, how it made me chuckle and laugh and then bawl my eyes out. Such stories really inspire me – to write, to be kinder, to give second chances, and to believe in true love- no matter how short.
  • If I was a rainbow, then reading this story made me experience all the seven colours I knew I had and then some more -infrared and ultraviolet.
  • One thing I found myself wanting was more dialogue, especially between Finch and Violet. I would have loved to hear them banter a little bit more.
  • PS: I’ll definitely use the word ‘lovely’ more often now.

Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Book That Will Blow You Away!

MOCKINGBIRD

by Kathryn Erskine

Mockingbird is a profound story told in the lasting voice of a young girl with Asperger’s syndrome. The book will remain with you long after you turn the last page.

 When Caitlin lost her brother Devon, her life fell apart. With nobody to explain the world to her, she deals with the residuum of death in her own innocent ways. Her dad tries to help but he too is consumed by pain.

One day, Caitlin looks up the word ‘closure’ and decides that’s what she and her father need.

“Closure wasn’t supposed to feel sad like this.”

Caitlin narrates her bittersweet story with simple words that pack a punch of emotions. I love how paradoxically mature and childish Caitlin is. Honestly, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Everyone should read this book at least once!

Overall Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

5 Reasons Why You Should Read This Book : An Unforgettable Lady by JR Ward

Things I like…

  1. The book combines mystery and romance. It follows the tale of Gracie Hall, a heiress who hires a professional bodyguard, John Smith, when a string of influential women in the city are found butchered to death.
  2. The story is beautifully precise. It doesn’t meander from the plot line to the point that your eyes hurt from unnecessarily long and arduous paragraphs.
  3. It deals with loss of a loved one, facing your fears, overbearing mothers and fighting for your rightful place.
  4. It combines the right amount of wit and dry humour, feel-good romance, a little bit of awkwardness and a lot of suspense.
  5. I could never have guessed the ending. For me, that is the mark of a good mystery novel!

… And the one thing I dislike

I found John’s character to be soooo cliché. It was a little disappointing to find such a wonderful story to have the same old male lead with the same old problems. Eh.

Overall Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

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By Mary Simses

I love food.

So when I saw this delicious little title in the bookstore, my hands itched to reach out and read the blurb on the back. I bought it, I read it continuously at home and in between classes in school.

What’s the story about?

High profile lawyer, Ellen Branford must fulfill her grandmother’s dying wish – to give her first love the last letter she wrote to him. As Ellen travels to Beacon, a sleepy beach town in Maine, she crashes in the aquamarine bay, making her and her rugged rescuer the talk of the town. What ensues is hilarity with a pinch of wit, along with a dash of raw emotion.

What I like about the story is how one person can be completely different in two different places. I find it taxing to be the same person in the same monotonous life.

I don’t want to give any spoilers!

This book makes for a nice summer read, Go on, grab some blueberries and read away.

Oleander Girl

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by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Oleander girl was the first of the works of Divakaruni that I read, earlier in April. Her style of writing resonates deep within- the immaculate details of every scene in the book leap off the page and seem utterly real. The story follows the (mis)adventures of Korobi, a sheltered Bengali girl living with her grandparents in Kolkata. Orphaned at a young age, Korobi has always felt the absence of her mother, despite all the love her grandparents shower her with. When Korobi discovers an unfinished love letter from her mother to the father she never knew, she races off to an epic journey to find him.

The story starts too slowly for my taste, and I found it to be excessively descriptive in the beginning. But it grew on me midway and enjoyed the drama and mayhem of the entangled lives in the city of Kolkata as well as the self-discovery Korobi makes on her journey throughout the course of the story.

What I absolutely love is how Divakaruni effortlessly shifts from one perspective to another, and illuminates the views of all the characters, rather than sticking to a singular narrative. The story weaves together comfortably and is definitely worth a read.

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