This month was surprising but also, frankly, kind of disappointing. Surprising as in the books I read, why that is you’ll see in my reviews below! Disappointing because I only managed to finish two of the three books I wanted to read. The fact that February is the shortest month of the year wasn’t even the reason why. I had my wisdom teeth removed and figured that staying home because of that would result in so much time to read, but it was the actual opposite. I was uncomfortable a lot and had to cool my cheek all the time, it was no state to read in, for me. With that said, I did start the third book (The Humans by Matt Haig) and I’ll finish it soon, just not before this month’s wrap up.
Pretty Girls (by Karin Slaughter)
my goodreads rating: 3 out of 5
Summary: This is a mystery thriller. I want to say it’s so much more than that but we will get to my review soon enough. Pretty Girls is about a young girl named Julia who went missing and was never found. Now twenty years later, yet another girl has gone missing, in a similar way, and she might not be the only one. Julia’s sister, Claire, is convinced these two cases are linked but when she begins to learn the truth, it is so much more than she had bargained for.
Review: To be honest, this book was so much more than I had bargained for. It was a ride. I was pretty confused in the beginning. The way the author switched POVs did not make it easy to follow the story but once it clicked, everything made perfect sense. (I am obviously not going to say what it is.) After that, the story was easy to follow but definitely not easy to stomach. I have to say I really don’t mind gruesome or nasty scenes in movies or tv shows; having said that, reading and thus having to imagine certain things that happen in this book was a bit difficult. So if you’re not up for this, you should definitely skip a few pages now and then when you read this. Other than that, I found the book pretty well written, most of the time I could not put it down. For me, it was the plot that made this book, not necessarily the characters (although there weren’t many ‘plot twists’, I found it quite suspenseful). The characters weren’t fully fleshed out but that was okay, since it wasn’t important for this specific book, at least in my opinion.
So, if you’re looking for a good read and getting shocked every now and then, this is the book!
Autoboyography (by Christina Lauren)
my goodreads rating: 5 out of 5
Summary: Three years ago, Tanner moved from the more liberal California to a mostly Mormon city in Utah. This move temporarily nudged the bisexual teenager back into the closet. Now with one semester left of high school, he’s ready to coast through his remaining classes and leave Utah. Easier said then done. When his best friend Autumn dares him to take the prestigious Seminar, where honour roll students draft a book within a semester, Tanner goes against his better judgment and agrees. Four months is an eternity to write one book.
Four months might be forever but a few seconds into the first session, Tanner is already gushing over Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and now mentors the class.
Review: My rating says it all. I really loved this book. At first, the relationship between Tanner and Sebastian is really innocent and soft, and the authors successfully transferred that into their writing. When their relationship deepened, so did the tone of the book. I was really impressed. This story touches so many different issues and topics but it never feels forced.
In my opinion, the characters besides the protagonist and his love interest weren’t as developed as they could have been. Without saying too much, Tanner’s family was sweet and pretty realistic with their fears. I do wish, however, that we had gotten more of his parents talking or just more insight into the dynamic at his home. Tanner himself is really great. He’s caring, deep thinking, and maybe a bit naive. And he’s immensely talented. I wish they had included more of his “writing”, it’s beautiful. Sebastian, on the other hand, was naturally a bit more complex, I think. You can see he’s struggling and this is where I think the authors did a brilliant job. I don’t want to spoil anything but Sebastian’s personality, his family’s and their dynamic was really interesting to see, and spot on, in my opinion.
Discussing religion and lgbt+ will always be a difficult challenge but Christina Lauren really managed it. It was honest and respectful, never dismissive. The conversations between Tanner and Sebastian felt real. It’s just a beautiful book. Especially after reading the authors’ note, I was in awe of their research and care. I most definitely recommend this book.
Well this is it for this month’s wrap up! Let me know what books you read! x