Book Club is back! Hooray! I’ve been reading voraciously in the last month or so, and I have lots of great titles to share with you!
I then announced Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum as the next book, but I didn’t do my homework and later discovered it was not yet available in the Amazon AU store or from my library as a ebook. Bugger. I ordered it from Book Depository but after some mucking around with my address being in Chinese characters, it took nearly a month to arrive.
But after all that messing about, I can tell you that it was worth the wait.
Before I launch into spoilers and my review of the book, first I will announce the next book –
It’s summer holidays for me and I really love a light hearted romantic “chick lit” novel for the beach or by the pool. For all my Aussie / Kiwi readers, this will be the perfect snuggle under the quilt Sunday afternoon winter read. Lucy Diamond’s books are widely available at local libraries (I was able to borrow my ebook copy using my Aussie library app) and it’s also pretty cheap to buy.
Evie Flynn inherits her Aunty’s beloved Beach Cafe in Cornwell, but how is that going to work when she is happy with her boyfriend and her life in Oxford? Or maybe is it the exact change she needs to shake things up and follow her dreams?
Trust me guys – I think you are going to love this one!
This title was my first foray back into the YA (young adult) genre in a while. I’ve always enjoyed YA books, as does my sister, so we often trade recommendations and share books. Here is a few thoughts I had while reading this one –
- The start was face paced and dived right into the story. It doesn’t dwell on Jessie’s tragic story, instead the author tells you what happens and then gets on with Jessie’s next chapter. Diving right in was a great way to start and got me hooked.
- Having the mystery character “Somebody Nobody” introduced early on made me pay extra attention to the characters as they are introduced, hoping to see some little clue of who SN might be.
- I thought this story was a interesting example of looking at grief from a teenager’s perspective.
- I was very frustrated at how her Dad left Jessie to fend for herself, but I suppose that’s related to his grief process and adjusting to a new life.
- I thought it was odd that there was never much development of the characters of the Dad and the step mother – you don’t find out much about them during the duration of the story.
- The step brother was pretty awful and even if Jessie forgave him for his terrible behaviour, I wasn’t so easily convinced.
- I enjoyed how much of the dialogue was in text and email form, I think a lot of YA novelists forget sometimes that this is how most teenagers communicate these days. (well, most people actually.)
- The unfolding romance was great and despite having very strong suspicions who SN was, I wasn’t quite 100% sure until he was revealed.
Overall I really loved this novel and breezed through it over two days. The YA genre can often be bogged down in poor quality teen romances and high school drama – this one had lots of substance and a little bit of heavy content but was very feel good at the same time.
I have a feeling that not many of you would have had a chance to read this one as it’s not widely available being such a recent release. Did you manage to get your hands on a copy? What did you think?
If you enjoyed this, or are keen to read something similar, I can recommend –
Map To The Stars by Jen Malone (bargain! Only $1.99)
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