If Books Were Food, I am now Obese Because of It

So here are the books I have read and some brief descriptions and reviews.

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

A girl commits suicide but not before sending a shoebox-full of casette tapes narrating 13 reasons why she did it. A boy receives the said box and was shocked to discover that he is one of the reasons. But  why?

This is such a page-turner that I finished it within the day. I was just as intrigued as the boy protagonist in discovering how he could possibly be one of the reasons that led the girl to choose to end her life. I give it 4/5 stars.

 

Gone Girl
by GillianFlynn

A man is devastated to find that his wife has disappeared and every incriminating evidence points to him as the prime suspect for murder. He insists that he didn’t do it, but how does he prove his innocence?

The book is written from two POVs — the man’s and his wife’s diary. It took a while to really get into the book so you’re going to have to trudge through till you reach the parts where you don’t know whether to believe the wife or the husband. That’ the pay-off but how it ends rather puts a big question mark in my head. I give it 3/5 stars.

 

Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta

A little girl was abandoned by her mother on the Jellicoe Road. She grew up into an asthmatic leader of a group involved with territorial wars. She has a history with the leader of the Cadets group and her guardian, who is writing a manuscript about 5 youngsters in the 80’s, mysteriously disappears.

For something for which the plot seems so disconnected with every other detail in the story, this books is probably the most troublesome book I’ve ever read. The first 100 pages is horrendously confusing and you are forced to spend the next half of the book trying to unravel (and makes sense of) the secrets hounding the annoying protagonists’ history. The writer’s style of letting her readers tread in murky waters before reaching crystal clear revelations  appears ‘brilliant’ in everybody else’s opinion, but I find it too pretentious and terribly …unrealistic. It’s soap drama in written pages. I give it 1.5/5 stars.

 

Me Before You: A Novel
by Jojo Moyes

A recently unemployed woman was offered a job as carer for a quadriplegic. Through her interactions with him, she finally learns to live. However, her quadriplegic patient had already lost all reason to go on living and had made ‘preparations.’ How does she change his mind before it’s too late?

This book is such an amazing read! I could not put it down and the pay-off was unexpected but rather good. It is not precisely a cotton-candy romance novel as the cover art and blurb alludes. It is far from that. It deals with very real issues, and the characters also have depth in them and a realistic voice. It’s one of the few books that made me feel a range of emotions. 5/5 stars!!!

 

If I Stay
by Gayle Forman

A tragic car crash had killed everybody in the car — a family — except for the teenage girl. She finds herself hovering over the lifeless bodies of her family and then dashed to the hospital, where she witnesses her friends and loved ones rush to her side. Although they see her battered body on the hospital bed, they do not see her good self standing right by them deciding ultimately whether to leave or stay.

This book bored me to death! The premise was definitely very interesting, but I was not at all interested to read all these unimportant flashbacks about her plans to go to Julliard, or how she met her too-cool-for-her boyfriend, what she and her Jewish best friend talked about one fine day and every other unnecessary detail that had nothing to do with her recovery (or death). Or maybe it does, but goodness, does it have to be so boring? And it’s going to be turned into a movie so …*shrugs shoulders*. I give it 2/5 stars.

 

Warm Bodies: A Novel
by Isaac Marion

An eloquent zombie has plenty of thoughts he wanted to say, but what comes out of his mouth are grunts and the immense difficulty of verbalizing these thoughts. Then one day, he falls in love with a living girl and does everything he can to protect her. Eventually, he starts to change… and the change is affecting the whole world as they know it.

I had my doubts about this book initially because …a zombie falling in love? — profoundly absurd! However, the writing flow is quite good and the story itself was unusual and unexpectedly wonderful …and fun! I really enjoyed it. I give 4/5 stars.

 

That’s all for now! More to come… soon!

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