And… here’s part two of my recent reads list! As always, let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Oh, what an absolute pleasure to be immersed in a John Green novel! I’ve been a fan of his work for nearly ten years now and have loved watching his stories progress. His writing, as always, is rich and deep and leaves me longing for more. A lot of people criticize Green for creating overly pretentious and deep-thinking protagonists and Turtles definitely falls in line. But I find it endearing. This book explores sixteen year old Asa’s experience with mental illness. The story takes you deep into her mind and I came out with better understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I feel like this is one of those books that will become richer each time I read it.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
This book was sooooo hyped on bookstagram. It had everything going for it: gorgeous cover, ACOTAR-like plot… but I was definitely underwhelmed. The writing was good, but the story just didn’t suck me in. The season-themed courts seemed used and the characters did nothing for me. If there was chemistry, I missed it. And, good grief, don’t get me started on insta-love. How come supposedly smart, practical leading ladies constantly lose their minds the second an attractive man (or fairy) walks into their life? I did love the cultural/biological differences between the fairies and humans. Each longs for what the other has, in their own way. Fairies long for the ability to create and humans long for eternal youth and beauty. I did like that this book conveys that these human longings result in nothing but emptiness.
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
This was such a delightful comfort read. It’s my second book by Lord and I’ve been so impressed with her writing. It’s the story of sixteen-year-old Paige, who is best known at school as the girl whose boyfriend tragically drowned a year before. It’s not a story of grief, rather a story of figuring out life after grief. How to put yourself out there and begin anew. Surrounded by her best friends, Paige goes through her junior year of high school. Along the way, she meets Max, the nerdy Quiz Bowl captain with whom she becomes close. I wish I had been able to read this book at the age of sixteen because Max is everything my high school self wanted in a boyfriend. Sometimes, it’s a treat to lose yourself in a low-key high school novel, and Lord did not disappoint.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Kaur is the darling of Instagram and… I don’t know. I’m so torn when it comes to her poetry. On the one hand, I adore the content. It’s raw, realistic, and I appreciate the honesty. I like the way the poems look on the page and love the art that accompanies them. This collection addresses topics like heartbreak, immigration, and self love… all great subjects! On the other hand, I don’t think the poems are actually well written. They’re just thoughts on the page, spaced and formatted to look like poems. There’s little rhythm, rhyme, or structure to them. Call me a snob, but I’ve studied and read plenty of poetry. Technical structures add so much depth and richness. They’re challenging to implement, but almost always pay off. I want to like Kaur’s work… but am always left wanting more.
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