3 – Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
This novel tells the story of two high school seniors – a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with OCD. They become friends as the boy works as a “peer helper” for the girl in effort to try and help her have a more “normal” high school experience. As time goes on they fall in love.
I loved this story Absolutely ate it up. At times the teacher in me was thinking, “NO SCHOOL WOULD ALLOW THIS! THIS IS RIDICULOUS!” but the story was so good that I ignored that side of me. A quick and captivating read!
4 – Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
I read this on my boyfriend’s mother’s recommendation but I did not really enjoy it. It wasn’t an awful book, but I just felt like the story had no point. It centers around the bubonic plague in England in one small town. Pretty much half the residents die. I felt like the story just droned on, and the end sexual encounters between the main character and the pastor just made me mad because I felt like it was cheap and unnecessary. Not too much of a fan of this one.
5 – The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn
This was an odd book but it definitely kept me interested. A young man sets out on his own after spending his life taking care of his alcoholic grandmother. A childhood friend takes him in, and he moves to this wonderful neighborhood feeling like his luck is on the upswing. The gorgeous cougar next door has taken a vested interest in him. However there are strange things going on, and little does he know that beautiful lady is a psycho serial killer and her eyes are on him as her next victim!
I was reluctant to start this book because I get scared so easily, but I was still able to sleep at night after reading this. I enjoyed it but would only recommend to people who enjoy a dark side of literature.
6 – I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace
A memoir of a girl who as a teenager spent a year backpacking across Asia with her mother and older brother and sister. It was fascinating to learn about China and Mongolia through this book, especially because they did everything cheaply and went off the beaten path a lot. However, I can’t imagine anyone doing this to their teenage children, and am so thankful my parents aren’t into that kind of stuff because I would’ve freaked out if that had been my life.
The book became repetitive at times, especially since she made sure to include every detail of long train and bus rides, and how much fucking goat she ate in Mongolia… but it was a quick read.
7 – Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn
A young adult novel about a teenage girl who is a descendant of the Grimm Brothers and has inherited their curse – she must live through every fairy tale, and if she fails, the curse will be passed along to her next relative.
The story was very interesting, but I kind of just got tired of the high school drama… love story and all that. I also hoped that there would’ve been more tales packed into this book, but there really weren’t too many and even then they were allusions at best. Needless to say I will not be reading the sequels.
8 – Garden on Sunset by Martin Turnbull
A novel of old Hollywood when movies were just starting to have dialogue and sound in them. The book follows three characters – a wannabe writer, a wannabe reporter, and a wannabe actress who are all friends living at the Hotel on Sunset. I was immediately drawn into this book and could not put it down. It was interesting, fun, and well written. Highly recommend this one!!