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How hard was it your first steps of starting to read, your first book? asked by Anonymous

If you mean as a kid then I honestly don’t remember. I’ve always read, it was always something that came as second nature to me. Almost as effortless as breathing. I apologise if that sounded pretentious but that’s how it is right now.

If you mean something else please feel free to ask me again and I can give you a clearer answer. 

Book description:
From the very first page Shaking the Trees meets you at the edge of the forest, extends a limb & seduces you into taking a walk through the dark & light of connection. Suddenly, like a gunshot in the very-near distance, you find yourself traipsing though a full-blown love story that you can’t find your way out of because the story is actually the landscape underneath your feet.
Favourite quotes: 
"You are not an apology, do not treat yourself like one."
"It is not what I’ve read, mother. There is a monster inside of me. It’s turned me into a body, it’s turned me into nails. I am desperate for him. I am trembling for him. Love is furious, mother, it is so red and ugly. At night we hold each other and shake from the violence of it.”
"I’ve loved you in so many places… I can’t remember if home exists."
"… do not gentle yourself for any man. Do not change for the ones who think that you should be softer, less mouth, less voice. You do not owe regrowth to anyone but yourself. When they begin to ask for you to shape yourself around them, leave. Shut the door firmly. Do not look back.
Rating:
4 out of 5
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I have no idea how this slipped my radar. I’ve been following 5000letters (the author who you should check out and basically worship her words) for quite some time and while I knew she had a book coming out I wasn’t sure when the release date was.
Lo and behold the morning of June 30th comes by and I check my email only to find a copy of this book sent to me by the lovely Layla ( xiv-leyli ) in my inbox and before I even bother with washing my face or brushing my teeth I got to reading it right away.
I honestly haven’t read a collection like this before, or at least I can’t remember having read one. 
It is sort of split into months and at the beginning of each one there is this one page short story that tells the events of two people getting to know each other in this heartbreaking manner that only Azra Tabassum can put into words.
After which it goes on with poems that are all.. teeth with words that are just violent in the sense that they’re uninhibited.
I spent that Monday morning having my heart wrecked by Azra. It’s like that opening line in Fahrenheit 451 when Bradbury says “It was a pleasure to burn”. It really was a pleasure being wrecked  by it. Thank you for your words.
With that being said I now need a physical copy of this book to hug, sniff and highlight. 

Book description:

From the very first page Shaking the Trees meets you at the edge of the forest, extends a limb & seduces you into taking a walk through the dark & light of connection. Suddenly, like a gunshot in the very-near distance, you find yourself traipsing though a full-blown love story that you can’t find your way out of because the story is actually the landscape underneath your feet.

Favourite quotes: 

"You are not an apology, do not treat yourself like one."

"It is not what I’ve read, mother. There is a monster inside of me. It’s turned me into a body, it’s turned me into nails. I am desperate for him. I am trembling for him. Love is furious, mother, it is so red and ugly. At night we hold each other and shake from the violence of it.”

"I’ve loved you in so many places… I can’t remember if home exists."

"… do not gentle yourself for any man. Do not change for the ones who think that you should be softer, less mouth, less voice. You do not owe regrowth to anyone but yourself. When they begin to ask for you to shape yourself around them, leave. Shut the door firmly. Do not look back.

Rating:

4 out of 5

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I have no idea how this slipped my radar. I’ve been following 5000letters (the author who you should check out and basically worship her words) for quite some time and while I knew she had a book coming out I wasn’t sure when the release date was.

Lo and behold the morning of June 30th comes by and I check my email only to find a copy of this book sent to me by the lovely Layla ( xiv-leyli ) in my inbox and before I even bother with washing my face or brushing my teeth I got to reading it right away.

I honestly haven’t read a collection like this before, or at least I can’t remember having read one. 

It is sort of split into months and at the beginning of each one there is this one page short story that tells the events of two people getting to know each other in this heartbreaking manner that only Azra Tabassum can put into words.

After which it goes on with poems that are all.. teeth with words that are just violent in the sense that they’re uninhibited.

I spent that Monday morning having my heart wrecked by Azra. It’s like that opening line in Fahrenheit 451 when Bradbury says “It was a pleasure to burn”. It really was a pleasure being wrecked  by it. Thank you for your words.

With that being said I now need a physical copy of this book to hug, sniff and highlight. 

(Source: nourareads)

Book description:
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Favourite quotes: 
“And what is reality, if it isn’t how we feel about things? What else matters at the end of the day when we lie in bed alone with our thoughts? And isn’t it true, statistically speaking—regardless of whether we believe in luck or not—that good and bad must happen simultaneously all over the world?”
"You cannot beat time; you can only enjoy it whenever possible, as it zooms by endlessly." 
Rating:
more of a 2.5 than 3 out of 5
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I keep giving Matthew Quick one chance after another in hopes he would surprise me but sadly that’s never the case. Aside from Sorta Like a Rockstar (which I’m not planning to check out) I’m pretty sure that I’ve read all his books. And while they’re not exactly bad there’s nothing special about them either.
My favourite part of The Good Luck of Right now was the fact that it was told in letters and the way the story progressed in that format was enjoyable to experience.
However, the “plot twist” in the story was something that you can see coming a mile ahead which puts a damper on things to be honest. And the “surprise” it contained afterwards wasn’t much to make up for the predicability the majority of the novel had. 
All in all it possessed lovely but forgettable prose.
[this was part of a read-a-long which was such a joy to experience]

Book description:

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

Favourite quotes: 

“And what is reality, if it isn’t how we feel about things? What else matters at the end of the day when we lie in bed alone with our thoughts? And isn’t it true, statistically speaking—regardless of whether we believe in luck or not—that good and bad must happen simultaneously all over the world?”

"You cannot beat time; you can only enjoy it whenever possible, as it zooms by endlessly." 

Rating:

more of a 2.5 than 3 out of 5

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I keep giving Matthew Quick one chance after another in hopes he would surprise me but sadly that’s never the case. Aside from Sorta Like a Rockstar (which I’m not planning to check out) I’m pretty sure that I’ve read all his books. And while they’re not exactly bad there’s nothing special about them either.

My favourite part of The Good Luck of Right now was the fact that it was told in letters and the way the story progressed in that format was enjoyable to experience.

However, the “plot twist” in the story was something that you can see coming a mile ahead which puts a damper on things to be honest. And the “surprise” it contained afterwards wasn’t much to make up for the predicability the majority of the novel had. 

All in all it possessed lovely but forgettable prose.

[this was part of a read-a-long which was such a joy to experience]

(Source: nourareads)

At the end of June I started getting really tired of the stack of books that I have that still remain unread. Tired and guilty. The books were too much for comfort and were basically borderline Hoarders material. I also realised how varied they really are which is really cool I think. So, I decided that in order to lessen the pile I will at the beginning of July and up until December assign a theme/genre to each month where I will only read books from said theme/genre.
The pile pictured above (including ebooks on my kobo) were what I was hoping to conquer in my July YA themed month. It’s currently the 10th and I have only managed to finish Gone after which a reading slump decided to pay me a visit and I haven’t read anything from that pile in like a week. I don’t know if it’s the books themselves or just me (most probably me) but I haven’t had the patience or the focus to sit down with a book for more than 10 minutes at a time. I miss reading and I hope it will come back and stay for a while helping me finish the books that I decided on reading.
That’s pretty much what I wanted to say/get off my chest.

At the end of June I started getting really tired of the stack of books that I have that still remain unread. Tired and guilty. The books were too much for comfort and were basically borderline Hoarders material. I also realised how varied they really are which is really cool I think. So, I decided that in order to lessen the pile I will at the beginning of July and up until December assign a theme/genre to each month where I will only read books from said theme/genre.

The pile pictured above (including ebooks on my kobo) were what I was hoping to conquer in my July YA themed month. It’s currently the 10th and I have only managed to finish Gone after which a reading slump decided to pay me a visit and I haven’t read anything from that pile in like a week. I don’t know if it’s the books themselves or just me (most probably me) but I haven’t had the patience or the focus to sit down with a book for more than 10 minutes at a time. I miss reading and I hope it will come back and stay for a while helping me finish the books that I decided on reading.

That’s pretty much what I wanted to say/get off my chest.

(Source: nourareads)

Book description:
This quirky, narrative scrapbook gives readers a witty, honest look at what it means to be a teenager. 
Favourite quotes:
"I want to plant forget-me-nots in your mind so that you think about me all the time."
Rating:
3 out of 5
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So, I actually first heard about this earlier this year and was intrigued but somehow never investigated it further but when I saw that it was up for grabs on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I thought that it high time that I check it out. And I am so glad that I did.
First of all let’s start with the cover which is quite lovely in it’s own right and has this authentic feel to it that would grab your attention. The bright yet somehow calm colours capture the essence of this book nicely.
Now to the content, I found it to be simple yet effective in how it portrays the mind of a teenage girl. The combination of art and words together creates this world that draws you in right away.
It was a pleasant surprise to find that the author herself is 19 years old but I suppose it shouldn’t have been because of the seemingly unrestrained way in which she documents her life and the randomness of it all. Because if this book is one thing it’s random.
All in all, I found myself enjoying it and it was a nice way to spend my morning. I will be keeping an eye out for this author in the future to see how her work progresses.
Recommended to those who enjoy fun reads with pretty pictures.

Book description:

This quirky, narrative scrapbook gives readers a witty, honest look at what it means to be a teenager. 

Favourite quotes:

"I want to plant forget-me-nots in your mind so that you think about me all the time."

Rating:

3 out of 5

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So, I actually first heard about this earlier this year and was intrigued but somehow never investigated it further but when I saw that it was up for grabs on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I thought that it high time that I check it out. And I am so glad that I did.

First of all let’s start with the cover which is quite lovely in it’s own right and has this authentic feel to it that would grab your attention. The bright yet somehow calm colours capture the essence of this book nicely.

Now to the content, I found it to be simple yet effective in how it portrays the mind of a teenage girl. The combination of art and words together creates this world that draws you in right away.

It was a pleasant surprise to find that the author herself is 19 years old but I suppose it shouldn’t have been because of the seemingly unrestrained way in which she documents her life and the randomness of it all. Because if this book is one thing it’s random.

All in all, I found myself enjoying it and it was a nice way to spend my morning. I will be keeping an eye out for this author in the future to see how her work progresses.

Recommended to those who enjoy fun reads with pretty pictures.

(Source: nourareads)

Book description:
all of the unsleeping. gold sweeping. poems. i have in my hands.
Favourite quotes:
"i am mine. before i am ever anyone else’s"
"i will always be a  translation."
"complexity is just simplicity which refuses to be anything else."
Rating:
2.5 or maybe 3 out of 5
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Oh nejma, nejma nejma nejma.
When I found out about your existence I was whatever the word for beyond excitement is. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on you, virtually or otherwise.
I guess I just knew that you would be incredible, something that demands attention and emotion, something that will leave a lasting impact on me but alas, that wasn’t the case.
Because if you’ll permit me to be perfectly honest here the only thing that you were was… okay. just okay. And I suppose following up to Salt was no easy task to uphold nevertheless you could’ve tried harder, could’ve put in more effort. Sadly you didn’t and while that resulted in a work that is delightful it will probably be forgotten after a couple of weeks. 
Now please don’t hate me for saying this but I don’t think that I will necessarily recommend you to others. My favourite thing about you was your pretty cover and the lines I mentioned above and that’s pretty much it.
I wish you well in the hands of future readers and I hope you get on better with them.
Not yours for long,
Noura

Book description:

all 
of the 
unsleeping. gold sweeping. poems. 
i have in my hands.

Favourite quotes:

"i am mine. before i am ever anyone else’s"

"i will always be a  translation."

"complexity is just simplicity which refuses to be anything else."

Rating:

2.5 or maybe 3 out of 5

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Oh nejma, nejma nejma nejma.

When I found out about your existence I was whatever the word for beyond excitement is. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on you, virtually or otherwise.

I guess I just knew that you would be incredible, something that demands attention and emotion, something that will leave a lasting impact on me but alas, that wasn’t the case.

Because if you’ll permit me to be perfectly honest here the only thing that you were was… okay. just okay. And I suppose following up to Salt was no easy task to uphold nevertheless you could’ve tried harder, could’ve put in more effort. Sadly you didn’t and while that resulted in a work that is delightful it will probably be forgotten after a couple of weeks. 

Now please don’t hate me for saying this but I don’t think that I will necessarily recommend you to others. My favourite thing about you was your pretty cover and the lines I mentioned above and that’s pretty much it.

I wish you well in the hands of future readers and I hope you get on better with them.

Not yours for long,

Noura

(Source: nourareads)

Book description:
"I want you to do something with the place. Something epic."
After being entrusted with her brother’s Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn’t sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he’s gone. Emi may be a talented young production designer, already beginning to thrive in the competitive film industry, but she still feels like an average teen, floundering when it comes to romance.
But when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades’ old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.
Favourite quotes: 
"We love films because they make us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. They tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heart broken. Remember about death and suffering and the complexities of living. Remember what it is like to love someone. Remember how it is to be loved. Remember what you feel in this moment. Remember this. Remember this." 
Rating:
4 out of 5
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i’ve recently gotten a Kobo as a gift and have been reading a lot on it. I somehow manage to get through books faster that way.
This happened to be one of the first books I read on it and even the black and white screen of my Kobo couldn’t dull the fact that this is one of the prettiest covers, ever. Now, I don’t usually like covers with people on them because I feel that it takes away from imagining them as you read along but this wasn’t the issue here because you don’t actually see her face. I loved the softness it gave off and the typography that somehow summed up the vibe of the story nicely.
And the story, my god the story. It was just so incredibly sweet. The friendship was lovely and the romance progressed nicely without it being shoved in your face every other page. I also loved Emi’s voice and the way she went about doing things, how hard she actually worked without relying on the privilege she was given. She certainly appreciated it but it wasn’t about to constantly use it as a crutch of some sort. On top of that Everything Leads to You managed to give you a sort of an inside look of the movie business without being too technical. 
Recommended to those who enjoy films and contemporary themed young adult books. 
oh oh oh one more thing, this book has an LGBT theme since the main character Emi is a lesbian (did I ever mention how happy it makes me that lately quite a few YA books feature LGBT main characters instead of just the token gay person who has no depth and is just the background character. Representation is really important and I’m glad that other voices are being heard). So go into this book aware of it being as such.  
Also, the reason that I’ve read this book was because of this review. Feel free to check it out.

Book description:

"I want you to do something with the place. Something epic."

After being entrusted with her brother’s Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn’t sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he’s gone. Emi may be a talented young production designer, already beginning to thrive in the competitive film industry, but she still feels like an average teen, floundering when it comes to romance.

But when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades’ old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.

Favourite quotes: 

"We love films because they make us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. They tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heart broken. Remember about death and suffering and the complexities of living. Remember what it is like to love someone. Remember how it is to be loved. Remember what you feel in this moment. Remember this. Remember this." 

Rating:

4 out of 5

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i’ve recently gotten a Kobo as a gift and have been reading a lot on it. I somehow manage to get through books faster that way.

This happened to be one of the first books I read on it and even the black and white screen of my Kobo couldn’t dull the fact that this is one of the prettiest covers, ever. Now, I don’t usually like covers with people on them because I feel that it takes away from imagining them as you read along but this wasn’t the issue here because you don’t actually see her face. I loved the softness it gave off and the typography that somehow summed up the vibe of the story nicely.

And the story, my god the story. It was just so incredibly sweet. The friendship was lovely and the romance progressed nicely without it being shoved in your face every other page. I also loved Emi’s voice and the way she went about doing things, how hard she actually worked without relying on the privilege she was given. She certainly appreciated it but it wasn’t about to constantly use it as a crutch of some sort. On top of that Everything Leads to You managed to give you a sort of an inside look of the movie business without being too technical. 

Recommended to those who enjoy films and contemporary themed young adult books. 

oh oh oh one more thing, this book has an LGBT theme since the main character Emi is a lesbian (did I ever mention how happy it makes me that lately quite a few YA books feature LGBT main characters instead of just the token gay person who has no depth and is just the background character. Representation is really important and I’m glad that other voices are being heard). So go into this book aware of it being as such.  

Also, the reason that I’ve read this book was because of this review. Feel free to check it out.

(Source: nourareads)

Book description:
Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes.
Rating:
3.5  out of 5
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Previously posted on my goodreads with slight edits for nourareads.
A huge thank you goes to Kaltham for getting me a copy of this for my birthday. Books are seriously the best gift that you can give me.
Gone happened to be the first read in my YA themed reading month, which isn’t really going well at the moment but that’s neither here nor there.
Now to the actual book review:
What I enjoyed about reading this is that I came to it with an empty slate. I had no expectations whatsoever and ended up enjoying it immensely. It’s one of the ‘bigger’ YA books that I’ve read and that actually kept me interested throughout.
There was honestly not a single boring moment, the book was action packed and suspenseful with a twist that you won’t see coming until it slaps you in the face.
However, I felt that the writing was a bit lacking and the characters while they grew throughout the short span of time that this book took place in weren’t realistically portrayed for a bunch of 14 year olds but maybe being cut off from the world you knew ages you but still that annoyed me a bit.
With that being said I will still be picking up the rest of the series or at least the next book. It’s intriguing enough that I want to know how things in the FAYZ are progressing.
Recommended to those who enjoy fast paced books and dystopians.

Book description:

Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes.

Rating:

3.5  out of 5

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Previously posted on my goodreads with slight edits for nourareads.

A huge thank you goes to Kaltham for getting me a copy of this for my birthday. Books are seriously the best gift that you can give me.

Gone happened to be the first read in my YA themed reading month, which isn’t really going well at the moment but that’s neither here nor there.

Now to the actual book review:

What I enjoyed about reading this is that I came to it with an empty slate. I had no expectations whatsoever and ended up enjoying it immensely. It’s one of the ‘bigger’ YA books that I’ve read and that actually kept me interested throughout.

There was honestly not a single boring moment, the book was action packed and suspenseful with a twist that you won’t see coming until it slaps you in the face.

However, I felt that the writing was a bit lacking and the characters while they grew throughout the short span of time that this book took place in weren’t realistically portrayed for a bunch of 14 year olds but maybe being cut off from the world you knew ages you but still that annoyed me a bit.

With that being said I will still be picking up the rest of the series or at least the next book. It’s intriguing enough that I want to know how things in the FAYZ are progressing.

Recommended to those who enjoy fast paced books and dystopians.

(Source: nourareads)

Book description:
Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia.When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight. 
Rating:
4 out of 5
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Let it be known that I have not preordered anything in YEARS but when I heard that there was a book version of one of my absolute favourite YouTube shows coming out I knew I just had to get it. A copy for myself and for a friend because sometimes you just need to freak out over a book with someone.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books so when this certain adaption came out I was completely taken with it. I loved how the show stayed true to the book even though it was set in modern times.
I enjoyed this particular read so much because it’s been so long since I was drawn into the world a book creates from the first couple of pages and it’s been even longer since I managed to finish something that’s not a poetry book in 24 hours or less.
Keep in mind that a lot of what’s in the vlogs is repeated her but Lizzie’s thoughts and how she articulates them is worth checking out. Also, the process of her growing throughout the year this book took place is really fascinating to witness. 
This was a fun and engaging read which I would recommend to fans of Pride and Prejudice and those who watched the show. My only complaint is that there was not enough Darcy, not enough of what happens after but I guess the intrigue is enough for some.

Book description:

Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia.When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight. 

Rating:

4 out of 5

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Let it be known that I have not preordered anything in YEARS but when I heard that there was a book version of one of my absolute favourite YouTube shows coming out I knew I just had to get it. A copy for myself and for a friend because sometimes you just need to freak out over a book with someone.

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books so when this certain adaption came out I was completely taken with it. I loved how the show stayed true to the book even though it was set in modern times.

I enjoyed this particular read so much because it’s been so long since I was drawn into the world a book creates from the first couple of pages and it’s been even longer since I managed to finish something that’s not a poetry book in 24 hours or less.

Keep in mind that a lot of what’s in the vlogs is repeated her but Lizzie’s thoughts and how she articulates them is worth checking out. Also, the process of her growing throughout the year this book took place is really fascinating to witness. 

This was a fun and engaging read which I would recommend to fans of Pride and Prejudice and those who watched the show. My only complaint is that there was not enough Darcy, not enough of what happens after but I guess the intrigue is enough for some.

(Source: nourareads)

Book description:
Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys’ school that’s pretends it’s coed by giving the girls their own bathroom. Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player. The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can’t seem to stop thinking about.
Then there’s Francesca’s mother, who always thinks she knows what’s best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, alone, and without an inkling who she really is. 
Favourite quotes: 
“I can’t believe I said it out loud. The truth doesn’t set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenceless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don’t feel free. I feel like shit.” 
“Comfort zones are overrated. They make you lazy.” 
Rating:
5 out of 5
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This book though, this book. Sigh.
-cracks knuckles- Let’s begin.
I have read this back in 2011 and enjoyed it so much but if you asked me what it was about or why I liked it I wouldn’t for the life of me rememeber.
Fast forward 3 years later and I decided it was about time that I read  The Piper’s Son which features some of the characters in this book but in order to do so I would require to be reintroduced to them and be reminded of why I was so taken with them in the first place. That was the smartest decision that I’ve made this past month.
Saving Francesca was so much more than I remember. It actually made me laugh out loud (in more than one occasion) at one page and be on the verge of tears on another. Marchetta’s way of describing and portraying friendships is different than anything that I’ve ever read before. It felt real, honest and so achingly beautiful.
One of the many things that I loved about this book was the range of different characters that never felt one dimensional. They progressed so much throughout the short 240 pages or so of this book that you can’t help but fall for them.
On to The Piper’s Son now to see what they’ve been up to 5 years later.
Recommended to those who enjoy young adult books with some substance and personality to them.

Book description:

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys’ school that’s pretends it’s coed by giving the girls their own bathroom. Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player. The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can’t seem to stop thinking about.

Then there’s Francesca’s mother, who always thinks she knows what’s best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, alone, and without an inkling who she really is. 

Favourite quotes: 

“I can’t believe I said it out loud. The truth doesn’t set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenceless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don’t feel free. I feel like shit.” 

“Comfort zones are overrated. They make you lazy.” 

Rating:

5 out of 5

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This book though, this book. Sigh.

-cracks knuckles- Let’s begin.

I have read this back in 2011 and enjoyed it so much but if you asked me what it was about or why I liked it I wouldn’t for the life of me rememeber.

Fast forward 3 years later and I decided it was about time that I read  The Piper’s Son which features some of the characters in this book but in order to do so I would require to be reintroduced to them and be reminded of why I was so taken with them in the first place. That was the smartest decision that I’ve made this past month.

Saving Francesca was so much more than I remember. It actually made me laugh out loud (in more than one occasion) at one page and be on the verge of tears on another. Marchetta’s way of describing and portraying friendships is different than anything that I’ve ever read before. It felt real, honest and so achingly beautiful.

One of the many things that I loved about this book was the range of different characters that never felt one dimensional. They progressed so much throughout the short 240 pages or so of this book that you can’t help but fall for them.

On to The Piper’s Son now to see what they’ve been up to 5 years later.

Recommended to those who enjoy young adult books with some substance and personality to them.

(Source: nourareads)

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