Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Slightly Different | Book Review

Slightly different post here, but I've been reading a lot lately and rather than doing a video which people may not be interested in I thought I could write a post where I can send people to read if they would like to know what I thought. Today, I'll be reviewing in short, five books that are shown above, including two on my kindle. Let's go! PS. IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!! I'M FINALLY 18 AND I GO ON HOLIDAY TODAY, BUT DON'T WORRY, I'VE SCHEDULED POSTS, SO IT WON'T EVEN SEEM LIKE I'M AWAY!

The Handmaid's Tale by MARGARET ATWOOD - 

BLURB: 'The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one option: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. The Handmaid's Tale is a brilliant and astutely perceived evocation of twenty-first-century America.'

I never thought I would finish this book in two days, but it really was so addictive. The story was beautiful and well thought out, plus it leaves you asking questions which I don't usually like but for this book I accepted it. I became emotionally attached to the main character in the book which is what every author hopes from their reader. I didn't bother watching the film as apparently it's not so great, but the book is fantastic. It's actually on an A Level English Literature module which is why I decided to read it. It's all about the search for identity. Very interesting!

Atonement by IAN MCEWAN -

BLURB: 'In 1935 England, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, and she becomes the victim of her own imagination, which leads her on a lifelong search for truth and absolution.'

I do regret watching the film beforehand, but I didn't think I'd ever read the book. However, I regret reading the book too. It was such a long and slow read. McEwan goes in to way too much detail for my liking which made everything seem so slow within the book. I especially didn't like the war part, but that may be because I studied war literature over the years and therefore, a bit tiresome of it. I did like 'Atonement' towards the end, but I knew what was coming. I wouldn't recommend reading the book if you've seen the film as you'll probably kill yourself - I nearly did. 

Like Water For Chocolate by LAURA ESQUIVEL - 

BLURB: 'Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness and bittersweet wit. A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and in desperation he marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next 22 years Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.'

I am so in love with this book and the film. The book was utterly gorgeous, I loved how there are Mexican recipes at the beginning of every chapter, I fell in love with the story itself. I nearly cried at the ending because it's so sad and I couldn't believe it. I highly recommend reading this book, it's an easy read, but it's so gorgeous. The main character is also trying to find her identity, as this is also on the English Literature A Level module and that's the theme. I would happily read this book over and over again

Perks of Being A Wallflower by STEPHEN CHBOSKY - 

BLURB: 'Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up'

I haven't seen the film of this yet and I'm glad I haven't. The book was so beautiful and I finished the book over two days, maybe three. It's an extremely easy read which is lovely to just sit back and get engulfed in the story. It made me sad and it made me happy, I became attached to the three main characters and it's made me want to watch the film which is very rare for a book to make me feel. I loved it. 

Looking For Alaska by JOHN GREEN - 

BLURB: 'First drink, first prank, first friend, first girl, last words… A poignant and moving crossover novel about making friends and growing up from American author, John Green. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.'

This book had been raved about all over instagram and everywhere. I'm not going to lie, at the beginning, I didn't think I was going to like it. It was a shame, it wasn't what I was expecting, due to the hype it had gotten It didn't raise up to my expectations. It wasn't until the middle when I really began to enjoy it and finished it in a matter of days. I can't believe what happens to Alaska and it's shocking, you want to know why and what happened, I still wonder. This is also a beautiful read and I do recommend it, I just don't think people should hype it up as it may not live up to everybody's expectations!

Have you read any of these? How was my first book review?



  1. Such a shame you didn't like atonement as I loved that book.. I liked the fact that the film didn't change much either as It really annoys me when films completely change what's in the book.

    Ash xx

  2. I really want to read Perks of Being a Wallflower!!! The film is so good and I highly recommend you watching it! Watching the film made me want to read the book more for extra details the film might have missed out!


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