Books #36 – 40

Hello! Welcome to my third of these posts. I’m loving how detailed I can get in these. In this one, it was okay, some of the books I really liked and the others I didn’t like so much. The problem with picking up books from the library is that I end up picking up books because they look interesting without actually thinking through whether or not I’ll enjoy it.

Push
Sapphire

push

Summary:

This is about a sixteen year old black girl called Precious. She has never been out of Harlem. She is pregnant by her own father for the second time, and she’s kicked out of school when her pregnancy becomes obvious. She’s placed into an alternate teaching program, where she learns to read and write. This book is written like her diary, where she records what’s happening in her life.

Review

Part of me is bothered by the fact the author put Precious through so much, and part of me is glad that this was written because things like this are very real and happen to people all over the world. It included so much importance in the words that I couldn’t rate it less than four stars. I thought the discussions about race and class within this book are especially important. I thought the discussions about race and class within this book are especially important. It spoke like a stream of conciousness which I happened to enjoy. It was heartbreakingly honest. The reasons why I took it down a star was because of how difficult it was to read and that rape was constantly brought up (although I understand from personal experiance with trauma that little things will remind you everyday of what happened to you), the references to genital scents and the ignorance which I think was a reference to how being brought up in an abusive household and restricted from recieving education can make you ignorant to your world which I’m not sure I agree with if I’m totally honest. Otherwise it was pretty good and I’d reccomend it, but only with a list of trigger warnings.

Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur

milk and honey

Summary

A collection of poetry and prose about survival with the experiances of violence, abuse, love, loss and femminity. The book is divided into four chapters. Each chapter deals with a different purpose. This takes reader through a journey of the most bitter moments in life, and helps to find sweetness in them. There is sweetness everywhere if you’re willing to look for it.

Review:

I agree with the people who say that this book is not poetry, it’s just simple but poetic sentences that are broken up to look like poetry. However, I love it so much because of its honesty and how much I relate to what was in it. Even though some pages were things I’ve seen so many times before, some of it was new to me and overall I really liked it.

The Rose and the Yew Tree
Agatha Christie and Mary Westmacott

the rose and the yew tree

Summary

A story about the love and hate in the class divide. Everyone expected Isabella to marry her cousin Rupert when he came back from the war. It would have been a suitable marriage. John Gabriel appeared in her life, however. The price of love for Isabella means abandoning her dreams of home and happiness forever. For John, it destroys his career and his ambitions.

Review

This is the first Agatha Christie novel that I’ve read, and I actually really loved it. It was some sort of political love story and, although I wasn’t a big fan of the politics, I thought it was really well written and kept me hooked from page one. I can’t wait to read more by her and I don’t know why it took me so long to find something I wanted to read by her.

Friend Request
Laura Marshall

friend request

Summary

Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she? 1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who myseriously transferred late into the senior year. Maria is everything the girls she hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on the way to becoming close friends. In 2016, Louise recieves a friend request on Facebook from Maria. Long buried memories quickly rise to the surface. Those first days of a budding friendship, cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept. The night that would change everyone’s lives forever.

Review

I know this isn’t that popular but I’ve been seeing it everywhere and I don’t understand why people say such amazing things about it because it was just an alright thriller. It was pretty good, I liked the realism of the situation in the plot and how relatable the charecters were and how they were all so different and contrasting and how easy it was to read, it sort of flowed into one another. Like I’ve said in other reviews, I really enjoy books that jump from past to present. I think it keeps things interesting and it wasn’t an exception here.

But, again, it was just…alright. There was nothing that happened in this book that I didn’t see coming. It was predictable. There was nothing new, or anything all that exciting or made me go “WOW I did not expect that”. I don’t regret reading it, though, it was a fun read.

 

So that’s what I read recently! It was a hit or miss this time round, really.

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