The days are getting warmer and it’ll soon be time to pack your favorite summer read in your beach bag or take it with you out on the back deck. We’ve had a couple really beautiful days here in NS, and while the water is still freezing, people are ready to hit the beach for the long weekend.
I recently read a bunch of books from the Young Adult section of the book store and there were 3 that really grabbed my attention. The first two were lent to me and I highly recommend those. The last one is soul crushing and read at your own risk.
This one is my favorite. If you have not read this book I advise you to drop what you are doing (including reading this blog) and run to your nearest book store to purchase it. This book is a piece of art. The words paint vivid pictures and I felt like I was right there beside the characters the whole time. I saw this book play out as a movie in my head the whole time I was reading it. The heartfelt emotion of the story and the characters pull you in and don’t let go until the end. The main characters, Jude and Noah, are twins each on their own path to rediscovering themselves after a tragedy. Along the way they discover what happened to their once close relationship with each other. Clear your schedule because you won’t want to put this one down!
This is an easy summer read with a great ending. I find a lot of books (TV shows or movies) rarely surprise me anymore as I feel like it’s just another version of a story I have already read, and I can predict what will happen next. I could not have predicted what would happen to the four friends on the island for the summer. Looking back clues were dropped along the way but I could not put them together until I saw the bigger picture. I won’t say anymore, in fact forget you read this. It’s better to be surprised when you aren’t expecting it.
WARNING this book is a soul crusher. I had a bit of trouble getting into this book at the beginning, as I wasn’t convinced on the brashness of Finch as he interacted with Violet. But as the story unfolded I could see it was all part of his character, it started to make sense and I settled in for the long haul. It is a beautiful story about the difficulties of high school social life and mental illness. It was really interesting the picture the author painted with Finch’s family, as mental illness being recognized is a work in progress and you still see dismissive attitudes out there. This book will lift you up, show you the beauty and darkness of mental illness, and then promptly crush your soul. It’s a good read but you’ve been warned.
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