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Book Review – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

18741152Book: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Review: This book is about 17-year-old Anna who is an American. She’s sent to an American school in France by her parents (mainly her father) with very little choice. While there, she makes friends, especially with a boy named St. Clair. Immediately we know who the love interest is, so we expect there to be some sparks between her and her love interest. The book is from the point-of-view of Anna, and even contains little email sections, including from her friends back in America. The book is full of teenage drama and does deal with some serious family issues (very serious topics) and does contain some swearing as well as a little bit of drinking (including being drunk & hangovers). There are so many hints that the characters have feelings for each other and of course, there are obstacles that get in the way but it’s nicely done. I can be a bit picky with romance books at the time but this is one I genuinely enjoyed, especially as I read the majority of it out in my garden, very fitting for the end of summer! Overall, I really did like this book and I hope to eventually continue on with Stephanie Perkins’ work as I love her writing style. I did actually think she was British because of how well she writes in British characters, but apparently, she’s American! I do highly recommend this book and I’d love to know other opinions too.

-Laura

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Book Review – World War Z by Max Brooks

17993060Book: World War Z

Author: Max Brooks

Format: Paperback

Rating: 2/5

Review: This book is an account of the Zombie War and is written as if it was a non-fiction book. It contains the different perspectives of a variety of people all over the world, so there is a variety of views of what happened during this war. It was apparently written to maintain the human factor of war (emotions) and seemed a bit like a Q&A sorta thing. It’s quite political in some places and can also be a bit gory with some bad language so I will warn you of that. I personally did not like this book and didn’t even finish it, but I read enough to gather an opinion on it. I think it put me in a slight reading slump which is really not good and to me, it was just so jumpy. Because it is an account of after the war, we already know that the war ended and people survived but the book is a discovery of how, but because of it being an account of it from after the war has ended, there is no tension which I think it needed. No characters seem even slightly important so there is no-one to gain a connection with, there isn’t exactly much exciting action either because it all happened in their past. This definitely was not the sort of thing I enjoy and if you don’t like this sort of fiction written in the way of non-fiction and as an account then you won’t really like this I don’t think. I gave it a good go but I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it and I can’t even remember how far through I got. I would love to know other people’s opinions though so please feel free to tell me what you thought of this book.

-Laura

Book Review – Trouble by Non Pratt

18138917Book: Trouble

Author: Non Pratt

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

Review: This book contains strong themes of sex, drinking, bullying, teenage pregnancy & family. This book is about 15-year-old Hannah Shepard and her journey through her pregnancy. The father doesn’t seem to want to be particularly involved so her new best friend, Aaron Tyler says that he will pretend to be the father. Both of these characters have very different pasts and for the first half of the book (ish), Aarons background is unknown, except that he transferred schools halfway through his GCSE’s. This book first starts off with a scene of underage sex and these girls and boys are obsessed with drinking and sex and there is vulgar language and cheating involved too. At first, I wasn’t sure if this would be something seen to others to be either off putting (the underage parts of it anyway) or encouraging but as the book went on I could see it as off putting, especially as Hannah has to deal with her mistakes and seems to prefer her new life. Because of all the way these teenagers spoke and acted, I honestly thought I was going to hate this book. I even originally thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish it but I did and I did enjoy the other 3/4 of the book. What I do enjoy about this book is that even though Aaron becomes the fake father to the baby, they still don’t act romantically, it doesn’t force a relationship and they can just remain friends and that the people who do bully Hannah for being pregnant do get what they deserve in the end. It;s a book not only about a teenage pregnancy but Aaron’s journey to sort of get over his past (which we do learn about later on) and knowing who your real friends are. The book skips talking about the actual birth of the baby (thank God!!) and Aaron proves himself to be such a good friend. The book also ends very abruptly, so that plus the vulgar first quarter or so of the book is what has made me give this book 3 stars, but there are aspects which I did enjoy and I am surprised that this book managed to redeem itself.

-Laura

Book Review – All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher

22232035Book: All I Know Now

Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4/5

Review: For those of you who don’t know, Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, author and YouTuber as well as being the sister of Tom from McFly. This book is a non-fiction book which basically consists of advice with her own anecdotes and is something that offers genuinely helpful advice and is most likely best suited for teenagers (probably better for girls than boys as well). It’s a book that is quite chatty with the reader and filled with references to things such as Harry Potter & Shrek and reflects Carrie wonderfully by having the book separated into Acts and also includes cute illustrations. The book, despite its chatty nature, does include topics such as love, sex, dreams (realistic vs unrealistic), the internet and self-harm and depression but it is done in such a nice and careful way yet she is also honest about her experiences and advice. She gives lovely reminders, such as to do things that make you happy and don’t necessarily do these things just to please our parents, as our own happiness is also so important and we need to look after ourselves. Not only does the book consist of anecdotes about her own life, but it also briefly delves into the life of Tom and sections of what his life was like as a teen (being in McFly, his musical talent, how she looked up to him and his diagnosis of bipolar). It also does include minor bad language, and although it is not overused, I did just want to put that out there as a warning. The back of the book also contains useful links for people who need help if they are suffering from depression, bullying or just need someone to talk to which I think is very sweet. Overall, I did enjoy this book. I saw things that I believe would be useful for me, and things that would be useful for other people and the inclusion of links to help readers is something very sweet and well thought out. I have loved Carrie as a YouTuber and I respect her so much as a person so for that reason I do recommend this book and hope that people can find use in the advice she gives.

-Laura

Book Review – Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

8100904Book: Monsters of Men

Author: Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the final book in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy and my God it was a wild ride. Now with chapters, these are really long, and usually, it’s 1 perspective per chapter but here we had multiple perspectives per chapter. Not only do we experience the voice and thoughts of Todd and Viola, but also of an important Spackle too and readers will be aware of who this is. I feel that there is so much character development in this novel and that’s for so many characters including Mayor Prentiss but his character is still left so ambiguous, and I questioned what was real and what was fake with him and that made him a great villain character for the whole trilogy. I will also say now that this book contains a lot more death and violence and you really get into the heart of war here. There are many twists and turns and unexpected moments which can make the book quite tense in places and some parts are even irritating, so this book really gets you emotionally in some places, especially with the development of the relationship between Todd & Viola. Overall, I really did enjoy this book and this trilogy as a whole and I definitely recommend these books, even despite the semi-ambiguous ending.

-Laura

Book Review – The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness

17702716Book: The Ask and The Answer

Author: Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the second book in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy and so far I’ve been absolutely loving these books. I read this book in about 6 days (although I had some days where I didn’t read at all so realistically it probably took me about 4) and I loved it. This book switches perspectives, and by that I mean it switches between the points of view of Todd and Viola who are both lovely and amazing characters. Having this duel-perspective first person narrative in the book meant that we got to understand Viola’s character a little better, as we didn’t get to experience that in the first book, but we also got to see the character development of Todd. One thing I still don’t understand with the book though is the relationship between Todd and Viola, as they clearly have emotions for each other but their actual relationship is left quite ambiguous but I guess that that’s the point. This book had a lot more action in it and it was more emotional and violent in my opinion in comparison to the previous book which made it more suspenseful and kept a faster pace. Again I love the writing style of Patrick Ness and the two perspectives are made very clear by Viola’s spelling being much better (to demonstrate that she has a much better education than Todd) and I am seriously enjoying this trilogy and it may be becoming a favourite of mine. I highly recommend this trilogy and as much as I am looking forward to finishing it, I also don’t want it to end!

-Laura

Book Review – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

6043848Book: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the first book of the Chaos Walking Trilogy and I have to say that this trilogy has begun with a very strong start. The characters are very interesting and the plot is very action packed. This book is written from the perspective of Todd Hewitt so we know a lot of what is going on in his mind (the mind of a child raised in a world so different from ours). The backstory of the world is also so unique and interesting and I found it amazing. For those of you who have read this book, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the different viewings of the world is something so strange because there are all these different viewpoints depending on where you’re from. The one thing that irritated me a little was the spelling. Some words are spelt incorrectly and that is for the sake of the plot and the realism of Todd’s mind and showing his education but that’s like a minor thing and you get used to it and can get passed it in the end. Overall I am most definitely continuing with this trilogy as it ended on such a cliffhanger and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. There is a lot of action in the book and the ideas behind it and the plot were so unique and fun and different and that’s something I did really enjoy, especially the talking animals, as I think my favourite character was Manchee. I would also like to know other opinions on it as well.

-Laura