REVIEW: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Merit lives in one of the most dysfunctional households in her small Texas town until she has an escape plan, but when the plan fails, she has to face the consequences of her actions.
GENRE: Fiction | Contemporary | New Adult
RATING: 4.8/5
NOTE: It has some mild explicit scenes.
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Let’s start by saying that this book has a very different feel than Hoover’s other books. It’s weirdly dark and funny at the same time, and it reads like a dramedy. The story is not what I was expecting and I loved it.  Continue reading

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Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

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AUTHOR: Cora Carmack
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A 22 year old university students wants to lose her virginity and date her professor.
GENRE: Romance | New Adult | Contemporary
RATING: 2.5 / 5
NOTE: This is the first book in a series and it has explicit content. In other words, not for youngins.
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Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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AUTHOR: Jenny Han
SUMMARY: Lara Jean’s old love letters are sent out to all the boys she as ever loved, including her neighbor, Josh.
GENRE: Romance | Young Adult | Contemporary
RATING: 4.5 / 5
NOTES: This is the first book in a trilogy
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Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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AUTHOR: Lucy Keating
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Alice literally meets the boy of her dreams but things get worse when reality and dreaming start to bleed into each other.
GENRE: Science Fiction | Contemporary | Young Adult | Romance
RATING: 4/5
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Mini Reviews: The Story Cure & Room

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AUTHOR: Dinty W. Moore
GENRE: Non Fiction / Self Help
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Moore diagnoses the different ailments writers suffer from and and offer a solution.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

As an inspiring writer, I looked forward to reading this book and Moore didn’t disappoint. He takes his role of writing doctor seriously, but he also does it with humor. He not only takes you back to the origin of what a story is but he also offers plenty of examples of the dos and don’ts of what to do with your writing. He goes over plot, characters, dialogue, voice, setting, and so on. If there’s something you’re struggling when writing, Moore probably knows what to do about it.

 

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AUTHOR: Emma Donoghue
GENRE: Crime / Contemporary / Adult Fiction / Fiction
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Jack has spent his whole life in Room along with his Ma, but soon discovers there’s a bigger world than Room.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: It was adapted into a movie 2015

I read this months ago and realized I never talked about it on the blog. I have no idea why because I adored this book and it’s gripping tale of survival.

The first thing that instantly caught my attention was the fact that the ENTIRE book is told from 5 year old Jack’s point of view. It’s Jack at age five telling his story instead of a grown-up Jack telling this story, so the language is incredibly playful. For example, he says “waterfall the milk” when he’s serving milk and cereal. I think this was my favorite aspect of the story, and I can only imagine the fun Donoghue had with it.

Although the story is from Jack’s perspective, it doesn’t shy away from horrible predicament they’re in, even if he’s unaware of it. Apart from ugliness of captivity, it’s also about the returning to a life of normalcy when you were born without knowing what normal was. That was so jarring for me to read about and equally fascinating.

Overall, I recommend the book and the movie.

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Review: The Haters by Jesse Andrews

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AUTHOR: Jesse Andrews
SUMMARY: Wes and Cory go to Jazz camp when an unexpected band tour with their new friend Ash, which takes them across the American South.
GENRE: Young Adult | Coming of Age | Contemporary | Music
RATING: 2.5/5
NOTE: Warning for explicit (teenage boy) language.

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