Mini Reviews: The Story Cure & Room

TITLE: The Story Cure Related image
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.

 

TITLE: Room Image result for room book
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

TITLE: The Haters Related image
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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Review: We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

TITLE: We Are Okay

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None of the online pictures did this beautiful over justice, so here’s one of my pictures from my Instagram (@readingturtleduck


AUTHOR: Nina Lacour
SUMMARY: Marin went off to college in the hope of forgetting what happened at the end of last summer, but when her best friend Mabel comes to visit her, the past comes rushing back into her life.
GENRE: Young Adult | LGBT+ | Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
RATING: 5/5 Continue reading

Review: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

TITLE: White Fur Image result for white fur book
AUTHOR: Jardine Libaire
SUMMARY: Elise and Jamey begin a relationship despite their class differences and his family’s expectations.
GENRE: Romance | Fiction | Contemporary
RATING: 2.5/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. It also has strong and sexual language.  Continue reading

Review: The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron

TITLE: The Last Neanderthal Image result for the last neanderthal book
AUTHOR: Claire Cameron
SUMMARY: Girl is a Neanderthal living one of her worst seasons yet, meanwhile in the present Rose is coping with her impending motherhood and stressful job as an paleo-archeologist
GENRE: Fiction | Historical Fiction
RATING: 3.5/4 Continue reading

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

TITLE: Novemeber 9 Image result for november 9
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
SUMMARY: Fallon and Ben decide not to fall in love and meet each other every November 9th for the next five years. Goodreads Blurb
GENRE: New Adult | Fiction | Romance
RATING: 3/5
WARNING: Not suitable for children.  Continue reading

Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

TITLE: The Roanoke Girls Image result for the roanoke girls
AUTHOR: Amy Engel
QUICK SUMMARY: When Lane returns to Roanoke after her cousin (Allegra)  goes missing, she recalls the summer she spent there a decade ago after her mother committed suicide.
WARNING: Not suitable for children because of its strong language and explicit sex scenes.
GENRE: Fiction | Mystery | Gothic
RATING: 4/5 Continue reading