TITLE: My Absolute Darling
AUTHOR: David Tallent
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Julia “Turtle” Alveston is stuck living in a remote home with her abusive father when she begins to realize there’s a bigger world outside her backyard.
GENRE: Fiction | Contemporary
WARNING: The book has extensive descriptions of graphic physical and sexual violence.
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TITLE: The German Girl
AUTHOR: Armando Lucas Correa
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When Anna Rosen gets a mysterious package from an estranged Cuban relative, she is met with a long family history that begins in Nazi Germany.
GENRE: Historical Fiction | Holocaust | World War II
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TITLE: Crazy Rich Asians
AUTHOR: Kevin Kwan
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When Rachel goes to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick, she’s ready to meet his family, but she doesn’t know he’s the most eligible millionaire bachelor on the island.
GENRE: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
NOTE: This is the first book in a trilogy and a movie adaptation will be released next month on August 15, 2018.
TITLE: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
AUTHOR: Jenny Han
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky are getting ready for college in the fall but with so many changes coming their way, is it possible to stay together through it all?
GENRE: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
NOTE: This is the third book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by the same author.
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TITLE: The Princess Saves Herself In This One
AUTHOR: Amanda Lovelace
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Lovelace writes about her experiences with grief, love, self love, and loss.
TITLE: Maybe Someday
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When Sydney finds out her boyfriend and best friend are backstabbing bitches, she moves out and gets to know her guitar playing neighbor.
GENRE: New Adult | Romance | Contemporary
NOTE: There are two sequels to this story; Maybe Not and Maybe Now. One is a novella and the other is a full length sequel that can be read on Wattpad.
About a year and a half ago I read When We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino and I loved it. It’s one of my favorite books (even if I don’t mention it as much), so when I recently fell into a massive reading slump I thought I would read one of her other novels. I picked up Swear On This Life, and now I can’t seem to get past the second chapter.
The concept and premise is great, the execution is awful. The story is about a struggling writer reading a bestselling novel with rave reviews, and she quickly finds out its really about her tough childhood in rural Ohio, and to make matters worse it was written by her ex-boyfriend. The book is written from Emiline’s perspective and has excerpts from the book she’s reading.
See, intriguing premise right? So where did it all go wrong? The writing.
The novel in the book and Emiline’s point of view are not as different as I’d like them to be. If the book is coming from someone completely different and it’s being considered a masterpiece, it shouldn’t sound as if it could have been written by the protagonist of the main story. Writing different points of view is hard enough as it is, but describing something as a literary work of art is a tough call and even tougher to achieve. In other words, the book didn’t deliver the way I hoped it would.
Obviously, I haven’t finished the book and I’m missing out whole lot, and while I am interested to see how the story develops, I just can’t get through with it. When a book begins to feel like a chore, that’s when I start giving up on it.
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