Brooklyn–Colm Toibin

SPOILERS.

This book was slow-moving. I liked the characters but I wasn’t into the story. I get that it was supposed to be an everyday life thing, but I thought it had so much more potential to go into a real in-depth story.

Eilis just seemed complacent about her life in all respects. Like she just did what she was told and rarely stood up for herself. 

And there was no point where it was like a turning point where she DID stand up for herself or make a decision on her own.

There was no stick to your guns moment. She was just like Well. This is my life, okay.

I liked Tony at first, but I didn’t like that he pressured Eilis into marrying him before she left for Ireland. Have some confidence. If you were secure in your relationship you wouldn’t need to pull something like that.

But again, Eilis just went along with it! 

I get the times and that women were more complacent and thought their lives were to go a certain way: Wife, babies, stay at home mom. But she had dreams! She said she was going to do the accounting thing, said she was going to divorce Tony when she got back to Brooklyn but kept waffling about it.

I liked her better with Jim. He wasn’t a relaxed and frivolous person like Tony, he was steady. 

I HATED THE ENDING. 

She left letters and then never told us what she did. Why does this author hate closure? 

It is my hope that Eilis went back to Brooklyn and despite what her mother said divorced Tony, came back to Ireland, and married Jim. Then in like 40 years, he finds out that she was married before him but chose him and he’s delighted. 

What a frustrating book.

I found it boring, but I guess that’s the point. Eilis was bored with her life too, so she had to take us through it.

I thought her mom was going to die, but I guess it makes sense in a plot point for her to stay alive and Rose to die. But I don’t believe that someone as kind-hearted as Rose would have NOT told her family that she had a heart condition.

But I can also believe that she kept it hidden so that Eilis didn’t feel obligated to stay with their mother forever.

in conclusion: This book was annoying, but I liked the characters. 

MOVIE: I liked Tony better in the movie than Jim. But I like Domnhall Gleeson better sooo. I still wanted her to leave Tony. BUT I loved the way they ended the movie sooo whatever. 

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Short and Sweet Reviews

Everything Everything—Nicole Yoon 

Well. 

Well. 

Bloody hell. 

Look, there might be spoilers in this review. Take it or leave it. 

This book was amazing.

I love a well written young adult novel that takes a hot minute to read and is a DAMN good story. 

This book was about a girl with some sort of medical condition that made it impossible for her to go outside. Her mother is her doctor and keeping tabs on her at all times with the help of a nurse that keeps up her medical care as well.

Okay, there won’t be spoilers because y’all just need to read this. 

It was so good. 

Damn. 

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The Kiss Quotient—Helen Hoang 

This book had me questioning my entire life. 

It had me questioning if I’m on the spectrum. It had me questioning if I should hire a professional sex worker. It had me questioning things I haven’t thought about since I was kid. Like how long my anxiety has been affecting me, how I dealt with it, who helped me. 

You know? 

It was a wild and hot book. 

I ain’t gonna lie to ya! This book was sexy sexy. Haha, which you wouldn’t think it would be because it was about a woman who is intensely into math. 

Like real intense. 

BUT. It was a lovely story and an interesting perspective and like I said, it made me think about my ENTIRE life. Which not a lot of books can manage that. Especially not what could be seen as a romance novel.

I honestly looked up all the tells of a being on the spectrum and then I was like Whoa…I think I actually have ADHD based on all this research. (That and I was listening to a podcast about the same subject that made me think I am.)

WHICH MAKES SO MUCH SENSE YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

I should probably see a professional about it.

Anyway, read this book it was wonderful. 

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Trouble is a Friend of Mine—Stephanie Tromly

This book was fun! It was a mix of Veronica Mars and Ferris Beullers Day Off. It was fun and adventurous and I’m really glad it’s a series. 

It was about Zoe Webster and Philip Digby, where they are trying to solve a crime or two.

Honestly, I barely remember this book because I read it last year, but I gave it 4 stars on GoodReads and that means a lot because I base everything off of one criteria:

Was this as good as Harry Potter? 

Four stars means it was a damn fine romp of a time.

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As You Wish—Jude Deveraux

For a Jude Deveraux book I was very disappointed. 

It was a cookie-cutter version of some of her other books, which is to be expected given that it’s a romance novel, but she always manages to make things fun no matter what, but somehow this didn’t work.

I think it was because I hadn’t read the books leading up to this, I had no idea that this was in a series of sorts. 

But even with that it was still stilted and weird. 

Like I’m normally all for time traveling change your life kinds of books, but this was just eyerolling. 

Which sucks since I love Jude Deveraux. 

Thankfully she has a ton of books to choose from. And maybe reading the lead up books to this will change my mind. 

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Eleanor and Park—Rainbow Rowell 

I think I need to reread this. 

I don’t really remember it from reading it the first time, but my GoodReads rating says that I gave it 3 stars. 

Which probably means that it was cute but not my most favourite.

But I also have a bunch of other Rainbow Rowell books on my shelf…

Suspicious. 

Means I liked her writing at the very least. 

Hmm…deeply suspicious. Maybe I’ll read it again. 

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Wishes—Jude Deveraux

After the debacle of As You Wish, I decided to read another Jude Deveraux. Which brought me to Wishes. 

It’s about Nellie Grayson and Jace Montgomery (love those Montgomery’s).

It was good, fun, romantic. 

There’s a ghost. It’s kind of great. 

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Shrill—Lindy West

Get. It. Lindy. West. 

I love her. 

Admittedly, I was only reading this because I wanted to watch the tv series.  But THANK GOD I DID. Because what a fantastic read. 

This entire book was just one big shout out to big girls everywhere and what it means to constantly be berated because you DARED (eye roll) to show up and stand up and just breathe in a room.

The audacity. 

She tells her story in an eloquent and punch-to-the-mouth way and I love her. 

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Constant vigilance!

We’re Going to Need More Wine–Gabrielle Union

This woman. THIS WOMAN. 

She’s a badass. BAD. ASS. 

You know when you see a book written by an actress and you’re like “Meh, I liked her. Maybe I’ll give it a read.” 

Well thank FUCK I DID.

This introduced me to a fucking FORCE of a woman. 

I learned so much from Gabrielle in this book that I never would have learned otherwise. Or at the very least got the perspective of! 

Gabrielle talks about what it means to be a woman, a black woman, and what that means as a stepmother for her children, what that means she’s looking out for, and so much racial bias and discrimination that I have never and will never have to endure because I’m a white woman. 

But fuuuuck did she open my eyes to some shit that I would never have thought of. 

Because I don’t have to. 

This body checked my white privilege hard. 

Her story is heartbreaking, beautiful, and a life of complete and utter badassery that I’ve never seen the likes of.

Fuck I love her. 

Read this book. Now. 

Constant vigilance!

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