These are books 36-40, which means I’m only 10 books away from finishing 50 in one year (I started this little “challenge” in March, so I’m giving myself until then to finish). I have to admit, I’ll be sad when this is over—I like having a documentation of what books I’ve read (It makes it so easy when people ask me for suggestions. I just say “Go look at my blog” haha). In all likelihood, if you guys are as into these reviews as I am, I’ll probably just continue to do them! Anyways, enough babbling—on to this set of reads:
Hmm…so I can’t really tell you much about this one. It’s not that I didn’t like it (on the contrary, it’s fantastic), but it’s not out until May and I don’t want to spoil it! Jessica is actually an insanely talented editor I used to work with at SELF (and before that, she helmed Cosmo’s bedroom blog, if you read that!) and I was so excited to get an advance copy of her first book after hearing so much about it. What can I tell you? Well, if Luckiest Girl Alive was a cake, its ingredients would be drama, intrigue, mystery and touch of psychological thrill. It’s getting a lot of comparisons to Gone Girl from critics, but really it is its own special breed. You’re going to want to pick this one up!
Another day, another Jojo Moyes book. What can I say—I’m a girl who knows what she likes! This read was different from most JoJo Moyes books in that it didn’t include a secondary (often historically dated) storyline. Instead it followed single mom Jess, along with her daughter Tanzie and her stepson Nicky. She’s struggling to make ends meet on the night a drunken software developer, Ed, walks into the bar where she tends and sets off a series of events that will change both their lives. They embark on a weird, kind of charming road trip together in order to get her brilliant daughter to a mathematics competition that could secure her a place in the private school of her dreams. I loved the main character of Jess, and thoughts her relationship with her kids was portrayed as very realistic and endearing. As for Ed—well, at first you’re really not going to like him. You might not even like him in the middle. But by the end, you’ll probably have changed your mind!
Oh guys, this was a really good one! From the very first page, The Girl on the Train grips you and leads you on a fact-finding mission in order to decipher what happened to a young married woman the night she disappeared— and who is responsible. The story is told from a few different characters point of view, including Rachel, a divorced alcoholic whose life is more than in shambles when you meet her, and Tom, the ex-husband of Rachel, who has remarried, stayed in the house him and Rachel bought together and had a child with another woman. At the center of the mystery is Megan, an allusive woman who lives down the street from Rachel and Tom’s old house. This one will really keep you guessing—about who killed Megan, about why Rachel was there that night and what it is that she just can’t seem to remember.
I could have just about burst at the seems with how charming this book was. Apparently, it got a ton of press and was super popular when it came out, but I hadn’t heard about it until a coworker recommended it to me. I had read a lot of heavy stuff lately and just wanted something light and sweet—this certainly fit the bill. The Rosie Project follows Don, a genetics professor with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome, as he creates the perfect algorithm and quiz to find his ideal wife. You’ll meet several of Don’s prospects as they walk through the revolving door of his life until there’s Rosie, a woman who, while she fits none of Don’s criteria, he just can’t get rid of. I loved watching Rosie break Don out of his shell (you’re really rooting for that to happen) and I thought their whole storyline together was irresistibly sweet and charming. Sometimes you just need to read something with a happy ending, you know?
Calling all The Fault in Our Stars fans—I’ve got another one for ya! With similar tones of young love, high school drama and mortality, All the Bright Places is at once heart-warming and heart-wrenching. You’re introduced to high school seniors Violet and Finch, who meet at the top of the bell tower at their school where they’re both wondering what it would be like to jump off. Struggling for very different reasons (her sister died, he’s a manic depressive), Violet and Finch strike up an unlikely friendship. There are very sad notes to this story and I’m going to tell you now—it doesn’t have the happiest of endings, but I was left satisfied with how they tied up everything with the two main characters. Above all, it’s a story about love and how, sometimes, even that is not enough to save a person. (Sorry for ending on such a downer note…).