Another month, another five books down. In April I read two YA, one fiction, one collection of short stories and one memoir. Overall feeling was a solid 2.5 out of 5 books I would recommend to a friend (aka anyone who is reading this).
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls // I am extremely late to the game on this memoir but in my defense it came out while I was still a fetus in middle school so it took me much longer than the general population to get to it. HOWEVER, after finishing it within one day I can now say it is on my forever list of all time favorite books. Jeannette tells the story of her nomadic childhood and the struggles her family faced. I honestly don’t even know how else to describe it other than the fact that it moved me on such a deep level that it took me a few days to get over my book hangover. I have to admit that after I finished crying while reading the last page, I immediately texted both of my parents letting them know how much I loved and appreciated them. 5 out of 5 stars.
- The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro // Ah The Last of August! I have been patiently waiting for this sequel to A Study in Charlotte for the past year or so and on the whole, it delivered. I wasn’t as enthralled with the plot of TLOA compared to ASIC but I did appreciate a change the the supporting characters as Charlotte and Jamie were galavanting around Europe throughout this book instead of being at boarding school. There was action, mystery, cunningness and a tiny bit of romance which all added up to a very easy breezy YA sequel. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay // Where to even start with this masterpiece collection of short stories. First of all, Roxane Gay is one of the most talented writers of our generation. Most will know her from Bad Feminist (which is still on my to-read long list) but she has also written countless others novels, short stories and articles. It’s been a long while since I read a collection of short stories so I wasn’t sure how attentive I was going to be, but after devouring the first 40 pages of Difficult Women I knew I was going to love it. Something about these stories really digs into you in the sense that I was thinking about them for days and days after I finished reading them. Some were frightening, some were uplifting and all were mentally and emotionally challenging in one way or the other. Difficult Women is a fantastic collection of stories and characters that I would recommend to all. 4 out of 5 stars.
- All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg // All Grown Up is one of those books that I wanted so badly to love but I just couldn’t. My favorite aspect of the novel was the narrator’s voice because I had never read anything quite like it. Our main character, Andrea, is a 39/40 year old woman in New York who has chosen to not “settle down” in the traditional sense. She drinks, stays in a job she hates, sleeps around and basically does whatever the fuck she wants which is honestly inspiring to see in a woman in her late 30’s after all the pressure society puts on them. Her voice is clear and sharp but I found myself losing attention during a few of her long rants and off topic internal conversations. Regardless, give me a woman who lives her life on her own terms and I will read it any damn day of the week. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon //TSIAAS was one of my Book of the Month choices. I have to be honest, what initially drew me toward this YA novel was the gorgeous cover art. I am a complete sucker for a good cover. TSIAAS revolves around Natasha and Daniel, two teenagers in New York City. The entire novel takes place over the course of one day and relies on the notion that everything revolves around timing aka “if this happens then it triggers this chain of events.” Each choice Natasha and Daniel make on this one day sets the course for their entire relationship. As you can guess, many scenes are overtly romanticized and a little tough to get through but I know there is a YA audience out there just eating it up, unfortunately I just wasn’t in the mood to completely let myself fall into it this time. 3 out of 5 stars.