I read three books in December, which brought my yearly book count up to 59. I would have loved to make it to 60 books, but there wasn’t any time left (I finished my last book on New Year’s Eve).
Two of the books I ended up reading last month were YA novels (and if you’ve followed my book journey this year, YA literature is not my favorite genre, but many of you like it and so it always ends up on my to-read list somehow.) I enjoyed the books, but I am looking to take a little break from YA fiction this coming year.
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is cool too) by Nora McInerny Purmort (★★★★☆)
“Being an adult is doing everything before you are ready.” This book literally makes you laugh and cry. It’s raw and honest and pretty much sums up what life is: a freakin’ rollercoaster (for most of us anyway) and the fact that everybody is basically just winging it. Nothing is easy, parts are incredibly hard, but if we try to focus on the good people and things around us, we can make it through.
This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp (★★★☆☆)
I think my expectations were a little “high” when I read about the plot of this book – a school shooting, told from four different perspectives over the span of 54 minutes.
It was a little hard to keep track of all the different characters with the changing narrator’s perspectives and how they all related to each other and I was disappointed because I didn’t quite figure out the motivation of the shooter (which in my opinion is always the biggest puzzle to solve in tragedies like that and this book had the opportunity to shed more light on the “why” and not just on the “how”.)
What to say next by Julie Buxbaum (★★★☆☆)
This was a relatively fast and easy read and I enjoyed the two main characters’ relationship, popular Kit and socially isolated David, quite a bit. I also enjoyed how the title of this book was weaved into the narrative, because really, how often do we experience situations when we don’t know “what to say next”. It’s so relatable. However, I am always, always going to be a little bit too critical of a book that chooses a “mental health issue” at the center of the story and then fails to go beyond clichés.
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