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The Girl on the Train – Review

22557272The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 4.5 stars

325 pages

Published by Riverhead Books on January 13th 2015

Mystery, Fiction

There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.


Synopsis

EVERY DAY THE SAME

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Review

I’ve been after this book for months now. The premise is exciting, I really want to get into mystery novels and this one seemed perfect to start my quest into actual non-YA mystery novels. Plus it seems like everywhere I look, someone is holding a hardcover with the words La Chica del Tren printed across the cover.

So much hype, and my goodness, it didn’t disappoint.

I don’t read adult novels, so seeing such complex, interesting, messed-up characters really struck me and I loved it. Rachel, the main character, is an alcoholic and everyone else is either manipulative or simply an asshole.

This is really the story of three women; Rachel, Anna and Megan. Their lives are tightly intertwined, and they all have juicy secrets that make the book thrilling and mind-teasing.

At some points it felt a little slow, but I cannot take more than 0.5 stars, because it wouldn’t be fair. It’s a brilliant mystery novel and feels very real. My chest was rising and falling rushingly all throughout this book. I feel like this is a must-read for everyone who loves reading.

Some reviewers on Goodreads claim this book is over-hyped, but in my opinion, I assure it isn’t. Very troubled people you’ll grow to love await, so pick up a copy as soon as possible!


Have you read this bestseller? What did you think? Do you think it’s overhyped? Let’s talk!

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My Experience with NA Lit: 33 razones para volver a verte

Sometimes you can’t find the right book to read, even if you have a massive TBR pile and a slightly smaller public library ten minutes away.

And then a book in your friend’s shelf catches your eye. It doesn’t look like your kind of book, but why not give it a try? Stepping out of my comfort zone was something I’d been planning to do this year, anyway.

This is28446895 how I came across 33 razones para volver a verte, a semi-famous Spanish New Adult novel.

Continue reading “My Experience with NA Lit: 33 razones para volver a verte”

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This Song Will Save Your Life – Review

21469098This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – 5 stars

291 pages

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) in September 2013

Young Adult, Contemporary

Goodreads | Book Depository

“Don’t be special.” That’s what I would say to my younger self if I could pinpoint the moment when I went astray. But there was no one moment. I was always astray.


Synopsis

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up.

Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Review

Only good things have been said about this book, and it’s easy to figure out why: it touches something inside most people. Elise is someone we’ve all been: she is deeply lost, because she’s different from everyone else.

Haven’t we all felt this way? Like we’re something special, I mean – not better, but just uncommon and outstanding in a sea of people who are all the same. In Elise’s case, she was told she was precocious, smart and special from a young age, and at sixteen she’s an outsider, a misfit – apparently just because the other kids were jealous of her.

Well, let me just tell you. As someone who’s also been told she was precocious and smart, it doesn’t work that way. No one’s jealous because you get good grades, sometimes people just don’t like you. Maybe because you’re self-centered or too plain or more of a diva than you think you are. I’ve never had anyone dislike me because I’m top of the class. It was always for other reasons.

Plus, you know all those people who you think are cut-out figures of teen movie stereotypes? They have lives too. They have their own problems, their own complexity, their own personality apart from the one you’ve made up in your mind. You’re not that special.

I’m going to share something. I’ve felt like Elise does too, which you might have picked up from the previous paragraphs. When I was in middle school, I was the outsider. People didn’t get me, or they simply didn’t like me. I don’t quite grasp it all yet, but they made it pretty clear that they were not my friends. Now I’m okay, I guess, but that was a difficult time of my life.

So I understand, like lots of people who weren’t “popular”. I get why Elise feels the way she does. And I recommend this book to everyone that’s ever felt like they’re the odd ones out. It’s books like this one that remind me why I like reading. It’s books like this one, because they make me think, they are somewhat relatable, and they are accurate depictions of how the real word truly looks. Because there are no mean girls who live just to make fun of you, and there’s not one person in your school who genuinely wants to make people suffer. The way I see it, both the author and Elise point out that after everything, we’re all still people. So please, get a copy if you can.


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