Welcome back to the ABBBC. This months book of choice was  My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. When I chose this book for the club I didn’t really know much about it so I didn’t really know what to expect. This book is actually being turned into a film which should be quite interesting

Firstly I want to start with the title ‘My heart and other black holes’. I don’t feel the title has much of a resemblance to the story and I felt there could have been a much better title. The title is a line from the story but it is said in a passing comment kind of way which I feel doesn’t give much back to the book. Maybe the no clue’s approach is a good one but for me I prefer to have a little clue from the title.

The story centers on a pair of suicidal teenagers, Aysel Seran and Roman Franklin, who meet through an online site matching up suicide partners. These sites actually exist (no lie!) ! The story is a count down to the day they decide they are going to commit suicide together. As the book unravels the pair slowly fall more and more in love.
The books end with Roman not wanting Aysel to hurt herself and he tries to commit suicide on his own but Aysel saves him.

I think Aysel is a really relatable character for anyone that had a tough time in school or as being a teenager. She is confused and her self worth is pretty much next to none- no one should ever feel like that.
I really enjoyed reading this book partly due to it being easy to read but also partly because my teenage years werent the easiest and if I had to go back I probably wouldn’t want to do it all over again. Aysel and Roman fall in love despite looks, despite history, despite school ‘hierarchy’ . They fall in love because they have a common interest and enjoy each others company- That right there is the best kind of love!

I want to know what happens next… What do you think would happen? happily ever after… the jump? What?

June’s book to purchase and read before the end of June is going to be Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider . You can buy it here.

The one memory of Flora banks

Welcome back to the ABBBC. This months book of choice was The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. I thought this book would be a great one to read as firstly it already had great reviews but also because it was meant to be very different to the books we had already read.

Life has a funny way of showing us exactly what we should be grateful for and I feel life has done that through this book. The One Memory of Flora Banks is written beautifully. I was intrigued by the premise of this story about girl who has no short term memory, It kind of reminded me of the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film 50 First dates .I think it is important to firstly start with that because it was a book I really felt I couldn’t put down. It bobbed along like a bouy on a calm yet windy sea ready to carry on bobbing without obstruction.

The book is kind of harrowing really when you really think about what Flora has to go through and then Drake just throws everything she thought she knew into some kind of disarray.
Flora as a character is extremely likeable and almost relatable. She makes you feel like you want to help her also.

This book made me feel hopeful and grateful. It made me feel grateful for my memory and the fact that I can tell you what I had for breakfast or the last time I washed my hair or even the last time I spoke to someone. It made me feel hopeful in the fact that there is some hope for people who have certain types of Amnesia and that there is always a certain light to the darkness. Since Flora can remember nothing outside of kissing Drake, she constantly needs to remind herself, and hence the reader, what has actually happened to her. The is a good think I think as you as the reader get to really submerge yourself in the story and understand what it is like to be Flora. This did give for a slow build up and leave me skipping a few lines every now and again but that aside I will admit that I think I read this book in an afternoon I just couldn’t put it down. I even passed it on to my mum to read who loved it.

What do you think of Flora? Would you ever have the guts to do what she did? Even with my memory I’m not sure I would chase after a guy all the way to Svalbard.

May’s book to purchase and read before the end of May is going to be My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Buy it here.

 

Welcome back to the ABBBC. This months book of choice was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert- the writer of Eat, Pray, Love. I thought this was a great choice of book for this month because it is a really self-motivating/ ‘it’s going to be ok’ type of book. I’ve been seeing a lot of people possibly needing to read this and i thought it may help.

Sometimes it is a simple thing like a book that can change your perspective of life. Maybe it’s the way the author writes or maybe it’s what the author writes. Elizabeth Gilbert has managed to change my perspective using both. Her ability to capture you in the ‘Big Magic’ of life is breath-taking. She writes in such a way that creates a feeling of actually having a conversation with a friendlier at the same time teaching you.

From the first few pages of this book it made me feel that one day, all my troubles and my worries could one day be swept away, and that the things we worry about are just everyday things, you don’t need to worry about them. Living a happy life isn’t having all the money you want to spend on items that you think make you look good, nor is it showing the world everything you have and ‘need’. Happiness is a state of mind, happiness is the ability to see through the materialistic, the social expectations and have a calmness about you. Happiness is costless. If it costs you money to be happy you’re doing it wrong or you’re lying to yourself.

This book is one of those I may not read again very often but it’ll be kept there on the book shelf for times of need and self-doubt. And that’s exactly who this book is for. Anyone who has ever doubted themselves, anyone that’s ever thought twice or anyone who needs to be guided.

From network marketing individuals to writers to people who think there is no magic inside them …. this book is a must read for you!

How did this book make you feel? Did it change your outlook on anything?

April’s book to purchase and read before the end of April is going to be The One Memory of Flora Banks. Buy it here.

Welcome back to the ABBBC. This months book of choice was If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. I thought that this was a very important book. It fills a gap that needed to be filled. It is important, eye-opening, thought-provoking and emotional. I simply couldn’t wait to read the ending.

If I Was Your Girl is a book like no other. It is nothing like i have ever read before. I think the book dives into a real apt topic of this century. Transgender. But, what is Transgender? Google describes it as denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. But it is more than that, and that i have learnt from reading this book.
If you have ever felt that maybe you weren’t who you were supposed to be or that there was just more than ‘this’ then this book is for you.
This book is about Andrew/Amanda and boy who learns all he has ever wanted is to be a girl. And a girl learning the ways of being a girl and what her past means. Amanda meets Grant and slowly but surely falls in love with him, but he doesn’t know her secret. Until now, homecoming, when Bee screams it to the entire hall humiliating Amanda. This book shows the hardship, the hurt, the humiliation, the love and the understanding of being Transgender.

What i have loved most about this book is that it has helped me understand a little about a topic that i know nothing about. Meredith Russo puts it simply and easy and makes my heart go out to all the people who have struggled or are struggling with this.

If you have been affected by this book or wish to talk to anyone, firstly i am here. But secondly here are some links to some support groups that may help… know that you are not alone!

http://gendertrust.org.uk/directory/support-organisations 

http://www.beaumontsociety.org.uk

http://www.allabouttrans.org.uk/support-organisations/

Please note;I have tried my best to use politically correct terms when writing this review and i apologise if any terms used hurt anyone, this is not my intention.

March’s book to purchase and read before the end of March is Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert . Purchase here.

Welcome back to the ABBBC. This months book of choice was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. A complete page turner. I simply could not put this book down. I was first drawn to this book by the vibrant front cover, after a quick read of the blurb i couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

So this book is the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. The tale of two teenagers who’s lives although totally different are kind of the same. Suicidal thoughts and actions bring Violet and Finch together. Finch is a melancholy and unusual figure, preoccupied with death. He fixates on the notion of taking his own life. Violet is a popular girl, usually surrounded by many friends, but she is having a hard time coming to terms with the death of her sister.

All the Bright Places is very similar to The Fault in Our Stars both thematically and stylistically.

I loved this book. I would have liked a happier ending, but I understand why the author ended the book this way. It’s a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. It was everything I hoped it would be. From the cliché love burning bright desire to the harrowing departs of death, this book made me laugh, smile, cry and shout. I did not expect what happened and I am so desperate to tell you what did happen but I don’t want to spoil it for those that still haven’t read it. This book takes on big issues of identity, depression, loss and problems of meaninglessness faced by all of us at some point in our now or younger years.

For those that have finished it; Did you like the ending? Did you expect it? Tell me your thoughts.

For the John Green fans out there … this book is for you. This is soon going to be made into a film too, so what better way to start it off by reading the book. Warning: You might need to grab a box of tissues before you start reading this book!

Purchase it for £3.85 at Amazon UK here.

February’s Book to purchase and read before the end of February is If I was Your Girl By Meredith Russo. (Purchase here!)