Welcome back to the ABB Book Club. This months book of choice was Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. This month was another reader request. I felt at first that maybe we would need longer than a month for this one but I think it turned out actually not too bad.
Girl in Pieces is about Charlotte Davies, a teenage girl who has already been through a lot at so younger and uses cutting as a way of escape. She enters a facility at the beginning of the book when she heals her wonders but unfortunately she cannot stay there and moves to live with her friend Mikey. Long story short Mikey marries another girl, Charlie meets Riley and they begin hooking up. He was his own problems which come to a head in the end and lands him in prison. Charlie is eventually offered a job in New York as an artists assistant and begins to rebuild her life.
I found this book to be deeply haunting and very, almost, personal. This book made me feel like I had snuck into someones diary and I was reading their innermost thoughts. It did make me slightly uncomfortable because of that but I guess that only shows that Glasgow is a great writer.
I felt like Charlotte was portrayed as almost a relatable character and made the reader feel like they were really involved with the book.
I loved the way the Glasgow kept Blue in the picture as a bit of support not just for Charlie but to the reader too. I think this is a book I will re-read as I am sure I skimmed over a few bits as I couldn’t put it down.
One question I did want the other readers to answer was- How did you find Blue as a character and how did she make you feel?
August’s book to purchase and read before the end of the month is going to be The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight. You can buy yours here.
Welcome back to the ABB Book Club. This months book of choice was Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book as it was a reader request this month, however, I was pleasantly surprised at how readable the book was.
This book was all about Lane who goes to Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Lane meets Sadie, who he evidently already has met before, they fall in love but Sadie is secretly deteriorating. I don’t want to dive too much into the story itself as I know loads of you have not read it yet.
This book snuck up on me and smacked me right in the face, right up to just before the end I did not expect the ending. With a cure in sight I had hopes of a potential sequel where they all kind of lived their tuberculosis free life. The idea of a total-drug-resistant TB in modern day society was different and well portrayed yet kind of a scary prospect.
The only thing I wish this book had included more is the stories behind some of the other characters. I found the author to just touch on them rather than actually knowing them.
This book is 100% for the John Greens lovers. This book is very much based around The Fault in our Stars. I found that I really couldn’t put this book down and already want to re-read it just in case it changes in the ending. Schneiders other book The Beginning of Everything may end up in our book club at some stage.
How did you like Extraordinary Means?
July’s book to purchase and read before the end of June is going to be Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. You can buy it here.
Welcome back to the ABB Book Club. 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.
Welcome back to the ABB Book Club. 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.