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Review: How To Be Human

Title: How to Be Human
Author: Paula Cocozza
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Release Date: May 9th 2017
Pages: 288
Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

One summer’s night, Mary comes home from a midnight ramble to find a baby lying on her back door step. Has Mary stolen the baby from next door? Has the baby’s mother, Mary’s neighbor, left her there in her acute state of post-natal depression? Or was the baby brought to Mary as a gift by the fox who is increasingly coming to dominate her life?

So opens How to Be Human, a novel set in a London suburb beset by urban foxes. On leave from work, unsettled by the proximity of her ex, and struggling with her hostile neighbors, Mary has become increasingly captivated by a magnificent fox who is always in her garden. First she sees him wink at her, then he brings her presents, and finally she invites him into her house. As the boundaries between the domestic and the wild blur, and the neighbors set out to exterminate the fox, it is unclear if Mary will save the fox, or the fox save Mary.

After months of deliberation, I have finally written my thoughts for this book down. How To be Human is an odd story, a bizarre one even. At the same time, it’s also really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve thought of the story and characters quite often since I finished reading the book in July and I think that goes to show what an impact it has had on me.Continue reading

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Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Publisher: Viking – Pamela Dorman Books
Release Date: May 9th 2017
Pages: 327
Genre(s): FictionContemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart

I expected Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine to be a funny book. And it is, terribly so. But it’s also really emotional and tugs on your heartstrings, which makes it a really good début.Continue reading

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Review: They Both Die At The End

Title: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 5th 2017
Pages: 368
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

They Both Die At The End is the first book that I have read by author Adam Silvera. This book has been severely hyped, but I was not disappointed. It’s both memorable and a page turner.Continue reading

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Review: The Art of French Kissing

Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author
: Brianna R. Shrum
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 5th 2018
Pages: 256
Genre(s): Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute and quick read with the added bonus of a cooking competition, even if the protagonist bothered me.Continue reading