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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
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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
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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: Lightness (La Légèreté)

Title: Lightness (La Légèreté)
Author
: Catherine Meurisse
Publisher: Europe Comics
Release Date: June 20th 2018
Pages: 136
Genre(s): Graphic novel, Nonfiction
Source: Netgalley
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In the aftermath of the murderous attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices on January 7, 2015, cartoonist Catherine Meurisse struggles with the trauma of losing her friends and looks for a way to move forward with her life and her art. She soon enters a dissociative state where she loses her memories, especially those associated with esthetic experiences. This leads her on a quest to seek beauty and lightness in the world around her with the help of guiding lights including Proust, Stendhal, Baudelaire, and two provocative graffiti artists. Throughout the book, Meurisse uses her limber cartooning and dynamic writing to weave a tapestry raw emotion of philosophical reflection all laced with a dark strain of wry humor.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Lightness (Original: La Légèreté) is a graphic novel written and drawn by Catherine Meurisse, one of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo who survived the terrorist attack in 2015.Continue reading

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Review: The One Plus One

Title: The One Plus One
Author
: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: February 27th 2014
Pages: 368
Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
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Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.

When I picked up The One Plus One I expected a quick and funny read. What I did not expect was that I would love the book so much. So far, it’s one of my favorite reads this year! Continue reading

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Review: Chatterbox

Title: Chatterbox
Author
: Sandy Day
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: January 18th 2018
Pages: 132
Genre(s): Poetry
Source: Author
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Chatterbox is a collection of one hundred and ten poems, tiny tellings written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The reader enters a world conjured from fairytales and dolls, the Garden of Eden, and the Wizard of Oz; the pages abound with moths and mice, dogs and horses, roosters and crows, oranges and apples, the moon and the sun.

A creative force, exploding after decades of silence, inspires the Chatterbox poems. The poet struggles to attend to a Muse that wakes her each morning, urging her to capture a spirit igniting inside her. The poet observes her own life as it falls apart and fragments then miraculously turns her outward toward others.

Whose heart hasn’t cracked open and broken? Do any of us withstand the pain and transcend to the other side? Can we leave betrayal and abandonment behind without bitterness and resentment? Can we move on and find our true soaring spirits? Chatterbox answers these questions with a resounding, yes!

The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Over the past year I’ve actively been trying to read more poetry, so I was glad to receive this poetry collection. It’s a beautifully written and honest collection that is definitely worth checking out.Continue reading