Hi Virtually Readers! Recently I have read quite a few books, and I am lazy, so you get not-full reviews of them. Also, Shanti and I have had mock exams, so we’ve been just a little busy and so we haven’t been able to comment as much.
The Catcher In the Rye || 4 stars
I read this in my attempt to make myself read non-YA. I actually really enjoyed it. Not a lot happened, but I LOVED Holden’s voice, the irony as he called all these people ‘phony’ and was himself, and his confusion. It was basically like the first YA coming of age novel basically. I just liked the premise and the way it was carried out and the voice and everything.
To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before || 4 stars
While this book sounds shallow I really, really liked it. To me, it wasn’t about the boys (although they were plenty of boys) and I didn’t really ship the romance. But to me it was about family and sisters and moving on. It was about how sometimes things that seem fake are real (so Hamlet… don’t pretend to be mad okay?) I totally empathised with Lara Jean’s character because apart from the boys she’s basically me. She liked reading and tidying stuff and just staying at home rather than going out all the time and stuff. It felt realistic and the opposite of any manic-pixie-dream-girl novel and I just really liked it. YA needs more family Christmas Cookie Bonanzas in my opinion.
Bookishly Ever After || 3 stars
So I enjoyed this… but I didn’t really find it that special. It was just fun and light, and I needed that because I didn’t want to study, but it didn’t seem to bring any new ideas. There was the introverted character like Cath in Fangirl who likes reading (but I liked how she also did archery and played the flute- flute players ftw!- and knitted). I liked Phoebe, but I didn’t really connect to her. (read: I kept forgetting her name, perhaps due to reading this back to back with ‘To All The Boys…’ ) I didn’t find the romance special in any way, although it WAS cute. But what annoyed me most is how she thought she had to be someone else to get the boy, and she never changed her mind. JUST BE YOURSELF OKAY! Like, why would you want to be with someone who made you someone else? I guess I found it cute but just not something I could fully get behind. *shrugs*
That’s all for now! Have you read any of these? Do you try to read non-YA books? Do you have any
soul-sucking ,time-wasting difficult exams? Have you read any books that sound like a copy of other books?