What I Read This Month: April 2018

Every Day by David Levithan

Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.

Every morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

And that’s fine – until A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with – every day…”

I loveeed this book! The storyline was so unusual, what even is A?! I was totally hooked I wanted A to get his/her happily ever after, I wanted to know why A is what he/she is ( I wanted to know if A was a boy or a girl beforehand?) I wanted to understand what the hell was going on and whether there was a specific reason that A didn’t have a body of there own and if they maybe had one at some point, but just lost it (because that can happen sometimes..) . But most of all I wanted that happy ever after because everybody (lol) deserves one, even a traveling conscious entity thingy that has no body of it’s own…

I felt so much attachment to this book, to A, it’s unbelievable how invested I got in the life of this character, but that just shows how damn good this book is. Seriously you need to read this book asap. Then come back and tell me your opinions on just what the bleedin hell A is.

Waves by Jared A.Carnie

Alex is stuck. Stuck in Essex. Stuck in his childhood home. Stuck in a job he hates. The relationship he’d been counting on all these years has finally fallen apart and he’s lost any hope in the future. Anxious, uncertain, and totally sober, Alex is dragged to the Outer Hebrides by his long-suffering friend, James. Somewhere between the mountains, the music, and the sea, Alex is desperate to find something that can ignite a spark of life in him again. Through castles, ceilidhs, bothies, lochs, vast beaches and tiny boats, chance meetings and old friends, Alex has to learn that maybe taking responsibility doesn’t have to mean the end of feeling free.”

Another book so very generously donated by the author to include in Spoonie Book Boxes! I have been meaning to read this for a while before I finally got round to picking it up.

Waves is the sort of novel you read whilst struggling to decide what genre you feel like reading next as it’s such a relaxing story. At first I found myself finding it hard to get into it as I’m used to fast paced books and this most definitely isn’t like that, but after a little while I grew to appreciate that about it. The calmness of this book makes you stop and take in every word. There are some wonderful lines to be found in Waves, Alex is a very contemplative character, which is in fact a really good way to describe this book …Contemplative, the sort of story that makes you think about life.

I liked that there were no underlying plots or surprises, it was just simply nice. A nice and beautiful read.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

img_3980-1“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.”

Quite honestly I LOVED this book,the storyline, the characters, the writing were all amazing!

Simon as a character is so adorably cute I understand why Abby frequently pokes his cheeks (there may be people out there that question this opinion, but it’s my opinion so…yeah whatevs) . Some of the scenes between him and his friends had me laughing out loud, they were just that funny, in particular the party scene.

I take a sip of my beer, and it’s – I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.

Anyway, it really makes you worry about all the hype surrounding sex.

A little while later…

“Simon, how much did you drink?” asks Leah. I’m twisting the ends of her hair. Leah’s hair is so pretty, and it smells exactly like French toast. Except that’s Abby. Leah smells like almonds.

“One beer.” One most excellent, most delicious beer.

“One beer. I can’t even begin to express how ridiculous you are.”

I mean, come on how can you NOT find him cute?!

Admittedly I guessed who Blue was very early on, but that didn’t stop me wanting to read the rest, just made me want to scream at Simon because he’s so naive and can’t see the obvious even when it staring at him right in the face.

I heart fuzzy romance stories and this hit all the right notes with me, definitely cute, definitely warm,definitely hits you straight in the feels. This is a ship I jumped right on!

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda isn’t JUST a sweet gushy YA romance though, touching on the subjects of Homophobia in schools and the internal struggle people face when deciding to come out. In contrast to other novels surrounding these topics Simon has a warm embracing family and a strong friendship group to back him.

I can’t wait to see the film adaption now!

Oh the warm fuzzy feels…

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.”

This book.

If you’ve seen the Netflix adaption of this, then you can understand just how wary I was when I first picked it up and yes, Netflix did in fact stick very closely to the book although there were a few tweaks, some that I don’t understand the need for as they make the storyline so much darker.

I’m finding it hard to write a review for this because it’s the sort of book that leaves you heartbroken and emotionally spent.

In comparison with the Netflix series the book focuses on Clay, you don’t get to learn anything about the other characters, so you don’t get to hear their point of view regarding the stories Hannah tells about them all you get is Hannah’s opinion.

The book is written in a way that you “get” Hannah’s thought process and emotions building up to that heartbreaking day, it ties everything that happened to her together in a way that you can understand more than with the Netflix series.

I’m unsure if this review is helpful or relatable, but that’s all I can really say about this book. It’s utterly heart wrenching, but extremely thought provoking at the same time.

I don’t regret reading it at all, much like the series it had me hooked.

I also read Dream Accomplished by Elizabeth Gross this month, if you want to read my thoughts I dedicated a whole blog post to it which you can here Dream Accomplished by Elizabeth Gross Review

All my love as always, Daniella x x

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2 thoughts on “What I Read This Month: April 2018

  1. Simon Vs Homosapiens agenda was a good book but didn’t enjoy reading it. Also, out of the books you read my favorite is 13 reasons why? By the way I hate the Tv Series.. book is simple and better…

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