Winger – Bookish Thoughts

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Winger
By Andrew Smith

Rate: 3.5 / 5 stars

What I Thought:

This book was a doozy.

So it was definitely far from perfect. At times the main character annoyed the ever living shit out of me, and the story in itself just seemed totally unbelievable. To be honest, the whole novel was like a mediocre version of John Green’s Looking for Alaska. The plot line felt unbalanced, the most of the characters were bothersome, and the story just had no drive.

However.

I did manage to read the 400+ page book in about 24 hours. I absolutely fell in love with Joey. Even the main character Ryan Dean won me over by the end. Actually, the ending saved the entire book for me. I found myself attached to the story enough to cry at the end, and I even did that book hug thing where you just sit and grieve while clutching the book to your body for like five minutes after finishing it.

I just wish that some of the magic that I loved at the end was more evident throughout the entire novel. It did feel like it was being written by an immature 14 year old, and although I guess that was what Smith was going for, it was a bit of a turn off for me. Regardless, I made it through to the end mildly amused, and ended up liking the book and appreciating the ending.

So there you have it: nothing spectacular from this one, but likable enough.

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P.S. We’re just not going to talk about how long ago my last post on this blog was. You get it. Life is hard.

Sept Bookish Wrap Up

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Hey everyone! So I want to make this wrap up a regular thing on my blog. Lately I’ve been paying more attention to reading and really enjoying it again. I’m so glad that my reading motivation didn’t die off once I started school. Obviously I’m not reading as much as I did in the summer months, but I did read some great books! Below, I’m going to list the books I read with my star rating and a quick summary of my thoughts.

I only read 5 books this month since I had a LOT on my plate for my classes. My one class requires nightly readings that are dense and take up a lot of my time. Also, there was one book that took up a lot of my time because I just couldn’t get into it.

So this is what I read in the month of September:

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
4 / 5 stars
I know there were quite a few people who didn’t fully enjoy this book, but I had a great time reading this. I feel like I totally got it, and it was so much fun to experience! I liked the unique characters, and I feel like I actually got something from the story. I recommend it! (Also isn’t the cover stunning?!)

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
5 / 5 stars
I read this on recommendation from Ariel Bissett from Booktube. She praises this book, and now I know why! I absolutely ADORED this story. I was enamored from the start, and I sped through it. It’s touching and fun and insightful and a billion other wonderful things. PLEASE READ THIS. It was beautiful.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
3 / 5 stars
I had heard a lot of great things about this novel, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this one. I found it lackluster and annoying for the most part. I get what was trying to be accomplished, but as someone who genuinely struggles with the mental problems discussed in this book, I found it repetitive and regressive.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2 / 5 stars
Brace yourselves: I greatly disliked this book. This was the one that I had trouble finishing. I have a ton of issues with this novel. I was annoyed by the inaccurate portrayal of a plus size girl and an interracial couple in the 80s, but mostly the insta-love. I’m enraged with the amount of hypocrisy in the YA community. Every time there is a case of insta-love (two characters falling unreasonably in love without knowing each other for very long) or historical inaccuracy, the community bashes the book like no other. However, because this book was written by the almighty Rainbow Rowell, everyone shuts up and takes it. I loved Rowell’s other novel, Fangirl, but this is bullshit! They pick everything apart when it comes to the details of a book, and this book has A LOT wrong with it. I’m just annoyed. The story was sickening, inaccurate, and overwhelming. I don’t even want to talk about the ending. I may do a full review for this one, because I have a lot of negative feels I would like to let out.

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So that’s what I read in Sept 2014! Some good, some bad, one ugly.

I did start reading Gone Girl. I found a copy for super cheap at walmart, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. EVERYONE’S been talking about it, and I needed in. Currently it’s a bit boring; I’m around page 150. However, I’ve heard some crazy things, so I’m hoping it picks up soon.

What have you been reading lately? Any suggestions?

Happy fall, y’all!

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