Me Before You By- Jojo Moyes

25# Book Review– ★★★★☆

Me Before You

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Jojo Moyes

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*Slowly wipes tears from my eyes. Proceeds to write the book review*

So y’all probably know about the basic plot of the book, since the movie is coming out in a couple of days. But for those of you who live under a rock, here’s the basic story-line:

“I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other.”

Twenty six year old Louisa Clark has lead a simple, stable life. She has a job at the local café, a gorgeous boyfriend who she has been with for seven years, and a messy hyperactive family who love her to bits. She lives in a small, basic town wherein nothing ever happens. She can’t see beyond this little bubble she has built around herself, can’t see past the horizon And she doesn’t care, she loves it.

“You know, you can only actually help someone who wants to be helped.” 

Thirty Five year old Will Traynor lost everything the day he had that accident with the motorcycle, damaging his spine and leaving him paralyzed from the chest below, with only little sensation in his hands.  He hates the life he lives now. In fact, he barely lives. A man who used to love everything that involved the usage of his limbs, can’t use them anymore. He hates being trapped in a wheel chair. He’s lost the desire to live.

Then Lou aka Louisa loses her job, that too in the middle of recession, and the stable life she’d been wrapped up in, shatters in front of her eyes. Suddenly the future she’d been so easily predicting, vanishes before her eyes and she doesn’t know what to do anymore.

So she takes up a job—an unusual one. She has to be Will’s care taker. The pay is great, and the hours are decent, even though Will is a pain in the arse, and definitely not the most pleasant person to be around. He thinks she is dumb, and an unwanted intruder. He just wants to be left alone.

“I needed to tell him, silently, that things might change, grow, or fail, but that life did go on. That we were all part of some great cycle, some pattern that it was only God’s purpose to understand.” 

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” 

But when they give each other a chance, everything changes.

“I know this isn’t a conventional love story. I know there are all sorts of reasons I shouldn’t even be saying what I am. But I love you. I do.

If only their time together didn’t have an expiration date…

“I had a hundred and seventeen days in which to convince Will Traynor that he had a reason to live.” 

*sigh* another novel that reminded me of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. I enjoyed the characters. Despite being a sad romance novel that’s supposed to make you cry, the characters were quite likeable. They weren’t depressed and grouchy all the time, so that was great. The story was mildly amusing, and the characters weren’t two dimensional. I could relate to Louisa Clark every now and then. It was of course, hard to relate to Will, if you’re not going through something as extreme as him. But that doesn’t mean it was difficult to understand his feelings, his motives and actions and his situation. That’s one of the remarkable things about this novel. I don’t want to give a spoiler or anything, but the way the author wrote this book…she made it easier for us as readers to accept and understand Will’s choices. Which is a big feat in itself.

The supporting characters were realistic and weren’t just there for the sake of being there. They all had some role to play.

Despite being a romance, I found the book to be slightly plot centric, and not as emotion-centric, for some reasons. I believe the romance could have been enhanced in some parts, but it wasn’t. Emotions were expressed more through actions, instead of dialogues and feelings. And the story didn’t focus as much on the development of the relationship between two people, as it did on the other major events. The character-relation dynamics were quite stagnant in some parts which makes me feel that way.

As for the writing style, it wasn’t anything exceptional. It was simple enough, and likeable, slightly entertaining, and overall fine.

If anyone of y’all is emotional af (because god knows I’m not) and wants to get a decent cry, you should go read this book. It’s sweet and sad, and it plays in your head like a movie. (Tip: watch the trailer before you read the book, it helps) All you fans of John Green and Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this book.

Happy Reading! x

Eleanor & Park By–Rainbow Rowell

24# Book Review–★★★☆☆ 

Eleanor & Park

By-

Rainbow Rowell

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“If you can’t save your own life, is it even worth saving?” 

Wild, curly, unkempt red hair, a body that feels too big, a life that is falling apart bit by bit, just like her clothes—we have Eleanor.

“There’s only one of him.” 

Feeling of not belonging, an abundance of love for comic books and mix tapes, struggling with his racial and gender identity, and coerced by the narrow social system of high school—we have Park.

These two misfits meet in the most ordinary of ways (in the school bus) and end up experiencing an extra ordinary love.

“What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that, he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back?”

 When they both are perfect for each other—but the timing isn’t.

“I don’t like you, Park. Sometimes I think I live for you”

When they both are falling together, but life is falling apart.

“Nothing before you counts,” he said. “And I can’t even imagine an after.” 

Eleanor & Park are the next door star crossed lovers who’re experiencing something too good to be true; something too good to last.

“I just can’t believe that life would give us to each other,’ he said, ‘and then take it back.’

‘I can,’ she said. ‘Life’s a bastard.” 

This book reminded me, on more than one occasions, of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green. And if you know me, you know that I didn’t particularly like that book. So yeah, even with ‘Eleanor & Park’ my ratings are average.

Some of the parts were really likeable, full of quotes and feels-inducing, written effortlessly and beautifully. Like, I can really swoon over the quote-like dialogues, you know? But there were other parts, these really dull and plain parts that didn’t feel me anything, that made me want to skim over.

I’ll be honest, the story was realistic and believable and cute. But, I think it lacked intensity. Yes, there were a few parts, but I think even those could have been intense. As a teenager, I know how intense and high you feel when you have feelings for someone. This book was raw in terms of character and plot, and I liked that. I wish it had been a little more raw with feelings too. Saying ‘I love you’ a dozen times I great, but I wish there were scenes and actions that showed it more.

So I suppose that’s why it reminded me of The Fault in our Stars. Both of them are dotted with quotes, with realistic teen characters who are kinda bleak and see life for what it is. Both involve items/hobbies the couple bond over (books, and comics and music in the latter) I just didn’t feel it that intensely though. I craved a bit of…more. More angst, more pain, more intensity, more feelings.

The characters were nice enough. I liked the fact that Rainbow Rowell created a female protagonist who wasn’t perfect. Like we all read about the plain female protagonists who nobody notices but they in actuality are quite pretty and amazing. This though, this was the real thing. Eleanor was real. She didn’t have the body of a goddess hidden beneath layers of clothes, she didn’t look like an actress when you gave her a makeover and tamed her wild red hair. She just looked like a less messy version of herself, and that was really appreciable. Because hey, we all can’t be pretty and look like we’ve walked straight out of a movie scene. I liked that she wasn’t likeable. Heck, even I didn’t like her through most of the novel and couldn’t appreciate her personality, until later when I gained better isnight into her situation. So basically, it’s like judging a real person—you don’t like them until you realize they have their reasons.

Well we can sum her up through Park’s words basically,

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” 

Park was cute, I didn’t understand why he was so awkward and like why were they both just so hesitant to touch each other all the time, even after they got together, but it was cute.

The plot was kinda slow but it didn’t seem as if it lacked structure. I didn’t see major character development though. But by realistic standards, it makes sense.

I liked the racial diversity in the plot. Race was discussed lightly without tackling all the hard-core problems, to make the novel a light read.

All in all it was a decent one time read. I wasn’t completely blown away by it or anything and it did get kinda boring at times, but the writing is beautiful. Read it for the quotes haha

But I Love Him By- Amanda Grace

22# Book Review– ★★☆☆☆ (1.5 Stars)

But I Love Him

By-

Amanda Grace

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This book is seriously not meant for entertainment purposes. It’s more of an informative, insightful read that was…boring. So boring I kept checking how many pages were left. It was awful to get through. I contemplated giving up on several occasions, but completed it anyway. I kept waiting for the book to redeem itself but it never did. Even 1.5 stars is pushing it.

 “I wanted to be his life preserver, the thing that would keep him afloat. Instead, he became my anchor. And I’m tired of drowning.”

Eighteen year old Ann is in love with Connor. She gave up everything—her ambitions, her family, her friends, her hobby—just to be with him. And Connor is in love with her. But sometimes his rage overpowers that. And then he hurts her.

“I should have known when he said ‘You’re so lucky I don’t hit girls,’ that one day he would.”

Mentally.

Psychologically.

Physically.

Emotionally.

“Where’ve you been all my life”

“Waiting for you.”

It’s the kind of love that’s difficult to walk away from. It swallows you whole, spouting out some other version of you, someone you can’t recognize.

“People don’t understand us. They don’t understand me. They think it’s so black and white, that he makes me miserable and that I should be with someone else and that I deserve something else.

But it’s not black and white at all. It’s gray. It’s a never-ending world of gray.

They don’t understand that there is so much to him that they’ll never see. That he only shows to me. They don’t understand that late at night, he tells me how beautiful I am. He tells me all the things he will give me one day, when our problems are over. They don’t understand he would die for me.”

‘But I Love Him’ is a collection of memories that show how Ann encountered the most beautiful feeling in the world, and then simultaneously lost everything that she held dear. Including herself.

“This isn’t love. It’s something broken and ugly. I wanted it so badly I didn’t care what it looked like.”

This book had the potential to be a really emotional read and like, it could really work, you know? But it didn’t.

A distinguishing characteristic about this book is that it’s written in a reverse-chronological order, so like it ends with when Ann meets Conner for the first time. Now, the author clarifies that she did it so that the readers don’t judge her character. She says that there’s usually a distinguishing point in abusive relationships, like when the person is abused for the first time, and if she’d written it in chronological order, the readers would probably be like ‘I would have walked away now’ (and she’s kind of right, you know) so she didn’t want that to happen.

However the reverse chronological order, plus the lack of dialogues and descriptions made it impossible for me as a reader to connect with the characters. And for such emotion-based stories, it’s really important to do just that. So as a result, it ended up being a really boring read. Also, I still judged the character, despite the reverse chronological order. Imagine a book, now remember all the good parts and leave it with filler chapters. That’s how reading this book felt like—like I was reading a bunch of filler chapters.

The writing style was good. This book would be a decent read for someone who wants to know what being in an abusive relationship feels like. I’d give it a 3.5 stars if that’s all I’d wanted. But I’d wanted chills, and tears, and entertainment which I didn’t get. So, sadly it’s a 1.5. I did kinda get teary eyes towards the end when she (oops can’t reveal it that’ll be a spoiler) So, that’s a 1.5 for you!

Read it if you wanna know how it feels to be in an abusive relationship. Otherwise please avoid it, you’ll be disappointed.

Every Last Word By- Tamara Ireland Stone

20# Book Review– ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)

Every Last Word

By-

Tamara Ireland Stone

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Sam is popular, beautiful and part of the ‘Crazy Eights’, the school’s most popular girl gang. But being popular is not all that it’s cut out to be. For example, it’s hard to keep secrets. Sam rages a daily battle with Purely-Obsessional OCD. Her thoughts tend to spiral out of control. She can’t stop thinking, her mind never shuts up. So much so, that she needs sleep medications and antianxiety medications to function properly. She meets up with her psychiatrist Sue every week for therapy.

All Sam really craves is to be normal. She wishes she could speak her mind and be the person she really is. But who is she? She doesn’t know.

Until she stumbles upon ‘The Poet’s Corner’, a hidden room underneath the theatre of the school where a group of people meet twice a week to share their poetries, and consequently, an intimate part of their soul.

Initially reluctant to make her a part of their group, she eventually succeeds in becoming a member of this secret poetry club consisting of kids much like her; kids who are battling with personal and external issues, who just really need an outlet.

And then, her life’s never the same.

“If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.” 

“Everyone’s got something. Some people are just better actors than others.”

‘The poems here are silly, heartbreaking, hilarious, sad, and many are absolutely incredible. They are about people who don’t care enough and people who care too much, people you trust and people who turn on you, hating school, loving your friends, seeing the beauty in the world. Sprinkled among them are heavier ones about depression and addiction, self mutilation and various forms of self medication. But most of them are about love. Wanting it. Missing it. Actually being in it.’

‘This is a mistake. He doesn’t like me; he likes the person Caroline turned me into. He thinks I’m a normal girl who swims and writes poetry, but I’m not. I’m obsessed with my thoughts and I can’t sleep and I count in threes. He writes music and wears his heart on his sleeve, and I don’t deserve him.”

‘I like him. I like everything about him. The way he plays. The songs he writes. The things he says. The way he makes me want to speak out, not hold my words inside. That dimple. Those lips. I have to know what they feel like.’

“I didn’t go there looking for you. I went looking for me.” My voice is soft, low, and shaky. “But now, here you are, and somehow, in finding you, I think I’ve found myself.” 

I really liked this book because it was just…beautiful. That’s the only word good enough to describe it. It was really intense, and the characters were very human. It was a beautiful story about self actualization and discovering yourself, with a romantic subplot. It makes you realize that every person has a story. It was really sweet, kinda sad, and hundred percent real. You should definitely give it a read!

After By- Anna Todd

14# Book Review– ★★★★☆ (3.5 Stars)

After

By-

Anna Todd

[Note:- I read the published version of the book. I’d tried reading the Wattpad version ages ago and I’d stopped reading it after a couple of chapters because it was very crappily written. But that’s okay, first drafts always suck.]

So I opened Goodreads, to read the review for this book. All I could spot were single stars followed by aggressive, criticizing remarks. I wasn’t planning to write a book review for this initially, but seeing that basically forced me to share my views.

Being a fellow Wattpader, seeing the published version of the book, in paperback form, in a bookstore in my city (which might I add is not even on the same continent) truly inspired me. From writing fanfictions on Wattpad to reaching bookstores across the world and scoring a movie deal—I just think we should be inspired, and not so criticizing.

Well anyway, here is my book review—

Theresa is shy, contained and proper. Her life is completely planned, always had been. Ever since she’d been a child, it was decided—she would go to WCU after finishing high school, complete her education (Majoring in English) and work as a publisher, or become a writer—whichever comes first. She has a boyfriend Noah, the only guy she’s ever really dated, and her mom is a control freak slash worrywart.

Tessa is the kind of girl who plans her week down to every hour. She is prim, proper and boring.

Hardin Scott is anything but.

With tattoos inking every inch of his skin, his tousled brown hair, mesmerizing green eyes and his big, brown boots he is the definition of trouble. He spends every weekend partying hard, fucking random girls, and living every day to the fullest. He is rude, and inconsiderate; cocky and aggressive. He has a tub load of issues—and soon Tessa finds herself immersed in them.

‘You aren’t my type, just the way I am not yours. But that’s why we are good for each other—we are so different, yet we’re the same. You told me once that I bring out the worst in you. Well, you bring out the best in me’

They both get on each other’s nerves—a lot. Tessa doesn’t appreciate his rude, and hateful behaviour. She’s never encountered anyone like him—and he scares, and mesmerizes her at the same time. Hardin despises her prissiness, and the order, and planning that guards her life. He can’t stand her presence, yet keeps finding reasons to talk (argue) to (with) her even more.

‘I am a moth to his flame, and he never hesitates to burn me.’

It’s kind of messed up.

Long story short, they fall in love. And well, let’s just say…life is never the same After [that].

‘His words unravel me. This indecent, drunken, terrible man just said he needs me, and somehow it sounds like poetry to my ears. Hardin is like a drug; each time I take the tiniest bit of him, I crave more. He consumes my thoughts and invades my dreams.’

Well, first and foremost, I don’t understand why everyone thinks it’s a rip off of ‘Fifty shades of Grey’ because trust me, it’s not. Or rather, I didn’t think it was. Not every erotica between a shy and timid girl, and a guy who is incredibly sexy, but has issues is a copy of fifty shades. In fact I think its’ writing style was much better than that of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. The female character was much less annoying, compared to Anastasia Steele. However, the male character didn’t exude sexiness like Mr. Grey—just fucked upness.

But anyway, I’m not here to compare the two erotica’s. I’m here to give a review on this one—so here goes…

For some reason that is beyond me, I couldn’t put this book down. Well I could, but around some time in the middle, I just could not. The writing style was okay—it wasn’t pretentious and annoying or anything. But it wasn’t very…I don’t know, it didn’t have that quality that pulls you to read the book on an on.

On to the characters—they were clichéd, yes. I couldn’t connect very deeply to them. But they weren’t like cardboard characters either. While in the case of Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia annoyed the hell out of me. In case of this book Hardin Scott annoyed me, and not the kind of anxious annoyance that keeps you on your toes oh no, the kind of annoyance that wants to make you punch him and/or flip him off. Like how many times can a person screw up?! I didn’t find Hardin Scott excessively sexy, I’m sorry. Maybe I’m not into punks, but Bad Boys just don’t do it for me. I’m more into the classy guys like our Mr. Grey. (God, why am I comparing them again?!) But then, it’s all a matter of personal preference. The supporting characters weren’t very intriguing either.

The sex scenes were written well, but you know not the kind that would especially turn you on. It didn’t get monotonous after a while though. It was still new but not very exciting.

The book kind of felt like a drag at times, as is characteristic to most of the Wattpad novels and fan fictions (including mine). All the same I think five hundred something pages was a little too excessive for it. I think I could have wrapped up the book in a maximum of three hundred pages.

However, kudos to the writer for the ending! I definitely didn’t see that coming.

Anyway, I will recommend this book to those who have a lot of time at hand (because 500+ pages!) and are patient, and can handle dramatic characters (and I don’t mean dramatic as a compliment) There is romance yes, but I don’t think it’s very relatable.

Ugly Love By Colleen Hoover

13# Book Review- ★★★★☆

Ugly Love

By-

Colleen Hoover

“Ugly love becomes you. Consumes you. Makes you hate it all. Makes you realize that all the beautiful parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling the ugly. So you give it all up. You give it all up. You never want love again, no matter what kind it is, because no type of love will ever be worth living through the ugly love again.”

So I just finished reading this book about half an hour ago. My pillow is still wet from all that crying that the last couple of chapters brought on. Here’s the book review.
23 year old Tate just moved in with her protective elder brother Corbin in his spacey San Francisco apartment. She’d predicted a few things, like how she would have to do most of the chores and the grocery shopping. She’d probably have to do her brother’s laundry and the cooking too (even though she sucks at it)
But she hadn’t predicted falling for Miles Mikel Archer, her brother’s insanely hot neighbor slash best friend who is a pilot just like him. The moment her eyes meet his beautiful ocean blues, she knows she’s done for.
‘”You’re a jerk, and you have serious issues, and I don’t want to be a part of them anymore.”
I’m lying. I really do want to be a part of his issues. I want to immerse myself in his issues and become his issues, but I’m supposed to be this independent,headstrong girl who doesn’t cave just because she likes a guy.’
Miles hasn’t been with a girl since six years, and isn’t planning to get with anyone anytime soon. He has made up his mind–he is never going to fall in love. Never. But when his best friend’s gorgeous younger sister enters his life he knows his heart is in danger.
“But the second she opened her eyes and looked at me, I knew. She was either going to be the death of me . . . or she was going to be the one who finally brought me back to life.”
No matter how much they resist, they know they want each other. They let their bodies do the thinking this time, and they make a deal. They’ll indulge in sex, nothing more than that. There are only two rules–Tate can never ask Miles about his past, and rule no. 2 she can sure as hell never expect a future.
No relationship, not even a thought of it. Strictly sex. You know the whole no strings attached thing? Yeah that.
Well we all know how well that works out.
“His lips against mine feel like everything. Like living and dying and being reborn, all at the same time.”
“He inhales a shaky breath while looking down at my mouth. ‘You make it so hard to breathe.”
 Tate convinces herself she can handle it. She lets him use her body even if he tosses away her heart the heart he doesn’t intend to steal but end up doing anyway. She falls for the little things he does (and his mad bedroom skills) Before long, she finds herself in an ugly position–she can’t hold on because she knows there’s no future; she can’t let go because she’s already head over heels.
 “I’m not Tate when I’m near Miles. I’m liquid, and liquid doesn’t know how to be firm or stand up for itself. Liquid flows. That’s all I want to do with Miles. Flow.”
“Every time I’m with him, he fills my heart up more and more, and the more it’s filled with pieces of him, the more painful it’ll be when he rips it out of my chest as though it never belonged there in the first place”
Will Tate survive the end of this roller coaster ride? Will Miles ever move on from his past and accept Tate in her future?
“Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly.”
Find out in Ugly Love.
So yeah, here’s the stuff I liked about the book–
I liked the writing style written in Tate’s point of view. I liked the incredible chemistry the two main characters shared. I loved the way the author described the sexual tention, the intensity and the glorious spark in their relationship. I liked the plot. I liked the ending. I loved the last few chapters. I loved the message this book sent out.
The stuff I didn’t like:- The book was slightly illogical. Like the fact that people kept falling in love but the author never once divulged what made the characters actually fall in love. We were just told to have a little faith in the whole ‘Love at First Site’ thing and just overlook the logic and follow the story (which I was able to do without even trying) I didn’t like the chapters written in Miles’ point of view. They were very redundant, which kind of annoyed me. There was mostly just a lot of sex which kimd of gets boring after a while (but not as boring as it gets in Fifty Shades, trust me)
I just really appreciate the book for the message it gave (won’t  give a spoiler, sorry) and the crazy emotions I felt towards the end of the book. The good part is, it’s not a very long book and is definitely worth (some of) your time.
Read it and share your views in the comment!
Until Later x

My Heart & Other Blackholes by Jasmine Warga

12# Book Review- ★★★★☆ (3.5 Stars)

My Heart & Other Black Holes

By-

Jasmine Warga

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‘Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seem like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is a part of you; it’s in your bones and your blood. If I know anything about it, this is what I know: It’s impossible to escape.’

Ayzell (uh-zell like gazelle) is depressed. “The black slug” in the pit of her stomach sucks all her emotions. She has a black hole in her chest cavity. She is ready to die.

‘As I hum Mozart’s requiem, I wonder what it will feel like when all the lights go off and everything is quiet forever. I don’t know if it will be painful, if in those last moments I’ll be scared, but all I can hope is that it will be over fast. That it will be peaceful. That it will be permanent.’

But maybe she’s not. Like what if there’s something much worse in store? Everybody has a potential energy, and sometimes Ayzell wonders what will happen to hers once she leaves this world.

To put it simply, she’s not sure if she has it in her to do this selfish deed on her own. So she finds herself a suicide partner on this website called ‘Smooth Passage’—FrozenRobot aka Roman.

At first, she couldn’t believe someone like him would want to die. He’s got it all—the looks, the popularity, friends, a loving family—everything Ayzell could only dream of. While he’s the basketball star of his town, she’s just the girl people talk about in hushed whisper, the daughter of a murderer.

‘FrozenRobot does have a frozen quality. All of his movements and facial expressions have a tension to them, like he was carved out of stone and locked in a chamber of ice and recently brought back to life. (…)Yes, he looks like someone who was designed to be popular and successful, but he also looks like someone who was made to wear grief.

He wears it well.’

They decide to do the deed on April 7th, about a month from the date they find each other, by jumping off the cliff into the Ohio river.

It should be simple, right? Ending their life? After all, that’s what they want.

Except things get…complicated.

‘”I know this is confusing. We’re in a strange and fucked-up position and we can’t let ourselves get fooled by the situation.”

I try to jerk my hands away from his, be he doesn’t let go of them. His fingers dig into my knuckles. “The situation?”

“The fact that we’re Suicide Partners. We have this intimacy and, yeah, sure, we have chemistry.”

“Chemistry?” I can’t help but laugh.’

 

‘He’s no longer FrozenRobot, my Suicide Partner from the internet. He’s Roman, the boy who kissed me by the river and held me all night. To me, there’s a difference. A big difference.

He’s no longer the person I want to die with; he’s the person I want to be alive with.’

 

Ayzell realizes she has hope; that she wants to convert her potential energy into a kinetic energy; that she wants to live. But she must convince Roman too. Well, the only problem is, Roman doesn’t want to be convinced.

‘My heart stalls. I want to ask him how he can say things like that—seven days before we’re supposed to die. It’s not fair. He can’t make me love him when he’s going to leave me. When he wants to leave me. When he knows this is the end.’

This book started out slow. I’m not going to lie, I even skimmed through a couple of paragraphs because I was getting bored. I don’t know why I liked the book. I really don’t. I couldn’t forge a deep bond with the characters. The story was…plain (until the last couple of chapters) the romance was simple and not very obvious. But there was…something. I just think the author did a brilliant job with the theme—depression and suicide. Like I’ve read a bunch of books by authors that totally ruin a wonderful theme. This is not one of those books. I loved the message and the hope. I loved the sincerity of the characters and the…realness of it. It was written nicely, it was very realistic. And most of all, it did the theme justice. And it’s not easy to do justice to a theme like this.

I just recommend all of you to read it. This book gives you hope.

Here are two more quotes before I sign off. (Yup, so many quotes in this book, I fell in love)

‘I can feel everything. And I want to keep feeling everything. Even the painful, awful, terrible things. Because feeling things is what lets us know that we’re alive.’

 

‘I once read in my physics book that the universe begs to be observed, that energy travels and transfers when people pay attention. Maybe that’s what love really boils down to—having someone who cares enough to pay attention so that you’re encouraged to travel and transfer, to make your potential energy spark into kinetic energy. Maybe all anyone ever needs is for someone to notice them, to observe them’

 

xo