And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

AWO01Seventeen year old Nora gets an all paid trip to Europe from her grandfather to study the craft and history of art. She’s extremely excited about it because she gets to go alone. No Adults! Freedom! On the day she is to leave for Europe her mother takes her to the airport. Nothing wrong with that right? Well, as she is making her way in the airport her mother stops her and tells her that she’s coming with her. WHAT!? Now Nora and her mother don’t have the best of relationships, so throughout their time in Europe Nora is trying to find her place in the art world and the real world but has to learn how to be her own person with her mother’s presence.


Ok, so this was not the best book I’ve read so far but not the worst either. Honestly, I really don’t know what to say about it. This wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t great.The whole book is just about a teenage girl who gets to go backpacking through Europe but has temper tantrums throughout the entire trip because her mother decided to tag-a-long. The typical teenager problems: an overbearing parent, love, friendships, and trying to find their place in the world. Maybe I couldn’t get into it because my teenage years a far behind me or even as a teenager I never cared about things like that (being an introvert will do that to you).


All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

AUWT01Ever since I got back into reading books I kept hearing great things about All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. And once I found out that it was Book of the Month’s 2016 Book Of The Year Winner, I figured it had to be worth reading. When I say that I LOVED this book it’s an understatement. I felt like I was going through every emotion while reading this novel. It’s ugly and wonderful all at the same time.

We meet Wavy at the age of five. She doesn’t talk, doesn’t like being touched, and won’t eat (at least not in front of others). Her father is a drug dealer and her mother is a germaphobe (for lack of a better word) plus she’s just plain crazy. By the time Wavy is eight years old she is having to take on the responsibilities of an adult, having to care for herself and her baby brother. The only time she can get away from her life is when she goes out to the meadows behind her house and stares at the stars naming all the constellations. During that year she meets Kellen who wrecks his motorcycle in front of her house. Now Wavy was raised to think that no one can be trusted but for some reason Kellen is different.
After that day Kellen, who is this tall thuggish guy but with a heart of gold (a gentle giant type) and Wavy, this scrawny blond haired blue eyed little girl who can make you feel extremely uncomfortable with her just her stare form an unusual relationship. But they have the kind of relationship you can’t help but love. It’s a tender sweetness between the two throughout the years until tragedy hits and leads Wavy’s aunt to finding out about their inappropriate relationship. As Wavy is torn away from her definition of a family, she spends the next several years trying to get the world to understand that even though her world may seem ugly it’s wonderful in her eyes.



One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This WIll Matter by Scaachi Koul

ODWABDI truly enjoyed reading this book! This is Scaachi Koul’s debut book which is a collection of essays about growing up in Canada with Indian immigrant parents. This book was hilariously relatable. Scaachi is sarcastically witty (like me!) which I love. Now even though I am not Indian or canadian, I could still relate to everything she was saying. Just reading the first chapter I knew it was going to be good. I felt as though she had lived my life and was now writing about it (the song Killing Me Softly was now stuck in my head).
In O.D.W.A.B.D.A.N.O.T.W.M. Scaachi talks about everything. From having overprotective parents who passed down their fears of the world like your older sibling’s hand-me-downs, to growing up trying to figure out why the world sees you so differently, and just the struggle itself of being an adult. Serious conversations written with sharp humor. But I love how personal she made it feel, as if two friends were just sitting around talking about “I remember that one time when…” or “when I was growing…” (come to think of it, it sounds more like two old friends reminiscing about the good ole days). Either way, no matter your background or upbringing there is something about One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter that everyone can relate to.



Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

BHE01Only one word can describe Sarah Pinborough’s book Behind Her Eyes. Unpredictable. In the beginning it took me a little while to really get into it (mainly because it takes place in London and I was thrown off by some of the phrases they use) but once you’re in you won’t be able to put it down. With every turned page it seems like you know what will happen next. Trust me, you have no idea what’s coming.

The book starts with single mother Louise who meets her very own McDreamy (David) in a bar. But after a steamy kiss he bolts faster than Cinderella at midnight. Even though she’s concerned by David’s sudden exit, Louise is still on cloud nine when she goes into work on Monday only to have her high ruined by her new boss, David. That’s right, McDreamy from the bar is her boss. Nothing can be worse than that, right? WRONG!! On top of knowing that you’ve sucked face with your now boss, he’s married too! So like any mature adult who has a conscience, Louise tried to keep it professional. But we all know how that usually works out (case in point: Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy).BHE02

So once Louise thought nothing else could possibly happen she bumps into Adele, the Wife! With Adele being new to town and needing a friend she took to Louise (or more like not taking no for an answer). As their friendship grows Louise starts to learn more about David and Adele’s marriage along with their secrets and starts to question her own relationship between the two.
Behind Her Eyes will have you guessing who the real villain is until the very last page.