Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here
Release Date: January 27th, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon

Cody and Meg were inseparable.Two peas in a pod.Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

“I’ll go where you go.” A simple statement that feels like a blanket.”  

Ah, Gayle Forman...You sure know how to make a girl cry! I easily could have read this book in one sitting if I wasn't trying to purposely drag it out. Have you ever done that? Willingly drag out a book because you don't want it to end? Almost like you are savouring it? That's exactly what I was doing with I Was Here by Gayle Forman. The wonderful author who brought us the epic If I Stay and Just One Day books.

Gayle Forman is known for penning emotionally charged novels. Each one had me reaching for the Kleenex constantly. Gayle Forman is also known for crafting outstanding characters. Characters that nestle their way into your hearts forever; Cody, Meg, Ben, The Garcia's and every other character in this book are no exception. You not only become emotionally tied to the main characters but with the entire character cast!

Cody's character is not one that is put out on the table for all to see right off the bat. We learn of her deep friendship with Meg, but not too much about her. Her character and her emotions over her Best Friend's death unravel throughout the novel. Almost as if we are experiencing the stages of her grief right along her side. It made for a very raw yet realistic read. Gayle Forman is also a master when it comes to Male characters. They all seem to have an almost boyish exterior but a much deeper, more vulnerable interior. Ben, of course, falls under this category. And not to mention, he is totally swoon worthy! I adored his character from his first introduction.

And Meg, dear Meg. Although we only learn of her character in past-tense she has a strong presence. Almost as if she was looming over your shoulder, hauntingly, as her story unfolded.

I Was Here was nothing short of amazing! You will want to devour it and savour it all at the same time. You will want to fly through the pages yet hold off from turning them. Another spectacular novel from Gayle Forman in the books...Like what I did there?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

Lost & FoundRelease Date: February 3rd. 2015
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 272 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Facebook | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon CA |Amazon

Millie Bird is a seven-year-old girl who always wears red wellington boots to match her red, curly hair. But one day, Millie’s mum leaves her alone beneath the Ginormous Women’s underwear rack in a department store, and doesn’t come back.

Agatha Pantha is an eighty-two-year-old woman who hasn’t left her home since her husband died. Instead, she fills the silence by yelling at passers-by, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule. Until the day Agatha spies a little girl across the street.

Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven years old and once typed love letters with his fingers on to his wife’s skin. He sits in a nursing home, knowing that somehow he must find a way for life to begin again. In a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes.

Together, Millie, Agatha and Karl set out to find Millie’s mum. Along the way, they will discover that the young can be wise, that old age is not the same as death, and that breaking the rules once in a while might just be the key to a happy life.

Every so often, you come across a book that leaves you speechless. A book that is so rare, it is like a precious gem. It's characters, it's voice and it's story building all aligning perfectly to form a wonderful reading experience; And a touch of sadness when reading the last page.

Be prepared to meet some of the most quirky, lovely and eclectic characters to grace a novel together. I challenge you to find a character as wonderful as Millie. When describing her, I want to use words like: Extraordinary, untypical, eccentric. You'll fall in love with her immediately...Along with Agatha and Karl. It's rare that I come across such a fascinating bunch of characters. They are the heart of this novel.

I find it so hard to believe that this is Brooke Davis' debut novel. Her crafting of characters and her story delivery read as if she is a seasoned author!

This book will make you ponder, laugh and cry. It is, in every sense of the phrase: The total package!

Please don't be put off by my vague review as I did this on purpose. I want every word of this novel to truly be experienced by the reader first hand. No preconceived notions here! Go out and get this book...Now!

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