Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

17322949Title: Eleanor And Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Orion


 ‘Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.’


Two words for you, amazingly beautiful! In fact, probably one of the best books I have read in the last few years. Oh and that cover. Isn’t it just absolutely stunning?

Rowell has such a unique style of writing which compliments the voices of the main characters, Eleanor and park, in such a way that you feel so involved with the story that is being built around them. It allows for both of their personalities to shine, and characteristics to be developed so well throughout the course of the book.

She manages to bring to life a new kind of love story, one which personally I think is more relatable than what some other books, as well as movies and TV have done in the past. Falling in love doesn’t consist of accidentally bumping into someone a bookstore perhaps, and knowing straight away that they are the one for you. NO! Just no! Real love takes time and effort to build into what it is. In this case it goes from hate to friendship, and then into love.

Something I love is that they are not exactly the archetypal romantic duo that you would usually see. In fact, they seem to be on the completely opposite ends of the spectrum with who they are. They are so imperfect, that it just seems to work. If these are the characters Rowell creates for this, then what are her other characters from other books like? I can’t wait to find out, especially now that I am getting excited to read Fangirl, the book that has been on my shelf for quite some time now. Bring it on!

The only problem I really had with this, was actually getting into the story in the first place. The beginning in particular was so slow to get through, and dragged, that I found it difficult to get into. If you have read it, you may know what I am talking about, but you will also be able to agree that once you do get into it, it is AMAZING!

Chloe Lauren x

My Summer Reads 2016

My Summer Reads

Summer is finally here, and although I am in the UK, the country which never quite understands what that word means, it actually feels like Summer, with the heat getting the upper hand already.

At least if it gets too hot, I can always run to my room and read. Saying that though, I probably won’t get to read as much as I normally would, especially not now because tomorrow I am beginning my first day of volunteering at the Cafe in my town. I am terrified but at the same time excited.

That is why I thought I would plan five books that I will definitely read this Summer, whether this month, or next month. Perhaps I will even take one or two of them on holiday with me in August. Who knows?

Fiction:

12805941Title: Perfect Escape

Author: Jennifer Brown

Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers


‘Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — with enough distance, maybe she’ll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.
With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.’

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Title: Chasing The Stars

Author: Malorie Blackman

Publisher: Penguin Random House


‘Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased.

Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?’


28383534 Title: Thanks For The Trouble

Author: Tommy Wallach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


‘Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.’


Non Fiction:

27799078 Title: Mind Your Head

Author: Juno Dawson

Publisher: Hot Key Books


‘We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people’s mental health – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them, with real-life stories from young people around the world.


https://03fcd67fd51850d3ba6b-6cb392df11a341bce8c76b1898d0c030.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/large/9781/8452/9781845285524.jpg Title: How To Write Your First Novel

Author: Sophie King

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group


Have you always wanted to write a novel – but don’t know where to start? Novelist Sophie King will guide you through the first steps from finding ideas that will keep the plot going, to crafting the perfect ending. It will help you create characters that sing from the page and unravel the mysteries of dialogue and viewpoint. Each chapter also contains exercises to hone your skills.’


These five books have been on my to be read pile now for quite some time, and I feel it only right to force myself to get to them in the next two months. I like to just pick and choose sometimes, but I will definitely get to them. Hopefully!

What Are You Planning On Reading This Summer?

Chloe Lauren x

Your Fears Can Hold You Back

29910648 Title: Love and Other Man-Made Disasters

Author: Nicola Doherty

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group


Juno is scared of a lot of things. Climate change, urban foxes, zombies – the usual. So when she goes on a skiing holiday with her mum’s adrenaline-mad new husband and his tearaway twins, she doesn’t hold much hope of surviving. Then she meets Boy. Gruff, hairy and thrill-seeking, he’s everything Juno doesn’t like. Or is he? Juno’s about to discover there’s nothing more scary than falling in love.’


Review:

Firstly, I would like to thank the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book for them.

When I first started this book, I felt a bit weird, nostalgic if you will, but I will just stick with weird. This was mainly because a lot of what was happening, had happened to me before. They go on a skiing trip to Austria for a week during Easter. So did I, a few years back. Juno, the main character, finds the bad in everything, and was terrible at skiing for the entire first day. So was I. Oh and she is seventeen and enjoys Horrible Histories. So did I (I still do). I can’t remember the last time I came across a book so reminiscent of that of my own life.

The one thing that didn’t happen to me though, was getting involved with a skiing instructor like Juno does. How that is not on her list of things to be worried about, I don’t know.

Talking about this romance between Juno and Boy (it’s a nickname), it was very sweet, but I felt it to be slightly rushed. One minute they seem annoyed with each other (mainly Boy with Juno) and the next, they have fallen for one another. Oh and then back to annoyance, and then of course back together again. This sudden roller coaster ride of emotion takes place over the course of about two weeks. In a way, I get that there can be a sudden attraction, but with what happens between these two in particular, it seems a bit too quick.

Something I did enjoy, was how Juno manages to gain a new outlook on life, from constantly worrying over the little things, to realising that she will never get to where she wants to be, or have the life she wants, until she steps out of her comfort zone and finally faces her fears. This is such a great concept to include into the book, as it is a life lesson that everyone needs to realise and learn, just like me, especially recently. I was never one for facing my fears due to anxiety, but lately I have taken myself out of where I feel most comfortable, and am now challenging myself, and I have never felt more proud or happier. Once again, I find myself being able to identify with Juno.

A book for fans of cute romances, as well as thrill seekers who want more out of life than they already have.

Chloe Lauren x

The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson | Book Review

28669317Title: The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson

Author: Paige Toon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


‘Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine…

My fifteenth birthday was the worst day of my life, and it’s inconceivable to think that any single day in my future will ever be as bad. My mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up my cake. Even when there was still no sign of her after two hours later, and my friends started to arrive at our house, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t be coming back.

That was six months ago. My mum died without telling me who my real dad was. And for a while I hated her for it. I thought she’s taken the secret of my father’s identity with her forever. But she didn’t. Holy hell, she didn’t. Because three weeks ago I found out the truth. And I’m still reeling from the shock of it. My dad is none other than Johnny Jefferson, mega famous rock star and one-time serial womaniser. And now I’m on my way to LA to meet him and his family.

My tiny little world has just got a whole lot bigger…’


Review:

Firstly, don’t you just think Paige Toon is just the most amazing name for an author? I am not sure if it is her real name, but if it is, then wow! Well done to her parents for that. I think I might just use her name as much as possible in this review, just because I can.

Anyway, this book was Paige Toon’s first delve into the world of YA fiction, after being a well loved adult fiction writer. I do have to say, it was definitely the right choice, because it was such a fun read, one that is perfect for getting you into the summer mood. I am extremely glad there is a second, and soon to be third book, so I can jump right back into this, and reunite with the characters that made the story what it was.

To begin with, I wasn’t the biggest fan, especially not of Jessie (she was annoying to begin with), and I will be honest (honesty is what you want anyway), I wasn’t sure I was going to like it at all, but my doubts vanished quicker than you can say Paige Toon (subtle). I practically flew through it, which I was over the moon about, until the last chapter when I knew it was coming to the end. Frankly, it was upsetting, so the moment it was over, I looked online at one of the libraries I am signed up with to see if they had a copy of the next book, which it turned out they did, and reserved it instantly. BAM! I am waiting for that email to tell me it has arrived.

This book will definitely appeal to music fans everywhere, as well as anyone who just wants to know where they fit into this big world we live in, just like our main character, Jessie, who is unsure even when she finds her family.

Life can be confusing, and decisions can be difficult to make, and that is what I love about what Paige Toon has done with this book, showing the harsh truth about life, even when it looks like you have everything made for you.

Chloe Lauren x