Book Review: Paper Towns + Sharp Objects + You Before Me

August 6, 2014

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I’ve read three books since the last book review, which may sound ambitious but is more a reflection of my commitment to avoiding real work.

Last time I read two great ones following five amazing ones. A lemon was inevitable, and I only say that to remind us that it is okay to not fall in love with every book we read and share that in a tactful way. Today I give you three books that maybe you loved, will love, hated, or only liked in a very medium way.

August is the Sunday of Summer and I’m going to slow it down with as many books as I can. Happy Reading.

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1) Paper Towns

Paper Towns John Green

Rating: 2/5

If You Like: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, Divergent, Twilight, Young Adult Fiction

My Review: The first quarter of the book was wonderful. After that, I never wanted to hear the name “Margo Roth Spielgelman” again. This book suffers from its own storyline, like a cheap rom com that leaves you feeling slightly irritated. All in all it was predictable, formulaic, and young, with random bursts of funny dialogue. In one word: unremarkable.

Their Review:A teen-pleasing read…intelligent thinking…many hilarious exchanges…[readers] will enjoy the edgy journey and off-road thinking.” –Booklist

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2) Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Rating: 3.5/5

If You Like: Vernon God Little, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Nearer Than The Sky

My Review: This is a horror story. It’s creepy, disturbing, and terribly unnerving. There were many times I had to stop reading just to give myself a break from the emotional and physical toil the book dumps on you. An easy five stars for the writing, but the content is so unhealthy, or as many readers call it “nasty,” that I could not truly recommend it in full confidence to most people.

Their Review: “A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction…Flynn’s book goes deeper than your average thriller. It has all the narrative drive of a serious pop novel and much of the psychological complexity of a mainstream character study. All in all, a terrific debut.” Alan Cheuse, The Chicago Tribune

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3) Me Before You

me before you

Rating: 4/5

If You Like: The Fault In Our Stars, The Rosie Project, crying.

My Review: Funny, sweet, easy to read. The plot is relatively simple but not without some complicated and ethical questions. I wanted to give it five stars for making me feel all the feelings, but the writing is a bit sloppy at times. Still, a well paced love story despite itself. It is hard to keep your heart from breaking.

Their Review: “A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book.” Anne Lamott

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All five-star rated books here.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Paper Towns + Sharp Objects + You Before Me

  1. Deb

    I love your book reviews! Thanks for the warning about the Gillian Flynn book. I felt similarly about Gone Girl. If this one is even nastier, I don’t think I can take it. P.S. Congrats on the Huffington Post recognition! You deserve it.

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  2. Alyssa

    These are excellent reviews! You don’t present too much detail, but you still create enough of an impression that I can decide if I want to read then or not. I read “Me Before You” and I think you represented it perfectly.

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    1. Kate Post author

      I have read Gone Girl (listed under 5 star, also know I read all the books I compare reviewed reads to!) — and it is similar great writing but much more twisted material (incest, rape, abuse, etc).

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      1. renskidoodledo

        Ah, I should have searched – I apologize! I just finished Gone Girl and am itching for another one but am always hesitant to go right to another book by the same author!

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