I've been reading some YA and Children's Lit lately, which is off my normal genre of books I would read-- sometimes it's just nice to change things up.
The Moon & More by Sarah Dessen
(3 STARS)So I gave this 3 stars, but it would probably be more like 2.5 if I'm being honest. If you've followed my blog for a while you know I adore Sarah Dessen, so my low rating is unusual for her books. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was that I didn't like, but the second half of the book was boring. I didn't care for any of the characters and her stories usually have such a great romance going on, but this book it wasn't working for me at all. Theo (the male love interest) was way too annoying to be likable. I would recommend Someone Like You, This Lullaby, or Along For the Ride before this one. I would actually recommend any of her other books!
(4 STARS)This is such a lovely and clever story! It's children's literature, recommended for ages 8-12 years old, but it was a fun book to read.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
(1 STAR)I honestly disliked this book more than I would like to admit. I hate to give a book tackling an important social issue (suicide/bullying) a negative rating, but I just did not care for how this book was written. I didn't find it believable. I didn't find it full of suspense or mystery. It has over 4 stars on Goodreads, but it fell flat for me.
The story is told through dual narratives, which I normally like, but one of the narratives used is via cassette tapes so like 85% of the book is in italics and for some reason that alone annoyed me. Perhaps I would have appreciated the story more if I read it in middle school or high school? I doubt it.
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
(5 STARS)I enjoyed this book so much, I actually thought about it days after I finished it. It was one of those books that you wanted to keep going once you got to the end and there were so many parts where I caught myself smiling and just happy. I love books like that!
I started Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, but I didn't read it fast enough so it went back to the library and I requested it again and am #6 on the list so it will probably be a while before I get it back again. I was thinking it's probably for the best as we started watching Breaking Bad and I think that's enough darkness in my life at one time!
Instead I started The One & Only by Emily Giffin, which I'm reading for the Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge!
What have you been reading lately?
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What were your thoughts?