siracusa | I came across this book on netgalley and thought it sounded interesting. It wasn't until after I was approved that I realized that Delia Ephron co-wrote You've Got Mail, which is my favorite movie of all time. First, I have to point out that the formatting of this book was a mess and if I wasn't planning to go see Delia Ephron at a Politics & Prose event I probably wouldn't have even attempted to read it, but I gave it a try and was actually really pulled in by the first few pages.
The story is about two couples (one has a daughter) and their vacation to Italy. Each chapter is told from a different point of view over the course of their vacation. The characters aren't exactly likable, but they're interesting and reading each chapter makes you feel like they're each telling you a story directly, just as a friend would. *this book was provided to me c/o netgalley in exchange for an honest review
vanishing girls | This book surprised me in a good way-- when I first started reading it I was nervous because I saw it compared to We Were Liars and that book was not my cup of tea. But it felt like more of a Dessen novel in the sense of the character development and little side love story. I didn't really catch on to the thriller element of the book- though the last half definitely had a bit of suspense to it. So if you're looking for an interesting YA novel with a twist, I'd check this book out.
I'm torn because I liked the writing enough to want to read more of her novels, but none of the synopsis pull me in/ I don't really care for fantasy.
vinegar girl | This was a case of like not love, but I would recommend it for something light and enjoyable. The story is a loose retelling of The Taming of the Schrew, which I hadn't read since high-school, so it's not a Shakespeare story fresh in my mind, though I did keep thinking of 10 Things I Hate About You. I found the characters fun and likable and really enjoyed Tyler's writing style. I think I would have felt a little more iffy about it had I not known it was based on another book. *this book was provided to me c/o netgalley in exchange for an honest review
13 ways of looking at a fat girl | I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, but I knew it was something I wanted to read after hearing so much about it. I was pretty immediately captured by the writing and felt like I could perfectly picture everything being described. While it is a novel, the chapters are disconnected and (to me) it read almost more as short stories and follows Lizzie's journey to weight loss-- and really just her attempt at finding herself. I found the beginning chapters really engaging and then the book lost steam for me. I do wonder if it was intentional, as the MC so obviously lost herself as she lost the weight.
modern lovers | I didn't care for The Vacationers so my interest in this book was solely from seeing it everywhere this summer, and I'm sad to report I didn't care for this book either. I was so bored. It kind of reminded me of Siracusa in the sense that it's a book about two couples and their children, but I didn't buy into any of the friendships or relationships, and the character development just didn't work for me. It's hard to connect with a book or stay interested in it when you can't buy into the story.
surprise me | This book was the perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover, though I was really intrigued by the synopsis as well and it still was a huge dud. This was the author's first novel, she's also a screenwriter, and you could definitely tell. The first part was written like it should have been a TV show, or at least that's how I kept reading it. There was too much cheesy dialogue that didn't fit with the book- and there was hardly any character development so I was beyond bored because I didn't care about the characters at all. I just kept thinking what is even happening? I did give it a star for the ending-- because the writing style felt completely different and it actually worked. *this book was provided to me c/o netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Writing this post I realized that in three of the six books I read there was a main character named Lizzie- kind of weird, right? I'd definitely recommend Siracusa and Vanishing Girls. What have you read and loved recently?