The Remedy, All The Bright Places & Beautiful Broken Things

Triple review time:

The Remedy, All The Bright Places and Beautiful Broken Things. If you have already read these three books, you will know that they all have one thing in common18460392.jpg. Mental Illness. I Really love about these books is that even though they all follow the same theme throughout, its really interesting because they are all completely different, because they are written in different points of view. For example, The Remedy is written as the main character being a ‘therapist’ for grieving and mental illnesses, plus the other books in the series, the main character has a mental illness. All The Bright Places follows two teenagers who have mental illnesses, and Beautiful Broken Things follows the friend of someone who is suffering.


22449285The Remedy, by Suzanne Young is the #0.5 novella of The Program series, also by Suzanne Young, but it is about how the world was, before the Program.

I really loved this book, especially to see how mental illnesses could be treated. Although, a month after I finished reading it, I still don’t know how I feel about the idea of the story line.


In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start. (Goodreads summary)


All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

51bbbjplfnlAll The Bright Places was… I can’t even express how good this book was. It was so interesting to see from different point of views, the stages of grieving, sadness and depression. Despite the theme of the book, there were some funny bits, and I just found that this book was so well written, that even if you didn’t like young adult contemporary novels, it would be hard not to fall in love with the characters.


Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. (Goodreads summary)


Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

“In every life, there’ll be a little rain.”

25437747When I started reading Beautiful Broken Things, I didn’t really know what I was expecting. All I wanted, was to read was a YA contemporary novel. By the end of the book, I was actually at a stand still. I was so emotional, yet I couldn’t figure out if I was happy, sad or shocked. All I know is that it was overwhelming. You know it’s an incredibly book when you feel so much emotion that you forget that it’s not real life.


I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own. (Goodreads summary)


I rated all of these books 5 out of 5 stars.

Currently reading:

With Malice by Eileen Cook

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The Problem With Forever

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of those books that the minute you start reading it, no matter where you left off, that you just forget it is even a book. You get so caught up in the world of the book that you don’t even realise that you’ve just read 200 pages. It’s like you can’t get enough of it. The way I see it, it’s like walking into Narnia, and as soon as you go back into the real world, you want to dive straight back into the fictional one.

The Problem With Forever is an incredible book that will make you laugh and cry. Sometimes you will want to punch the book, and other times you will want to go and give all the characters a big, giant hug. Out of all the books that Jennifer L. Armentrout has written, I’m happy that I chose this one, as the first of hers that I’ve read. I have been wanting to read one of her other series, Lux, but have been in the mood for Contemporary a lot lately, and I mean A LOT.

(And a little side note: HOW GORGEOUS IS THE COVER?! #imlovinit)


26721568For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard. (Goodreads summary)


I rated The Problem With Forever 5 out of 5 stars.

Currently reading:

Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

Apple and Rain

 

Firstly, I wanted to start by thanking Bloomsbury for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

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When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.

A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special.

(Goodreads summary)


 

Apple and Rain is the fourth book that I have read by Sarah Crossan, and I am so excited to see what else she has to offer in the book world. In both The Weight of Water (you can see my review here) and Apple and Rain, the main characters are younger than I was expecting. To see what some 12-14 year olds experience on a daily basis in their lives is a real insight into what others lives are like. Something I love about Sarah Crossan’s writing is that she doesn’t just write romance/contemporary novels. She writes fictional novels with a non-fiction perspective, eg. immigrants, conjoined twins, and absent parents. Apple and Rain is the perfect read for anyone looking for an emotional, loving, contemporary novel.

I strongly recommend any of Sarah Crossan’s books to anyone looking for emotional, contemporary, cute romances, hard relationships, even dystopian reads! She is an incredible author and I can’t wait to read more from her.

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Currently reading:

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

One

Firstly, I want to start off by thanking Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book in exchange for a review.

So I woke up this gorgeous Saturday morning, feeling guilty for not reading very much lately. I got up, got dressed, walked over to my bookshelf and after staring long and hard at it, I picked up One by Sarah Crossan, which Bloomsbury kindly sent me. As I snuggled back in bed, I opened up the beautiful hardback, to find that it was written in verse, like Sarah Crossan’s other book, The Weight Of Water (which I have also reviewed, and you can view here). I started reading it, and by the time I reached 20 pages, I was hooked. I read One in one sitting. #noregrets

‘Oh come on, Grace,’ she says, ‘all this you and me is a lie. There has only ever been .’


25366338Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.

And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…

From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate? (Goodreads summary)


Over the past few months, I have read a book about a girl who is blind, a book about a girl and her mother who are immigrants, and now I have read a book about two girls who are conjoined twins. Sarah Crossan has managed to somehow not only show such emotion and passion, but also include humour and a lot of information about what it would be like to live a conjoined life.

Throughout the novel, I was laughing, crying and writing down notes and quotes. It’s the type of book where you as soon as you have finished it, you don’t know whether to cry some more, start re-reading it, or just sit there, speechless.

I highly recommend One for anyone, whether you are a teenager, adult, non-booklover, or a total booknerd!

I rated this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Currently reading:

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins

Dangerous

Firstly, I wanted to start with thanking Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book to review.

Dangerous, by Shannon Hale, is a YA/Teen Fiction novel about a group of teenagers that entered a competition to be able to go into space. The blurb for this book made me really want to read it, and going into it, I was still super hyped. When I got about 60 pages in, I was losing interest, and about 100 pages in, I realised that it was more of a Teen Fiction or Childrens (ages 9-12 year olds) rather than a Young Adult read. I think that if I had read the book when I was younger, I would have really liked it, because it is really well written, but going into it as a 16 year old, who prefers Young Adult books, I did not find it as engaging as I hoped.

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Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else? (Goodreads Summary)

 


Disclosure: I was sent this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

Currently reading:

 Glass Sword (#2 Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard

The Weight Of Water

Firstly, I want to thank Bloomsbury for sending me this book to review. I have never read a book quite like this one. I read the blurb a month or so before I received it, and purposely did not re-read the blurb before I actually read the book, and I am so happy that I didn’t, because I basically went into it, with no expectations or knowledge about it.

Also can I just give a shout out to Oliver Jeffers! The illustrator of this book, which so perfectly captures the story, and once you have read the book, you will (hopefully) look back at the cover and understand, and really appreciate as I, and many others also do.

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“I tell her my name.

And some of my story.”

– Sarah Crossan, The Weight of Water


The Weight Of Water is a book full of emotion, relatability, and a little bit of humour. When I first opened the book, I saw that it was written in stanzas, almost, and I thought that it was a book written in rhyme, but as I read it, I was so intrigued by the language of it and the story line, I hardly noticed.

Sarah Crossan writes so well, and I am so glad that I chose this book as the first book I have read by her. I read it in such a short amount of time, also since it is a very small book. I have actually become emotionally attached to it, and look forward to reading it over and over again.


Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.”The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails. (Goodreads summary)


I rated this book 4 stars.

Disclosure: I was sent this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

Also go check out my friend Lauren on The Book Nerd! She posts great reviews and loads more.

Currently reading:

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan