Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, is a story about four friends from college navigating their way through life, overcoming their past traumas, and the one special person that connects them all. It’s very hard to get into the details of the book without spoiling it, so sorry if that explanation is very vauge. I’m nearing the end of the book and I’m loving it so far. I personally enjoy character-based novels a lot more than those focused on plot, but I can see the writing being very tedious for others. Rather than following one specific storyline, the story instead jumps around throughout the characters’ lives over decades describing their life experiences. The author takes her time setting the details of the story, making sure to describe every little detail as thoroughly as possible. I don’t think I’d recommend this book, despite how much I’m enjoying it, to anybody who thinks they may get turned off by this long, slow, and descriptive writing style. It also gets into some incredibly upsetting and disturbing content later on, and I cannot exaggerate enough how much I recommend looking into it before picking it up.
Day: February 1, 2023
It Really Isn’t Summer Without You – A book review
Jenny Han’s It’s Not Summer Without You was a good book. After reading the first book in the trilogy, readers are easily hooked, wanting to know what will happen to Susannah, along with Belly and the boys. After Susannah’s death, the vibe of the book shifts. There is nobody to console the boys or act like a second mother to Belly. After finding out Conrad and Jeremiah are going to lose the summer house due to their dad they have to fight alongside Belly to save it. A lot of tension arises after finding out this news, which further strains everybody’s relationships.
All of the characters become more and more complex as the book shifts perspectives every few chapters or so. Overall, I really recommend this read to anyone who likes an easy read and would like to be hooked into a good series of books.
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Scheider
I am still reading The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Scheider. The main character, Ezra, is getting more and more complex as the story goes on and as he gets to know the new version of himself after his accident. The accident isn’t talked about much in the story, but I predict that more details are going to be uncovered because it seems to relate to multiple characters. Currently, Ezra and Cassidy are spending a lot of time together because they’re a couple, both within the same friend group, so Ezra is also doing a lot of activities with his new friend group. He is progressing on the debate team and overall just learning a lot of new things in general. He is finding a balance between who he is now and who he used to be through interactions with old friends, and socially accepting himself more. I think the author does a good job of keeping the story engaging because it keeps portraying Cassidy as a mysterious, new girl who has a lot going on for her that we don’t know about.