E. Lockhart’s We Were Liarstakes you on an unexpected journey as we try to piece together the summer of Cadence’s 16th year. Full of twists and turns, this is a story that will have you as confused as the narrator and completely engrossed.
I loved this book! It was wonderful trying to determine what happened that summer right along with Cady and then to be left just as flabbergasted as she is. Lockhart’s writing is so beautiful, elegant and at times very poetic. I have to confess that once I finished this book I was unable to read for a day – this is unheard of from me – but I had to let the story linger and percolate before I found closure to move on. Although, I do already have plans to read it a second time, knowing what I know now. This book will speak to not only young adult fans but also adults and book club readers.
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Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a must read for any mystery or psychological thriller fan. Rachel’s mornings are pretty routine. Everyday she gets up and takes the same train, watches the same couple have breakfast, and sees the same suburban homes out her window. But one morning she sees a glimpse of something that looks like criminal activity. Was someone killed? Rachel decides the best thing to do is to report her sighting to the police, but now she is tangled up in the mess and questioning if she has caused more problems.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is told through flashbacks and alternate characters which has you trying to piece together all of the clues while building the suspense of not knowing. The other aspect that adds to the suspense is that the narrators are unreliable. You never really know if you are being told the truth which leaves you questioning everything. Needless to say, the story became quite addictive since I wanted to know what really happened.
Lisa Genova’s newest novel is Inside the O’Brienswhich focuses on Huntington’s disease. Her book is elegantly written and captures the emotions and turmoil of the characters so well. Joe O’Brien has been a Boston Police Officer for years. He knows everyday that he leaves for work could be his last. His wife and children have always held their breath when they hear sirens. Joe thinks he has seen it all, but nothing can prepare him for the hardships that he has to face once he learns he has Huntington’s disease.
I love Genova’s writing style. She is excellent at humanizing and teaching about the illness. I always find it easy to connect to all of her characters and it was no different with this book. You really feel the struggle of the children not knowing if they should get tested for the disease or live in the unknown. You could feel the frustration that Joe goes through in order to deal with the disease. Yet, somehow Genova still finds hope and happiness. The book could have such a dark outlook but instead she shows many moments of joy. The entire Mostly Books staff has enjoyed Lisa Genova’s books and are continually recommending them. If you haven’t read one yet, start today with this one or Still Alice.
Andrew Smith’s young adult novel Winger is a comical, genuine and heartbreaking tale of growing-up at a boarding school. Ryan Dean is the only 14 year old junior at his private boarding school for rich juvenile delinquents. Okay, so he stole and hacked into one cell phone. However, he has decided that this year is going to be different. He is determined to get his friend Annie to look at him as more than a friend. Of course he will also be the best winger on his rugby team. But everything changes when he gets into one little fight and he has to move into the dorm for the really troubled teens. Now he is forced to live with someone who may cause him harm in his sleep (although they are teammates and that has to mean something right?) and he is no longer living with his two best friends.
I loved this book! Smith creates a great voice for Ryan Dean that is instantly believable and incredibly funny. He also includes illustrations and charts all from Ryan Dean’s perspective that are fabulous. There is a great theme of friendship and comradery between teammates in this novel that is so enjoyable. I love the rugby team. They may not always like each other, but you never mess with a rugby player unless you want to mess with the rugby team. This book feels very true to life with humor, heartbreak, and unexpected ups-and-downs. This is a must-read book.