My reading lately has been really bad. Actually, my reading this year has been really bad. I’m 26 books behind on my Goodreads challenge. Yep. Anyway, when in Wales I managed to read two whole books. I haven’t done a book review in a good while, so here’s a few thoughts!
All The Bright Things – Jennifer Niven
I fell in love with this book. The great thing about YA is the focus on real life problems. I feel like they really do hit things like depression, anxiety and other mental health problems really well.
Finch and Violet’s relationship was lovely, and I really liked how both characters developed through the story. It never felt completely unrealistic or forced – they didn’t suddenly meet and everything was A-ok and perfect. We were told the story from both POVs and this worked really well for me. It meant we were able to see each character’s own complete personality and you could definitely separate the two characters within the writing itself. They had their own voice. The characters had their own lives, their own quirks and their own problems. It wasn’t all happy, which gave it more realism.
Basically, this book was amazing and I thought it really touched on the mental health problems it is focused on brilliantly. I felt so many emotions throughout, and I would definitely recommend this one.
Nerve – Jeanne Ryan
You may or may not know that I work in a cinema. When Nerve came out I didn’t think it looked too great to be honest, but I was surprised at how busy it got. I only heard good reviews in the first week! When I spotted the book in Tesco I just had to pick it up because I hadn’t realised it was a book… So the premise of this is that there’s some weird organisation that runs a massive competition. All you have to do is complete crazy dares, share them online and then complete live dares. You could win all sorts, and each prize was something that the person taking part really wanted. Like new shoes, a car, a scholarship… etc.
To be honest, I thought a lot of this was unrealistic. The relationships just didn’t feel real to me, like I couldn’t imagine it actually happening, and the scenarios were just odd at times. The characters were either whiny, some kind of god, or very stereotypical. Everything was just very cliche.
That said, I couldn’t put it down. I don’t know why, but I got dragged into the madness. I don’t really understand why I liked this book. Curiosity? Did it make me want to watch the film? Kind of. I wouldn’t highly recommend this book as a great story, but I’d recommend it as something different to read. Just remember what I said about it being completely unrealistic and weird, right?