Landline by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

This post contains spoilers.

I’ve wanted to read Landline ever since it came out. Unfortunately, it’s taken me until now to actually pick it up but fortunately, I quite enjoyed it. The concept has always stood out to me and while I’ve read her three young adult books: Fangirl, Eleanor and Park, and Carry on. I hadn’t read this or her other adult book Attachments. I was intrigued by the plot of this book but also the fact that it was aimed at adults. I really like Rowell’s writing and I was curious to see what I would think when it came to a different target audience.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before [Trilogy] by Jenny Han

NOTE ABOUT SPOILERS: This post will be reviewing all three books in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han so there will be spoilers for all three of them.

So, although this trilogy has been on my radar since the first book came out in 2014, I didn’t get the chance to read them until the movie adaptation came out this year.  Well, I actually listened to the audiobooks and they were pretty great.

The narrator, Laura Knight Keating, did a really fantastic job. I love how she changed her voice ever so lightly for each character. It got to the point where I knew exactly who was talking without the need for Lara Jean to clarify who was speaking. Listening to the trilogy created this whole experience that made reading each book more and more entertaining.

The rest of this post is going to be split into sections that will talk about each book.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness | Book Review

So far, this is my lowest rated book of 2018 but I actually quite enjoyed this, it just wasn’t as good as it could have been. In some ways, it gripped me right away and in others… it took a while.

For those of you who don’t know, the Rest of Us Just Live Here has two sides to one story. It takes place in a small town that every so often experiences the presence of supernatural creatures. At the start of every chapter, there is a small, italicised section that tells the story of a group of teens who are essentially the chosen ones that have to deal with the strange happenings around town. The rest of the story follows teenager Mikey and his friendship group as they try to survive till the end of the school year while all of these strange things are happening.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli | Book Review [Spoiler Free]

This is spoiler free HOWEVER there is a spoiler right at the end (which is indicated).

I have to admit, this one slipped under my radar for far too long. Funnily enough, I’ve seen the cover for the Upside of Unrequited everywhere but I never knew, until recently, that it was written by Becky Albertalli or that it was a part of the Simon universe. Not that the latter matters too much although I will say that if you are interested in reading Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, I recommend reading that before this one because there will be minor spoilers in the Upside of Unrequited that could ruin your experience of reading Simon.

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertali | Book Review [Spoiler Free]

NOTE: This is spoiler free but there will be spoilers for Simon VS the Homosapiens Agena.

There’s a lot of pressure when you have high expectations for a book and you’re 90% sure that it’s going to be good. A pressure because a part of you knows you shouldn’t have such high expectations, no matter what the book is, but the other part of you simply can’t help it. That was the case for me with Leah on the Offbeat.

Earlier this year I re-read Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda which is a favourite of mine and also the prequel to this book. Reading Leah on the Offbeat wasn’t something I planned because I didn’t own a copy at the time of finishing my re-read of Simon, however, while I was on holiday at the end of June I walked into a bookstore and right there on the shelf was one copy of Leah on the Offbeat. One copy? Of course, I had to buy it. It felt like a sign.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Book Review [Spoiler Free]

This is the second time I’ve read this book and I loved it, even more, this time around.

For those of you who don’t know Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda follows sixteen-year-old Simon who is gay but hasn’t come out yet. The only person who knows is Blue, a boy from school, who Simon has been emailing although neither boy knows the other’s real identity. However, Simon’s emails fall into the hands of another student, Martin, who blackmails him into being his wingman otherwise Simon’s sexual identity will be revealed to the world.

Sounds kind of heavy, right? It is, in some ways, but it’s also very light and happy in places too. This entire book is funny, adorable, and breathtakingly emotional. There were times where I wanted to laugh and times I wanted to cry (sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for bad reasons). Becky Albertalli does such a fantastic job of balancing the upsides with the downsides. Every the upsetting scenes in the story feel necessary and are incredibly well done. And the funny moments? They’re genuinely good and are perfectly placed throughout the book.

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