Seven Ways We Lie Review

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Summary:

Seven Ways We Lie is a book about what appears to be a stereotypical high school. Scandalous speculation causes a layer of secrets to be revealed. With lust, envy, greed, sloth, gluttony, wrath, and pride, Seven Ways We Lie is sure to peak the interest of anyone.

My Thoughts:

  • This book sounds a bit more engrossing and exhilarating than it is. I definitely was able to put this book down, and it actually took me quite a bit of time to finish it.
  • There is an excellent representation of the LGBT+ community. I do not want to spoil anything, but multiple characters turn out to be something other than straight.
  • Unlike many books, there is a character that every character can relate to. With seven points of view, everyone’s persona is represented. I personally identified with Kat and Claire the most.
  • That being said, the story as a whole is not as relatable as the characters. This book isn’t very true to the happenings at a real life high school. I suppose this criticism is a bit harsh as Seven Ways We Lie is fictional.
  • I liked how Riley Redgate (the author) used different perspectives for the seven main characters. It was very well done. I especially liked how Juniper had a unique writing style from everyone else.
  • I’m not gonna give any spoilers, but the ending was super predictable for me.

Rating:

I gave this book 3/5 stars on Goodreads. It was a good book to read, but you don’t NEED to read it.

This Raging Light Book Review

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This Raging Light is about a girl named Lucille who is just trying to get through life with the relatively bad cards she’s been dealt with. Both of her parents abandoned her, and she’s basically left to raise her little sister. Obviously, that’s a lot to deal with for her, especially since she is only a senior in high school. Lucille isn’t completely alone in all of this, however. She has her best friend, twin brother (who she has a major crush on), and a few more angels to help.

I would definitely recommend this book. It has a similar feel to Jandy Nelson books, which are my favorite. Now that I think about it, however, the plot in This Raging Light is a bit lacking. I’m willing to overlook that for the great writing and characters. This book really puts your problems into perspective, and you really empathize with the main character. She is extremely brave and strong, no doubt a Gryffindor, so you really admire her. Anyways, you should read This Raging Light if you have the chance. It is absolutely going on my favorite book list; it might soon be on yours too.

Book Review: The Help

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Summary:

The Help is about the maids and residents of Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Being that this was prime time for discrimination of blacks, that is the main focus of the novel. This book follows the help in the town and their struggle in everyday life and wanting to be heard. The main characters are Aibileen (a maid), Skeeter (a writer), Hilly (a headstrong resident of Jackson), and Minny (a headstrong maid). This book is about hope.

My Thoughts:

This book is very eye-opening to what blacks had to go through in this time period. The Help does this without becoming tedious. It is very interesting to transport to this time period and be set in the mind-set of different perspectives during this time. This is an important book to read for people of all races, ages, and genders but mainly for the African-American youth. It is important to understand what our ancestors had to go through before us, and this book helps to enlighten.

Rating:

I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars. This book feels relatable and realistic. The language and diction, however, could sometimes feel forced. This book is still extremely worth the read.

Similar Books:

The Secret Life of BeesTo Kill a MockingbirdThe Color PurpleGone with the Wind

 

Book Review: Me Before You

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Summary:

In Me Before You, Lou Clark stumbles upon a job opportunity working for Will Traynor as a caretaker. Will has an overall sour outlook on life, though he may have reason to be. He used to be an adventurer but two years ago, a motorcycle accident left him a quadriplegic. The book is about the reason life is worth living, and how much life is a gift.

My Thoughts:

This books is extremely deep as it pertains to what life is truly worth. Definitely have tissues at the ready when you come to the end. This book is a real tear-jerker. I suppose it might not be the right book for a lot of people, but I think it doesn’t hurt to read this book. You should definitely read Me Before You if you enjoy romance. This book was very well written, and the author truly understood how to pull on the heartstrings of the reader.

Rating:

I award Me Before You 5/5 stars. It is emotional, shocking, and amazingly orchestrated.