rock by anyta sunday

23153351Title: rock
Author: Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: 1 October 2014
Pages: 251 pages
Start Date: 5 June
Finish Date: 6 June
Rating: ★★★★

rock by Anyta Sunday was about Cooper and Jace. Cooper’s parents split up at the start of the book and his dad moves in with Jace’s mum, who he had been seeing. This follows Jace and Cooper’s relationship over a 12 year period and how they deal with their feelings for each other, since they’re technically step brothers.

When I picked this up, I had no idea what I was in the mood to read. This was exactly what I wanted. I wanted an easy-to-read, m/m contemporary.

I read this in under 24 hours, I loved just how quick it was to get through. It was almost addicting. I was sitting in class reading this! I enjoyed the writing in this story and for a new-adult I think it was well done. I enjoyed the characters and the plot and it was all really good.

I have no interest in rocks or geology of any sorts. But for some reason, that aspect to this book not only made it unique but added something extra and made me feel more connected to the characters.

I enjoy reading stories that push the boundaries a little. This was obviously controversial, and I knew that going in, since the main relationship was between two step brothers. But it was stepbrothers, and that didn’t bother me. They’re not actually related, so it wasn’t a big deal. But then, later on in the story, they come to think they may actually be brothers but they are too scared to open the results of the DNA test Jace ordered.

Basically, at the end of the book you never find out if they are related or not. This is why I knocked this book off a star. I just didn’t like the ending. The entire time I read this I was thinking that they weren’t actually brothers because why would an author make me ship the characters only to reveal it as incest? But in the end the characters decide it doesn’t matter to them. It’s a shame it matters to me..

I don’t want to read about incest and it would have just been so easy for the author to just say they weren’t related rather than making me feel uneasy about wanting the two characters to be together. I think not answering the question basically says that they are related and considering the indications in the book, it is a pretty high chance. Cooper’s mum saying that Jace looked like someone but not saying who, hinted at him looking like Cooper’s dad to me. Then when Jace’s mum was sick and she got caught out in the lie, it just seems too weird to me. I just don’t understand how being related doesn’t matter to both Cooper and Jace, because personally, it would sure as hell matter to me.

I know a lot of people had issues with the family dynamic as a whole, with what Cooper’s dad did and how it was handled, I didn’t personally feel too invested in that part of the story since it was only relevant at the beginning and I didn’t particularly love or hate the guy.

Anyway, if there hadn’t been implied incest, this would have been a 5/5 stars for me. I really enjoyed the story but a star had to be taken off for the uneasy feeling I had when i finished the book and my main question hadn’t been answered.

thirteen reasons why by jay asher

thirteen-reasons-whyTitle: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publication Date: 18 October 2007
Pages: 352 pages
Start Date: 22 May
Finish Date: 28 May
Rating: ★★★★

Thirteen Reasons Why is about Clay Jenson, a boy who used to be friends with Hannah Baker. Hannah Baker killed herself. When Clay goes home one day there is a box of cassettes and when he listens to them he realises that Hannah has left a list of thirteen reasons why she killed herself. And Clay is one of them.

I know a lot of people see this as a revenge suicide story and think it is extremely harmful. And whilst I see where they are coming from I think that this is an important story and brings light to a lot of important issues that people may not have as much modern access to.

I think using a novel is a great way to convey a message to a large young adult audience. This book helps people to understand that every little thing you do matters. It seems like common sense but a lot of people need a reminder and this is an honest way of conveying that message.

I loved the two different perspectives between Clay’s perspective and Hannah tapes. Although I sometimes had some difficulty telling the difference just because of the italics used.

I do think from an outsiders point of view, that some of the reasons on the tapes were quite unfair on the characters involved but I suppose that a lot of little things do add up to large feelings and ultimately ended Hannah’s life.

There are better books in the world that handle depression and suicide but that isn’t to say that this story isn’t important and won’t help a lot of people.

Personally, I think this book will make you think about everything you’ve done or said to other people and how it could have affected their life. And I think a message as small as that is important and just what the author of the book would want.

The writing in this book wasn’t overly complicated but I think the story needed a simple writing style for such a hard-hitting plot.

There were only two main characters that you really get to know and that was Hannah and Clay. I really think the plot is the main focus of the book and getting to know the other characters above what they have done to Hannah would have taken away from the message of the book.

There was something missing. I don’t know what and I couldn’t come close to naming it but there was just something that kept me from really loving this book. Whatever it was, it kept me from giving this book a five-star rating. It was really enjoyable though.

I recommend this book to everyone. I think someone who has a more personal connection to suicide may find it quite difficult to read but everyone will have their own experience reading a book like this.

p.s. i like you by kasie west

psilikeyou_finalcvrTitle: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: 26 July 2016
Pages: 330 pages
Start Date: 21 May
Finish Date: 22 May
Rating: ★★★★★

P.S. I Like You is about a girl named Lily, who writes a song lyric on her Chemistry desk when she is bored only to find out the next day that someone has carried on the lyrics, and written her a message. Lily and her pen pal start to write each other notes everyday, recommending music and telling each other secrets. Soon, Lily starts to have feelings towards her pen pal but is scared to find out who it is behind the letters.

So I have been in a bit of a reading slump recently, not a huge one because I’ve still been reading but I’ve just not been in the mood to read much. This book is something that I love to read in moods like this. I think it would suit anyone who loves an easy read or just loves contemporary in general.

I love the plot, it is so simple and yet somehow doesn’t get boring at any point. Although it was slightly predictable and I kind of knew who the secret pen pal was from the beginning, this didn’t dull my enjoyment. Although, it would have been nice to have been surprised.

This book features one of my favourite tropes, I can’t say what it is for spoilers but it is just one of my favourites. If you have read this then you’ll know what I mean. Hopefully.

Reading books over a day or two is always something that makes me feel accomplished, not only do I feel like I could read forever, but I know I have really enjoyed a book.

The characters in this book weren’t overwhelmingly memorable but when I was actually reading the book I did enjoy them. The main character wasn’t my favourite, but they never usually are when I read a story. I think that because I’m not particuarly musical I didn’t connect to any of the characters and their love for music.

I know this review hasn’t seemed exceptionally positive or anything, but to what may be your surprise, this has made its way on to my favourites shelf on goodreads. It was a simple YA contemporary with cute characters and a cute romance with one of my favourite tropes, and I will 100% be checking out all of Kasie West’s other works.