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Hi, I'm Chelsea! I’m on a mission to help you find joy and goodness in every day.
On this blog we talk about the big things (like chasing dreams) and the small things (like what books we're reading) because happiness comes in all sizes.
Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
Favorite Quote: “Even knowing, as I do now, that grace, power, and yes, love, can hide the darkest elements of the human heart, I would do it all again.”
My Thoughts: This book is full of flawed characters, which is what makes it so good. It reminded me of The Great Gatsby in the sense that it was full of people who you could relate to, people who you wish you could relate to, and people who you absolutely do not want to relate to. I missed the characters immediately after closing the book. Also, the writing was stunning in a way that’s uncommon for YA fiction. I adored it.
Should You Read it?: Absolutely yes. Why are you still reading this? GO GET THIS BOOK.
Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
Plot: “After her little sister, Ella, is viscously attacked in a situation with unclear circumstances, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham flees to Manhattan to escape her guilt over the night that still haunts her.
Despite what her psychiatrist says, Claire is convinced that the same wolves she knows attacked her sister are after her. When Ella mysteriously vanishes, Claire must return home to find her and ensure her safety.
Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella’s past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.” –adapted from goodreads, you can read the full plot here.
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes, the unknown is far scarier than what’s really there, when you’re ready to look.”
My Thoughts: It’s pretty impossible to really talk about this one without spoiling it. I’ll just say that it was an incredible mind-bender that left me a little bit disappointed, but that will stay with me for a long time.
Should You Read it?: Maybe? If you’re in the mood to get lost in a mental mystery, yes. It’s a book I’m hesitant to recommend it because I don’t know if I actually liked it or not, but I still think it’s worth a read. If you do read it, be sure to read the author’s follow up post here AFTER you finish the book.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Plot: You already know what this one is about. If, by chance, you don’t, read about it here.
Favorite Quote: “It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.”
My Thoughts: Once I finally hopped on the bandwagon, I could not put this book down. I had to know what was going on. It’s a book so full of twists that it keeps you reading, even though you spend most of your time having no clue what’s happening. I kept going back and forth–do I like that character? Do I hate them? Is that person guilty? No, it’s that one. Right? It was fantastic.
Should You Read it?: Yes. But it does have some adult content in it that I would not recommend. Don’t read this book and then get mad at me about it–look it up first if that’s something you’re uncomfortable with.
Sharp Objects by Gilligan Flynn
Plot: “Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion while investigating a string of violent crimes, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
Favorite Quote: “I’m here, I said, and it felt shockingly comforting, those words. When I’m panicked, I say them aloud to myself. I’m here. I don’t usually feel that I am.”
My Thoughts: Flynn is an incredible author and has the ability to write books that surprise and enthrall readers. Much like Gone Girl, I finished this book in two days–not because it was an easy read, but because I couldn’t put it down until I knew what had happened. There’s something to be said for that kind of writing.
For me, though, it was much too dark. There was a lot of shock value for the sake of shock value instead of the story. Once I was finished with it, I really thought I may throw up. Props to her for imagining a story that has that big of an impact, but if I knew how it was going to be, I wouldn’t read it again.
Should You Read it?: No. Unless you never want to sleep again and want to be sickened forever, then go for it.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Plot: “A beautiful and distinguished family.
My Thoughts: This book was very popular over the summer, but it was one of those that you either loved or you hated. I loved it, but my favorite reading partner hated it.
Should You Read it? Yes.
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