I’ve been wrapped up in Ready. Set. Write! for a while now, so I thought I’d do a quick update on a few the books I’ve really enjoyed recently.
Lara Jean’s voice skewed young for me–way younger than her years–but ultimately I enjoyed it. The relationship between the three sisters was my favorite part, but the romance certainly didn’t hurt! It’s a book I would label ‘adorable’ more than ‘steamy’ or ‘romantic.’
Reality Boy by A.S. King.
This book was actually my introduction to A.S. King. I liked it a lot, and I definitely want to get my hands on more of her work. People always talk about how her books deal in magical realism, and there was a good bit of that in Reality Boy. She has such a deft hand integrating the magical
elements into the real world. I loved the premise of exploring how reality television shapes a person’s life, and the moral implications of involving children when they cannot give consent. Oh, and Gerald’s sister. Jesus.
The writing in this one: stunning. At times it bordered on purple prose, but it was all so beautiful I barely cared. The story itself is tragic and I often found myself wondering what was real and what wasn’t, but I think that’s a very good thing in a book like this. The friendship between the unnamed narrator and Aurora is codependent and loving and hurtful and gorgeous and completely unhealthy. I’m very curious to see what McCarry does with the prequel, Dirty Wings!
I was a hot mess after reading this book. It’s a haunting modern fairy tale and I felt a deep kinship to Conor and his mom, which might possibly be explained by the fact that I have a son now, but I still think I would love it even if I didn’t have Jack. The unique way the story is told brings so much poignancy and beauty to the whole thing. My words aren’t doing it justice. Just… read it. It’s short and devastating and perfect.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
Woah. OK. Talk about a twist. I went into this book fully aware that the end is twisty and that you can’t trust the story you’re getting at face-value, but COME ON. That was a little crazy and brilliant and I had to go back through right away and pick apart a few spots where I thought her logic lapsed. It didn’t. It all made sense in different ways than I thought. I already knew that I liked E. Lockhart. Now I know I absolutely LOVE her.
So, what about you? Read any good books lately?