The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

36679056Title: The Incendiaries

Author: R.O. Kwon

Pub Date: July 2018

My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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A shocking novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Time, Parade, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, PBS, Vulture, Buzzfeed, BookRiot, PopSugar, Refinery29, Bustle, The Rumpus, Paste, and BBC.

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. 

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is increasingly drawn into a religious group—a secretive extremist cult—founded by a charismatic former student, John Leal. He has an enigmatic past that involves North Korea and Phoebe’s Korean American family. Meanwhile, Will struggles to confront the fundamentalism he’s tried to escape, and the obsession consuming the one he loves. When the group bombs several buildings in the name of faith, killing five people, Phoebe disappears. Will devotes himself to finding her, tilting into obsession himself, seeking answers to what happened to Phoebe and if she could have been responsible for this violent act.

The Incendiaries is a fractured love story and a brilliant examination of the minds of extremist terrorists, and of what can happen to people who lose what they love most. who lose what they love most.

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You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

32321142Title: Your Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

Author: Alexandra Kleeman

Pub Date: January 26th, 2017 (first published July 14th, 2015)

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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‘An existential thriller written in prose that points the way to the future’ Zadie Smith

A lives with B.

B seems to be becoming ever more and more like A.

If A’s boyfriend, C, likes A because A is A, but now B is the same as A, where does that leave A?

And what has happened to the family across the street, who left one afternoon out of nowhere, covered in sheets with holes cut out for the eyes?

A dry, funny and furiously intelligent fusion of postmodern dystopia, pop culture satire, and philosophical investigation – into identity, consumption, surface, bodies and satisfaction.

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The Girls by Emma Cline

9780812998603Title: The Girls

Author: Emma Cline

Pub Date: June 14th, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★★

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“That was part of being a girl–you were resigned to whatever feedback you’d get. If you got mad, you were crazy, and if you didn’t react, you were a bitch. The only thing you could do was smile from the corner they’d backed you into. Implicate yourself in the joke even if the joke was always on you.”
I rarely read book blurbs; I choose my reads mostly on intuition and cover (don’t judge a book by its cover? Please, my judging rarely disappointing me. And I think that if the cover is appealing to me, then it means that I’m the target audience for that book). So I had no idea what to expect when I started the book. I highly recommend reading books like this, when you find such an amazing book like this, not knowing anything about it is just the best! You can experience the book without any expectations, just knowing that you like the cover.

My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger

My Favourite Manson GirlAuthor: Alison Umminger

Title: My Favourite Manson Girl / American Title: American Girls

Pub Date: June 7th, 2016

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Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


It is a very average book. It is written as if it says about some major life dramas, but it is not. Some parts are very poetic or philosophical but those parts don’t make much sense in the story. The story is poorly constructed. Events and characters are presented in a mediocre way. You don’t really know them, in some books not truly knowing characters works, but not here. I felt like some plot parts were introduced and never really explored.

I think introducing part about the Manson Killings and Manson girls was meant to create some kind of twisted parade between those events and the current America and live of teen girls. I don’t see it, I don’t think Manson plot did anything for the book. Oh well, I’m wrong. It makes it sound interesting in in a blurb, the possibility of some thrilling story with Manson killings in the background. But it’s not it. Manson killings seem to just be an excuse to write the book, but after some thinking the author decided that maybe writing about then killing themselves was cliché or something, so she puts life of a teen girl as a main plotline.

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