You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

38905969Title: You Were Made for This

Author: Michelle Sacks

Pub Date: June 28th, 2018

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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A bold, sharp, gripping debut about a couple whose perfect life in the Swedish countryside is not what it seems…

In an idyllic house in a Swedish wood, Merry and her husband are building their new dream life with their young baby, far away from events that overshadowed their old life in New York. And they’re happy, aren’t they? Blissfully, blissfully happy.

When Merry’s childhood friend Frances comes to stay, Frances barely recognises her old friend Merry, pureeing baby food, baking, living the Swedish dream. But little by little, cracks begin to show in her carefully constructed fairy tale. And Frances starts to see things others might miss. Dark and treacherous things.

And then a terrible tragedy unfolds…

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The Cows by Dawn O’Porter

32594947Title: The Cows

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pub Date: 2017

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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COW n. /ka?/

A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.

It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s searingly perceptive.
It’s about never following the herd.
And everyone is going to be talking about it.

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That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

25752164Title: That Thing We Call a Heart

Author: Sheba Karim

Pub Date:  May 2017

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Shabnam Qureshi is a funny, imaginative Pakistani-American teen attending a tony private school in suburban New Jersey. When her feisty best friend, Farah, starts wearing the headscarf without even consulting her, it begins to unravel their friendship. After telling a huge lie about a tragedy that happened to her family during the Partition of India in 1947, Shabnam is ready for high school to end. She faces a summer of boredom and regret, but she has a plan: Get through the summer. Get to college. Don’t look back. Begin anew.

Everything changes when she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack, and meets her there every afternoon. Shabnam begins to see Jamie and herself like the rose and the nightingale of classic Urdu poetry, which, according to her father, is the ultimate language of desire. Jamie finds Shabnam fascinating—her curls, her culture, her awkwardness. Shabnam finds herself falling in love, but Farah finds Jamie worrying. 

With Farah’s help, Shabnam uncovers the truth about Jamie, about herself, and what really happened during Partition. As she rebuilds her friendship with Farah and grows closer to her parents, Shabnam learns powerful lessons about the importance of love, in all of its forms.

Featuring complex, Muslim-American characters who defy conventional stereotypes and set against a backdrop of Radiohead’s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry, THAT THING WE CALL A HEART is a honest, moving story of a young woman’s explorations of first love, sexuality, desire, self-worth, her relationship with her parents, the value of friendship, and what it means to be true.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

81hch97ggglTitle: Code Name Verity

Author: Elizabeth Wein

Pub Date: February 6th, 2012

Format: Audiobook

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My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Captured British agent is held in France, tortured and forced to disclose the code she must know as a wireless operator. She has a deal with the Gestapo that got her two weeks to write down her account of British war effort that may be useful for Nazis. She is writing her story through the eyes of her friend Maggie. This was a bit irritating for me at points, especially the scene where she wrote of how Maggie met her. Maggie was the pilot that brought her to France, and who she believes is now dead after the plane crashed. The written accounts describe in detail how Maggie got her license and how she was working as a female pilot. There are also bits of the present events of being kept in prison. Those parts have a wit to them, but they don’t disclose how horrible the situation was for the Verity. And even the parts where she talks about being physically and forcefully restrained do little for me, they didn’t move me really. I didn’t care much for Verity throughout her story.

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BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Friendship

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is Friendship. International Day of Friendship is in two days. Choose a book where friendship matters. When I read that I know that my favourite book of this year hits the brief perfectly. I have opted for A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. ItT is the most heartbreaking story I’ve ever read and the only one that made me cry so much that I was just unable to read and finish last pages. Friendship is a big part of the story, it starts with a friendship of a group of four friends but evolves to be the strongest and most astounding friendship between Jude and Willem, and there are so many other amazing friendships created in the story – friendship between Jude and Andy, Jude and Harold. Those are just wonderful!

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REVIEW: In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

9781503935242_86a53Title: In Twenty Years

Author: Allison Winn Scotch

Pub Date: July 1st, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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You might want to pretend you can reinvent yourself; you might want to give yourself that chance to wash it away into blank pace, but you can’t. The past doesn’t change. That history doesn’t change. You don’t change unless you swim so hard upstream that you’re lucky not to exhaust yourself into drowning. It’s no surprise that no one else changes neither. […]
The past is who you are. The future is what you do with that.

This is a reunion story. First, we meet a group of six friends on the last day of their college life – Bea, a leader of the group, is making them all to write up a letter to older self, a letter that they will read again in 20 years. Then we fast forward almost two decades from that day. Now everything is completely different than the life of twenty-something college students that thought that everything is possible and that they will be friends, a family forever.

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