Mini Book Reviews #4 ~ Books I Read In July 2018

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

416 pages
Dates Read: June 28-July 07, 2018

rsz_girl_in_piecesMy Mini Review: My first complaint about this book is the way it is written. It’s choppy and purposefully skips actions and events. There are way too many paragraph breaks in each chapter and it really gets annoying. I so badly wanted more full and complete details. In the beginning of the novel, Charlie (the protagonist) is in a rehab center located in Minnesota. I was born and raised there so it was really fun reading about all of the streets and locations I’ve known and been to all my life. Unfortunately, it’s not long before she leaves Minnesota for Arizona and the rest of her story takes place there. Riley broke my heart and reminded me so much of my past and the people that were in it. This is a dark, dark tale. It is raw and real, Kathleen Glasgow doesn’t keep it neat and tidy — she bravely tells it how it is — something I truly admired and appreciated. Reading the Author’s Note at the end and realizing this novel is basically based on Glasgow’s own life, admittedly, made me a little soft — especially since she states how it took her 9 years to write Girl in Pieces, I feel truly awful not being able to rate it higher. While, many of my emotions were stirred up, something about it just didn’t work. Like I previously mentioned, I wasn’t a fan of the writing style but, I also didn’t like the ending for countless reasons. I won’t say why for it would give way too much of the story away. I have to say I was only invested in the Charlie and Riley relationship even though there was so much more — maybe even too much more — going on that I should’ve been focusing on.

My Rating: 3/5
Read the full synopsis and my favorite quotes from this book, here.

Every Day by David Levithan

338 pages
Dates Read: July 09-July 13, 2018

rsz_everydayMy Mini Review: Wow, wow, wow. What an intriguing plot line. David Levithan’s writing was certainly gripping yet, at points I felt like I was reading a “Learn to Love Yourself” book. It seemed he was preaching to us, more than telling a fictitious story. He was trying too hard to “blow our minds” with A’s thoughts and realizations. A is the main character. S/he switches bodies every day but, no matter who s/he is, s/he always loves Rhiannon. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of Rhiannon’s at all. She is one of those helpless girls you want to shake. It’s why A loves her, too… so pathetic, right? Ugh. I wish there had been a little more insight on A’s life before Rhiannon. On the first page, he is already in love with her. I guess that’s why there is a book numbered .5 in this series. I wish I had known about it before I read this one but, I am definitely still interested in reading it and the rest of the series, too. After I finish them all, I will watch the film that came out earlier this year.  Overall, Every Day seemed incomplete. I guess I need to read the other novels to understand everything now — I have no choice.

My Rating: 3.5/5
Read the full synopsis and my favorite quotes from this book, here.

The Ruining by Anna Collomore

336 pages
Dates Read: July 13-July 16, 2018

rsz_the_ruiningMy Mini Review: Oh my, Anna Collomore’s writing… please, give me more. I can’t believe this is her one and only novel. The words were so easy to read and follow. I never felt out of the loop, never had the need to reread paragraphs. The whole time the reader knows most (you can probably even guess it all before it’s revealed like I did) of the truth, so really we’re just painfully waiting and watching while everything unfolds to the main character, Annie Phillips. It will literally drive you insane. She is a bit too weak and helpless for my taste but, I did feel a real connection with her. Oftentimes, in suspense novels, the narrator is detached and mysterious but not Annie. Even though she was incredibly unreliable, I was able to feel her pain and confusion. I was empathetic towards her. I found myself feeling real anger for her and a LOT of times at her. I was happy with the ending though it did feel a bit too rushed. I would have preferred to know more about where The Cohens’ ended up and how they felt about everything and less about Owen. Owen was a little too Mr. Perfect and I wish Annie had been a little less codependent.

My Rating: 3.5/5
Read the full synopsis and my favorite quotes from this book, here.

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

288 pages
Dates Read: July 18-July 22, 2018

rsz_chalkmanMy Mini Review: Ah, I finally got to read the highly anticipated debut novel by C.J. Tudor and sadly, the story fell completely flat for me. I enjoyed the protagonist, Ed. He was very quirky and a little snarky, I loved it — he was also a bit stoic and mysterious like most other suspense novel narrators are yet, he still had depth and sincerity. It was very hard to believe that this was Tudor’s first ever novel, it was extremely well-written. It ran a little slow at some parts and the time jumps were often unclear, causing much confusing. My biggest problem with it though was that there was no suspense. Everything was being told to us chronologically, in order, and in easy to understand ways. As if Ed is our Grandpa and he is telling us a story from his past. We really didn’t have to guess or worry about anything throughout the story. It doesn’t quite belong under the Mystery genre, in my opinion. It was good enough for me to want to get to the end but, it wasn’t a book I would consider “unputdownable.” I also wish there had been a more clear and clean ending. I need more answers.

My Rating: 2/5
Read the full synopsis and my favorite quotes from this book, here.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

316 pages
Dates Read: July 24-July 30, 2018

rsz_twenty_boy_summerMy Mini Review: If you’re looking for something easy to read and to follow along with, this is the perfect novel for you. I finally found a “beach read” that didn’t bore me to tears. The setting of Zanzibar Bay is so perfect for the season (I don’t even know if the place is real…) and the way Anna, the protagonist, describes the ocean each time is so beautiful and relaxing. I was a little disappointed that their Twenty Boy Summer game turned into what it did. I was expecting more from it since it is the title of the novel. I liked Frankie — even though she was utterly flawed and if I was Anna, I probably wouldn’t be friends with her but, that’s the point, I guess. Anna is the absolute best, best, best friend anyone could ask for; she’s maybe even a pushover at times (she does get tougher in the end though which made me so proud). There is definitely some sad subject matter and their grief quickly became my own, I missed Matt like I had known him myself. I was happy with the ending, it was tied up nicely with a pretty pink bow. If you want to feel whisked away onto a beach vacation as a teenager, read this. It does lack some depth but, I went in not expecting much so I was actually surprised there was as much emotion as there was.

My Rating: 3.5/5
Read the full synopsis and my favorite quotes from this book, here.


What novels have you finished reading lately? Have you read any of the novels I reviewed above? If so, what were your thoughts?

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22 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews #4 ~ Books I Read In July 2018

  1. I love these little mini reviews! They’re so easy to read and are super well written/ I’m able to get an understanding of the pros and cons of each book in such a short amount of time. Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great August!

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    1. If you choose just one to read choose Every Day! It’s so trippy & has a film that just came out this year! Let me know what ya think! Thanks for reading, babe! ❤

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  2. I haven’t read any of these books but I wanted to see Everyday at the cinema. It sounds interesting if not a little typical about the girl being like a damsel in distress kinda gal and thats why he likes her!
    Your comment cracked me up ‘Ed is like a Grandpa telling us a story from his past’ omg 😂😂
    The Ruining sounds brilliant- I think i’d like to read this one! Love the fact you’re waiting for the storyteller / main character to figure things out whilst you already know, so frustrating but so satisfying when everything unravels.
    Twent boy summer sounds like a good read too, definitely one i will check out!
    Thanks for the reviews Hunida!

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    1. I didn’t even know Every Day was in the cinema. I thought it was a straight to DVD film. I wanna watch it so bad! Let me know if you ever do!
      Hahaha I’m glad you liked that comment, but it really felt like I was sitting on the floor listening to a grandpa tell “back in my day” tales.
      I really did enjoy The Ruining & Twenty Boy Summer. 😄
      Thank YOU for reading & commenting, Jennie! ♡

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      1. I’m sure I saw a trailer for it at the cinema! How odd. Maybe it was only released here in the Uk, but that wouldn’t really make much sense! I will do!
        Haha that’s so funny but not neceseraliy the best way for a story to be told!
        I’m definitely going to check those two books out.
        You’re more than welcome hun! Xx

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  3. i’ve never heard of any of these books, besides you mentioning them on your blog as you read them, and it sucks that some of them you liked the plots but didn’t like the endings, or didn’t like the writing style. i feel like a lot of books can be like that, the stories have so much potential but maybe the author is a little inexperienced? idk.. or maybe rushed? idk.. i feel like some of nicholas sparks’s novels are a little rushed lol

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