Sometimes you read a book and you really have no idea what to say about it and therefore a full review is not making much sense. Thankfully the mini reviews exist and they come in handy in such situations. Today I will do a bunch of these reviews, because I have some books to which the above apply.
Robin Benway – Far From The TreeFar from the Tree by Robin Benway
Published by HarperTeen on October 3, 2017
A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.
Being the middle child has its ups and downs.
But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—
Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.
And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.
This book has been on my TBR ever since its release. however, I postponed reading it and I really don’t know why. It has been saved as an audiobook for a while and I finally managed to listen to it.
The performance was done nicely and the story was quite interesting as well, hence a little predictable. However, it has been the first contemporary novel in a very long while that I didn’t DNF, so that’s some progress at least. It was not a five star read, but it was a nice book for in between.
Trish Cook – Midnight SunMidnight Sun by Trish Cook
Published by Hodder Children's Books on September 7, 2017
Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.
Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.
As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.
I got Midnight Sun with a summer swap, right when the movie was in theatres. However, neither did I pick this book up, nor did I watch the movie. I decided to pick the book right up before the Secret Santa swap and I actually liked it. I was so so scared that this would be the second Everything Everyting – FYI: I really HATE that book – but thankfully it wasn’t. However, I got a The Fault In Our Stars vibe and therefore I didn’t find the story really original or surprising. However, it was a very fast read and it was enjoyable. A great read foor in between, but not that original.
Christina Lauren – AutoboyographyAutoboyography by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 12, 2017
Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.
But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.
It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.
Another book I read in Dutch and put off for a while. I liked the synopsis when I bought this book in March, but actually knew that this would not be my kind of book. However, reviews still have a huge influence on me, this was also the case for Autoboyography.
I liked it, but it was not my favourite book of all time. It was a bit meh, not really interesting and I eventually got bored. I am not a huge fan of really cute contemporary romances and that probably influenced my reading experience. Romance was the main topic and there was not much of a plot in this book. This book was really average in my opinion and is a good read when you want something cute.
Have you read any of these books?