A Million Junes

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“A Million Junes” is a book that contains the power to fully captivate the reader, along with more magic and beauty than the synopsis is able capture. The synopsis gives the reader a glimpse into the world that awaits them in Five Fingers, Michigan.

 

Behind a beautiful cover, awaits a story that will have the reader thinking about Romeo and Juliet with a family rivalry between the O’Donnels and the Angerts. Except here, it’s so much more with a magical sort of twist. Emily Henry’s writing has the power to change the reader’s thinking on the possible outcomes of the book throughout the story. Somehow, she changes the direction of the story, and sneaks in other points of conflict without the reader realizing, or being able to predict how it will all come together.

As can be expected, forbidden romance has a big role in the story, and Emily Henry found a way to turn it into something more. This is a story that is filled with adventure, friendship, teenage worries, grief and self-discovery. The reader will find these mixed throughout the story as they travel along. Don’t worry, the cliché moments of a forbidden teenage romance were included. The story wouldn’t be complete without them.

 

 

Emily Henry has an incredible talent and ability to capture so much in her writing. Within the book awaits the contemplation’s of a teenager, captured fully to include a desire to see her father again, defy family wishes and spend time with the mysterious boy who moved back home, and figure out why certain events are happening. As the story blossoms the reader will be engulfed with the emotions and troubles that await the teenage characters, while also wondering how will the mysterious curse be broken. The writing is truly magical.

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Little Earthquakes

“Little Earthquakes” is a fun chick-lit that was a nice change oMGSK3946f pace compared to the previous books I read recently. It follows the story of four woman after the birth of their first children. This story is filled with struggle, love, and laughter. This is the first book I’ve read of this nature and I found it enjoyable. It showed a different side of live shortly after children.
The book follows four woman in the time shortly before they gave birth, to the months following. Each of the woman are different, and seem like the most unlikely of friends, yet they have a strong, unique bond. They are there for support during the silly little things, and the big things that you only want your girlfriends there for. It’s a bond unlike any other.
With each woman the struggles and lessons are unique to them. There is the woman with the famous basketball player for a husband and she takes care of the baby while he is away. Another woman co-owns a restaurant with a friend, and has a wonderful husband and interesting mother-in-law. There is the woman who has to have it all, while doing all the work without rest. Finally, the woman who has a fabulous life until tragedy hits and her life is turned upside down.
This lighthearted, entertaining book was an easy and pleasant read. I recommend this book to anybody looking for a simple, yet pleasant book to read. It would probably even be good for the beach.

Americanah

img_20161205_235412Full disclosure, I was not happy with the ending. I actually came close to throwing the book across the room which is unusual for me.

Now that I got that out of the way, I’m ready to get down to business. In my eyes, Americanah, is a coming of age story with one of the most beautiful and unexpected love stories I’ve ever read mixed in. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie portrays the characters in an easily relatable manner with her beautiful writing style. There was an easy flow of reading, especially with the story jumping from the past to the present.

One of my favorite aspects of Americanah is how my eyes were opened up to another view on American life. When Ifemelu moves to America to go to school, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie put me in her shoes and I began to see the oddities that we consider normal. As Ifemelu spends more time in America, attending school and eventually starting a blog I started to think she had a real future in America. Then she moved back and I was left thinking “Why would she do something like that?” While, at the same time I sympathize and relate to her going back home where she can be herself and feel whole again. That is not an easy thing to do at times in this day and age.