Tuesday, 12 July 2016

REVIEW OF YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

Title: You're the One that I Want
Author: Giovanna Fletcher

Blurb: 

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that's the problem.

Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it...

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

MY REVIEW: 

Giovanna Fletcher is an author that has always been on my radar, though I had never actually read any of her books, I am glad that I have finally read one!

The book follows Ben, Richard and Maddy who have been friends for as long as they can remember. They are like the 3 musketeers and they have always lived in each other’s pockets. I enjoyed the fact that the book started from when they first met and followed them up until ‘present day’ as you really got a good grasp of how each character was feeling and it made the book more personal.

However, there is a love triangle. Ben has been in love with Maddy since they met, yet Maddy likes Richard and eventually they get together on a trip to Paris. I really felt for Ben, he was always slightly too late or he was never able to express how he truly felt – I really did feel sorry for him and throughout the book I willed him to change things.

After a certain incident I really did think things were going to go right for Ben, however, things do not work out and again, I found myself feeling sorry for his character. The book definitely has a ‘will they, won’t they’ storyline which kept me guessing throughout.

The story illustrates unrequited love and how friendships can be difficult when other feelings are involved. I really did root for Ben as a character and wanted him to be happy. I liked the fact that chapters were told from alternating viewpoints as I find them more interesting and enjoyable to read. I also really liked Giovanna’s writing style and found it flowed really well and the book was an easy, light summer read. I’d definitely recommend if you’re looking for something light and enjoyable but will still keep you guessing till the end.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

REVIEW OF BEAUTIFUL BROKEN THINGS

Title: Beautiful Broken Things
Author: Sara Barnard 

Blurb: 
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

(Taken from Goodreads)

MY REVIEW: 

The book follows 3 girls through their friendship together. Before it had always been Caddy and Rosie but then Suzanne comes along and changes the dynamics of the friendship. Suzanne is a ‘troubled’ teenager who has had to go and start a new life with her aunt. There she becomes friends with the 2 girls, initially she is just Caddy’s friend of a friend however, they become a lot closer.

Suzanne almost seems to have this power over Caddy and makes her step out of her comfort zone and do things that are not normally what she would do; she begins to go to parties, to go on adventures and even to sneak out. This unlikely friendship causes friction between both Caddy’s best friend and her parents – they believe that Suzanne is a bad influence on Caddy, though that does not stop her from following her lead.

The friendship culminates in an incident which, if I’m honest, I was not expecting would happen until they reach where they’re going (apologies that doesn’t make much sense, but if you read the book you will understand what I mean).

The book basically explores how far people will go for friendship and that sometimes there is nothing quite like the bond you have with friends.

I liked the characters and I felt sorry for Suzanne, she’s had a difficult life and it did genuinely seem like she didn’t want to be the way she was. Caddy, I felt, really did try to help and I did find her character endearing, relatable and likeable.


Overall, I did really enjoy the book and I liked the fact that the ‘love’ in the book was not between boy and girl. It made a change from the typical teen/YA novels where, generally, the plot line is centered around a girl meeting a boy. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a relatively quick summer read, although it does touch on some serious issues it is not a heavy read.

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