Book Review – Four Weeks, Five People

Four Weeks, Five People /Jennifer Yu / Harlequin Books / 2017 / ISBN 9780373212309 / 348 Pages / Young Adult

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Book Blurb –

Obsessive-compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her is she’s okay. Andrew want to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becoming famous. Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality. Gorgeous and overly confidant Mason thinks everyone is an idiot. And Stella just doesn’t want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapy.

As the five teens get to know one another and wok to overcome the various disorders that have affected their lives, they find themselves forming bonds they never thought they would, discovering new truths about themselves and actually looking forward to the future.

My Thoughts –

I was sucked into this book from the very first page. With well positioned and well written characters with lives described that made you believe that they were real kids with real mental health issues, who wouldn’t be sucked in? But it was the writing in the book that initially sucked me in and was the only thing that made me keep going back to the book. The first one hundred pages of this book are great, but then from the moment the five teenagers get to camp, it gets confusing. A group of teenagers, with similar, not very well described different mental health illnesses and personality, go to New York to attend a wellness camp, four weeks of group and individual therapy for ill teens.

But here lies the problem with the book: the story is being told from the five teenagers point of view, alternatingly. Every time the chapter changes you must think back to the character who is now talking and their mental illness in particular, to work out why they are acting and thinking the way that they are. It goes from one to another and the story continues but the issues don’t continue.

The other main problem with this book is that it doesn’t allow for the situations to play out. During the camp, the teenagers are charged with creating a cubby house, a safe house, by the end of the book, is it made? Is it finished? Who knows because you don’t really find out. Then there is a major thing that happens which I won’t mention, although you might work it work halfway through the book if you see what is happening. This one event happens and from then on, it is like nothing else that was mentioned previously can be touched or mentioned again.

The book doesn’t end, or it does but not properly enough to make it seem like it has finished. I liked this book initially and it took me a while to get through it because too much happens and as great as it is that there is a diverse young adult book that solely talks about teen mental health issues, I don’t think this one was done right.

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 Booky Stars!

*I was given this book by Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion/review. The above review is a collection of my own thoughts on the book*

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♥ GWAP

Book Review for ‘Run’ by Kody Keplinger

Run / Kody Keplinger / 2016 / Hodder Children’s Books / ISBN 9781444932706 / 326 Pages / Young Adult

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and an alcoholic mum. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone things. Agnes Atwood has never stayed out past ten p.m., never gone on a date and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally-blind daughter, but Agnes isn’t quite sure what they are protecting her from. Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs more deeply than anything else. But when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, police sirens wailing in the distance, Agnes is faced with the biggest choice she’s ever had to make. Run, or stay?

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Review:

I am a huge fan of Kody Keplinger. I loved reading The Duff and Laughing Out Loud. She is a great writer and knows the young adult reading audience that her stories are so relevant and easy to swallow. So when I found out that she had another book coming out, I had to automatically buy it and read it. I read it in two days, and that is a record for myself.

The story follows a legally blind girl who befriends the town disappointment. After a rocky start, their friendship blossoms and things start to chance. Agnes, the legally blind teenage girl who has very over protective parents starts to come to her senses about her friends and the way her parents look after her, when Bo, the town disappointment starts helping her have fun. What follows is a trail of booze, boys and behaviour that is shocking for both Agnes and her parents. But then there is a twist, they go on the run and run they do. With a stolen car, unexpected information and dirty motel rooms, the girls find themselves at wits end, when they run out of food and lies for each other.

This story is an expected Thelma and Louise recreation. It tells of lies and truths and how much it can hurt someone. It tells of confidence and self-worth, but most importantly, the book talks about the importance of friendship.

If you like Kody Keplinger, adventure and escapades and just an overall great female friendship, than this is the book for you.

I give this book 4.0 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review for ‘The Dress’ by Jane L. Rosen

The Dress / Jane L. Rosen / 2016 / Penguin Random House (Century) / ISBN 9781780895895 / 300 Pages / Fiction

Legend has it that every season there is one dress. The dress that can make your career, ignite a spark with that special someone, or utterly transform your life. For Felicia, who has been in love with her book for 20 years; for Natalie, who has sworn off men since her ex dumped her – for them and for others, life is about to change. And all because of their brush with the dress of the season, the perfect little black number that everyone wants to get their hands on…

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Review –

I love this book. It is a great romantic comedy that I couldn’t put down when I picked it up and started reading it. The story follows a handful of people, all of which you kind of lose track whilst your reading the book, because there are so many of them and because every chapter is from a different character’s perspective. But it is great. It’s about a dress, and not just any dress, but the dress of the season and somehow, every character in the book is bound to this new fantastic dress and their lives change because of it.

There is the man who designed the dress, the ladies selling the dress, the men buying the dress for their wives and girlfriends, the lucky few who get to wear the dress for a special night out and then have to return it and the doctor who makes his grandmother happen when he meets a girl because of the dress. A lot happens in this book but yet at the same time, you really want more to happen in the book because it doesn’t feel like you are getting enough of the one characters story because it is broken down into everyone else’s story.

I love the author’s writing. I love the unique voices she has given to all of the characters, and didn’t lose their unique voices when combining and interloping characters throughout the book. The titles of the chapters are fun, but kind of unnecessary. The ending is fantastic, but I wish there was more.

If you’re a fan of romantic comedy books and movies, like Bridget Jones Diary, or The Devil Wears Prada, than this is the book for you and all of your girlfriends too.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 booky stars!

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