Not the greatest reading week – I’m in my last few weeks of university and it is well and truly crunch time! I have been writing an essay on the different language usage in French, German, and English Harry Potter fanfiction – pretty interesting, but very, very, very time-consuming!
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The Song From Somewhere Else – A.F. Harrold & Levi Pinfold (illustrator) (4 stars)
Frank is the main character, and she is being bullied. Nick Underbridge is that kid, you know the one, the kid you can’t be friends with if you want to avoid being an outcast. But Nick saves Frank from her bullies. He takes her to his house, gives her lemonade. And there, Frank hears the most glorious music, and so she goes back again, and again, until she can uncover Nick’s secret. A beautiful story about friendship and standing up for what is right, mixed in with a healthy dose of magic.
Girl in Pieces – Kathleen Glasgow (4 stars)
I can’t begin to imagine what this book might mean to many people out there who struggle on a daily basis to survive in this world. It deals with heavy themes – self-harm, addiction, suicide, sexual abuse. It is beautifully written, and painful to read. A true insight into a young girl’s propensity to self-harm. The book is definitely character driven, with very little action, something I generally dislike, but Charlie’s character spoke to me and taught me about a world and illness I have been rather sheltered from.
Seveneves – Neal Stephenson (3 stars)
At times I honestly thought that this book was NEVER GOING TO END. It was an incredible premise – the earth is being bombarded by meteors and everyone is going to die, so governments send as many people as they can into space. All hell breaks loose. Part 3 is set five thousand years after Parts 1 and 2, and while it was interesting, I really needed to know more about those five thousand years. The book was also insanely long, not helped by the fact that I read it as an eBook on my phone, and I didn’t like not being able to power through it. Interesting idea, weird execution.