2 September 2016

Read in August


A Pride and Prejudice retelling, a summer camp romance & something that makes you want to do a fist bump into the air...

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne - 5 Stars
I reviewed this book in my last post, August Favourites, but it definitely deserves another mention in this monthly round-up post. This book is perfect for the standard YA contemporary lover, but it also includes feminism that is easy to grasp and perfectly introductory. Something I like about this book is that the main character, Amber, is definitely not perfect in parts - with feminism, but also her life in general. This is such a nice book to crack out in the summer time as it is set in America at a summer camp, or practically any time of the year, because Holly Bourne's writing is both easy to get through and important.

Girl Up by Laura Bates - 5 Stars
If there's a book every person who identifies as a girl should have, it's this one. Laura's book Everyday Sexism had a profound impact on me and made me realise a thing or two (read: a lot). Her second book is slightly more toned down and perfect for the younger audience. It doesn't strictly deal with just feminism, but many issues girls tend to deal with in their teen years. In all, it generally does make you want to do a fist bump into the air as it breaks through stigma and stereotypes. Overall, feminism overlays everything, and there are many, many important topics addressed in this book. My only hope is that more teens get their hands on this one.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld - 4 Stars
Even though I've never read Pride and Prejudice (shock horror, I know) I still enjoyed reading this modern retelling of the story. This is a bit of a long book, but the chapters are actually very short and manageable - I found it interesting how the book felt very much like it had the vibe of the era Pride and Prejudice was set in, but it incorporated the modern elements in nicely. While I did find parts, particularly leading up the climax of sorts (no spoilers), quite lengthly to read, overall the writing gave me a wide view of the main character, Liz Bennet's life, her past, and her family. I don't know quite why I enjoyed this, but I just did. I liked the charm and wit the book and Liz had, and especially enjoyed the dark and handsome Darcy obviously. I'm glad I picked this one up!


Do any of these books sound interesting to you?

-Emma
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