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Read in April
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
Penguin Books, 1 Feb 2017
Swimming Lessons is a bit of a special book which I think I will remember with a fond feeling. This isn't the type of book you'd usually see me pick up, but after the blurb intrigued me I decided to give it a shot. This book has a few different perspectives and is comprised of a series of letters and flashbacks, as well as present tense. Some of my favourite parts definitely came from the letters - I loved reading about the history of Flora's (the main character) mum and dad's love life; essentially how they met and how their marriage started to fall apart. Flora's dad, Gil starts to discover letters left in books that his missing (presumed dead) wife, Ingrid, wrote to him but never sent. There is a sense of nostalgia while reading this and I think it was really pleasant. This is the perfect book to read on a rainy day in a coffee shop to get lost in the lives of people you don't know, but feel like you do.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Simon & Schuster, 24 May 2016
This was cheesy romantic YA at it's (perhaps) worst. I might retract that statement, because I didn't completely hate this book, however it was slightly irritating. I could have stopped reading this part way through but for some reason I just like finishing books even if not enjoying them 100%. This book follows a politician's daughter as she deals with being in the media's spotlight and finding an unexpected summer job after her chance at an internship was quashed. She meets a geeky young author who's not usually her 'type' (bit of eye-rolling happened, if I'm honest) and the rest is history. Even if I haven't completely sold this book to you, I did quite like the main character, Andie's, love interest. There was something slightly quirky about this book, but at the same time I just found it to be incredibly cliche - however sometimes I couldn't help myself and just kept reading because it was cheap entertainment. I did pick this book up for $3 so it's not like it was a waste.
You can also have a look at my reviews I did a few weeks back for Milk and Honey and Bad Feminist.
Margot and Me by Juno Dawson
After spying this in a book shop during April, I had to pick this up. I haven't been buying many books recently so that's how I justify that. Anyway, Margot and Me is about Fliss and her mum who move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss' stern grandmother. But as she finds out more about her grandmother, she realises her life during wartime was full of adventure and mystery. I'm not entirely sure what to expect from this but I'll report back when I get around to reading it.
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
I'm actually more than half-way through this book as I type this post, and I have to tell you, I'm enjoying it quite a bit. If you know anything about this book, it's that it has been compared to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and if I'm honest that's one of the main reasons I picked this up. I love a story that involves anything geeky like conventions and mysterious boys with good hair... *sue me*. This new YA release seems to be having a bit of a moment, and it was on my most anticipated reads list for 2017, so I'll tell you whether it's worth the hype in my next book round-up post.
The Cows by Dawn O'Porter
After listening to Emma Gannon's podcast episode with Dawn O'Porter, I've had a soft spot for her. I think she's a really cool woman, so my ears (or eyes, I suppose) perked up when I saw she had a new book coming out. I have read her YA book Paper Aeroplanes so it will be interesting to see how she does with adult fiction. This is described as fearlessly frank and funny, about friendship and being female. If you want to read more about this I'd suggest looking up the synopsis, but I don't really know what to expect from this one!