4 June 2018

May Reads

I'm finally getting round to reading some of my most anticipated books of the year, and it's always interesting to see if they live up to the hype. May was a pretty good reading month for me - all in all the books I read had some dark themes but managed to present important messages. If you've been looking for something new to read, maybe one of these will appeal...

Almost Love by Louise O'Neill
Louise O'Neill is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her books explore some incredibly dark topics and are always told in an incredibly realistic, gripping way. Almost Love is about toxic relationships and learning to find worth in yourself. When Sarah starts seeing Matthew, in secret, she gets addicted to being desired by him and believes love is supposed to hurt. She distances herself from her friends and family, and is on the verge of losing her job - slowly she starts sacrificing everything to be with him. I found this book refreshing because we don't see enough unlikeable women in fiction - we're much more accustomed to tolerating male anti-heroes. I think what I like most about Louise O'Neill's books is how she doesn't always present a happy ending, as that's not always real life. Here we have a woman trying to navigate life and her relationships - she may make bad decisions but real people screw up and make mistakes. This book really doesn't sugarcoat love and romance, and I think for that reason it's an important story.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman*
Radio Silence became one of my favourite books, so I was thrilled to get my hands on Alice Oseman's latest release. This one is about Angel Rahimi, who is obsessed with a pop-rock trio of teenage boys, The Ark, who are incredibly famous. It also follows the perspective of the group's frontman, Jimmy, who is transgender and suffers from anxiety. The two are unexpectedly thrust together and it turns out they can learn something from each other. This book explores modern teenage life and on the other hand the effect fame can have on someone so young and vulnerable. The themes in Alice Oseman's books are always incredibly fresh and interesting - I loved seeing the perspective of a band member, one that it is rarely portrayed. Diversity in books is also so important, and I love how different religions and genders were represented here. However, I didn't so much enjoy the actual plot line of this because I found it pretty farfetched and too jumbled. I loved the idea of this book more than the actual story, but in saying that I still think it's worth a read as it explores really important and interesting themes.

Honor Code by Kiersi Buckhart*
I love reading books about boarding schools, but this one explores the darker side of those institutions. Starting off like any young adult book, I didn't think there was anything too special about it to start off with, however once the main storyline gets underway I found myself captivated. Starting her first year at Edwards Academy, Sam is determined to work hard in order to get into Harvard, but her dream is sacrificed when something terrible happens to her on campus. I've read a few books about teenagers who are sexually assaulted and silenced, but I found this one was pretty realistic to what would happen to victims in real life (the sad reality). Despite being somewhat mundane at the beginning, it really picked up speed in the second half and had a surprising twist at the end. This story opens up discussion and shows how rape victims are harassed and silenced, and sometimes due to power and privilege, justice isn't served.

*Review Copy



  1. I NEED to get my hands on Almost Love after reading this post. Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah | coffee with hannah


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