I don’t write a review for every book I read for a couple of reasons. Some of those reasons being that I don’t have the time, the book is too short to review, sequel to a series so I don’t want to spoil, read too long ago to even do a full review or perhaps I just don’t want to spend an ample amount of time constructing one.
So, instead, I write 3-5 mini (emphasis on the mini) reviews for the books that didn’t make my “prestige” full book review list.
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
Published: October 12th 2011
Page count: 260 pages
Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.
Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.
Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist….
Review: The first sentence of the plot summary should have been a deal breaker but I was in the middle of my first semester of college, I was stressed, pimples kept getting plastered on my face and I just wanted to read something cheesy to relieve my stress. Somehow, this book made me more stressful. Both characters were shitty which I should have known from the get go since cheating is romanticized (which this could have been avoided by, well, I don’t know, BREAKING UP WITH HIM???) Ash was dull and frustrating, Beau was trash and everyone else and the plot was irrelevant.
YOU by Caroline Kepnes
Published:September 30th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Page count: 422 pages
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
Review: I read this almost a year ago and I have to say, I still think about this book. No, it’s not spooky, it’s not too thrilling, but it’s no doubt extremely compelling. Being in Joe’s head, knowing his every move, knowing what he’s thinking always grabbed my attention. The second person narrative absolutely enhanced the overall experience of the story.
The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn
Published: November 3rd 2015 by Crown
Page count: 64 pages
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.
Review: Honestly, I rate 5 stars anything Flynn writes. Once again, Flynn left me in shocked by the end of the short story. Her characters are always complex yet beautiful and her writing definitely never lets me down. Highly recommend if you’re looking for something short yet engaging.
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