Book Review: Attachments

Book Review: Attachments

Hi guys! This week’s blog is a review of Rainbow Rowell’s book, Attachments.

Blurb

It’s 1999 and for the staff of one newspaper office, the internet is still a novelty. By day, two young women, Beth and Jennifer, spend their hours emailing each other, discussing in hilarious detail every aspect of their lives, from love troubles to family dramas. And by night, Lincoln, a shy, lonely IT guy spends his hours reading every exchange.

At first their emails offer a welcome diversion, but as Lincoln unwittingly becomes drawn into their lives, the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realizes just how head-over-heels he really is, it’s way too late to introduce himself. What would he say to her? ‘Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mails – and also, I think I love you’.

After a series of close encounters, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart, and find out whether there really is such a thing as love before first-sight.

Review

I was really excited about reading more of Rainbow Rowell’s work because I loved Fangirl and Carry On. I didn’t know what to expect with this book because it’s more of an adult fiction book rather than YA which is what I’m used to. But I actually loved this sweet story.

I think Rowell was clever in her way of writing Lincoln as someone who doesn’t know what they want in life and they feel stuck. It’s not just about him finding the girl of his dreams but it’s about him moving on from Sam, moving out of his mother’s home and finding the job that he wants.

Rowell’s idea for this book is quite unique and set in a time where the internet was just booming. The use of emails in the story was clever and having Lincoln fall for Beth before he even met her was so romantic.

I loved Beth’s personality and I enjoyed listening to Jennifer’s rants. All the characters were so well developed and we slowly see all of these people come together into Lincoln’s story as his friends. Even though what Lincoln did is wrong, it’s understandable under the circumstances and we forgive him because of Rowell’s incredible writing.

The whole way through the book I was rooting for Lincoln to win Beth over and to be the person she needs in her life. But he did the gentlemanly thing and left her be and let her find out what her boyfriend was really like on her own.

Overall, I loved the character development in the story and how the book ended. It was truly a wonderful and unique read and I recommend it to anyone who loves romance and fiction.

Until next time, love Vee x

Book Review: Someday

Hey bookworms! This week I’ll be reviewing a recent read of mine: Someday by David Levithan. If you love wacky books about people waking up in the wrong bodies, then this one’s for you.

 

Blurb

Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice.

For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this.

But A was wrong. There are others.

A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to — and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world.

In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day. What is a soul? And what makes us human?

 

Review

Levithan is my favourite author, so of course I was excited about going to buy his latest installment, Someday from Waterstones Piccadilly, where he was signing. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start it.

As always, Levithan doesn’t disappoint. Even though it wasn’t the ending I expected, it felt like a reality check. The book made me feel like I wasn’t alone and that the characters were there for me. I love when a book feels like home.

A sometimes does annoy me as a character, but ultimately, their journey is a unique one and written in such a clever way that it almost feels like a metaphor for life. We aren’t always able to find ourselves if we keep searching; we just have to go with the flow and see who we become from our experiences.

Rhiannon is someone I can relate to and I think her character is the most believable. I find her to be a really strong woman after being beaten down by her ex, Justin for ages. She has emerged stronger than ever and we see her go through this journey through all three books. She has the most character development of all.

About X… Well let’s just say he’s scary as hell! But so well written for an author who usually writes about good, kind people. He’s written in a way that we hate him, but understand him at the same time.

Overall, I wasn’t blow away as I wish it had ended differently, but I admire Levithan’s dedication to this series and hope there’s much more to come. Until next time, love, Vee x

Book Review: Autoboyography

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be reviewing Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography. Christina Lauren is actually the pen name for two authors called Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings who have co-written several novels together.

Overview

Autoboyography is about a teen called Tanner who lives in Provo and is finishing college. His best friend, Autumn, convinces him to join the Seminar where they have to write a book within four months. In the previous class, Sebastian, who is now the TA in Tanner’s class, wrote a book the semester before and is now writing his second.

Tanner is bisexual and comes from a very accepting family (you’ll be see plenty of Pride bumper stickers and PJs from his parents), but since moving from Palo Alto, Tanner’s parents have sworn he keeps his sexuality to himself as everyone in the town is Mormon. This includes Sebastian, who Tanner has a crush on.

Soon, Tanner is struggling to write his story without including Sebastian in and his feelings overcome him. Will Tanner’s feelings for Sebastian be reciprocated? Or will this go down in flames?

Review

I have so much to say about this book because it’s been on my TBR pile for ages. I finally bought it (I’ll admit the cover convinced me) and I instantly fell in love with the characters, especially Autumn, who I strongly believe needs her very own book in my opinion. She’s so lovable and intriguing.

In my opinion, I didn’t really warm to Sebastian but by the end I was totally smitten with the two of them! I enjoyed the plot of the book because it was centered around LGBT characters and creative writing. Although the Seminar didn’t seem to play a big part at first, by the end it’s the key element that makes this story beautiful. (You’ll also love Fujita, the teacher.)

I was dubious about this read at first because there is so much religion within it and since I’m an atheist, I wasn’t interested in reading about God or his plans for His Children. But I was pleasantly surprised that the book was written mostly about Sebastian’s religion and didn’t mock it in any way or try to ‘recruit’ people. Tanner’s mum was brought up LDS and she had bad experiences with her parents and even though she absolutely hates the church, she welcomes Sebastian in with open arms. Also, everyone needs parents like Tanner’s. They are so accepting and supportive, yet concerned about their children. It’s the perfect balance – not overbearing but just the right amount of worried.

Also, Tanner is such a babe. That’s right, I said it. He reminds me of myself (wow, smug) – creative but lacking the inspiration, falls head over heels in love and overthinks way too much. If he was any more confident or needy, he’d be annoying but he’s actually the perfect amount of Tanner.

Sebastian’s parents aren’t open minded but this book doesn’t portray them as being ‘evil’ or ‘nasty,’ but instead, they are seen as being brought up within such a tight knit, judgmental environment. Christina Lauren doesn’t pass judgement on anyone in the book; but it’s common sense to let people be themselves and that’s what this story is trying to convey.

If you love LGBT+ novels and cheesy gestures, then you’ll love this read. It’s super easy to read and the characters are just so lovable.

I need to go make a petition for Christina Lauren to write a novel about Autumn Green. Go read this wonderful book now!

Until next time, love Vee x

Pride Month – My Story

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys. Happy Pride Month! How are you celebrating?

This blog is going to be a little different this month as I talk about my experiences in the LGBT+ community. I will also be sharing some events that are going on in the UK this year for anyone wanting to celebrate Pride.

My LGBT+ Story

I don’t like to put labels on people or myself because I don’t believe I should put myself in a box. But I also like having some sort of label there so that I know who I am and can better explain it to people. I hope that makes sense! I’m pansexual which means I’m attracted to people regardless of their gender. I prefer using this label instead of bisexual as that seems to mean you are attracted to both genders. I may have got that wrong, but it makes sense for me to call myself pansexual.

I was never really exposed to the idea that my sexuality was anything but straight; I knew about gay people but it wasn’t until I was in my teens and met my partner that I looked into all the different sexualities and genders. I started to experiment and found that I felt more masculine than feminine. I went for a few months buying boy’s clothing, cut all my hair off and tried to hide my chest as much as possible.

After a while I started to miss my hair, missed my clothes and thought to myself, what if I’m not trans after all? I then started to think I may be genderfluid. This means that a person feels more masculine than feminine or more feminine than masculine on some days. I found this confusing at first but also read into non-binary. Non-binary means that a person feels like neither gender and dresses how they feel. I believe a part of me is still considering all these labels but for now, I’m going to go with the flow and see how I feel without putting myself in a box.

Feel free to share your LGBT+ stories below!

Pride Events

There are always Pride events going on but June and July are the best times to go – especially since it’s Summer! Get your glitter on and dance like no one is watching at these fabulous events going on across the country 💗 See all events here.

If you don’t feel comfortable going to Pride yet or you’re not out to your family, then try hosting your own Pride event with a few friends. Have people over, order in a pizza and watch your favourite LGBT+ programme.  I hope your Pride Month is amazing, regardless of what you get up to.

That’s all for now! See you next week. Love, Vee x

Poetry Review: the witch doesn’t burn in this one

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about and reviewing Amanda Lovelace’s second installment of poetry. I have read the princess saves herself in this one and it was one of the best collections of modern poetry I have read. I’m also open to more poetry book suggestions so please feel free to comment your recommendations!

So Amanda Lovelace’s idea of poetry is different to the normal, old fashioned type but in lots of ways it’s so much better in getting messages across. In this second poetry collection, Lovelace explores topics such as revenge, politics, sexual assault and feminism.

When I first read the book my first impression was that it was very anti men. I haven’t been through her experiences so I can’t comment on that but I feel like most of the poems attacked men – maybe it was just aimed at rapists and bad men but for me, I would feel rather uneasy about reading this as a guy.

However, Lovelace explores her inner strength in this book as well as her previous one. She writes mostly about women helping women, supporting one another; knowing that we are strong. I think it’s so important that she has written about this subject because we do need to stick together and change the world through art. If even one person reads your work, that might be the sign they needed. That might be the thing that they need to hear. If your art can change or empower another person, even just one person, it’s still worth writing, painting, drawing, crafting.

Lovelace also explores eating disorders and how we see ourselves. Lots of young people could feel less alone just by reading her poems. A major theme in this book is having confidence and exploring how that isn’t a bad thing. As long as you don’t have a massive ego but you love who you are, that’s all that matters.

We need to cheer each other on and that’s what I have taken away from this book. I want to stand up for myself and be the happiest version of me possible. Reading Lovelace’s poetry always inspires me to follow my dreams – shouldn’t all writers’ work have that effect?

Have you read any of her work? If you haven’t I highly recommend getting down to your local bookstore or online to buy both her works! Until next week, Vee x