Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Haul | Recent Book Purchases

 
How I Live Now By Meg Rosoff - The first book that I picked out is called 'How I Live Now'. It's a young adult novel about a 15 year old girl called Daisy, who is originally from New York City. Her mother died whilst giving birth to her and now her father has sent her away for the summer to live in the English countryside with her cousins who she hasn't even met before. Whilst she is staying there, she will discover what true love is - but, her world will be turned upside down and her 'perfect summer' will explode before her very eyes. Throughout this novel, we will find out how she survives. It's set back in the war time and that means it allows you to get an accurate, historical insight into life back in the olden days, as if you were living along with the family!
 
 
The Year Of The Rat By Clare Furniss - One novel that particularly caught my attention when I was browsing through Amazon was 'The Year Of The Rat'. Although it has quite a strange title, it seems like an incredible story that anyone could easily get lost in. It's a touching book 'about dealing with love, loss and the need to keep living', according to Sunday Express. The storyteller is Pearl, who's just your average teenage girl. She has a new-born half-sister called Rose, who she loathes, because she knows it was Rose that caused her mother's death during childbirth and that has torn her world apart. In Pearl's eyes, Rose is known as 'The Rat.' It is described as achingly sad, yet refreshingly real. It's an eye-opener for anyone and is sure to make you laugh, cry and hold your loved ones a little bit tighter.
 
 
The Ice Cream Girls By Dorothy Koomson - I was recently watching a book recommendations video on YouTube and this was one of the book's that was mentioned in that video. It's known as the novel that inspired the major ITV drama. This is what the blurb says, 'As teenagers, Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed 'The Ice Cream Girls' by the press and were dealt with by the courts. Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past. But some secrets will not stay buried - and if theirs is revealed, everything will become a living hell all over again..'
 
 
The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold - Out of all of the books I have talked about, this is the one that has intrigued me the most and I have waited so long to purchase it! This is how it is described, 'My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighbourhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon, speaking from heaven - which looks a lot like her school playground, with he good kind of swing sets, counsellors to help newcomers adjust, and friends to room with. Everything Susie wants appears as soon as she thinks of it - except the one thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on earth. Watching from her place in heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet...' As you can tell, it's an incredibly emotional, heart-wrenching novel and I feel like it is going to be very eye-opening and beautifully written.
 
 
Let me know if you have read any of these books and if you would like reviews once I have read them!
 
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