Faking Normal: A Review

 

I stayed up until 2:36Am to finish this book and I don’t regret it.

I use the phrase “painfully beautiful” a lot. I guess I’m pretty lucky when it comes to the books I read. Almost all of them are absolutely fantastic. But this one… oh my gosh.15726915

Alexi has a secret, and she will tell no one. However, when Bodee, a.k.a. the “Kool-Aid kid” moves into her house after the death of his mom, things change for the both of them.

My heart hurts for Alexi, but it’s also swelled with love for her as well. I feel like this novel has such a strong message and I’ll never be able to shake it away from me. It’s one of those “feel good” books, that leave you smiling and squealing at the end, but it shows rape in one of its many forms (although, there’s only one definition), raw. It’s not romanticized, it’s shown how it is. I love that about this novel.

I cried through a lot of this. I’ll probably cry after I write this. I smiled. I laughed. I’m giving this novel 5 stars because it deserves it. Truthfully, it’s one of the best books I’ve read yet, and I’m glad I picked it up. I actually heard about it in the book club at my school, and although they spoiled it for me, I tried so hard to forget it so I could read this. I’m so glad I did. Yet, I’m so upset that I had to wait.

Ugh. You nerds have to read this. I’m totally heartbroken yet happy. I don’t even know how to explain it. I’m not even going to try. Just read this, okay? You’re not going to be disappointed. It’s too perfect to pass up.

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The only problem I may have had with this book is the fact that I’d love to know what happened to Alexi after the end. Still, this book is fantastic and I definitely recommend it. Just make sure you keep some tissues nearby.

If you nerds have read this book, leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts about it. I’m really curious about what people thought.

Bye nerds! Happy reading!! ♥

Books That Changed Our Minds

Nerds! I’m back! After an extremely long semester and an exhaustively busy Christmas, I finally came back to you guys. [insert applause here] It’s honestly been a stressful, yet fun month, but it’s 2016 and I’m happy to be back!

Every once and a while we come across a book that changes our life. Usually this kind of book changes the way we perceive the world around us and helps us grow in character. I’m sure we’ve all read several of these, but there are definitely a few specific titles that have definitely affected me. These books aren’t in any order, I just compiled five that I’ve found to influence a lot of book nerds.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I think we all understand how amazingly screwed up this book is (in a good way, of course). It really changes a person’s perspective on the world. To Kill A Mockingbird tells an absolutely wonderful story about equality and childhood innocence. It’s definitely an eye-opener, and a tear-jerker (says the person who almost started crying in her English class one day because of it) and it really can teach someone that it’s the people around you that really can help a person grow.

2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky 

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower is my all-time favorite book. I don’t think I’ve ever expressed that enough on this blog, so I’m telling you now. I love this book. I love it too much. It teaches us about teenagers and the real struggles that they face.  It’s not romanticized. It’s raw. I love that about  this novel. It puts into words how a teenager feels during that time of their life and it definitely puts it into a good perspective. It’s beautiful, okay? Just plain beautiful.

 

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

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Written about two Muslim women surviving together in a marriage, it is an amazing book about the strength of women who work together. If you guys haven’t read my review on this book, you can view it here. It is an honestly fantastic book that is eye-opening and shows how a task that may seem daunting can be achieved if two people work towards it together.

 

4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling 

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Overall, this series was one of the most influential book series I’ve ever read. Harry Potter is full of acceptance and friendship. I feel like the fandom associated with this series is probably the most diverse and the most amazing out there. Therefore, I feel like this series tops all the books that mean a lot to people. You can tell how Harry Potter has influenced a vast number of readers and it’s purely amazing. I think the fans is what makes this series even more special than it is alone.

 

5I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

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If you’re a fan of Zusak’s The Book Thief, you’ve probably either heard of this book, or you’ve read it. Hopefully you’ve read it, because it’s a darn good book (book review here). It’s perfectly amazing and teaches the reader of how good deeds can help people. In this novel, Markus Zusak’s plot and writing style mixes very well to create a book that is way too amazing to even begin to describe. It’s gripping and just overall fantastic.

So, nerds, those are the five books that’s changed our minds. They’re truly amazing and I recommend them all.

Happy reading!!

(Oh yeah, and Happy New Year!!)