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The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

This was just a really sweet and moving book. I think I’ve read one other book from Mitch Albom and he has quite an original style of writing. All his books have quite a mystical theme. I won’t say religious even though they are definitely dealing with religious themes as I believe that no matter whether you’re catholic, Muslim, atheist, whatever you can still enjoy this book.

Eddie is an old man nearing the end of his days. He has lead an eventful but ultimately disappointing life where he struggled to get over the long term effects of being a war veteran. He works as the head of maintenance in the same amusement park that his father worked in and meets his demise at the hands of one of the rides he spent his life looking after.

As the title gives away he then travels to a version of heaven and meets five people. Each person he meets has something to either share with him or teach him.

As I said its a sweet book and I think I’d love to read something like this after losing someone as it does give you a great sense of comfort and hope that there is something after death. Also it makes you think of the unknown effect you might have on someone’s life or that they might have on you. Its a book that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside let’s just leave it at that.

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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Look we’ve all had issues with teenage girls at least once in our lives haven’t we? Whether it’s insults at their hands or just the mere fact of being one, there was an issue. There’s no point in lying about it, teenage girls can be the meanest of people. I think it may be because they feel so much. There’s so much going on in their little heads that they need an outlet and being catty or mean is the way a lot of them let out their excess energy.

However our teenage girl in question, Amma, takes it to a whole new level. She is scarily mean. I mean absolutely terrifying. She is thirteen and pretty much runs her school if not her town.

The book focuses on Camille, Ammas older sister but it is Amma that draws you in from the beginning. Camille has returned from Chicago to report on an apparent possible serial killer that has claimed the lives of two young girls from her old hometown of Wind Gap.

As we delve deeper into the case we learn about Camilles many issues and we also realise how completely messed up her family is. Her mother is another scary character, its no wonder Amma and Camille turned out the way they did.

I also refuse to believe that a thirteen year old girl could be that freely promiscuous without repercussions. And all the drugs, like really? I’m actually glad I have a son now and not a daughter. After reading this book I wouldn’t let her outside the door for a week!

This book is pretty disturbing. I still enjoyed it but I must say I definitely enjoyed Flynns other two novels more. They were also disturbing but just not to the same extreme. I put this book down thinking ‘what the hell?’ instead of ‘woah what a book’ so that pretty much tells me all I need to know

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

I just read a review for this and the reviewer had described it as ‘a perfect antidote to the pastel lyricism of mainstream novels’. Huh? You see this is why I don’t appreciate this book the way it probably deserves to be appreciated. I approach every book in the same manner regardless of genre, author or accolades it’s won. I just want to be entertained. It doesn’t matter whether that entertainment comes from being thrilled or amused or frightened or whatever. I’m just here for the entertainment value. 
Anyhow this book was kind of entertaining. It centres around Balram who comes from an extremely poor area of India and manages to work his way up to be a driver for a very rich Indian in Delhi. However Balram is not happy with this and plots his way to an even better life. This plot involves the murder of his employer. 
At times you feel sorry for Balram and can understand his plight however his employer is not the worst of people and so at times you feel yourself almost feeling a bit of empathy with him also. 

It’s a good read and it gives a pretty good insight into how life is in Delhi and India which was interesting. I don’t know if I found it the earth shattering, mind blowing book that everyone else seems to have but it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read for sure!  
 

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2015 in Uncategorized