Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Amy and Matthew (or Say What You Will) by Cammie McGovern

Published: March 27th, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 322
Format: Paperback
Rating: ♥♥♥

Amy loves Matthew and he loves her back. This is their story.

Amy is unflinchingly honest about her limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, she can’t walk or talk without help. But trapped inside this uncooperative body lies a brilliant mind and a luminous spirit – a girl capable of truly loving and worthy of being loved in return.

Matthew has his own set of challenges – a mind consumed by unwanted repeated thoughts, obsessive rituals and a crippling fear that he can't explain. But underneath all of the anxiety lies a deep seed of hope for someone to come along who believes in him…

This is the story of Amy and Matthew. It may not be a fairy tale romance or set in an imagined world far from our own. But the love they share is real. And yes, there's magic in it.

My thoughts on it: 
I thought this book was incredibly interesting and also quite cute. I found it interesting to read about someone with CP (cerebral palsy), and I think that this could help a lot of people with understanding what it must be like to be disabled. I liked Amy as a character, and Matthew as well, because despite their faults they fit together perfectly, and were just really cute. I also enjoyed that they ended up helping each other, Matthew helped Amy realize how she had lived a sheltered life for a long time, while Amy helped Matthew with taking steps to overcome/learn to live with his OCD.

However, although there were many positives about this book I ended up giving it a 3 heart rating because I found that the plot was at times slow, and the characters could at times be quite annoying, which in some ways made them more real, because no one is perfect, but I could't ignore those points, hence the lower rating, although I did enjoy it.

I would recommend you read this book, especially if you want a different kind of love story, it is very cute at times, and I think it could be eye opening to a lot of people, in that it handles both physical disability and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). 

Love, H

Monday, September 28, 2015

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Published: January 1st, 2013
Publisher: Headline
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 404
Format: Paperback
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

My thoughts on it:

You know those books that just make you feel all giddy and happy, and kind of make your heart hurt a little bit - in a good way. This is one of them. The story is so cute and fluffy, and I found I got through it very quickly once I started reading it. It's all about a normal girl that starts e-mailing with an actor, and it is very cliche, but I still liked it, because it is what I needed when I read it. I needed something light and cute, and that is what you get with this book. It is chick lit., so it won't be the most amazing literature ever, but it will be cute and uplifting.

I've read a book by Jennifer E. Smith before (review here), and that was just as cute, so I now expect lots of great, cute reads from her, and will definitely come back for more.
My favorite parts of this novel were the parts in which you see Ellie and Graham's e-mails that they send each other, I could have read a whole book with just their e-mails because they were so cute and funny, and while the plot might not have been the greatest at some points, I did find that the e-mails (that is added before each chapter) really added to the story and made be enjoy the book more. I would recommend this if your looking for a light, fun and girly read.

Love, H

Sunday, September 27, 2015

instant moments (1)

This blog is going to change slightly, I want to start writing about all sorts of things, don't get me wrong, I still love books and I have an inkling that it will be the main focus of the blog, but I also want to write about other stuff, like everyday life, art, travel, and other stuff that I like. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I'm going to. This post for example is a new thing where I want to share pictures from my week (taken from my instagram). I hope you like it, and would love to hear you opinion on the changes to the blog, and maybe even ideas for what to do next. Love, H