Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I’ve never read anything from Gillian Flynn before this. In fact, I’ve only watched Gone Girl. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked Sharp Objects as my next read. I just knew I was in for a thrill if I was to going to use Gone Girl as a gauge. 

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Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Basing from the title itself, I knew I was going to have mixed feelings about this book. I don’t take death lightly. I don’t even want to talk about it. Blame it on the fact that I lost a parent and it still hurts. It’s been 2+ years but the pain is still there. Death is a heavy topic and I don’t want to talk or read about it unless it’s actually worth my time.

They Both Die at the End

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. –Goodreads

This book is as predictable as it can get. I mean, the title alone tells you the ending. They both die at the end. But before they die, they get to really live on their last day by doing things they wish they would’ve done sooner. It’s a typical YOLO story. It reminds us to start living, get out of comfort zones, do the things we most want to do and just live!

The whole moral story is amazing. One I wish everyone knew and try to live by. However, lately, that’s not the message I want to share or read about. As amazing as it is to live how Rufus and Mateo lived on their last day, personally, I think living should be done with purpose. It’s not just doing things that scare us or saying things we should say or visiting places we might not see tomorrow. It’s about living a life with meaning, with a clear goal in mind, with the right set of attitudes and principles.

What the book is trying to tell it’s readers is the typical formula for life but I want something deeper. I want something profound. Something that would tug at the very core of my existence and not just tell me things I already know.

So yes, the book is good. It reminds us how to live and just go for it. It’s a story about life, love, and friendship. It tells us that we create our own destinies. It reminds us to give ourselves that little push we all need (or push others to live). It also definitely puts life into perspective. It made me reflect on life and what else I can do differently. It’s the usual reminders we all need to hear because we all think we will all live until the end. That’s just it though. A reminder to live. For me at least, the message to live is not enough. There has to be more. How are we supposed to live? What’s the best way to live besides doing things we wished we did sooner? No book can give us the answers but a book I prefer to read should enlighten me on these questions.

Despite my mixed feelings about this book, I still would recommend the book to everyone. It’s still a great read. A perfect start to finding your own way to live. It’s not what I need in my journey (because I feel like I already know this and try to live by it) but it still packs the punch we all need.

Review: Between You And Me by Lisa Hall

It has only been minutes since I have finished reading the book, Between You and Me by Lisa Hall. I have just left a comment on Victoria’s review singing praises about it and the only thing I want to do right now is to write my own review about it.

They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened …

Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts. –Goodreads

This book is about a married couple, Sal and Charlie. In it’s most basic form, it is about abuse – verbal and physical. We get thrown into a story about a couple who seemingly has a perfect life but behind closed doors, they have a deep dark secret.

The book is written showcasing both the perspectives of Sal and Charlie. It was such a clever play from Lisa to write both sides of the story and to give a deeper look at how the characters minds worked. We get to read why the abused was always so willing to receive the punishment and at the same time get to read what goes on in the abuser’s mind. It was definitely quite a ride going through the same moment twice but with a different perspective. This is definitely one part of the book that I loved. Abuse is such a heavy topic and Lisa has done a great job (this is her first book) making abuse much more relatable. (Not that it needs any relating to!)

Between You And Me

I didn’t read any reviews for this. I mainly trusted Victoria and her amazing skills in finding true gems when she rated this book five stars. I didn’t know about the whirlwind of emotions that I was going to go through as I devoured this book in less than three days. I didn’t know I had it within me to get so angry at both the protagonist and at the antagonist of a story at the same time! Needless to say, I am filled with emotion after reading this book. And that alone should be a reason why you should read it, right?

This book was such a pleasure to read. It made me feel emotions I thought I never had. It made me want to protect Sal and at the same time shake some sense into Charlie. I don’t like reading about abuse, it is such a scary thing to read about, but the way this was written gave me a glimpse into why abuse happens and what we can do to try and stop it.