Library Love #5

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It’s time for a Library Love post!

Library Love is a regular series of my blog talking about my recent reads from the library, which I hope encourages some of you to use your own local library a bit more often.

Library Love 5 - Don't Bend the Spine, UK Book Blog

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 3*

After reading To All The Boys I Loved Before, I knew I had to read the second instalment in the trilogy; P.S. I Still Love You.  We pick up where the previous book left off, following the fledgling relationship of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky.  With ex-girlfriend Genevieve still on the scene and a new love interest in the form of hunky John Ambrose McClaren, will Lara Jean’s and Peter’s relationship last?   Even though there were some moments of cuteness, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I really began to dislike Peter towards the middle of the book, and I didn’t like how he continued to have a friendship with Genevieve and tried to hide it from Lara Jean.  To be honest, I stopped liking Peter, and I began to root for Lara Jean to run off into the sunset with John Ambrose McClaren.  After I finished P.S. I Still Love You, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering the final book in the series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, so I can finish the trilogy.

The Matilda Effect by Ellie Irving | 4*

During a recent trip to the library, I couldn’t resist borrowing The Matilda Effect.  When young inventor Matilda finds out her grandmother’s scientific discovery was stolen and passed off as someone else’s, she’s furious!  She convinces her grandmother that they must travel to Sweden to crash the Nobel Prize Award ceremony and claim her rightful award.  However, it’s not all plain sailing, and Matilda and her grandmother have to seek help from some unlikely sources in order to make it to Sweden.  I honestly cannot stress how much fun The Matilda Effect was.  Matilda was such a likeable and entertaining character and I loved her passion for science.  Matilda’s adventure was told in such a deliciously witty manner, I couldn’t help myself from laughing out loud whilst reading.  The Matilda Effect is a book that deserves way more recognition as it was quite frankly brilliant.

Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon | 4*

Finally, a book that I have been desperate to read for months now was Rosie Loves Jack.  I nearly cried when I saw it was available to borrow at my local library, and I took it to be a sign I was supposed to read it.  Yes, I am one of those people.   Rosie Loves Jack follows a teenage girl called Rosie, who has Down Syndrome.  When her boyfriend Jack is “taken away” following an altercation at school, Rosie is determined to be reunited with him.  With a plan in hand, her hopes of getting to Brighton are dashed when London falls to a standstill because of a snowstorm.  Can she make it to Jack?  I will hold my hands up and admit that I have never read a book with a character who has Down Syndrome.  I’m thankful that a book like Rosie and Jack exists as Rosie’s story was incredibly emotional and moving.  I went into this book expecting a sweet love story between two young lovers, but instead, Rosie Loves Jack is a surprisingly dark tale that shines on a light on the prejudice and ignorance that affects those who are differently abled. There were certain parts of Rosie’s story that nearly had me in tears, but I appreciate why those scenes were a necessity.  If you read one more book in 2018, make it this one.

What was the last book that you read?

Daniella x

24th November 2018
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