milk and honey by rupi kaur

9781449474256_p0_v11_s1200x630.jpgRupi Kaur takes her readers on a journey of love, loss and healing. Through a collection of poems, her readers are able to delve into the hardships of relationships and the paradise. Anyone who has ever loved can relate to the intimate poems Kaur shares. The title, milk and honey, is inspired by Kaur’s culture.

This collection of poems is a quick, gentle read. As I flipped the pages, I found myself deep in Kaur’s experiences and reliving my own. Not far into it, I was reaching for a pen and dog-earing pages I wanted to delve deeper into. Some of them captivated my feelings. Some of them grew a strong sense of sympathy. Either way, this book will draw you in, and you won’t want to put it down. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. It isn’t categorized under “self-help”, but it feels that way.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

cover-for-everything-everythingMaddy has spent all her life inside. After a medical emergency when she was younger, Maddy’s mother discovered that her immune system was volatile, and the only way Maddy would live is if she stayed inside…forever. However, after the new neighbors move in next door, Maddy makes friends with the new kid, Olly, and she begins to imagine life on the outside. Will she risk it all in the name of love? Or will she put her health first?

YAL romance is often repetitive and overdone, but Nicola Yoon surprises us all by throwing a curve ball in the story. I thought this story was cute, light-hearted, and full of surprises. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a traditional love story with a nontraditional plot line. The book also moves very quickly, making it easy to read and a great book for pleasure reading. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Common sense media rating: 13+ years

Content: mild sexual references

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments.jpgFirst summer read of 2016! I was very excited to dive into another Rainbow Rowell book. I am a huge fan of the other books I have read by her, and I expected this to turn out the same. However, like most authors, not every novel is a gem.

Attachments in the story of Lincoln, a nerd obsessed with school, who lives at home with his mother and has an IT job at a newspaper. The time is 1999 and everyone is awaiting Y2K. Part of Lincoln’s job is reading through flagged emails. He checks them for content and sends disciplinary messages when necessary. However, Lincoln starts to get hooked on the emails between two employees, Jennifer and Beth. After awhile, Lincoln begins to fall for Beth. But how would that ever work? “Hello, my name is Lincoln. I have been reading your private emails.” Throughout the novel, emails are exchanged and the possibility of a relationship grows smaller. So will he ever be able to make his move?

Yeah, I really wasn’t a fan of this one. Honestly, it took way to long to get to the meet of the story. I enjoyed the emails between Beth and Jennifer, but every time the perspective got back to Lincoln, I was falling asleep. More than halfway through the novel, Rowell gives you a glimmer that things are going in the right direction. But honestly, it isn’t enough. I needed something to move faster, and I needed to see more of a climax. I was really disappointed by this one. I have to give it a 2 out of 5. Maybe next time, Rowell.