Can You Hear Me?

In the August of 1978, the summer I met Anna Trabuio, my father took a girl into the woods.

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Can You Hear me? By Elena Varvello is a book I recieved from BookBridgr. I loved this book, I thought it was great, although there were times when I lacked understanding of what was going on, but I’ve just put that down to the fact that it was originally written in Italian but was later translated to English.

The book is based in 1978. Ponte is a small community in Northern Italy with peaceful woods, discarded rubbish and a closed-down factory. An unbearably hot summer wilted flowers and trips to the waterfalls.

Elia Furenti is sixteen and living in a secluded house with his parents, a life so unremarkable that even its moderate unhappiness is considered normal, until the day the beautiful and damaged Anna returns to Ponte and propels Elia to the edge of adulthood.

However, things then start to unravel.

Ettore (Elia’s father) is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind. A young boy is murdered, which shakes to small community to its core. And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods.

This book is a story of Elia Furenti and his father Ettore, it is a story of one summer and one night and everything that happened. What I liked about this book, is that in alternate chapters, there is a different story being told, It’s what keeps you glued to the book, you carry on reading and can’t put it down because you want to know what happens next within both of the stories being told within the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, at the end of every chapter I was left wanting more, I wanted to know what was going to happen next, it was very cleverly written. This book gets 4 stars from me.

The life we have left, this is all it is, and we must not waste it.

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Holding Up The Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven was sat on my TBR shelf for a while before I got around to reading it, and I wish that I had read it sooner. This book wasn’t anything special, just a typical YA book, and to me, thats what made it so great. Jennifer Niven doesn’t seem to try super hard to make an AMAZING book, it just worked for this book.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, she’s the fat girl at school, and it’s so funny to play pranks on the fat girl right? No one has ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mother’s death, she’s been hiding, but now she feels like she is ready to go to high school. She wants to be the girl that can do anything, she doesn’t let her weight define her.

As for Jack Masselin, everyone thinks they know him too. He’s your typical jock, sexy, aloof, ‘too cool for school’ and with a smoking hot girlfriend. However, Jack has a secret that he needs to keep, he acts confident and like his friends so that no one suspects anything, even though he hates the way his friends are. He needs to be charming and funny and not to get too close to anyone.

And then Jack and Libby meet. Their worlds completely chance. Jack finally has someone to talk to about his secret. Libby can finally feel like she’s pretty enough, and that her weight won’t hold her back any longer.

The thing I loved about this book was how different it was to others. I have never read anything like it. I mean, yes, there was that typical boy meets girl and they fall in love and live happily ever after, but everyone loves a bit of cheesy romance right? Without giving any spoilers, all I’m going to say is I imagined the characters to look completely different to how they are described.

I loved this book because it’s a love story about finding that one person who sees you for who you really are, and seeing them right back. (those who have read this will understand that). But this book is completely brilliant, and I am so glad I bought and read this book, and I would highly recommend you to read it too. Therefore, I will give this book 4 stars.

How Hard Can Love Be?

This is the second book in the feminism saga (yes i know i have read them in the wrong order, but they still make sense all the same). This book was in the perspective of Amber. She went to America for a month to visit her mother whom she hasn’t seen in two years, where she meets the love of her life, but her trip with her mother wasn’t quite what Amber had hoped it would’ve been.

“All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to America. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that. And then there’s prom king Kyle, the serial heartbreaker. Can Amber really be falling for him? Even with best friends Evie’s and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.”

I really enjoyed this book,  it enlightened me to the many issues that many people can have with their parents. Holly Bourne really makes you feel sorry for Amber, having to try so hard to have a relationship with your mother but her not giving you the time of day. This book illustrates the typical ‘jock’ guy and stereotypes him perfectly as we all imagine him to be. However, Kyle isn’t the stereotypical prom king we imagine him to be, he turns out to be completely different.

Overall, i loved this book, in fact, i loved all three of these books, they were very enjoyable and i didn’t want any of the books to finish. All three of these books leave you wanting more. Therefore, i would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Everything, Everything

Everything, everything written by Nicola Yoon is about a girl called Maddy who is ‘allergic to the world’. This means that she cannot leave her house otherwise she will get triggered by the world and will get very ill and will result in her death. She has not left house in 17 years and has had no interaction with anybody except her mother and her nurse. Until Olly moves in next door to her. Olly is determind to find a way to get to know her.

Anyone who comes to the house has to be decontaminated before they were even allowed in the house. Olly and Maddy IM for a while and soon enough, Maddy’s nurse allows Olly  to come into the house and visit Maddy as long as he stays and one end and maddy at the other.

Maddy realises that she is in love with Olly but is scared of heartbreak and found it much easier before she met him when she only spoke to her mother and her nurse and had no reason to leave the house. However, one day she decides to leave the house and go on a weekend holiday with Olly in which almost results in her death. Then a big secret comes out and she realises that her mother has lied to her about her illness for a very long time, even though her mother doesn’t realise she has lied about it.

I loved this book, i couldn’t put it down from the moment i opened it. It is also quite relatable in terms of love. On the back of the book, it says “live life in a bubble? or risk everything for love” which completely sums up the entire book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend you to read it. Therefore i would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.