For lovers of Noir, comic books and the sexy aesthetic of 70s vintage. It's a special thing when a book gets me to care for fundamentally unlikable and morally compromised people, and a story based around them trying to maybe do the right thing is peak entertaiment.
When 10 year old Elvins;s mom drowns in a sleepwalking accident, she tries to make sense of things "scientifically." She knows it should take 18 months to complete the grieving process and that an adult male giraffe should weigh 3,000 pounds. So when her brother and sister start coping in strange ways Elvis works tirelessly to figure out why.
Hartnett's writing is humorous, quirky, and playfully dark. In a story that is so full of ridiculou details and truly odd characters you will still see glimpses of your family and people you know.
With the new year brings a new onslaught of productivity bs and hopes to change your whole outlook on life over night. However this book presents concepts and systems that I find actually practical. Improvements must start small and grow to succeed. If you're going to pick up any self help book this year, this is a great place to start building the foundation of forming good habits and understanding bad ones.
As someone who has always had a fascination with Americana this book perfectly dissects complexities across gender, race and religion that explain how we got where we are in American religion and politics. As a non-Christian it helped me gain perspective on what is happening inside the faith.
This was given to me as a gift from my freshman year roommate's dad upon my first visit to New York. It was a homework assignment to figure out why the mid-west and the east coast feel culturally different. It worked. Cheever subverts the "slice of Life" style of short story telling into shorts work of complex explorations of human nature, social personas and conflicted morality.
Imagine you've just sat down at a bar and a face from the past appears and tells you a story so unexpected and shocking all you can do is sit and listen, not knowing for a second how it could possibly end. This book is an experience more than it is a story. Written without chapters and on the shorter side I'd suggest you carve out a weekend and settle in for a wild ride.
I'm a first gen college student from rural Michigan. I have a fraught but loving relationship with my hometown. When I read this book I felt seen in a way I wasn't expecting. The relationship between the leads explores a fight a have in my mind often, the struggle between love and nostalgia for the place you are from and the pain of growth and joy in new places, loves and experiences.
I'm biased in that I LOVED her first book "Rabbit Cake." I'm happy to say that this book is just as lovely and quirky. Annie has a way of dealing with some of life's hardest topics in a way that is so full of life and understanding all with a twist of unique humor. I love this book as I see myself in not only the main character but all of the characters. I think lovers of nature, quaint little towns, and stories of the struggles of family love will fall in love with this book just as I did.
Incredible read for fans of dark thrillers and small town intrigue. McGinnis creates a portrait of the social complexity of a small Ohio town plagued by tragedy through the eyes and thoughts of three local teenagers. The mounting dread and the feeling you might not be able to trust our narrators will keep you hooked until the end.
I got my hands on this book at the perfect time in my life. It's a queer coming of age tale that burrowed its way under my skill as a 10th grader. I saw a lot of myself and my rural midwestern upbringing in its characters. Despite its (at times) heavy topics, the book will always be an endless comfort to me as an exercise in feeling seen.
It's everything you want in a YA romance/coming of age story. A beach-side summer house, charming boys next door, and well played out teenage angst. But the story is more than its teenage protagonists, it's full of interesting and complex relationships between the adults present, and the parents and their children that make the book even better. Definitely worth the read if you enjoyed the show or are just a fan of romance and Jenny Han.
Are you no longer 15 but want to experience a beachside summer romance torn between two brothers like in "The Summer I Turned Pretty"? Are you 30 and dissatisfied with your love life, tortured by romances long past? Then this book is for you!
Genuinely a delight. I laughed out loud at multiple points through out reading this. All of the side characters are enjoyable in their roles and the whole story is very cute yet touching. It's ridiculous in a charming way. The best thing is if you enjoy this one there is a whole series to follow the stories of all Lady Emma's friends!
I liked this one even more than the previous book in this series (see: Duchess Deal) Where ash is a hermit and mildly insecure our new protagonist Chase is suave, stupid and kind to a fault. Tessa is doing what she does best, making me laugh out loud and lightening the load of my day. Compared to the previous installment in the series its a smidge less steamy but all the more scandalous.
This book was an absolute delight, and it made me laugh. Once you get passed Piper being an absolute airhead, her character growth along with the setting and the rest of the characters is really very charming.