Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Review: The Man of My Dreams


3/5


'Hannah Gavener is fourteen in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah’s own life, her parents’ marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes–just maybe–lie the answers to love’s most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who’s not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky–or just pathetic?

None of the relationships in Hannah’s life are without complications. There’s her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she’s unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehavior alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he’s dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she’s in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most–but she doesn’t yet know whether she’ll find the courage to go after it. 

Full of honesty and humor, The Man of My Dreams is an unnervingly insightful and beautifully written examination of the outside forces and personal choices that make us who we are.'
(Description above from Goodreads)

A few years back I read American Wife and fell in love with Sittenfeld's writing style. However, since then I haven't picked up anything else by her until now.

Sittenfeld's prose, as always, is beautiful and flows page after page. At times, however, I found Hannah's overly analytical nature a little much. Regardless, I did enjoy this novel, though nowhere near as much as American Wife.



Friday, 10 January 2014

Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go





2/5




A coming of age dystopian where people can hear each other's thoughts. Sounds good, right? That's what I thought.

At the start of the book there's a lot of mystery surrounding where the women went and why. However, it soon starts to unravel as soon as Todd meets Viola. I knew why as soon as Todd became annoyed with Viola's quietness.

Then there's Todd. I don't see how he is a loveable character. In fact, I preferred Manchee, the dog.

The storyline in itself is okay, but can feel dragged out.


Verdict: All in all I was pretty disappointed as it had rave reviews elsewhere. I guess I'm not a Patrick Ness fan.