‘…And a Happy New Year?’ by Holly Bourne
This book made me cry and laugh all at the same time in just over 200 pages. This is the final instalment in the Spinster Club series, and although the series originally finished on a high with ‘What’s a Girl Gotta do?’ This novel was the perfect way to end a brilliant series.
Originally I wasn’t going to buy this book due to it being around £10 for a book that I’d finish in a day, but after it was reduced to half price I couldn’t resist buying it! Even though I did finish reading it the day later!
The novel takes place after Lottie, Amber and Evie have come back home from their first semester of university: as expected everything has changed and so has their friendship. The novel transitions between three different perspectives in the lead up to New Year’s Eve. I thought that this worked really well for this novel, since Lottie, Evie and Amber all have individual worries that they haven’t been able to tell the other’s for whatever reasons. I enjoyed reading both the reasons for keeping secrets and the reactions.
The book is split into sections, each character has a chapter for every hour leading up to midnight. And even though it’s New Year’s Eve nothing (as well all know by now) is perfect. However with the help of each other the girl’s manage to get through the heartbreak and the tears together just as they’ve always done. After all they are the Spinster Club!
This novel dealt with the bitter reality of life; we change, we grow up, we find ourselves drifting apart from the people we once called our best friends. At the beginning of the novel each character is acknowledging the fact that they’ve drifted apart over the past few months. However I liked the fact that they gradually began to open up to each about what had happened over the past few months.
Overall I would rate this book 5/5 stars, a perfect ending for a perfect series, (even though part of me hopes that Holly Bourne will write another novel about them in the future!) So if you’re looking for a YA realistic contemporary then get your cheesy snacks and start reading this novel! In just a few hundred pages you’ll laugh, cry and smile when reading the final instalment of the Spinster Club series.
Also, side note: I’d highly recommend getting the hardback copy of the book since the cover is simply amazing!
Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison.
A socially awkward love story.
2017 started with a bang when the first book I decided to read was ‘Lobsters’ by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison. Even though I’d read this book in 2016 I enjoyed this just as much the second time around, (although I can’t help wishing that I’d discovered this a few years earlier).
The novel is written from two points of view; Sam and Hannah (similarly to Eleanor and Park in Eleanor and Park), and they both eventually fall in love with each other after a series of mishaps and misfortune. This novel takes place before both Sam and Hannah leave for university and both of them plan to lose their virginity during that summer.
I loved the fact that this book was split into two perspectives, it was really enjoyable reading what was going through both Sam and Hannah’s heads during the course of the novel. The dual perspective also helps give you an understanding of what they do in the novel.
This book is UKYA (which basically translates to YA novels set in the UK), and Sam and Hannah have just finished sixth form (i.e. Senior Year), this book deals with harsh realities such as the wait for results and the fear of not getting into the top university. Both Sam and Hannah spend a lot of the book worrying over results (which I can definitely relate to), and both worry that they’ve messed up in an exam which I’m sure a lot of readers in the UK can relate to.
Another reason why I loved this book was because it was so easy to relate to the characters, I found myself relating to Hannah, and I loved her character development during the novel. At the start of the novel she does everything to please Stella, however, as the novel continues she begins to stand up for herself more.
I really enjoyed reading the interactions between Sam and Hannah, such as the conversation about hot Ribena and the discussion about to greet people (a high-five is definitely the best way to greet someone!) The humour was great and well timed and I found out laughing out loud during the novel.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, I’d recommend this book to anyone reading YA. However if you are 18 and heading to university later this year then this book is definitely for you, since the main characters are 18 and enjoying their last summer before university.
I’d give this book 5/5 stars, and I can’t wait to read ‘Never Evers’ (which is on my TBR list) and ‘Freshers’ which is coming out during 2017 and is about teenagers during their first two months of university.
If you are looking for a socially awkward love story then this is the book for you!
Interesting fact: Lobsters don’t mate for life but bald eagles do, so instead of looking for your lobster you should really be looking for your bald eagle!
Hey everyone and before I continue I’d like to wish you a happy new year!
First of all I would like to apologise for the lack of updates, I’ve been very busy recently and I haven’t been able to do much reading. This in turn lead to me struggling to complete my 2016 challenge of reading 50 books.
But I did finish it! (With an hour to spare!) Although I did end up rushing the last few books, but I completed my challenge even though it seemed near impossible towards the end. Hopefully you all completed your reading goals as well!
So this year I’ve set myself the challenge of a) updating more regularly and b) reading 60 books, which I hopefully should be able to do. What are your goals for the year?
Also what are you guys currently reading, so far 2017 is off to a fantastic start since I’ve started reading ‘Lobsters’ by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison which is a hilarious read!
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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
(Or alternatively what would happen if Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory was in love.)
The Rosie Project is Graeme Simsion’s debut novel and it was one that I highly enjoyed. This book had been recommended to me by my mother who whilst enjoying it said that it was a hard read at some points, and whilst I disagreed with her on this point, I did agree that the main characters reminded me of Sheldon and Penny from the Big Bang Theory. (I think Don maybe the closest literary character there is to Sheldon).
The novel follows a geneticist called Don who devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. He then meets Rosie; the world’s most incompatible woman and she throws his safe and organised life into chaos.
Don decides to start the Wife Project after the ‘Apricot Ice Cream Incident’ which is when he goes on a date with a computer scientist called Elizabeth who has a very strong preference for Apricot ice cream. In order to prove that all ice cream tastes the same, Don tries to get her to taste mango and peach. Needless to say that the date ends in a disaster and Don decides to commence the Wife Project to find the perfect partner.
One thing I did enjoy reading during the book was the ‘Father Project’. Even though at the beginning of the novel it seems like the Wife Project will take precedence in the novel as the novel progresses as Don learns more about Rosie he agrees to help find her father. I found this aspect of the novel fun to read, especially the interactions between Don and Rosie including the Great Cocktail Night.
Another scene I really enjoyed reading about was the balcony scene, and how Rosie decides to change the clock on the oven to the ‘Rosie Time Zone’ to accommodate Don’s schedule. One of the highlights of this book was reading about the interactions between Don and Rosie.
Although it is predictable what is going to happen in the end, it is interesting to see how Don’s character evolves over the course of the novel.
Overall I would rate this book 4/5 stars, it was a highly enjoyable read and a novel that will leave you grinning when you finish it and I simply couldn’t resist picking up the sequel from the library when I saw it a few weeks ago!
Fun fact: there is rumoured to be a film adaptation of this novel starring Jennifer Lawrence as Rosie. But who do you think would be the perfect Don?