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Mini Reviews: If I stay, The Rosie Project, The List

Hello! So, I've recently read a lot of books that aren't "new", and although I've missed the review flurry around them, I still wanted to feature them on the blog!
I've decided to do a short series of "mini reviews" to round them up. If anyone want's to see my thoughts of any of them in the usual format leave a comment and I'll see if there's any popular ones!

In the first series of these mini reviews, I'll be looking at If I Stay, The Rosie Project and The List.


If I Stay by Gayle Forman

In a nutshell: Girl falls into coma, and has to choose whether she wants to wake up.
Condensed thoughts: I don't think this lived up to the hype for me. I found the whole family dynamic really unbelievable - too perfect?! - and I had to admit I cringed at the "love scene". I also found it really hard to relate to Mia as she was very much defined by her love of the cello, and to me it was a little dull. That said, I was hooked by the narrative. I needed to know what she chose!

Rating: ★★


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

In a nutshell: Socially restricted guy meets socially "quirky" girl.
Condensed thoughts: I loved the off-beat premise of this novel. Don Tillman is a man who is equally frustrating and loveable, and chaotic Rosie is his perfect foil. I think the friendships surrounding Don meant so much to the enjoyment of this book, as without them I think the main characters could have just become and overload of "too much".

Rating: ★★


The List by Joanna Bolouri

In a nutshell: Woman undertakes a self-curated list of new sexual experiences.
Condensed thoughts: Oh gosh, I laughed out loud so much at this book - in a good way! I read it on holiday and it is the perfect light-hearted beach read. The characters are very human - if not totally "likeable" - and I couldn't wait to get home and start sharing the book between my girl friends!

Rating: ★★


Next time, mini reviews of The Queen's Fool by Phillipa Gregory and All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry.

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