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