February & March 2018 Reads

I skipped out on February's book recap because I only completed 1 book during the month of February. I was sure I would finish buckets more books in March and make up for the lackluster February. Ummm... yeah... I only finished one more book in March and I'm pretty sure I read it in the first week in March, so I only have 2 reviews for these last couple of months.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green: 5/5

Like I mentioned in yesterday's Friday Favorites post, I really enjoy John Green. I thought The Fault in Our Stars was good (although a little bit of tragedy porn, which never makes me feel great), but I'm really a fan of his non-literary content. Turtles All the Way Down doesn't tell a grandiose story (I mean there is a mystery, but it isn't the core of the story), but rather focuses on telling the story of what it means to experience life for this teen girl struggling with OCD. Beyond just exploring her internal experience of having OCD (which was beautifully and honestly written), I think the most impactful aspect of this book, was her relationships. In the end, the book is a friend-love story between Aza and her best friend Daisy and it showcases their ability to love each other despite their faults. Overall, the book made me cry a lot, I sobbed for the last third of the book (even though 0 kids die from cancer), and honestly not that much objectively tragic really happens. It is the best kind of YA that shows us the challenges of the liminal space between childhood and adulthood and reminds us who we once were and who we once thought we would become.

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena: 3/5

I picked this book up due to recommendations from a lot of my favorite bloggers. I thought it was okay, but I wasn't sucked into the story. I like mystery and thrillers that really pull me in and leave me on the edge of my seat. I just didn't feel the anxiety of not knowing what was going to happen. It was fine, but not my favorite. I enjoyed the twist at the very end, but wish we would have gotten to explore that a little more.

-Nichelle

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