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Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

SomethingLikeHappy4 / 5 Stars

Publication Date 9-5-17

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she’d once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.  

Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn’t want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it’s that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission…  

One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie’s convinced it’s impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences—and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men—Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there’s still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly’s about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.

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In different ways Annie reminds me of myself. Numb to life, anti social, a real Mr./Mrs. Scrooge. You go through life thinking that this is it, this is as good as it’s ever going to get until one day when you meet that one person who changes everything. Hopefully we all have that one friend who sees the positive and good in everything, if you don’t find one fast! This book definitely had me in my feelings thinking about my own life and what I would do with my time if I only had a hundred days left to live. Something Like Happy will open your eyes to what it truly means to be happy and how simple but yet so hard it is to be just that.

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Just Another Week In Suburbia by Les Zig

WeekInSuburbiaJUST ANOTHER WEEK IN SUBURBIA BY LES ZIG

4 / 5 Stars  Publish Date: 9/1/17

Casper Gray goes to bed a happily married man. He wakes up questioning whether everything is a lie.

Life in suburbia holds few surprises for Casper. He and his wife Jane are still trying for a baby after seven years. His neighbours have their quirks to be navigated. And his job as a high school teacher, while satisfying, comes with its challenges.

Every day is much like the one before – that is, until Casper makes a discovery that threatens everything he knows.

As Casper’s fears grow into obsessions, his world starts to unravel.

Just Another Week in Suburbia is a story about love, trust, and insecurity, and the question of whether you can ever really know another person.
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I must admit, when I first started reading this book I didn’t know what to think of it. My first thought was ‘oh great, this whole book is going to be about a guy complaining about his boring life’. And usually with books like that I tend to toss them aside from boredom, but something about it kept me intrigued.

Casper is just your average Joe. He has a beautiful wife, decent job and a great suburban community that he lives in. The book follows Casper through what was suppose to be just another normal week but one day he finds something that starts a domino effect of disasters for him and what he thought was his perfect life. By the end of the book you’ll be rooting for one of two outcomes but will be surprised by what actually does happen.

The more I read the more invested I became in the character. I feel as though Les Zig made this book less about the storyline and more about getting people to think. By the time you finish this book you will be questioning everything. Whether it’s about your own relationships, career, or even general happiness. So if you’re looking for a book that makes you think, Just Another Week In Suburbia is definitely a book you need to pick up for your September collection.

**All reviews are of my own opinion

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And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

AWO01Seventeen year old Nora gets an all paid trip to Europe from her grandfather to study the craft and history of art. She’s extremely excited about it because she gets to go alone. No Adults! Freedom! On the day she is to leave for Europe her mother takes her to the airport. Nothing wrong with that right? Well, as she is making her way in the airport her mother stops her and tells her that she’s coming with her. WHAT!? Now Nora and her mother don’t have the best of relationships, so throughout their time in Europe Nora is trying to find her place in the art world and the real world but has to learn how to be her own person with her mother’s presence.

 

Ok, so this was not the best book I’ve read so far but not the worst either. Honestly, I really don’t know what to say about it. This wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t great.The whole book is just about a teenage girl who gets to go backpacking through Europe but has temper tantrums throughout the entire trip because her mother decided to tag-a-long. The typical teenager problems: an overbearing parent, love, friendships, and trying to find their place in the world. Maybe I couldn’t get into it because my teenage years a far behind me or even as a teenager I never cared about things like that (being an introvert will do that to you).

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All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

AUWT01Ever since I got back into reading books I kept hearing great things about All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. And once I found out that it was Book of the Month’s 2016 Book Of The Year Winner, I figured it had to be worth reading. When I say that I LOVED this book it’s an understatement. I felt like I was going through every emotion while reading this novel. It’s ugly and wonderful all at the same time.

We meet Wavy at the age of five. She doesn’t talk, doesn’t like being touched, and won’t eat (at least not in front of others). Her father is a drug dealer and her mother is a germaphobe (for lack of a better word) plus she’s just plain crazy. By the time Wavy is eight years old she is having to take on the responsibilities of an adult, having to care for herself and her baby brother. The only time she can get away from her life is when she goes out to the meadows behind her house and stares at the stars naming all the constellations. During that year she meets Kellen who wrecks his motorcycle in front of her house. Now Wavy was raised to think that no one can be trusted but for some reason Kellen is different.
After that day Kellen, who is this tall thuggish guy but with a heart of gold (a gentle giant type) and Wavy, this scrawny blond haired blue eyed little girl who can make you feel extremely uncomfortable with her just her stare form an unusual relationship. But they have the kind of relationship you can’t help but love. It’s a tender sweetness between the two throughout the years until tragedy hits and leads Wavy’s aunt to finding out about their inappropriate relationship. As Wavy is torn away from her definition of a family, she spends the next several years trying to get the world to understand that even though her world may seem ugly it’s wonderful in her eyes.

 

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One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This WIll Matter by Scaachi Koul

ODWABDI truly enjoyed reading this book! This is Scaachi Koul’s debut book which is a collection of essays about growing up in Canada with Indian immigrant parents. This book was hilariously relatable. Scaachi is sarcastically witty (like me!) which I love. Now even though I am not Indian or canadian, I could still relate to everything she was saying. Just reading the first chapter I knew it was going to be good. I felt as though she had lived my life and was now writing about it (the song Killing Me Softly was now stuck in my head).
In O.D.W.A.B.D.A.N.O.T.W.M. Scaachi talks about everything. From having overprotective parents who passed down their fears of the world like your older sibling’s hand-me-downs, to growing up trying to figure out why the world sees you so differently, and just the struggle itself of being an adult. Serious conversations written with sharp humor. But I love how personal she made it feel, as if two friends were just sitting around talking about “I remember that one time when…” or “when I was growing…” (come to think of it, it sounds more like two old friends reminiscing about the good ole days). Either way, no matter your background or upbringing there is something about One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter that everyone can relate to.