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After You by Jojo Moyes – Review

*Spoiler Warning: This post contains possible spoilers for Me Before You, the first book in this series.

Genre: What happened to Louisa Clark after Me before You.

Synopsis: After Will Traynor’s Death, Louisa must find a way to carry on with her life and live it to the fullest as he would have wanted. But 18 months later, Lou is struggling; working a dead-end job, simply drifting along. Then a nearly fatal accident thrusts new people into her life. A kind paramedic and strong spirited teenager. Hopefully, they are exactly what she needs to start over.

My thoughts:  Sequels are hard and this is no expectation. Good luck to the third book, according to USA Today, Jojo Moyes intends to make this a trilogy.

I thought Me Before You was amazing, It made me weep silly, and I rewatched the movie (and played the soundtrack) more that I’d like to say. So you can imagine my excitement to know what happens next. But After You wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Granted I don’t know exactly what I was expecting.

The thing about Me Before You is that aside from the romance it addresses a very heated topic, ie euthanasia. That despite having all these people trying to convince Will to live, it was not the life he wanted. If you love someone like Louisa loved Will, you have to let them go, and that can make the time together even more epic. I appreciated that ending, it felt genuine.

Similarly, After You attempts to deal with the grief of being left behind, which makes sense and is done impeccably. It’s the other details that I have difficulty accepted. Maybe I’m just being petty, but it felt like a lot was happening at once. Some of which felt a bit unnecessary, to be honest.

With that said, I did enjoy reading it, and I will probably read the next one too. Jojo Moyes is a seasoned author and it shows.

Verdict: If you liked the first book, quench your curiosity about Lou’s Life after Will.

Recommendation: Well, I have referred to Me before You a lot in this review, so that might be a good starting point. Jojo Moyes also have a myriad of other books.

Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus has been on my to-read list for a while, I’m here to tell you that I’ve finally read it.

Before I carry on, I should warn you that this is more of a spoiler-filled post of my favourite things about the book, rather than a review. So, if you haven’t read the book (and/or intend to read it), best to stop here.

That said, let me begin… Continue reading “Purple Hibiscus”

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Young adult fiction with a touch of rare illness and romance

Synopsis: Madeline Whittier has a rare disease that keeps her locked away in the safety of her sterilised home, with only her mum and nurse, Carla, for company. Madeline was content with her life, living vicariously through her books until a family moves in next door. Olly is the new boy next door, in his all black attire and unpredictable schedule, all of which add to Madeline’s intrigue.  they become friends and vow to be nothing more but the attraction grows. Is she willing to risk it all for love and a chance to feel alive? Continue reading “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon”

What I Want to Read: 2017 Edition

So the new year is upon us, la-dee-dah. And as I am trying to figure out what to do with myself, I keep coming across books that I say I’m going to read. Then I start rearranging the order in my head saying things like “Okay, When I finish this one I’ll read the one I just bought, then I will read the one I got last week, but don’t forget you have to try that other book from your friend.” It goes on and on after that.  Continue reading “What I Want to Read: 2017 Edition”

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Genre: A love story with a whole lot of magical realism

Synopsis: The novel follows the final adventures of Evie Snow who has passed away but cannot access her personal heaven because her soul is too heavy. In order to be granted admission, she must unburden herself of the secrets of her one true love, Vincent Winters, she’s kept from her family. Continue reading “On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher”

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Genre: An unapologetic look at race and class in America, Nigeria and briefly in the UK through the eyes of African Immigrant on the backdrop of a love story.

Synopsis: Following the lives of lovebirds Ifemelu and Obinze as they are split up by circumstances. They experience different lives; with Ifemelu in the States and Obinze as an undocumented immigrant in the UK before returning to Nigeria. Ifemelu later decides to return to Nigeria as well, but can she face Obinze’s new life and start a new one for herself?

My thoughts: Wow! That’s all I should really say. Continue reading “Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham

Author: Siobhan Curham

Genre: Teen friendship

Synopsis: It’s a tale of four young girls who become friends and the different dreams they want to achieve at this time in their lives. Amber, an Oscar Wilde-loving outcast, decides to start a secret society to deal with her fathers and the imbeciles at school. Cue The Moonlight Dreamers, which she based on a quote by Oscar Wilde. Continue reading “The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham”

Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav

Genre: Poems

Synopsis: Poems about love

Let me start with a little disclaimer, poetry isn’t something I read very often. That said I did enjoy, the book

But first, can I rant about the thing that annoyed me off the bat about this book. Her poems are really short, say 5 to ten lines, in the middle of the page. So why on this Green Earth would they only put one on a page?! Sure it looks neat but they could have at least put one on the back side as well. I mean how much paper went into this. It’s not flimsy cheap paper either.

*breathe*

Okay, So back to the book. It’s adorable. Love is a misadventure for many people, and clearly for Ms Leav too. But the way she tackles it, makes my heart fill up with bubbles, and see nothing but rainbows and bunnies. It’s so whimsical and relatable, I can’t help turn them into quotes.

It goes through all the seasons of love, from the secret crushes to that finally together, and sometimes to the heart-wrenching break-up.

The Hairdresser of Harare

I have just finished reading The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu.

Synopsis (SPOILERS!!)

So the story is told by Vimbai, a hairdresser in Harare. She’s queen bee with attitude at Mrs. Khumalo’s saloon. Then this young man, Dumisani, shows up looking to fill a recent vacancy as a hairdresser. He shows off his skills, and Mrs. Khumalo is impressed and hires him. Soon Vimbai is losing clients and the saloon is busier than ever as news spreads of this amazing stylist. Continue reading “The Hairdresser of Harare”

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