Here's what I read in January:
—Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy—A novel about a girl, Alice, who is diagnosed with cancer and sets out to complete a rather unorthodox bucket list (for example, get revenge on an ex-boyfriend and her arch-nemesis), with the help of her friend, Harvey, a boy who has always had feelings for her. But after the scores are settled and she admits her true feelings for the boy, Alice doesn't die at all, but rather goes into remission and is forced to deal with the consequences of all she's done. It's an interesting read because I don't think it's a typical teen-with-cancer story, especially because the main character is oftentimes just so unlikable. I really felt bad for Harvey throughout most of this novel, and really wanted him to have a nicer friend/girlfriend.
—Being Henry David by Cal Armistead— A story about a boy who wakes up in Penn Station with no memory of who he is. His only possession is a copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau, so the boy decides to call himself Henry (Hank) and go to Walden Pond. It's a cool premise, and I was really drawn into the story because I wanted to know the truth about who this character really was, and what had really happened to him. There were parts where character interactions fell flat for me, but overall, another interesting read.
—Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin—A story about a girl who falls on the stairs at school and wakes up with amnesia. She doesn't remember her boyfriend, or her parents' divorce, or her best friend, Will. There's a lot to like about this book—I especially liked Will—but I wasn't thrilled with the ending. I just needed a little more closure.
—Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas—The fourth book in Maas's fantasy series about a teenage assassin. I have a love/hate relationship with both this character and this series. I thought this book was an improvement over the third installment, but it's definitely not as enjoyable as the second book. There is a lot of good stuff, and the world-building is amazing, but I did not care for the romantic relationship between Aelin and Rowan, or the set-up of a romantic relationship between Manon and Dorian. Nope. Not a fan. Stop it. All that said, I will read the next book when it shows itself.
—The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins—Stories with unlikable/unreliable characters are always interesting, but overall, this story just didn't do anything for me. I feel like I'm completely in the minority here (which is fine place to be). I guess I just didn't like any of the characters enough.
—Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone—I think you may have started a drinking game with these reviews and taken a shot every time I described a book as 'interesting.' If so, get ready for another shot because this book, too, was interesting. It tells the story of a girl with OCD struggling to keep her secret from her friends. She stumbles across a new group of students, and her life is transformed. There's a twist that I actually didn't see coming (unlike you, Girl on the Train). So while it's not a perfect story, it was an enjoyable read.
2016 Reading Goal: 60 books
Books read this month: 6
Books left to go: 54
Read anything interesting lately? Happy Monday, all!