"Coconut Unlimited" is a short and sweet look back at the teenage years of three Asian boys. It's not a hard read but for me it wasn't all that interested either. I feel like it was intended for a much smaller audience and this story was lost on me. I enjoyed the first and last chapters, but the story in the middle gives this one 2 stars.
"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" is a powerful story that needs telling, even if the story of Bruno and his new friend is not realistic. The true events that lie in the plot are terrible and should not be forgotten so books like this are always worth a read. For me the book didn't pack as much emotion as the film, but I feel that if I had read this as a child, it would have spoken to me a lot more than it has now. It's 4 stars from me.
A beautiful story told from an interesting perspective on WWII. You can't help but fall in love with the characters and the story draws you in until its heart-wrenching end. It's 4 stars for "The Book Thief", a story I won't be forgetting any time soon.
I feel like there is a lot of content here I was never able to appreciate as a teenager and I know that this book is generally disliked by those who it has been forced upon. Perhaps it's because I was able to read at my own pace (3 days, not 3 months) or maybe because I wasn't being made to read aloud to the class in a funny accent or perhaps forcing students to analyse a book's every word just is not the way to go about reading...
This autobiography of Maya Angelou is filled with brutality, but it's also filled with love. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is a truly fascinating insight into life for a black family living in the South of America in the 1930s. I'll be giving this one 3 stars because, despite my respect for the author, it's not a book I enjoyed reading for it's style and structure.
A disappointing YA read better suited for very very young adults. The main character is childish and immature which makes her unlikable in this romance story. Some cute moments but not enough to bring 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before" more than 2 stars.
A charming little YA book about a girl with amnesia trying to explore the world and find her man. Despite its flaws, the disjointed style of "The One Memory of Flora Banks" makes a heartwarming read which I'm scoring 3 stars.
A poorly and sometimes strangely written story about a girl who gets stranded on a desert island. If I got stranded on a desert island, I certainly wouldn't want this book with me. It's one star for "The Island".
A quick YA read about two best friends in their final year of school. Full of dramas, this story kept me entertained but felt too immature and unrealistic and didn't encourage me to read the previous book. For all of this I score O'Porter's "Goose" two stars.