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Review: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Good morning, my lovely readers! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!! ❤
Today I’m back with a review of Stolen: A Letter to My Captor. I didn’t enjoy the novel nearly as much as I had been expecting, but it was a unique and very solid story.
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 304
Publication Date: May 2009
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read July 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.
This is my story.
A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?
The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist—almost.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
Do you like dark fiction?
Let me know in the comments down below!!

Thanks so much for hanging with me today. Have a wonderful evening!
Until next time!! 😉

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Quote Corner #23: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Hello, hello, and happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all doing well. ❤
Harry Potter’s birthday is coming up this Friday, so I decided to share a handful of my favourite quotes from the second Harry Potter book today in celebration! (I can’t believe that he’d be turning 40 years old!)
Happy reading!! 😉


“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!”
And she sprinted away, up the stairs.
What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.
“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.
“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”

“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.”

“Harry, you must know all about Muggles. Tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?”

“Your aunt and uncle will be proud, though, won’t they?” said Hermione as they got off the train and joined the crowd thronging toward the enchanted barrier. “When they hear what you did this year?”
“Proud?” said Harry. “Are you crazy? All those times I could’ve died, and I didn’t manage it? They’ll be furious…”

“You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

Fred and George, however, found all this very funny. They went out of
their way to march ahead of Harry down the corridors, shouting, “Make way for
the Heir of Slytherin, seriously evil wizard coming through ……
Percy was deeply disapproving of this behavior.
“It is not a laughing matter,” he said coldly.
“Oh, get out of the way, Percy,” said Fred. “Harry’s in a hurry.”
“Yeah, he’s off to the Chamber of Secrets for a cup of tea with his fanged
servant,” said George, chortling.
Ginny didn’t find it amusing either.
“Oh, don’t,” she wailed every time Fred asked Harry loudly who he was
planning to attack next, or when George pretended to ward Harry off with a large
clove of garlic when they met.”


Oh, how I want to reread these books! Just reading these quotes fills me with so much joy and nostalgia.
I adore the touches of humour that J. K. Rowling slipped into the series. It makes them so much more fun to read when I was younger and even now!
I love that second quote here so much that I have a sweater that says, “When in doubt, go to the library”, and it is probably one of my favourite things in my closet!

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Blog Tour – Review: The Mall

Good morning and happy Sunday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all having an excellent weekend. ❤
Today I am so excited and honored to be participating in the blog tour for Megan McCafferty’s newest book, The Mall. This is the first story that I ever read from this auhtor, but I’m so glad to say that I enjoyed it!!
This novel will be on sale this Tuesday, July 28th! 


The Mall by Megan McCafferty
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 320
Publication Date: July 2020
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty returns to her roots with this YA coming of age story set in a New Jersey mall.

The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…
Set entirely in a classic “monument to consumerism,” the novel follows Cassie as she finds friendship, love, and ultimately herself, in the most unexpected of places. Megan McCafferty, beloved New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series, takes readers on an epic trip back in time to The Mall.


Review:
Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Mall is a quick and lively coming-of-age tale set at a shopping mall in the ‘90s. It’s unique, fun, and sure to put a smile on your face!

I really, really loved the setting of this story. The choice to keep the entirety of this novel set in the shopping mall was a really unique decision, and in my opinion, it was brilliant. I loved visiting all of the different stores, but even more than that, I ADORED watching the way that the employees from different stores interacted with one another!
Something that I think would have been a very cool addition to the book is a map of the mall! Books that have maps in them are the elite. It makes the world, or in this case, the mall, seem so much more realistic and immersive!

As a nineteen year old, I could not relate well to the nineties nostalgia of the book. I understood all of the references – I mean, Cabbage Patch dolls were popular when I was young too (which is rather unfortunate because those things are anything but cute), and I’ve worn and loved scrunchies for my entire life – but other than being fun and refreshing, the ‘90s setting didn’t really do all that much for me. However, I feel that this will certainly be an element that anyone who grew up in this era will really enjoy!

This book had very short chapters, which was something that I absolutely adored. It made for a fantastic, quick pace that consistently kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat.
I also very much appreciated the fact that the chapters had titles, which were often witty to boot, and that is unfortunately something that I very rarely see in YA books these days. It’s a real shame because titled chapters make everything better, in my opinion. 

The mystery aspect of this story was fun and intriguing, not to mention totally unexpected! The treasure hunt added a really exciting twist to the book, but I wish we had gotten a little bit more emphasis on it. In all honesty, the ending of the hunt was a little unsatisfying for me.
I did very much enjoy moving from deciphering the clues and traveling from store to store in the mall with the girls, though!

I had expected this novel to have a heavier emphasis on romance than it actually did, which I as a huge romance fan, I was initially disappointed by. Upon further reflection, however, I think it was a wise and realistic choice. A lot of teenagers don’t actually have relationships or fall in love in high school, so it’s really so much more refreshing and relatable to find a YA story that focuses more on personal growth and friendships than a big, dramatic love story. I got so swept up in the thrill of the treasure hunt, and watching Cassie’s personal growth and friendships that I honestly didn’t miss having a romance one bit. 

The writing style of this book was very unique. It was written in past tense first person, but also as though the protagonist is directly speaking with you.
For instance: Wood World was the only store at the mall devoted to the boner arts. Ha! Get it? Gotcha! Just joshing! Wood World sold quality woodcrafts but whee! That’s how giddy I felt – giddy enough to come up with a dumb dick joke with no one to share it with.

An element of this book that I really enjoyed was the humour. This story ended up being way funnier than I had been anticipating, There were countless moments that had me laughing out loud, which helped shape this book into such an easy and light-hearted read! Here are a few examples:

With the tiniest push of a pinky, I sent my ex sprawling backward into the massage chair – for all I knew – he might be to this very day.

”It didn’t seem random,” I said.
“She screamed, ‘Die, Mono Bitch.’”
“What?” Troy asked. “Are you sure?”
I held my head under the faucet, swished water around my mouth, and spit it out. “Yeah. I’m sure.”
“No, it was definitely: ‘Try Melon Spritz,” Troy replied. “Maybe the mono damaged your eardrums.”

Furthermore, having read The Mall while in quarantine due to the coronavirus, it was oddly ironic that the protagonist had just emerged from self-isolation at home because she had caught mono.
After six weeks of quarantine, I was finally reunited with my boyfriend, Troy. […]
But  forty-three days of social isolation and physical deprivation had taken a major toll. 

(Oh, how I wish that this quarantine only lasted 43 days…)

Can we all take a minute to appreciate the cover?!? It’s bright, unique, and fun, which I think perfectly encompasses this story! I feel like many of the covers for recent YA contemporary releases have been very similar, and as much as I do enjoy an illustrated cover, it’s getting a little boring. This one really stands out and I appreciate how original it is. 

All in all, this was a quick, atmospheric, and zesty coming-of-age tale with a focus on friendship and self-discovery! 

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen because this novel shared a similar vibe to her work. This story had the same fun, summery feel, except this was a lot less romance-heavy than many of Sarah Dessen’s more popular books.


If you would like to read an excerpt of The Mall, you can click the link below!! 
Click here to read the first chapter of The Mall.

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You can purchase a copy of The Mall here.

You can visit Megan McCafferty on Twitter here.


 

Is The Mall on your TBR?
Have you read any of Megan McCafferty’s other books? Which one should I read next?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed!
See you again soon!! ❤

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Review: Punk 57

Hello, hello my lovely readers! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I am here with a review of the highly praised new adult romance, Punk 57. I had such high expectations for this novel, but quite frankly, I was disgusted and hated it.
Happy reading!! 😉


Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 343
Publication Date: October 2016
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Read July 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
“We were perfect together. Until we met.”
Misha
I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.
In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.
It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…
And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.
Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.
We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?
Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?
F*ck it. I need to meet her.
I just don’t expect to hate what I find.
Ryen
He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.
Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.
He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.


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Have you read Punk 57? What were your thoughts on the romance?
Have you read any of Penelope Douglas’ other novels?
Do you like new adult books?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!!

Thanks so much for hanging with me today! I hope you have a lovely night!
Until next time!! 😉

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Quote Corner #22: Daughter of the Pirate King

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day. 🙂
Today I’m bringing you a few quotes that stood out to me in one of my reads from earlier this year, Daughter of the Pirate King.
Happy reading!! 😀


Which means if I’m to keep up appearances, I’ll have to escape the ship. Then get caught on purpose. Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.

“I was carrying out a very important mission for my father when you got me. You’ve ruined my entire week. I should take an ear for that.”
“You wouldn’t take my ear. It would make it difficult for me to hear your whining. And I know how much you love that.”

“Lass, you’ve the face of an angel but the tongue of a snake.”

“Master Riden only said I ‘probably’ shouldn’t speak to her, on account of beautiful women have a way of playing tricks on a man’s mind. But it wasn’t a direct order.”
“He said I was beautiful?” I smirk at the thought.
Enwen looks troubled. “Probably shouldn’t have said that.”

Among maps, compasses, and other navigational tools, Riden has an hourglass on the table.
Had an hourglass on the table.
Now it’s broken at my feet.

I hope that didn’t have any sentimental value.
Actually, no. I hope it did have sentimental value. Lots and lots. Serves him right. In fact, why stop with his hourglass?
Riden wants to keep me locked up in his room. Well, he’d better be prepared to deal with the consequences. I rearrange his boots so each left foot goes with the wrong right one. I throw his clothing onto the floor in heaps. That’s not good enough, though. I can’t help but jump up and down on them. I hope there’s plenty of grime on the bottom of my boots.
I rearrange his bookcase. I crumple his papers. I knock everything over that stands upright.
I’m going to be the biggest pain in the arse Riden has ever dealt with. That’ll serve him right.
When the door opens a while later, I’m sitting at Riden’s desk, drawing pictures of sea creatures all over his maps, using a quill dipped in ink.
“What the bloody hell!”
“I got bored,” I say, not bothering to look at him.
“What did you do?”
“Well, I made you something. Look here. I gave this squid your face.”
There is silence, and then, “Alosa, I’m going to kill you.”
“It’ll be awfully hard to collect a ransom from my father if I’m dead.”

“Are you sure the man doesn’t want to be rid of you? We haven’t heard from him yet. I’m beginning to think we did him a huge favor. His loss was our bloody demise.”
I set the quill down and look up. “I’m out of parchment. Is there any more on the ship?”
Riden clenches his fists. I think his eyes might pop out at any moment. His face is as red as a crab.
“You don’t look well,” I note.
“I’ll have you know it takes every ounce of self-control I have not to pummel you right now.”
“Can’t imagine what it takes to break you, then. Tell me, Riden, does your skin itch to see your room so filthy?”
“I’m going to bed. In the morning, you’re going to wish you hadn’t done this.”
“Mmm. I’d be careful in the bed. I think I saw some glass shards in there earlier. You really should watch what you do in there.”
Riden rips off the sheets and shakes out his blankets. Glass does indeed fall to the floor. He takes the time to sweep it all up before dumping it over the side of the ship. At least I assume that’s what he does. Can’t be sure, since I’m confined to the room while he leaves.


I know the last quote is really more like an entire scene than a quote, but I love it ever so much! It made me laugh so much the first time that I read it, and it still makes me laugh out loud now. The humour in this story is an element that I really enjoyed!
It’s surprisingly rare to find a YA book about pirates, but I’m not sure why. A pirate ship at sea is such an exciting setting and I love the thrilling action! This story was a lot of fun and I would love to see more stories about pirates in the future!! 

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Review: Crank

Good morning! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m bringing you a review of my latest read, Crank by Ellen Hopkins. I had SUPER high expectations going into this book, and while I did enjoy the story itself as well as the writing style quite a lot, I didn’t love the novel as a whole.
Happy reading!! 🙂


Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Poetry/Verse, Mental Illness
Series: Crank #1
Pages: 537
Publication Date: October 2004
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read July 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.


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Have you read Crank? Is it on your TBR?
Have you read any of Ellen Hopkins’ other novels? Which one should I read next?
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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2020 Edition

Happy Thursday!! I hope you’re all having an enjoyable week so far. 🙂
Today I’m here with my version of the Mid-Freakout Book Tag so that I can discuss the ups and downs of what I’ve read so far this year!
Even though this is going up in the middle of July, I am only going to be discussing the books that I read between January 1st and June 30th of this year – I wanted it to truly reflect the mid-point of my reading year… and I was also supposed to post this a couple of weeks ago, but shhhh.

Happy reading!! ❤


WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?

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Most of my 2020 reads have been misses, but Daisy Jones & The Six was definitely a hit!! Between the atmospheric setting of the ’70s rock music scene and the unique writing style in the format of a series of interviews, this book has to be my favourite of the year so far!!
You can see my review of Daisy Jones & The Six here.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR?

Actually, I did not read a single sequel so far this year. Most of the books that I picked up were stand-alone contemporaries.

IS THERE A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED FOR?

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The Worst Best Man and You Deserve Each Other are two adult contemporary romance releases from earlier this year that I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on! One of them is an enemies-to-lovers story and the other is a fiancees-to-enemies-to-lovers (???) story, which both sound right up my alley. I’ve heard nothing but good things about these books and I can hardly contain my excitement to give them a go for myself. Continue reading “Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2020 Edition”

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Quote Corner #21: Saint Anything

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all having the loveliest of weeks so far. ❤
Today I am so excited to be sharing my favourite quotes from Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything, which is one of my favourite books on the planet.
I hope you enjoy! 🙂


It wasn’t that I’d broken down, but that I hadn’t been alone when I did so. You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.

As I shut the door and started to walk away, I heard him say, “Hey. Sydney.”
“Yeah?”
“You had on a shirt with mushrooms on it, and your hair was pulled back. Silver earrings. Pepperoni slice. No lollipop.”
I just looked at him, confused. Layla was walking toward us now.
“The first time you came into Seaside,” he said. “You weren’t invisible, not to me. Just so you know.”

I was used to being invisible. People rarely saw me, and if they did, they never looked close. I wasn’t shiny and charming like my brother, stunning and graceful like my mother, or smart and dynamic like my friends. That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.

He had a nice smile. Seeing it, I felt like I’d won a prize, because he was so sparing with them.

There’s a weird thing that happens when something goes from a one-time thing to a habit. Like the problem is no longer just a temporary house-guest but has actually moved in.

Just because a person isn’t talking about something doesn’t mean it’s not on their mind. Often, in fact, it’s why they won’t speak of it.

Anyway, it was unrealistic to expect to be constantly in the happiest place. In real life, you’re lucky just to be always somewhere nearby.


I’ve been a massive fan of Sarah Dessen’s writing for several years, and it’s easy to see why. I’ve always loved her characters, plots, and writing style so very much. There are a few of her books, such as this one, that I could read over and over and over again. her stories are soulful.
When I read Saint Anything for the first time, it quickly claimed the spot as one of my favourite novels of all time. I related to the main character, Sydney, like I had never related to a character before. I felt seen and understood.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotion-filled contemporary romance! 

You can see my review of Saint Anything here.

See my reviews for Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Someone Like You
What Happened to Goodbye

See my favourite quotes from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen here.

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Review: The Dead List

Good morning and happy Friday!! I hope you all had a fantastic week! ❤
Today I’m back with a review for my latest read from my favourite author, Jennifer L. Armentrout! This definitely wasn’t my favourite of her books, but it was an enjoyable story overall.
Happy reading! 🙂


The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Romance
Pages: 372
Publication Date: April 2015
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read June 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
It’s Ella’s senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran’s end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella’s carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.
Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn’t done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn’t the only one being tormented.
With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s a dark pattern hidden in the killer’s every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust.


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Have you read The Dead List? What did you think of the romance?
What’s your favourite YA thriller?
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Until next time! 😉

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Quote Corner #20: Me Before You

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day so far! ❤
Today I will be sharing a selection of my favourite quotes from a beautiful and heartbreaking contemporary romance, Me Before You.
Happy reading! 🙂


“Sometimes , Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.”

You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Your face when you came from diving told me everything; there is a hunger in you, Clark. A fearlessness. You just buried it, like most people do. I’m not really telling you to jump off tall buildings, or swim with whales or anything (although I would secretly love to think you were), but to live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Wear those stripey legs with pride.  And if you insist on settling down with some ridiculous bloke, make sure some of this is squirreled away somewhere. Knowing you still have possibilities is a luxury. Knowing I might have given them to you has alleviated something for me.
So this is it. You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt. You changed my life so much more than this money will ever change yours. Don’t think of me too often. I don’t want to think of you getting all maudlin. Just live well. Just live.

“Astonishingly, not all girls get dressed just to please men.”

The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life–or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window–is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.

“You cut yourself off from all sorts of experiences because you tell yourself you are ‘not that sort of person’”
“But, I’m not.”
“How do you know? You’ve done nothing, been nowhere. How do you have the faintest idea what kind of person you are?”

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

I placed my face so close to his that his features became indistict, and I began to lose myself in them. I stroked his hair, his skin, his brow, with my fingertips, tears sliding unchecked down my cheeks, my nose against his, and all the time he watched me silently, studying me intently as if he were storing each molecule of me away. He was already retreating withdrawing to somewhere I couldn’t reach him.
I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive perpetual. I wanted to press every bit of me against him. I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to life.
I held him, Will Traynor ex-City whiz kid, ex-stunt diver, sportsman, traveller, lover. I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh, but he was loved.

“Good to meet you, Patrick,” Will said. “And thank you for the…advice.”
“Oh, just trying to help my girlfriend get the best out of her job,” he said. “That’s all.” There was a definite emphasis on the word my.
Well, you’re a lucky man,” Will said, as Nathan began to steer him out. “She certainly gives a good bed bath.” The words came out so quickly that the door was closed before Patrick even realized what he had said.”


Oh goodness me, just reading these quotes makes my heart hurt. Me Before You remains to be one of the best romances that I’ve ever read. I found Louisa to be such a relatable character, and I adored the writing style of the book.
I recently watched the movie adaptation of this book for the first time and I can’t even begin to describe how much I adored it. The acting and the chemistry between the actors was flawless (the casting was spectacular), the soundtrack was fantastic, I loved the cinematography, and the dialogue and scenes followed the book beautifully. I was so pleased.
However, having read this book a few years ago, I have since changed my mind in terms of how I feel about certain elements and choices. I detest the ending of this story, not because it’s sad and heartbreaking, but because I think it sends a terrible message. I think that this story could actually be very harmful to some readers and possibly offensive to those with disabilities. I still think that the book is beautiful – I love the characters, writing style, setting, and story so much that I can hardly even contain it – but I strongly disagree with the ending.

You can see my review of Me Before You here.

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