Friday, 17 January 2014

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park landed on my desk a few days ago. I had forgotten why I had ordered it, and it appeared to be a romance, a genre I generally steer clear of. However, I figured there must have been a good reason I wanted it, so I started to read.

Eleanor has just moved to a new school. She's a chubby redhead with terrible fashion sense, so she's not really kicking any goals in high school. Park is half Korean in an all-white American town, as well as being interested in comic books. Despite this he manages to be vaguely accepted by the popular kids, so he doesn't want anything to do with Eleanor. He knows that she could damage his hard-won acceptance.

This is one of the brilliant things that Rainbow Rowell does in this book. She writes so truthfully about adolescence. It really brought back the sting of high school. Park is a decent kid, and he feels guilty about the way he avoids Eleanor, but doing crappy things like that is something we have all experienced in our teen years.

The the slow and inevitable fall into love is captivating to read, and heartbreaking.

So why did I order it? Well, the official Captain of Awesome (according to me, anyway) John Green loved this book. Read his review of the book here.

So now you have to read it.

This was published in the US as a YA book, but we appear to have copies that have been published in the UK as adult books. Both adults and teen welcome!

- Celia

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Aussie YA reads

Links to titles above:

Ambelin Kwaymullina- The interrogation of Ashala Wolf & The disappearance of Ember Crow

Gabrielle Lord- Conspiracy 365 series

Sue Whiting-Portrait of Celina

Lucy Christopher- The killing woods

Amie Kaufmann & Megan Spooner- These broken stars

Other Aussie YA authors to check out:

John Marsden

Melina Marchetta

Rebecca Lim

Alexandra Adornetto

Steph Bowe

Jessica Shirvington

Happy reading

Courtney :)

Monday, 6 January 2014

The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride
Author/Artist: Yangsze Choo

Set in the late 1800's, The Ghost Bride follows the story of Li Lan, nearly eighteen and living in Malaya. In such a time, girls her age would typically already have married, and although Li Lan has been proposed to, it is not an offer she is keen to accept. A marriage into the Lim family, who are very wealthy indeed, would in any other circumstance be a most joyous proposal. Unfortunately in Li Lan's case, their son is dead,  she would be married to a ghost.
Unwilling to accept the life of a widow, expected to mourn over the grave of a man she never even knew, Li Lan declines such an offer.This is when the haunting begins. Night after night, the son of the Lim family worms his way into her dreams, until eventually Li Lan grows ill as a result of the constant encounters. She visits a medium and is giving a remedy to help fight the ghost's intrusion. Halting his attacks only briefly, Li Lan breaks down one night and doesn't take enough care whilst measuring out the dosage.
Now, only barely alive, she is stuck in the world dead, a wondering soul unable to rejoin with her own body.

I absolutely loved this book. For someone who had slightly lost my passion for reading and struggled to find something I actually wanted to read, this book was so refreshing and so intriguing. I actually battled with myself, desperately wanting to finish it but also wanting to draw it out so that I could enjoy it for longer. I'm really hoping a sequel will be written.

You might like this if you like......: Spirited Away

Age: 15

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