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Sharp objects by Gillian Flynn

 

sharp objects.jpgSynopsis:

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

My review:

4/5 stars

It is unforgettable indeed.

I picked this up from the library and read it over a week. This is not a book that you rush through and finish in a day.

It’s also not for the faint hearted. Because it’s so wicked, ugly and haunting, I couldn’t—wouldn’t—get immersed into it. I guess you could say that right from the start I got that vibe and I didn’t want to have nightmares. Too bad, because last night I got into it and dayumn—that book!

Comments on the ending: it’s not a happy ending with the main woman being with her love. She ends up with people taking care of her finally but after all the horrors, it’ll be a while before she cam continue normally, mostly years. It’s all traumatising.

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In real life by Jessica Love

 

in real.jpgSynopsis:

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

My review:

4/5 stars

After the amount of buzz it got through ARC reviews, I really wanted to read this one. Also, the blurb does sound interesting.

I liked it! Hannah and Nick only ever spoke through the phone and internet, exchanged pictures and told each other everything. They’ve been best friends for years.

When her parents are out on a holiday, Hannah decided to do something different than her usual follow-the-rules thing and travel to Las Vegas to be there for the huge gig Nick’s band snagged. Her sister and real life best friend and excited that she is being a fun teenager for once and they start off the next day before Hannah changes her mind.

Since this was a surprise, Hannah is surprised at the secrets Nick was hiding and she found out during the gig. She doesn’t really forgive him and everything between then is awkward. They end up hanging out with Hannah’s entourage and Nick’s circle.

A lot of things happen, many many, in that night. I don’t want to spoil everything so you’ll have to read it yourself.

I liked Hannah. Okay, sorta lying, I don’t like her but her character is nice. She has flaws and is kind of uptight but ultimately she’s a teenager, so it’s all cool. I didn’t crush on Nick but he’s nice as well.

Comments on the ending: happy ending. Happy hapy how you expect. For a while I thought it might end up like Tonight the streets are ours by Leila Sales where they go awry and it’s more about the girl finding herself in the process. But no, stick till the end and it’s good.

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