Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness



❝Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.❞

A Monster Calls is a deeply moving and emotional story of a boy named Conor, whose mother is ill and there's nothing he can do about it. But that's not what's in this book, no. While Conor's still trying to cope with his mother's illness and bullying in his school, there's a monster outside of his house who might or might not be an imagination. You don't know if the monster is actually a monster, or it's just a dream Conor is having. But that doesn't scare him, because has had far more horrifying nightmare which he can never forget.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


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I can totally see why this story has become so huge, and now turned into a show. While scrolling through everyone's review, I saw that most of them had given it high ratings. I might not totally agree with the story, which is apparent from my three star rating, but I still think it's a very important book. The only issue I had was that the story didn't truly justify the suicide.

This is a very intense book, discussing many serious issues, but most importantly: suicide. The story starts off after Hannah commits suicide, and leaves cassette tapes with thirteen reasons why she ended her life. And while I think the message this book gives is very important and should be read by everyone, how even a small act you do could leave a major impact on other's life, I still feel confused, and can't fully agree with some of Hannah's reasons. One might think how such a small action drove her towards ending her life, but it added to the pain and struggles she was going through at that time.