About halfway through April I asked for recommendations from Twitter for what books people think I would like and I got so many books I can’t fit them all into one post. So I’m going to do them in pieces. This first one includes a book I had read a couple months ago and the books my library had super short holds on. The others will be coming slower as I have to get copies of them and some have really long wait lists.
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
This was a recommendation from Lorryn which I read right when social distancing efforts started and it I loved the majority of it. Overall I’d definitely recommend it. The whole story was a fight between good and evil and what makes people good or bad. It seemed to draw inspiration from multiple other horror stories (like Kill Creek and IT) but it was also super unique.
The story starts out with a missing child… and then another decades later. When the second child comes back things slowly change. The buildup is so amazing I don’t want to say more than that because spoilers. Definitely go read it!
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I listened to this on audiobook as that was how Reg told me to read it. I loved how relatable it is even after I’ve been out of high school for so long. Elizabeth Acevedo really hit the nail on the head and took me back to high school.
The relationships and characters were so perfect. I wish the book was longer because I loved the character development so much they seemed like friends and actual characters. The supportive teacher character gave me such de ja vu but I don’t know from what..
I’ve never listened to a book in verse and also because of this I don’t know if it all was or not but there were so many parts that resonated so much. Lots of topics were prevalent in the story that teenagers should be hearing.
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
This was recommended by Luna on a different tweet when I asked for cute contemporaries. It finally came in at the library. It took a lot longer to get into than I expected and each time I started it again I had to get back in the zone for the writing style. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction or historical romance like this novel is and that was 100% the problem because it did use older language.
To combat this I decided I was just going to put aside a night to read the second half straight through. Then I wouldn’t have to keep getting re-invested in the story. I ended up loving the second half. The second book is already on my Goodreads TBR and has been there since before I was even done.
I loved how there were higher stakes for both to win or lose and they also communicated about these things. So often couples in books just ignore problems and wonder why things blow up in their faces.