Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End) – Cecelia Ahern

I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I watched the trailer for the film with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin (Gods). No matter how much I wanted to watch the film I made sure I read the book first, so no doubt I will be watching the film very soon and I hope it lives up to my expectations (always risky).

A little bit about this book… it basically follows the lives of two best friends, Rosie and Alex who have been best friends since they were about 4 years old. This book maps out their whole life through a 50 year time span and all the troubles they have along the way. This book is written in a very unique way, it’s all through letters, emails, notes and MSN messages. Not going to lie, it took me a while to get used to it, but once I did I was flying. The way it was written made the story incredibly fast paced but I never felt like I lost anything from the story which I think is a real credit to the author to be able to pull that off…

When I read this book I was in such a contemporary mood and I wanted to read something a bit mushy and full of love. This did have elements of love but I’ll tell you now it wasn’t all sunny, there are some moments when you’re screaming at the characters to just look up and see what’s right in front of them, and trust me it takes them a while… so if you want something really lovey dovey perhaps this isn’t the best option, but this in no way detracts from the quality of the story! This book also had me literally laughing out loud at some points, some lines were so witty and genuinely hilarious! But it’s not all laughs there are some very serious moments that are all relatable to someone and involve moments in everyone’s life that are meaningful which makes the audience for this book so wide and diverse!

I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and a nice book to read anywhere. I wouldn’t say it was a quick read as it was almost 500 pages (although it does span about 50 years so fair play) but I would still recommend it to everyone and anyone who wants to read a light hearted, fun book! I’m going to rate this book 4 out of 5 stars * * * *, it was nice to chug along with but the only reason it wasn’t the full 5 stars was because I felt as though the book never quite reached a climax and kind of just ambled along. But that was my only real issue.

If you’ve seen the film or read the book I would love to hear your opinions so feel free to leave them in the comments below. And also if you feel as though it was an accurate representation pop those down in the comments as well.

Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

AHHHHHHHH (in a good way)

As most of you probably know, Zoe Sugg or Zoella, is a famous YouTube star with over 6 million subscribers, her beauty, fashion and fun videos engage a nation of fans (including me). A while ago she announced she was writing a fictional book, a life ambition of hers that she can now cross off her bucket list (lucky bugger). As a big fan of hers I was SO EXCITED, so when I unwrapped this on Christmas day I squealed internally (or I might have squealed out loud, I can’t quite remember). Some of you may think that this review might be biased because I’m a big fan of her videos, it honestly isn’t, and if I hated this book (which CERTAINLY is NOT the case) I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you.

So to the book. It is about a young 15 year old girl called Penny living in Brighton and struggling with friendship changes, recently occurring panic attacks and general teenage life. Penny’s only comfort is her family, her best friend Elliot and her anonymous blog (so I’m blogging about a book about blogging. Inception.) On her blog she talks about all the things that she feels she can’t speak about out loud. At Christmas her parents get an amazing job opportunity in New York so they all fly out for a few days. Whilst in New York Penny meets Noah, a beautifully cheek-boned young man *swoons* *wolf whistles* *winks*.

I would describe this book is with one simple word. Adorable. At the beginning Penny’s life is just so relatable, I understood everything that happened as most every girl struggles with these problems on a daily basis. On multiple occasions I found myself grinning from ear to ear whilst flapping my hands around (I’m sure you can relate) it was just so cute and sweet and all things that a girl would want to happen to them and it was just so ‘awwh’ worthy that you almost want to explode…

This book was such an easy read that I read it in one day, I honestly couldn’t put it down and even when I wanted to, I tried to find a reason why I should, on every occasion I came up with nothing. There was a beautiful twist at the end, which I was half expecting, but I was expecting more of a ‘bear right’ than a full on ‘hair pin turn’. I really like that I was surprised.Overall I genuinely adored this book, it’s now one of my absolute favourites!

Although there has been this big scandal about it being ghost written, I still love it and it’s still a fantastic read, although I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, whether you’ve read the book or are thinking of reading it pop your opinion in the comments.

Anyhow I’m giving this an amazing 5 out of 5 stars * * * * *.

One of the best books I’ve read all year! (and that’s saying something!)

The Railway Children- E. Nesbit

The classic story of the Railway Children is no doubt a beautiful story, yet I found myself a little bored, this could be (probably is) because of these factors, 1) I have seen the film many times so I was familiar with the story already, and it pains me to say that the film was better and that literally goes against everything i believe in… 2) I feel as though the age demographic is of someone younger than myself 3) I usually read books that are filled with high action and high intensity and this book was the equivalent of one of those children’s rides you find outside of a supermarket…

The plot of this book is a very touching one (and I probably would have cried if I hadn’t already seen the film). The main protagonists are three children named Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis. One night in their privileged town house in London, their father is taken away for some unknown reason, because of this they are forced to move away to the country side in which they grow a loving bond with the railway and all the people working there. They go on many adventures and befriend an old gentlemen, who you never learn the name of… which kind of annoyed me…

Another way this book bothered me a little was the fact that it was really gender stereotypical, which after I watched Emma Watson’s speech the other day (wasn’t it amazing!?!) I have felt really strongly about gender equality and some of the lines in this book I was like WHAT? NO, GIRLS CAN DO THAT TO! And it just angered me a bit, however I did take into consideration the time in which it was written, set and all that shebang but still it annoyed me… a lot…

In summery this was in fact a lovely book, I however just found it a bit boring, because of that I’m going to give it three out of five stars * * *.