The Distance Between Us – B
This was a sweet love story about a poor girl who falls for a rich guy. Except there’s a lot more to it than that and some secrets that come out. I really enjoyed the main character’s quirkiness, her perspective was always interesting.
Dark Places – A
In typical Gillian Flynn style, this book was really compelling and also pretty dark. It’s about a woman, who when she was a young girl, survived when her family was murdered in her home. At the time, she testified that her brother was the one to do it. As an adult now, she’s starting to realize that it may not be true, that she may have just been saying what she thought the adults who were helping her through that time wanted to hear. She then goes through the process of trying to figure out what really happened — and I never would’ve guessed the ending, even though it makes absolute sense.
Dare Me – C
This one was where the weird comes in. It’s told from the perspective of a high school cheerleader. Her team gets a new coach, and the coach turns out to be a wildly inappropriate women who has the girls over to her house to drink. The coach also tangles the main character up in the unexpected death of someone they all know — but no one knows how he died. It’s just a very strange little book, it seemed a bit too far from reality for me to really enjoy.
The Husband’s Secret – A
Oh my. This book is about three different women, two who’s husband’s are keeping pretty big secrets, and one older widow who lost her daughter when she was young and now her son, his wife and son are moving overseas. They all have pretty big things to deal with and very different personalities, but their stories overlap in the most insane ways. When the big “bomb” of the book was dropped I was seriously mind blown in the best way.
Something Like Normal – B
This book was a sweet teenage romance. The guy in the book just got back from serving overseas, and he’s required to take a bit of a leave to mentally deal with what he went through. After reading Marcus Luttrell’s books, it seemed like what he was experiencing was pretty accurate to what Marcus and those he knew experienced in real life. He also has to visit the family of his best friend, who lost his life. The girl has a few things to work through as well — and of course, they do it together. It’s a sweet story.
Keep Quiet – C
This book is about a father and son who accidentally commit a crime, and then chose to cover it up. It was interesting and I really wanted to know what happened and read it quickly…but the author seemingly tried to make it all better in the end, and to me, what they did was still wrong and couldn’t really have been made all better. It left me unsatisfied.