Grown-up pose by Sonia Lalli – Book Review

Synopsis

Adulting shouldn’t be this hard. Especially in your thirties. Having been pressured by her tight-knit community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai is now on her own again and feels like she is starting from the beginning.

But Anu doesn’t have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she’s ever done—and she’s still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She’ll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants.

My Review

We meet our protagonist of the story, Anusha Desai, a woman in her thirties. She is an Indian who lives in Canada. Anu comes from a closely Knit, tight and cultural family. She falls in love with Neil and marries him. Now she has a beautiful daughter, Kanika. When time passes, Anu realizes that she is not happy with her husband, so she decides to get a divorce.

Later on she finds Ryan, a white man whom she falls in love with but in the middle of the story she understands, he is not the one for her. Now Anu is alone and she is desperate to find her true love.

The story is witty and amazing. I love the setting and how the cultural differences have been brought out. The cultural differences in the two countries bring about different challenges into the life of Anu. But, I was a bit disappointed with the protagonist, because I felt that she tend to run away from problems, rather than discussing them. Anu herself has created such massive problems in her life. If only she discussed them openly with her mother, or her husband, things would have been better.

This aspect actually affected on my idea about the book. The story felt a little tedious, and going in the same direction. Except for that, the rest of the story was amazing and simply loved how it ended.

My Rating

That is all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed this review. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. Until the next post,

Stay safe! Stay Blessed!!

XOXOX

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman – Book Review

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Synopsis

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

My Review

“When the silence and the loneliness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.”

Eleanor Oliphant is 30 years old, working as a financial assistant to a company. She lives a lonely life, where she does not have any social interactions at all. But she doesn’t worry.  She has been working in this company since the day she left university. Every Wednesday she speaks to her mummy over the phone, and drinks Vodka during the weekend. She seems perfectly ok.

Eleanor meets Raymond who works in the same company, in the IT department. To Eleanor, he seems to be the most unhygienic person that exists in the world. As if by destiny, they become very good friends, after they helped an almost dying person on the street, by taking him to the hospital. This incident becomes the first turning point in her life. Eleanor and Raymond’s friendship started to bloom after this incident, which makes her understand that she is not at all ok, even though she thought so.

I found Eleanor as a lonely person, who lives her own life, does not care about others opinions and pays attention to very minor details. I was listening to the audio book, and every bit of it was wonderful. I felt all the emotions that Eleanor went through in her life. She has gone through so much.

It is amazing to see how Raymond was able to change the life of Eleanor, in a completely positive manner. He brings the best out of her and always expects the best for her. I loved both the characters, Eleanor and Raymond, which brings light to the whole story.

The story is all about love, caring, family, true friends. It was emotional. Sometimes it made me cry and also, laugh. The narrator of the audio book, Cathleen McCarron, has done a marvellouse job. Her voice brings life to the characters and the story.

In the end, what I felt was, there can be so many Eleanors’ in our society. But do we pay attention to them? No right? True friendship and understanding can change another persons life, just like Eleanor’s. The book carries the weight of this real life situation. What an amazing, heart-touching and emotional story!!!

It is indeed a book that should be read by everyone. Great work by the author, Gail Honeyman.

“These days, loneliness is the new cancer—a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.”

My Rating

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(5/5 Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much

That is all for today folks, do not forget to leave your thoughts and ideas about this book in the comments below.

Until the next post,

XOXOX

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In Over Her Head : Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series #2) By Krysten Lindsay Hager – Book Review

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Foe today’s book review, I thank the author, Krysten Lindsay Hager for sending me a free copy of the ebook, in exchange for a honest review. I read the first book of this series and fell in love with the story, so when Krysten emailed me to ask, if I could read and review the second book, I was more than happy to do it.

You can read my review of the first book of the series by simply clicking here

Without further a do, let us head into the review.

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Synopsis

Cecily wants a big life, but can she handle it?

Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her.

Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?

My Review

As I mentioned before, I have read the very first book of this series. Therefore I did not hesitate to read the second one. This is what made me the book so special to me;

  1. The Characters – Specially the character of Andrew, made me want him as my boyfriend 🙂 😉 He is understanding and he is the type of boyfriend, every girl wishes for.
  2. The story deal with a few deep topics, such as anxiety, dealing with anxiety and relationships at a deeper level.
  3. Completely romantic and cute, full of love and drama.
  4. Speaks to the hearts of the reader, I feel specially to the young once (not forgetting not so young once, like myself 🙂 )
  5. The  book can be called as a clean young adult book.
  6. It is well related with the first book, but it can be read as a stand alone too.

I told Krysten, that I will need more time to read this book, since my schedule is way too busy, but here I am finished reading the book in a couple of days. It was that nice and sweet. Helped me to forget some problems that I was facing, and allowed me to get myself buried in the cute love story of Cecily and Andrew.

My Rating

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