Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Often when one book is fantastic by an author, there’s a good chance that additional books he or she has written will be good. In this case, it was better than I imagined, with a story line that was far removed from the tragedy of Me Before You. Well, there was still a hint of tragedy, but my thoughts were more like “how can this get any worse for her” and “should I be worried that I’m not going to get a happy ending” and “wow, I didn’t expect that, but I love it!” Thankfully, no kleenex was required. This book is a love story, multiple love stories actually, as only Jojo Moyes can write. I won’t go into details for fear of revealing too much of the plot, so you’ll have to trust me. I have to say that I also appreciated the author’s subtle commentary on modern day materialism and the loss of human connection – it makes you stop and think for a bit.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I was a little worried about the story in the beginning, a flashback told from a 7 year old’s perspective, but once the mysterious events started to occur and you’re introduced to the three women living on a neighboring farm, you get sucked in. I felt like this is the first time since the Harry Potter series, where I have been able to suspend belief and journey to an imaginative and thrilling world of mystique. At around 200 pages, it’s not a big commitment for such a great entertainment return.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Unlike my experience with Jojo Moyes, reading this book was a huge disappointment after first reading Green’s incredibly moving The Fault in Our Stars. I can’t even describe the point of the book except a road trip with two friends to help one of the boys get over a recent breakup. The plot was predictable and dragged on too long.