Book Title: You Against Me
Author: Jenny Downham
Read: 29th August (2013)
Another Jenny Downham book – Apologies! The story of this book at first seemed predictable, ‘boy meets girl’ type book, however the actual storyline was incredibly gripping. It’s a story of a girl who accuses a boy of raping her. The girl’s brother and the boy’s sister then meet and basically fall in love. I couldn’t put it down, it was such a fantastic read and I was disappointed when I realised I’d come to the end of the book and I couldn’t continue. Although fairly basic and aimed mainly at teens, it really is a great book.
My rating of this book is 4/5. Definitely a great buy for a teenager or someone who loves romance novels.
Book Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Date Read: October 3rd (2013)
‘Wintergirls’ was a short but surprisingly good read. At first I felt it was slightly hard to get in to, but after a while I soon felt really empathetic towards the protagonist, Lia (despite never having an eating disorder).
The main story is about Lia, who has an eating disorder. Her best friend Cassie has died. It follows the story of her dealing with Cassie’s death whilst trying to deal with an eating disorder at the same time. The insight into Lia’s mind was so interesting it made me wonder whether the author had ever experienced an eating disorder, as it seemed so real and detailed.
Lia meets a boy later on in the book, and me being the typical romance lover I expected this to develop more, however (much to my disappointment) it does not amount to much.
The end of the book was good, although it felt somewhat cut off. As if there was more to say but not enough pages.
Overall, I give this book 3/5. I’d recommend especially to those interested in psychology or just a detailed look at the mind of an anorexic.