Book Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Read: 10th June 2013
After reading and falling in love with Niffenegger’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ and finding out about this through a friend, I decided to read it straight away. I was not disappointed. It was such a charming book and hard to put down, meeting not only the main characters of the twins, but the people around them who are prominent in the book and make the book even more interesting. It was an interesting view on ghosts and what life is like after you die, and the various stories woven within the main storyline was really interesting, my favourite being the story of Martin, who has OCD. This was not only because I’m very supportive of mental health awareness and equality/access to support, but I’d never read a book about someone with OCD and to have that part in the book made it that bit better for me, to see how other people perceive him and how his life is affected by it.
This book really is fantastic and well worth a read.
My rating is 5/5 – you will not regret buying this one!
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.