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Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes by Robert Jacoby

Title: There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes

Author: Robert Jacoby

Publisher: Cloud Books

Publication date: October, 2012

Softcover: 342 pages

Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone

How I got this book: Galley from Publisher



Why I chose this book: This book had such an interesting synopsis, it was really hard to not want to read it.  It just seemed like it was going to be a very intense read.

Synopsis:

You need your eyes, don’t you?


So does Richard Issych. Two weeks ago he overdosed. Now he’s fighting for his life, finding threatening notes like that one on his nightstand.

There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes is the story of 19-year-old Richard Issych, who wakes to a harsh new reality inside an inpatient unit. Now Richard’s journey turns into one of revelations and struggling through his own reasons for being as he discovers new meanings for redemption, sacrifice, hope, love-and the will to live.

In the end, what are the reasons Noah packed no clothes? Richard can only imagine. But it has something to do with a size 3XL bowling shirt with the name “Noah” stitched over the pocket.

Review:

What first drew me into this novel was the synopsis, the idea of a boy who failed to kill himself, and is then put into a mental ward where there are a bunch of other people who are deemed “crazy”.  Not only is it so intriguing, interesting, and heartbreaking to read about, but it’s a topic that people tend to stray away from because it’s taboo, it makes people uncomfortable.  So to see it talked about like this in such an intimate way is very refreshing.

It’s really easy to understand the main character , Richard.  We’re in his mind like we’re hearing his thoughts exactly as he’s thinking them.  This gives the reader a very vivid view of the character not just in how he acts, but also in how he thinks, which I think is critical for a novel like this one, where what you’re thinking about is pivotal to the story.  I also like the idea that we don’t always know if what Richard is thinking/seeing is what is correct.  A lot of authors tend to have this character that is always right and all-knowing, even though in real life people are much more flawed.  We can see in Richard how those types of flaws play out.

Though I may be contradicting myself on my last point, sometimes it is hard to follow Richard’s thinking process.  I think this is both a bad and a good think.  On the one hand, it makes it so much more realistic and honest, but on the other it makes it harder for the reader to follow along and understand exactly what’s happening.

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes, I would.  It’s a beautiful story that’s truly worth the read.  I would give it four stars. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Title: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: Harvest Books

Publication Date: April, 2008

Softcover: 191 pages

Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone

How I got this book: Bought



Why I chose this book: I didn’t necessarily choose this book.  It was required for me to read for one of my classes, and decided to share my feelings on the book with you guys.  Whether you’ve read the book or not, it’s an interesting thing to learn about.

Synopsis:

At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter . . .

Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by an elite valuation firm. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. 


But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his relationship with Erica shifting. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.


Review:

I would have never read this book had it not been assigned to me in one of my courses.  The synopsis sounds interesting enough, but it’s not my typical style of book.  It’s a quick read, easy to flip through the pages to see what happens at the end, but it’s definitely not a book for everyone.

Here’s why: It’s aimed towards people who want to learn more about how Muslims were treated after the events on 9/11.  Or maybe not even that, but just what the world was going through at that time, in the perspective of a man who is not native to America. 

It’s a decent read.  I would recommend it if you, like I mentioned above, want to get a different kind of perspective on a major historical event that happened in America.  I think the idea of the book is to try to get you to think or dwell on things, but that’s not really how it happened for me.  I read it, it was okay, that was that. 

A quick read, interesting, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

Calling All Werewolf Fans

Dear Readers, 

If you’re a fan of the werewolf, then you’ve probably read the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. I’ve read most of them, though I haven’t reviewed all of them on my site.  Cremer’s romance scenes are definitely swoon-worthy, but did you know that some of the seen were cut from the books because they were too intense?

Want to read a steamier version of the Nightshade series?  Captive the first book in the Forbidden Side of Nightshade series, is just what you’ll be looking for.  Now, don’t be fooled, this version is still by Andrea Cremer, full of all those scenes that were cut out of the YA books.  However, she’ll be writing this series under the pen name A.D. Robertson.

This new series, aimed towards adults, will contain even more unseen back-story to the Nightshade characters you already love.  You won’t be left wanting–this new series is going to be full of werewolves, dark witches, and earth-defying romance.  

This book comes out in late October, so don’t forget to keep checking your bookstores for your own copy. 

Check back soon to see my own review of Captive before the book’s release date!