Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Okay, so this book is about a set of twins, Cath and Wren, attending university. Cath is keen for them to remain close as they were as kids, to share a dorm room etc, whereas Wren wants to stretch her wings (har har… Wren… Stretch her wings… never mind) and gain some independence. So Wren goes off out and parties a bit too hard, while Cath stays in and writes her fan fiction for a famous book series. However, this part I Wasn’t too interested in, I tended to skip over those bits where she writes out fan fiction. I think this was partly because I knew nothing about the series she was using as a platform to write from… it was a fictional series but I felt she didn’t exactly introduce it to the reader. Other than that, which wasn’t actually the main aspect of the book, I loved the development of each twin, and the other characters they get to know. I think it was quite accurate to the feelings one can have at the start of their university experience. Rainbow Rowell is a really good writer and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Paper Towns by John Green
I absolutely love John Green, and as much as it kind of pains me to say it, this book was just basically a non-thing for me. I vaguely remember reading it. I sort of remember what the premise of the book was, but it really didn’t do much for me. I think this is mainly because the main male and female characters in ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘Looking for Alaska'(the John Green book I read last month) merge into one because they have no defining features. I’m sure there will be people who disagree with me, but I just really wasn’t impressed by this one.
The Collecter by John Fowles
This book is so. freaking. creepy! I loved it! The story is about a lonely young man who collects butterflies. Over some time, he notices a girl, Miranda, and becomes infatuated with her. He memorises her schedule, and carefully prepares a cellar room for her to stay, while telling himself he has no real intention of kidnapping her. However, a time presents itself that’s just too perfect, so he kidnaps her hoping if he keeps her she will eventually fall in love with him. He has no malicious intention of keeping her there (!) he just wants to look at her, the way he wants to peruse his collection of butterflies. He promises he will respect her and will shower her with gifts and all the comforts of home as long as she does not leave the cellar. The writing was just so gripping, and in a similar style to that of Stephen King’s Misery . Told from the collector’s perspective, the tone is a very calm, deliberate one. You hear about the tactics Miranda attempts to use to escape through this neutral tone which makes it somewhat more uncomfortable to read as he is calmly rationalising his actions. You read how she attempts all manner of things to convince him to let her go, it really is such an interesting read. One I would definitely recommend.
Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
This book was my holiday read this year. And I really, really actually loved it. Although I first I found it really difficult to adjust to the idea of Bridget being fifty years old and with children, and I wondered why Fielding hadn’t just carried on with the story from where we left off, getting married to Colin Firth and living Happily Ever After. So it definitely took me a couple of chapters before I was comfy with the setting and scenarios. However, it was all very ‘classic Bridget’ in the end, and actually pretty insightful about single motherhood. I very much enjoyed this one, and if you are a fan of Bridget Jones anyway, this will not disappoint.