Title: Paperback Crush
Author: Gabrielle Moss
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: Oct. 30, 2018
This book was nostalgia city. I’ve always been a huge reader. I was so about The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley Twins/High (my sister is four years older than me, so I actually started reading the “High” books before “Twins” even existed). I read The Secret Circle series a billion times the summer between my sophomore and junior years, pretty much ignoring all human interaction for Cassie’s story of being initiated into the witches’ club.
Paperback Crush covers more than just the usual suspects, though, really delving into the books that kids and teens loved over those two decades. Some of the books were before my time, and some of them were after, but I enjoyed revisiting old favorites and putting some new titles on the never-ending TBR.
The book reads like a Buzzfeed article, which has its pluses and minuses. It was certainly readable, but I did find the author’s criticism of some of the books tiring after awhile.
Overall, I would recommend, especially if you were a young reader in the 80s/90s. Now excuse me while I search Ebay for a copy of the first Fabulous Five book.
Title: Nine Perfect Stranger
Author: Liane Moriarty
Release Date: Nov. 9, 2018
Man, is this a hard one. I cam upon Liane Moriarty’s books with Big Little Lies four years ago when my commute was about an hour each way. The commute was the only time I “read,” using the time to get through a pile of audiobooks I’d snag from the library. I was immediately enamored with her writing (and with the awesome narrator’s awesome Australian accent). I was less enamored with The Husband’s Secret, although I found it an enjoyable listen as well.
Nine Perfect Strangers is…different. Somewhere around the half-way point, the main character of the book discusses the book she is currently reading. A supposed mystery where the mystery had still not occurred at its halfway point. This pithy tongue-in-cheek is kind of funny, but also kind of exasperating. (Slow to start and then goes off the rails in a kind of unbelievable way.) I’m not going to get into the plot of this book, but I am going to say that this is NOT Big Little Lies. It is slow to start and weird and has a lot of character to follow (um…nine of them).
That said, I have a real appreciation for how detailed the characters in this book are. I’m currently working on my first novel, and I am just blown away by the thought and detail that had to have gone into all of these characters. Basically, I would give the story a two and the characters a four. I do think it is worth reading, but I wouldn’t go in with super high expectations.