Recently Read: Five Books + Ratings

“Bribes are the glue that’s kept teenagers and parents connected for generations”

― Gayle Forman, If I Stay

#1 Stolen by Lucy Christopher

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Synopsis:

While on a layover at Bangkok Airport, 16-year-old Gemma, the unknowing object of a long obsession, is kidnapped by Ty and stolen away to the Australian Outback.

Nederlandse omschrijving:

De zestienjarige Gemma wordt tijdens een vakantie met haar ouders ontvoerd. Haar kidnapper neemt haar mee naar de outback van Australië, het ruige binnenland. Gemma, een echt stadskind, vindt het landschap om haar heen woest en wreed. Er is in de wijde omtrek geen mens te bekennen en ontsnappen lijkt onmogelijk. Gemma heeft geen andere keus dan proberen er het beste van te maken.

My favorite quotes:

“Lets face it, you did steal me. But you saved my life too. And somewhere in the middle, you showed me a place so different and beautiful, I can never get it out of my mind. And I can’t get you out of there either. You’re stuck in my brain like my own blood vessels.”

“And it’s hard to hate someone once you understand them.”

“When the darkness gets easier, you know you’re sinking deeper, becoming dead yourself.”

“The people we care for aren’t always the one we should”

“Where are you going?” I asked.
“The middle of nowhere.”
“I thought this was it.”
“Nah.” You shook your head. “This is just the edge.”

“It was like I existed in a kind of parallel universe, thinking thoughts and feelings that no one else understood.”

Rating:

5c1-1-1-1

#2 Joyland by Stephen King

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Synopsis:

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work in a fairground and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Nederlandse omschrijving:

Devin Jones heeft het best naar zijn zin in het amusementspark Joyland waar hij een zomerbaantje heeft en zijn liefdesverdriet probeert te verwerken. Zo naar zijn zin dat hij besluit zijn studie te onderbreken om een tijdje in Joyland te blijven.

Hij raakt in de ban van de verhalen over de jaren geleden vermoorde Linda Grey, wier geest nog altijd in het spookhuis rondwaart. Er gaan geruchten dat er in de buurt meer jonge vrouwen zijn vermoord, op precies dezelfde manier…

My favorite quotes:

“When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.”

“When you’re twenty-one, life is a roadmap. It’s only when you get to be twenty-five or so that you begin to suspect that you’ve been looking at the map upside down, and not until you’re forty are you entirely sure. By the time you’re sixty, take it from me, you’re fucking lost.”

“It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then.”

“You think Okay, I get it, I’m prepared for the worst, but you hold out that small hope, see, and that’s what fucks you up. That’s what kills you.”

“Love leaves scars.”

Rating:

4c-11-1 (2)

#3 If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Synopsis:

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

Nederlandse omschrijving:

Een schitterend verhaal over liefde en verlies, en de moed om de juiste beslissing te nemen wanneer je leven letterlijk in je eigen handen ligt. Het leven van de 17-jarige Mia draait om muziek: ze wil graag naar het conservatorium en haar vriend Adam speelt in een populaire rockband. De toekomst ziet er rooskleurig uit. Maar wanneer Mia met haar ouders en broertje een dagje uitgaat, gebeurt er iets waardoor haar leven in één klap verandert… Gayle Forman, voormalig journalist en wereldreiziger, maakte internationaal veel indruk met haar debuut.

My favorite quotes:

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”

“And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it.”

“Please Mia,” he implores. “Don’t make me write a song.”

Rating:

4c-11-1 (2)

#4 The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

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Synopsis:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Nederlandse omschrijving:

Voor 35 meisjes is de selectie dé kans op een beter leven. Zo kunnen ze ontsnappen aan een armoedig caste-leven en opgenomen worden in een wereld vol glamour. De selectie biedt de mogelijkheid om in het paleis te wonen en te strijden om het hart van prins Maxon.
America Singer vindt het echter een nachtmerrie. Ze moet haar geheime liefde opgeven en haar thuis verlaten voor een strijd om een kroon die ze niet wil. Ze moet in een paleis wonen dat continu wordt aangevallen door rebellen. Dan ontmoet ze prins Maxon en twijfelt ze aan alles. America realiseert zich dat het leven waar ze altijd van gedroomd had in het niet valt bij de toekomst die ze nooit voor mogelijk had gehouden.

My favorite quotes:

“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”

“No, I’m not choosing him or you. I’m choosing me.”

“The best people all have some kind of scar.”

“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”

“It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.”

Rating:

4c-11-1 (2)

#5 Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey

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Synopsis:

What if you could remember just one thing? Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Back home she finds the place horribly unrecognizable – just like she sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud…

Nederlandse omschrijving:

Elizabeth is zoek’ staat op het briefje in Mauds zak. Het is in haar eigen handschrift geschreven, net als het briefje op de muur.
Maud wordt vergeetachtig. Ze koopt perziken op sap terwijl ze al een kast vol heeft, vergeet de thee te drinken die ze zelf inschonk en schrijft briefjes als geheugensteuntje. De mensen nemen haar niet meer serieus.
Maar ze is vastbesloten te ontdekken wat er met haar vriendin Elizabeth is gebeurd en wat het verband is met het raadsel dat haar al zo lang kwelt: de nooit opgeloste verdwijning van haar zusje Sukey, vlak na de oorlog.
Een vaardig geschreven mysterie, een onvergetelijke stem: je zult lachen, huilen en huiveren.

My favorite quotes:

“I remember when the houses used to whiz by as I walked—nearly running—to and from home. Ma would ask me afterwards about what I’d seen, whether certain neighbours were out, what I thought about someone’s new garden wall. I’d never noticed; it had all gone past in a flash. Now I have plenty of time to look at everything, and no one to tell what I’ve seen.”

“But it’s not true. I forget things—I know that—but I’m not mad. Not yet. And I’m sick of being treated as if I am. I’m tired of the sympathetic smiles and the little pats people give you when you get things confused, and I’m bloody fed up with everyone deferring to Helen rather than listening to what I have to say.”

“I don’t look up. It’s such a little thing—knowing where to put cutlery—but I feel like I’ve failed an important test. A little piece of me is gone.”

“Oh, Helen,” I say. “I’ve been meaning to tell you. That girl you’ve hired, she doesn’t do any work. None. I’ve watched her.” “Who are you talking about now? What girl?” “The girl,” I say. “She leaves plates by the sink and there are clothes all over the floor of her room.” Helen grins and bites her lip. “Pretty good description. Mum, that’s Katy.”

“An ancient noise, like a fox bark, makes an attempt at the edges of my brain.”

“The sun’s in my eyes and it’s difficult to see. The shape of her is distorted by the light, circles of her silhouette removed as if by a pastry cutter.”

Rating:

5c1-1-1-1

Happy reading!

Liefs,

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