With Malice by Eileen Cook

I’ve been posting about this constantly, but yes I did read With Malice. I sort of came into the book uncertain because of the similarities with the Amanda Knox trial. A couple years ago I watched the documentary based on the Knox trial and when I read the description of With Malice I was on the fence. I understand creative differences, but I still felt the story was based off of Amanda Knox (I may be stubborn and ignorant).

“It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.

As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.”- Goodreads

Overall,  With Malice is a great book. If I ignore my prejudice against the book then I loved it. This book was fast paced and wonderfully written. The characters are fantastic. Normal narrative is broken up by police interviews (which I love). So, so, so interesting to be able to read multiple character opinions on the crime. This is without a doubt a great book. I only wish it was more orginal. This review is short because I don’t want to rave about the book and I also am not angry enough to rant about it. 

I’m super busy this week, so I just quick threw my thoughts together! Have a great Sunday!


The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

So, I guess I have been reading a lot of books involving rape lately. They cut so deeply into my heart and I always find emotional strain with the damage left on the victims even if they end up with justice against their abuser. The Way I Used To Be was no exception and it is a wonderful book.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

This was a different read for me. It is still Science Fiction/ Fantasy and the narrator is a teenager however the book itself is less emotion driven and does not have the same young adult feel. Maybe everyone else still thinks it is 100 percent young adult, I personally think it is more on the brink. Either way I loved it. The characters had great dynamic and the premise is so so so interesting. I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads only because sometimes I don’t feel like reading extensive details that I thought weren’t important (although they probably were….)

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The Siren: Kiera Cass

In the acknowledgments portion of The Siren she said this was the first book she had ever written! What?! Apparently this book was not good enough to be published at the time and only now was published because she became popular from The Selection series! I cannot believe it! I prefer this book over The Selection series and I am so shocked it was deemed unworthy of publishing. Just shows how tough the industry is!

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The Silver Linings Playbook: Matthew Quick

Admittedly, I have seen the movie many times before I ever read the book. If you haven’t read or seen The Silver Linings Playbook, it is about a man named Pat Peoples who is recently released from a mental health facility. His one goal is to get his wife, Nikki, back, so the whole novel is based on his mental journey of being back in his parents home surrounded by old and new friends while he tries to come in contact with Nikki.
Sometimes I really enjoy reading novels that feature serious topics such as depression, but other times I hate these same books because they can bring me back into my own depression if I mistake myself for the main character (this is normal, right?). Anyways, this novel was great and sent thousands of great messages about mental health and it seems like a more mature version of It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

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Every Exquisite Thing: Matthew Quick

First of all, this book published May 31st and I found it in my library June 2nd. Are you kidding me? I also finished it in the matter of 3 hours or so in the same uncomfortable chair, and I LOVED it.

This book is quirky as it follows Nanette and her journey after reading a right of passage novel, “The Bubblegum Reaper.” (This book and the author are completely fictional and all for purpose of Every Exquisite Thing) Basically, I loved this book (so much to say that twice). It focused on finding oneself and also the disadvantages to investing yourself into fiction world and characters at the expense of yourself.

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Book To Movie: Paper Towns

Book by John Green, Screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

I read this book a couple years ago when I went on a huge John Green reading marathon. I liked Paper Towns but not as much as The Fault In Our Stars. The nerdy boy friend group in this book was probably my favorite thing. I liked the mystery of Margo, but just not enough to become fully engrossed in the book. So, as the book progressed and he learned more about Margo and searched for her I found myself more or less shrugging it off.

Enough of the book! Here is how I thought the movie adaptation did! (I am not going to be very nitpicky about this because I decided not to re read the book)

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