Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote a books post! I guess it’s time to catch up. Here’s what I read in February:
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lipincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
This book in two sentences: Stella Grant has cystic fibrosis, and she uses social media to cope with her illness, which she manages very carefully and strictly. But she’s lonely, and when she meets fellow patient Will Newman, he’s determined to become friends with her, even though they need to stay six feet apart from each other at all times.
What I liked and what I didn’t: I liked learning more about cystic fibrosis, which I didn’t know a whole lot about before. I loved the plot and sympathized with the character; I can’t imagine what it would be like to be so sick. I liked reading about how they dealt with their illnesses ind different ways. What I didn’t like about this book is that it didn’t feel like anything special. I think the representation is important, but beyond that it felt boring. I also didn’t love that it was a novelization of the film. I know this has been done before but it feels redundant to have the book be the exact, exact same as the movie.
Recommended for: fans of The Fault in Our Stars, an obvious comparison because both involve sick teenagers falling in love.
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
This book in two sentences: Annika is an awkward girl who finds socializing painfully uncomfortable and would rather be playing chess or caring for animals. She falls in love with Jonathan, breaks up with him, and then they find each other again after ten years.
What I liked and what I didn’t: I liked it a lot! Reading it was a fun experience. At times I didn’t like reading about Annika’s awkwardness because it felt like secondhand embarrassment, but I did love how Jonathan cared for her both in college and then ten years later as adults. The ending didn’t fit the story for me but I also understood why it was the way it was. I totally acknowledge that’s something that makes no sense until you read it.
Recommended for: fans of The Rosie Project and those who like emotional stories.
In total this month:
Total number of books: two
Number of fiction books: two
Number of nonfiction books: zero
Books by people who are not white dudes: two
Total number of books this year: eleven