Book Review: Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Wasted my time.

First let me explain about the 2 stars.
A star for the unbelievably happy unrealistic young adult romance book perfect characters. We all wish for people like these in our lives.

Another star for those 2 perfect pages on what the book is supposed to be. Those pages when Mae actually interviews a woman in the train about life and love.

Otherwise the rest 99% of the book is pure cheesy, young adult insta love, all over each other, we-cannot-live-without-each-other kind of stuff till the last page of happily ever after of two 18 year olds who met each other by chance!

What are the odds?!

Mae is someone who knows what she wants. Yet she is in a relationship with someone who she knows she doesn’t want to be with at the beginning of the story. She is judgemental and pessimistic and really unlikable.
And just like that when she knows she is going on a trip she left him just like that. With no explanations!

And then there is Hugo, one of the sextuplets.
He wants to be somewhere alone, exploring things, needs to stay away from his siblings for a while and see how life is different apart from being as one of the sextuplets.
He gets dumped by his girlfriend at the beginning of the story.
The thing is that they booked tickets with her name. And all he has to do is to find someone with a similar name to make the trip happen.

So that’s how they meet.

Then insta love happens.

Then nothing much happens.

Then cheesiness happens until the 100th something page.
And I actually thought the story is about to change for good.
Those two pages on actual ‘Field Notes On Love’ happened when Mae interviews a couple they meet during the train ride.
The questions asked and the answers given are truly life endearing. And I really started believing that this book is going to be one of my fav reads.
BUT…
PISS…..

It goes back to being cheesy.

Then being too cheesy…

And nothing much than only being more cheesy till the last line.

Damn, those two pages were so valuable and perfect.

Had it gone that line for the rest of the book, it would have been so damn good.
Had it been a little different how it ended and actually have moved towards how the characters viewed their lives as they had At the beginning it would have been better.
But nothing changed.

It is all about meeting a good looking boy for the girl. And a good looking girl for the boy.

And just insta love happened and last for them till the end of the story. Sadly, that’s all.

The characters were fun to begin the book with. But they were like all high, rather too happy and pumped up, too desperate for finding a love interest for the main characters.

I tried my best to like this one. But meh! I have read enough YA books to last a lifetime for such rerepeats.

I appreciate the understanding parents and the siblings, the respective confidantes of each, the supposedly strong independent characters who have a different dream of their own; having two guys as parents and how a family with sextuplets struggles.

But it seems like it is trying to hard to be sweet and good that I cannot bear it.
And trust me you wouldn’t miss out on much if you don’t pick up this one.

The cover looks so good though😍

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Book Review: Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Wasted my time.

First let me explain about the 2 stars.
A star for the unbelievably happy unrealistic young adult romance book perfect characters. We all wish for people like these in our lives.

Another star for those 2 perfect pages on what the book is supposed to be. Those pages when Mae actually interviews a woman in the train about life and love.

Otherwise the rest 99% of the book is pure cheesy, young adult insta love, all over each other, we-cannot-live-without-each-other kind of stuff till the last page of happily ever after of two 18 year olds who met each other by chance!

What are the odds?!

Mae is someone who knows what she wants. Yet she is in a relationship with someone who she knows she doesn’t want to be with at the beginning of the story. She is judgemental and pessimistic and really unlikable.
And just like that when she knows she is going on a trip she left him just like that. With no explanations!

And then there is Hugo, one of the sextuplets.
He wants to be somewhere alone, exploring things, needs to stay away from his siblings for a while and see how life is different apart from being as one of the sextuplets.
He gets dumped by his girlfriend at the beginning of the story.
The thing is that they booked tickets with her name. And all he has to do is to find someone with a similar name to make the trip happen.

So that’s how they meet.

Then insta love happens.

Then nothing much happens.

Then cheesiness happens until the 100th something page.
And I actually thought the story is about to change for good.
Those two pages on actual ‘Field Notes On Love’ happened when Mae interviews a couple they meet during the train ride.
The questions asked and the answers given are truly life endearing. And I really started believing that this book is going to be one of my fav reads.
BUT…
PISS…..

It goes back to being cheesy.

Then being too cheesy…

And nothing much than only being more cheesy till the last line.

Damn, those two pages were so valuable and perfect.

Had it gone that line for the rest of the book, it would have been so damn good.
Had it been a little different how it ended and actually have moved towards how the characters viewed their lives as they had At the beginning it would have been better.
But nothing changed.

It is all about meeting a good looking boy for the girl. And a good looking girl for the boy.

And just insta love happened and last for them till the end of the story. Sadly, that’s all.

The characters were fun to begin the book with. But they were like all high, rather too happy and pumped up, too desperate for finding a love interest for the main characters.

I tried my best to like this one. But meh! I have read enough YA books to last a lifetime for such rerepeats.

I appreciate the understanding parents and the siblings, the respective confidantes of each, the supposedly strong independent characters who have a different dream of their own; having two guys as parents and how a family with sextuplets struggles.

But it seems like it is trying to hard to be sweet and good that I cannot bear it.
And trust me you wouldn’t miss out on much if you don’t pick up this one.

The cover looks so good though😍

Book Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Actually I finished up reading this amazing book 2 days ago. Well….the book hangover for this one is really BAD😁
IT GOT ME REAL BAD.
(ok, enough of the caps lock)

Wow! What can I say!
Taylor Jenkins Reid! She always gets me. I don’t know how come she writes everything so perfectly.
Damned flawed characters, damn unplottable plots (if I can say that!) and damn realistic fiction all put together making us follow these characters until we tattoo them on our hearts no matter how heartbreakingly fictional they are.

It’s all about the band members of the 1970s band Daisy Jones & The Six’, a huge one album hit band.

There’s nothing much to write as well as so much to write in the review about this book but the less I write and if I am able to convince you to pick up this book, it will be more than enough.

It tells about how the band came up and what goes inside in making a hit record.

One disclaimer though, this story is much more than just music and lyrics and drugs.

We all know why we loved reading ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’.
Yes, reading this one gave me the same vibes. The same feels. Maybe much more intense.

I would like to say this book is just not all about Daisy Jones. Yes, she is an important character here. What makes this book so damn amazing is the way it has been written. Every character is given importance. They have a say. Like in an interview. Of course, nothing much to spoil here. In an interview format.

It made me see each character distinctly, made it easier for me to read and yes, it is so damn realistic how everything was described like how shows and events have been described by each person involved in the making of Daisy Jones and the Six.

It reminded me of the time when I had my own first copy of the Rolling Stones magazine!

I don’t know if you would equally love this book as much as I do being a music fan, as well as being used to be an ardent follower of my fav bands and singers, trying to absorb each and every word they muttered in interviews or lyrics.

And regarding the one album hit wonder, I am so glad that Taylor included lyrics of the songs mentioned towards the end of the book.
However, I am still left incomplete as the lyrics of ‘Honeycomb’ is not there in the entire book.

Well, some issues that readers might have are the incessant drug use and alcoholism associated with music and bands; infidelity; dominant characters; haphazard lives of the band members; rocky marriages; choosing one’s own life unwilling to ‘settle down’ or commit; abortion.

However, all these are outshined with the characters’ way of turning their lives around, willing to change for good, bringing up rehabilitation and the characters willing to go for it.

The last few chapters are heartbreaking but the book ended so well.

My favorite character turns out to be Camila Dunne.
I would say, if there wasn’t a character like her in this book I would have easily given up this book midway.

As much as the author wants to portray Daisy Jones as the main character and everything to revolve around her, it is the other characters that make her character stand out. Otherwise what’s the point of being eccentric and crazy when there’s no one to actually acknowledge it😉

Maybe Taylor use this trick too well!

*The book starts slow. Have a little patience. It’s the later half that will clutch your whole being. Trust me.

Book Review: The Similars by Rebecca Hanover (2019)

This one is something in between a 3 star and a 4 star read.
Being the page turner as it is, I am happy I read it👍

*Highlights of the book:
✅The plot is good, fast paced
✅The writing style is smooth and engaging
✅The character development is good, each character has their own identity inspite of being ‘clones’
The cover does justice I would say.

*However, the blurb is a bit too over enthusiastic.
Before I picked up this book I thought all the 6 clones would be identical instead of a one-person-one-clone. Maybe I got too over hyped in my head!

Themes involve suicide, death, grief, young adult romance, virtual reality/world, science experiments.

I would say the characters were handled well.
But I cannot say the same for the romance and the ending.
Some parts come out to be abrupt while some parts need more explanations. I felt everything was explained while I was reading this but in the end I was left confused as I felt the explanations given at the end of the book as a bit rushed up.

I wish more emotions were displayed amongst the characters, aa I felt the chemistry between the characters started out fine at the beginning but as opposed to be more strong towards the end, it kept crumbling!

The story was kept going with mere unpredictable action sequences which could be regarded as ‘twists’ but in the end I felt less enthusiastic as every character started being dull towards the end without much part of each as opposed to how it was at the first half of the book.

I feel this book would be better off as a standalone rather than the first book of a series.
Because I am not at all curious what would happen next.

Overall it is a one time good suspenseful, action packed, young adult, science fiction fantasy read.

Book Review: Sincerely Yours(2017) by Sentilong Okuzum

Sincerely Yours (2017)
By Sentilong Okuzum @sentilongozukum ✨✨✨OMG! One of the rare 5/5🌟 Reads!!!✨✨✨ ❣️ 9 tales or short reads in total. ☕️ Absolutely loved the first one named ‘Grandfather’ – hilarious and poignant. Deals with death and acceptance of one’s own death.
The second one ‘Grandmother’ comes off as hilarious too, dealing with the taunts and tactics of a teen boy and how his long hair created a big issue and how it is being dealt with by his family. Full of life lessons.
The third story ‘A Fearful Symmetry’ talks about an urban folktale lineage. It is really awesome as well as creepy to read yet charged with emotions.
The fourth story ‘Silent Screams’ is about the conflict between beliefs and scientific explanation and family pressure on a young boy.
The fifth story ‘The Service’ talks about our misguided beliefs regarding worship/ beliefs and how we judge a person without knowing anything about him/her.
The sixth story ‘Mama’. Definitely the best, the most touching, the most realistic, the most relatable, the most assuring story of the book. It talks about the boundless love of a mother.
The seventh story ‘The Price of Justice’ is the actual food for thought. It discusses in details about corruption, justice, equality and change of the current time.
The eight story ‘Grace And I’ talks about illness, health, death and our belief in god and destiny. It defines hope.
(Well, one blunder in this one though. Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria and not by virus.) The ninth story ‘Sincerely Yours’ (which is the book title!) is based on the theme of young adult abandoned romance. Well, this one turned out to be the best abandoned romance story that I have ever read!
Wow!
What a ride!
Kudos to the author for such a perfect little book👍

Book Review: Sin Is The New Love by Abir Mukherjee

Almost ruined by the cover!
This book came to me at the right time!
It was such a good read that I approached the author regarding the cover as the cover almost ruined my interest before I picked up the book.
The story is really, really dark and awesome. I have never read a book like this before.
The characters are really gloomy in a weird good way, if I am making any sense here.
It just developed the plot so well.
The story has been narrated from two perspectives. The main protagonist, Ahi as a publisher finding the unexpected autobiography of her fav writer, Devang Awasthi.
As was seen and heard by many, and as per the bestsellers by such an author, the autobiography spoke just the opposite of what the author was in real.
I wouldn’t go much into details as it would lead to spoilers. And for psychological thrillers we don’t want that. Once spoiled, forever spoiled☺️
Just pick up this book, you won’t regret it.
👍Awesome writing style
👍Different, unique plot concept
👍Realistic characters
👍Realistic events

And again I would say I really hate the cover with a vengeance!

But I would so recommend this one with some trigger warning regarding strong language and explicit scenes.

Book Review: Something I Never Told You by Shravya Bhinder

An easy breezy romance read with a sad ending👍

This the story of Ronnie falling in love with Adira and pursuing her, trying to woo her and make her choose him in the end.
I read the book in an hour or so because it was so easy to read and follow. The writing style is yes, good👍
However, the character development is weak and there was no chemistry between the main characters. As an individual character, each character was ok to deal with but what am I supposed to feel when they were falling for each other yet they seemed too distant?
Ronnie’s character was him as he should be but the character of Adira was really out of reach till the end that I was left confused as to what I should feel about her at the end of the book.
It was meant to be a sad story but I actually didn’t feel that sad or heartbroken.
Somehow I feel good that the story ended on such a positive note. Yes, hopeful.
My favorite chapter was the last chapter. So many things happened yet the ending was so satisfying.
Kudos to the writer👍