#AYearAThon Wrap Up Jan 5-11: Standalones

Hey everyone!

So from January 5-11 I participated in #AYearAThon, a Goodreads group that hold week long readathons every month of the year. January’s theme was standalones and I managed to read three books.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The first book I read was Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I absolutely loved it! The love story was sweet and believable. I was impressed with Rowell’s ability to emulate the confusing, awkward and sometimes thrilling feeling of being in love and surviving high school. I finished the book in a day and plan on read Rowell’s other novels including Attachments, Fangirl and Landline. If you are looking for a YA romance that deviates from the formula and tells a heartfelt and sometimes heartbreaking story about the relationship between two teenagers in 1986, then Eleanor & Park is for you. I gave it five stars on Goodreads.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

After finishing Eleanor & Park, I decided to pick up The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and I have to say I was not impressed. I don’t know if it was the hype that made me expect something more from the book, but I thought it was just average. Hazel, the narrator, could be annoying and quite unemotional at times and I thought the dialogue was unrealistic. Also, the storyline with Peter Van Houton was a bit far-fetched. I gave the book three stars on Goodreads.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The final book I read was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This was the first LGBT romance I’ve read and I have to say I was very impressed. I loved how flawed Aristotle was. He was an angry young man, trying to discover how to be a man. Coming of age stories are always a joy to read when done right and this is one of the better ones out there.

So that is it for the January #AYearAThon. Stay tuned for my post about the February readathon which has the theme of diversity.

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