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.
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.
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.
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.