The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion | Book Review

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Hello, my bookish friends. Hope you’re doing great. Well, I was supposed to have a hectic day full of work, but I got the day off, and the things that I need to get done are postponed for two days, so I guess the odds are in my favor today. So, I’m going to review The Rosie Project and The Rosie effect. Let’s start!

Don Tillman is a geneticist professor who has Asperger’s syndrome. He lives his life by specific routine, obsessed with planning, and scheduling everything in his life. When it comes to relationships, he’s never had a second date, and he hasn’t dated anyone in a long time. So, he decides to start ‘The Wife Project’ to find his perfect soul mate that is exactly like him. However, when he meets Rosie to help her find her biological father, he changes ‘The Wife Project’  to ‘The father project’ and along the journey of searching for her father, he can’t help himself not to like her. After finding his perfect soul mate for life, Rosie. Now he wants his life to be exciting and full of unpredictability. So, they decide to move to New York together. While he has a lot on his plate to deal with, Rosie surprises him with her sudden pregnancy that makes it hard for him to digest. However, Don will face some difficulties in preparing himself to be the perfect father for his child.

I have mixed emotions about those two books. I liked them, but I didn’t love them that much. The Rosie project started with Don as the narrator in an interesting way. He’s quirky, serious, and he has a sense of humor. And the way he always evaluates and plan for everything in his head is fascinating. But, when he met Rosie you could notice how complex for him it was to break his routine and try something different. Let’s talk about Rosie. She’s literally the opposite of Don’s character. She is confident, brilliant, and fierce. I think her character added something unique to the plot. The possibility of two incompatible people ending up together is what made me want to read the book till the end. I couldn’t put it down, because I was so engaged in the book. On the other hand, The Rosie Effect wasn’t as enjoyable as I thought it would. I couldn’t even finish it! The plot was repetitive, which made me feel so annoyed. I didn’t care about the other characters, or what happened to them. I just kept flipping the pages until I read the last page only, because yeah it was really that boring. However, if anyone asks me whether to read those books or not, I would tell them to read the first one only, because the second one is so disappointing.

Have you read The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect?

I’d love to know your thoughts on those two books.

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Holding Up The Universe By Jennifer Niven | Book Review

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“I’ve always thought you should be able to freeze time. This way you could hit the Pause button at a really good point in your life so that nothing changes”

When Libby’s mom passed away, her life, crumpled down. She started gaining weight and hiding in her house, because she didn’t want anyone to see how she’s become. Her sadness felt like a prison that kept her from doing so many things. One day, Libby had a bad  panic attack and she couldn’t breathe or move, because of her massive weight. So, she was rescued from her house by a crane, and the ambulance took her immediately to the hospital. After a while, she decides to lose weight and talk to a therapist to help her become mentally and physically healthy. As a result of working so hard on herself, She made a choice to step into the real world and go back to school after being home-schooled in the past.

Jack Masselin is so popular at school. Everyone knows that he’s funny, too confident, and that he has a group of friends who enjoy bullying kids in school. But, nobody knows that he is actually hiding behind a mask, to hide a major secret. He suffers from Prosopagnosia , which is called ‘Face Blindness’. Every day he wakes up, every one to him is a complete stranger. He doesn’t recognize the faces of the people he knows, even his own  family. Therefore, the damaged part in his brain makes him differentiate people around him by specific details. Like, their voices, or gestures. So, every single day is like a mystery he has to solve, otherwise, he is screwed. However, When Libby goes to his school, he can’t help to not notice her. Eventually, they will meet at the right time, and in some way, they’ll help each other.

My favorite thing about the book is that is told from Libby and Jack’s point of view. The chapters are so short and fast paced, and there are so many relatable quotes in the book. Let’s talk about the characters. I didn’t like Jack’s character that much, but I sympathized with him about how he hid his ‘Face Blindness’ from everyone. I just can’t imagine what it feels to wake up every morning, going through the day trying to guess the names of everyone you meet. It must feel devastating and exhausting. But, I thought it was interesting to know more facts about the ‘Prosopagnosia disorder’  from Jack himself, and how he dealt with it every day. I totally understand how Jack pretended to be someone else rather than himself, because he felt that it was a lot safer to not show the world who you really are. On the contrary, Libby has spent most of her life hiding from people, because of her weight gain. But, after she got better, she wanted the world to see how courageous and unstoppable she is. I wish I was fearless and self confident when I was fourteen like Libby. She has her own personality, she is honest, says what’s on her mind, and doesn’t let anyone underestimate her. She’s so vibrant and full of life. The dancing parts in the book were so much fun, and I loved how Libby felt so free While she was dancing. Seriously, I was like, Go Girl! Own that Dancing Floor! I just wish that book existed when I was a teenager, it would’ve changed how I felt about myself back then. Sometimes, all you need is to believe in yourself, and break free from your own comfort zone. There’s so much in life to experience, don’t let your own fears hold you back. Eventually, I had such a lovely time reading this book. It’s so heartwarming and it definitely teaches you something at the end.

Extraordinary Means By Robyn Schneider | Book Review

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“It’s strange how can lose things that are still right there. How a barrier can go up at any moment, trapping you on the other side, keeping you from what you want. How the things that hurt the most are things we once had.”

This book follows the story of a seventeen year old boy named Lane. He’s ambitious, and he has a bright future ahead of him. But, his life takes a different course when he gets diagnosed with Tuberculosis. So, his parents decide to send him to Latham, which is a sanatorium and boarding school at the same time. This place has strict rules and specific routine that each kid must follow to feel better. When Lane arrives there, he meets Sadie. A girl he met at school camp years ago. After a couple of days, he joined the group. So, they informed him about all their secrets and how they bring banned food, and sneak out in the middle of the night without anyone knowing about them. When Lane develops a crush towards Sadie, he feels alive and happy more than ever. However, the reckless actions of the group will affect each one of them in a way they never thought of. A heartfelt story about family, friendship, love, believing in second chances, and finding your place in the world.

Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher | Book Review

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“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”

This book follows the story of Hannah baker. Two weeks before she committed suicide, she sent out a box full of seven cassette tapes to some people in her school, who mistreated her, or spread false rumors about her. Hanna’s voice explains thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Each tape exposes a secret. One day, Clay Jensen receives a package on his doorstep from his crush Hannah. However, Clay decides to wander through the town, and listen to all the tapes in one night.

Such a compelling story, yet so heartbreaking. This book made me stop for a while, and think about how some people are completely oblivious to the fact that their words and actions have the power to change someone’s life for better or worse. That’s why we need to choose our words wisely, and rethink our actions.