Mini Monthly Reviews: July

Monday, 10 August 2015

This is the second new monthly feature I've decided to begin along with my monthly roundup feature. Rather than doing lengthy in-depth reviews, which can very quickly get monotonous, I'm going to do quick mini reviews of the books I've read this month. Longer book reviews can be found on my Goodreads account, here. So lets get on with it shall we.

This month I only read 3 full books. Since I've already reviewed The Humans, I'll leave that out; the other two books I read were The Opposite of Loneliness and Fangirl.

The Opposite of Loneliness - Marina Keegan

The only decent part of this book is the eponymous essay The Opposite of Loneliness. Anna Fadiman in her introduction to the book says that "Marina was twenty-one and sounded twenty-one". She is right. For Fadiman this is the reason Marina's writing should be glorified. For me, the writing just seems unrefined. Obviously, this can't be helped but I feel that if it weren't for Keegan's tragic death then this would never have been published, because it shouldn't have been. The stories are just the kind of story a university student would write. It's the kind of thing I could probably write if I had no inspiration. It's obviously very sad that someone so young died and she did clearly have potential. But I don't think this warrants this book being published. I feel that it was something that should have stayed between her friends and family. Sorry.


Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

This was my first foray into Rainbow Rowell's work, and I had high expectations. Fortunately, my expectations were met. I loved this. It's just the kind of cutesy thing I used to pretend to hate. It's your standard boy meets girl romance, but more suited to towards the era we currently live in. I thought that Cath and Levi were very well written and defined. The only issue I had with this book is that the ending didn't feel like a satisfying conclusion. But it was very cute and very enjoyable!


Hopefully I'll be less busy next month and be able to read a little bit more.

Thanks for reading! 

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