Some months, I unintentionally have a theme to what I’ve read. This month was abuse. 3, if not 4 of the books I read covered it in some way. Close Enough To Touch is in the picture, and I tried, but I couldn’t get into it, so I didn’t finish it.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
I really don’t read many YA books, but sometimes they are all over the place and you cave. This was good, if not easy to figure out. I’m glad she set out to live her life, even if it killed her. What’s the point if you aren’t really living? You could say this is abusive book number one.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Let me just say, holy shit. This entire books was one big WTF. It was good, but I was left with more questions than anything. Jack and Grace seem to have the perfect marriage, but really, Jack is an abusive asshole. He’s not abusive in how you would think though. Sure, he’s super controlling, gives her no money and doesn’t let her leave the house on her own. He has reasons though and let me just say they are more sick than what I just mentioned. This entire book could be one big trigger though.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
This is classified as a YA book, but I think it’s more adult. Josie is the daughter of a prostitute in New Orleans in 1950. All she wants to do is get out of there and go to college. She keeps trying, but then a man dies, she gets involved without meaning to, and lots of stuff happens. It was a good story though and I liked it.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Lane’s mom commits suicide and she moves back to Kansas to live with her grandparents and her cousin. Both being teenagers, they get along fine. Lane knows her mom hated it there, though she doesn’t know why. She finds out and leaves. 11 years later, she gets a call from her grandfather that her cousin is missing and goes back. It goes back and forth between past and present. This ended up being another abuse book. I don’t want to give the story away, but it all comes back to the abuse. It comes out quick enough though so you know going through it what’s going on, but not how it will end for Lane. It was well written and I did like it. It’s very sick and twisted, but written well so it doesn’t feel as sick? That might not make sense until you read it.
Salt of the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I really don’t read many YA books, yet this is the third this month. Out of the Easy was good, but this was better. I like reading historical fiction, especially if I can learn about events I didn’t know about. This is the story of three teenagers, trying to escape the hell that is the Nazi’s and flee East Prussia. The goal is to get to the coast where ships will take them west to safety. This is also the story of the Wilhem Gustloff and how the Russians sunk it with a torpedo. The ship was suck in January of 1945, with estimates of 9,400 people killed.
Never Let Go by Chevy Stevens
Back to the abuse. This was more of the domestic variety and was more run of the mill. Domestic violence, she escapes, starts over, and he goes to jail for something not related to the abuse. Years later he is out of jail, reconnects with his teenage daughter and swears he has changed. She doesn’t believe it. Someone is basically stalking her and has been in their house. I’ve read other Stevens books and liked them, but this was just ok. The whole premise seemed kinda far fetched.
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Laura works for an elderly man as his personal secretary. He has no heirs and leaves everything to her. She’s going through a rough time and as much as she feels she doesn’t deserve it, she takes on the job he left for her – to find the owners of all the lost things he has collected over the years. With the help of a teenage girl with Down syndrome and the hot gardener, they all find their place and work to figure out how to return the items. This started kinda slow, but was a really sweet book and I ended up liking it.
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck
You can see my whole review here. If you read The Paris Wife, this covers Hemingway’s second marriage. It’s told from the point of view of Mariella, their maid. Marbella’s dad recently died and she takes the job to support her mother and sisters. She is never really his girl, but they do flirt with disaster.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was one of my Book of the Month picks for June. I loved the only book of hers I’ve read, so I couldn’t pass this one up. Evelyn was a legendary film actress from the 1950’s through the 80’s. She was married seven times though and hasn’t done an interview in years. She contacts a magazine and requests a specific person to interview her, though no one can understand why. The majority of the book covers Evelyn’s life. We learn how she became a star and the story behind each husband, including who the love of her life was. We ultimately learn why she chose Monique to interview her. Super good. It makes me wonder about all those other celebrities who have been married multiple times.