Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
This was my March Book of the Month Club pick. This was about twin sisters, Ava and Zelda. Ava is living in Paris and Zelda is at home still, trying to keep the family winery from bankruptcy and taking care of their sick mother. Zelda dies in a fire and when Ava goes home, she uncovers a lot of things from the past she doesn’t want to deal with, as well as clues that her sister might not be dead after all. She works on uncovering what really happened and what Zelda is up to. Another winner from BOTM. This was good.
As Close To Us As Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner
Summer, 1948 Connecticut. Three sisters take their families and vacation on the beach every year. This summer, one of the women’s sons dies in an accident. The story is told my Molly, who was 12 that summer. It’s mostly told in past tense, but we hear about that summer, as well as all about their families and things that happen before and after that summer. This was a good story, but not really memorable. If you are sick of WWII era books, this mentions almost nothing about the war.
The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
I picked this up not expecting much from it, but it was so good. It’s a book about books. Ava’s twenty-five year marriage has ended. Her kids are grown and moved away. In trying to deal with everything, she joins a book club. It’s a small book club. For the new year, they choose a new theme and everyone is to pick the book that matters most to them. Ava picks a book she read the summer her mom committed suicide, also the summer after her little sister dies. Her daughter is also living in Paris and is basically a junkie. Each have their own issues to work through. I seriously loved this one.
The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth
I’ve liked all her books so far and this didn’t disappoint. Zoe is in high school and lives with her mom. Zoe also has really bad social anxiety. She has one friend at school, but otherwise she can’t even talk to anyone else. It’s always been just her and her mom. Then her mom is diagnosed with cancer. Alice has no one to help her and relies on another woman, her nurse, to help her with Zoe so she isn’t put in to foster care. This was a good one. Be prepared to cry though.
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
I saw this on Nicole’s page, so I picked it up when I saw it at the library. I am not sick of WWII era books yet. 16 year old Noa is pregnant by a Nazi and kicked out of her home. She cleans a railroad station as a job and one day, discovers a boxcar full of babies. She takes one, as she is still missing the baby that was taken from her. She takes off and is found by the circus. They agreed to keep her on, but she must learn trapeze. She is taught by Astrid, who has her own secrets to keep. They form an odd friendship. This didn’t end the way I thought it would, but I liked how it ended. This was also more about the circus life than the war. The war was just something that effected their day to day life.
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
My April Book of the Month club pick. If you are a child of the 80’s, you’ll probably like it just for all the references. This takes place in 1987. Billy taught himself to code and make video games. He spends all his time with his friends, doing typical 14 year old boy stuff. While trying to figure out how to obtain copies of the Playboy with Vanna White on the cover, he kinda stumbles upon Mary, who also loves to code. Together they decide to build a game to enter a contest. This was different than a lot of what I’ve been reading, in a good way though. It didn’t end how I thought. Some stuff happened that just made me go ‘what?’, but it was really good.
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
This one I didn’t like. I didn’t even finish it. I got about a third of the way through (which was about 60 pages, it was short) and quit. This was about a woman in New York. It wasn’t so much one story, but each chapter was a story of something that happened at some point in her life. She was a mess. Self destructive personality. I didn’t want to read another book about how someone screws their life up and then can’t figure out what happened.
Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia
Hattie is in high school. She can’t wait to leave her small town. On a forum talking about all things NYC, she meets someone. They start talking and it goes from there. But then, she’s found dead. Peter has just taken a job as a high school English teacher. He has moved with his new wife to her small hometown to take care of her sick mother. He hates it. He and his wife are just drifting farther apart. Then he meets someone in an online forum. This was told in the present after Hattie’s death and in the past from her point of view. It was good and had a good twist at the end.