Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review: How I Made It to Eighteen by Tracy White


How do you know if you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown? For seventeen-year-old Stacy Black, it all begins with the smashing of a window. After putting her fist through the glass, she checks into a mental hospital. Stacy hates it there but despite herself slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. Based on the author’s experiences, How I Made it to Eighteen is a frank portrait of what it’s like to struggle with self-esteem, body image issues, drug addiction, and anxiety.


It is a comic book essentially.  The comics are all black and white, but it doesn't feel like you're reading a comic, it feels like a regular fiction book.  Her humor is great and the pictures are simple and effective.  The story takes us through her stay at a mental hospital that was very recent as it is a brand new book.  I would recommend this for virtually anyone, it is a great, quick read.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review: Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks


When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, Adrienne Willis is thrust into a devastating midlife crisis. Suddenly abandoned at 45, she reels without purpose. Lacking any clear plan, she accepts a friend's invitation and flees for a weekend to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina. Located near the northern tip of Hatteras Island, this Outer Banks retreat seems well suited to be a quiet respite, but a brutal storm destroys any sense of sanctuary. Adrienne's stranding is complicated and relieved by the presence of Paul Flanner, a 54-year-old physician with his own shattered past.


Nicholas Sparks is my absolute favorite author and I have yet to read a book by him that I did not like.  While I did see the movie before reading Nights in Rodanthe, I believe the book is much better.  Adrienne and Paul are astonishingly real and it's not hard to relate to their plights, no matter your age.  I would recommend this book to all those hopeless romantics out there, but also to anyone in need of a good cry.