February & March Reads

Sunday, March 31, 2019

 Book 4:
"Forever, Interrupted" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
When Elsie Porter meets Ben Ross, the connection is unexpected but instant. They fall head over heels for each other, and six months later, they elope. Sadly, their marriage is short-lived. Only nine days after wedding, Ben is struck by a car and killed on impact. While grappling with her own grief, Elsie must also face her mother-in-law, a woman who didn't even know Elsie existed until now. Switching between Elsie's budding romance with Ben and the awkward tension with his mother now, "Forever, Interrupted" is a story about all different kinds of love.

Unfortunately, because I'm writing this review two months after finishing the book, I can't say as much as I wish I could, or as well as I could. However, I do know that I loved this book, which is really no surprise because it's TJR. She captures the dynamics of love and relationships in a way that really tears you up inside. This book was beautiful and heart-breaking.

Rating: 4/5

Book 5:
"The Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule
This book is the reason that I only got through three books over the course of two months, when I usually read that many in one month. I'm not complaining, though; it was worth it. I had been meaning to read this one for a while because the concept of it is wild. It's the story of Ted Bundy, told by somebody who knew him personally. Ann Rule worked with Ted Bundy at a crisis hotline (the irony...) in the early 70s. A couple years later, she was a crime reporter involved in the hunt for a serial killer in the Seattle area, a mysterious man who turned out to be her old friend Ted.

I couldn't stop talking about this book after I finished. I'm still not done talking about it. It's absolutely mind-blowing. Ann Rule talks you through Ted's life, from when he was a kid to the time she knew him, through his years as a killer and escaping (twice!) and, ultimately, his death. It's filled with so much information that I assume she's drawn from interviews and research along with her personal experience. Even so, it reads smoothly as a narrative, not like a research-filled textbook. The fact that this is a true crime book is what both interested and haunted me.

Rating: 5/5

Book 6:
"Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan
Since the movie came out last fall, you've all probably heard about this one. Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her longtime boyfriend Nicholas Young and his family, only to find out that they're one of the richest families in the country. Not only that, but some of them aren't too fond of her either.

I saw the movie before reading the book, which I pretty much never do. I much more prefer to do it the other way around. Having said that, I definitely didn't dislike this book, but I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it before seeing the movie. It's a light, entertaining read, albeit more serious and less rom-com-y that the movie adaptation.

Rating: 3/5

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