Two Book Reviews For You

Book Review Time!

I just finished two fantastic books and I want to tell you all about them!

The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin
Goodreads Synopsis:
After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

I didn't read the inside jacket before starting this book, so I had no idea what it was about. It's the first book that Reese Witherspoon's book club read and me and some girlfriends wanted to read it. All three of us loved it! It is such a sweet story.  I was actually able to relate to Suzy's journey with her friend. As you grow up sometimes you grow apart and you never really know why. Suzy's passion to discover what could have possibly happened is inspirational.  If only everyone had a heart the size of Suzy's!

I give this book 5 BIG STARS and recommend it to everyone - young and old!

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
Goodreads Synopsis:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

This. Book. Is. Fantastic!  I could not put it down once I started.  It's 323 pages and I was reading about 50 pages a night. There were nights where I had to talk myself into going to bed.  Hawkins writes from the perspective of three different women.  It starts off with Rachael's (the girl on the train) point of view in the morning and the evening as she rides the train. It continues that way for the entire book - 'morning' and 'evening.'  We eventually meet Megan who takes back about a year and then Anna.  Seeing the story from each point of view is really critical and very intriguing. It molds everything together.

I give this book 5 BIG STARS and recommend it to everyone! The movie version (starring Emily Blunt) opens in theaters on October 7th so read it fast!

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