“when I was done reading the poem, everyone was quiet. a very sad quiet. but the amazing thing was that it wasn’t a bad sad at all. it was just something that made everyone look around at each other and know that they were there. sam and patrick looked at me. and I looked at them. and I think they knew. not anything specific really. they just knew. and I think that’s all you can ever ask from a friend.” — the perks of being a wallflower
I just finished it last night, and hoo boy was it a read. This is the first book I’ve read by Laini Taylor, and it’s got me wanting to read more. I’m starting Muse of Nightmares tonight or tomorrow, and maybe after that the Daughters of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Anyway, [spoilers probably]:
I’m really disappointed to say I didn’t like this book nearly as much as the first. It actually put me in a reading slump midway through. I did however like the ending of this one. Because I had such a hard time finishing this book it makes me wary of getting the next book. Overall I give this book a 3.5/5 stars. This just wasn’t it for me.
Maybe mostly because they were understandable.They could be calculated and drawn on paper. They did not leak if they were made watertight; they did not collapse if they were properly supported. Houses were fair, they gave you what you deserved.
Which, unfortunately, was more than one could say about people.
Synopsis: Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.
Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.
As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.
Star Rating: 4.5/5
My Thoughts: I almost picked this up years ago in a store, but for whatever reason, I ended up putting it back on the shelf. Then I found it online for cheap so I purchased it on a whim. And I mostly picked it up to read right now because it’s short. I was not expecting this to pack such a punch.
I loved a lot about this book. It was so beautiful and so sad and so special in its sadness, I just can’t with it. This made me ugly cry, and made me feel such amazing things, all at the same time. I just…I feel like no one is talking about this book. Why is no one talking about this book? More people should read and talk about this book.