Letters to Eloise by Emily Williams

Letters to Eloise is a heart-wrenching story that is extremely well written and had an unexpected ending. The style of the book was unusual as I’ve never read a book that’s written as a diary/letter entry before. I thought it was a nice touch to be honest and makes you as a reader connect with the book more.

I don’t know where to start with how much I enjoyed this book because I think it has such high potential with character development. Flora is a great character and you seem to be willing to learn more and more about her with every page turn.

The back story between River and Flora made me envy their relationship in a way but they are also extremely normal. We all have our fallings out with one another but River didn’t give up, he believed in what they both had. Tate however really grated on me. He was written exactly how he needed to be so you grow mixed emotions towards him. For me, he was as horrible and I disliked his character more than I do cheese and onion crisps.

It was important to have various main characters in this book especially because Emily writes about real situations during pregnancy. Everyone needs a friend like Brooke and what happens between them might be expected to happen between two friends in the real world.

There were some parts which I thought could have maybe been shortened but it didn’t make me dislike the book in any way. I think I struggled the most with trying to understand Flora and Tate’s relationship and what Tate was trying to get out of it – especially with the skiing part.

I have always said in my book reviews that I hate giving spoilers away so I tend not to speak about the book too much but this is a must read. I was finishing the book on the train and as soon as I read what I did I put my hand over my mouth. Please make sure you read this all the way through as you will not be disappointed.

*Emily Williams gave me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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The Text by Claire Douglas Review

I have never really thought about reading a short story before but I was intrigued by this one. The Text is has been described as a thriller and yes I would agree with that but I would also say it was a disappointing read for me.

I liked the beginning of the book, I found the introduction of the characters really good. The domestic violence side of things was great for the author to explore because it happens so often and people may feel they can speak up after reading this. However as we found out more about the characters and what was happening, it just faded out.

I was finally getting into the book because I wanted to know who had sent the text, who had sent the letter and what had happened to Andrew. It was building up so well until the twist was announced. Boo. Boring. Annoying. For some reason the book just suddenly ended – why?!

In my personal opinion this could have easily been a longer book with more of a thought process to extend the story. It was such a shame it ended in a short time because at the start I couldn’t stop reading it.

Unfortunately I would give this a two star rating.

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Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon Book Review

I have previously read Bryony Gordon’s ‘The Wrong Knickers’ and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I’d give Mad Girl a go. At first you don’t really know what to expect from a book about the author but Bryony Gordon nailed it!

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From personal experience I am not really familiar with mental health problems or eating disorders so I thought it could be quite difficult to read and understand. However I didn’t find it difficult to read, I was hooked. I needed to know more and I wanted to know how Bryony dealt with it all.

It was completely honest which made you want to read more. Unless you have suffered from mental health problems or an eating disorder I don’t think you fully understand why people think the things they do. A part in Bryony’s book frustrated me because I thought why on earth are you even thinking that? Arrogant I know but I just couldn’t get to grips with it. That’s why it is hard to understand but you want to learn how to understand.

Despite all of the awful things Bryony has been subjected to especially the OCD taking over I want to say thank you. Thanks for opening my eyes to things I wouldn’t think people would face. It was dark in places as I can’t stand drugs but Bryony is a very interesting character! I am looking forward to the next book that comes along.