[Book Review] Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

7675953Title: Cat’s Eye
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Elaine Risley, a middle-aged controversial painter, returns to Toronto for the opening of a retrospective of her art. Her return triggers vivid memories of her childhood and adolescence, and she reminisces about the girls who introduced her to the complex world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a woman, and also seek release from the memories that haunt her.

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[Book Review] The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, YA

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Platekompaniet.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: 16-year-old Starr tries to balance her life between two worlds: the poor neighborhood she lives in and the suburban prep school she attends. This balance is shattered when she witnesses her best friend Khalil being shot and killed by a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon, his death becomes a national headline, protesters take to the street, and both the police and the local drug lord tries to intimidate Starr and her family. Starr is the only one who can tell the world what really happened the night Khalil was shot, but speaking up comes with a price.

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[Book Review] The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

30558877Title: The Summer that Melted Everything
Author: Tiffany McDaniel
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: During the summer of 1984, when a scorching heatwave invades Breathed, Ohio, Fielding Bliss befriends the devil. The devil calls himself Sal, is a bruised and skinny 13-year-old boy, and has come to answer an invitation from Autopsy Bliss, Fielding’s father. The Bliss family takes him in, assuming he’s just a runaway boy, but after a series of strange accidents, the townspeople start to believe that Sal really is the devil. While the Bliss family faces their own personal demons, the tensions in Breathed rise along with the feverish heat.

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[Book Review] The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

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Author: Kōbō Abe
Genre: Fiction, classics, contemporary, existentialism, surrealism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: After journeying out to a remote beach town to study bugs, school teacher and amateur entomologist Jumpei Niki misses his last bus home. The local villagers offer him lodgings at the bottom of a vast sand pit that can only be reached by rope ladder. However, when he tries to leave the next morning it appears the locals plan to keep him captive. His only company is the strange young widow who also lives in the pit, and together they are expected to shovel back the ever-advancing sand that threatens to destroy the village.

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[Book Review] The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

7bf7ba53-57a4-45b7-80c8-e94bf4f2da53Title: The Edible Woman
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, feminism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: All Marian McAlpin wants to be is normal. However, her recent engagement to her boring but respectable boyfriend hasn’t only upset her stable routine, it has also upset her stomach. She gradually loses appetite until she literally can’t eat anything anymore. Where she feels she should be consumed with passion, Marian simply just feels consumed, and she’s soon overcome by a serious identity crisis.

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[Book Review] The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

34380383Title: The Tidal Zone
Author: Sarah Moss
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I won this book through a giveaway hosted on Instagram and am reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Stay-at-home parent Adam and working full-time doctor Emma live in Coventry with their two daughters. One day Adam receives a call from school concerning Miriam, his eldest daughter. For no apparent reason, 15-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. The family is thrown into the terrible situation of waiting and not knowing, and as they struggle to come to terms with what’s happened, they try to reclaim a sense of normalcy.

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[Book Review] The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

17181679Title: The Elephant Vanishes
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Fiction, short stories, contemporary, magical realism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A woman has not slept for 17 days and soon finds herself passing the time in a state of semi-consciousness. A factory worker makes a pact with a dwarf in order to win the heart of a beautiful girl. A man’s favorite elephant vanishes into thin air and his whole life is subtly thrown out of balance. This is a collection of 17 short stories that deal with the experience of loss, confusion, and loneliness in a slightly surreal world.

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