A Place for Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza

36840397A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: 2018
Publisher: SJP for Hogarth
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Literary Fiction, Tradition, Contemporary, Family Relationships


REVIEW:

Fatima Farheen Mirza writes like she has something to prove. Like she wants to impress, to show her skill. Her writing style is so dense it literally took me three whole hours to read a meagre eighty pages. It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested in the story. Actually, the day I received it, I almost jumped, that’s how excited I was to hold it. And I was really curious about the family drama that the premise promised. Continue reading

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Normal People – Sally Rooney

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: April 16th, 2019
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Literary Fiction, Romance, College, Coming of Age, Bullying, Popularity


REVIEW:

This book did not affect me in the same way it seems to have affected other people. It did not make me angry, or sad, and did not move me, really. That is because I never cared for Marianne or Connell. Sometimes I even hated them. Usually, I do. Usually, I care about the protagonists I read about, especially when they show their vulnerabilities to me. And I did enjoy reading about this on-and-off (almost) couple. Because they are so, so humanly flawed. But they are not exactly likeable. Continue reading

Tin Man – Sarah Winman

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: Viking
Recommended Age: 16+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, LGBT, First Love, Grief, Friendship


BLURB:

This is almost a love story. But it’s not as simple as that. Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more. But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question, what happened in the years between? Continue reading