The Castle – Sophia Bennett
I’ve actually read one book by Sophia Bennett before – ‘The Look’, and I thought it was really good. She has a way with words that makes you unable to put the book down. I read the whole of ‘The Castle’ one Saturday morning, snuggled in bed with the morning sun streaming through my window. It was rather nice! Basically, the main character’s father is missing, thought to be dead, but a combination of factors mean that she thinks he’s actually alive, and so she sets out to find him. I think that one of the reasons it was a favourite this month was how engaging it was. It was an idea unlike anything I’ve read before, and that was partly what made it that interesting.
Story in a sentence – Her father can’t be dead, and Peta is determined to prove it, no matter the cost.
Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
Ahh, this book. What an emotional rollercoaster. I knew how it was going to end – a result of the movie adaption giving it quite a lot of publicity. But I spent the entire book getting more and more attached to the characters, and hoping with my entire being that it could just not happen. I liked this for so many reasons – I loved Louisa’s spunky personality, and Will’s humour. But personality quirks aside, the book also covered some very thought-provoking subjects – those of severe disability and simply not wanting to be alive any more, and the fight those around the one who’s done with life to convince them otherwise. It was… very emotional. I laughed, I cried, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that book.
Story in a sentence – Will’s sick of living, but Louisa is striving to show him that it’s worth staying alive.
If I Stay – Gayle Forman
What do you do when the people you cared about most aren’t there? That’s the subject this book covers. Gayle Forman’s idea was this – if you had the choice whether to live or die after loosing your family, what would you choose? Which things would make it worth staying – or not worth it. She presents this idea through a car crash. The family of a teenage girl all die in the accident, but the girl remains – badly injured, but alive. She has to decide whether she wants to stay. Gayle Forman explores all the different people and things that help the girl decide whether or not it’s worth staying in a touching way, both in the current moment and through flashbacks. There was this one part, where the girl’s grandfather was talking to her, and saying that it was alright if she didn’t want to stay alive… I cried. The whole story had a very thought-provoking, touching element.
Story in a sentence – If I stay, what’s in it for me?