Thursday, December 9, 2021

Recent reads.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart- This book is about a distinguished family who owns houses on a private island and spends their summers there. There are four teenagers who hang out together, two of them in a relationship. There's a lot of behind the scenes issues. It goes back and forth between the current summer and flashbacks, and trying to figure out the struggles of the main character. The ending was quick, culminating, and shocking. This book was okay to me- not the best, not the worst. It was interesting enough to finish though.

Raising Worry Free Girls: Helping Your Daughter Feel Braver, Smarter, and Stronger in an Anxious World by Sissy Goff- This book was amazing, so very good. I realize that the target audience of this book is much smaller than the regular book, but if you have a younger daughter who even remotely struggles with or shows signs of anxiety, I would highly recommend this book. Sissy is a Christian counselor, and in her book she talks about worry, how it attacks your brain, and how to fight against it. I love that she is both a Christian and a counselor and could intertwine both of those aspects together. I learned a lot from this book. There is also a workbook for young girls (I think ages 6-12?) that goes along with this, and there is also a book for teens also. This is a great resource and I would definitely recommend this book if it would be helpful to your situation. 

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris- I don't know what to say about this book. I thought the beginning was intriguing, the middle a bit slow moving, then really picked up at the end. The ending was nuts and I wouldn't say I loved the ending or was satisfied with it, but it definitely left me thinking for awhile, which I guess was the intent? It's about Finn, who was dating Layla, and then she disappeared. Finn is now with Ellen, Layla's sister, and then things start happening to make it seem like Layla was back, or was she? This book was interesting, but hard for me to love because I didn't feel super connected to any character/was confused on who to "root" for. 


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