City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

About (Goodreads)
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns thaod hat Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.

My Thoughts
Where to begin? I love this series so much that it’s overwhelming. I honestly haven’t found a series I’ve loved so much since Harry Potter. And I LOVE HARRY POTTER! It’s a fierce love and passion. That being said, let’s continue…

I think what made me roll my eyes hard is the Clave. Why do the Shadowhunters trust so blindly to people who clearly have been corupt for years? This time isn’t the first. The other Inquisitor was a badass bitch who was ridden with vengence, this new one is a two faced piece of shit who had everyone fooled. Why won’t you learn Shadowhunters!!

Things I’m glad about:

  1. Jace and Clary aren’t related in the biological sense. But them having angel blood has to mean something? I don’t know what but it has to be something. Pure angel blood but still human. There’s something…
  2.  Sebastian the crazy dies and Jace is the one to kill the psycho. It says a lot about a person when they’re crazier than their crazy father/creator. Pure evil Sebatian is, or the real Jonathan. How weird is it that he KNEW who Clary was the whole time and STILL kissed her. Like WTF?! I mean, demon blood I suppose could make you want weird crazy shit like that I guess. Ick. I’m just glad that Jace killed the mofo. Or did he?
  3. Valentine. Man, this guy. Summons an angel and thinks the angel has to do his bidding. The balls. I find it incredible he lived this long. But I’m even happier he dies. Like seriously, dead as a door nail. But I don’t understand why they gave him a Shadowhunter funeral? He was bat shit crazy and they did the whole thing. Someone needs to explain that to me. Why would they waste their time on someone who tried to wipe out their race?
  4. Simon and Isabelle? Ok. I knew it was gonna happen but also Maia? Vampire hotness must be gold.
  5. I think what I like most about being 3 books in is that Clary has stopped her poor pitiful me thing. She has become a Shadowhunter. She’s brave, strong, independent, and a problem solver. Yes, she needs more training- she can’t always rely on her runes but she’s a badass. The way she kills Valentine. Priceless.
  6. The most romantic scene I’ve ever read is her asking for the angel to resurrect Jace. That’s all she wants. She can literally ask the Angel for A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. and she only wants Jace. I pretty sure I swooned. Like usually the male character is all here’s my romantic gesture, but this was so much more. The love in that moment was so overpowering.

I do need to brush up on my biblical readings though. The amount of references to Old and New Testaments makes me reconsider if I learned anything in my 12 years at a Catholic school. I think I’m mostly referring to the rune Clary places on Simon’s head. Cain and Able. The one story most everyone knows and remembers. 7-fold death if you attempt to kill Simon. Goodness. I’ll say this, Cassandra Clare is a bad ass writer to create such a world and vision like she has.

One last thing…Luke and Clary’s mom. Finally.

5 out of 5 stars. (Did you expect anything less?)

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The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

About (Goodreads)
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

My Thoughts

This was an interesting read. I liked the family set up. The blended family that accepted each other. But my favorite was the way Emaline explained what a father versus a dad was to the reader. A father is biological, while a Dad is someone who there through the good and bad.

Emaline has a father who’s a piece of shit. I mean there’s no other way to say it. There’s some people who are meant to be parents and this guy, ain’t one. He’s hopeless. He has Emaline and her little half brother and he still doesn’t really understand what it is to be a dad. Which, is why he’s her father. And when she finally tells him the difference the urge to fist pump is overwhelming. (I’m not even from New Jersey lol)

It’s set before her start of college and with it comes doubts about her and her hottie bf Luke. You can feel there’s something off with them coming from the book. I mean she even says she’s never been one into physical things in the relationship but what teenager is all, oh I’m good? Yes, they have sex but she’s like no into it and you can feel it. It’s almost as if she’s doing it just to keep him (which you should never do). They take a break and then she’s whisked off into this summer romance by Theo who’s in town working on a documentary for the summer. At first you think he’s cool, cute even, but then you see the neurotic come out in him. It’s a little scary. So I’m super happy when that relationship comes to an end on its own. He crazy. She doesn’t get together again with Luke but they end up friends which is good. He’s a good guy. Did he make a mistake going to a club with another girl? Sure. But they’re in high school. And young. Mistakes happen. What I’m really bent out of shape about is that I thought that Emaline and Morris would end up together. Even though he’s with Emaline’s best friend, I don’t know, I just thought they fit together. They were so good together, chemistry and all.

But what I love in all this is that her Mom is always there. She always knows when Emaline needs her or is having a tough time. And for whatever reason, maybe because I’m a mommy to 2 beautiful girls but when the explanation for the title, The Moon and More, is revealed I was a little puddle of emotion agreeing with the mom on every level of mom-ing there ever was or could be. The Mom has always wanted to give Emaline, the moon and more in life. She’s always wanted more than she had and worked hard to give her a life where that was possible. It just gives you all the feels.

I think this book delves into a topic some people miss. That there’s a difference between bio parents and actual parents. I’m very blessed to have incredible parents my mom and dad. But I know people who aren’t as blessed am I am. Who haven’t had the blessings I’ve had in life. They refer to their parents either by their first names or by the title, “my bio dad/mom”. So I knew about this topic, about these feelings associated with this relationship. It’s heartbreaking both in real life and in a book.

I gave this book a 4 of 5 stars because I felt like my want/need for Morris and Emaline was left hanging and it would have worked out. Especially with how the ending is set up with her being nervous to see him at the art opening. So it would have been a plot twist able to succeed.

4 out of 5 stars!

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

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In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. This is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

My Thoughts

I don’t normally read historical fiction books because I’m not a huge fan of history, it bores me. However, I read this book because it was highly recommended at the library and I thought, ‘why not!’. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book.

As with most books I review, I usually peruse others views on the book to see if I’m in the majority or minority on how much or little I liked the book. I’m really surprised at how many people had problems with this book. The author does her best to explain that she takes liberties with her story, as it’s fiction. Let’s remember that, shall we? FICTION. This is a novel based on real people but it. is. fiction. Are there truths? Sure, absolutely. But there’s also a lot of faslehoods, which, have you read fiction? Yeah? Well, guess what..fiction ain’t real.

Like I said, it surprised me how many people didn’t like Benedict’s “lies”. She told a story about a remarkable woman and that’s what people took from this telling.

Mitza Maric was ahead of her time. She was a genius in her own right who made a terrible mistake by marrying the selfish, egotistical Albert Einstein. When I first began reading this book, I honestly, 100% didn’t even know Einstein had been married. It’s not something that is ever mentioned when learning about him. Or maybe it was, but briefly and wasn’t stressed as important. I did a lot of google searches to see how much lined up with what Benedict wrote in this book of fiction. I was surprised to find out a good majority did line up. Mitza was remarkable. Truly. She was no doubt an outcast (as stated in the book for more reasons than just her brilliance), but that gave her determination to me. To me, even though she was this outcast with little to no confidence in who she was as a person or scientist, she was refreshing. And reading a refreshing book, opens your mind.
In the reviews I read, most people had a problem with the opening about her and Einstein’s courtship. I’m in the small percentage, who was riveted. This book captured me from the beginning. I’ll be honest, when any science-y stuff went down, I was like what? (confused face). But the story, her story, was what captured my attention and held it. Mitza was encouraged from a young age by her father, which means a lot back then, to further her education more than most daughters, or women in general, were usually encouraged. She had a limp from a congenital defect but that doesn’t really stop her. She uses as an excuse numerous times, but it never really stops her. She overcomes it as strong women do. And she is strong. Stronger than anyone, including herself, gives her credit for.

Let me be real. I was disappointed she fell for Einstein. In the novel, he seeps slimy. But she can’t see it. Was he truly in love with her? Sure, I’m sure he was well-intentioned at first. But I wonder if maybe he saw just how brilliant, just how genius she was, and he exploited that for himself. I mean he did exploit her genius. All you have to is read the book to see that. But it’s lack of compassion, empathy, love for their first child that made my blood boil. It made me despise Albert Einstein in the book so much that he could refuse to his own child. He was a selfish prick who I was so hoping Mitza would see.

My heart broke when her daughter died. As a mom, I just couldn’t even imagine the pain of losing a child and especially so young. The emotions this book provokes is astounding. Their flirtatious relationship in the beginning makes you happy and almost bashful for seeing their intimate moments, the heartache, the betrayal, the hurt and pain that Mitza endures in those couple of years from the birth of her daughter until Einstein decided to marry her are so heart wrenching that you wish to jump in the book and beat the shit out this man. He NEVER sees his beautiful daughter. I understand that back then, a child out of wedlock what a BIG no-no. But if he truly, loved and cared for Dollie as he said then wouldn’t he at least try to do something for this woman he wants to marry? Yes, is the answer all other answers are wrong.

The progression of their relationship is heart wrenching. I hated Albert Einstein so much at the end of this book I couldn’t believe that he was such a renowned scientist. Which according to this novel, he stole the success and brilliance of his works from his genius wife. Was he a genius in the book as well, yes he was. But he stole her works all because she didn’t have a degree to her name like he did. Because she had.a.baby. I was so livid the last few chapters of the book. The way he treated Mitza made me furious. I think meeting Madame Curie did Mitza a world of good. It made her wake up from whatever awful nightmare she had been having.

It’s always nice to read a book about a strong woman. Even if it takes her some time to realize her own strength. Mitza was a brilliant, strong, funny woman who deserved more than was given in this book. I really enjoyed learning things from this work of fiction. It made me learn because I wanted to know the truth versus this novel. A book that inspires learning is a good book indeed.

4 out of 5 stars. Why not 5? I think my hatred for Albert E just is so BIG that I have to give it a 4. It made me really look at him in a new light (yes, I know it’s a work of fitction but still).

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

About (shadowhunters.com)

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

 

My Thoughts (Spoilers)
So I was waiting this whole book for Simon to become a vampire. To make sure the storyline at least went with the books in the tv series. While the way it happened didn’t line up and the books story is way more entertaining, it does happen. Which makes him so much more interesting. More bold, daring. More character.

I’ll be honest, I hate the Simon and Clary love thing. It creeps me the hell out when they kiss. Like epic creepiness. I don’t like them as a couple. ( ESPECIALLY ON THE TV SHOW! but that’s a whole other matter)
I think the whole turning into a vampire situation is interesting and such a dilemma. If you’re best friend was about to die but you had the chance for them to live forever essentially, what would you do? Such a hard answer. Because selfish feelings come into play here. I wouldn’t want my best friend to die. I’d change her into a vamp no questions asked. (just so you know lol) I do think that Shadowhunters having alliances with vampires, werewolves, fae, and all downworlders is a handy thing to have. So Simon becoming a vampire should help things, maybe.

It’s really sad all the death and destruction Valentine does this book. He messes poor Jace up so bad mentally. Like, “I’m your father.” Shit, dude. He’s Valentine why believe him. But he is so convincing a liar everyone does. Enter awkwardness for Clary and Jace since they’re in love with other and they kissed. So stay with me with what I’m about to say, I love this relationship. Like, I want them together so hard. May be creepy to want that but I DO.

The Inquisitor. What. A. Bitch. I honestly was glad she died. (Man, I’m just spoiling things left and right…but really, read the book so many more details.) It’s an interesting turn of events that brings about her death, her realizations, and those of Jace’s life as well.

I liked this book as much as the first. So don’t be surprised of the 5 stars.

5 out of 5 stars!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

About (Goodreads)
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air.

It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk.

Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

My Thoughts
I started reading this series because I’m addicted to the show. I wanted to see what the differences are between the books and the series on television. There are A LOT!

One of the one differences is that in the book Clary is 16 while in the tv series she’s 18. Which for television purposes is probably good that she’s older. But how she acts does make sense with her being so young. Another difference is her height. She’s barely 5 feet in the books. And we all can see that on tv she’s much taller. Which again isn’t surprising on t.v. Honestly, I don’t find bed too whiny or scared in the books like on tv. She’s overly annoying on television. In the books she’s age appropriate. Can you imagine having your life ripped away from you? Being told that all the myths and legends are true? She handles it like a champ I think.

Jace. Oh boy. It’s weird that he’s 17 in the book. Makes me feel awkward for writing this but whatever he’s fictional. If there’s one character that both book and tv were dead on about, it’s Jace. Goodness gracious me. Yas. Most people may say he’s a conceited,egotistical, sarcastic asshat. And to that, I’d agree 100%. But that is what makes him so gosh darn sexy. And my favorite. There’s moments that just rip your heart out because of the emotions he’s feeling. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job writing this character (and the books). Also, Dom Sherwood on the tv show is just amazingly sexy and them eyes.

This whole world of shadowhunters and down worlders is very interesting and exciting. Some have compared it to Harry Potter and even claimed that Clare stole the idea from Rowling..like it’s based off of and copied with details changed. As someone who is an avid Harry Potter fan, I disagree. This world, these characters are all Clare’s. I mean I don’t remember any witch in Harry Potter having glitter as their aura (which is what Magnus Bane glitter says to me).

Magnus Bane. I love him. He’s funny, brilliant, sexy, and badass in his own way. It’s good he’s a warlord because he’s magical. His relationship with Alec is my favorite relationship in this book. It’s so sweet and fragile. You have this hundreds year old warlock with this bow and arrow shooting, straight laced, rule following, shadowhunter. It makes me so happy. I’d also like it ssy that I’m super happy that freeform (the channel shadowhunters ison in the U.S.) cast an Asian man in this role as he’s described as an Asian man who’s good looking..Which have you seen Harry Shum jr? Yas.

I really like the bad guy. Yes. I said that. Valentine is such a BAD MAN. He’s so bad that I love to hate him. Like he’s crazy as hell and the entitlement is real with that one but for a villain, he’s awesome.

Clary is brave for going to the city of bones to try and unlock her memories. I think it shows how her character will develop over time.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

About (Goodreads)
A short story about waiting and believing — but mostly waiting — by the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On. All proceeds go to the ACLU Foundation.

When Elena decided to camp out for the next Star Wars movie, she was expecting a celebration, a communion — a line full of people who love Star Wars so much, they have to share it.

She wasn’t expecting this:  a freezing sidewalk, nowhere to pee, and three nights stuck with a boy who decided not to like her before they even met.

It’s enough to make a girl leave the line…

But Elena came here for Star Wars, and it will take more than bad weather and a dumb boy to squash her spirits.

My Thoughts

This was such a cute, quick, witty short story. I loved it! Rainbow Rowell doesn’t disappoint me in her writings so it was no surprise that 1. I loved this! and 2. I understood every word about Star Wars mentioned which made me LOVE her more because she wrote a short story about LOVING. STAR. WARS.

The nerd in me was like yesssss! And the reader in me was like, WHY IS THIS ENDING HERE?!! I really could do with more to this story. Especially when it comes to Elena and Gabe. They were just getting good.

I think it says something about an author that can develop such a great character like Elena in such a quick read. The humor in this story is amazing and her knowledge about Star Wars…I mean, just when you think you can’t love someone more..they nerd out on you.

5 out of 5 stars! Pick it up now!

Hamish MacBeth series by M.C. Beaton

I’ve done reviews of some of these books before. But I wanted to update on this series since I’m waiting for #32.

I read numbers 26-31. I really love the Hamish series because it’s a cozy series. Set in Scotland, it follows Hamish the local bobby (policeman) around on his adventures. He’s still not settled down but goes back and forth about whether he wants to. I hope he ends up with Elspeth though. I really like her and she can stand her ground against the tall Highlander.

I enjoy all the different ways Beaton comes up with for death. Which sounds so awful but it keeps the series refreshing. The different characters that die also keeps you wondering about how it’s going to happen. I enjoy reading the title of the book, starting to read, and meeting the character that’s to die. Even though you know he/she will die, it’s always interesting to see what they do to deserve death.
And as always, Hamish figures out what the Detectives cannot. And doesn’t take any sort of praise or promotion. He’s a savvy man in that he can always figure a way out of situations and someone is always trying to kill him because he’s so good at what he does.

I think something that irks me is his never-ending infatuation with Priscilla. She’s a cold bitch and he needs to move on. Seriously.

I enjoy the constables that are assigned to his police station. My favorite are Clary and Dick. They’re nice and enjoyable.

I think overall the series would be good for a fast read. It’s basically the same thing over and over, like you know Hamish will solve the case but they ways he does it varies as does who, what, where, and when.

4 out of 5 overall series!

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

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From Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary, comes another fearless heroine, Ramona Blue, in a gorgeously evocative novel about family, friendship, and how sometimes love can be more fluid than you first think. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson.

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

My Thoughts
I loved this book so much! I’m a big fan of Julie Murphy. Not only because her books are fun and unique, but also because of the Mississippi aspect. Mississippi, my home. When I find a book, or series, set in Mississippi I buy it, read it as fast as possible and then recommend it to anyone who will listen. Ramona Blue is a book that will go at the top of my Mississippi books list.

Set in Eulogy, MS Ramona Blue is a unique person. Tall with blue hair. Everyone knows who Ramona is. She’s hard to miss. In backwoods MS, being a super tall, dyed blue hair lesbian is something that wouldn’t go unnoticed. She knows who she is and isn’t ashamed. But things take a sharp turn when her childhood friend comes back to town. Ramona starts to question who she is and if she’s gay, straight, or bi.

I loved Ramona! She’s a strong, female character that I love reading about. I would for sure read another book about her adventures in college (hint hint lol). What I couldn’t get passed, was that she felt like her family and all their problems were her responsibility. She’s 17 and living like she’s 30. Working as many jobs as she can and worrying about who’s going to take care of her sister’s baby. Her sister is a whole other piece of work. Her sister is pregnant and selfish. I could not stand her. I really hoped she’d move away or something. I just can’t with her.

I was SO FREAKING HAPPY with the ending of this book. I know we all know people who deserve goodness in their lives. Ramona is one of those people. I know she’s a fictional character but seriously, the shit this child goes through is way more than most adults go through. Her dad works his ass off but still doesn’t make enough so Ramona and her sister pitch in. But somehow, Ramona has become the backbone of the family. Almost like she had to take the role of wife, or the other adult, so the family could eat, live, breathe. It broke my heart. She’s so young and no child should have to work harder than their parent to make lives better for those in the same house. Which I know kids do, but the world shouldn’t work that way. Her mom is also a POS (piece of shit), her sister and mom get along…wonder why (hmm).

Freddie comes along and Ramona’s whole world gets shook. I really like Freddie and Ramona together. They challenge each other, learn from each other, make each other better. Just like a relationship should. It’s nice to see how Murphy makes worlds collide, especially in a setting like MS. A white girl and black boy. Lesbian with a straight boy. It’s something only a creative, out of the box person could write.

I like that Ramona finally gets it. Her sister choosing her loser baby daddy over her finally breaks Ramona. And she decides to take her life into own hands. It’s great. I cheered for her! I was so proud of her for getting it.

It’s a great book to read. It explores sexuality, race, social classes, and life in general. It’s a refreshing story about a girl trying to find herself.

5 out of 5 stars!

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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A vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment on a big-time New York fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath’s own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, THE BELL JAR is more than a confessional novel, it is a comic but painful statement of what happens to a woman’s aspirations in a society that refuses to take them seriously…a society that expects electroshock to cure the despair of a sensitive, questioning young artist whose search for identity becomes a terrifying descent toward madness.

My Thoughts
Going into reading this book, I knew that it was an autobiographical account of Plath’s own life. I also was supposed to have read this book in high school but I didn’t. I think I decided to because 1. everyone tells me how great it is, 2. I was curious, 3. I know what’s it like to be in a pit of depression.

It took me 2 weeks to read this book. Let me explain to you why. It depressed me even more than I already was. The anxiety it created in reading made my head spin. I HAD to stop reading, break it apart into small readings because it was so sad and yes, depressing. The decent into darkness and hopelessness that Esther goes through is something I, thankfully, haven’t experienced. Her cycle from normal to suicidal was almost instant in reading. Confusing to me as a reader as to how it went from good to so so awful so quickly. I’ve never been so down, so low, so dark that I want to commit suicide, those thoughts have never entered my mind. I’m a blessed person for that. Reading this book made me hurt so much for Esther, for Sylvia. The pain that she feels, you can feel it seeping off the page like the ink is trying to sink into you and explain the pain and hurt that she felt. They both feel in that book.

I don’t think mental health is something discussed enough. I think that’s a taboo subject that people stow away and try to hide from. Which isn’t good. People often have this mind set that depression, anxiety, and suicide are something that can go away if the person really wants it to but I’m afraid you’re wrong. In my case, I will say that I don’t like to talk about when I’m depressed or low. I just devour books, my the case load. I can’t get enough. Escape is my ultimate helper. And books have always helped me heal. I don’t know if I’ve ever told anyone that. Books help me heal when my heart, head, or both are hurting.

Do I think this is a good book? Absolutely. There’s no doubt in my mind that is a book that people should read. It shows a part of mental health that most people don’t see. Especially the scenes with electric shock therapy that was used a lot back then.

Recommend? Yes. But I would say that this book could be a trigger for anyone who has thought about, attempted, or been affected by suicide. It’s a great book to discuss mental health though and would be a good high school/college recommended read.

I will say that my rating will be one of those that’s lower just because of how I explained it took me a while to read because of how depressing the book is.

3 out of 5 stars.