My favorite part about a new month is Caroline's Book Club! The best part about this time is that it'll kick off a whole year's worth of Caroline's Book Club which means I'll have to read a whole lot more!
#5 Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
The titular character, Evan Hansen writes notes to himself everyday as recommended by his therapist. One day he writes a letter and puts it in his pocket. At school he sees Zoe, the girl he likes and her brother Connor. A confrontation ensues and Connor ends up with Evan's note to himself. The next day Connor is not at school which Evan finds odd. He is later called to the office where he meets Connor's parents. They inform him that Connor killed himself the night prior. Even more shocking, they found a note in Connor's pocket that starts with "Dear Evan Hansen" and ends with, "Sincerely, Your Best Friend". Evan realizes that what they really found was the note he wrote to himself but he withheld that fact because Connor's parents thought it was his suicide note. Throughout the novel, Evan struggles with telling the truth that they were never really friends or to keep lying because he finally feels like he belongs. The ending will shock you....
#4 Becoming by Michelle Obama
This book doesn't follow a specific plot point but rather flows from topic to topic. I for one, enjoyed this book. You can never truly understand major figures in the world so to be able to read their thoughts and memories is so cool. Especially because it tackles all parts of the world. From typical family lives to the political "battlefield" and all that entails. Defiantly recommend!
#3 The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R Carey
Not going to lie, this book confused me when I first started reading. Set twenty years after a fungus ravaged most of mankind and turned them into zombie-like creatures, a group of military soldiers and elite doctors are holding a large group of children infected with the fungus. These children still retain their mental functions, only becoming aggressive when they smell human flesh. They are being held in order to test how the fungus affects their bodies in a hope to find a cure. When the base is invaded by "hungries" (humans who have the fungus but have lost all their mental abilities and feed on human flesh) and kills most of the people on site, a group is able to escape. They include Dr. Caldwell, who is trying to find a cure to the fungus, Helen Justineau, a teacher on the base, Sergeants Parks and Gallagher, and finally Melanie, an infected ten-year-old with a genius level IQ. The five of them make the dangerous trip to London on foot. Through the novel, each character comes to many realizations about themselves and how humankind is supposed to grow in the future. Two words. So. Good.
#2 The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
This is one of those feel-good, happy book. It's about a family who stay in a little cottage on a sprawling estate for a summer vacation. The children get into all kinds of mischief with the estate owner's ten-year-old son. They encourage him to break away from his mother's hold and experience the world outside his home. The Penderwicks is a really fast read and has a great storyline. Perfect book for a relaxing night!
#1 One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
I read the prequel to this book, One of Us is Lying over the last month and when I found out about the sequel it made my day. One of Us is Next is set a year after One of Us is Lying. All the original characters, Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate have graduated high school after being cleared in their classmate, Simon's death when it was discovered that the death wasn't homicide but rather a suicide. A year later, someone is still trying to keep Simon's memory alive through his gossip app. Rather than an app this time, it's a game of truth or dare and it's not going to end well.
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