February Book Reviews

Hello loves,

Here’s February’s book reviews!

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Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
4/5 stars
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Oh, Eleanor and Park. I am so sorry I did not read you sooner and that I thought you would be an over-hyped cliche Tumblr mess. I was wrong. About everything. So very wrong.

A lot of people have said when reviewing this book that it makes you remember what it feels like to be a teenager and to be in love, and even though I am only 22 and have never been in love, that statement couldn’t be truer. I had butterflies the whole way through. This was beautiful and so well done. It wasn’t trying to be anything – it just was. Rainbow Rowell knows what she’s talking about, she knows how to write young people and more importantly, young love and all of the feelings that go with it. The actual feelings though, beneath the surface – the magic. And it wasn’t a bit cringy. It wasn’t cringy because we all knew exactly what she was talking about. It felt like someone was writing the truth for once, like someone had just taken all of the magic and the thoughts and what it’s actuallyย like and put it in a book. Someone was telling it like it is. The truth. The good truth. It was very real, the kind that makes you forget that you’re reading about fictional characters, because I guess Eleanor and Park exist in a lot of people and in the way things are. Like I said, the truth.

In some of the scenes where they were just with each other and spending time together just the two of them, alone, I’d be reading it and my eyes would be brimming with tears because it was so beautiful. It wasn’t sad, it was just so…real, and beautiful, it made me emotional. Like I was reading something I used to know. I don’t know. It was just so raw and real that it got me.

I’m writing this specific paragraph after I’ve just finished the book and put it down. I feel a little choked up, like I might cry if I try and speak. The ending…frustrated me? Frustrated is too strong of a word, but it irked me a little bit on Eleanor’s part and therefore I couldn’t properly get emotional and cry over it because I just kept thinking Eleanor, just do it.ย No Shia pun intended. I was just thinkingย it’s so easy to just do it so why are you not helping yourself. Why are you making things worse.ย but then I have to remind myself that I am of course not in her situation and therefore don’t feel the way she feels, and maybe I just don’t understand. I don’t know. I can’t write what I actually want to say because I don’t want to write any spoilers but, I just felt like Eleanor could have helped herself (and Park) out a little at the end, and then it wouldn’t have made me feel so sad. I hate feeling sad.

It reminded me of All The Bright Places, which is my favourite book in the entire world as you guys probably know since, I talk about it more times than I can even imagine. This is the first and only book to have ever done that so I thought it was worth mentioning. I don’t know what it means but yeah, it’s something I’m sure.

EDIT: After being educated on how this book is in fact incredibly racist, my opinion on it has drastically changed and I am retracting my review and my rating but am leaving this review up for reference. I categorically do not and will not support books and authors conducting racism in their work and I apologise for not noticing this sooner.ย 

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Come Rain or Come Shine – Kazuo Ishiguro
2/5 stars
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I’ve wanted to read Ishiguro’s work for a long time and so I thought I’d start with this one (for no particular reason) – it’s technically a 3 star but because it’s so short I couldn’t justify rating it in the same way as I do full books so I gave it a 2, but the story itself is very nice. I like Ishiguro’s writing style and will hopefully read more of his work in future.

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Men Without Women – Ernest Hemingway
2/5 stars
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A collection of short stories by Ernest Hemingway and unfortunately, I was kind of disappointed. I thought I’d have a great love for Hemingway but these stories fell kind of flat for me, I just couldn’t love them. I don’t know if that’s due to the fact they were short stories or what, but I just…yeah. This wasn’t it for me. I have a lot of Hemingway’s other work on my shelf though and definitely won’t be giving up on him just yet – hopefully his other work will pleasantly surprise me.

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan
3.5 / 5 stars
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I really didn’t think I was going to like this book, for some reason I thought it was about…Winter? I’ve no idea. I bought it second hand a few years ago and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since, and because I’m trying to read all of the unread books on my shelves at the minute, I finally got around to picking this one up and well, I was really pleasantly surprised.

I feel like this really is the epitome of don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I honestly thought this book was a boring Wintery tale about…boring stuff. And it’s not.ย It’s not even about Winter.ย I don’t know where I got that idea from or why it was in my head, but I’m annoyed I’d let myself think it for so long because I could’ve read this bookย agesย ago otherwise. John Green’s books are split into two categories for me, the ones that I really love (hits) – TFIOS, Looking For Alaska, Turtles All The Way Down or the ones that I really dislike because I find them super boring (misses) – An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns (it was alright…but the movie was way better than the book) and well, I thought Will Grayson, Will Grayson was going on the miss list, basically. But nope, I really enjoyed it!

Yeah some parts of it were repetitive and a little annoying – I never wanna hear the name Tiny Cooper again for starters, also I thought some things were quite rushed, for example Will and Jane’s romance…he was saying all of this deep poetic stuff about her when we were only a few chapters in and therefore hadn’t had enough time to even careย about it yet, I felt like John Green was trying to be too serious too soon in that sense. Also, the Will (other Will, not original Will) and Tiny thing…so random and rushed and came out of nowhere ??? I’m definitely not complaining about it because I thought it was cute, but I felt like we spent the whole book being fed this one idea of Will, but then he meets Tiny (aka, the complete opposite) and it’s like…the thing ?? Happens?? And I was sat there thinking wait a second, but I thought Will hatedย that ?? Isn’t the idea that he has this personality of essentially hating everything Tiny is and then …? What? Confused. There were a couple of other things I wasn’t so sure about either but I’ve forgotten them already so they couldn’t have bothered me thatย much, therefore we shall forget about them.

I really loved David Levithan’s writing as well, which is another thing I didn’t think I was going to do. It was very honest and rude, but much needed, he created his character perfectly. I know his Will Grayson was written in all lowercase for the purpose of effect, but it suited me down to the ground considering that’s the way I write myself 24/7 anyway (apart from on this blog, though you’ll know that if you’ve ever read my About Meย page). I loved the layout of his chapters and how quick they were to read given all of the above, very much my kind of format.

Overall a really good book and one that I’m glad I read, I definitely won’t be judging books by their covers in future!

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And there we have it loves, let me know if you’ve read any of these!

All my love,

Chloe .xx

Goodreads โ€“ย ChloLuna

36 thoughts on “February Book Reviews

  1. seaofwordsx says:

    Such great reviews! I would love to read Eleanar and Park ๐Ÿ˜ Sounds amazing! I think I would love it. I have never read Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I also thought it would be a boring book because of the cover haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ You are right about TFIOS, Turtles all the way down and Looking for Alaska. Those are my favourites too. There’s another book which you didn’t name which is Let it snow. I saw the movie last year. That one is about Winter.

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      Thank you! I think you’d really like Eleanor & Park, Will Grayson Will Grayson too actually! Let It Snow is the one I was thinking about !! Omg the penny has just dropped hahaha. For some reason I must have got the two mixed up !! xxx

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  2. theautumndaydreamer says:

    I enjoy your book reviews so much, Chloe!! I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson a few years ago and I think I gave it around 2/5 stars. It always amazes me how much we have in common. I don’t know what it is with me and John Green books but the only two books of his that I’ve ever thoroughly enjoyed are Looking For Alaska and Turtles All the Way Down! I only JUST finished reading An Abundance of Katherines last week after buying it six years ago and trying desperately to make any progress!!! I found it so…strange and drawn out. Way too many graphs!
    Andddd, in terms of Eleanor & Park: the first line is totally me. A friend from high school used to rave about what a good book it is and I just…never believed her lol! But, after all these years (and based off how much you enjoyed it) I think I’m finally going to get around to reading it.
    Oh, one more thing – this is getting to be a really long comment, sorry!!! But I JUST got done watching All the Bright Places on Netflix like…ten minutes ago!! Have you watched it yet? I’d love to hear what you thought. I read the book only once when I was in eighth grade and it absolutely shattered me. I just remember so vividly sitting at the kitchen table with my mom crying over the ending. And then the movie…..well, I don’t want to say unless you have watched it!
    Okay, I’m done. Sorry again for the super long comment!!! Thank you as always for sharing โค xx

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      Thank you so much angel !! And never apologise for a ‘long’ comment at all oh my, I love hearing your thoughts so much !! โค๏ธ So glad I’m not the only one that feels that way about John Green’s books – I absolutely hated An Abundance of Katherines, I found it so boring and it was a DNF for me, I don’t even think I made it halfway through the book! I wasn’t too keen on Paper Towns either but I really loved the movie so again, that was a strange one for me!

      I really think you should give Eleanor & Park a try, I can see it being something you’ll love (and if not feel free to moan at me hahaha) but it’s definitely taught me not to judge a book by its cover or the ‘hype’ I think it has ever again – I learned that lesson from Will Grayson too this month haha.

      I haven’t watched ATBP yet! Everyone keeps asking me but I haven’t even been able to bring myself to watch the trailer. When it was announced it was being turned into a movie all those years ago I told myself that hopefully I’d be in a stable place (mentally) when the movie finally came out and therefore I’d be okay to watch it, and whilst now I’m in a much better place than I was back then I just don’t think it’s a good idea for me to watch it yet because I feel like I’m still fragile in that sense and definitely not in a position where I can have it mess me up all over again for lack of better wording, so I’m waiting until I’m in a stronger place before I watch it (trying to put my mental health first for once – is this what growth feels like ????). I want to watch it so badly (I’ve been waiting for YEARS) but I just can’t right now because I know the effects aren’t worth it for my mental health so, when I’m stronger and able to handle it it’ll be the first thing I do ๐Ÿ’— and there’ll definitely be a post on it so I can share all my thoughts hehe. I can’t wait to talk about it with you !! xxx

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  3. questionsfromateenager says:

    Love. This. Post.!!! Firstly, I agree with everything you write about Eleanor and Park. I literally have nothing to add because you expressed my own feelings towards the book perfectly. I think it’s a book a lot of people tend to underestimate because the blurb really doesn’t let you in on how much “real shit” is also dealt with in the story. Also, I’ve been wanting to read Men Without Women for AGES, but I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews. I think with Hemingway, I always need to read his work a few times before I actually understand/like it. At least it has been like that for me so far with the books I have read. xx

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      Thank you so much !! I definitely underestimated Eleanor & Park because I just thought it’d be another cliche Tumblr romance but I was so wrong !! Over-hyped books are usually a disappointment for me so I just thought it was going to be another one of them but I was so pleasantly surprised! I really just didn’t get Men Without Women, I found all of the stories quite bland and definitely not something I could relate to which I guess is why I just didn’t really enjoy it, but I’m definitely willing to give Hemingway another chance. I feel like I’ll be exactly the same as you with that in the sense that I’ll probably need to read a few of his works first before I can come to understand it !! xx

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  4. Jasmin โ™ก @thewriterofletters.com says:

    Ahhhh now youโ€™ve made me want to read Eleanor and Park so thank youuu โค๏ธ Will Grayson, Will Grayson sounds confusing and I totally agree with LOVING some of John Greens books and then not so much loving his other books, its weird how some seem fantastic and then some just seem not-fantastic? Ahhh TFIOS is soooo good, let me just go cry about it for a while ๐Ÿ˜ข
    Loved this post xx โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  5. Hannah says:

    I am lucky/unlucky enough to never be able to remember the ending of books. Lucky because it means I can reread them and enjoy them as if I am reading them for the first time again but unlucky because it means that I can never remember what happened when people talk about books I have read! I have read Eleanor & Park but honestly cannot remember the story line at all!!! Now I shall have to re-read it just to remember whether I loved or hated the book. xx

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  6. Hafsa says:

    Love reading your reviews that’s probably because I was never able to finish a book in February. Hehe. I had the same pre-judgement for will grayson, i think i might read it some time now that you said it’s nice. Thank you! ๐Ÿ’“

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  7. 50shad3s0fjay says:

    Eleanor and Park sounds fantastic, youโ€™ve described it so beautifully Iโ€™d like to read it myself now! And Iโ€™m definitely going to have to check out โ€˜All The Bright Placesโ€™ too, if itโ€™s your fave!

    Iโ€™ve only read three John Green books, LFA, TFIOS and Paper Towns. Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed this one, and definitely I agree about never judging a book by its cover… you just never know whatโ€™s behind those pages.

    Thanks so much for sharing Chloe, this was such a fantastic blog post that youโ€™ve written, thank you โค๏ธ

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      Thank you so much lovely! ATBP was the first (legal) tattoo I ever got for my 18th birthday! That book honestly saved and changed my life in the most beautiful ways, I’ll never quite be able to describe it.

      How did you find LFA ?? I’m intrigued! It’s one of my favourite books ever but a lot of people don’t like it which I’ll never understand:( I thought it was amazing.

      Thank you for reading angel !! ๐Ÿ’• xx

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  8. Belle in the Word ||Debbie ๐Ÿ’“ says:

    I love Eleanor and Park so much, it was a bit confusing a first but once i got into it was an amazing read…. and i definitely have to check out the other books in your post .

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  9. Ash Ronnel says:

    Hi, Chloe! I just found your blog and itโ€™s so beautiful and aesthetic ahhhh, Iโ€™m definitely going to be sticking around. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    This post was so fun, I havenโ€™t read any of these books but want to read Eleanor and Park SO badly after your review! It sounds so magical and lovely. ๐Ÿ˜† And Iโ€™ll have to check out Will Grayson, Will Grayson as well! Great post ๐Ÿ’•

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      Hi lovely !! Thank you so much for saying that, it really made me smile! It truly means so much to me so thank you ๐Ÿ’•
      Eleanor and Park was a really beautiful story and I’d definitely recommend it, I wasn’t too sure I was going to like it at first but I was so pleasantly surprised! Thank you so much for reading and being so sweet!๐Ÿ’•x

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