Monday, June 10, 2013

Me Before You

Me Before YouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Live boldly. Push yourself. Don't settle."

There are books that affect my life and my outlook in life after I read them. There are books that will stay in my thoughts days or months or even years after I read them. This is one of those books.

My sister recommended this book and I know from the beginning that it will make me cry. I like books that make me emotional. I have anticipated it, but that didn't mean I was prepared for it.

Jojo Moyes created a story of love, life and friendship revolving in one of the most difficult and even controversial topics to discuss-- the decision to end one's life. The author tackled the topic with unforced humor and sensitivity that made me admire her style of writing. This is not my typical love story and the way it was written offered a fresh, albeit heartbreaking, plot.

This is a story of two people, not unlike many stories out there. Their lives intertwined for six months under unconventional circumstances. Their story made me laugh and cry. Their story broke my heart and made me want to fall in love again. Their story reminded me to live well.

Just live.

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Friday, June 07, 2013

The Truth About Forever

This Lullaby/The Truth About ForeverThis Lullaby/The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If my forever ends tomorrow, what will I do today? Am I happy with whatever I'm doing now?

The past few months have reminded me that life is fleeting. In the story, Macy, the protagonist, adjusts to life and changes after her father passed away. I think I can relate to that when it comes to having my beliefs and foundation shake. Life slapped me in the face and told me I cannot control everything. It will never be the same, but we have to move on. People have different ways of reacting to and coping with grief.

This book made me realize a lot of things. It's easy to get lost in the everyday routine. Once in a while, something happens that would make me realize that everything is temporary.

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