SAFE HAVEN BY NICHOLAS SPARKS
“Everyone has a past, but that’s just it–it’s in the past. You can learn from it, but you can’t change it.” – Safe Haven
This book is one of my favorite romance novels of all time. This is story about love and loss and most of all about coming to terms with your past. The main charecter Katie, is in the midst of an abusive relationship with her husband, when she decideds to run. Katie ends up fleeing to a small North Carolina town where she sets up life, and begins letting her guard down. This is where she meets and falls in love with Alex the owner of a local convience store. She begins life with him, but as we all know you can never out run our past, and soon the past catches up to Katie.
THE GLASS CASTLE BY JENNATTE WALLS
“I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.” – Jennatte Walls
This is a novel/ biography about a little girl growing up in the midst of poverty and abuse, but still looking at the world with such passion and love. Jeannette’s father is a philosopher and crafts man , but falls short in taking care of his family because of his alcohol abuse. Jeannette mother has a teaching degree but loves to paint and do art work, so most of the time instead of working she spends the little money they do have on art supplies. Jeannette and her three siblings spend their childhood sleeping in cardboard boxes and eating out of the trash, living on the hope that one day their dad will build them the Glass Castle he always promised. This story makes you understand a lot about the life you are given and the choices you make, for not everyone has the privilege of choices. This story makes you think about your childhood, your parents and the life you lived before you knew who you wanted to be.
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY BY JAY ASHER
“Because it may seem like a small role now, but it matters. In the end, everything matters.”- Jay Asher
(THE BOOK IS COMPLETLY DIFFERENT TO THE TV SHOW/ PLEASE READ THE BOOK)
Hannah Baker is in her Junior year of high school when she decides to take her own life, leaving behind a set of 13 audio tapes, naming people and reasons for why she deiced to end her life. This book focus on Clay Jensen one of the many names on the audio tapes. Clay was in love with Hannah but never got the chance to tell her, throughout the novel clay grapples with the words that are coming through the speakers. Uncovering secrets and stories that’ll change his life, and eventually he’ll understand why Hannah did what she did. This story will make you think about our rape culture, the privileged life some people live, and the facades that others pretend to be. This book will leave you in tears, understanding how hard life can really be.
WINTER GIRLS BY LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON (author of Speak)
“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”- Winter Girls
Lia Overbrook suffers from anorexia and self harm. Everyday she struggles with effects of wanting to be skinny but not wanting to die. She deals with her families pressure for her to gain weight, while fighting her mind which is telling her to be skinny. Lia’s once best friend Cassie dies in a hotel room after a severe bulimic attack, leaving behind voicemails on Lias phone begging her to help. These voicemails push Lia over the edge and force her to come face to face with what she’s actually done to her body and how she closed off the world around her. This book opens your mind to the eating disorder epidemic going on all over the world and really makes you understand exactly the lengths were willing to go to in order to be “pretty”.
WILD BY CHERLY STRAY
“The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.”-Cheryl Strayed
From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is a 2012 memoir by American author Cheryl Strayed, describing her 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995 as a journey of self-discovery.
This is a story about a middle-aged women coming to terms with the loss of her mother, the indecisiveness of her future and how she has no idea what she is doing. Cheryl decides one day she wants to hike the 1,100 mile pacific north west trail, walking across the west coast. Throughout her journey she tells stories of her mother, the times she dabbled in heroine, her failed marriage, and her life as a child. This story makes you think about how the life you thought you were gonna have is nothing like the life you have. It’ll call into question whether your truly happy, or whether you too wish you could be free.
TIGER LILY- JODI LYNN ANDERSON
We all know the fairytale and children’s story of Peter Pan and his love story with Wendy. However the story we haven’t been told is the secret and strong love Peter had for Tiger Lily before he met Wendy Darling. This story although a children novel, has the potential to change the way you think about love and life. Told through the eyes of “Tink” better known as tinker bell, it follows her as she follows tiger lily. Tiger Lily just turning 15 is still in the lanky body that hasn’t yet shaped into a women, more like a boy then a girl she has a very truthful way of looking at the world and acting as she sees fit. When she meets Peter she feels defensive and competitive but it quickly gives way to feelings she has never experienced before. Falling in love with the lost boy, she finally understands what its like to have something worth dying for.
(I am inserting the letter Peter writes to Tiger lily at the end of the book)
“Did you know I always thought you were braver than me? Did you ever guess that that was why I was so afraid? It wasn’t that I only loved some of you. But I wondered if you could ever love more than some of me.
I knew I’d miss you. But the surprising thing is, you never leave me. I never forget a thing. Every kind of love, it seems, is the only one. It doesn’t happen twice. And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn’t seem broken at all. I know young people look at me and think my youth seems so far away, but it’s all around me, and you’re all around me. Tiger Lily, do you think magic exists if it can be explained? I can explain why I loved you, I can explain the theory of evolution that tells me why mermaids live in Neverland and nowhere else. But it still feels magic.
The lost boys all stood at our wedding. Does it seem odd to you that they could have stood at a wedding that wasn’t yours and mine? It does to me. and I’m sorry for it, and for a lot, and I also wouldn’t change it.
It is so quiet here. Even with all the trains and the streets and the people. It’s nothing like the jungle. The boys have grown. Everything has grown. Do you think you will ever grow? I hope not. I like to think that even if I change and fade away, some other people won’t.
I like to think that one day after I die, at least one small particle of me – of all the particles that will spread everywhere – will float all the way to Neverland, and be part of a flower or something like that, like that poet said, the one that your Tik Tok loved. I like to think that nothing’s final, and that everyone gets to be together even when it looks like they don’t, that it all works out even when all the evidence seems to say something else, that you and I are always young in the woods, and that I’ll see you sometime again, even if it’s not with any kind of eyes I know of or understand. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the way things go after all – that all things end happy. Even for you and Tik Tok. and for you and me.