Posted in Mystery, Thriller

4.5 Disturbing Stars🌟 You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks #BookReview #PubDay @littlebrown

Happy Publication Day! Thrilled to share my review of this darkly disturbing yet wonderful book!🎉💗🎉

You Were Made For This

You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

4.5 Darkly Disturbing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Synopsis

Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they’ve built.

When Merry’s childhood friend Frank visits their Swedish paradise, she immediately becomes part of the family. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam. She befriends the neighbors, and even finds herself embracing the domesticity she’s always seemed to scorn.

All their lives, Frank and Merry have been more like sisters than best friends. And that’s why Frank soon sees the things others might miss. Treacherous things, which are almost impossible to believe when looking at this perfect family. But Frank, of all people, knows that the truth is rarely what you want the world to see.

My Thoughts

4.5 Dark and Disturbing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

from the blurb… a dark look at marriage, motherhood,And friendship… don’t always agree with the blurb, but this one is spot on! Michelle Sacks did a fabulous job of painting a disturbing picture…. this book will make you look twice at the closest people in your life…

Sam and Mary have moved to Sweden from New York, and appear to be loving a quieter lifestyle… Mary is the picture of domesticity… baking, cooking, gardening, cleaning, and taking care of her adorable infant son Connor… Sam is taking on A new career and seems more than pleased to have Mary at home playing the loving wife…

This book was told from three different points of view… Mary, Sam, and Mary’s longtime friend Frank who comes for a visit… wow! Looking back my first impressions of these characters sure did change by the end… don’t want to say too much, but none of these characters were terribly likeable…. and a lot of their actions were down right despicable….. One minute I’d be feeling sympathy for a character and then they’d do something and all sympathy went out the window…. and the friendship between Mary and Frank? With friends like that who needs enemies? This book left me feeling as though I needed to take a shower (and not a cold shower)…

This book made you realize things are never quite as they seem…. you only know somebody as well as they allow you to know them…. and everybody has some kind of secret…. A very well done dark and disturbing thriller filled with plenty of characters to dislike!*Warning* some of the content in this book might be a little hard for a more sensitive reader….

Absolutely recommend to fans of a strong psychological/domestic thriller with a darker side….

*** Many thanks to Little Brown for a copy of my book ***

Have a day filled with words! Berit 💛

Posted in Young Adult

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli @BeckyAlbertalli #BookReview

Happy Tuesday y’all! The reviews for this book are all over the place, but I absolutely 100% thoroughly enjoyed it! I love both Simon and Leah and loved both of their books!🌈Leah on the Off Beat

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

5 Love Leah Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

~My Review~

5 Love Leah Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I absolutely adored Simon so I was slightly hesitant to read this, because how could it possibly live up to the hype? Well I shouldn’t have worried… I couldn’t tell you if this book is as good as Simon, but I enjoyed it every bit as much…. it was so fun to revisit the gang! I also read this right after I saw the movie “Love Simon” so I was even more ready to spend some more time with these characters….

Leah was such a likable and real character… I really felt for her not ever thinking she quite fitt in, even with her closest of friends…. adding in the fact that she was bisexual and not quite ready to come out with it, I could sense her insecurity…. of course in my mind I was thinking would it really be that hard to come out to your BFF who is gay and open about it? But that is my own ignorance, because this is something I have never dealt with, and I have come to realize it is a very personal decision….

I really loved getting to know Garrett better in this book, the guy is quite the comedian…. although I don’t think he purposely meant for them to have prom dinner at the American Girl store… but I’m sure glad they did, because that was one of the best scenes in this book😂 I also loved every minute we got to spend with Simon and enjoyed seeing his blossoming relationship with Brahm… at the heart of it this was a book about the angst of senior year… where are you going to go to college? Who are you going to go to prom with? Do long distance relationships work? Will we all still be friends in a year?

I really am so excited for this next generation, they are so delightfully accepting…. and books like this really help spread that love, it is time we all realize we are all more similar than we are different! Don’t want to sound preachy, but this book really just left me feeling very hopeful!

Absolutely recommend to anybody who enjoys a book filled with real and well-developed characters!

Peace and Love berit 💛☮️