Book Review: Falling into Place

About the Book:

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s Laws of Motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. ”Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected narrator, this heart-breaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to love someone? To be a friend? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

About the Author: 

Amy Zhang is originally from Wisconsin and currently attends college in upstate New York. This is her first book.

The Review:

Liz Emerson has decided to crash her car using Newton’s Laws of Motion. But unfortunately for her, she doesn’t understand the physics behind it enough to know exactly how to crash her car in order to die on impact. She had concocted an almost perfect plan where in her suicide would look like an accident. She had even made three rules about the day she would end things. However, when the time comes, all of those three rules are broken.

Liz Emerson was one of the prettiest, most popular high school students in the school. She had the world at her fingertips. She was savage and she could tear anyone down. She was infamous for making plans that solely focused on the destruction of others. By the time she was a junior in high school, she had left a trail of bodies of people who used to be in her wake.

Like many other books, this too was sitting in my Nook Book. When I started reading it last night I began to realize that our feelings and thoughts and actions are what we manifest how we become as people. Liz was a deeply unhappy person. She has darkness inside of her that she had never come to terms with. She has issues that she has never even tried to get to the bottom of. She had people who cared and she cared about them too…but just not enough.

That not enough is what is almost always the tipping point. For people to want to give up because they think no one would notice if they stopped existing. This is always far from the truth because there is more to life than just cause and effect! Falling Into Place is a novel that uses non-linear timeline and an unlikely narrator to make one understand that our exteriors often don’t mirror what is going on in our minds.

Amy Zhang’s debut leaves you with a lot to think about. Especially reflect on the fact that how we treat others sometimes bounces back to us and we are left grappling and wondering how on earth we ended up this way! Please do read this book because it explores quite a bit into the psyche of the human mind. Especially a high school teenager who seemed to think she did not deserve the world!

Favourite Quote:

I wish second chances were real.

Book Review: The Beginning of Everything

About the Book:

Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.
Varsity tennis captain Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.
As Kirkus Reviews said in a starred review, "Schneider takes familiar stereotypes and infuses them with plenty of depth. Here are teens who could easily trade barbs and double entendres with the characters that fill John Green's novels."
Funny, smart, and including everything from flash mobs to blanket forts to a poodle who just might be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby, The Beginning of Everything is a refreshing contemporary twist on the classic coming-of-age novel—a heart-wrenching story about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

About the Author:

Robyn Schneider is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She lives in LA, California, but also on the internet. You can follow her on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Review:

Seventeen year old golden boy Ezra Faulkner’s life is thrown into turmoil after he meets with a tragedy and has to give up his dream of playing tennis in college. But he believes that everyone has this tragedy after which things that truly matter start happening to them. For his estranged best friend, Toby Ellicott, it was when they were in the seventh grade. A severed head became what was the undoing of his and Toby’s friendship.

Of course in light of his recent tragedy, golden boy get usurped from his throne, has to watch his ex-girlfriend get together with one of his best friends, and starts feeling like a fish out of the sea in a world that used to be familiar to him.

Ezra’s accident leaves him with a limp and the need to depend on a cane. And while his entire world gets plunged in darkness and gloom, Cassidy Thorpe enters his life like the shining beacon of hope. Only she is just as much an enigma. The only thing they know about her is that she had transferred from a prestigious boarding school, and once a champion debater, had dropped that completely from her life. As fate would have it, Ezra and Cassidy end up with the same elective – you guessed it, debating!

I honestly do not understand why there’s such a lot of hate towards this book. It surely isn’t for everyone and there are complaints about the book being too slow. But that’s how it is when it’s the story of two extremely broken people trying to find their way into the light. Only, one of them never lets on they’re broken. They don’t want to get help or get better. They keep people at an arm’s length forever.

Ezra’s story was heartbreaking but I will admit this was one of the first young adult novels that I’ve read that didn’t make me breakdown and cry. It made me sigh, turn to the next page and end the book with a lot of hope for a better tomorrow. While I realize that this is not a story that will resonate with everyone, I like how the author tries to convey through the story that our personal tragedies do not have become the definitions of ourselves. It is part of who we are and it will certainly shape who we would become. But it doesn’t have to be the only thing about you.

Give this book a fair chance. And try not to read it when you’re already mesmerized by other series. It deserves its own time and headspace to be read.

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Favourite Quotes:

“You see? You're just figuring it out now, but I discovered a long time ago that the smarter you are, the more tempting it is to just let people imagine you. We move through each other's lives like ghosts, leaving behind haunting memories of people who never existed. The popular jock. The mysterious new girl. But we're the ones who choose, in the end, how people see us. And I'd rather be misremembered. Please, Ezra, misremember me.”
― Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything

“I wondered what things what things became when you no longer needed them, and I wondered what the future would hold once we'd gotten past our personal tragedies and proven them ultimately survivable.”
― Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything

Book Review: Whisper to Me

About the Book:

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She's trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won't let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.
Desperate for his forgiveness, she's telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She's hoping that love-love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself-can save both of them after all.

About the Author:

Nick Lake is the much-acclaimed author of In Darkness, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, Hostage Three, which received three starred reviews and was named a Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, and There Will Be Lies. He is also the Publishing Director for fiction at HarperCollins Children's Books UK. Nick lives near Oxford, England. | @nicklakeauthor

The Review:

You know how they keep saying that never judge a book by its cover? Well, bullshit. One of the reasons I got attracted towards this book was the extremely pretty colourful cover. It had been popping up in my suggestions for a long time (yes, I read a lot of YA fiction) and finally I just decided to get my hands on a copy and read it.

I had fallen into a reading slump and honestly, Nick Lake’s Whisper to Me brought me back to my crazy reading habits.

As it happens with most books I read, I developed a personal connection with Cassie. For one thing she starts the story by telling the boardwalk boy that she was going to write her part of the story out in email and send it to him. She would give him two days to read it and wait for him on Friday. Soon we are sucked into the world that Cassie lived in – pretty much alone. Until she finds a foot on the sea beach and obviously something inside of her snaps!

She starts hearing a voice that starts to basically control her life. Her erratic behavior begins to affect her and people are around her aren’t as oblivious as she first thought. She gets help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Rezwari, but during her stint at the psych ward she meets an alluring young woman – Paris French. Paris introduces her to a whole new world of dealing with (as Cassie’s father had termed it) mental illness.

As Cassie falls more and more in love with boardwalk boy, her father’s paranoia rises.  He had already lost his wife and he’s terrified that he would lose Cassie too. Especially because there’s a Houdini killer in their town on the loose! He had been kidnapping women who were prostitutes and making them disappear. And because of the profession that they served, no one seemed to be doing much about their deaths.

Cassie’s voice feels that it is her personal duty to get to the bottom of this mystery and nearly destroys her in the process. Another mention should be made about Paris French who had personal tragedies of her own and who didn’t want to talk about it. She didn’t understand the difference between having fun and doing something that was extremely dangerous! One could understand what was alluring about her to friendless and alone Cassie.

In short, I could understand why people have been going ga-ga over this book. It speaks to you in a really different way. While the focus doesn’t waver from the fact that Cassie is trying her best to win back a boy whose heart she’d broken, everything else that manifests in the background makes you really stop and think about it all.

Favourite Quotes:

“It's so hard, when you fall for someone—the temptation is to look back on the past and rewrite things so they seem more significant. There's a part of me going: Did I know? Did I know the first time we met that you would change everything? That you would change me?”
― Nick Lake, Whisper to Me

“I have learned that some people come into our lives, and then are gone. And that part of the thing, part of life, is to accept that fact, to accept that they're gone. But there's something else too: and that's realizing that a part of them will never be gone. We think of lives as stopping, suddenly. But they don't. They are like waves, like ripples, like echoes that continue to resonate from their point of origin, out into the world...And, of course...I can just remember those voices, and that keeps them with me. Remember their lives. Remember their words...But there are also, of course, people you don't have to just remember, because they're still around. And I guess that's the other thing I have learned. There are people who come into our lives, and then are gone. But there are also people who come into our lives and who we need to hang on to.”
― Nick Lake, Whisper to Me

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Book Review: I am big. So what!?

About the Book

Is it only in India where people don’t realize that starting a conversation with, “Oh, you’ve put on weight!” is incredibly rude?
Perhaps I should respond with “Oh,
you’ve become uglier!” so they get the point.
From stores that do not stock clothes my size to unsolicited advice from neighborhood aunties, my life—quite annoyingly—is ruled by the numbers on the scale.
What’s the big deal about being big? You may wonder.
Well, quite a lot, actually.
For starters, you get dumped by the only man you’ve ever loved, social situations go from awkward to embarrassing within seconds, and don’t even get me started on the family’s never-ending search for a suitable groom. They just don’t make men my size these days!
Nevertheless, here I am, about to meet Suitor No. 7. Begrudgingly, of course.
Ride along as I navigate the crazy arranged marriage market. And trust me, it’s crazier when you’re more than a little curvy.

About the Author 

Shuchi Singh Kalra is a writer, editor, and blogger based in India. She writes for publications and businesses, and also runs a writing firm called the Pixie Dust Writing Studio. Her first book, Done With Men, featured on the Amazon bestseller lists for two consecutive years.

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The Review

This book had been sitting happily in my bookshelf for around a year and half, because I remember buying a copy when it first came out. However as it happens with us bookworms and freelancers, juggling way too many job roles, the book got pushed into the back of my book cupboard. (Yes, I have a book cupboard that can put an ordinary bookshelf to shame!) I am digressing though.

I am big. So what!? is the story of Roli who has always been a bit on the heavier side. However she has never let her weight define her. She has always loved fashion and she has taken all the judgmental looks thrown her way in her stride. She grew from her insecurities with her body (being bullied in school), and had gained the confidence that most people seem to lack. For we all fall into the trap of thinking if only I was prettier, more thin, more this and more that. We don’t ever stop to think that we are enough.

Roli goes through the roller coaster journey of being a confident, sassy woman who gets her heartbroken and her confidence shattered when the only boy who ever loved her leaves her, taking her hard earned money with him.

Through the thick and thin of it all, her best friend Monika sticks with her, though they have their own issues to sort out. And in the midst of it all, she meets suitor number seven: Karan Wagh. And right when all hope seems lost in her life, there’s just a hint of it shining like a beacon in a distance.
This was lovely, quick read with character histories and complexities thrown in. It felt as though I was watching a really well made film instead of a drama that drags on for 300+ pages.

I loved reading this book because it reaffirmed my belief that happily ever after does exist. Even though it might take us a little too long to reach it, and what we originally thought would make us happy – might not be the endgame!

Book Musings: 12 Things You Realize Happens When A Bookworm Dates A Non-Reader

Because bookworms live in a bookish world.

Bookworms emerge once in a while to choose their favorite humans.

Everyone knows what it feel like to date a bookworm. But has anyone ever thought about this from the opposite point of view? I mean, we know that given a choice between books and boyfriend, we'd always choose the former. But sometimes opposites do attract. So we find ourselves dating non-readers and realizing some home truths!
  1. They don’t understand how you could possibly spend hours browsing books in bookstore!

  2. They don’t seem to understand your excitement when you spot book sales.
  3. No matter what you might be fighting about, you always seem to have a quote ready for the situation.
  4. You often talk to them about your ‘book boyfriends’ and ‘book girlfriends’ and sometimes successfully confuse them no end!

  5. A part of you secretly wishes to find Mr. Darcy and gets annoyed when they don’t seem to be on the same page as you.
  6. They don’t seem to understand that you can disappear into your books for hours without taking a break till you finish.

  7. You insist they read the book before you two go for the movie together.
  8. When something catastrophic happens in your book, you're unable to share the trauma with them. This frustrates you at times.

  9. You baffle them by how emotionally attached you get to the book characters and cry days on end when they die!

  10. They gift you cute bookmarks because they know how important those are to you.
  11. They are thoroughly confused by your need to immediately get hold of the sequel once you finish reading the first book!
  12. Yet they finally begin to understand and accept the bookish world you live in, and appear with piping hot cups of tea when you’re down in the dumps about one of the characters.

So if you are a bookworm with a non-reader partner, tell what things have you come to understand and accept about them?

Cover Reveal: The Vengeance of Indra

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The Vengeance of Indra 
(Vikramaditya Veergatha #3)
by Shatrujeet Nath


In their greed to possess the deadly Halahala, the devas and the asuras have employed every dirty trick against Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine. But the humans are still standing, bloodied but unbowed.
When the wily Shukracharya discovers the secret to breaking the Council’s strength and unity, he forges an unlikely alliance with his arch-enemy, Indra, to set a deceitful plan in motion.
As cracks emerge between the councilors and their king, ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Vikramaditya and Kalidasa’s friendship, signaling the beginning of an eclipse that will cast a long shadow over all that Vikramaditya holds dear. And into this shadow steps Indra, bearing an old grudge — and a devastating new weapon.
How much longer before the Guardians of the Halahala finally fall apart?

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About the Author:
Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which includes The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru and The Vengeance of Indra. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. He is also the author of The Karachi Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thriller.

Cover Reveal: You Came Like Hope

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Title: You Came Like Hope
Author: Jyoti Arora
Word length: 53,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Contemporary Romance

“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”
“When it comes to a broken person, some of them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person, but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”
“Who would say no to him? He is smart, intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”
“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her husband.”
“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”
Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what happens when it unleashes hellfire?
Lose yourself in the intense narrative of You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs.

Releasing on 23rd November 2017!

About the Author:
Jyoti Arora is a novelist and blogger from Ghaziabad. You Came Like Hope is her third novel, coming after Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl. She is Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti enjoys checking out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old Bollywood songs.