Monday, June 29, 2015

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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Title : P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved                        Before #2)         
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Purchase link: Book Depository

Blurb:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dear Lara Jean,
I've waited a year for you! One whole year for you to figure things out with Peter. But the wait was worth it. So, don't feel bad about it...

I had tons of fun reading this book. Just as the first book did, the sequel also manages to put a smile on my face. Oh, the feels! Lara Jean is as lovely as ever. Also, I love how themes on family, friendships and love play into the story. This is such a cute story,

In P.S. I Still Love You, we finally got a proper introduction to John Ambrose McClaren, whom we met briefly in the first book. He was one of the recipients of Lara Jean's love letters.

I am torn between Peter and John. I like Peter's character- he's sweet and he's confident of himself. But then, there's John and every moment he shared with Lara Jean is just so cute and romantic. And now, I have a crush on him.

I really enjoyed this book, as much as I did the first book. If Jenny Han decides to write a third book to this series (I'm keeping my fingers crossed), I'm all game.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Title : Still Alice
Author: Lisa Genova
Release Date: February 26th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Source: Bought
Genre: Adult fiction, Contemporary, Illness
Purchase link: Book Depository

Blurb:


Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world around her - for ever.

Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once in a blue moon, I would come across a book that affects me emotionally- one that leaves me staring into the space, pondering over the plot and my feels for a few minutes after closing the book. Still Alice is that kind of book for me. I know it's too soon to tell but I bet my emotions over this book will probably stay with me for weeks. This is not much of a book review. But I just want to pen down my feels on this book.

Still Alice is about Alice Howland, a Harvard Psychology professor, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. It was heartbreaking to watch Alice struggle to remember simple things, like her children's names. The thought of how a person's cognitive abilities deteriorates as Alzheimer's disease slowly takes over is terrifying.

When the subject of Alzheimer's disease came to mind, I've always thought of how hard living with an AD patient is for the caregivers. Never have I given any thought on how this disease affects the lives of the patients and how difficult it is for them. This book has shed some light for me on Alzheimer's disease. It has also given me some insight on the disease from the patient's point of view.

I thought of what I would wish I'd done with my life if I have AD. I asked myself that same question again but imagine myself as old and healthy. I gave different answers to the same question. The regrets I might have in life don't matter. What matters is the time we have now. Still Alice showed me that.

The core to this story, for me, is love. The love and support from family and friends make our lives meaningful and worthwhile. Even if we don't remember about it one day.