Boo by Neil Smith

Boo by Neil SmithBoo by Neil Smith
Genre: Magical Realism
Release Date: 21st May, 2015
Publisher: Random House LLC
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

When Oliver 'Boo' Dalrymple wakes up in heaven, the eighth-grade science geek thinks he died of a heart defect at his school. But soon after arriving in this hereafter reserved for dead thirteen-year-olds, Boo discovers he’s a 'gommer', a kid who was murdered. What’s more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from his volatile classmate Johnny, Boo sets out to track down the mysterious Gunboy who cut short both their lives.

In a heart-rending story written to his beloved parents, the odd but endearing Boo relates his astonishing heavenly adventures as he tests the limits of friendship, learns about forgiveness and, finally, makes peace with the boy he once was and the boy he can now be.

It’s really not Neil Smith’s fault that I read Alice Sebolds The Lovely Bones at such an impressionable age, but as I was reading this book I couldn’t stop myself from constantly comparing the two stories. Boo, like The Lovely Bones, has a protagonist who is murdered and the story very much revolves around his afterlife as well as an ongoing mystery as to who killed him. Continue reading

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Random House LLC
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I don’t really know what to say about this book? As some of you know, I’m a huge fan of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, one of Lockhart’s other novels, but I have to say that We Were Liars just didn’t meet my expectations at all. Given the rather excellent blurb, I was looking forward to a story in the vein of The Secret History, with terrible secrets waiting to be revealed, calculated plans and characters with no moral compasses; I wanted to read about girls being dangerous and wonderful. Alas.
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