What I Read Last Month April 2020
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What I Read Last Month: April 2020

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Wow! Is it really May already? I’m graduating with my Master’s degree in two days! I know, I know … you’re here to see what I read last month … not to indulge in my mindless rambling. Well, then … here you go:

CHOSEN ONES

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Chosen Ones Veronica Roth

This is most definitely the best book I read in April. If you’ve been here a while, you know that I loved Veronica Roth’s young adult series, Divergent.

Though Chosen Ones is tailored for an adult audience, it is just as good (if not better) as Roth’s previous books. You will immediately fall in love with the characters (some of them, anyway), and some of your stereotypes might be destroyed in the process.

If you want to read my comprehensive review, you can do so here

Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ARC copy of the book.

ADMISSION

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Admission by Julie Buxbaum

Though I liked the book, I didn’t love it — as much as I wanted to. Julie Buxbaum did a tremendous job explaining what the individuals in the well-known scandal might be feeling without making excuses for them. She also brought up what I’ve been thinking all along — parents donate buildings to get their children into Ivy League universities quite often; however, cheating on SATs is and should be illegal. 

This being said, I had a hard time connecting with the characters in the book. I don’t always have to love or even like the characters, however, in this case, I felt no emotions whatsoever. They all just seemed a bit flat. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for the ARC copy of the book.

P.S. I LOVE YOU

Rating: 3 out of 5.
PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

I had high hopes for this book, but it ended up being a huge disappointment. Admittedly, the premise of the book was cute, but the characters were under-developed and dull.

I understand Ahern was very young when she wrote this book, but there were things that readers simply cannot overlook. Maybe her editor should have told her that some things just don’t happen in the real world — no matter how cute of a story it would make.

UNTAMED

Rating: 2 out of 5.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle

There are two things I want to preface this review with: (1) I probably wouldn’t read this book if it wasn’t Reese’s Bookclub pick for April, and (2) the fact that I am a born-again Christian heavily influenced my opinion on this book. 

I found Untamed incredibly whiny. Glennon was apparently very unhappy with her life, but I felt like her road to self-discovery brought her to a very self-self-centered and self-serving place. 

There were, however, several quotes in the book that I really appreciated:

“The opposite of sensitive is not brave. It’s not brave to refuse to pay attention, to refuse to notice, to refuse to feel and know and imagine. The opposite of sensitive is insensitive, and that’s no badge of honor.”

I could not agree more with this statement. The opposite of sensitive is NOT brave, and we must all stop pushing that agenda.

Also this one: We forgot how to know when we learned how to please. This is why we live hungry. We are all guilty of this — just going with the flow, trying to please someone (or a lot of someones). 

Some things, on the other hand, were very hard to swallow. Especially when the author professed to be a Christian at some point in her life.

As you can tell, apart from Chosen Ones, I really did not love the books I read in April. Alas, such is life. May has already been so much better!

Are there any books that you absolutely loved in April? I’d love to hear about them! Feel free to friend me on Goodreads, and recommend books that way!

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