Welcome to my “Reviews in Twos” series!
At the beginning of each month, I’ll recap all of the books I read the previous month—in two sentences. One for a summary, one for my thoughts. Hopefully these little bite-size snippets will be enough to get your mouth watering for some new books. Drop your own “Reviews in Twos” in the comments; I’m always looking for more book suggestions!
DECEMBER 2017/JANUARY 2018
Final Girls, Riley Sager (trigger warning for violence) – A woman who escaped a brutal massacre finds her past catching up to her. I loved it, until I found out a man wrote it under a female pen name—then I only liked it.
One of Us is Lying, Karen McManus – Five kids go to detention, but only four come back out. Although I was afraid I would see a modern-day retelling of The Breakfast Club, the book was suspenseful and engaging, and the twist ending had me on the edge of my seat.
Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together int he Cafeteria, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum – An academic look at systemic racism in all of its forms. Heart-wrenching, disturbing, and angering, yet eye-opening, thought-provoking, and inspiring.
The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur – A collection of poetry about heartbreak and healing. Kaur’s simple, accessible, poetic voice left me with tears of pain and joy, craving more of her beautiful writings.
Behind Closed Doors, BA Paris (trigger warning for psychological abuse) – Woman meets the perfect man, the perfect man turns out to be a crazy physically and emotionally abusive maniac. Went in expecting something that could hold its own against Gone Girl; instead, I was entertained and appreciated that the story strayed from traditional “battered wife” novels, but I’m not sure it’s quite the same level of crazy as Gillian Flynn’s book.
Heather the Totality, Matthew Weiner – Two parents obsessed with their beautiful, perfect daughter. You can definitely tell a dude wrote this.