Posts Tagged ‘Teenagers’

What I am reading:

I’ve currently reading “Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen – It’s actually been a bit easier to get through than the others so far! And I’ve only got one more Austen novel left to read after this!

What I have finished reading this week:

“I Capture The Castle” by Dodie Smith

“The Last Battle” by C.S.Lewis

“The Silver Chair” by C.S.Lewis

Other Bookish Things:

I had a few days off work this week and started having a clear out. A few books have finally been removed from my personal library and will start their new lives at the local Oxfam!

The Miranda Hart book I got in the sale section of Waterstones Piccadilly, but it wasn’t very good and not a funny as I thought it might be. The other two are freebies that came with magazines: The Bobbi Brown one is about hair and beauty for teenage girls, so it’s very out of date now, although I did find it useful when I was a teenager; and “He’s Just Not That Into You” is just a load of rubbish about dating and isn’t very helpful or sensible – I can’t imagine that the film version was any good! Now I can replace them with much better books!

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“Am I about to discover where you, Ron, and Hermione disappeared to while you were supposed to be in the back room of Fred and George’s shop?’
‘How did you…?’
‘Harry, please. You’re talking to the man who raised Fred and George.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I recently read “The Girls from Corona del Mar” by Rufi Thorpe.

“The Girls from Corona del Mar” by Rufi Thorpe (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregancy at fifteen and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family and immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy and there is nothing Mia can do to help. As good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both.”

It is an interesting novel, exploring a friendship which seems like the usual intense friendship that only exists between two teenager girls, until a chain of events starts which changes that friendship into something confusing and difficult.

It feels like Mia is the troublesome one with issues in her homelife and her personal life, and that Lorrie Ann is the goody two-shoes, who has a loving family, gets married and has a baby and looks set to have an ordinary life. It’s amazing how wrong life can go for someone who seems perfect in all ways. It seem a little bit unfair that Lorrie Ann gets all the worse things thrown at her and she goes off the rails and becomes a character who Mia struggles to understand.

I felt sorry for Lorrie Ann at first but then when she starts making stupid decisions, I find myself being less sympathetic and more irritated with the way she’s messing up her life. Mia seems to straighten out when she goes to college and her life seems to be pretty good and normal, and she is the more likeable character all the way through the novel.

You feel like you know the two girls, especially when you grow up with people like them, but then you discover something totally surprising which makes you wonder if you really knew them at all and can’t comprehend how you never saw that part of them.

I give this novel 7/10 because the plot thickens over time, throws up some many questions and deals with so many different issues. It’s well written and kept me reading on, but I’m not sure I’d read it again.