Dear Thing {Julie Cohen}

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily has offered to give them the one thing that they want most.

Romily expects it will be easy to be a surrogate. She’s already a single mother, and she has no desire for any more children. But Romily isn’t prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire-and even destroy their marriage.

Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make…

Thought-provoking, heart-rending but ultimately uplifting, Julie Cohen’s Dear Thing is a book you won’t be able to put down, until you pass it on to your best friends.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

5 Stars

What a thought-provoking book this was.  I loved it and loved the different angles the author took in describing each situation.  Each character’s individual story really tugged at my heartstrings and together they combined to create one interestingly intricate web. I love books where you can’t imagine how each story will be wrapped up in the end and this was a perfect example of that.  As I was reading, I couldn’t imagine how this book was going to end…and it made me want to keep reading to find out!  A beautifully told story about sensitive topics with so many complicated layers. I highly recommend this one!

Bottom Line:

A wonderfully written and thought-provoking story.

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The Hate U Give {Angie Thomas}

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

My Thoughts:

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5 Stars

I’m honestly not sure that I’ve ever read a more powerful book in my life.  Ever.  This is truly one of the most well written pieces of literature that I’ve ever read.  The writing is real, raw, tragic, heartbreaking, beautiful, and so wonderfully descriptive.  Everyone should read this book–all races, all genders.

There are no faults with this book.  It’s perfect.  In every way.  Highly, highly recommend this one.

I don’t think I even breathed while reading the last 100 or so pages…could NOT put it down.  The writing!  The details!  So intense!

There are no words to express my absolute love for this beautifully written story.  Each character (and setting) was so well written.  It’s a YA book (young adult) and told from the perspective of 16 year old Starr.  This added to the magic of the book…having it told from the voice of someone so young, yet so wise and so aware of the world.

This was Angie Thomas’s debut novel and I can’t wait to see what she will write next.  I’m reaaaaally hoping it’s a sequel!  The movie The Hate U Give comes out this week…and the trailer looks AMAZING!

Please read the book first, though.  Always read the book first.

Bottom Line:

One of the most powerful books I have ever read.

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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul {Deborah Rodriguez}

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*NOTE: This book was originally published under the title A Cup of Friendship*

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together.

SUNNY, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan – and fast – to keep her café and customers safe.

YAZMINA, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote village and now abandoned on Kabul’s violent streets.

CANDACE, a wealthy American who has finally left her husband for her Afghan lover, the enigmatic Wakil.

ISABEL, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life.

And HALAJAN, the sixty-year-old den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules.

As these five women discover there’s more to one another than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will for ever change their lives and the lives of many others.

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the heart-warming and life-affirming fiction debut from the author of the bestselling memoir The Kabul Beauty School.

My Thoughts:

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5 Stars

Oh how I loved this book!  It was easy, quick, and delightful. The writing wasn’t spectacular but overall it was a quick and extremely enjoyable little read.

One of my favorite things about reading is the ability that a good book has to instantly transform me straight into different places and cultures.  I learned so much just from reading this novel and found myself googling images of Kabul and it’s culture on numerous occasions while reading.

I highly recommend this book!  The characters were compelling, the story was captivating, and the knowledge I gained was very interesting.  There are so many different story lines and I enjoyed reading each of them.  Deborah Rodriguez did a fantastic job of intertwining all of the different stories from all of the characters into one charming plot.

This book was quite different from Deborah Rodriguez’s memoir (The Kabul Beauty School) which I actually didn’t love…

As I was writing this review, I learned that Deborah Rodriguez has written a sequel, Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul!  I’m so excited!  I can’t wait to reunite with these lovely characters and to witness their stories unfold even more.

Bottom Line:

Great story, great characters, and I learned a great deal about a different and interesting culture.

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