A Street Cat Named Bob Book Review

I hadn’t come across this book until the film was released in cinemas and I didn’t C8aWmPOXYAA3L2A.jpg-largeget chance to go and see it. I often do a charity shop book raid once a month to see what little gems I can pick up and this book was one of them. This title made me curious so I had to buy it.

The Goodreads and Amazon reviews for this book are a little hit and miss due to the copy and people commenting on its repetition. Just shut up. How can you expect someone who has had a difficult life since their teenage years to be an expert writer. That’s it, you’ve realised that it is quite unlikely.

I wasn’t sure what to expect and had no idea what the book was going to be about but I got into it straight away. Yes I do judge the way things are written but with this book I didn’t, I carried on and ignored what errors I’d just read. The way James introduced himself and his new best friend Bob was great, it was the perfect way to start a story.

It was very important for James to highlight how the homeless and vulnerable have to live on a daily basis. I have never been in this position but from walking the streets of London and seeing people on the street desperate for food, money and a home is heartbreaking. This book gives you a very good insight into that lifestyle. I felt happy when James came across Bob, I knew things would work out for them in the end! They are such an inspiring pair that go through a hell of a lot together but still walk around with smiles on their faces.

When James wrote about taking on the role as a Big Issue vendor – my way of thinking changed forever. Firstly, I was shocked. I have never known anything about the Big Issue Magazine but knowing its how the homeless and vulnerable get back on their feet will make me think twice about saying no when walking past. The vendors have to buy their magazines in order to make money – this made me sad.

I think everyone should give this book a read. After reading this I really do feel differently towards choosing to ignore those that are trying to change their lives.

 

The Longest Holiday Book Review

The Longest Holiday is written by British author Paige Toon. I had never come across this author before but this book popped up on my Amazon store as it was available to download for free so I thought why the heck not? It turns out I’m glad I did download it because I was hooked from day one.

Laura is the main character who discovers an awful secret which means she needs to escape. I connected with Laura, I thought she was a well thought out character and you instantly sympathise with her. In a way, I wanted a friend like Laura because she’s interesting. The way it was written made me want to be there for her and embark on her next adventure to America with Marty and Bridget.

There were parts of the book where I got frustrated with Laura because I wanted her to make up with Matthew and for it to be all hunky-dory. I was rooting for her to go back to England and forget everything ever happened but that didn’t happen at all.

Whilst Laura is in America, she meets a man called Leo. Now Leo in my mind is quite a good-looking fellow and I want to see him on film just to say ‘holy moly’ ha. I don’t know why I became obsessed with Laura and Leo but I needed to know more so I kept on reading whenever I had the chance.

As I always say, I will NOT give away any clues as to what happens in this book because I want you to support the author and go buy their book. I just want you to know that the twist towards the end will shock you, well it shocked me. It made me carry on reading until the end, I couldn’t put it down!!

For me I give this book five stars and I am really looking forward to reading more from Paige Toon.

The Sound Book Review

So I have previously written about the start of a book called The Sound by Sarah Alderson and yesterday I finally finished it! It would have been sooner if I hadn’t of lost it down the side of my bed – messy moo. I always say I will never give away the plot because it is unfair to read spoilers, I bloody hate it.

Where to begin? Well the book is just over 300 pages and it was read in a couple of days. I love that I can finish a good book in a few days, I enjoy them much more. This one is definitely something different for me but the front cover of the book actually made me buy it as well as the blurb.

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From day one I fell in love with Ren (the main character), she reminded me a little of myself as someone who wants to pursue writing as a career. She is a nanny from the UK currently like me (an au pair in France) and is getting ready to start university. Nannying in Nantucket seems like a great thing to do.

Ren works for the Tripps looking after two children with Carla and Mike. From the descriptions in the book, the children seem really sweet but I’m sure Ren has her bad days with them. Brodie sounds like a child you would love to look after, she is kind and quite a funny little character.

You are later introduced to several characters, Parker, Jeremy, Matt, Tyler, Eliza and Sophie – there are many more. Some you think pfft don’t be friends with them Ren but when Ren starts to get close with Jeremy, you can’t help but fixate on their relationship. Well if you didn’t, I certainly did. It is still a better love story than Twilight.

Every page made me want to keep finding out more about the individuals and what Ren was going to get up to. Things get closer with Jeremy and more is uncovered about another main character called Jesse. Jesse is the ‘bad boy’ of the book and Ren must stay away from him. Does she stay away? Of course not and that’s where the book gets gripping. WE LOVE JESSE!!!

Without going into too much detail because you need to read this book, the twists for me were quite unexpected. You learn more about the characters and get more involved, it feels like you are part of the friendship group. With certain books I can never imagine the scenes but with this one I was able to imagine characters, scenes and the voices. It was a strange feeling but I loved every minute of it.

Although I did enjoy this book, I did feel the ending was a little rushed. We are informed about a murder in the previous year and there was no focus on the serial killer. Within the last few pages you are completely hooked because it all changes and you find out who it is. There was no build up or answer as to why this character was the serial killer but nevermind I wanted to finish the book.

I highly recommend this book, it is a great read and you will not be disappointed. Sarah Alderson is now one of my favourite authors and I will be purchasing further books written by her.

 

The Sound – book review

I am currently reading this really interesting book called ‘The Sound’ by Sarah Alderson which I came across for 50p in the Cancer Research charity shop. At the moment I am 78 pages in and just cannot put it down (work is getting in the way). One of the reasons I am enjoying this book so much is because the story has not been given away yet but the character development is bloody brilliant.

The main character is called Ren, she is a British 17-year-old teenage girl who travelled to America for a nannying job. The Tripp family seem really nice (Brodie is hilarious) and they are wealthy, the people she has met so far seem a little wild but I cannot quite figure them out. Without giving a spoiler away, she meets a boy or two and trying to work out which one is going to be better is a toughy.

Another great factor for this book is it I feel like it relates to me a little, the whole renting a bike and forgetting how to ride one because you don’t ride them very often. Yep, that is 100% me and I need to get back on my bike, there’s where the book inspires me.

I guess reviewing this book at this point is a little silly but I have a feeling I will finish it fairly soon as it comes out on my lunch breaks and I read it before I go to bed. I will do a full review of the book once I have finished it.