April 1, 2018

What do I really want? That's the question that the unnamed narrator of Chemistry by Weike Wang sets out to answer after she has a meltdown three years into her, yes, chemistry graduate program at a prestigious Boston university. Her long-term boyfriend, also a student and a scientist, wants to get married and live happily ever after, but how can she possibly get married when she can't even "science" anymore? Who is she outside of the lab, outside of her parents' demands and expectations of her...

May 25, 2016

I’m thinking of ending things.


It's likely most of us have  been in a relationship where we’ve had this exact thought. Maybe things aren’t going well, and haven’t for some time, and the relationship has run its course. Maybe things aren’t so bad, but they’re not exceptional either, and you wonder why you’re even making the effort. Maybe, like the main protagonist in I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid, something just feels “off,” and while you can’t put your finger on exactly what, you ju...

May 20, 2016

After a garden party one hazy summer evening, where her mother had one glass of one too many, a girl goes looking for her older sister. No one knows where she is, exactly, and something doesn’t feel right. The girl eventually finds her sister sprawled in a darkened corner of the garden, bleeding, unconscious, and half-naked. No one knows what happened. No one saw anything. 

Was it the googly-eyed grandfather, rumored to have roving hands? Was it the superhero dad, whose relationship with the gi...

March 2, 2016

Dreaming of Antigone is the story of Andria, the girl who dresses all in black; the girl who has a scary illness; the girl whose outgoing, beautiful, popular twin sister, Iris, overdosed on heroin. Struggling to deal with her loss and confusion, Andria distracts herself by spending time with her friends, counting down the days until she can get her driving license, gazing through her telescope at the constellations above, and writing poetry on her desk in algebra - a class she’s barely passing....

May 27, 2015

I just finished reading These Are the Moments and I knew I should put my thoughts down sooner rather than later, as if I wait, I may just decide not to write a review at all. In a nutshell, I feel rather ambivalent about this book. It was good in parts, in that I could relate to the idea of loving someone so much and that love eventually morphing into something not-so-loving-and-more-something-else, but overall, the book became rather boring and the dynamics between the various characters just w...

May 12, 2014

 

It took me forever to finish The Fault in Our Stars, not because I was so overwrought with emotion, but because I was, frankly, a little bored, which really disappoints me. After having this book on my shelf for more than 2 years, avoiding it because I wasn't ready to cry, after hearing almost every single one of my bookish friends rave about it's beauty and meaningfulness... it flopped. 

 

While there were bits and pieces I liked about the characters, dialogue, and plot, none of them b...

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