Haul!

Diary of a Young Girl“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”

I first saw The Diary of a Young Girl at my university’s book fair but I had already spent too much & had no money left πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. #ProblemsOfABibliophile. My luck, @usedbooksuae had it available & I bought it. Additionally, I also bought the bookmark, it’s so beautiful!! ❀️. I received both in perfect condition & with a quick delivery. I felt really interested in reading books that have the storyline of The Holocaust especially after reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (I have a review on it on my blog, here’s a link: https://thebookierookieblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/jodi-picoult-the-storyteller/ )

Background: On this day, June 12th 1929, Anne Frank was born & on her 13th birthday she received an empty diary, & made her first entry. She was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The Diary of a Young Girl is where she documented her life in hiding from 1942-1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War 2. She died while imprisoned at Bergen-Belsen, three months short of her 16th birthday. The day I received the package, June 12th, Anne Frank would’ve been 88.

Synopsis: The Diary of a Young Girl remains the single most poignant true-life story to emerge from the Second World War.

In July 1942 Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Anne was thirteen when the family went into the Secret Annexe and, over the next two years, she vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such confined quarters, the constant threat of discovery, the hungry and the fear. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, she and her family were finally discovered by the Nazis.

Anne Frank died in March 1945, aged fifteen, in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

This book provides a deeply moving and unforgettable portrait of Anne Frank – an ordinary and yet an extraordinary teenage girl.

Really looking forward to reading it. Have you read The Diary of a Young Girl? Leave your opinions in the comments down below! πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Stephanie Perkins – Lola and the Boy Next Door (#2)

Lola and the Boy Next Doorβ€œJust because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.”

Synopsis: Stephanie Perkins is an American author known for her Anna and the French Kiss series. Lola and the Boy Next Door is #2 in the trilogy, between Anna and the French Kiss & Isla and the Happily Ever After. Lola and the Boy Next Door is the story of Lola Nolan, a budding costume designer. For her, the more outrageous, sparkling & fun the outfit, the better. Everything is going perfect in her life especially with her Rock-star boyfriend, Max, until the Bell twins, Cricket & Calliope move back to their neighbourhood. When Cricket decides it’s time to step out from his sister’s shadows & back into Lola’s life, she must decide whether to finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Review: I liked the story-line, always was a sucker for love stories that began right under everyone’s noses without the characters knowing how they were meant to be. But, Lola was so indecisive about whether she wanted to be with Max or Cricket , it was basically constant whining. Max was described as a close to perfect boyfriend but obviously, for Cricket & Lola to end up together Max had to become the douche-bag. I liked that Lola’s character was unique in terms of the whole creating costumes but it got annoying when she was in a costume…it was a bit much. Also, Cricket’s name πŸ˜‚, I was imagining an actual Cricket half the time πŸ˜‚

Rating: πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž

Ally Condie – Reached (#3 Matched Trilogy)

ReachedYou cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.

Ally Condie is an American writer of young adult fiction. The Matched trilogy published 2010-2012 is a science fiction dystopia. Reached is the last book of the Matched series. Reached continues the story of Cassia & Ky, who after leaving the Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other again. Cassia is assigned as an undercover in Central City, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything changes again.

After two books of not being so impressed, Reached finally exceeded my very low expectations. It’s when it all goes down. The trio are all in different places with minimal contact through the Archivists who are a group of people that can get people what they want in exchange for a valuable item. Cassia’s undercover in Central City, unsure of when the Rising will happen. Xander’s an undercover Official medic & Ky is an airship pilot with Indie, Cassia’s friend from the girl’s work camp. The only clue Cassia is given that it’ll be big enough for her to know that its time. Xander was told about a Plague that would hit the Society which is when the Rising has started. I liked that there were some kind of twists to the story, the Plague mutated & the cure that the Rising had created for the original Plague was no longer working & the Pilot comes & takes the three to a village on the borders because they could help in finding the cure. I’m glad that all of them got their happy ending even though it was predictable, Ky and Cassia are together while Xander finds love with Lei, a fellow Official who later joins the Rising & the people get their right to vote for who they want in charge. Out of the three I think Xander had the more interesting undercover job so I found that I read his chapters more keenly. The first half of the book was just a load of info dumping, giving what has happened so far with each character in their own POVs, Xander I feel made the most change. It was a decent enough conclusion to the trilogy.

Rating: πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž.5