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Something Borrowed | Emily Giffin

Something Borrowed is a love story about Rachel, who falls in love with her best friend’s fiancĂ©, Dex. They begin a complicated (and secret) love affair. Which woman will Dex choose? For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I think we’ve all had a friend like Darcy at some point in our lives. She’s the friend that we love to hate—or perhaps we hate that we love her? She’s the friend who is super outgoing and everyone seems to love, but you end up being the dirty rag that she uses and throws away when it’s convenient. She’s the friend that you try to pull away from, but your history together keeps pulling you back in. While  reading this, I kept rolling my eyes at Darcy, but I realized that I have had friends like that too, and sometimes it is easier to just put up with them than to be on their hit-list. Then it gets complicated because Rachel falls for Darcy’s fiancĂ©. She’s in a love-hate relationship with Darcy, so maybe this is the excuse she needs to get out of a toxic friends…

Tuck Everlasting | Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting is a fantasy novel about a young girl that meets a family that seems to never age. She quickly feels a connection with the Tucks and learns more about life than she ever expected. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I recently bought a copy of this book for 25 cents from a garage sale since I remember reading and loving it as a kid. Woah…this book is a whole lot deeper than I remember. I always thought it was a cool story about a family that could live forever, but really it is about life and death. It explores eternal life and whether it would actually be good to live forever. And if you do live forever, would you do something worth taking up the extra space in this world? If everyone lived forever, what would become of Earth? My favorite quote is, “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.” This is one of those books that is pretty short, but will change the way you think about life f…

The Choice | Nicholas Sparks

The Choice is a love story about an adventure-seeker, Travis, and his new (and taken) next-door neighbor, Gabby. Gabby tries to stay away, but she gets pulled in when she has to rely on her small town vet…Travis. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I feel like people either love or hate Nicholas Sparks’s books. Before you read them, you need to know what you’re getting into. They are all super sappy love stories (verging on the edge of cheesy), with a super horrific twist that may leave the readers heartbroken. With The Choice, it is no different. If you acknowledge that going into the book, then it is really enjoyable. I actually kept thinking to myself while reading this book, “Wow, this is so nice and happy. When does something terrible happen?”
There’s a reason why almost all of Sparks’s books turn into movies: they are very heavily dialogued. That makes it super easy for screenwriters to transfer it into a script. It also makes you feel like you really know the characte…

Panic | Lauren Oliver

Panic is a young adult novel about a secret competition for graduating seniors in a small town. The winner gets to take a pot of about $67,000. The only catch is that the challenges are life-threatening and illegal. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I actually have no complaints about this book, which is rare. Usually I find at least one thing that could be improved upon. I’ll admit that when I first started reading this book, it reminded me of The Hunger Games or Scorpio Races—two books about teens competing in deadly challenges. However, Panic ended up being a book that holds its own. 
My favorite part about this book was how it incorporates panic. There is a strong fear of death, which everyone faces, during the competitions. The fear in the challenges is real, but it is also man-made. They could back out of the situation at any point—of course that means that they won’t win the money, but it is always an option. Then there is also panic that comes from real life situati…

The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is the high fantasy prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It follows an unlikely hero, Bilbo Baggins, on his journey through Middle Earth with many dwarves and a wizard. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
Books like this are difficult for me to review. It is a highly recognized novel, as well as a huge film franchise. I have seen all three of the Lord of the Rings movies (but haven’t read the books), and I have seen the first two of the three Hobbit movies. At first I couldn’t believe that a relatively small novel could possibly be made into three movies that are each about three hours long. But, wow, there are a ton of adventures crammed into one book. Pretty much everything in the book make it into the movies, but there are many things that were added to the movies—perhaps to mesh better with the already existing LOTR trilogy and to add more action. There are also several characters that were added to the movies. 
I’ll admit that it took me a pretty long ti…

The Room | Jonas Karlsson

The Room is a satirical novel about office life with a psychological twist—Bjorn enters a room in his office building that no one else can see. He believes his coworkers are conspiring against him and they all can actually see the room too. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
This is one of those books that I feel that I just don’t get. It has a ton of amazing reviews saying that it is insightful and funny. I didn’t get that impression. At all. It was not funny at all. If it was a satire, the tone just wasn’t right. It reminded me of how the movie “Office Space” takes a funny outlook on office jobs, but this book missed the mark. 
The main character, Bjorn, was arrogant and delusional. He thought he was the best at everything. He probably would be diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome if he was a real person. I didn’t like him as a character. Actually, I didn’t like or feel any attachment to any of the characters. Even though the book was written in Bjorn’s perspective, I didn’t…

Fifty Shades Freed | EL James

Fifty Shades Freed is the third book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. It is about a wealthy businessman, Christian, who is very controlling in all aspects of his life, especially when it comes to women. In this book, Christian and Anastasia start to understand what it will take to be married and start a future together. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to even review this book because its, well, embarrassing. I gave into the hype about the Fifty Shades books and I have a compulsive need to finish a trilogy. I also kept reading because I wanted to know why Christian is so messed up (hint: you don’t find out until page 505 of the third book…ugh). I also made this mistake of reading a series that my sister-in-law gave me, Crossfire, in between reading the Fifty Shades books. I kept forgetting which event happened in which series because they were so similar. Eerily similar. They seemed to be basically the same series with slightly different …