Book review: Wuthering Heights

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Before even finishing the book, I already knew how I would rate it. While reading some reviews on Good Reads, I noticed there were many opposing point of views. First of all, we can’t deny that Emily Brontë did in fact write a masterpiece. It’s among the most represented novels of English literature. Many people state that they hate this novel because of it’s horrendous characters. Mean, shallow, selfish…the list could go on. I don’t think Brontë’s purpose was to make the characters aspirational, quite the contrary. Perhaps she simply wanted to portray the evil side that many people have, whether they openly show it or not.

 

When I first began, I found it a bit tedious to even finish the first chapter. However, this year I set myself a goal of reading (and finishing) more books –regardless whether I like them or not. That is why I kept reading, and later found myself wanting to know more about these characters. Just to clarify, no I do not sympathize with them. But as a psychologist, I can’t help myself. Personality development initiates when we’re just toddlers. By the age of five, the characteristics become more visible and it completely takes shape by the time we’re eighteen. Why do the Wuthering Heights residents have such outrageous thoughts and behavior?

 

The ending took me a bit by surprise, given all the despairing outcomes I thought that’s how it would finish. But no, after everything that occurred, the ending demonstrated that good things can happen, that the descendents do not have to be commended. There’s a saying that goes “there is no evil that lasts a hundred years”. Literally.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. 

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Review: The Lake House

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The title in the Spanish version is “The Last Goodbye”
Hi there! So today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on “The Lake House”, Kate Morton’s fifth novel. I’m actually a bit late, I finished reading the book two weeks ago, but I couldn’t find the time to sit down and write calmly. This is the third book I read by this author. I absolutely love her style, combining mysteries of the past and present with the right amount of romance. This novel is no exception, the story itself is captivating. 500 pages that will leave you wanting more.
The story begins in Cornwall 1933, with Alice Edevane as the main character. She’s sixteen and aspires to write a novel. Then it flash forwards to Sadie Sparrow, London 2003. She’s a detective and goes to Cornwall to stay with her grandfather for a few weeks. One day while jogging through the woods, she comes across an abandoned house, which happens to belong to Alice’s family. Soon, Sadie’s detective instinct tells her to dig in the past, why would the owners leave house intact? She tries to reach Alice, now a famous writer that resides in London. Alice refuses to look back on her family’s past, but later realizes that she had been wrong about what happened during the midsummer solstice party of 1933. Will detective Sadie help her reveal the truth that has been hiding under decades of memories and dust?
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I won’t mention any spoilers. The plot is well developed, and what I liked the most about this book (comparing it to others by Morton), is that in this one the author provides the point of view of secondary characters, which helps shape the storyline even better.
Overall rating: 4/5. I’m not giving it a 5 because towards the last few chapters, it became a bit predictable, but still enjoyable nonetheless.
P.S. Her books make me want to visit Cornwall, perhaps I should add it to my bucketlist.

Review: Persuasion

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I started off the year reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. It’s the second book of hers that I read, the first one was Pride & Prejudice, which I greatly enjoyed. How could you not possibly end up loving Mr. Darcy? The reason why I decided to read Persuasion was because they mentioned it repeatedly in the movie The Lake House. While watching it with my mom for like the fifth time, I became persuaded to read such a captivating romance novel.

My book reviews are always quite general, I do not like to spoil it for anyone, so don’t worry! Let’s go straight to the point: do I recommend it? Absolutely. It’s the type of book that you need to read, period. While love and relationships in the 1800s had a very different dynamic than today’s, human feelings will always remain same. What I personally enjoyed the most was the way in which the context and characters were portrayed. With Jane Austen’s writings, you can get real insights into how the common/everyday life was back then. People spoke so eloquently and politely. It’s a shame we as a society have lost that.

Persuasion’s main characters are Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. They had met several years ago and had fallen deeply in love. However, they were too young, naive and easily influenced by others so they went separate ways. Fast forward to the present (or rather the date were the novel takes place), and due to external circumstances –or destiny, whatever you wanna call it — they meet again. Will they continue where they left off? Or will the broken hearts be unable to mend?

I won’t tell, you’ll have to find out on your own 🙂

Book Review: The Girl On The Train

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I had purchased “The Girl On the Train” several months ago, I wanted to know what the bustle was all about. Truthfully, when I first starting reading it, I found it quite boring –to the point that I stopped completely. Weeks passed, and the book was still sitting on my night stand. However, I couldn’t just leave a book unread. Good or bad, I like to read either way. I decided to give it another chance and it was worth it.

Don’t worry, if you haven’t read it or seen the movie, there won’t be any spoilers ahead. My reviews are always general. I’m afraid the movie might turn out to be rather disappointing, as it usually happens when novels become films. It’s the first mystery/thriller novel I read, I tend to go more for drama. First off, the book is not divided by chapters, it’s separated by narratives of three main characters, each with different dates so you can follow the timeline. Reading about the incidents from different perspectives was very enriching and helpful in order to put the pieces together. Around page 60 is when things start getting interesting — at least for me.


Now, I’m a sucker for murder investigation movies and TV shows, that’s why I ended up enjoying this book so much. And because of this (after seeing so many murder cases — real and fiction), I did not find the ending as unpredictable. The killer is always the person that has been in front of you all along, it’s who you least expect. But analyzing it from a psychological perspective, stories like this one (maybe with less blood) tend to be quite common. Psychopaths are everywhere, they seem like regular people and they tend to be very manipulative in relationships. Many women undergo this kind of abuse, and I think it’s important to emphasize that.

To sum up, do I recommend the book? Yes! Do I recommend the movie? Haven’t seen it yet, but still looking forward to it. Now tell me, what are your opinions on the book?

“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.” 

 

Review + 6 lessons from Sarah Dessen novels

Finally! I just finished reading “What Happened to Goodbye” by Sarah Dessen. In order not to spoil it I won’t get into much detail. Overall, I enjoyed the story. The main character is a girl named Mclean, she’s in her senior year. Over the last few years, since her parents divorced, she’s been moving a lot. That is because she went to live with her dad and he gets relocated frequently due to his job. In every city she would go to, she’d change her name and personality. But, this time in Lakeview, things are different. (If you’ve read Sarah’s novels, you know Lakeview is where all the drama happens). It wasn’t as romantic as some of her previous novels. Mclean does meet a guy named Dave. But she realizes many things about herself and life not only because of him, but also due to her new friends and the communication with her parents.

I have read a total of six novels by Sarah Dessen over the years. Dreamland, That Summer, The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and lastly What Happened to Goodbye. Every book was different, but they did have some aspects in common. Here are 6 lessons her novels have taught me:

1. No one’s life is perfect: everyone has issues in their family and personal life, you’re not the only one.

2. Disappointment is part of the journey: perhaps even the people closest to you might end up hurting you, either intentionally or unintentionally.

3. Open yourself to others: there will always be people willing to help you, but in order to achieve this, you must be honest with your feelings and speak out.

4. Don’t judge others too quickly: every person you meet can teach you something, and sometimes the person you least expect will be the one supporting you.

5. Self-discovery does not happen overnight: it takes time to learn from experiences. As you get to know yourself better, certain things about you change, which is just part of the process.

6. Life goes on: In the end, you have to continue focusing on your next goal. Even if some things do go wrong, that doesn’t mean you should give up. Move on to the next chapter, there are better things ahead.

P.S. I know by far that she is not the best author, however, I always find the plot of her novels quite appealing. Now next on my list is “Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.

Review: Club Vintage

Club Vintage” is the title in the Spanish version. If you live in an English speaking country, you’ll most likely find it as “Vintage: A Novel”. To be honest, I purchased this book unexpectedly. I went inside a bookstore looking for small notebooks, but I didn’t find any so I decided to take a look around either way. That’s when I came across this book, as soon as I saw it, I grabbed it to read the back. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but it looked to colorful and pretty that it caught by attention. After reading the plot summary, it seemed quite interesting, so I bought it.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book so fast! Before I used to read a lot when I was in high school, but ever since I got into college, I’ve spent so much time reading for lessons that in my spare moments, books were not necessarily my primary interest. (I have, however, read John Green and Sarah Dessen novels in the last few summers –they’re two of my favorite authors).
Anyway, now jumping to the main part: the story is lovely! I recommend it, specially if you’re like me and you’re into realistic fiction (I still don’t understand how I was able to read all of the Twilight Saga books). The story is about three women of different ages that undergo complicated situations, but due to events, they meet and eventually become friends. The plot portrays how friendships can help a person move on and overcome obstacles. Also, another topic that is constantly present (but more obvious towards the end) is the second chances that can make a significant difference if another decision had otherwise been taken. Even though some things are a bit predictable, the story overall is quite engaging, not to mention a bit bittersweet –just like life truly is.