Review: Girl, Interrupted

In this brief memoir, Susanna Kaysen narrates her experiences at the age of 18 when she tried committing suicide and was placed in McLean, a psychiatric hospital where famous figures, such as Sylvia Plath, had been institutionalized there too. Kaysen stayed there for two years with other young women her same age who became herContinue reading “Review: Girl, Interrupted”

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Review: The Great Alone

Title: The Great Alone Author: Kristin Hannah Genre: Historical fiction Year: 2018 Synopsis: Ernt Allbright comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuousContinue reading “Review: The Great Alone”

Review: The Maidens

Title: The Maidens Author: Alex Michaelides Genre: Mystery, Thriller Year: 2021 Synopsis: Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, he is adored by everyone —particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as TheContinue reading “Review: The Maidens”

Review: Spring

Title: Spring Author: Ali Smith Genre: Contemporary Fiction Year: 2019 This is the third book in Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet. While it’s titled Spring, it’s mostly set in autumn. It follows two storylines, one focusing on Richard, a TV & Film Director who has recently lost his dear friend Paddy. Then we have Brittany HallContinue reading “Review: Spring”

Review: The Midnight Library

Title: The Midnight Library Author: Matt Haig Genre: Contemporary fiction, Magic realism Year: 2020 The Midnight Library follows the story of Nora Seed, a woman in her mid-thirties who feels like a failure. When caught between life and death, she’s given the chance to undo her regrets and actions, being able to change her currentContinue reading “Review: The Midnight Library”

Review: Girl, Woman, Other

Title: Girl, Woman, Other Author: Bernardine Evaristo Genre: Contemporary fiction Year: 2019 Synopsis: Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood. Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friendsContinue reading “Review: Girl, Woman, Other”