You don’t need to be, or even want to be, an author to write a book – that’s the beauty of this. These days there are so many different and unique ways to write our very own books, you don’t even need to write a book IN a book!
Before you think I’m going all crazy on you, let me explain…
College girl Jacqueline is on her way back to her dorm after a frat house party when she’s attacked, and by someone she knows. Unable to fight or defend herself, she fears the worst when suddenly she’s saved. Unknown by her, Jacqueline’s saviour has been watching her. Could there be something between them or is he just a perfect rebound guy?
Sitting on my bookshelf for over a year was the classic tale of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, unread until last week. I thought it was about time to read this well known piece of literature and I honestly didn’t know what I was in for as I had never heard of Jane’s story.
Pretty much every woman has seen the movie, ‘The Notebook’. Well in case you were not aware, this movie was originally a book. The writer has been a worldwide favourite for many years; and his name is Nicholas Sparks.
‘Safe Haven’ is a book that has recently been produced into a movie, only proving the success of the novel. And of course, adding to the list of the books that have been turned into movies by Nicholas Sparks…
But concentrating on the book. This was a four and a half out of five. The storyline was a very deep, dramatic story that took you into the world of a woman who was running from her past. But in her case, her past was not just love, but an abusive past that had her scared to live. This story was written in a way that does not give a lot away, and you have to continue to read it for the story to unravel. Not wanting to expose too much, that is all that will be told about the storyline…as enough was given away already.
This book will have you struggling to put it down. Although the main character is not relatable for most people, she is written in a way that you sympathise with her.
The main criticism of the book is the ending. Of course, not wanting to tell you what that is, it could have been done very differently, and not having seen the movie yet, very intrigued to see how they did it. To me, the book was written so perfectly and had you hanging to read the next chapter, I was very disappointed with the ending. But of course, subject to opinion!
Review: Book Love The One You’re With By Emily Giffin
Having never read one of Emily Giffen’s books before, and her being on the New York Times Bestselling Author lists many a time, I did not know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised.
The book ‘Love The One You Are With’ is not a dramatic book of any sorts. It deals with more of the everyday drama that a woman may face when it comes to matters of the heart. On the back blurb it reads,
It is about a woman named Ellen who has the perfect marriage with a loyal man named Andy. One day Ellen runs into an old flame named Leo. Leo was a man from her past that always felt like ‘the one who got away’. Leo left her heartbroken almost a decade before her and had always bought out the worst in her but nevertheless, she could never forget him. After running into him, he does not leave her mind and although battling her better judgement, she has to decide if she should love the one she is with, Andy or live the life she has never forgotten with Leo.
Because it is not a very dramatic book, which seems to be predominantly popular, it is surprisingly addictive to know what happens. It is a book when you put it down, you just want to pick it back up to find out how she lead character deals with the situation. Emily is a talented writer who has the ability to make you feel that you are the main character. She is very descriptive. The short chapters helped with ensuring the scenes didn’t seem too long.
There were several different characters in the book, which enabled the reader to be able to relate to at least one. And if you have an ex, this story will have something to relate to as well.
The book deserves a three out of five stars. Although it was extremely well written and refreshingly deals with matters of the heart, it did feel like it was missing something. Definitely worth a read, but I would not say that it goes on the top book shelf. But I am definitely intrigued to read more by this author.