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Book Review: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Nancy Paulsen Books Published March 24, 2015 304 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books
Published March 24, 2015
304 Pages

Naila’s parents are conservative immigrants that believe in keeping their culture alive even though they live in America. Naila is allowed to go to school and choose her career but she isn’t allowed to choose her husband . . . dating is forbidden.

When her parents catch Naila with her boyfriend, Saif, they whisk her away to Pakistan to explore her roots. But things quickly change when Naila’s parents state they have found her a husband and she is to be married immediately.

Desperate to get out of this situation but unsure how since she is cut off of everyone she loves, her only hope is Saif and if he could find her.

Sidenote: It is hard for me to read realistic books.  I read them because it shows me something different about the world I live in.  But man, it is hard. *Short Review*

Now to the book.

I like how the book gets right into it. There isn’t a lot of fluff in regards to Naila’s situation with her family and her romantic relationship. Saif isn’t just a new boy in school Naila falls in love with instantly; they have history and they have been together for at least a year at this point and Naila knows as well as Saif what could happen if her parent’s found out.

The book was written well with a nice even pace. Naila is betrayed by her parents and family not betrayed by her lack of strength or back bone. Naila is respectful and she has a very simple personality that just makes you want to hug her. It was so hard to read this and know that Naila’s story could be or is someone’s true story.

Naila was the reason I kept reading this book because I loved her. But that is not because it was a bad book. The author created such an amazing mental picture, so detailed and with a lot of care. When Naila hurt . . . you hurt.

Because of the nature of this book, it had a simple pace that didn’t leave you so hung up on something missing. For the most part everything was straight forward but it didn’t leave any predictability.

If you are into realistic and emotional fiction then this is for you.

3 Pickles



Book Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

Seth is drowning. However, instead of meeting his maker, Seth ends up on a beach shore at his former England home naked, hungry, and

      Candlewick Press  Published Sept 10, 2013               480 Pages
Candlewick Press
Published Sept 10, 2013
480 Pages

thirsty. Not expecting to be here Seth must now not only face the tragedy that forced his family to leave for America but also find out if he is truly alone on this land.

I love the concept of this book. Waking up to find out that you’re not as dead as you think you are is pretty interesting. But as interesting as that was the book lacked luster and did nothing to keep me going. Seth was a dull dull boy who died very graphically even though he was drowning. After he is awaken on the beach he goes through the motion of trying to find food, clothes and most important where is he.

What I liked about the book was the care of details Ness put into the book. You felt the love and time he put into this book. The suspense was great almost unbearable because you want to know what truly happened to Seth before and after he drowned. You want to know what happened in the house he use to call home and most importantly you want to know where the heck was everyone when he was drowning/why was he alone.

When things begin to pick up it was a bit too late for me to truly enjoy it not because Seth spent more than a quarter of the book reminiscing and I just couldn’t get into it. Yes, it did make me (the reader) understand Seth more (Kinda sorta) but it didn’t grab me.

Overall the book was a decent read when it picked up it picked up you just have to follow through with it. The book gets 7 out of 10.