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Bittersweet

cover61788-largeTitle: Bittersweet
Author
: Kimberly Loth
Publisher: Kimberly Loth
Publishing date: 21.03.2015
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk
ISBN: 9781508644125

Synopsis: 
Every Sunday Savannah Ray gets an email from her dead dad. She doesn’t know how the emails work but she’s finally ready to start looking for answers.

My Review:
It has been a long time since I have fallen in love with a book, but upon reading “Bittersweet” I felt a sad sort of love that I haven’t felt since reading “13 reasons Why (By Jay Asher).

The st”ory follows the troubled late teen girl Savannah as she comes to term with her father’s suicide. Her father’s death has made her bitter and withdrawn, and in many ways she seems to isolate herself from life. After years of denying grief she has become depressed and worries whether the “curse” will take her too.

The book is a Romance book, but the Romance plot does very much aid in Savannah’s rediscovery of herself Even though she hated the thought of moving to her uncle for the summer, getting away was a good thing for her. New people, and not all of them good, has a big impact of her. The story slowly unfolds and bit by bit the reader is introduced to the truth about how her father died, as well as the reader is invited into other dark secrets.

The last two chapters are the most impact chapters in the book and it is all woven together into a bittersweet ending which a high possibility of tears.

“Wintergirls” by Laurie H. Anderson. Book Review

clip_image002Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Viking

My Review
“Wintergirls” was first published in USA in 2009 by Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA). The book is written by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is about a girl who suffers from anorexia.
In “Wintergirls” we meet eighteen-year-old Lia who comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

Many professional people are discussing whether “Wintergirls” is a how-to-be-anorexic guide and if the book will trigger girls to become anorexic. Because of this on-going discussion this has been a factor used to criticize the book and even been a factor to keep people from reading it and even saying that girls shouldn’t read this book because it could endanger their mental health. In this discussion no one has brought up the issue that anorexia isn’t a learned behavior; it is a mental disease, you either are anorexic or you are not, you can’t learn how to get the disease. You probably can learn to have it, for a while, but then you revert to your old habits. This book won’t make you any more anorexic than any other psychological book can make you have psychosis or make you schizophrenic. Continue reading