Friday, April 04, 2014

What the Ground Can't Hold (book)

What the Ground Can't HoldWhat the Ground Can't Hold by Shady Cosgrove
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book description: Two Americans are presumed dead and nine people are trapped in a cabin after an avalanche falls in the remote Andes...

Told from five points of view, What the Ground Can't Hold follows:
  • Emma, an Australian faced with an impossible decision that could see her parents jailed.
  • Jack, a teenager obsessed with Jack Kerouac, anti-globalism and sex.
  • Carmen, a tango dancer whose estranged father is dying of cancer.
  • Pedro, the cabin manager, who's in hiding from his ex-wife.
  • And Wolfe, an American on a deadly family quest.

With food supplies dwindling, these unlikely companions are forced to extremes and discover they are bound by more than their surroundings – each has a secret that links them to Argentina's Dirty War.
My reviewAn enjoyable read. The author tells the story from the different characters' perspectives in each chapter and the characters are well drawn and interesting. The way their backgrounds and personalities intersect is fresh and intriguing. A good solid story.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars (book)

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

John Green is the best-selling author of Looking for Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines;Paper Towns; Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

MY REVIEW: A beautiful, poignant, compelling romance set in the middle of death and dying. It's gentle, humorous, touching and explores what it means to live and die and make the most of the circumstances we are "dealt". It's a thoughtful, provocative bitter-sweet story paradoxically full of life. It's a short book well-paced and doesn't waste words. I really enjoyed it.

****