Himself by Jess Kidd REVIEW

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I kindly received the novel Himself by Jess Kidd for review purposes.

Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada

A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans).

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I really enjoyed reading this novel and it was easy getting attached to some characters and not so much to others. I got a clear picture of what each character is like. The writing in this novel is wonderful and flows nicely. I love the mix of humour with seriousness. I found it to have a lovely balance of mystery, romance and humour.

The story takes place in a small Irish town. The story is adventurous and made me laugh and intrigued me.  The characters stirred my emotions and allowed me to feel happy, sad and at the end very content.

I really enjoyed getting to know each character. I found my self cheering on the main character Mahony from the beginning.  I found my self wanting to find out what happen to his mother’s disappearance and why she left Mahony at the orphanage. I really liked some characters and annoyed by others. I truly enjoyed the mix of the living and the dead. Yes the dead! Which made it so exciting and gave an erie feel to the novel and pulled me in as a reader. Can you tell I love ghosts?

I really liked the romantic parts. It wasn’t too much. Just the right amount. The book has a great mix of dark parts and funny parts.  I also enjoyed the character of Mrs. Cauley so much. She reminds me of the dancing teacher from the Gilmore Girls in a way. I absolutely love how she encouraged and stood up for Mahony many times.  I feel that Mahony really needed that support. He definitely finds many connections, some are good and some are really bad.  This novel is definitely worth reading.  

I give this book a 4 out of 5!

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*Thank you to to Simon and Schuster Canada for this lovely book.

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green REVIEW

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SYNOPSIS
Despite the tumor-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.

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MY THOUGHTS
I had to wait a few days to write a review for this novel. I needed time to recuperate. 
I really like the story, it made me cry. I related to a few things. I cried like a baby and felt really sad and emotional. I was taken on a beautiful and sad journey. I would not want to read it again though…well maybe again.  My mother passed away from cancer 8 years ago and I feel like I was going through all the dark emotions again. A tough read for me but a really therapeutic one.  I think I want to read comedy from now on. lol 

That being said, it’s a really good love story. In the beginning I find that the characters speak in a very mature way. I just don’t think teenagers speak that way. A little too mature, but I let that go and dove into the book with an open heart and mind. There are sweet, beautiful and delicate moments that are really well written. It’s a very raw story and hard to read at times only because its emotional…well for me it is… especially if you have experienced cancer from close up. I can understand why the characters questioned and challenged a lot of thoughts and emotions. Especially thoughts about life and love. I also liked how the characters pondered about afterlife. 


I’ve noticed other reviews and people either like it or hate it. Some people feel the author romanticized cancer but I don’t feel that he has done that in anyway. I think that he did a wonderful job. It’s a beautiful story about love, friendship, family and existence. It is honest and heartfelt. It’s about how small details matter and how we should enjoy every minute that we have on this earth. It’s about being in the moment and cherishing what we have. 
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Do I recommend this book? Yes!
I give this book a 5/5
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