The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

WOW, I started his book yesterday just after lunch and finished it a couple of hours later! I couldn’t put it down, I have to be honest and say I’m completely heartbroken but it was an emotional roller coaster that I would do again! I have been waiting for this book to come back into the local library and it’s come at a time where the subject of cancer is a tough one for me but I had to read it. 

In the book we follow Hazel a 16 year old terminal cancer patient who is being kept alive due to miracle drug trials. Its been a few years since she stopped going to school and her mum forces her to attend a support group to help her meet other people in her situation, Hazel never wants to go but then one night at support group Augustus Waters appears and Hazels world is turned upside down. We follow them through highs and lows to the end.

If you don’t read this book without crying what is wrong with you? I read the final 2 pages with tears streaming down my face. This is a beautiful story and will hold you to the end, my only advice would be do NOT read in public! I made that mistake once with ‘The Time Travelers Wife’ its not pretty trust me! 

I would say happy reading, but its more like heartbreaking reading. Have the tissues at the ready!

 

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The Appeal & The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

So I have never even picked up a John Grisham book before this! I know shocking! I have definitely been inspired to read more I love legal fiction so both of these book were perfect for me!

So this book starts with the verdict of a case against Krane Chemical. A company dumping cancer causing chemicals into a small Mississippi towns water supply. Its an amazing win for the families of the town who have lost or are losing loved ones due to Krane’s disregard for their health. Unfortunately the billionaire owner of Krane Chemical decides no victim will receive a dollar of his money and sets in motion a plan to fix the appeal and save his company and of course become richer in the process.

It’s hard to explain this book in a paragraph and the majority of people who love legal fiction will already have enjoyed this book. I love the way its written and even though at the end you feel a little cheated at the way it works out it still holds you and you still enjoy this book. Peoples eyes are opened to the damage that big businesses can do if they are not held accountable and you feel like the future in this county might be on the up after all!

I really enjoyed this book. This was my favorite of the two.

We follow Michael Brock a lawyer on the fast track to partner at his firm ‘Drake and Sweeney’ until one day an almost fatal encounter with ‘Mister’ a homeless man brings it all crashing down around him.

Mister was furious at the firm, and Michael wants to find out why. What he discovers makes him give it all up to do the right thing and bring ‘Drake and Sweeney’ to justice. He starts working as a street lawyer and in the process looses his house, wife and all his savings, but Michael doesn’t care hes a man on a mission to do the right thing, and along the way help anyone who asks for it.

I loved this book because of the whole idea that bad things are happening right under your nose and its not until you almost lose your life you realize what you have and your ability to help others. Michael is a great character and in the end his conscience helps him on his way. Its nice to believe that not everyone is all bad!

I have a couple of other John Grisham books to read on the shelf and I can’t wait!

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

So its been so long since I picked up a book, we been having a few family emergencies lately and I’m taking the time to review these books before we run off again. So this book was one I picked up for a couple of dollars and I loved it!

We follow Tia and Mike Baye as they struggle with their parenting decisions regarding their 16 year old son Adam. After Adams close friend Spencer commits suicide they install spy ware software of his computer and get pulled into a world they don’t understand. Adam goes missing and as they unravel the trail to find him they discover a secret that could place both father and son behind bars.

So this is just a quick review but one of the reasons I enjoyed this is because the book follows 4 or 5 different stories all the way through and keeps you guessing at how they’ll all join up. The last big reveal in the book was a little silly but I still loved it. It kept me interested and kept my mind sane in the hospital so I would definitely recommend.