Hi, my name is Chris and I am Brielle’s husband. In light of National Read Book Day this week, Brielle has asked me to shed some light on a few books I have been enjoying. I would like to preface this post by saying that my youngest sister has been recommending most of the books I have been reading. Thus, I have mostly been reading books you would find in the… Young Adult Fiction section aka the sappy love stories about cancer patients and such.
Now that we’ve cleared the air, the first book I would like to talk about is If I Stay. I loved this book. Usually a book takes me a week or two to read, but I read this in two and a half days. I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t a very fast passed book and it didn’t have this huge build up or climax to it but somehow Gayle Forman almost makes you feel as though you are a fly on the wall in her hospital room watching everyone visit her all while she struggles through the choice of staying or leaving. It’s mesmerizing and is a really great read.
Obviously when I finished If I Stay, I jumped in my car, drove to Barnes and Noble, timidly walked into the Young Adults/Dying Girls’ Love Story section and bought the sequel, Where She Went. I read it in a day and a half (if my wife would have let me, I would have put the shameful emoji face here). This book was everything that Gayle’s previous book was and so much more. This time, from the boyfriend’s perspective, you get a glimpse of what life is like 3 years later. This book starts and builds until the very end. There is no good place to stop reading except when you finish.
The last book that I would highly recommend is actually a book Brielle bought me for Christmas called Looking for Alaska. This is probably my favorite book I have read to date. It actually took me two months to read, and not because I wasn’t completely drawn in, but because about halfway through I was so frustrated with it that I had to take a break. I never expected the explosion that would happen at the midway point and it made me contemplate not finishing it, but I am so glad I did. The last chapter of the book left me thinking about life and our souls like I never have before. If you need a book to get you into reading, my suggestion would be to start with this one.