Reading and Reviewing: February

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After Perfect, by Christina McDowell: I was infatuated with this book and could not shut up about it while I was reading (it took me maybe 2 nights?!). I’m pretty sure I’ve googled the author’s family dozens of times since–I was just so intrigued with her story! This nonfiction memoir chronicles a young woman’s privileged childhood which is suddenly ripped to shreds when her father is prosecuted due to illegal financial activity. The family becomes bankrupt, the author is forced to drop out of college, and her entire family structure unravels. She also grew up right near where I did (and in the same town where I work), which made the story extra interesting.

Small Admissions, by Amy Poeppel: I had such high hopes for this book and did not like it AT all. Since I also work at a private school, I thought I’d absolutely love the storyline, which is about a young woman working in admissions. However, the main character was a mess, parts of the book were oddly hard to follow, and it was somewhat funny but definitely not my favorite. I was surprised I didn’t like it since it has such good reviews on Amazon, but oh well….

My Not So Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella: I LOVE Sophie Kinsella, but this book wasn’t my favorite (I’m a big fan of her Shopaholic series and loved Twenties Girl!). However, I’m always going to read Kinsella’s new releases, and this one had a cute, rom com-like storyline filled with twists and turns. It also makes me want to stay at a bed and breakfast in England like the one where the main character works.

Scrappy Little Nobody, by Anna Kendrick: I absolutely loved Anna Kendrick from the moment I saw her in “Pitch Perfect” (although my mom had been a fan of hers even before!), and I really enjoyed her autobiography. I didn’t realize that Anna was from Maine, where I went to school, and her self-depricating tone and hilarious stories made for an overall enjoyable, quick read.

The Magnolia Story, by Chip and Joanna Gaines: This one was another quick read but I loved how both Chip and Joanna’s voices were tied together as they took turns narrating and commenting on each other’s remarks. I learned a ton about this famous couple and had no idea that they both got into design in their twenties…I had assumed that they were building and decorating since they were little kids, haha. If you’re a “Fixer Upper” fan, you have to grab a copy of this book!

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