I loved these three contemporaries and wanted to make sure they got a shout-out on the blog. They’re all hugely popular backlist titles, so I didn’t feel the need to write reviews, but I wanted to share my thoughts.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Ouch. I wasn’t expecting this one to hit me quite as hard as it did. Dark and funny (and darkly funny), Eleanor is a portrait of loneliness and trauma. Mostly, though, it’s a story of survivorship and hope, a look at the ways we can lift ourselves and each other out of darkness. This is a character I will treasure. Completely lived up to the hype.
Crazy Rich Asians
Like thousands of others, I checked out the audiobook of Crazy Rich Asians after seeing the marvelous movie adaption in theaters. Much of the joy in the movie comes from the visuals (I held my breath in that wedding scene) and the performances (Awkwafina, my heart), so the book didn’t light me up with delight the same way. It did deliver on deeper character work and drew me into the captivating, bananas world of wealth that Rachel is astounded by alongside the reader.
The Kiss Quotient
I read a lot, but it’s been a long time since I inhaled a book in less than 24 hours. The Kiss Quotient was everything I was promised–a delicious, steamy romance with characters I love beyond reason. What a treat–