Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same authors:

John Green:

David Levithan:


One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.


I have had this book for the longest time, but if I’m honest, I was a little put off from reading it. This is mainly because I’ve had some problems with John Green books. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a decent enough writer. I just don’t get all of the hype surrounding his books. I’ve read a lot of them now and I think they’re okay- just not outstanding like many other readers seem to feel. It’s just personal preference I guess. Each to their own. David Levithan is what pulled me to this book. I absolutely adore David Levithan’s writing and I’m working my way through his books. There’s something about David’s writing that pulls me in.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is narrated by two different boys named Will Grayson. Our first Will Grayson (narrated by John Green) is best friends with a guy named Tiny Cooper. He may be called Tiny, but he’s anything but tiny. He’s a bigger guy and definitely has a larger than life personaility. John’s Will Grayson has all kinds of girl drama because he’s trying to avoid girl drama…consquently making quite the drama over drama. I could tell from the start that this Will Grayson was written by John Green as his writing style is incredibly identifiable. I have to admit, that I actually really enjoyed John Green’s Will Grayson!

Now for the other Will Grayson. Ahhh David Levithan!<3 I thought I was going to hate David’s Will Grayson because it was all written in lowercase. The teacher in me was screaming about using capital letters and capitalising ‘I’. I quickly got over it though… because you know… David Levithan’s writing is delicious. Can writing be delicious? Yes. Yes it can. After finishing the book, I read the interview that both authors gave and David explains that Will writes in lowercase because that’s how he sees himself. I totally got that. This Will Grayson is a darker character. He’s depressed. One day, Will Grayson comes across the other Will Grayson (*cough* in a porn shop *cough*) and this leads to him meeting Tiny Cooper. They later become a couple.

There is a great deal of romance throughout this book. It’s full of relationship drama which I’m not usually a fan of, but it works so well in this story. The relationships feel real with relatable struggles. I also really enjoyed how this book was about friendship as well. It’s a wonderfully witty story and I’m pleased I finally gave it a chance. This was certainly my favourite John Green book.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A witty, engrossing read! I loved this book!

Fairy Tale Friday-Ole Luk-Oie

This week’s fairy tale was Ole Luk Oie which is also known as Ole Lukøje. I thought I wasn’t going to know it, but it becamse very familiar. It is based upon the folk tale of the mysterious Sandman. Sandman takes children to sleep by sprinkling magic into their eyes. Depending on their behaviour, he shows them a range of dreams. If they have been good they see many beautiful dreams throughout the night. Those that aren’t good, get to sleep heavily, but they don’t dream a thing!

In the story Ole Lukøje we read about his visit to a boy called Hjalmar every night for a week. During his final visit, we read about Ole Lukøje’s brother who has the same name as him. We learn that he is also known as Death. Death  closes the eyes of those that visit and takes the child away with him.

This was a quaint little tale which I enjoyed reading. I now have Mr Sandman in my head for the rest of the day…

Next Fairy Tale- Soup From A Sausage Peg

It Ends With Us

It Ends with Us

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Slammed series

Hopeless duology 



Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.


As you can see, I’ve read a lot of Colleen Hoover’s books. I really enjoy her writing and find them easy to devour in no time at all. I was starting to think that Colleen’s books were getting a bit same-y (I still read them though!) so I was happy (seems the wrong word to use for this subject matter!) to read something a little different from Colleen. It Ends With Us contains some extremely heavy subject matter and some more adult characters.

I didn’t read a lot about It Ends With Us before I picked up the book. I tend to avoid reviews before I’ve read a book because I don’t want it to spoil the story. I don’t actually want to say much about the content of this book because I think it’s better not knowing about it before jumping in. If you do know, then I’d still urge you to read this book because I think it’s important. It certainly made an impact on me.

It Ends With Us begins with Lily Bloom meeting the highly attractive, if a little arrogant Ryle. Lily has an immediate attraction to him, but doesn’t think she’ll see him again. Lily is still very much thinking of Atlas, a homeless boy from her past. Through Lily’s letters to Ellen DeGeneres (that were never sent) we find out about Atlas and also secrets from Lily’s past.

It Ends With Us is definitely darker than you might expect. It may look like a sweet love story, and sure, there are sweet moments, but it’s a much darker story than I ever anticipated. There were several moments throughout the story that I found it hard to keep reading. I found Lily frustrating, I found Ryle frustrating. I just wanted to reach into the book and tell the characters a few home truths. I love that I felt passionately about the characters. I felt such a range of emotions throughout this story. I didn’t know how it was going to end.

This book is totally different to Colleen Hoover’s other books. It does feel like a step in another direction. I found it to be a harrowing, but important read. I was swept away with the story and for once, didn’t find it predictable.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A raw, important story. Unexpected!

This Week In Books #43

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book title to get to Goodreads!

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die, #2) Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)

NOWFrom Bad To CursedKatie Alender– I’m about 160 pages into this sequel to Bad Girls Don’t Die. At the moment it’s a little unsettling but nothing majorly freaky/scary has happened yet.

THEN– Furiously Happy- Jenny Lawson- I really enjoyed this book about mental health. Jenny Lawson does manage to make her stories about anxiety quite funny. You end up questioning why you’re laughing about it!

NEXT- Behind The Scenes- Dahlia Adler- I have had this book on my TBR forever, so I’m hopefully going to get to it this week!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave a link to a post you do or answer in the comments below!

Ten Bookish Characters (and author!) that I’d Name A Pet After


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all naming things with a literary name. It could be an animal, a child etc. etc. I decided to go for pet names and it was surprisingly fun!

Scout and Atticus – To Kill A Mockingbird

Love that book and adore the characters. They’d be cute pet names!

Manchee- The Knife of Never Letting Go

I think it’s too much to want a Manchee that talks, but I ADORE the name.

Snape, Luna, Minerva, Sirius – Harry Potter

Such awesome characters. A pet would be worthy to have those names!

Jojo- After one of my favourite authors Jojo Moyes!

A cute animal name, don’t you think?

Scarlett- Gone With The Wind

Not a massive fan of the book, but I love the name. Would be cute for a dog or a cat.

Pippi- Pippi Longstocking

I think this would be a cute name for any animal.😀 Now I want another pet to name!

What have you done for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!


Son (The Giver Quartet #4)

Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:


They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.


Another series bites the dust! I’m thrilled I finally got around to finishing The Giver Quartet. I have really enjoyed this series and think Son is one of the strongest books in the series which is great as all too often I’ve been let down by the final book in the series. This certainly isn’t the case with Son. 

This quartet is a little bit different to other series. Each book is told by a different narrator, however throughout the quartet the characters slowly weave together. It all begins to make sense. Son is certainly one of my favourites in the series. It centres around Claire, Gabe’s mother. Claire was assigned to be a birthmother at a young age. She had to carry a product. However, the birth went wrong and Claire was reassigned. She later found out she had a son and was determined to find her child.

I think the reason I enjoyed this book so much was because it gave me all The Giver emotions but from a different point of view. I loved the beginning and the end of the story when Claire came across Gabe. I didn’t so much enjoy reading about Claire’s life outside of the Community, but that’s because I wanted to read about Gabe. I wanted her to find him so badly. It made my heart hurt a little.

I feel like Son tied lots of loose ends together which I always appreciate with a series. I’d always felt like this series was a little disjointed but this book really did bring everything together. I love seeing how some journeys ended and how some relationships came together. This quartet both broke my heart and warmed it at the same time. It’s a highly enjoyable reading experience that I highly recommend!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A highly enjoyable finish to the quartet. I recommend The Giver if you’re looking for a decent dystopian read!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher-A packed week!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Lower Key Stage 2. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

This week was jam packed with a school trip, parents evenings and meetings. I got through it though! I have just 5 more working days until a week off. I can’t wait! I have a feeling that as soon as I stop for a week’s break that I’m going to get poorly. I’m fighting off a cold at the moment, determined that it won’t get through!

My week was really good! Behaviour seems to be a lot better and the work produced is of a much better standard too. The trip went well, if a little exhausting!

I can’t believe that I’ve had (almost) 7 weeks with this class. They are now exactly where I want them and I’m feeling positive for the future!