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What I Read This Month: June 2017

You know what the best part of a beach vacation is? All the time to read! Seriously, while I’m all for exploring cities and having new experiences, I also love curling up with a book and spending my vacation traveling via the written word. Even though our trip to Isle of Palms was very busy, I still found some time to turn a few pages.

Startup by Doree Shafrir

“Mack McAllister has a $600 million dollar idea. His mindfulness app, TakeOff, is already the hottest thing in tech and he’s about to launch a new and improved version that promises to bring investors running and may turn his brainchild into a $1 billion dollar business–in startup parlance, an elusive unicorn. Katya Pasternack is hungry for a scoop that will drive traffic. An ambitious young journalist at a gossipy tech blog, Katya knows that she needs more than another PR friendly puff piece to make her the go-to byline for industry news.”

I had high hopes for this one, but was left a little disappointed. I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the characters or their motivations. The plot felt a little thin, especially the open ended ending that left me wanting more of a resolution. I do think that the book was really well-timed, as it deals with a lot of the same issues plaguing the Ubers of the world.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.”

This was by far my favorite book of the month. Once I started, I could not put it down and read the entire thing in my four-hour car trip to the beach. Evelyn’s life story was captivating and I so wish she was a real person so I could read more about her. This was entertaining with a few unexpected twists that really kept you guessing. I so highly recommend this one as a fun summer read.

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

“When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.”

Hm. I’m very torn on this one. Part of me flat out hated this book. I didn’t enjoy the writing style and thought the whole thing was very choppy and a bit hard to follow. But the other part of me devoured the story in under a day so it was clearly captivating. I did find it interesting that Elise turned out to be the more pulled together of the two while Jamey was the one with so much inner turmoil. It reinforces that upbringing isn’t necessarily indicative of your future.

What did you read this month?

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