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We Contain Multitudes – Sarah Henstra | A Book Review

We Contain Multitudes - Sarah Henstra

Title: We Contain Multitudes

Author: Sarah Henstra

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Young Adult)

About the book: Jonathon Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky find themselves writing letters to each other for an English assignment. They become friends and start to fall for each other, but bullying and homophobia ensue. The entire novel is written in letters exchanged back and forth between the two teens.

I received an advanced review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I love the cover and the title. I was excited because I like epistolary novels.

Characters: The characters are great. Jo resonated with me more than Kurl, but by the end, I adored them both. I enjoyed seeing their development. I was pleasantly surprised by the backstories of not only Jo and Kurl, but also the secondary characters like their parents and siblings. I will always love representation of any kind, especially when it’s done right.

Quote:

“Let’s not be the type of people who are afraid to live because we might die.”

Writing: The letters are short. I didn’t expect Henstra to tackle some of the issues she did, but I appreciate how she went about it.

Final thoughts: So much happens at the end. An epistolary novel has its quirks and limitations, but the author made it work for me. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the format might grow on you. Overall, it’s an emotional, well-written read.

I recommend We Contain Multitudes if you like contemporary romances with a twist.


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The Beauty of the Moment – Tanaz Bhathena | A Book Review

The Beauty of the Moment - Tanaz Bhathena

Title: The Beauty of the Moment

Author: Tanaz Bhathena

Genre: Contemporary

About the book: It alternates between the perspectives of Susan Thomas and Malcolm Vakil who meet at school, fall for each other, drift apart, and reconnect again.

This post is part of a blog tour hosted by Penguin. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I like the cover and title. Even though I don’t read a lot of romance, I found the premise intriguing.

Characters: I love the racial diversity. It was easy to like both Susan, the new girl, and Malcolm, the bad boy. The secondary characters complement the two main protagonists as well.

Quote:

“Nothing that’s truly meant for you can be taken away.”

Writing: The language is simple and easy to follow. I loved that the story is set in Canada. Neither perspective overtakes the other. I enjoyed the short chapters and the alternating viewpoints.

Final thoughts: I’m a fan of how the plot played out. Relationships are messy and imperfect after all. The ending is my favourite part of the novel. Bhathena crafted a realistic story that will resonate with many readers regardless of age, race, etc.

I highly recommend The Beauty of the Moment, especially for lovers of contemporary romance.


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