This week, some must-read standalone novels! Trust me, they’re really good. 🙂
The Thing About Jellyfish
Goodreads rating: 4.08
After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is adamant about blaming it on the jellyfish. As she learns to process her grief, she begins to understand the true complexities of friendship and the brutal reality of life.
I enjoyed this book because Suzy, the protagonist, is incredibly innocent. Reading about her made me reminisce about what I was like years ago and I’m sure the same will happen to you. Also, it’s quite a relatable book. If you’ve ever drifted apart from a close friend or have a strained relationship with one, you’ll definitely love this book.
Tell The Wolves I’m Home
Goodreads rating: 4.04*
Fourteen-year-old June Elbus is misunderstood by everyone except her Uncle Finn. But when Finn dies, her life turns on its end. But it’s only out of loneliness that friendship can arise.
Before you pick up this book, you should know that you’re in for many tears. There were so many parts that I absolutely loved and tugged at my heart and made me want to cry. It’s an amazing book with characters that pop right off the page and will charm you to bits.
*And it has 108,542 ratings. If neither the description nor the rating will persuade you, I don’t know what will.
Asking For It
Goodreads rating: 4.03
Emma O’Donovan’s got it all–she’s beautiful, she’s smart and she’s happy with her life. Then one fateful night at a party changes all that. She’s all over the news, reduced to a mere object.
This book is about rape. So perhaps it’s better suited for older readers. Either way, it gives you a new perspective on the issue and it’s so brutally honest that I swear your mouth will drop open more than once while reading.