The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapeña

the couple next door coverI read The Couple Next Door a few weeks ago and I still can’t get over how intense and thrilling it was! Normally, I’m a very slow reader and it can take me about two weeks to read an entire book, but I read this in less than 3 days! I was so excited to talk about it when I finished it, but a bit hesitant as I didn’t want to give too much away! However, I can’t contain my excitement any longer and must rave about it!

First off, I was a bit weary to start reading this when I found out that a child abduction was at the centre of the story, as this is a very sensitive and emotional topic that I wasn’t sure I could handle. However, I decided to read it anyways, and I’m so glad I did! Yes, there were emotional and heartbreaking moments throughout the story, but these moments made me connect and sympathize with the characters all the more, especially Anne, the distraught mother who will do anything to get her baby back. Continue reading

Manchester by the Sea (directed by Kenneth Lonergan)

In this heart-gripping drama, Casey Affleck portrays a man, Lee Chandler, who came backImage result for manchester by the sea to his hometown to deal with the passing of his brother. Lee found out that his brother’s will is for him to be his nephew’s guardian. While trying to build a relationship with his teenage nephew, Lee found himself caught in the past that he does not want to remember. Manchester by the Sea is sorrowful and devastating, however, the sadness and nuances in this film are so real that it made me feel very much alive. The story did not try to force a “perfect” ending. Instead, it let the narrative flow, let the events unfold, and paused at a natural place.

I have never really noticed Casey Affleck in any other film, but his performance in Manchester by the Sea is truly memorable. His Golden Globe for the role of Lee Chandler is well-deserved (despite of what he might have done in real life).

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Sometimes, monsters are not always as they seem. Not all monsters are vicious, gruesome beasts set on scaring you, or eating you, or causing you harm. Some monsters are far worse. Monsters that make you face the reality of your situation. Monsters that make you see the truth for what it is. Monsters that make you accept the inevitable, even though it hurts. Sometimes, these monsters, the monsters within, are the scariest ones of all.

A Monster Calls is beautiful and raw, a gripping tale that will hit you where it hurts. It is a story about personal truths, acceptance and heartbreaking loss. It is a story that will make you question why you’re reading it in the first place. It is a story that will make you question why you didn’t read it sooner. It is a story that pulls at your heart. It is a story worth reading.