It’s the first Thursday of April again so it’s time to share my thought of the books I’ve read the last month. I only read two books as it took me a while to get into one book but you can read all about it below. The books I’ve read are ‘Two Fridays in April by Roisin Meany’ and ‘The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris’.
Two Fridays in April – Roisin Meany
On a Friday in April something terrible happens. Exactly a year later Una, Daphne and Mo reliving the terrible day over and over again. It’s not only the Anniversary of Finns death but also Una’s 17th birthday but how are they supposed to celebrate her birthday on such a day like this.
They try to make to most of it but despite Daphne’s plans they don’t work out as how she wished for. Daphne, Una’s Stepmom realizes that she grew apart from Una. She realises this even more when Una doesn’t come home in the evening…
The story is told from four points of view. Daphne, Una, Dahpne. Mo (Finns mother) and Isobel (Daphne’s mother). The story is about loss and grief, quilt and forgiveness, love and family.
Except that I found it all a bit dragged out the story was beautiful. It was great to read the point of view from four different people. The character where very likeable and sometimes you could relate to them. It had quit sad moments which made it emotional but compare to the sad moments there were also happy and good moments. A thought I like to share what I got after reading this book is that I think it’s really important to be with your friends and family when you’re grieving or any other sad moments happen in your life. Important is to talk about it and don’t keep it for yourself as you will come further in your life when you don’t have to do it on your own.
The First Last Kiss – Ali Harris
While Molly is packing up her stuff in her house she is reliving some moments of her past. Her flashbacks shows you a lot of her life, from the first time she met Ryan to their married life and many more wonderful and les wonderful things about her life.
I found it quit confusing to read to start off with. It took me a while to get into this story and in the beginning I couldn’t read much in one go as it was so confusing to me.
The story wasn’t confusing but the flashbacks didn’t go in chronically order which made it hard for me to follow the story. You went from 2001 to 2009 and back again to 1994 and that the whole time.
My opinion about the story self has two sides. I did like and I didn’t like it. I am writing this now with a lump in my throat as it was beautiful and emotional but I was also annoyed especially of the main character Molly and I felt sorry for Ryan her boyfriend. He is probably the most loving and kind boyfriend you can ever wish for but for Molly nothing was good enough. She always wanted more and better. She never really listened to what Ryan wanted.
When I started reading this book I expected to read a wonderful love story but most of the time it was Molly complaining about it or she wasn’t sure if she wanted to be in this relationship. Yes there were as well lovely moments about their relation but in the back of my head I kept thinking that she wasn’t too happy about it all.
Until something bad happened in their lives she started realising how wonderful and great everything is and that she should have listened more to Ryan etc etc.
Even when things are not really about her anymore she kept on thinking about herself, actually feeling sorry for herself. So I don’t only find her annoying but also very selfish.
I already said that I felt sorry for Ryan throughout most of the book and that makes me why I’m writing this with a lump in my throat. I can’t say too much about it all as I don’t want to give away too much. I finished this book in the middle of the night as I wanted to finish it and when I finished it I had a big knot in my tummy I couldn’t fall asleep as I kept thinking about it. I feel so sorry how everything turned out for Ryan.
Maybe it’ll surprise you but I will definitely recommend this book. As it was beautiful, wonderful emotional, sad and for sure very real. I did gave my opinion about Molly but afterwards I thought about it and thought that in real life love stories and relationships aren’t like a fairy tale so that Molly had those thoughts and feelings makes it only more of a real story and yes I’m still not impressed with her but because it was so real it makes it a wonderful book to read and I think it’s also an eye opener for everyone who reads it to appreciate more what you have in life. Maybe that’s the most important reason why I would recommend for you to read this book.
Let me know what books you’ve read last month or currently reading.