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Book Reviews: Megan Abbott

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Good morning Loves.  Are you looking for a good book to read this weekend?  I have this thing where I become completely obsessed with something I like.  It usually happens with food and I end up eating the same thing over and over again until I don’t crave it anymore.  It also happens with brands, I started buying Puma socks a couple years ago and now I have running shoes, a sweatshirt and a backpack by them.  Most recently this happened with books.

I am a creature of habit.  When I like something I dive into it and I very rarely look in another direction.  I picked up the book Queenpin three years ago at an after Christmas book sale for $2.  It was a great read and I instantly became obsessed with Megan Abbott.

I then read a review of her book Dare Me in Glamour magazine.  I didn’t even make the connection between the author’s name until I actually bought the book and saw her photo on the back.  All I knew is that the book cover was appealing and the synopsis seemed perfect for a summer read.  Well, after two great books I was totally obsessed and now I’ve read four of Megan Abbott’s eight books.

If you’re looking for a good book to read this summer may I suggest one of these:

fpoQueenpin was my first read and introduction to Megan Abbott.  It’s the story of a female gangster who takes on a protégé, but she ultimately ends up being her own demise.  I read this book in two weeks flat which is very fast for me and the reason is it was a real page turner.  I love a good organized crime story and the female-heroine twist is a new take on an old tale.  Hands down this is my favorite book by Megan Abbott.

 

 

fpoThe End of Everything is my second favorite Megan Abbott book.  It tells the story of two best friends whose bond only grows stronger when one of them goes missing.  As I was reading I remembered what it was like to have a best friend when you’re twelve years old and how your days are filled with inside jokes and private conversations.  I couldn’t imagine what it would like to wake up one day and have that all taken away from you, but now I do.  Now that I’ve read this book.  Oh and by the way the twist is great – you’ll never see it coming.

 

fpoDare Me is the story of two cheerleaders who appear to be normal teenage girls, until they get caught up in a brutal crime.  I admit while I was reading I pictured myself back in high school hanging out with these girls, chatting about boys, dealing with the-end-of-the-world teenage drama that comes with high school and partying after big games.  This story just proves that no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors when it gets dark.

 

 

fpoTo be honest The Fever wasn’t my favorite read.  It’s the latest book by Megan Abbott and although the story was good it seems like the suspense drags on because it had to for a word count, not because it actually had to for the purpose of the story.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book and you want to keep reading, but I just feel the speculation was a bit repetitive and the story could have used more twists or at least more information.  It was like the entire book was a crusade against child vaccinations and that’s just not my type of story.

 

I’m looking for my next book to read so if you have a favorite book please share!

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TK

TK is a Certified Financial Planner with over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. She started blogging in 2009 after the market crash. TK enjoys helping people plan their retirement, pay off debt, invest wisely, live on a budget and enjoy happy financial lives. You can see what she's up to on Twitter @TahnyaKristina.

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