This blog post marks the beginning of a new end-of-year series I’m doing, where I count down the top ten books I read in 2015. Each post will have two books from the list, and I’ll go into detail as to what I thought of them and why they’re in my top ten.
First up we have, Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham at number ten.
On a sunny day in June, at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood went for a swim. And then everything — absolutely everything — changed. Now she’s counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, “That’s her — that’s Shark Girl,” as she passes. – from Goodreads.com
The first thing I loved about this book was that it was written in verse. I absolutely adore vivid, imaginative, story-telling poetry, and this book served it in abundance. One of the things that struck me was how relatable Jane was. I don’t know anyone who has lost a limb due to a shark attack, but Jane’s depression and grief at the loss of her arm was portrayed in such a way that it was difficult not to relate to her. I gave this book five stars.
Next up at number nine we have, The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan.
Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. – from Goodreads.com
This book was such a unique read. I absolutely adored the references to Macbeth, which is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, and reading from the perspective of an albino character was so interesting. I really enjoyed the alternate narration between Duncan and Tim, and the setting of the Irving School, which both characters board at. Something I want to do in the coming year is re-read this book and examine the book’s themes, metaphors and symbols on a deeper level. I gave this book a four out of five stars.
Tomorrow, I’ll be looking at the books that made it to number eight and seven on my favourites list of 2015.