1. One Day
If you are looking for a comedy, a romance, a tear-jerker, or anything else, this book is it. One Day tells the story of two people, Em and Dex, who meet in college and share a special bond until their late thirties. From a one-night stand to best friends to lovers to complete strangers, this book shows just how much a relationship can change over time. There is the perfect amount of laughter, sadness, reality, and love – which makes it the perfect book for ANYONE. It was one of those books that I dreaded putting down. Please read this book! You will instantly fall in love with the characters.
2. The Glass Castle
After finishing this book in about a week, I still couldn’t decide if it was depressing or uplifting. The Glass Castle tells the story of a poor nomadic family complete with four children and two very “interesting” parents (for lack of a better word). From California to Arizona to West Virginia and finally, to New York, this books follows the family as they sleep in one-room cardboard houses, confront multiple pedofiles, go hungry for days on end, witness alcoholism at it’s worst, and are constantly on the run. But the best part about this novel is that it’s told from a naive child’s point of view who, for the first half of the book, doesn’t see anything wrong with the life style her family leads. This book will leave you frustrated and confused, but it’s very worth it. And a great reality check – considering it’s a memoir.
The ultimate chick flick. If you’re into more light-hearted books, read Commencement. Although not usually my genre, I actually loved this book. A modern-day “Now and Then”, Commencement shares the tale of four young girls who meet in college, each one very different in her own way, and continue their friendship until adulthood. They each have their own struggles and obstacles to cross, but they get through everything together. At the risk of being on the chick-flick side, it really is an incredible page turner.