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Author: Caroline Kepnes
Page Count: 422
Rating: A
Keywords: Thriller, Stalking, Mystery, Twisted
Genre: Fiction
Younger Readers: Absolutely not for children. Sexual content, drugs, stalking, and language.

This book was dark, twisted, and absolutely disturbing. That being said, it is also addictive and completely intriguing. It is better to go into this one without knowing too much about the plot. Just know that this is not even remotely appropriate for children and will probably make you uncomfortable at least once!

I read this book at the beginning of 2017 while on vacation with my now fiance (yay!). He would read passages over my shoulder and be completely weirded out but also grudgingly interested. That says a lot. He is typically a self-admitted high fantasy genre only reader. This is one of the most awkward books to recommend to someone because the content is so intense at times but completely worth the roller coaster of emotions.

Characters are all flawed in extreme ways and Carline Kepnes does an amazing job of writing them so fully that they feel real. Joe’s mental state is never played up too much that it feels comical. She perfectly maintains a feeling of realness that will have you afraid to walk alone for weeks.

If you enjoy mysteries, thrillers, and truly engrossing books check out this novel. You will be sucked in immediately and feel very awkward recommending this to your friends and family. But you totally should.

Bonus, Lifetime is developing this book into a television show with Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley playing Joe Goldberg. Check out the book before you watch the show.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Audible Edition)

Author: Lewis Carroll
Page Count: 92
Rating: B
Keywords: Classic, Wonderland, Dreams
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Narrator: Scarlett Johansson
Duration: 2 hours 44 minutes
Younger Readers: This is a children’s book, thus it is appropriate for even young children. No language or sexual content

This was just as insane, if not more so, than I had expected. A large part of Wonderland’s charm is its ridiculousness. At times it was a bit difficult to follow, though this was probably due more to the fact I was distracted than the story itself, and there was some confusion. As a child I rather enjoyed the Alice in Wonderland movie, but now that I am an adult I was surprised to find that Alice is not as likeable as I had found her previously. She comes across as a rather rude and bratty. Despite this I was happy to finally read the classic.

Scarlett Johansson’s reading was not what I was expecting. It was a great deal of fun as she manipulated her voice into deep and high characters alike. There was no struggle attempting to forget who was reading. She simply became Alice, the mouse, the queen, etc. I am quite sure that I would not have enjoyed this audiobook, or story itself, with a less skilled reader. There is a strong feeling that this is geared towards children, and this goal was absolutely reached. It is silly, fun, and engaging. Children leery of reading would likely enjoy this performance.

As an adult reader, I enjoyed it well enough but do not intend to listen again. For children, this is perfect. It is short enough to not grow tedious on very young readers and the performance is likely to entice giggles and great fun. A great idea for long car rides, extended travel, or even bedtime.

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