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Three Mini Reviews

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


This was a really lovely book, with likable, real characters and a thoughtful story. I think I liked it even better than Albertalli's previous success Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The final thirty pages or so were a little too sweet for my taste, but then what do you expect from a crime fiction addict? Overall, a wonderful read!

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster


I read this book right after my first trip to India, and it offered both a moving story and an engaging historical account of the country's history. It tells the story of British and Indian people who meet in Chandrapore. Something happens (or does it?) and their friendship is thrown into disarray to put it mildly. If you have ever seen The Jewel in the Crown, this story will definitely remind you of that one, though the latter was published about forty years after this one. I found Forster's style very accessible, his language beautifully eloquent and the picture he painted fascinating. It moves slowly, yes, but that is the beauty of books such as this one. It definitely makes me want to read more by this author, and maybe re-read his best known Howard's End and A Room with a View.

Faking Friends by Jane Fallon


Though this was again very readable, I detect a formula in Jane Fallon's novels. There is a friendship, a romance, a betrayal and revenge. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read and I would read more by the author in the future when I'm looking for something lighter with a bit of sass.