Book Review: Love Always, Kate by D. Nichole King

What it's about20942357Dear Diary,

Leukaemia’s been my life since I was eleven. Now, six years later, I want my life back. Only I’m not sure what that is. The test results came back today. 22,000. Which means I’m officially out of remission—again.

I have three options:
1. Another round of chemo.
2. A super-new experimental drug.
3. Dump it all— forget the meds and treatments and enjoy the time I have left.

I think I know what I want. Then, in walks Damian, changing everything. I mean, everything.

He’s got his own set of issues. It binds us together, you know? We understand what it’s like to lose what matters most in seconds. Still, the last thing I need is to have someone else to crush if I can’t fight hard enough. And the last thing he needs is someone else to grieve.

Never mind. I’m down to two options now.

Somehow I know that whichever one I choose, the result will be the same. With the sand in my hourglass seeping to the bottom, I hope there’s enough left to show Damian that life’s worth living. Worth fighting for.

Worth dying for.

Love Always,
Kate Continue reading

Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

What it's about

9780241950432Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with “cynical adolescent”. Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen year-old life, just after he’s been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned books lists.

His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation. Continue reading

Movie Review: Pride (2014)

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PRIDE-Final-Poster1-694x1024What it’s about: U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Rating: 15

Director: Matthew Warchus

Starring: Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Imedla Staunton, Ben Schnetzer, Paddy Considine Continue reading

Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

What it's about

17281240Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman.

A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner.

Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos.

Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling? Continue reading