Lucky by: Alice Sebold (TW: rape/sexual assault)

Trigger warning: descriptions of rape and sexual assault

Summary (via Goodreads): In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit – as she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

My Thoughts: I was always familiar with the work of Alice Sebold, mainly through The Lovely Bones, but it also surprised me that this story was of her own sexual assault, and the first chapter was really descriptive of her rape and I praise her for being able to tell her story to the masses.

I also liked that she described what happened to her after she was raped; how it affected her psychological and also the quest to bring her rapist to justice. I also liked that it detailed the entire court proceedings and even after the court case, Alice Sebold still discussed what she went through after her assault; with her drug addiction and her quest to fully recover from her ordeal.

I also observed the title which is called “Lucky” and this is my own interpretation of the title in which she is “lucky” to have survived a rape and “lucky” that her rapist got convicted because statistics show that only 3% of rapists even serve jail time. Like I said it is my own interpretation of the title and Sebold may have a different interpretation.

As someone who has known people who were sexually assaulted it did bring up some triggers, but I really loved this book. I don’t usually read non-fiction books, but due to the subject matter I decided to read it and I don’t regret. If the subject matter is triggering I understand, but if you want to read a story about rape, survival and recovery I highly recommend it.

Grade: 5/5

A Thousand Pieces of You by: Claudia Gray

Summary (via Goodreads): Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

My Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by how good the book was. I enjoyed the alternate worlds Marguerite went to and as a fan of time travel and alternate dimensions I liked how the travel was explained. My favorite dimension was Soviet Russia and her relationship with other Paul.

I like Marguerite, while she is your average YA protagonist I like that she didn’t let any romance stop her from getting in the way of her goal. I also think Paul was well developed too. That is all I will say without spoiling anything. I also think the romance was also well developed and made me care for the characters

I wish there was more time with the alternate worlds but hopefully the sequel will developed those worlds because as a fan of time travel I would have loved to see more.

In the end, I really enjoyed the book and it kept me waiting to see what happens next.

Grade: 3.9/5