Review: Heartache and Other Natural Shocks

Heartache and Other Natural ShocksHeartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Being a Torontonian may have influenced my choosing of this book a little more than I would like to admit. However there were other factors that drew me in as well; the shakespearean connection, the coming-of-age struggles, and brutal rivalry of teenage girls.

The beginning of the novel was a bit slower than I was expecting, but it still kept my interest enough to keep reading. Once the pace picked up a bit more I was completely drawn in. I loved so much about this book, the subtle historical references–just enough to give the time period, but not too in-your-face. The raw look inside underage drinking and drug use that is so honest it is perfect. The hard realization that not all families are perfect, and how utterly heartbreaking that can feel.

While there are some very minor things that kept this book from being an five star favourite for me, I absolutely adore this book and will be keeping an eye out for more of Glenda’s books.

Review: Your Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and Canada

Your Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and CanadaYour Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and Canada by Robert Bothwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love history, I love learning about our past and how we got to be where we are today. I loved history in school and –while it took me longer to read than I want to admit– I loved this book.

The book, which presents the history of our countries, reads much smoother than a textbook and made the history more understandable.

Not only did I learn–possibly relearn– a ton about our histories that I hadn’t known before, but I feel like I’ve understood it better.

This book is a must read for all history (Canadian/American specialties for sure) nerds, and anyone who is weary, but wants to know more.

Definitely wish I could of had this in school.